Sorry about the off week. Besides the hurricane, I was sick anyway. Since we didn’t meet and 2 people missed last week, ask any in or out of character questions you have for the npcs in the comments, and I’ll answer even if you didn’t get that info during the session.
Last week, we arrived on a cave landing on the north side of the Darklake. There, our group split into 3 smaller groups, and the other 2 disappeared into the mist. We found a small fishing village, abandoned and covered in glowing fungus, and then found another ghost town with a large treehouse. Inside the treehouse, we found an abandoned camp and looted the 2 backpacks. Upstairs, the doors and windows were covered in scratch marks and the furniture was overturned. We found a set of children’s blocks that spell out messages when they are placed on a surface—such as KILLLORDJUIBLEX and RECEPTIONAT1200.
On our way out, we were stopped by highwaymen and a case of mistaken identity. The bandits, Luna and Ayo, were a derro and mind flayer looking to prey upon drow, but found us instead and offered to let us stay in their camp, which we already looted. After returning some of their items, Ayo told us that a spore plague wiped out the area, and that he’s been unsuccessfully researching a cure. However, he can cure individual cases that haven’t progressed very far, and neither he nor Luna seem to be concerned about catching it themselves. He also told us that the disease runs its course in about a week, at which point the affected will either die or become a spore zombie. Some people, such as Sarith, seem to be resistant to the infection’s progression. Ayo also explained that this village, Ledrask Village, was under control by a nearby mind flayer colony called Ubiquitous and used to breed slaves. He offered to try and take us into Ubiquitous, where we could have maps of the Underdark and a space ship called the nautioloid, but he wasn’t sure if any zombie mind flayers remained.
We decided to sneak away and try the other direction, and went into the Silken Paths. However, we picked the wrong path, and ran into a giant spider in a collapsed tunnel. Rather than try the other 11 paths, we went with Ayo and Luna to the supposed entrance to the tunnel. They used psionics to lift the rock slide and we discovered that they were right about the secret entrance. Inside, we fought a zombie chuul guardian.
At this point, we have 3 options. We can continue into the colony, potentially facing powerful and alien enemies. We can try the Silken Paths, potentially getting lost forever or ending up somewhere entirely wrong. Or we can go back onto the Darklake, and try to sneak past the angry aboleth guarding the waters. Unfortunately, we don’t have much time to decide, as the sound of dozens of drow spider riders can be heard right behind us.
This week, I won’t penalize you for metagaming a little. Some of you have knowledge of the Underdark including valuable information about aberrations. Since you are all rookie players, it might help to go look up a little bit about mind flayers and the other aberrations nearby, like the chuul and the aboleth. You don’t need to memorize their stat blocks, but think about doing a little googling to see what their whole deal is and specifically what they like to eat and how their societies function.