Session 4 — January 8, 2020
Austin — Toh Yah
John Mark — Zuka
Tim — Judge
Katie — Haig
Patrick — Hanni
Log — The Red Descent
June 18, 1592 — Exploring the rest of the second level of the cave system, the party is horrified to discover five humans, Kerr from the encampment, unconscious, covered by red fungal fibers. Toh Yah is able to determine that it might be that this fungal growth can be defeated through desiccation and liberal application of known anti-fungal herbs. It is decided to carry the Kerr to the surface.
However, before leaving this level, the party takes note of several facts:
- There are clear signs of ten other humans having been kept in this chamber. This means that there are at likely at least five more infected Kerr in this cave system.
- The red spore in the air is thicker on this level and seems to be coming from the chimney going down.
- The Kerr that attacked them on this level were all elderly and the Kerr they recovered were all (otherwise) healthy adults. This indicates that the remaining infected Kerr will likely include children.
Making camp on the surface, the party is able to locate the requisite herbs and apply them to the infected. At camp that night, the party decides to explore the next level in the cave system, fully aware that it will be a dangerous endevor.
June 19, 1592 — The party make preparations to explore the next level of the cave system, fashioning masks to filter their air. They then proceed down to the third level of the cave.
There they find a disturbing sight: five children, covered in fungal growths sit in a semi-circle, humming. In the center of the semi-circle stand two humanoids seemingly composed wholly from the fungal growth. Just beyond them, a massive, red fungus grows from floor to ceiling, issuing forth bursts of the red spore.
Surrounding the red fungus are black amphora carved with a strange design, one of which lies broken.
The party acts quickly, knowing that they cannot allow this blasphemous ceremony to continue. Just as they attack, however, they are overcome by a sense of vertigo and have truly strange experience:
Almost as they though were witnessing it themselves, they “remember” travelling from the Kerr encampment with their two friends, discovering this cave, and exploring its depths. They remember accidentally breaking one of the amphora and being enveloped in a cloud of red spores. They remember transforming into the massive red fungus, transforming into the two fungus-men. They remember being overcome by a sense of pure joy and the realization that they must share this joy with their family. They remember leaving the cave, going to the Kerr encampment, and dragging their families back to the cave, exposing them to the spore.
At the same time, the party can hear the thoughts of the others: the infected implore the party to join them, to discover the wonders that come from the spore. The thoughts of the red fungus, however, are truly alien.
Unmoved, the party attacks. Although eventually triumphant, the battle takes a terrible toll. Zuka’s left arm is badly broken. Neville’s left eye is terribly wounded. Hanni is infected with the spore and Haig’s leg is mauled. It is only through Haig’s final, desperate spells that the party escapes death…almost. Toh Yoh, the brave Kerr guide, is slain by the vicious fungus men.
50 experience per character for saving the Kerr.
150 experience per character for combat.
30 experience per player for attendance
30 experience to Austin for playing Neville
230 experience total for Katie, John Mark, and Patrick.
60 experience total for Austin.