Tomb of Annihilation Session 86 Recap

The deepest depths of the Tomb of the Nine Gods reveal the horrific secret behind the Soulmonger.

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Starring:
Mannix, level 11 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 11 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 11 Triton Bard of Whispers – inhabited by Unkh
George, level 11 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 11 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

Twenty-three months and 85 sessions later, the party has made it to the final showdown with the Soulmonger, the Atropal, and the archlich himself.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 85 Recap

A final series of trials await the party in the lair of the Sewn Sisters.

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Starring:
Mannix, level 10 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 10 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 10 Triton Bard of Whispers – inhabited by Unkh
George, level 10 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 10 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

The party survived numerous trials and near-death experiences to reach the final level of the Tomb of the Nine Gods. They possessed all five skeleton keys from previous levels, but one final trial awaited, or rather, a series of trials.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 84 Recap

The party navigates the cog-rooms of the Gears of Hate, tangling with plant-monsters and interdimensional wardrobes.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 10 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 10 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 10 Triton Bard of Whispers – inhabited by Unkh
George, level 10 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 10 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

Last week the party became separated in the Gears of Hate. Mannix, Khaless, and George were stuck in the Control room with slime pouring out of some nearby tubes. Therin, Gillian, and Ishmakahl were back in the central pentagonal room, where the rotating cog-rooms revealed the path to the next cog, as well as a room full of gas that transformed the vegetation around them into a trio of shambling mounds.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 83 Recap

An NPC turns enemy in a large battle in the throne room; the party reaches the Gears of Hate on level 5.

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 10 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 10 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 10 Triton Bard of Whispers – inhabited by Unkh
George, level 10 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 10 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

The Tomb of the Nine Gods has so much going on that it can be difficult to keep track of it all. On top of that, I’m trying to create a meaningful, reactive world for my players, such as George and the Gray Slaad from Level 2.

This week I had a fun opportunity to end Orvex’s story in spectacular fashion in the final room of Level 4.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 82 Recap

Half the party sneaks through Shagambi’s tomb, while Unkh’s holds traps, puzzles, and a horde of undead monsters.

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Starring:
Mannix, level 10 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 10 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 10 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 10 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 10 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

In the last two weeks we had been crawling through the fourth level of the Tomb of the Nine Gods at a snail’s pace. This week we made up for it, blazing through the final two trickster god rooms and nearly completely the entire floor, thanks to an extra-long episode.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 81 Recap

The party is drawn to the Black Opal Crown; Mannix loses more than he bargained for.

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Starring:
Mannix, level 10 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 10 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 10 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 10 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 10 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

After dispelling the life-trapping mirror and quickly dispatching the troll, the party surprised me by sending most of their companions up the staircase and out of the dungeon. They have a point though. At this point in the campaign they are more of a liability than a source of extra firepower.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 80 Recap

Mirror, Mirror on the wall, who’s the best D&D group of them all?

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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Starring:
Mannix, level 10 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 10 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 10 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 10 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 10 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

After the fierce battle with the beholder boss on level three, the party sorts through the loot, levels up to ten during a long rest, and descends to level 4 of the Tomb mega-dungeon, coming face-to-face with the Mirror of Life Trapping.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 79 Recap

Our heroes engage in a grueling, epic showdown with a multi-eyed, invisible monstrosity.

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Starring:
Mannix, level 9 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 9 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 9 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 9 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 9 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

We’ve had several show-stopping boss encounters throughout the campaign, including the Steel Predator, a Zombie T-Rex, Tinder the young red dragon, and the King of Feathers. None of them hold a candle to the extra-long, single-encounter session that encompassed the beholder boss fight on the third level of the Tomb of the Nine Gods.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 78 Recap

The party braves teleporting statues, chaotic winds, and horror-curtains in their quest to collect all 10 crystal eyes.

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Starring:
Mannix, level 9 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 9 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by I’Jin
Gillian, level 9 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 9 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 9 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

The third level of the Tomb of the Nine Gods is proving the largest. It also features its own key-seeking side quest in the form of ten crystal eyes, prompting the party to explore each and every room to open a mysteriously large door.

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Tomb of Annihilation Session 77 Recap

The northeast side of level three holds a rotating crawlspace, a shadowy duplicate, and a tomb surrounded by picture-tiled floors.

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Starring:
Mannix, level 9 Yuan-ti Inquisitive Rogue/Divination Wizard – inhabited by Papazotl
Khaless, level 9 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue – inhabited by Wongo
Gillian, level 9 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 9 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue – inhabited by Moa
Therin, level 9 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon – inhabited by Obo’laka

After chasing Yakka the cursed skull halfway through the dungeon last session, the party found themselves in a watery hallway. From there they explored the entire northeast side of level three, including rotating crawlways, shadow-horrors, and a coded tile floor.

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