The team is introduced to Derfillion, the man who knows people, by the bartender. The initial offer/ counter-offer did not go as well as they expected, which resulted in additional conversation with the man. While negotiations continued, Medea moved over to the fireplace and saw noticed that there was a great amount of burnt paper. When confronted about it, Derfillion responds, “Just a bit of cleaning up. After all, a few moments ago, the establishment was being raided by law enforcement.”
M’lo once again brought the conversation back to haggling over the cost of information regarding Darkwood. While the haggling was happening Karabus and Mazrol determined that Derfillion speaks Throlic as a second language. Having that bit of prompting, Medea realized that Derfillion is from Thera. She spoke up interrupting the haggling, “You’re not from here are you? You’re from Thera.” Karabus then followed with, “Yes! That’s the accent.”
It was at that exact moment that Derfillion realized that his back was to the wall. He decided to give the team the information they were looking for and said “For the sake of saving face, you paid half the price we were about to settle on.” He then continued with the information, “Darkwood came in looking for the names of who might be interested in buying his information.” Derfillion pointed the team towards the northern tip of the Servos Jungle and he added the final note that Darkwood had hired several toughs to go with him and some of them may be adepts. He then pointed the team towards a horse merchant , which he no doubt either owned or was getting a piece of the proceeds. On the way out the door Karabus paid him 250 silver and thanked him for the information.
The team then headed towards the horse merchant and paid 125 silver per horse, then they hit the road.
Servos Jungle entrance
The first couple of days they moved quickly. Eventually they made it to the tip of the jungle and it became bit more slow going. There were pathways, which were really more suggestions of a path. Medea took the lead and began blazing a trail for the rest of the team. While she was doing so, she began to find that there were webs mixed with the foliage. Jostling the webs had the expected effect, the very large spider creatures known as Jehuthra came to see what was moving through their domain.
The first attack of the combat was the web that ensnared Medea. In answer Mazrol fired at the Jehuthra and missed. Teledon, then moved to attack the second Jehuthra and missed.
Teledon was then attacked and struck multiple times, he was not knocked from his feet, but the Jehuthra did feed on his fear and pain. Karabus, surprised at their arrival, tries to identify what these things are. Medea urged Blitz forward in order to get her into range and she took a swing at a Jehuthra and hurt it. M’lo moved forward to help Teledon.
Teledon, then attacked the Jehuthra and missed, Mazrol aimed at the other Jehuthra and hit it with an arrow. The Jehuthra attacked Teledon missing multiple times, this time it missed, however it still fed on his fear. Medea attacked the same Jehuthra that Mazrol had shot and was able to hurt it a bit. She also sent Fluffy to move underground in order to make a back attack. The Jehuthra having been hurt by Medea attacked her, striking multiple times hurting her and then it spit a frost web at blitz entangling him, and then it fed on Medea’s fear.
At that moment Karabus had a spark of insight and recalled some information about these creatures. “These are Jehuthra, Horror Constructs, created by Horrors during the Scourge when they couldn’t find a decent meal. Striking their thorax should impede their magical webs.”
M’lo then successfully managed to make his way through the jungle and set himself in a position to make a surprise strike on the Jehuthra fighting Teledon. Teledon the struck the Jehuthra, which was then followed by M’lo who made his surprise strike. The Jehuthra who was fighting with Medea fired multiple frost webs at Medea, she suffered frost damage. Mazrol had also been hit and suffered some damage as well. The Jehuthra feasted on Mazrol’s fear. Since that Jehuthra had moved, Fluffy was forced to keep maneuvering in order to get into position for a back attack. The Jehuthra fighting Teledon and M’lo, moved and then fired a Frost Web at M’lo entangling him, fortunately he suffered no damage. It then fired at Teledon also ensnaring him and hurting him. Mazrol aimed and then shot at the Jehuthra that he and Medea had been fighting. Medea then urged Blitz to break out of the web that had tangled him up, once he was free she drove him towards the Jehuthra so that she might attack and kill the creature. Karabus cast Mind Dagger at the Jehuthra that had been fighting Teledon and M’lo. Rosper then cast a spell on the blades of both Teledon and M’lo.
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The Jehuthra facing Teledon and M’lo then drew a pattern on it’s thorax and then made a circle with his legs and then created a jagged iron maze which trapped Blitz, Medea, M’lo, and Teledon within it and separated from each other. Outside, Mazrol saw a large metal cocoon which took up a 10 meter radius where his friends had just stood. The Jehuthra fed on Medea’s confusion. Mazrol walked up to the cocoon and poked it with a stick and since there was no effect, Rosper suggested that perhaps Mazrol needed to use a larger stick. Karabus attempted to dispel magic, sadly the cocoon is not effected. That failed he opted to use his astral sight on the cocoon and he reeled back from the horror wracked object.
M’lo seeing no one in the area decided to enter Stealthy Stride. Teledon headed down the hallway calling for the team to make their way to him, avoiding the jagged barbs of the web. Blitz headed towards the center and managed to do harm to himself.
M’lo moved with stealth, but still managed to get his armor snagged on the jagged wall. At that moment the Jehuthra emerged from the wall and hits M’lo, who was able to interpose shield and armor, so he was not harmed. Teledon continued to move towards the center calling out to everyone else. Medea also moved towards the center of the steel web maze.
Teledon, who heard M’lo calling for help, moved to help his teammate and encased himself in wood skin. Medea then made her way to the center where she was reunited with Blitz.
When Teledon arrived, M’lo explained that the Jehuthra is able to move through the walls. That information passed on, M’lo moved at speed out of the area, avoiding the barbed walls. No sooner had M’lo passed on the information and left the area the Jehuthra emerged and attacked Teledon wounding him and knocking him down. As Teledon gets up from the ground, his wounds suddenly raged with flames, healing himself. He then air danced, unfortunately he missed with his attack. M’lo took the opportunity to move in, taking some minor damage along the way, he swung and missed. Medea moved upon Blitz and launched herself from his back and killed the Jehuthra with her attack.
As the Jehuthra died the cocoon crumbled and the team was reunited.
Giving the Jehuthra a more thorough inspection Karabus announced that the thorax of both Jehuthra were worth 120 Silver each. Plus the story of killing these Horror constructs would reap it’s own benefits.