Ghost Citadel

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Sue disappeared [her player didn’t make it to the meetup] in a flash of light – it maybe have been related to the amber crystals that the group found in the giant goey bug’s lair. Her guard dog remained behind, happy to tag along with Vhaidra and Rex.

The group went back down to the dungeon level and released the lizardfolk prisoner; he had been wound up in a web since they first met him. The lizard man, Korrud, was weak but after being given water and food was able to go with the group. They discovered that he was a paladin.

The group had run-ins with humanoid creatures with spider-like features, that spit webbing and said “Welcome to the end of all things” a lot.

In the main hall, the group was approached by a cleric of Bane holding one of the bracelets that transfers residents of the Zhentarim citadel to the ghost citadel. The cleric, Suddilis, told them he thought he could help them “escape” the ghost citadel. (He assumed that they had been placed there by the wizard that they killed, which was true only in the case of Korrud.) His offer was to help them if they could recover a stash of documents that he believed the wizard had secreted away in the ghost citadel.

The group tentatively agreed, though they of course did not trust Suddilis. Following him through the citadel, they watched him going through the late wizard’s room. In the room, there was a crystal box that, like the wizard’s amber dagger, existed in both the Zhentarim and the ghost citadels. Suddilis became very aggitated when they discovered the box, and insisted that they not take it with them.

The group searched more of the citadel and discovered a web-filled lair in what was once a cistern – in the Zhentarim citadel it was filled with water, but it was dry in the ghost citadel. They fought some “arachlings” and discoverd two metal chests in a corner of the room.

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Ghosts in the Chapel

Rex, Sue and Vhaidra took a simple reconnaisance job- but within seconds of being teleported to the site, their teleportation crystal malfunctioned and they were ported again.

They found themselves in a prisoner’s cell. The prisoner, a lizardman, had been tortured and could only give them a little information: They were in a Zhentarim citadel. The prisoner had been brought in through a portal, and then tortured by a tiefling wizard.

As they ventured out, they soon discovered that the Zhentarim were insubstantial to them – not simply ethereal, but truly not present except for their visual images. The Zhentarim could not seem them at all.

(Among the citadel’s “substantial” inhabitants were critters that looked like three-eyed dwarves with lobster claws for hands – the group dubbed them “goey bugs.” These attacked mindlessly and were dispatch with relative ease.)

A Zhentarim wizard passing by the group held a dagger that they noticed was not transparent… They were able to grab it away from the wizard after a brief tug-of-war. The Zhentarim freaked out—all they could see was a floating dagger. During an attempt to recover it, the wizard used a bead bracelet to transfer himself to the ghost citadel. The group wounded him and he dropped the bracelet, becoming insubstantial to them again. The Z’s retreated upstairs.

On the main level, the group encountered a massive “goey bug” with long tentacles. At the same time, the wizard and several soldiers with bead bracelets attempted an ambush, that left the wizard dead.

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