Reached Gorna and warned the Regent of the apparent links between Gyruff’s archmage and the chained god as well as the Duegar as well as the teleportation gate at the Duergar”s monastery.
Have been trying to round up heroes to go back into the monastery but haven’t had any success yet. Heard that druid Aoth as well as some others are expected to return from the ways of the world a couple days north of the monastery. A place called the crying circle, weeping woods, sewing circle I can’t remember but anyhow Aurora and I head up their.
We are in luck we reach the place and Llewellyn, Aoth and party arrive at nearly the same time. Llewellyn shape changes so he is large enough to carry the Dagda’s staff back to him. He is gone before I can even tell him about the chained gods followers and their thoughts on trying to sway the Dagda to help them.
Before I can broach the subject of the monastery a raven flies down and starts speaking “Thorn, Thorn, seek thorn”. Aoth speaks with animals with the bird but it seems evasive, however he does learn its mistress is the goddess the raven queen. We follow the direction the raven goes and discover the druid protecting these parts. The druid follows Obad Hai and was one of those involved with the rebellion. But he also works on eliminating the shadows in the Dim so he can’t be all bad. We have a peaceful conversation in which we learn that Thorn is the fey Queen of Bright Summer right hand creature. I ask why it is we would want to do the Raven Queen’s bidding to earn Queen Aisling’s enmity. Getting caught between to powerful beings like that makes us pawns who they can deal with in whatever capricious manner they decide. Now Dandelion blows his top and suggests that I don’t have to go on the mission to Fey. Well of course I was willing to go. Not happy to go back to Fey lands but willing. I also knew that Dandelion was going to try and trade some magic items to get rid of the plagues sent by Queen Aisling to Oerth. That is a noble endeavor even if the Thorn part turned out negatively. I suggested that we use my nettles to get Queen Aisling’s land instead of the nearby fairy ring. Of course Dandelion took the opposite view. He asked the Obad Hai druid how to use the fairy ring. As I continue to insist we should use the nettles because I know exactly where we will appear a relatively safe area a short distance below Queen Aisling’s court. The druid says if used at the right time the fairy ring will take us to the bloody wood. That is farther away and most likely more dangerous path if the druid is trutstworthy. Then Dandelion goes railing on about me not trusting the druid. Why would why? I never met him before. He was also part of the rebellion against Gyruff. Why take the chance when I have a perfectly good method that I have actually used before? With Aoth’s help the party is convinced to use the nettles. Dandelion enjoyed the part that I had to do 1 point of damage for every creature that came with us to Fey. I think that was the deciding factor in his mind.
Before we head to Fey I suggest to everyone in the party that they should have at least two presents for the queen. One for being in fey and talking to her and another for leaving Fey. I turned some copper pieces into small statues. One resembling myself and the other my mount Rammy.
So in Feyland we reach the entrance to Queen Aisling’s court without incident. The wooden guardian at the gate will not let us in. Even when I tell him about the presents for the queen. Eventually Thorn comes down. He immediately states that the Queen is not seeing anyone. When we mention Thorn by name and tell him we were told to seek him he gets all coy and appeared worried should Queen Aisling find out. It seems like Thorn might be secretly following the Raven Queen behind Queen Aisling’s back. Thorn eventually changes his mind and takes us to the queen. Dandelion has Thorn introduce us with him being the noble human and the rest of us his minions. The queen is looking bored and perturbed at being bothered. I quickly decide to keep quiet and still. I’m ready with my gifts when called for but decide not to draw her attention until needed. Dandelion provides a gift and does his suck up spiel. He offers the portable hole and cursed treasue in return he asks that the plagues she sent to Oerth be curable by those that follow gods of the old faith. I felt somewhat betrayed by this. That’s not any better then Caswallon requiring everyone in the country to follow Obad Hai and be Flan. He should have asked it to be lifted from all of Oerth. Despite this I bite my tongue and hold my peace as the queen agrees. I wonder what nasty uses Queen Aisling will use on the mummy rotted cursed treasure? The queen dismisses us telling us to leave. But Dandelion defies her edict. Most of the party seems ready to blend into the walls. With some further compliments he then offers a gift to have Evendur’s curse lifted. She counters asking for about a dozen impossible to get gifts and then has us leave.
At the start of the audience Thorn passes a not to Dandelion. It is somewhat cryptic. But it basically says that Queen Aisling will not willingly help us. Instead we should seek the three sisters to learn the Queen’s weakness.
A Scarecrow directed us to find the three sisters in the swamp. We can get to the swamp by either going through the poppy fields, The nettles or the thorns. We decide to cut our way through the thorns which rapidly but not too much so regrow. Evendur accidently pricks himself with a thorn and falls asleep but Morrick casts a spell that suppresses the poison so he can continued. We reach the swamp and find a pool with lily pads and an island with a cottage and a giant lamb laying outside the cottage. The lamb hops from one lily pad to another in a circuitous route. Upon reaching us it sheds its lamb clothing. It is a werewolf in sheep’s clothing. It is easily dispatched but a half a dozen more show up. Dandelion is attacked multiple times and appears to be close to panicking. I knock one of the two werewolves away from Dandelion but fail to move the second. I also yell out that Thorn has sent us and to please call your dogs off of us. Aurora tries a spell but misses. Meanwhile Dandelion is heckling both of us. Dandelion should save his vicious mockery for our enemies. A short while later a little girl comes out of the cottage and calls off the werewolves. We carefully cross to the cottage and talk to the three sisters. I start off by complimenting them on their home and offering the copper statue of Rammy as a gift. They don’t overtly give a gift in return but I imagine that their answering our questions was their gift to us. They tell us that the queens flowing fiery heart (her weakness) is beneath the woodcutters house and if we said little hut little hut show us the door we would be able to enter. The little girl (sister) told us we would die in the house.
After taking our leave the Air Genassi takes the lamb clothing. I wonder if he realizes that the Fey and Fey objects are essentially one and the same. If the lambs clothing is Fey then a Fey took part of itself to make it. I wonder if the lamb clothing is Fey and whether the Fey will take offense. A scarecrow directs us towards the woodcutters shack. We come to a crossroads that has a sign. One of the directions is to the woodcutters shack. The sign however is loose and can be turned. One of the party spins the sign. Two of the posts point the same way. One points a different way and the fourth changed its name to frogs. I spun it again and this time one road had no post pointing at it and one angling into the woods read gingerbread house.
We followed the sign directing us to the gingerbread house. We came across a childs skeleton. In its hand was a colorful frog which looked like the same type of poisonous frog we face in the temple of Wastri. A small hollow golden ball was lying next to the skeleton as if it had rolled from her hand. After Dandelion cast prestidigitation on it to clean any poison he pocketed the ball using a glove. I wonder if the Fey will will be insulted for him taking the ball. Probably not, as it was obviously a trap. And since he foiled the trap it probably will not cause him problems. Still it would have been a good idea to leave a gift in return.
After saying little hut little hut show us the door the gingerbread house stood up on its chicken legs turned its door towards us and then sat(?) back down. As we went to the front bone fence door we were asked why we were hear. Dandelion told it we were hear to get the queen’s heart. The fence gate allowed us entry and warned us not to steal anything. In the house was a small room with two children Hansel and Gretl tending a fireplace. The fireplace seemed the likeliest place for a flowing fiery heart so we convinced Hansel and Gretl that when the witch returned she would be happy to have had the dirty hearth cleaned. In cleaning it we did not find the queen’s heart. We did however find a secret trap door in the fireplaces floor. The downstairs was a maze of endless rooms. In talking to a fire giant also trapped in Baba Yaga’s hut we learned that the maze was a tesseract. He would not overtly help us with the heart but he asked us to get him if we found the way out and Dandelion agreed. In searching the rooms we also came across a large drunken white mouse. It turned out he once was a human who came here to find his charge a little boy. He had been here a long time and he had some information that proved useful. He remembered their being an attic with a carpet which he though important to get out with the heart. The drunk couldn’t remember why it was important only that it was. With his vague memory he helped us get to the attic. First we had to cross the stable with opens stalls containing nightmares. After having no plan as to how to get past the nightmares unobserved I offered to go firs trying to be stealthy. I was not stealthy at all but the nightmares were not interested. It is amazing what acting like you belong can do. We came to an octagon room which the mouse said should have a door on the opposite side. Dandelion found the secret door their and we let us into the witches personal chambers. Two identical witches one a simulcrum were in the room as well as a unfinished stone golem. Dandelion tried to assuage their outrage in being tresspassed on with a song. It was the worst song I ever heard. I stepped up between the witch and simulcrum hoping the rest of the party would spread out so that we all wouldn’t get affected by any area affect spell the witch might use. I then told them to surrender and live. They chose to fight. I was able to distract the witch. Unfortunately the simulcrum cast a high level fireball. All but two of the party had moved up after me and were all caught in the blast. Morrick and the air Genassi went down. But Aurora healed Morrick who then did a mass heal. The battle didn’t last long before we took them out. After searching her rooms we found that her bed would provide a full days rest in one minute and most of us made use of it. We discovered a secret door in the ceiling. I was boosted up and found a small room with a carpet and a mirror. The mirror showed the chamber of Rhys and Jagr. Jagr was changing, getting ready for bed. When I told the others that the mirror was showing Jagr changing Dandelion immediately wanted to climb up. I told him that he had missed it and Jagr was now fully clothed.
With the carpet we were able get the heart and leave the house taking the mouse and the Fire giant with us. We returned to queen Aisling. Dandelion was using it to blackmail her into releasing Evendur from his geas and to outright eliminate the curses/plagues from all who follow the old faith. I could no longer hold my tongue and demanded the plagues be removed from Oerth altogether. Dandelion also required her to return us to Oerth with no more then 10 minutes on Oerth having passed since we left.