After spending time in Hammerfast, our intrepid party decided to head for the mountains to help Copper with his quest and look for the Fire Opal. Copper, Visha, Hao Shu and Xena made their way to the foothills on a direct route into the mountains where the Fire Opal is famed to be awaiting discovery, a 2 day journey saw oour party arrive at a strange maze of 15ft high Hedging and looking for a way through this maze. Xena climbed one of the hedges to try and find a rough passage through the maze to what lay on the other side, upon travelling through the maze, Copper triggers a trap of poison darts which hits Visha and Hao Shu(who shook of the effects) the part encountered a guard and a drake. Copper explains to the guard the reason for the party arriving, Hao Shu moves up and again sets of the trap, before Xena attempts to disarm the trap but fails and several members are hit by poison darts once more.
The angry drake proceeds to attack Hao Shu as battle commences, a second drake appears and proceeds to attack Visha giving her a light wound, Copper goes into battle with the 1st drake, Xena moves in to help Visha fighting the 2nd Drake. At this point a 2nd Guard arrives and attacks Xena, Xena inspires fortitude to heal herself and aid her friends, while Visha attacks with a double attack causing major hits on the 2nd Drake. The battle continues with Hao Shu bloodying the 1st Drake, the drake enraged delivers a critical hit to Hao Shu, while Visha is bloodied from the 2nd Drake attacking, at this point she strikes out and kills the 2nd Drake. Copper moves in to aid Xena, who is hit heavily and bloodied, knocked to the ground and much pain, Hao Shu strikes and kills the 1st Drake, Visha strikes out a mighty blow as the guard surrenders. Copper questions the guard about the monastery and waht may lie ahead for our party, we decide to proceed into the old Monastery, we come across two statues, the statue animates and Copper explains that we mean no harm and are here on a good mission. Visha discovers reinforced doors, while Xena uses her religion knowledge to understand the runes have something to do with the God Moradin but cannot ascertain anything further. Visha tries to examine a rune and takes damage but with no success, Hao Shu speaks to the statue who reveals something about a dwarf beginning with the letter “G” the statues states that the Spider King will kill all who are evil. Xena agrees to wrestle the statue and unfortunately fails and ends up with a broken arm and alot of pain, Hao Shu successfully passes a diplomacy check with the statue and the doors open, at this point (Visha, Hao Shu, Copper and Xena have gained improvement(level up)). The party move into what appears an old very dusty library with much rubble laying around, and many books on the shelves, but we are not alone, eyes watch through the books, as the party start to investigate Xena is knocked to the ground as bookshelves are pushed over. The other members of the party are also knocked to the ground, Xena’s goes into a rage as she sees Poltergeists but misses her initial attack, Visha and Xena take heavy damage in the initial attacks, the party moves into combat once more with Xena getting heavily hit and bloodied. Visha is strongly in combat taking several hits as she fights with a poltergiest, Visha kills one of the undead as Copper helps to heal a battered Xena, with renewed vigour Xena hits out with Whirling Blade missing one target, but striking the 2nd target. As the combat progresses the party are taking much damage and getting heavily subdued, at this point Hao Shu drops to the floor and is in real trouble while Visha discovers the location of a key we need, the party focuses on the poltergiest to get the key from. Xena tries to revive her comrade Hao Shu but fails, Visha is hit hard and falls unconscious, Hao Shu who is back on his feet joins Copper in attacking the Poltergiests but then gets critically hit twice and once again falls unconscious the battle is now dragging on and our party is feeling the tiredness and effects of combat.
Visha who has recovered somewhat joins Xena in trying to wrestle the key from the Poltergiest but with no success, Copper is able to stabilise Hao Shu, Xena hits two targets and retreats from combat while Visha gets hit hard and again falls unconscious, Xena is able to kill one of the two remaining Poltergiests but is then hit hard and falls unconscious, poor old Copper is left to stabilise a dying Hao Shu, Visha and Xena, while the remaining Poltergiest stops attacking. After much resting Copper is able to revive the three dying members of party, what lies in store next for our battered party….....
(As observed by Xena the Swordmage)