V. is super dramatic over these dreams he’s been having. I don’t understand why he shows this weakness. He says it’s happening more often.
We talk things through and decide to go south with a girl we hired to get there Enel.
We travel to this Black Tower, some in the party have been here before. They say something of a Lord of the Tower who wanted the party to stay because of a zombie invasion. The party said fuck it.
We think maybe we should gather information during the day when the zombies aren’t there, they come out during the night only.
Ok tells the guards to please excuse Ziad. They are guarding this tower.
I know that there was once an ancient civilization that had been here in the swamp before the tower.
Ok is going to cast a Hallow spell which will be a ring of pure good energy that will keep the darkness at bay. It will take the druid a whole day to cast this spell. We will Hallow the tower. Ok says it will help us have a home base so that we can push the zombie hoard back.
Berry the goblin thinks that we humans are being stupid! These guards have been fighting these zombies for hundreds of years, how can we come back here and actually try and beat them. What kind of magic weapon do we have to beat them? We have nothing.
Berry believes it would be a better idea to run ahead during the day light and run as far as we can go to scout beyond the lines.
The guards are friendly towards us because we helped them last time.
OK turns into a bird and travels south. He crosses over the swamp. It’s between two and six feet deep. It’s not all flat land there are little hills coming out. There are cat tails, plants, crocodiles, and animals. As Ok flies over he sees things moving in the water, but he can’t tell what they are. It’s a dark color, green brown, its very dark.
The animals are all suddenly starting to disappear. It’s getting dark….suddenly the noises all stop. The undead are suddenly rises from the waters. Ok summons two monkeys to search the area and scout.
Ok suddenly flies the fuck out of there. He’s been flying for eighteen hours.
There are thousands of zombies, OK says we don’t understand. Ziad doesn’t think that they are very strong. Let’s just sleep during the day and fight zombies at night. We can do this.
We suddenly smell a dirty, raunchy, sweet. Anything but pleasant smell. It’s the smell of death and decay. Rayne believes it might be some crazy jungle plant that might smell this way. I feel like maybe these plants could be cannibals.
We search the nearby trees. Its maybe thirty feet across, it has a little bit of moss growing on it. It’s a natural dome hill, knoll.
There’s nothing really interesting that we notice about the knoll. The whole place has a weird eerie feeling. The swamp has a magical eeriness. We’ve decided to make a little spot in the woods. Ok is making the ground a hallow ground with his spell.
Suddenly the zombies know us. They see us. A few hours pass and we are slicing through zombies. Six hours in goes ok. All of a sudden, they are making it onto the knoll. They are coming in from all sides.
Berry casts Black Tentacles on one side of the knoll, and casting turning undead on the other side. So we’ve got two sides covered, of four. Ziad casts fireball on one of the sections, and the tendriculous starts to the eat the fourth side. We are okay for now.
We hear a huge roar, a huge screaming. All of a sudden, a huge undead zombie rushes at us through the jungle.
Berry threw two exploding ice daggers on the ground. The huge undead then slid on the ice and slammed up against our knoll that we had covered with spikes. The huge zombie then gets up with spikes in him, takes one out of him and rushes up at us again.
Berry then uses a transmutation spell to transform Krampus into an eight headed hydra.
Ok is concentrating as he continues his hallow spell. The huge undead rushes at OK. As he’s running he trips and falls.
We are able to all come together and kill his huge zombie. As we have turned all of our attention to killing this monstrous zombie, the zombies are now creeping up the knoll.
Berry does his Black Tentacles again on side of the knoll, V. turns undead on one side, Ziad cast a fireball on one side.
We chill on the hill and rest. Around noon we hear what sounds like a girl crying for help. Berry and Ziad think it’s a trap. Gruffles says to hold, let’s not be hasty.
The girl cries again please, help! V. says that ok, him, and myself should go try and help her. I agree.
We look around and suddenly Berry is gone. I hide.
We hear Berry cry out from behind the trees.
This creature that looks like a weasel with the body of a black panther and a tail with a plant mouth. He has Berry unconscious and wants to fight us.
V. asks if he will put his friend down.
The panther says, it’s not every day that I find something so tasty.
V. he’s not a real goblin
The cat says well he has goblin eyes…
Ziad says it’s like a chocolate covered human, he’s not really a goblin.
Gruffles says he will get goblin eyes for the cat but I need Berry right now.
You promise me eyeballs later, says the cat.
V. says that he won’t promise eyeballs, but we won’t promise that we won’t kill you if you don’t put our friends down.
Rayne says that he should join us! He’s kinda superbad ass, we will feed him goblin eyeballs. She pulls out her sword.
The cat believes if he makes the wrong move he will die, but he’s not stupid.
V. uses diplomacy to try and get him to put Berry down. Please just set him down.
Rayne, you need to see it from our end. I think you’re pretty cool, I’ll help you out, you help us out. Why wouldn’t you go with us, that’s the real question. She laughs.
The cat asks why we are even here? I haven’t seen a humanoid thing in years.
We are looking for the zombies, or what created them. The source if you will says V.
Zombies don’t seem to be too interested in me, says the cat.
Well there won’t be anymore eyeballs if the zombies take over, explains Rayne. If you help us take out the zombies, then there will always be eyeballs.
I will find eyeballs, most creatures have eyeballs.
We will go on many exotic adventures and give you three steaks a day, pleads Rayne.
I don’t trust you says the cat. I’m going to back away slowly with him, and when I’m convinced you no longer know where I am I will leave him on the road.
V. says, no that’s not going to happen. We won’t follow you, we just want your friend. You just nabbed our friends, we have plenty of reasons not to trust you.
Ok agrees. You don’t get to make the rules.
Gruffles, you leave our friend here and back the fuck off or we will kill you.
The cat doesn’t believe us. Why would you let me go? I think you’d come get me at night. When I’m convinced you can no longer find me I will leave him for you. I think I have the right to do this.
Ok does a mental telepathy link with Krampus and asked her to follow him.
V. casts Zone of Truth. He passes his check. He gets to ask one question and he has to answer truthfully. Will you leave our friend unharmed? Will you betray our trust?
The creature says that trust isn’t the word he would use, but he will do what he says. I will leave your friend unharmed.
V. isn’t worried about fighting the creature. He’s fully prepared to go.
Rayne says yes, I’m trusting you.
The creature is in the water, floating away.
Krampus is shimmering, following him. Suddenly Berry’s voice says, I said I would leave your friend unharmed if you weren’t following me.
V. decides to follow the creature. We don’t see anything after a little bit of time.
We move forwards and see nothing. I don’t understand where this creature is, and I’m totally beating myself up about leaving Berry alone like this.
We do find some comfort in knowing that Berry must be alive if Krampus is still alive.
The crew has been gone for about twenty minutes or so. The people with OK hear a coughing sound on the other side of the knoll. Gruffles goes over to investigate. Berry is waking up, just coughing up water. Gruffles asks if he’s okay. Big dwarf that he is. I don’t know what the fuck just happened, what the fuck? Asked Berry. Well I’m glad you’re okay buddy says Gruffles. Let’s smoke some weed he says. A few days later the other group gets there, and he gets very upset that the rest of the group is there ruining their high.
When we get back to camp I start to notice a few weeds growing around OK’s arms. He is just a few hours from completing his hallow, the weeds soon start to spread. The area arounds us starts to suddenly grow with grass, and everything starts to come to life. The clouds part and the sun starts to shine through. We all high five right there. It will be a circle of protection for at least a year. We watch the sun go down over the horizon, and we hear the water swirl and the zombies come up to see this circle of light. None of the zombies can get to us a whole circle of zombies in a forty foot radius. Rayne wants to go and investigate, she wants to touch them.
Ok asks three questions to nature. There have not been people around here for a very long time. The state of the swamp is not a thriving habitat, but the creatures here will survive because this has been happening for a hundred years. They’ve adapted.