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Previously on War for the Lost Plane

Kaelan, level 13 tiefling Monster Slayer Ranger/Fiend Warlock
Scarlet, level 13 human Oath of Devotion Paladin
Gillian, level 13 triton Champion Fighter, College of Lore Bard
Kethra, level 13 half-elf Assassin Rogue
TIM, level 13 warforged War Domain Cleric

Scarlet struggled within the tightening grip of the gigantic, spectral hand. She’d attempted to knock on a door, only for the door to respond by grabbing her. TIM and Scarlet tried to dispel the magical ward, unsuccessfully.

Sometimes the simplest solution is the best. After watching Styx nearly yank her hair out with his laughably poor strength, I braced myself against the wall and shoved against the fingers. Gillian ran over, grabbed the heavily armored paladin and yanked, pulling her free.

“Maybe next time we look twice before we knock, yes?” I couldn’t help but glower at the paladin’s heedless, optimistic attitude. How has she survived this long? “By the way,” I added,” there’s an angelic being in the next room, fighting some tentacles-“

“Angelic!?” Scarlet cried. Before I could finish she ran through the shards of the nearby broken door, crying out in a Celestial language, presumably praising the damn thing.

Through the doorway we could see the statuesque winged man turn to her, tears in his eyes. “Oh, faithful child,” he said, “I am so sorry. I had hoped only evil would be in this tower. That would have made things so much simpler. By the order of Rahmael, commander of the incursion of this plane, all creatures in this place must be destroyed.”

The angel tucked in his wings, and hurtled toward us.

We had discovered at the end of last session that the “bellboy” we needed to find was an actual humanoid bell creature, with dozens of bells along its body, ringing loudly.

The bellboy was in a jungle room being attacked by half a dozen flying lizard creatures with venomous tails. We began attacking them, or at least Kaelan did. Some of the others focused on helping the bellboy, including trying to disarm him and prevent him from slamming his cudgel against his own face, which produced a deafening shockwave around him.

It was TIM who ultimately solved the problem. He cast Tongues on the bellboy, and with a successful Persuasion check, talked the creature into leaving the room. As it did, the surviving flying creatures tucked back into their jungle room. Kaelan felt slightly guilty that they were just creatures defending their territory.

The bellboy had left but was still making plenty of noise, presumably as the tower was still under attack. Kethra wanted to remove the clappers (the inside of the bells) from the bells on its body to silence it.

The DM had him roll 15 (!) Sleight of Hand checks against the bellboy’s Perception. But as we soon discovered, the lowest Kethra can roll, thanks to Reliable Talent, is a 24, easily beating the bellboy’s +0 WIS.

Kethra successfully plucked the bell clappers, and the bellboy finally fell silent. It moved toward the staircase and grew still. Cryptic words appeared on its body:


We know the southern room held “all the tentacles.” Were those the arms it meant?


Two doors led to the southern room, one broken, the other intact. Scarlet ran up and knocked on the intact door. A glyph lit up and a giant hand engulfed her as the DM had us roll for Initiative.

The crushing hand proved painful, dealing 3d6 after every other turn in combat. We tried to free her first by attacking the hand, then using Dispel Magic, and finally a combined STR check from Gillian and Kaelan.

I scouted out the room, seeing an angel-like creature battling tentacles, a dead demon nearby. I had called out to it while Scarlet was trapped, but wasn’t sure it was an ally.

Scarlet, of course, had no such hesitation. Once free she raced over to praise the deva and offer her assistance. The deva shocked us all by claiming that everyone in this entire plane must be destroyed, including us! Looks like we’ll be fighting an angel next time, and possibly conversing with some tentacles…?

Voted MVPC (tie) – Scarlet, Kethra, TIM

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