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+Sam Mameli your dungeoneer’s pack popped up in my suggested/curated feed on Pinterest... right next to Westley and Buttercup.
Just thought that was kind of crazy/cool.

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Your party needs to infiltrate/enter the lair of the Insatiable Death God.
What are the various points of ingress/egress to this hellish, demonic delve site?
#gygaxiandemocracy #tpkintentions
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For later:

How do you set borders between territories? Capital cities to hamlets? Where are the ruins of old civilizations?
Where do rivers, lakes, mountains, forests pop up?

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The druid (my wife) is excited to unleash some elemental mayhem in tomorrow’s 5e return to the Hexenbracken.
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CWZ 20: Ever More Pyramids
+Chris P.​ as Darius Krin, Human Artificer
+Chris H​ as Gale, Half-elven Wind Paladin
+ryan richmond​ as Canttell Schadenfreude, Orc Sage-barian

Encounters:
Shadow Well

Random encounters (1 and 6 on a d6 *OR 1 and 8 on d8)
None.

Exploration:
Southern pyramid

Traps/Puzzles:
Canopic Jar puzzle: +1 to all stats, max 20

PC Scars
Canttell, bears the marks of sin upon his chest

NPCs of Note:
None.

Crew Members “Accessed”
None.

Loot acquired:
Magical loot:
Ioun Stone of Leadership

Nonmagical loot:
6 gems (shaped like the Ioun stone, 500gp each)

PC profits:
1000gp each

XP tally:
Battles fought and won - 4600 xp total
Oddities encountered - 2000 xp total
Traps overcome - 0 xp total
2200 xp each

Areas explored - 1 x 50
50 xp each

From here on: all movement by ship is considered unexplored hexes.

Total XP each: 2250


Pyramid Switcheroo:

Up: East, West, South
Down: North

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For the benefit of players joining tomorrow's game, or at least those brave enough to venture forth and tangle with the Canopic puzzle.

Canopic Puzzle: Around the small room, there are ten canopic jars adorned with a single eye in the top. The iris of each eye is etched with a single arcane glyph, easily deciphered by Canttell and Darius: charm, stun, fear, sloth, drain, mind, sleep, stone, oblivion, death.

The jars all arrayed in a circle about a central eye etched and painted upon the floor.


On the opposite ends of the room there are 10 items on two tables:
Table A (In stopped, clear glass alchemy jars)
shredded and shrivelled brown flesh, withered flower petals, fine yellow powder, red gem splinters, fine white crystals

Table B (Upon pale white ceramic dishes)
a fraying red silk sash, shards of a pitted black blade, shattered glossy brown shell, a pile of tiny mummified paws, a stacked pyramid of empty crystal spheres


There is a scroll case. Within, there is a parchment (written recently):
“Initiates, you will receive the blessing or curse of Efra Gazeir. What are the symbols of his power? Choose wisely and stand upon his seal. Efra Gazeir rewards intelligence and punishes the foolish. -VXZ”

A second smaller scrap of parchment lies within:
"Use each sparingly. Durviq the Unwilling did not survive his zealous application of the reagents."
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No game this week (second week of October).

CWZ 19: Pyramid Up West & East, Bound and Down
+Chris P. as Darius Krin, Human Artificer and Mosquito, Wampusian dwarf-skeleton cleric
+ryan richmond as Canttell Schadenfreude, Orc Sage-barian

Encounters:
Beholder zombie, beholder skeleton
defeated
2 zapskulls (1 liberated) and 1 shadow-infused, fruiting shambling mound
Random encounters (1 and 6 on a d6 *OR 1 and 8 on d8)
Servants of the Eye Magus Patrol duped by card sharks, meet Desiccated Ones in standoff
Exploration:
Eastern pyramid, all floors
Western pyramid, top floor
Traps/Puzzles:
The King's Foil
Hallucinatory terrain, fire walked with you
Hidden stairways revealed
Falling ceiling trap, avoided
Disintegration glyph on scarab chest, acquired
PC Scars
None.
NPCs of Note:
Ven Xaph Zod - leader of the Servants of the Eye
Crew Members “Accessed”
None.
Loot acquired:
Magical loot:
Beholder Bas Relief Canopic Jar (as iron flask, claimed by Darius)
The Chalice of Poison (Darius)
Scales of Szadhomn (blue dragon scale mail armour, claimed by Canttell)
8 berries of shadow form (as potions of gaseous form)
Scarab Chest repaired, activated (controller with Darius, disintegrate glyph on the hasp)
Nonmagical loot:
None
PC profits:
None.
XP tally:
Battles fought and won - 7600 xp total
Oddities encountered - 400 xp total
Traps overcome - 1000 xp total
3000 xp each
Areas explored - 1 x 50
50 xp each
From here on: all movement by ship is considered unexplored hexes.
Total XP each: 3050

Pyramidal Switcheroo:
Up: East, West
Down: South, North

1 hour of no-concentration wild magic:
Alexandria: bear’s fortitude, 7 temporary hit points
Canttell: eagle’s splendour, advantage on charisma checks
Darius: levitate

Presuming Canttell puts it on or Darius tries another Identify (safely, this time, yes):

Scales of Szadhomn, Blue Dragon Scale Mail
(Plaque reads: “Scales of Szadhomn the Betrayer. Prophesied that she would one day slay her progenitor, she was murdered and given to servants of the great wyrm as a gift. Her scales were forged by the gray dwarves into this coat of beautiful scales. Her horn, prodigious and beautiful was forged into a lance and her foretalons were carved into great scything blades. Her bones were made into axes and mauls. Her eyes became arcane orbs.”)
((Properties: Desert Protection, prevents exhaustion from desert heat and guards the eyes against sand; Szadhomnic Compass: the armour can sense the general direction of the other pieces made from Szadhomn within 6 miles. Quirks: Draconic Covetousness, your desire for wealth grows with your hoard.))

Details will be added for the canopic jar puzzle before the next session, in case that piques any interest next time.

Since I've started using a new app for tracking combats and events, I'd like to get more character information from each player. It might help me out if you all could share a link, or message me the essentials: AC, HP, Ability scores... what have you.
It'd also really help me out if I could get a peek at the character profiles. Flaws and whatnot... so I can EXPLOIT YOU!

CWZ 18: North and West
+Chris P. as Darius Krin, Human Artificer
+ryan richmond as Canttell Schadenfreude, Orc Sage-barian
+Chris H as Gale, half-elf paladin of the wind god

Encounters:
Clay golem bypassed (remains an obstacle/threat)
Yuan-ti abomination and malisons

Random encounters (1 and 6 on a d6 *OR 1 and 8 on a d8):*
Shadow ambush
Sneaky snake

Exploration:
Northern pyramid, all floors
Western pyramid, floors 1 and B1

Traps/Puzzles:
Serpentine Portal appeased.
Puzzle Box opened. Lots of poison gas released.
The Switch Box, North: North locked, switched West up
The Pegged Room: The Devil’s Tongue portcullis opened (led downstairs)
The Jade Chalice: drunk from twice by Darius, then healed self

PC Scars
None.

NPCs of Note:
Efra Gazeir. Unknown entity of importance.

Crew Members “Accessed”
None.

Loot acquired:
Magical loot:
Scimitar of Speed (claimed by Cantell)
Spellguard Shield (claimed by Gale?)
Nonmagical loot:
Fire opal, black opal, bright green emerald (1000 gp each)
Harp carved of exotic wood, inlaid with ivory; Golden dragon comb, set with red garnets for eyes; Painted war mask, fearsome visage; Ceremonial electrum dagger, set with a black pearl in the pommel (750 gp each)

PC profits:
2000 gp each, if sold off.

XP tally:
Battles fought and won - 5000 xp total
Traps overcome - 1000 xp total
2000 xp each
Areas explored - 2 x 50
100 xp each
Total XP each: 2100

The party is able to get a full rest in the Western Pyramid. It is uncomfortable and your dreams/meditations are haunted by visions of great unblinking eyes and yuan-ti abominations. Everyone gains 1 point of exhaustion, but recovers hit points and spell slots. Resting here is going to have harsh side effects. You think it may have been luck that you passed the night without incident.

RETCON: I claimed there was a switching box on B1 of the Western Pyramid. It is not there. 2F of Western Pyramid remains: access denied until “The King’s Foil” puzzle can be sorted. It’s safe to assume there is a switchbox up there. We can deal with all of this in the next session, rather than here in post.
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