DnD War for the Lost Plane Session 8 Recap

A river turns rapid as we make our way to the druid’s grove.

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Previously on War for the Lost Plane

Starring:
Kaelan, level 14 tiefling Monster Slayer Ranger/Fiend Warlock
Scarlet, level 14 human Oath of Devotion Paladin
Gillian, level 14 triton Champion Fighter/College of Lore Bard
Kethra, level 14 half-elf Assassin Rogue
TIM, level 14 warforged War Domain Cleric

We barely hear each other over the roar of the rapids. Scarlet and Kethra work furiously to keep our little rowboat from capsizing.

TIM is mumbling and waving his hands, magically calming the water around us. I nearly break his concentration when I scream, “Waterfall!”

Ninety feet. Eighty feet. We’re soaking wet, crashing waves slamming into us as we approach the drop. Seventy feet. The boat lurches sideways, but Scarlet grunts and keeps us upright.

Forty feet. TIM is unnervingly calm, fighting nature itself. Styx, flying somewhere above, cackles gleefully.

Twenty feet.

A school of fish darts away. Was that a larger form in the water? It’s my last thought before we hit the sky, and my stomach drops out.

I open my eyes. We’re in the air, still in the boat, gently descending downward. My hands are still desperately clinging to the side of our battered rowboat. TIM is still chanting, keeping some water around us, but the rest of us look around in bewilderment.

Then we see her. Gillian. Triton. Emissary of the Sea, floating beside us, keeping us gently wrapped in her Featherfall spell.

We began this session with a demon fight, Kaelan’s favorite past-time. Irathorn, the demon general, had disappeared, leaving us with some minions to contend with. Minions which included a pair of bone devils and nycaloths, each carrying smaller dog-like demons.

Kaelan began by using his new Fear spell on the approaching nycaloths, still flying in the air. The spell hit three of the four demons, causing the big green demons to drop their demon-dogs and prepare to turn tail.

Not to be out-done, TIM unleashed our party’s favorite spell: Divine Word. This crazy level 7 cleric spell can instantly banish any otherworldly beings – like fiends. It works in a 30-ft radius, and it’s not even a full action. Plus it’s a CHA save. Good luck, demons!

With one spell, TIM sent half the demons back to hell. With one non-banished but still feared nycaloth flying away, that pretty much left just the bone devils to deal with. The spiky, barbed tail bastards got in a few nasty hits, including a devastating crit on a tail attack, dealing 70 damage to Scarlet.

She responded with a crit of her own, using a Divine Smite to deal some satisfying retribution. We downed one bone devil, while Kethra shoved the second into the forest. The sentient, living forest that was not a fan of touching.

Immediately the entire forest sprang to life around us, vines piercing the devil and spraying poison. It was unsettling, but thankfully the forest (mostly) avoided collateral damage.

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We carefully continued our way through the agitated forest until nightfall. We camped for another hut-less, campfire-less long rest, but were taunted by the remaining nycaloth. Kaelan and Kethra hunted for it through the night but it remained aloft, using spells to taunt and annoy, and preventing us from getting the benefits of a long rest.

The next day we finally made it out of the One Wood. Merin’s Grove lie at the end of a river, so it was back into the Folding Boat, with Gillian swimming alongside.

The river quickly turned into rapids, requiring skill checks and saving throws to keep the boat from tipping over as we careened around corners, and headed toward a waterfall.

Gillian had to deal with her own violent currents in the river. She used Dimension Door to teleport ahead, the spoke to some fish to help propel her forward. TIM cast Control Water to make it easier for Scarlet, but we were all worried about the rapidly approaching waterfall.

Gillian came through in the end, swimming up to us and casting Featherfall on our entire group just as we hit the edge, letting us gently float down to the river below.

Despite the tense, fun chaos of the rapids, we barely took any damage thanks to some great rolls and excellent strategy. Next week, onward to Merin’s Grove!

Voted MVPC – TIM

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