|Episode 421 - As the Feywild Burns|
|Release Date:||August 30, 2021|
|Recording Date:||August 26, 2021|
|Cast & Characters|
|Michael DiMauro:||Dungeon Master|
|Tim Lanning:||Toby Treacletart|
|Jennifer Cheek:||Rowan Grey|
|Mike Bachmann:||Skud Derringer|
|Nika Howard:||Lahnik "Lahni" Caplain|
|Previous Episode:||Next Episode:|
|Episode 420||Episode 422|
Your heroes just killed a god or a demon prince or a demigod or just a really powerful dude, anyway, that doesn’t matter because we have bigger Trant’s to fry! Turns out Trant’s super powerful realm ending army is…well super powerful and the Feywild is in trouble if we don’t hurry up and do something about it.
Having defeated Baphomet, the Tower of Grey find themselves finally facing the dimensional chest that contains The God Killer. As they ponder what to do about it, Toby begins to feel a buzzing in his pocket. It is his Sending Stone, on the other end of which is Xharlion Zumstina, from the White Spire. Toby's old Master begs for Toby's help, informing him that they are currently under a little bit of an attack. Well, a lot bit of an attack, really. He speaks of "so many demons", and of being over-run. Toby promises to go help, which mean they don't have much time. Turning their attention back to the chest, it's quickly remembered they they will need a key with which to open it. And that key is on Baphomet's corpse.
Toby uses his horrific Vecna hand to grab at the key, which is spikey and sharp and gothic as hell. It's so sharp, in fact, that Toby gets a little cut. He does, however, grab it, so they turn once again back to the chest. This chest, btw, is big. It has, almost like a top that comes completely off, rather than opens, but still attached, you know? As Jennifer says, like tupperware. Toby takes the key, and puts it in the keyhole...
The chest opens (extremely Legend of Zelda, obviously), and the party is hit with the wafting scent of pine trees, and the fragrance of the forest. Inside the chest, they find, not the God Killer, but instead, an entrance to The Feywild! A blazing white light blasts through room suddenly, and a ghostly, shimmery figure appears. It's Pelor! He says that, though he and the other gods have been fighting valiantly, Trant Thumble's forces have broken through their defenses, and it won't be long until Melora is killed. Seems the heat of the battle is happening outside The Castle of the Spring Court, Melora's castle. That would be tough to fight through, but fortunately, Thumble has the other chest with him, meaning our team will just be able to zip on through to him. Pelor heals the Tower, wishes them luck, and vanishes.
Well, things are getting pretty, as they say, real. Toby waxes poetic about how far everyone's come, and this Wiki editor sheds a single tear (there would be more, but I can't cry and type at the same time). However, soon, they are met with another friendly divine ally, Uthgar! He's still wearing the Ring of Exhaustion, claiming it's the only thing Skud ever gave him (no comment). To get him to take the ring off, the others convince Skud to give him something else. So, with the fate of the world at stake, and Melora about to be killed at any second, Skud gives his dad some macaroni art. Cool, but that leads to the next logical question: who to give the ring to? Oh yeah! It's Gengar! Skud's fighter! He agrees to take the ring, knowing the consequences (despite Skud's attempts to lie to him). He does this because he's a wonderful person. And because he lives a torturous existance, unable to eat or poop, due to him being made of cards, or something? Whatever, they ask Gengar to join them in the fight, which he also agrees to, but Uthgar is still feelin' a little woozy, so he heads off for a little nap. But not before handing each of them a magical amulet that "should" give them good luck. He tells Skud that he's proud of him, and fades away.
Toby also has a moment with Adira Harper, which is neat. Lahni expresses her gratitude to her friends/family. She says that she doesn't need to resurrect her dead family members, because she has her new family now. And she also plans on sharing with them her family's secret recipe someday, but not today. She'll do it right before she dies. And with all of this closure all closed off, the party enters the portal to the Feywild.
They do it all in their own special way, of course. Toby jumps in headfirst, despite being in his Broom of Flying. Lahni goes in ass first, "like a SCUBA diver". Rowan does a "really compact" cannonball. Adira elegantly floats through. Skud rides through in a toboggan of bones, apparently made of Akkio (he can't control bones, so he had to do it manually, and tie all the bones together with strings). Hoby flies through. And they are in the Feywild!
Flashback! Aludra Wyrmsbane and Jaela have entered the battlefield! They've been hard at work prepping the field, laying traps and whatnot. There's everything you want in a trap-based scenario: quicksand, boiling holy water, poop spears (exactly what they sound like), etc. They've also blessed the moat surrounding the castle to become holy water, and have a number of forces at their disposal. There are Fey creatures hiding among the trees, guerilla style (or are the trees themselves, oh damn), as well as Pelor and his Elysian angels guarding the skies, Galanthian High Elves, Wood Elves, the Sun Shields of Pelor's Hope, Wizards of the White Spire, flesh golems from Tidtowne leading the vanguard. The groundwork is laid, and the portals open. The Battle of the Feywild begins...
Ordinarily, demons are chaotic, unpredicatble creatures. However, they seem to be formed into a kind of strategic force, and they're being led by the Demon Lord, Geryon. He's a scary, intimidating, snake-like dude, but the forces of good are able to keep him and his demons at bay. Unfortunately, he's not The BBEG. That moniker lies with Trant Thumble, who appears from another series of portals from the sky. Trant is larger than he was before, beefier, and about 7 ft tall. Holding a large platinum shield with Bahamut's visage on it, his metal arm is now less "arm" and more "gatling gun". This gun, it has 5 muzzles, each about 3 in. in diameter. Each one seems to be sculpted into the head of a different color dragon. And, he rides a great black horse, with flaming hooves. Bad. Ass.
Trant aims his gun arm at the side of the castle wall, and a blast of fire bursts out. It rips a hole right in it! He and his army are able to slip in, despite the best efforts of Pelor's angels. This is, may I just say? bad news...
End Flashback! The Tower of Grey emerge from the portal, to find themselves in Melora's throne room, within the castle. Blood covers every surface, and piles of bodies, demon and not demon, line the floor. The throne itself is shattered, pieces lying scattered across the floor. And Melora is there, slumped against the back wall. Her bow is broken, and lies at her feet. 2 Belor stand on either side of, and making his way slowly toward the fallen god, is Trant. His metal arm now looks like a canon, and has the God Killer attached to it. And I thought it was bad news before.
They call out to him, Trant turns his raging eyes toward the party, and begins to speak...
Toby gets a call from the Battle of the Feywild, that Trant's forces have broken through. He grabs the key from Baphomet's body, and everyone has some touching moments of closure together. Pelor appears and heals them, and Uthgar appears, and beers them! No, he gives them some amulets that give them "good luck", and says he's proud of Skud. Aw. There's a flashback to Aludra and Jaela prepping the battlefield, before Trant appears and blasts his way into the castle. That leads us to now, when the Tower of Grey jump through the chest portal to find Trant standing before Melora' fallen,unmoving body. He has the God Killer attached to his metal arm (now a canon), and he turns to the Tower of Grey, about to speak...
- Everyone gets Inspiration for "playing so well". I don't know for sure, but I'm pretty sure everyone has inspiration from, like, a year ago, but no one ever uses it. Oh well. They got it now
- Skud can't use Inspiration to re-draw a card from the Deck of Many Things
- Uthgar claims that the ring is the only thing that Skud ever gave him. I'd like to remind everyone of Episode 409, where Skud bought Uthgar a leather mug that says "Thanks for Trying" on it. This is fine, and doesn't make me mad. I like it, actually
- The Satyr that got got was Nook Nimmlock, and he was horny for Toby. RIP
In This Episode...
Cast and Player Characters
- Michael DiMauro - Dungeon Master
- Tim Lanning - Toby Treacletart / some 4-ft tall tiefling with a big mustache
- Jennifer Cheek - Rowan Grey / Aludra Wyrmsbane
- Mike Bachmann - Skud Derringer
- Nika Howard - Lahnik "Lahni" Caplain / Jaela
Quest Log Updates
- [Active] - Stop Trant Thumble! / Save Melora!
- [Optional?] - Destroy The God Killer
- "This hand truly is... my dark passenger..." ~ Toby Treacletart
*(EDITOR'S NOTE: Real missed opportunity here for Tim to have said "My Dark Past-enger"...)
- "Does it smell like weed, Michael" ~ Nika Howard
- Everyone rolls Perception after Toby's stone call
- Lahni - 14
- Skud - Nat 1
- Toby - 14
- Rowan - 12
- They can see a key hole on the chest, but no key!
- They then all roll Investigation to loot Baphomet's body
- Toby - 25
- He finds the key
- Lahni - 16
- She does not find the key
- Rowan - 16
- She does also not find the key
- Toby - 25