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Mannix, level 5 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 5 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 5 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 5 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 5 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon
The rocky spire of Firefinger proved an interesting dungeon design. A series of caves stacked on top of each other, with the increasing threat of falling from a great height. The party carefully ascended the spire, avoiding or fighting the resident pterafolk as they reached the top.
Every group of adventurers is different. Team Chult is not so great at the Athletics checks, with mostly +0 and +1’s among them. This made simple tasks like climbing the chimney chute from level 1 to 2 a hilariously challenging undertaking.
It wasn’t until they reached the final ceiling tunnel that they figured out to let the 18 STR fighter George go first, then lower a rope down to help the rest.
Despite being there to retrieve a lost item of hers, Azaka refused to go in the dungeon at all, citing a crippling fear of heights. The party entered the first level, and much to my delight, Mannix climbed right down into the pit, where four giant wolf spiders were there to greet him. A mere speed bump for the well-rested level 5 PCs, however.
After the aforementioned chimney climb, Khaless stealthily grabbed the bag full of goodies from a dead adventurer, avoiding a fight with a cave full of stirges.
On the precarious ledge outside everyone made the save to hang on despite raging winds and a height of 240 feet. Therin made it up the ladder first, finding yet another cave. This one was full of pterafolk, however, though Therin only saw one with its back turned.
He didn’t hesitate, wild shaping into a deinonychus and pouncing. He got a surprise round off, plus 20 initiative to immediately go again, killing the unsuspecting pterafolk before it had any chance to react.
The others poured up the ladder, with Khaless destroying the pterafolk by the fire in a devastating crit. The last pterafolk emerged form the back of the cave and launched into Therin-dino, but the others were able to quickly down it with a volley of melee and ranged attacks.
In the very back of the cave they found a bound aarakocra. Gillian used her Charm of Understanding to cast Tongues so they could communicate. His name was Nephyr, and his group been captured by the pterafolk while scouting out of Kir Sabal. He was the last one left alive, and grateful for the rescue. He told them many more pterafolk were at the pinnacle above, and they can reach it via a nearby hole they use to throw food down to prisoners. He also warned them about Nrak, their vicious, scarred leader.
The party initially wanted to use Nephyr as distracting bait, which he was very hesitant about. But Mannix realized he could use the spell Silent Image with a similar effect.
George ascended through the food hole, emerging amongst some bushes right next to a trio of pterafolk at the top of Firefinger. He lowered a rope down to help Mannix up next, who cast Silent Image. The plan was to create an illusion of the imprisoned aarakocra escaping (and flipping off the pterafolk for good measure).
The plan seemed to work, with Nrak yelling at the other two to chase down the escaped prisoner. The other party members carefully make their way up to the top, but we’ll have to wait until next week to see how the climactic battle at the top of Firefinger plays out.
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