D&D5E: Land of the Sleeping King

Escape from Utopia
An interlude

Our intrepid heroes find themselves adrift on a battered goblin warboat in the company of a deceased giant mole and a variety of grubs. Above them looms the Wall of Atrus, the legendarily vertiginous red cliffs that rise to the south of Westport. The capital itself can be tantalisingly glimpsed in the distance.

The adventurers arrived here after an epic escape from the devastation of the horde’s invasion of Utopia. Along the way they have gathered a gigantic statue of a gibbering mouther, Goren has acquired a skewered troll, Peren has undergone some anatomical readjustment and TikTok has attained the rank of Admiral King.

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Land of the Sleeping King ep.3
How Sune Is, Now

Following their exertions against the goblin marauders, our heroes retreated to the TEMPLE OF SUNE in UTOPIA for a deserved rest.
In his sleep, the devout Jonty was visited by the avatar of Sune who explained that the temple had been infected by evil and required reconsecration. Fortunately, his new companions had come through the home of GIDEON MELORIUS and brought with them the golden circlet required to access the inner sanctum. Jonty was the chosen of Sune and must guide the circlet carriers in their quest.
The circlet was placed onto the head of the statue in the temple, which then moved to reveal a descending staircase. Jonty, Gwynne and Tik-Tok discovered the inner sanctum, which looked like a beautiful glade dominated by a large paw-paw tree. Erotic murals adorned the walls, and elven tables and chairs were dotted around.
However, this apparent paradise concealed a peril – needle blights! These horrific ambulant plants proved a stern test, and were later followed by more battles with such monstrosities as twig blights, giant centipedes, shrieking fungus and…a “beholder”!
Their explorations also revealed numerous treasures and, strangely, numerous scrawled pieces of graffiti, including:
If I so much as see a pawpaw I shall go mad! AGAIN! Ha ha!
And you shall see the fruits of my labours!
Helloooo? Is there anybody there? No? Well I’ll just stay here then I suppose.
Pawpaw stew. Pawpaw soup. Pawpaw fricassee. Enough already!
O, Nerylana! Your beauty and wisdom is lost to me forever. There’s nothing left for me except this…existence.
Is there a cure for loneliness? Or madness?
Love! Love! Love is lost to me, forever!
Free me from this loveless nightmare!
But the greatest danger was yet to come! Re-entering the main chamber, the heroes heard a voice crying “You will remain here as I have!” at which point the paw-paw tree came to life and attacked! Despite the tree’s evident destructive power, the heroes beat it off with ease, after which a sad and insane elf rushed at them wielding a dagger and was killed with ease.
Finally, our heroes broke into the head priestess’s quarters and the temple’s treasury, finding therein copious treasures and an animated set of armour that remains there as a guard.
Gwynne and Tik-Tok seemed pleased with their new-found loot, particularly Tik-Tok’s grand new crown with which she declared herself KING TIK-TOK. Meanwhile, Jonty awaits the judgement of Sune…
XP
Needle Blights 4×50XP = 200XP
Twig Blights 4×25XP = 100XP
Giant centipedes 2 x50XP = 100 XP
Shriekers 2×10 XP = 20 XP
“Beholder” = 100XP
Paw-Paw Tree and Elf = 0XP
520 monster XP/3 = 173 XP each
100 XP each for exploration, gives us
273 XP each for Jonty, Gwynne and Tik-Tok
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Treasure:
Gwynne carrying:
GP 44 + 200 + 2000
PP 100
Gold Ringlet with Bloodstones = 250gp
Elvish + Orcish Paintings = 500gp each
Carved Ivory Statuette = 250gp
Brass mug with jade inlay = 250gp
Gold birdcage with electrum filagree = 250gp
Elf Dagger
Potion of Healing
Potion of Climbing
Potion of resistance (Radiant)
Bag of Holding

Other:
1 Scroll of Purify Food and Water
1 Scroll of Protection from Evil
1 x Crown (Tik-Tok)

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Land of the Sleeping King ep.2
Paradise Lost

Our heroes Goren, Peren, Ophelia and Jonty were summarily dismissed from the underdark city amid scenes of panic and rumours of war breaking out. Briefly under threat of execution, they were instead sent away through a magic mirror and into a long-abandoned temple of SUNE. Almost immediately they were joined by the similarly impromptu arrival of Gwynne and Tik-Tok, having themselves escaped the slave mines of TITANIS, under construction fortress of MORECH THE OVERSEER.

Investigation of the temple uncovered another portal to elsewhere (currently inactive), an altar dedicated to SUNE, a study containing rotten books and a degraded portrait, and behind the waterfall at the entrance of the temple a marauding warband of GOBLINS!

The merry band were soon able to demonstrate their togetherness by battling off a group of BLACK BEARS that mysteriously appeared in among the pews, later revealed to be a test sent my the mad wood elf BLUE-EYES. The elf revealed that the adventurers found themselves in UTOPIA, the long lost city that represented the zenith of cosmopolitan elven culture.

Spurning such fripperies as planning and tactics, our brave warriors stepped out of their hidden location to challenge the goblin leader to combat. A massive melee ensued, with the party emerging victorious after killing a beating off numerous goblins and a number of vicious GIANT RATS.

Tending to their wounds, our heroes were finally able to take some rest and consider the strange and perilous situation in which they find themselves…


XP awards

3 black bears x 100 XP = 300 XP/6 – 50 XP each
14 goblins x 50 XP = 700 XP/7 – 100 XP each
4 giant rats x 25 XP = 100 XP/7 – 14 XP each
Investigating the forgotten temple – 20 XP each
Defeating the goblin war party – 100 XP each
Military strategy – 0 XP each

284 XP per person, well done you!


Treasure

Looks like the goblin boss was able to get away with any loot he may have been carrying. As well as a bunch of shoddy goblin weapons and armour, you find:

200 GP in assorted coinage

Also, after Identification of items that came from the forgotten lair of GIDEON MELORIUS and hidden in the temple of Sune, you also have:

Philtre of Love
3 copper bracelets of the Ruby Axe dwarf clan
Silver-iron shortsword
Silver-iron warhammer
Enchanted sling +1 to hit
Silver dagger worth 50 GP
Scroll of Protection from Energy
Gold circlet worth 400 gp
41 gp of ancient type
Sceptre and 3 rings of the ritual

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Land of the Sleeping King ep.1
Dark Pursuit!

The Story So Far

We meet our heroes TIK-TOK (strangely, a girl) and GWYNNE (strangely, a boy) ripped from their former lives and enslaved in the dank tunnels of the TITANIS, hellish lair of MORECH THE OVERSEER. Fortune smiles on the half-orc and the young nobleman as TIK-TOK’s relentlessly powerful excavation reveals a hitherto hidden chamber, subsequently revealed to be part of the undermountain dwelling place of the long-dead archmage GIDEON MELORIUS!

Taking full grasp of the opportunity fate has bestowed upon them, the unlikely pair escape into the wizard’s lair, only to find themselves stumbling over numerous crumbling bones, as well as very much ambulatory SKELETONS. Their explorations lead them to the throne room of MELORIUS himself, where they free a trapped fire elemental, EZAQTAR, in exchange for details of a ritual that will free them from the stony prison.

Battling off the hordes of GOBLINS that were their captors, TIK-TOK and GWYNNE manage to intone the strange ceremony in front of a portal mirror and, leaving the furious cries of the goblinkin behind them, step into the unknown….

Monsters killed:

3 crap skeletons: 3×25= 75xp
6 crap goblins: 6×25= 150 xp

Tasks achieved:

Escape from the TITANIS: 100 xp each
EZAQTAR unbound: 30 xp each
LYRIANA saved: 50 xp to GWYNNE

TIK-TOK 242 xp
GWYNNE 292 xp

Loot gained:

3 copper bracelets of the Ruby Axe dwarf clan
Silver-iron shortsword
Silver-iron warhammer
Enchanted sling (unidentified)
Silver dagger (unvalued)
Scroll (unidentified)
Gold circlet worth 400 gp
41 gp of ancient type
Sceptre and 3 rings of the ritual

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