It was clear that this was an ordinary shrine, but with less than ordinary inhabitants. Four tombstones were present, each roughly five feet high. Being the tall Eladrin that I am, I easily spotted a bunch of undead bad guys. The ones nearest to me were skinwalker skeletals which basically are a skeleton with piles of skin stuck to it. Other than that, I spotted a Wight, and not one, but two skeletal archers. Needless to say this was to be an equal fight when speaking of numbers. As I fey-stepped into the room to strike at one of the skinwalkers, which I barely did hit, it began moving to the group only to have his flesh chopped away by, who else, tiny Jackie. It left the poor guy very vulnerable for Jimmy to smash with his hammer.
This moment of thrilled victory didn’t last very long though, as the skeletal archers appeared to be quite skilled ones. Both used a double shot, and had remarkable aim, having almost no effect from the tombstones being in the way. Luckily we used said environment wisely, and didn’t die. Jackie, all mad, went to rip of some more skin of the second skinwalker. At this point we were feeling pretty confident, having the archers that we could hide from, and the Wight that didn’t do a.. Oh wait, it reanimated one of the skinwalkers. Using a skillfully placed hit, I was able to push it to the centre of the room, for the rest to bash in on. After some more fighting, it was Jackie once again, to deliver the final hit on the Wight, ending combat.
Smart as we were, we took some bone dust when Nick wasn’t looking because, well, it’s Avandra’s shrine, he might not have agreed. We found a stone staff, but sadly Skyph wasn’t able to wield it, due to it being too heavy. Jimmy and me decided to carry it, seeing how it, since being there, could have a purpose we didn’t yet know of. We found.. Statues. Stone statues. There was an obvious ranger one, a mage without a staff. We also saw one statue with chainmail and an empty hand, and a warrior with a holy symbol. The one in platemail wielded an implement. We gave the staff to the mage statue, and we gave the holy symbol from the warrior to the guy wearing chainmail. A sword was found, which was given to the Warrior. I’m not sure why, it was all Jimmy’s idea, but I’m glad we did because it made a door open. In the new, small room we found stairs going down.
This may be of no surprise to you, but downstairs we found a room with loads of piles of bones, and a symbol of Avandra floating in mid-air. I planned to grab it, but Nick pulled me back by my shoulder and grabbed it himself. The room darkened. A lot of us got hit, mainly back-stabbed. It weren’t skilled baddies as none of us died of our wounds. Skyph used a sunrod, and we saw a grand total of eleven evil things going at us, mainly skeletons and one swarm of rats. The only really powerful appearing being was a paladin’s ghost. Nick weakened six of the baddies by Avandra’s might, which is what happens in her shrine, I suppose. Quickly taking advantage of Nick’s power was Jimmy, who somehow caused the paladin’s ghost to dissolve in thin air. His roar of victory was soon over voiced by Nick’s cry for pain as he got bloodied by the rat swarm.
All this battle emotions were a little too much for our immortal friend Skyph, as he exploded into tiny pieces, to re-appear in a totally different place. In said movement he managed to hit a skeleton in exactly the right spot, as it fell back to the piles of bones it once was. Jackie came to aid Nick, as the girl (Yes, the girl) slaughtered the rats that survived Skyph’s earlier psychic onslaught with her famous strike. Sadly she was a little too late, as Nick was knocked unconscious. I got him back up quickly before anything else could hit the poor cleric. Nick was back alive just in time to see Jimmy point at the final skeleton, as it trembled in fear, causing all its bones to tremble apart.
As we were done fighting, we took a short rest to get everyone back to feeling alright. I spotted a door, but before I could even gaze aside it, someone informed me the walls next to it seemed rather shattered. What we noticed on getting closer was that there was a giant leap down. Luckily, a rubbled path went down, alongside the wall. Almost down the path a room was in sight. In it, a humongous yellow ooze, and a small green one. Once again, against common girlish instincts, Jackie hits the biggest ooze and slides it into the center of the room. Jimmy is as usual ready to profit from someone’s action and uses his hammer to slice the ooze in two smaller oozes. How a hammer slices, I don’t understand. But it DID. Skyph was also hoping to take advantage from the previous actions, but his psychic powers were beyond what he thought they were. Not only did it hit both halves of yellow ooze, but also the smaller green ooze, and by accident Jimmy as well.
Who am I to not continue this beneficial actions? I took aim and splattered one of the halves with my greataxe. (Yes, it seems Jimmy and my weapon have swapped functions). Sadly however, oozes seem rather vengeful, as the green slime grabbed me only shortly after which did actually hurt. Somehow I managed to escape, and get in my sneaky stance. It’s called silver shadow, Sparkly! The remaining yellow halve had gotten a grab on Jimmy, which says something about its size. Clever as Jimmy is, he stripped from his armor, AGAIN, to escape the grab. I, being severely dazzled in amazement by that was grabbed again. Thank Corellon we have Nick there, who aided me in escaping. A shame the ooze didn’t die yet, making it able to grab me once again.. Whilst I was being grabbed someone had bashed the second halve into drops, so when Jackie killed the green one that was grabbing me, battle was once again over. Plenty of ooze jelly was obtained for our friend the old wizard.
Much expected, we entered a new room upon walking through the door. I noticed there were no more doors, so we figured it had to be the final room, and the location on where to find the source of all the moving undead. Turned out we were right. A human wizard was present. My hope for an easy round of combat was soon spoiled, as not only 4 minions arose, but the guy also summoned a new Blazing Rider. I was unpleased by this, and not only fey-stepped, but also charged. I headed for the minion closest to me, and shattered it into tiny pieces of bone. Jimmy followed my example, taking a second skeleton down. He pointed at a third one, once again causing it to tremble apart in fear. It seems his subtle touch is subtle enough to not even have to actually touch.
The Blazing Rider, like it had done before, launched a fireball at Jimmy. Its skeleton steeds took the opportunity to kick me pretty good. The sorcerer took his chance and allowed some powerful thunder to dance around the room. It hit not only Jimmy, but also me, and bounced to a wall having missed Skyph by a few inches. Jackie, short-tempered and ill patiently eager to fight, was so pumped to be able to do something that she instant-killed the skeleton horse, leaving the Blazing Rider as, to quote Nick, nothing less than a “Blazing Pedestrian”. To not spend too much time on telling what Jackie killed, let’s get back to Skyph. You see, as the skeleton horse fell, the sorcerer summoned four more minions surrounding me. Skyph, as smart as his 241 years made him, saw that and nuked the area they were in. It slightly damaged me, but all the skeletons fell apart easily.
Once I was free to move I took my chance to charge at the sorcerer, hit him, fly over his head, and hit him in the back. Jimmy pointed the final standing skeleton to pieces. Sadly, the sorcerer was able to take quite some hits, as he launched a thunder burst at Nick and Skyph. Somehow, Nick got on fire and fell unconscious, but I have missed most of what happened in that area of the room. Due to that, I decided to strike him in such a way that, using Corellon’s might (Yes, in Avandra’s shrine) to teleport him to the center of the room. As I was on a roll with being granted great divine powers for a while, I used them to make sure Jackie did hit the target. Next up in line, Jimmy was once again ready to splatter an enemy to tiny bits using his hammer. It was the end of the sorcerer. Nick in the mean time got up and shot a lance of faith at the Blazing Pedestrian. The lucky cleric had some help from Avandra, I hope. Well, if not, he better teach me how he did that some day.
We got an impressive 25 gold pieces of loot, a skull cup with not one, but two jade gems in the eye sockets. Needless to say we took it, and aided Nick in magically “cleaning” the shrine back to a somewhat more representative state for Avandra’s following.