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There couldn't be much of this place left unexplored, Lem thought. They had fought their way through a small army already to get to this point. Speaking of points, he had surmised that the runewell that they were in was constructed in the same shape as the Sihedron medallion he carried. This gave him a much clearer idea of where they were going and where they had been. He was convinced that they had nearly finished their exploration of this place.

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Lem
Male Halfling Bard Charlatan
Card Feats: Spell x2, Blessing, Armor, Item
Skill Feats: Charisma +4, Intelligence +1
Power Feats:
Light Armor proficiency
Once per check, recharge a card to card to add 1D4+3 to a check attempted by another character at your location
Add 2 to your check to acquire an ally or defeat a henchman
Starting Deck
Venomous Heavy Crossbow +2
Wand of Enervation
Sihedron Medallion
Staff of Hungry Shadows
Incendiary Cloud
Haste
Holy Light
Frost Ray
Lightning Bolt
Mass Cure
Hide Armor of Fire Resistance
Toad
Merchant
Saber Toothed Tiger
BoPharasma x2
BoGozreh
BoErastil
BoAbadar
BoIrori


Bored. So bored. That was the only thing running through Valeros' mind. He desperately wanted to find the exit to this place, kill Karzoug and be done with it. He did his best to appear interested while Lem was explaining his theories about runes and Thassilonians and whatever else. The truth of it was, Valeros was simply bored out of his skull. He had made fast friends with Lem's new tiger companion, though. He was certain that the cat was as bored as he was.

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Valeros
Male Human Fighter Weapon Master
Card Feats: Weapon x2, Item, Blessing, Ally
Skill Feats: Strength +4, Constitution +1
Power Feats:
Hand Size 5
Add 1d4+4 to another character’s combat check at your location
You may use Melee in place of Ranged when using a weapon with the Ranged trait
Starting Deck
Fanged Falchion
Dancing Scimitar+2
Impaler of Thorns
Longsword +2
Scythe+1
Bastard Sword +1
Mokmurian’s Club
Magic Chain Mail
Magic Shield
Magic Half-Plate
Wand of Treasure Finding
Emerald Codex
Staff of Minor Healing
Grizzled Mercenary
Burglar
Charmed Red Dragon
BoCalistria
BoGorum
BoTorag
BoAbadar


While Valeros and Lem's tiger pummeled yet another ghoul from undeath to death, Lem continued his mental documentation of this place. He believed this area to have once been dedicated to the sin of pride. He wished he had brought a blank tome, or indeed anything he could use to write out his thoughts on this incredible place.

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Turn 1
Lem - BoG
Shimmering Veils of Pride
BoG - Auto-acquire
Discard BoG explore - Ghoul - Strength + Charmed Red Dragon + Valeros = D4+5+D4+4 = Auto-success = banished forever = recharge a card
Dragon roll - 10 = success
Haste explore - Fiery Weapon = auto-acquire = recharge a card
Recharge Haste = Success = recharge a card


So. BORED. Valeros wiped the slimy fluids from his fists and reluctantly carried on after Lem, who was lost in thought as usual.

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Turn 2
Valeros - BoDesna
Shimmering Veils of Pride
Deathbane Light Crossbow+1 = Dex = auto-fail
Discard BoTorag = explore - Trapped Spellbook - Intelligence + BoAbadar + Lem recharge = 3D6 + D4+3 = 17 = Success = D4 spells to hand = 3 = Swipe, Consecration, Enfeeble = Recharge a card


Lem inspected a nearby cauldron that was bubbling with some pungent mixture. Of course he saw the twisted hag that leapt towards him, but he doubted she saw Valeros leaping in turn to intercept. Satisfied that the concoction was nothing they could use, he moved on ignoring the audible sigh from Valeros.

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Turn 3
Lem - BoErastil
Arrow catching studded leather - Fail
Discard Toad explore - Potion of Ruggedness - banish forever
Discard BoIrori explore - Troubadour - Banish forever
Discard BoGozreh explore - Hag - Divine = Fail = no attack spells
Heavy Venomous Crossbow+2 + Fiery Weapon + Valeros = D8+D10+2+D4+D4+4 = 19 = Success = Recharge a card
Recharge Fiery Weapon = Success = Recharge a card


Just as Valeros was about to tell Lem that he was done with this place, a thunderous crash sounded from the next chamber. Finally, maybe something interesting would happen.

He rounded the corner with Lem in tow. There he saw a giant. Maybe a member of the giant race, but definitely giant in size. It was a female, and wielded a massive sword glowing with a purple energy that crackled down the blade. Valeros almost laughed out loud. His prayers had been answered.

He leapt towards the giant, attempting to drive his spear into it's heart. He succeeded, but the giant didn't fall. Instead, he found himself being batted across the room. He landed on the floor with a thud that made Lem wince.

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Turn 4
Valeros - BoIrori
Staff of Minor Healing - Lem
Warrior of Wrath - both fail dex check = 1 fire damage to both
Lem recharge Hide Armor of Fire Resistance to reduce damage to 0
Impaler of Thorns + Lem recharge = D10+7+D8+2+D4+3 = 25 = Success = recharge a card
Location close check - fail - warrior of wrath is undefeated


Hopefully magic would prove more successful against this giant, he thought. He loosed a massive bolt of lightning, using Valeros' spear as a lightning rod. Electricity coursed through the giantess and she stumbled backward, dropping her blade and attempting to tear the spear free from her chest as she fell. Convinced that she wasn't getting back up, Lem helped Valeros to his feet.

"The first...exciting thing...to happen in hours...and you're the one to kill it." Valeros wheezed in between breaths as Lem's tiger companion licked his face.

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Turn 5
Lem - BoShelyn
Warrior of Wrath - Lightning Bolt + Saber Toothed Tiger + Valeros = D10+5+3D6+D6+D4+4 = 30 = Success = Recharge a card
Recharge Lightning Bolt = Fail
Wisdom + Valeros BoCalistria + BoAbadar = 3D6 = 18 = Success


Valeros considered taking the giant's sword, but it was too massive, even for him. Disappointed, they carried onwards. Lem started talking about this being the hall of wrath or some such. Valeros couldn't care less. He was looking for more giants.

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Turn 6
Valeros - BoDesna
Halls of Wrath
Dart = Banished forever


Fascinating. If this was indeed the hall of wrath as he believed, what had happened to the lord of this wing of the well? Lem wished he could have seen this place in its prime. It would have been incredible.

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Turn 7
Lem - Halls of Wrath
Tickwood Boar - Holy Light + Valeros = D10+5+2D6+D4+4 = Auto-kill
Recharge Holy Light = Success


Valeros considered taking a nap in the rubble that surrounded him and hoping that a monster would come along and try to eat him. It sounded like a more preferable option than walking endlessly through these halls.

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Turn 8
Valeros - BoCalistria
Emerald Codex - Speed, Raise Dead, Cure
Cure - Lem = 3
Dagger = Banish forever


A scream shook Valeros from his reverie, and he raced to catch up to Lem. He found him on the ground, with an ethereal being floating above him. Lem's tiger was cowering in the corner, paws over it's eyes. White flames engulfed Lem, and he writhed in agony. Valeros charged the being, attempting to drive his weapon into it, but he simply passed through it. He skidded to a halt on the other side of the thing, and turned to face it.

The translucent, malformed head twisted unnaturally to regard him. Blank white eyes saw nothing, yet pierced his very soul. It betrayed no emotion, but simply shimmered and disappeared, leaving Valeros and Lem alone once again.

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Turn 9
Lem - BoTorag
Shining Child - Wand of Enervation - 6 - Strength + BoPharasma + Valeros = D4+D4+D4+4 = 15 = fail = 3 fire damage
Recharge Wand = Success


Valeros was shaken by the creature, but shook it off enough to help Lem up and tend his wounds. They were blistering as though caused by burns. Valeros shook his head slightly as he bandaged Lem up. Whatever that thing was, he hoped he never had to see it again.
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Turn 10
Valeros - BoShelyn
Shining Child - Mokmurian’s Club + Lem recharge = D10+7+D10+2+D4+3 = 29 = Success = recharge card from discard


A crash at the other end of the room announced the entry of a more mundane foe. The pair were almost relieved to hear it. Blasting the giant that had found them was almost cathartic for Lem. He did have power capable of felling his enemies, just not...whatever that creature had been.
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Turn 11
Lem - BoGorum
Stone Giant - Holy Light + Staff of Hungry Shadows + Valeros = D10+5+2D6+D8+2+D4+4 = 32 = Success = recharge a card from discard
Recharge Holy Light = Success


Valeros found a similar boost in confidence as he obliterated a shadow creature with his club. Thankfully, the thing that had attacked before didn't look like it was coming back.

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Turn 12
Valeros - BoG
Shadow - Mokmurian’s Club = D10+7+D10+2 = 19 = Success = recharge card from discard


Lem's relief turned confusion and pain as he found himself flying across the room. Hitting the wall before falling to the floor, he tried to shake off the almost certain concussion and focus his vision so that he might see his attacker.

It was another giantess, almost identical to the first. She had smashed right through the wall Lem had been standing next to, and she was not alone. Humanoid warriors followed in her wake, charging towards the pair.
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Turn 13
Lem - BoCalistria
Warrior of Wrath - fail dex check = 1 fire damage to both
Venomous Heavy Crossbow+2 + BoErastil + Valeros = D8+D10+2+2D8+D4+4 = 18 = Fail = Every Damage
D4 force to random character = Lem - no cards left to take damage


Valeros and the tiger waded into the waves of human warriors that assaulted them, felling them with ease. Where these men had come from, and what magics had kept them here were questions that Valeros couldn't begin to answer. He kept his focus on the battle at hand. Amidst the chaos he was relieved to see Lem standing once again.

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Turn 14
Valeros - BoAbadar
Warlord - Mokmurian’s Club = D10+7+D10+2 = 29 = Success = recharge card from discard


Lem blasted the giant with rays of frost. Once frozen, he shattered her with a blast of force. Just like that, the room was once again silent.
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Turn 15
Lem - BoG
Warrior of Wrath - 1 fire damage to each
Lem recharges hide armor of fire resistance to reduce to 0
Frost Ray + recharge Tiger + Valeros = D10+5+2D6+D6+D4+4 = 27 = Success
Recharge Frost Ray = Success
Check to close - Knowledge + BoG = 2D6+4 = 13 = Success


This took them back to the place that they had entered: the halls of lust. Well, with any luck, Lem's curiosity was now sated and they could find the exit, Valeros thought.
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Turn 16
Valeros - BoCalistria
Iron Cages of Lust
BoG - auto-acquire
Discard BoG explore - Necromantic Deathtrap - fail - discard D4+1 cards = 5 = ouch


They had now visited all the points of the Sihedron rune, and Lem surmised that the exit could be found in the center. Now he just had to figure out how to get there.
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Turn 17
Lem - BoNorgorber
Iron Cages of Lust
Bugbear - Holy Light + Valeros = D10+5+2D6+D4+4 = Auto-kill = Banish forever
Recharge Holy Light = Fail


Lem explained his plan to Valeros, and Valeros couldn't be more pleased to hear it. Now that they had a destination for exiting this place, nothing would stop him from finding it. He just hoped there would be some good fights along the way.

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Turn 18
Valeros - BoG
Wand of Treasure Finding - Wand of Scorching Ray, but more importantly, shuffle that stupid deathtrap back


Lem did his best to heal the both of them with divine prayer. Not knowing what was waiting for them at the end of this place, he felt it best not to take any chances.

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Turn 19
Lem - BoIomedae
Exchange Haste for Mass Cure
Mass Cure - D4+1 to both
Lem - 5
Valeros - 3
Recharge Mass Cure - Fail
Wand of Scorching Ray - Arcane = D10+5 = 12 = Success
Discard Merchant Explore - Wand of Force Missile - Banish Forever


They were nearing what Lem claimed was the central area of this place. He hoped the halfling was right. Even Lem seemed tired of these endless halls.
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Turn 20
Valeros - BoSarenrae
Soldier - Banish Forever - Bury Grizzled Merc


Lem had used nearly every beneficial spell in the book, literally. He hoped that it was enough.

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Turn 21
Lem - BoTorag
Exchange Fiery Weapon for Mass Cure
Mass Cure - D4+1 to both
Lem - 2
Valeros - 4
Recharge Mass Cure - Fail
Necromantic Deathtrap - Arcane + BoGozreh + Valeros BoGorum = 3D10+5 = 21 = Success


They finally reached the end of the hall. A dead end. Valeros wasn't buying that for a second. Though as he was considering this, he felt a familiar tug on his mind. He gave a half-grin and shook his head. When were these things ever going to learn? He reached his hand right through the wall and closed his fist around the throat of whatever was on the other side. Wrenching it through the illusory wall, he easily snapped the neck of the vile siren that had tried to take his mind from him.

"Well, there's your way out." he said as he tossed the body aside.

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Turn 22
Valeros - BoDesna
Siren - Wisdom + Lem recharge + Lem BoErastil = D4+D4+3+D4 = 11 = Success = Banished forever


Before Lem could reply a vicious blade wreathed in flame shot through the wall, nearly taking Valeros' head off. Fortunately, Lem's tiger knocked Valeros out of the way in the split second prior to the blade connecting. Still, the flames had singed both him and the cat.

Lem wasted no time and blasted the illusory wall with lightning. The shriek that sounded on the other side was confirmation enough that his magic had done its job.
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Turn 23
Lem - BoG
Highlady Athroxis - 1 fire damage - Lightning Bolt + Valeros = D10+5+3D6+D4+4 = 34 = Success
1 fire damage
Sihedron Medallion to reduce that to 0
Recharge Lightning Bolt - Fail
Recharge Medallion - Success
Close check - Diplomacy + Valeros BoCalistria = 2D10+7 = 19 = Success
Location Closed


Rising to his feet, Valeros patted the tiger on the head and scratched its mane. "Thanks, pal."

He stepped cautiously through the illusory wall and into the hub of this place. Before him, a female giant with a similarly huge flaming weapon lie on the ground, unmoving. Behind her, a forge of sorts sat, with a towering statue overlooking it.

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Turn 24
Valeros - BoG
Runeforge Hub


Lem soon joined him and gasped at what he saw. "A runeforge! I've read about these! We can use these to imbue our weapons with th-" He was cut short by the crunching sound of the statue in the room coming to life.

"YOU!" It boomed; the same voice that had come from the corpse of Mokmurian. This must be Karzoug. "You have destroyed my lieutenants, desecrated my halls, and stolen my weapons. Now you think to end me? Please. Come then. Come to Xin-Shalast and meet your end, or die here and now for your transgressions, I care not!"

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Turn 25
Lem - BoAbadar
Runeforge Hub

With that, the statue moved to attack them. Valeros felt it was fitting to shatter the statue with the club of Mokmurian. The statue shattered upon impact with the great club, and shards flew in all directions. Valeros hoped that the real Karzoug put up a better fight than that.
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Turn 26
Valeros - BoG
Karzoug Statue - Mokmurian’s Club + Discard a card + Charmed Red Dragon + Wand of Enervation + BoPharasma + Lem Recharge = D10+7+D10+2+D10+5+D10+D4+3 = 43 = no need to roll for wand


"So, you were saying something about imbuing weapons?" Valeros said, turning to his companion. Lem gave a mischievous grin in response.
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Scenario Victory!
Reward - Runeforged Weapons
Adventure Deck Victory!
Reward - Card Feat
Lem - Item
Valeros - Item


Post-Game Analysis

The finale of Adventure Deck 5 means we only have five adventures left to go! I do find it somewhat amusing that the most terrifying creature that the pair have come across was a normal monster in the form of the Shining Child. Seriously, have you looked that thing up? I have.

There were parts of this scenario where Lem was dangerously close to death. Like, no cards left in his deck dangerous. They both got pretty banged up, that's for sure. Next up, our heroes face off against a yeti in the snow while being haunted by some ghosts that were once cannibals, not to be confused with cannibal ghosts. See you then!

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Robert Ahearne
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Superb! As always. I enjoyed Lem's and Valeros's contrasting attitudes towards their adventure.

We seem to have lost turn 9. I take it Lem lost a combat then?
 
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It was so horrible I couldn't even bear to post it! lol, thanks, as always, for catching my mistakes. Fortunately, I keep all my sessions in google drive, so I edited the missing turn back in. Shining Child ain't nothin' to !#%$ with!
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