Quest for Utopia

That smell's gonna linger

The sun rose above the city, casting a pale morning light that didn’t provide much warmth. As the party awoke, they were surprised to see Khatiti had joined them sometime before dawn. How she knew to climb the wall is anyone’s guess. But there she was. Taniel was a bit worse for wear and didn’t wake with the others, so they decided to go ahead after trying to wake her with no success.

As they continued up the tower, they reached the 4th floor, and were greeted by a slightly flooded room with a rather enormous frog. It was easily dispatched by a backflip kick to the chin from Khatiti, apparently snapping what would pass for the creature’s neck. Rooting around in the room, the party found a statue of an angelic creature made of jade. They then saw a door, and began to wonder what was on the other side. So, they went to see.

And when they opened the door, they were assaulted by a horrendous stank that could only be described as the pit of an outhouse left open to the tropical summer swelter. Mmmmmmmmmmm yummy. Apparently Khatiti must have smelled similar, as the gods awful smell didn’t seem to bother her. Peculiar… Inside the room of stink, they saw some adolescent troglodytes (the source of the wonderful aroma), which the party proceeded to slaughter without pause. Of course, there was a technicality of the troglodytes attacking first, but who’s keeping track? Finding nothing of value in the room, the party decided to investigate the everpresent doors. One led to their old nemesis: rubble-filled staircase. After shaking their fists at it, they went over to the other door. With a push, the door opened…

And the familiar perfume of troglodyte assaulted their canine noses. Again, Khatiti managed to not get sick from the smell. And Kantam decided it might be best to breathe through his mouth instead of his nose. Amber, however, just can’t stand that wonderful smell of troglodyte. Inside this next room, a giant brute of a troglodyte was just standing there all creepy. Why was he alone in this room, just standing there? They didn’t take time to ponder this and immediately ran in all warlike and beat the crap out of the poor guy. He made an attempt at self defense, but was cut down in 12 seconds. They rifled through his personal belongings, and stole a set of keys that opened a chest and a door. They opened the door, and saw a near-naked man with long white hair and a white beard, chained up to the wall. What was going on here?

The party unchained the guy and told him to put some clothes on. They retrieved his gear and he got dressed, thanking them for rescuing him from his torture. He told them why he was there, and that they weren’t quite finished, as there was another smelly lizard man that needed murdering. They climbed the wall yet again, and reached the top of the tower. Another troglodyte, this one being full grown instead of just a child, was staring out across the city, with a small albino crocodile at his feet. Tasskar, the troglodyte leader, noticed the party (now including the old guy, who turns out to be a bard) and told his friend to attack. Kantam became croc food, but was saved thanks to the old man, who for some strange reason was singing about things. Whatever, the singing made the 3 doggies better at wholesale slaughter. Khatiti got off a nice shot and sent a crossbow bolt straight into the trog’s eye, while Amber loosed an arrow into his neck. They finally managed to bring down the trog (who never got close enough to overwhelm them with his pungent stink) after having fire thrown at them. They then proceeded to slaughter his “pet”. The bard thanked them and gave them some money, and ran away. The party stole this troglodyte’s belongings as well as the things he accumulated in his treasure chest.

Upon returning to the city, they expressed interest in purchasing the tower and rebuilding it. The guard captain said he would bring it up with the city government, which could take a bit. You know how governments love to drag their feet. (This will also give me time to obtain the Ultimate Campaign book that comes out later this month which details the cost and such to build a building and such.) The next day, they rudely eavesdropped on someone’s private conversation about some wizards being all strange like wizards are. You know how strange people are who read books all day and don’t go outside much are. Cookoo! They asked about the wizards, and the guy gave a vague description of where they were, and the party went to investigate. And did someone remember to go get Taniel when they left the tower? She’s probably still up there, a bit frightened about being left along in a busted tower who’s occupants wanted her dead.

So, abandoning their friend in the tower of doom, the 3 canine humanoids skipped merrily through the city streets to the wizards’ house. They proceeded to commit the crime of breaking and entering and began to rummage through a stranger’s house. A cookbook decided to snap shut when Kantam looked at it, and they went into the kitchen, presumably to steal some food. There, they found signs of a struggle, which strangely contained stains of tomato sauce. They followed the trail to a bedroom, where an unconscious man was tied up in bed and a tiny winged creature was tearing through some books. What had transpired here? Did they walk into the house of some kinky people? Deciding not to dwell on this, the 3 of them proceeded to slaughter, again. Amber got stabbed by the imp’s stinger, suffering some ability damage from the poison, but immediately shrugged it off. Kantam also got poked, but was more resilient. They poked the devil to death.

They then went to investigate the basement, where they were met by a pastry man thing. They poked it, and were splashed by blazing hot tomato sauce. Khatiti punched and kicked it, and suffered some damage from the pastry-man-thing’s very hot pastry flesh. Did this thing just come out of the oven? They managed to pummel it into pastry goo, and went back up to check on the unconsious man. At this time, a woman walked in on them and was about to call for the guards when she was placated by the party telling her what happened. She decided to overlook the breaking and entering, as well as the theft of her box of potions, and thanked them for saving her hubby. She let them keep the potions, offered to teach Kantam a spell of her’s, and gave them some gold. They then left her house and… fade to black

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