This is Episode 69 of Dice, Camera, Action.
Episode 69: PAX Sub Optimal[edit | edit source]
(Anna) Evelyn - Human Paladin of Lathander
(Holly) Strix - Tiefling Sorcerer
(ProJared) Diath - Human Rogue
(Patrick Rothfuss) Kerrek - Human Paladin
The heroes are in the jungle of Chult. They're freed two prisoners and are making their way back to Camp Vengeance. They are hoping to broker peace between the grung and the Order of the Gauntlet.
Once they get there, they see that the camp is under attack by a massive zombie horde.
Patrick's character, Kerrek, had arrived in the camp a few days prior. He was inside a crate. There's a joke in here that people think his name is "Carrot."
The group puts together a plan to deal with the zombies.
Strix drops a fireball on them. Evelyn casts moonbeam. It is chaos. Then, a portal opens. 3 figures step through:
- Korric the Invincible: A mercykiller from Sigil who wears rusty, blood red armor adorned with spikes. He's got a sword in one hand and shackles in the other.
- 2 Chronikers: They are wearing golden robes and tight-fitting helms. They have staffs. They are constructs from Mechanus - robotic, tall and svelte. Cut into their chests are ticking clocks. We are told that they "impose the will of the multiverse."
The mercykiller throws magic shackles at Strix. The clamps tighten around her ankles. Strix falls. Some of the frogs she had in her robes desperately hop toward the jungle.
Here come some modrons, too. They are coming after Evelyn.
The mercykiller says that "the Skizziks Khasrym is waiting for you." The mercykiller says he is taking Strix back to her family. Chris uses voice effects that echo through the building.
Evelyn charges the mercykiller and does 52 points of damage to him with Treebane.
The mercykiller orders his chronikers to destroy everything. He tries to haul Strix through the portal, but Strix wins the opposed Strength check.
Kerrek does a pile of damage to the mercykiller on an opportunity attack, as does Evelyn.
One of the chronikers has a clock on its chest. It's ticking down. It's going to blow in 5 rounds.
Diath runs over and actually removes the shackles from Strix's ankles. He grabs Strix and runs.
Strix tries to polymorph him. She wants to turn him into a frog. He makes his save.
Evelyn tries to chuck the ticking guy through the portal. No.
The mercykiller snaps Strix's flying broom. The group is quite unhappy.
Diath stabs ticking bomb guy. He was keeping the portal open. He fails his concentration check, and the portal fades away.
The mercykiller grapples Diath and pulls him onto his spikes. Another portal flares open. Diath is pulled through.
The heroes follow through the portal.
They emerge on a street lined with buildings covered in razorvine. They see a train go by.
When they look out and up, they see that the city seems to curve up and that there is more city high above them. They're near a flower shop with weird plants in it.
The mercykiller says to Diath, "You're not what I wanted, but the Skizziks Khasrym will take you for half the price. They don't like your kind very much."
Now Diath has a new name. "Discount Diath."
When Strix, Evelyn, and Kerrek come through the portal, the mercykiller says: "My lucky day. Two for the price of one."
The fight continues as citizens of Sigil gawk at the group.
The players are drinking from an actual wineskin that apparently has wine it.
After some more fighting, Kerrek drops the mercykiller. The mercykiller transforms into a ghostly, sentient blood mist.
Chris points out that some mercykillers have special abilities. If this blood mist spirit-thing returns to the mercykillers HQ, the creature may be able to reform.
The group gets into a dispute. Evelyn wants to hand herself over. Diath wants to get the other two back to Chult so he can investigate what is going on here.
Kerrek kills the blood ghost. Evelyn looks at him with clockwork heart eyes.
Diath notices some creatures in the crowd. He sees two tieflings arguing. One is a woman, short and old. The other is a male, tall and proud. They seem to be arguing. One wants to intervene in some way, the other thinks it is a bad idea.
A human steps out of the crowd. He takes his helmet off. Kerrek can see that half of his face is angelic, the other half is human. He's an aasimar.
Diath doesn't see that. To him, the guy just looks like a human. The stranger gives Diath a look. Diath realizes that this is the man who gave him the mysterious key ring so long ago.
Shockingly, the group turns to go back to Chult. Diath turns to Kerrek and says, "We never got your name."
He pauses and then replies, "It's Carrot."
The group goes back through the portal. End of session.