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D&D ADVENTURE! THE DOMAIN OF THE UNDER-DOG

THE CHASE TO THE CRYSTAL CITY, CHAPTER 3: THE DOMAIN OF THE UNDER-DOG

Welcome friends, to the next chapter of an adventure beyond time, space and reason! Discover new worlds and meet strange people (and that's just the players).

Having leapt from a goods-train like all good hoboes do, the party traveled through a magic portal to the once-grand temple of Pieter Onne-Dray, where they rapidly discovered a snake infestation of the very worse kind...
After doing their best to eradicate the evil in the heart of the temple, the heroes soon found they were outnumbered, and forced to surrender themselves to the mercy of the evil Misstress - and were rapidly consigned to the pit! Scattered, weaponless, and plunging to certain doom, how will our favourite adventurers get out of this one? All and more will be revealed in the next chapter of the epic tale of the Abbott's Cheese...



DRAMATIS PERSONAE:

Sir Seu Antheus, lvl 6 Paladin of the Holy Order of the Lady of the Lake
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Bufo the Black Hood, lvl 4 Neutral Evil Halfling Rogue
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Robin, Lawful Good Human, lvl 5 Ranger
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Rambulge, Neutral Good Human, lvl 4/4 Fighter/Sorcerer
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Bari the White, Chaotic Good Human, lvl 6 Cleric of Jordann
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Eggbert Einstein, Neutral Good Gnome, lvl 6 Illusionist
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Air whistled past Eggbert's ears as he plummeted down into the pit. With little else to occupy his magnificent brain, he found himself calculating the force of the impact he would have on the ground below, based on his estimate of depth relative to the width of the pit and the structural limitations of the building materials and available construction methods (Magic? No,they fear it too much. Kobolds? Probably. Gigantic rock-tunneling worms? Not to be ruled out). Arriving at a satisfying conclusion, he happily determined that at the present time, having reached terminal velocity, there was no chance of surviving this fall. Then he realised he had forgot to include in his equations the variation in the gravitic pull of this planet, which, by his reckoning, was between 0.005-0.007% less than what he was accustomed to. 'Drat,' he thought to himself, 'now i'll have to start agai-'

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Bari felt the wind tickling him under his potato sack as he plunged through darkness, his only light coming from the pinprick above them, and the stave he held in his hand. With a strange feeling of detachment from his current circumstances, he examined the stave's triangular head, it's clean, straight edges, the odd inscription - 'ARIA'. He felt his mind reaching out and connecting with something (someone?) once again, only this time, there were no arrows to interrupt. The golden pyramid filled his vision, he felt himself being drawn inside, he felt-

He was inside.

The room was lush, and golden, and bright - it made him blink with the suddeness of it all. He was standing in a beautiful anteroom, and the rushing wind of his fall had been replaced with a light breeze that caressed his worn and weary body. He heard wind chimes in the background. All was serene.

"Oh, hi!"

A voice! It was high and a little nasal, with a slight accent that Bari couldn't quite pick. When Bari turned, he saw a man of slight build with close-cropped brown hair, a thin goatee, wearing a loose v-necked white singlet and white pants. They were really nice pants. Bari admired the pants.

"Welcome to my home. My name is Pieter Onne-Dray, perhaps you've heard of me?"

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Robin could see Rambulge beneath him, his robes flapping as he fell deeper into this accursed pit. He willed himself to fall faster, to catch up to the spellsword so they could... so they could what? Die together? Maybe he could shield the man with his body so that one of them might live? But then what? Starve at the bottom of the pit, or worse, eat the bodies of the fallen and become something worse than men...? It seemed hopeless, no matter what they did.

Also, what was that awful smell?

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Rambulge farted continuously from the moment he was hurled into the pit. If any of the party had possessed infravision they would have seen him sprout a grotesque tail that fanned out behind him as he dropped through empty space.

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Eggbert was stuck. Very stuck. Something sticky (sticky, sticky, sticky) had stopped his fall, much to his relief (his equations were lost to time now) but in the process of saving him, he found himself unable to do much more than wriggle thanks to the tangles strands he was caught in. He lay on his back, suspended in mid-air, and stared at the distant pinprick of light that was all he could see. 'Well,' thought the gnome, 'I guess this is better than spikes at least.'
After a few minutes he heard the unmistakable sound of a baby's screaming coming closer at a rapid rate. The web (he was pretty sure by now that he was caught in a web) shuddered as something small hit it, followed by a massive tremor as something even larger landed. Straining his eyes in the gloom, Eggbert made out the figure of Duke struggling in his own section of web as he tried to reach the little girl, who was just about inside-out with fear. The hobo managed to pull her from the entanglement and gave her a grimy thumb to suck. Seconds later Rambulge landed too, followed by Robin, and the web zinged up and down like an overloaded trampoline ("What's a trampoline?").

"Oh..." Rambulge was heard to utter weakly, along with a wet farty sound. Robin grunted as the reality of the situation hit him - they had been spared the sudden death of the pit bottom, but at what cost? Were they now to be prey to whatever made this web?!

"If this web belongs to a spider," the ranger's quiet voice came from the darkness, "then it is the largest spider I have ever encountered. We need to get out of this mess now! Right now!"

With a pinging sound, one of the anchoring strands came loose from the wall, and the web started to sag and swing ever so slightly...

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Seu was bound up and gagged in a dark room. Very dark. Pitch black in fact. His armour had been taken off him, the Yuan-Ti crudely hacking through the straps and buckles where they proved tricky to unfasten, and throwing the pieces in a corner. Since he had been placed in this room, noone had come to see him, and though he supposed it had only been a matter of minutes, time seemed to have abandoned him. Bari's aid prayer had worn off, leaving him tired and broken. What had happened to his friends? Were they alive, or had they died at the bottom of that dreaded pit? What of Yngwie?

Almost as if in answer to his question, he heard a hideous scream, muffled by walls, but still close. Was that Yngwie? Were they already torturing him for the answers they sought? Would he tell them the secret of the portal, and let this evil loose upon the universe...?

Seu willed the elf to stay strong. The screaming continued.
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Without his armour on, the paladin felt as naked. Well, he actually didn't have much on so he technically was close to being naked. With Bari's prayer gone, his whole body felt a mess so he tried to move every part of his body just to get sensations back. Toes were OK, as were his legs. His fingers seemed to respond and his arms too although with much pain. He then moved his left breast up and down, followed by the right one, and both seemed as good as possible even if a little bruised. Contracting his abdominal muscles, he made a series of waves with his belly, proof it was fine. A few facial contorsions after that, Seu settled on his table.
The scream he heard in distance reminded him he still had companions to look after and that his mission was still on. For now Seu cold do little more than pray... but wasn't prayer a paladin's strongest weapon after all"
A he close his eyes, Seu's lips started to whisper words of glory to the Lady of the Lake, begging her for her guidance and for her support in their cause... "...and please grant Yngwie your soft blessing to help him bear the pain for I am your devoted and lawful knight and will fight your foes and hold your banner in the grim darkness of whatever future's ahead of us....

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Robin was relieved.

Well as relived as you can be after being thrown into a deep, dark pit to your death and then landing in a web that probably belonged to a spider that was larger than any he had ever seen.

So, he was relieved.

Didn't mean the ranger was happy in their situation. "Quick," he called to his companions. "Keep wriggling and moving, if the web comes away from the wall then we might use it to get down."

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Hi Captain. Can I have a quick clarification on what we still have with us. I know all of our weapons were taken but what about our other items?

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Bari blinked as he took in his new surroundings. How did one go about treating a potential god in their... pyramid staff house? Was Pieter actually a god, or not? What would Jordann think about all of this? He hoped she could see him now.

"Uh, hi," Bari said, beaming brightly. "Yeah, my friends and I, we've heard of you before. We were, uh, visiting your other place. Some kinda temple? It's a little dated now, though, with all the snakemen and whatnot..." he trailed off, unsure of what else to say.

"But this pad is great," he continued, waving expansively. "Much better than the temple. Uh, where exactly are we? And, while we're at it, am I actually here here, or am I still screaming through a black hole at hundred miles an hour and just think I'm here? I'm just asking because if we could do something about the whole black hole thing, that'd be real nice right now."

Bari grinned nervously. What did you say to a potential god?

"Nice pants, by the way. Real nice..."
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As Eggbert fell, he felt strangely free from all normal cares. Even though he was falling under gravity, he felt that gravity was strangely absent. Hmm, interesting idea that. But then his ponderings were rudely interrupted by something soft and squidgy. It did not feel like hitting solid ground at high speed. Maybe this is what death is like, he thought. The afterlife is like being in a big spiders web in a big dark hole..
But then he heard his companions calling out, and realised that he was still very much attached to his mortal body. He heard Robin calling out to keep moving. So he wriggled about a bit.

"Can anyone see the ground? I cant see much at all down here."
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All your weapons are gone, but you still have your other items. Apart from whatever food supplies, bedrolls, cutlery, etc you might have had, Robin has blinding powder and his armour ring, Rambulge has his 'Frank's Zapper' ring and manual of charisma, and Duke has his bag of lucky pebbles (you just never know). Also, Eggbert still has his spellbook in it's waterproof casing (did i mention he has one of those? Of course he does! ;) ).
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Realising what it was that had broken their fall, Rambulge didn't need Robin to tell him to start wriggling but hearing the words out of the ranger's mouth, the spell sword put even more effort in- he wriggled like ten possessed men, farting wildly as he did.
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Pieter regarded Bari with obvious interest. "You are in my realm now, mortal man - at least, what is left of my realm. It's small, but i like to think of it as 'cosy'. Cosy is good, right... what was your name again? Bari, right, yeah, cosy is... it's good."

The deity lapsed into an awkward silence as he looked about him at the various furnishings.

Bari said, "..;"

"So," interrupted Pieter, then, "oh, sorry, sorry, what were you saying?"

Bari repeated, "..;"

"Anyway," Pieter interrupted again, "you mentioned my temple?"

"Yeah... it belongs to the snakemen now," Bari explained apologetically. Pieter nodded distractedly.

"You know Barney... Bari, i meant, sorry - Bari, I've got a problem. I'm going to tell you something that might blow your mind a bit."

Pieter stopped and looked at Bari as if for the first time. "Hey man! Hey, woah... are those arrows? Damn! Come and sit down on my lush divan and take a weight off, come, come on. Sit. Lie down even."

Bari sat. He lay down gingerly on his side, trying to avoid jarring any of the arrows protruding from his body. He was actually relieved to get the weight off his traumatized leg, though a bit weirded out when Pieter started trying to lower grapes into his mouth from a dangling bunch.

"Eat them man, eat! Food of the gods!"

Bari took a grape in his mouth. It was juicy and delicious. It filled him with a wonderful warmth when he swallowed it, and his pain was immediately eased. The arrows disintegrated into fine powder with a wave of Pieter's hand, and the wounds closed over. Bari felt better than he had in a long, long time.

"How do you feel Billy? I've still got it, huh?" Pieter grinned widely as he surveyed his work. Bari felt awkward. "You mentioned you had something to tell me?" the cleric asked.

"Yeah, yeah, right, look, see, the thing is..." Pieter paused. "The way it works is... gods are powerful. Really powerful. But they need belief in order to be... relevant. People have to care, otherwise... well, what do we do? Not much... not much. I've been in here a long time Benny. And there's maybe one person left out there who still believes. She's keeping me going. But she wont be around forever. You need to get me out of here man!"

Pieter's smile was still there, but there was a hint of desperation too. "I need you to take this stave to the high clerist. I dont know where she is but she must be alive still, otherwise... well, otherwise we wouldn't be here. Can you do that for me Harry?"


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Seu closed his eyes and opened them again. It made no difference at all. The darkness was absolute. He prayed to the Lady for guidance in this darkest of hours, the words a whisper on his lips. He blinked his eyes. Darkness, and darkness. The screaming had stopped, and the silence was most worse. Darkness, and darkness.

I need to help my friends... or avenge them.

Darkness.

Darkness.

Light.

Seu was standing on the edge of a frozen lake. He was naked, and the cold was bitter. Before him stood a man, heavily armoured, his visor closed. Frost rimed the metal of his pauldrons and caked his shield. He turned to look at the paladin, and though his eyes were not visible within his great helm, Seu could feel his scorn.

"Do you call yourself a knight?" the figure said. "Where is your armour, where is your shield, where is your blade?".

Seu wanted to answer but he was frozen, body and soul.

"Pathetic." The figure stepped forwards and struck Seu across the face with his gauntleted hand.

Seu blinked. He was back in the room, bound and gagged. Hisston stood before him and slapped him again.

"Ah, i see you are awake now. Good. Drink this."

The snakeman forced sickly brown liquid down the paladin's throat. It tasted awful, but it warmed his body and eased his pain.

"You are in bad shape, and i need you nice and healthy... can't have you dying on me before the...experiments begin."

Hisston leaned in close and sneered.

"I'm going to discover your secrets paladin. I want to know all about you. You have a power within you that defies explanation. Your very aura is anathema to me. By the time I'm done you will beg me for death but I will not grant it to you. I will peel you apart, piece by piece, until all is revealed. I'm going to enjoy this immensely... but for now, you need to rest. Tomorrow we begin."

Hisston walked towards the door, turning briefly to smile back at the paladin with his horrible toothy mouth. "Don't go anywhere now," he sneered. Then the door closed, and the darkness returned.

Darkness.

Darkness.

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The companions in the pit struggled to win free from the sticky strands of spiderweb. Rambulge was flailing about so hard that it looked like each of his limbs might fly off in a different direction. His efforts only made him more entangled, but the motion was having it's effect - one by one the supporting strands were giving way to their combined weight.

As their eyes adjusted to the darkness, Robin began to notice something odd about the way the web had been constructed. Webs come in all manner of styles, from the elegant constructions of orb weavers to the messy work of black widows, but this one did not look altogether natural. The strands stretched from wall to wall in a criss-cross pattern, with very little interconnectivity. Spiders rely on vibrations carried across the web from all areas... this web didn't seem to make sense. What could it mean?

With another jolt, Robin dropped a few feet into some fresh strands. If only they knew how far they were from the bottom...
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Bari rubbed his leg and shoulder where the arrows had been. "Wooo!" he chirped. "Man! You still got it, alright!" Bari sat upright, fully energised by the godly grapes he'd just been offered. He patted the divan. "This is one nice piece of furniture, man. I am totally digging this pad!"

Pieter grinned. "It's good, isn't it? Got it four centuries interest free in a summer sale down at Olympus. Before all this happened, anyway."

Bari nodded. "Yeah. This. So, tell me about this high clerist. What's her name? What does she look like?" Also, if you don't mind my asking, what happened to the other, y'know - followers?"
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Forgot to mention:
Bari's HP: 32/32
Seu's HP: 15/55
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