While Ehtarari did some more preliminary scouting of Sleeping Haven’s borderlands the other PCs discussed late minute plans for dealing with the hags.
Grol’kk arrived at the Gates to the Fort at first light catching the party not fully awake. After making him wait outside the party readies themselves. They begin the fairly long walk across the southwestern part of the continent.
Ehtarari builds a bridge to ford the river, much to Grol’kk’s chagrin.
At the river bend their path turns due south and on the horizon a swamp comes into view. The weather takes an unexpected turn, as the skies grow overcast and fog sets in across the swamp.
Grol’kk leads the PCs into a suspiciously convenient clearing in the swamp where they encounter a one of the hags surrounded by Troglodytes and monitor lizards. The green hag, having won the rite to treat with the PCs, graciously accepted the hair after the party seemed to think she had seen through Dalma’s disguise. Though she did not seem to notice the hair being wrong.
A short conversation about the hags’ goals was had. It seems they are if different minds on how they as a coven should move forward. One seems to want to work with the Blackheart, one seems to want more info before making a decision and the last wants to kill Nir’rinex
Ehtarari all the while was slowly encroaching upon the hag and as the conversation unfolded. Once given the signal he dove head first into the hag and unloaded on her.
Not at all surprised by this the troops the hag had in hiding sprung into action encasing the the remaining PCs in ice. Dalma and Bethibrec managing to avoid being frozen. Two huge skeletal snakes closed in on the party and began attacking the back line.
The hag seemingly fully prepared for this set of events dropped some odd stones into the swamp which caused a thick fog to obscure her, Ehtarari and several of the Troglodytes.
Qo was the first to break free of the ice sending shards of razor ice across the party. He began beating back the snakes. Beth stuck to the plan and made a b-line for the hag.
Ehtarari swang for the fences and killed a few of the Troglodytes in the fog but his attack did not find purchase on the hag.
Kaz attempted to turn aside the undead snakes but without having much practice at it the attempt failed. Kaz managed to pull a leg out of the ice.
Dalma began trying to secure the back and went to town on a snake.
The hag swam away and turned into a fog cloud, never to be seen again in this episode.
After an arduous fight the party cleared out the hag’s retinue. Dalma set about speaking with the dead troglodytes and learned the general location of the hags’ base. He also learned that it is fortified and there are traps of magic, illness and poison. The dead told him to look for the willows.
With this information and after determining the hag had in fact escaped the party headed to the likely location of the hags’ lair.
The journy is mostly uneventful until upon cresting a hill the party is beset by a huge plant monster masquerading as a hill. Dalma is grabbed by this monster and promptly eaten. The others rush to his aid and attack the beast. Dalma is able to break free of the monsters stomach only to be eaten a second time. Ehtarari is able to knock the creature unconscious and subsequently end it.
The party decides to rest in the hills west of the hag’s lair hoping to regain their strength for the coming fight.