A brief(ish) synopsis….
After dispelling the magical flames the Storm (Sorcerer) & Magrat (village Witch/Mystic) managed to trigger, & more importantly ESCAPE, a gas trap in the corridor…& promptly ran when they saw a few bones laying midway along it deciding to await the return of the Archer & the Warlock. Meanwhile Lena (the warlock/Demonologist/vampire wannabe) & Stryker the Archer found the home of Knutt the somewhat unhinged & violent forester & dropped him like a sack of spuds pausing only to give an empowering speech to his abused wife….before KOing her as well & returning to the castle with both, a medieval ubereats for vampires & then FINALLY returning Clothilda to the village & her grateful father. Magrat conferred with Sylvi, the local Cunning woman who, with the aid of a certain tea, managed to free Lena from her bloodthrall to Valyane (the vampire) HOWEVER as yet unknown to the party the tralldom was a willing choice by Lena who only agree’s to being freed so she may find another more powerful leech to learn from, watch this space for further development of THAT story.
Returning to the castle after resting up the group decide to confront Valyane, aware that he is a powerful opponent they spent much time planning…none of which survived first contact with the enemy, Lena decided to NOT be part of it as she would be way too susceptible to Valyane’s domination/charm effects but the party was only able to access his lair one or two at a time & found he was hopped up on psycho woodcutter blood, expecting the cultured arrogant veneer he had previously shown the berserk powerfully strong leech nearly caused their undoing…nearly! wounds were taken & the leech turned into a red mist that was absorbed by the two handed sword that he casually swung single handedly…..& then they departed leaving the prisoners they had heard tell of unrescued & forgotten to continue the quest for the last section of the crystal, even so, the land surrounding the forest seemed livelier despite it being winter, evil had been given a spanking & the power of Rimfax had been thwarted, at least for a while
Magrat leads our group of murderhobos south to a fishing village where the magical trail they had been following vanishes, the traditional surly villagers avoid the party, closing doors or fleeing as they approach & after a miscommunication from Magrat offering to make the innkeeper ‘feel better’ (He looked tired) leading his wife to fell less than well disposed toward the group the party are all but ostracized with only one person making an effort to be friendly, he introduces himself as Captain Rakehell (I pictured him as a Brian Blessed type character) recently washed up as his ship, the Rogue Princess, was wrecked somewhere nearby despite the lighthouse being clearly visible in the storm, further investigation of the area revealed that the village had turned to wrecking ships rather than fishing & eventually they found & interrupted a ritual with the last of Rakehells crew being a snackrifice to a huge sea creature, & on his chest is the final piece of the crystal
Combat ensues, the cultist priest manages to paralyse Lena Rakehell & Magrat, Storm was out of spells & Stryker…..shot the snackrifice thus completing the ritual & allowing the creature to attack those on shore HOWEVER Magrats powers do not reqire chants or gestures like other spellcasters & even while paralysed she snatched victory from the jaws, & tentacles, of defeat using telekenesis to snaffle the crystal while strker took care of the priest before he could unleash any more foul magics upon them, then Storm snatched up a scroll from the downed priest & while barely understanding it power only that it was destructive in nature unleashed a BLAST of energy that sore wounded the creature but also caused the cave to collapse with the group, now freed from paralysis with the death of the caster, barely able to escape
Joining the final section of the crystal caused a portal to another realm to open, Elvaron instructs them to find Albus (yes this was written BEFORE Harry Potter) which is in Elvarons tomb, guarded by an IMMENSE demonic wolf that sets about digging its way into the barrowmound as the party loots the corpse (with permission) while they search a fragment of Rimfaxes power manifests in a final effort to thwart the party, Capt Rakehell after realizing he is unable to harm the being, snaffles one of the items & sneaks out, once more the group prevailed using the power of Albus (Elvarons sword) & managed to sneak out just ahead of the Demon in wolf form & returning Albus to the land of Ereworn where its power reinforces the magic of the land….& there was much rejoicing