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Mannix, level 3 Human Inquisitive Rogue
Khaless, level 3 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 3 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 3 Tortle Battle Master Fighter
Therin, level 3 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon
After the harrowing battle with a horde of plant-zombies, the party continued following their captured goblin guide Yokka toward his “Iron God.” As they suspected, the thing the goblins were worshiping was a deactivated Shield Guardian – most likely the one Wakanga had told them about. Curiously, it was shaped like a tortle.
The construct was surrounded by three separate tribes: the goblins, the grungs, and some strange plant-fungus creatures the party had never seen before. All three regarded them warily but made no hostile actions. This was sacred ground.
Upon realizing what it was, the party realized they needed the guardian’s original control amulet to activate it. Yokka revealed that his tribe’s queen had found such a thing and proudly wore it, proclaiming herself Queen of the Batiri tribe and most favored by the Iron God.
Mannix seemingly convinced Yokka to betray his queen and lead them to his people’s village, where they promised to steal the amulet for him. Yokka agreed, but on the way he lead them right into an ambush involving quicksand-like mud and several goblins hidden nearby.
Yokka escaped but the mud didn’t hold the party long. Therin shapeshifted into a Wolf to scrabble out and begin ripping goblins apart, while Mannix (and later Khaless) used a grappling hook to aid in their extrication.
With the few goblins dead the party didn’t hesitate, racing after Yokka. By now night had fallen and while Khaless managed to hit the goblin with an arrow, he stumbled into his tribe’s village, near death. The goblins mounted a quick counterattack, but Khaless cleverly used Dancing Lights to lead them astray.
With the help of Therin’s Pass Without Trace, she assassinated the few goblins around a cage holding a curious creature, a ferocious Koala-like bear called a Zorbo. She picked the lock and released the creature, which sprang into a patrolling goblin, creating a large distraction.
The party wasn’t quite able to sever the vine that attached the village to a bent over tree in a single round, however, and a patrolling goblin spotted their attempt. A dozen or more goblins exploded out of the tents to engage them. A decorated female goblin wore a metallic amulet, and screamed to not let the party sever the vine.
A heated battle begun. In a new deinonychus form, Therin ripped apart the last threads of the vine, springing the launch mechanism that held the village. A gigantic leafy sack neatly folded the village up as the tree sprang upright, launching the entire village through the air. Unfortunately for the goblins, many of them were still inside, including the Queen and Yokka.
With the Zorbo still distracting a number of goblins, the party was able to clean up the rest, while even more screamed and fled, carrying children into the surrounding jungle.
George attempted to befriend the Zorbo as he had done with the almiraj. It was disinterested until George offered up the bunny unicorn, at which point the zorbo gleefully devoured it. From there George tried to kill the zorbo, with Khaless finally providing a mercy kill. That’s two of George’s monster parts acquired (per his personal quest), in the most hilariously brutal way possible.
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