Heroes of Daggerdale

Tomb Siege!
It's like a Tomb Retreat, but without Golem room service

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

Deeper into this tomb, we found a celestial and a yugoloth (I think), guarding my companions’ prize. The final agreement was that we wouldn’t take the relic, and instead the demon would come to help us against Smokey Joe, with the celestial’s safety assurances. This was all interrupted by a mixed demon/gnoll army outside wanting the relic. We began fighting them back when my companions failed to find a diplomatic solution.

Oh, and I fell down a chasm with a mezzoloth on my head and died.

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The moral superiority of Gnomes
Seriously, everyone else was blatantly evil this time

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

There was a dimensional door in Shadowdale with the Avatar of Helm standing inside, but it closed as we approached, so we completely ignored it (after thoroughly testing the area and everyone near it).

Then one of the elves (yes? elf?) felt we should finally make our move on Zhentil Keep. I still sort of liked the idea of sneaking in disguised, but they insisted on getting a cursed ring of teleportation from Beardy, which put us right inside some deep dungeon under the city (we think). There, some smokey demon taunted us as my companions fell to a pair of Beholders. I was just about to turn the tide of battle, when one of the elfumans caved in and sold us out to the demon, against my strong objection. It got us out of the dungeon and off near the town of Westgate, even restoring my fallen followers, in exchange for two of them selling their souls and fairies, and promising to return with an artefact of Baal. Needless to say, I am absolutely not going to let that happen.

After getting directions from some Gnolls, whose boss I expect will give us more trouble shortly, we entered the tomb where the Baal thing is supposed to be and had a hell of a time dealing with all manner of uglies, including an Annis, which killed me. A variety of undead also complicated our progress.

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Were are we now?
The pun only works if you pronounce 'were' like 'werewolf' and not the plural form of 'was'

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

On our return to Shadowdale, we suddenly found ourselves transported yet again to some unknown part of Ravenloft. We dealt with a number of werewolves in and between two cities, before releasing some souls from a crown. It’s fair to say we didn’t have much idea of what the hell any of it meant.

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To Archenbridge!
Wait, weren't we going to Zhentil Keep?

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

We have accepted further work from Layo, to look for more missing lumberjacks and others in the area of Archendale. We arrived and were soon scouring the area, and then I fell over and don’t recall much else.

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Puppets of Evil!
Muppets of Doom!

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

Accursed Sword Lady! I was minding my own business, setting up the Garl Glittergold’s Gnomish Orphanage for Orphaned Gnomish Orphans, when suddenly I was on another plane again. This time, it was damn puppets, evil magical puppets. We made short work of them, because it would have been ridiculous for the Gnome Liberation Army to be trumped by mere puppets, but it turned out that damn Sword Lady had staged the whole thing from the start.

Now we’re all back in Shadowdale again, which at least means I can sort out a few orphanage-related errands here before we strike decisively against Zhentil Keep.

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The King is Dead!
No, wait, he's ok

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

As thanks for clearing his Drow problem, Russel Crowe invited us to join him at the birthday feast of the king of Cormyr at Castle Daggerdale. This was grand, and my companions quickly fell into mindless revelry. However, I became concerned by Russel Crowe’s apparently odd behaviour and kept a close eye on him all night. Even so, we were woken the next morning with news that he’d been killed!

I investigated thoroughly and discovered that he was not in fact dead, but replaced by a doppleganger and hidden away in the crypts under the castle, a cunning plot by the Zhentarim. Grateful (yet again), he tasked the Gnome Liberation Army with sacking Zhentil Keep in revenge. This is awfully poor timing, as I was just about to begin work on the new Garl Glittergold’s Gnomish Orphanage for Orphaned Gnomish Orphans.

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Mission accomplished!
Certain doom is upon us.

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

It took us some doing, but we seem to have cleared all of the Drow/Vampires from under the hills. And I haven’t died.

This all seems to fit the Spiderhaunt prophecy too well. The Drow speak of Lolth being dead, which explains the absence of spiders from Spiderhaunt Wood. This is said to be a terrible omen, and now that seems more likely. The fact that we faced so many Vampires and yet I didn’t die must surely also be a sign of horrible doom yet to come.

Also, I’m getting a hover-pony!

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Something!
More elves, right?

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

I’m told we went back to town. I wasn’t really paying attention. Next thing I know, we’re at the bottom of the Drow caverns, facing Drow Vampires! My ultimate doom is surely upon me yet again.

There’s some story about Lloth being missing, which might explain the absence of spiders from Spiderhaunt Wood. Finally, a chance for us to do some real and useful good down here! (Somehow.)

Also, a new tall lad joined us.

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Ploon convinces mighty demon to flee!
Feredir convinces drow mages to attack the party!

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

We left some of the Gnome Liberation Army to remove the former Drow dwellings, to discourage their return, while I lead a small team to investigate what the locals described as a mages tower in the caverns. There we fought off several more Drow wizards, before finding their chief prisoner, a Nycaloth named Barrenous. We valiantly set him free and he definitely did not injure me on his way out, because I had gained his trust. Then we found the chief Drow mage, who attempted to negotiate with us, until the archer did something to scare his elf cousins into attacking us. We will soon have them dealt with, but I’m glad I’ve stopped in the middle of battle to write this all down before I forget it.

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GLA Shows Mercy
Except to those first 8 goblins...

As told by Ploon Kloovs:

Exploring the underground realm further, we uncovered several more monsters and a whole community of Drow and Greenskins, plus a few Stone Giants. I demanded their surrender and they began fighting amongst themselves in terror. We easily expelled the survivors, requiring them to retreat ever deeper into the tunnels, away from the light of civilised lands.

More worrying is that I caught one of the tall ones, the oracle, trying to curse me in the middle of the night, presumably in revenge for convincing everyone to destroy her evil Vampire pet. Fortunately, I rise above such petty vengeances, and Baravar and Garl would not let something like that happen to me.

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