In a parallel version of Delway, Parallel-Dr. Phil, Lord Faro Blimby Nar-nar De'Radwo Slyn VII Esq., and Garth, find themselves the guest of Count Vorloft, having recently won acclaim ridding the region of bandits.
After the celebratory feast, our adventurers awoke to a panicked guard corps. The Count's daughter, Amelia, had been kidnapped during the night. Thankfully, the party had slept in the guard barracks and so had an alibi above reproach. Knowing the party's reputation, the captain of the guard, Oscar, requests their assistance in the matter.
After a brief investigation of the scene of the crime, strange scratch marks and a letter intimating that Amelia had been having a dalliance with a gentleman not of the court, the team decided first to interview the suspects, who were guests at the dinner the night before.
After clever word play and magically enhanced persuasion, the crew was able to discover
After learning of what happened to Amelia, the team heading to the sewers to find and rescue her. After a well-timed Fireball, and a hasty retreat, they were able to exit the sewers and return to the keep with Amelia alive (barely), and their reputations intact.
The P-Team, having arrived in the Crown City of Jewel, sought council from the contact given to them by Vanard von Wroth, one Sir Thomas of Rouge. Calling upon him in the royal palace, the P-Team discovered he's been missing for several days. A peculiar interaction with one of the royal staff, led Su Yuan and Dr. Phil to investigate the palace further.
Eventually the two were accosted by a shady gnome, referring only to himself as "Mittens". Mittens offered to introduce the team to his boss, who most assuredly knew more details of Sir Thomas' disappearance.
After some negotiation, and a blantant bribe, Mittens led the two to the door 5 metres away, and introduced them to Lord Morcom Kester, spymaster for the throne, and purveyer of mysteries.
The team learned that Sir Thomas had been sent on a diplomatic mission to the undercity several days ago, and had not returned as expected. He was to speak with the King of the undercity deuregar, and start to form an alliance with him against any possible Southern aggression.
Additionally, the team learned that the castle staff whom had been acting peculiary had had his memory wiped by some unknown magic. This was of great concern to Lord Kester, but he refused to speak of it further.
The P-Team agreed to have Mittens guide them through the undercity to discover the fate of Sir Thomas and report back, or save him if necessary.
The motley crew ventured into the undercity where they were quickly accosted by a group of bandits all named "Dan". The bandits were quickly dispatched with after they intimated their desire to use Jimmy's gold pouch without his consent.
Before trampling the last of the bandits, Dr. Phil learned of a secret passage in the hall they were in. He took point, leading the crew to a small campfire Dr. Phil found a stupendously obese man, and a rail thin man. Through arcane means of pursuasion he learned they too were named "Dan" and that the other "Dan's" were their friends.
Unfortunately, Obese-Dan was not as taken by Dr. Phil's charm as Skinny-Dan, and declared his intention to harm anyone in their lair not in the "Dan Gang".
Su Yuan took this as his cue and initiated a prospectively-defensive first strike on Obese-Dan.
The session ended mid-battle, with Obese-Dan transformed into a giant scorpion.
Returned to his repulsive druid form, Obese-Dan was clearly frightened for his life. He took one final, desperate measure, and broke his own finger to activate a magical ring that transformed him into a swarm of rats. The rats scurried down a nearby hole, but were quickly followed and dispatched by Jimmy who was disgusted by rats.
As the fat criminal turned to escape further down the hole, Su Yuan jumped down, crushing his head and ending both the chase and the large man's life.
As the team took stock of their surroundings, they found a tunnel filled with viscera, dead bodies and rent flesh. Mittens and Su Yuan quietly ventured ahead while the rest of the team regrouped. Both of them wary of what they'd walked into saw flitters of movement followed by a conspicuous silence. They returned to the group where a reinvigorated Dr. Phil decided he would move on ahead, extricating himself from the warnings (and grip) of Su Yuan, he immediately came face to face with a giant scaly dog-like creature.
Meanwhile, Jimmy attempted to pursuade the creature, by using his druidic powers to speak with it that it didn't want anything to do with us. The creature was unmoved by the attempt at persuasion, and began attacking the remaining P-Team members in earnest.
Su-Yuan managed to slip past and stun the creature, allowing the others to slip past to the interior of the path as well. Seizing the opportunity, Su Yuan took one of the sticks of dynamite that he'd acquired for the assault on Count Vorlofts' keep, and was able to light it and ahem place it on (or rather, in) the creature.
Making a hasty retreat, the dynamite exploded, destroying the creature, injuring some of the team and collapsing their escape route. With no other option, they pushed forward to find Dr. Phil, and hopefully Sir Thomas or at least the King of the undercity deuregar.
Dr. Phil continued far ahead, and found himself in a room with what appeared to be three pups of the giant dog-like creature the companions had run into earlier. Despite his best efforts, he managed to draw their attention and his only escape route was a tiny hole. He jumped in, and slid until it opened in the ceiling of a chamber, 60 feet up. The fall knocked Dr. Phil unconscious, and left him in a dire situation, alone and with his only campanions not knowing where he'd gone.
Just as he could feel the life leaving him, he was approached by a familiar presence. "It took you long enough", said Dr. Phil, and with this Bill Bailey found himself again in a dark chamber with one rotted exit and no idea how he got there...
The rest of the P-Team came to the room Dr. Phil had gone down the hole in, but now it was empty. After some investigation and calling down the hole, they heard Bill respond. Salim and Su Yuan lowered Mittens down on a rope to see what he could do. As they were doing so, they were attacked by the monsterous dog-like pups.
Dispatching of them, the team was eventually able to get Bill hauled up the the higher chamber. Backtracking briefly they found an iron gate with a rusted padlock, and made their way into a hallway not filled with half-eaten corpses. There they took a brief respite and ended the session.
The P-Team, after a short break discussed their options moving forward. Bill Bailey, terrified of the dungeon refused to move forward until convinced by Su Yuan that the only way to find Julia would be to delve deeper into the sewers.
Su Yuan and Bill Bailey discussed the past of the young blacksmith's apprentice. Before he started having his episodes, he had gone out with friends and awoke in the middle of what appeared to be some kind of cult ritual. Cultists in purple robes, with their faces hidden were performing a blood sacrifice. Bill ran and escaped. He didn't know how long ago that was, nor did he know anything about how he got there. He just knew that he feels a warm sensation and a light and then wakes up in dangerous situations.
Eventually, rested enough, the team ventured forward where they came across a grate in the ground with a milky white water underneath. Poking it, they revealed a gelatenous cube that immediately tried to consume them. After the defeat of the cube, and another brief rest, the team finally found a crossroads that Mittens recognised and started to make their way much deeper underground.
Leaving the sewers behind, they made their way to the beginning of the underdark, where they found a massive underground lake. The water completely still.
Mittens warned the group the be silent, and not to touch the water. Miraculously, and despite several temptations, the P-Team managed to heed his advice and made their way uneventfully across the lake in a magical raft that left the water undisturbed. Halfway across the lake, the team saw what they recognised as an Aboleth, which is the creature Mittens was cautioning against disturbing.
Finally, after disembarking on the other side of the lake, the team found their way to a campsite and was able to get a night's rest.
With the return of Dr. Phil the group pushed onward, further into the underdark. Eventually their path opened to a massive underground chamber, where they found themselves greeted by two Duergar guards.
Thankfully (if somewhat mysteriously) Jimmy spoke Duergan and was able to communicate the groups desire to speak with the king to the guards. Despite this, a non-Duergar Dwarven ambassador was summoned first to speak with the group in common. He explained to the group that they could not meet with the king directly, but that he could arrange a meeting with some other nobility or bureaucrat who would hear out their questions.
The ambassador did reveal that Sir Thomas had visited the city several weeks ago, and argued with the king before leaving.
With this little information, the adventurers saw no other course than to allow themselves to be escorted by the guards to a spartan waiting room.
Jimmy did his best to converse with the guard left to observe them, but clearly he was uncomfortable with outsiders. After a number of uncomfortable moments, the guard excused himself and left the group alone.
After several minutes, Dr. Phil grew anxious and started looking around. Soon realising that they weren't in a waiting room as much as a cell, though perhaps an unconventional one. The corridor was bookended on either side by a door with a magical lock.
Eventually Su Yuan discovered another room similar to the one in which they'd been placed, and felt a slight draft coming from the floor stones.
With Salim's help, they pulled up a stone and revealed a bound and magically silenced Sir Thomas of Rouge. The P-Team unbound and dispelled the magic of the silence and finally were able to speak with the nobleman.
Sir Thomas revealed he'd been speaking with the King of the Duergar about the threat of the southern kingdoms. The King was apathetic to the plight of those above ground, and despite Sir Thomas' efforts he was unable to convince him to form an alliance.
With this failure, he turned to leave, and the next thing he remembered was awakening in this hovel, bound and magically gagged.
With this, the team quickly resolved with Sir Thomas to quickly make egress from the underdark. Dispelling the magic of the locked doors, Dr. Phil looked out into the town to realise that the entire duergar militia was forming up to attack them.
Sir Thomas assured the group that he would be able to create a path to the exit, and so the team burst into the courtyard.
To the happy surprise of the group, Sir Thomas revealed his true form — a bronze dragon. He held off the frontal assault while the P-Team was tasked with defending the rear.
After dispatching of the first wave of attacking duergar, Sir Thomas and the team saw their chance and moved with haste towards the exit. As they neared the edge of town, however, their vision became clouded and dark tentacles appeared in a way halting their progress. Entangling Sir Thomas, the next wave of the duergar assault started to overwhelm him despite bein in his dragon form.
The team turned to see the King of the Duegar, dead eyed emerge from the underground fortress. Behind him came a tentacle mouthed illithid.
Before the illithid or the King could react, Su Yuan reached into his bag of holding, picturing his last remaining magic bean in his mind's eye. As it materialised in his palm he threw it in the direction of the illithid.
For a moment, nothing happened. Then the earth shook and a tiny pyramid appeared in place of the bean. The pyamid grew larger and larger, forcing the mind flayer and the king back into the fortress before settling unnaturally in the midst of the duergar city. Towering over the rest of the structures and blocking any entrace or exit to the fortress.
With this the tentacles disappeared, and Sir Thomas threw off his attackers. He explained that he recognised the magic of the pyramid and that the group should leave post haste. Inside the pyramid would be a mummy lord, a formiddible opponent even for the dragon himself.
Upward through the underdark and to the sewers, past their own destructive path the team ventured back to the Crown City of Jewel.
A monk from the southern kingdoms. Before becoming a monk, he was some kind of military leader. Liu Kai betrayed or attacked him which led to his exile and becoming a monk. Not much is know about Su Yuan's past, but he hunts Liu Kai relentlessly.
Unable to pass up a chance to challenge another to a battle of might, has a deep hatred and fear of the dark arts and especially necromancy, and unwilling to allow injustice to go uncontested, Su Yuan is often willing to charge in without thinking and is the first to put himself in front of danger.
Annoyingly polite. Allegedly a "flaming homosexual" according to profile notes from Dr. Phil.
A strange arrogant elf who believes he was previously a host of a show that helped many people with relationship and other mental problems.
Studious of others' behaviour, he is constantly taking notes about those in his group and outside.
Unaware of his surroundings and inimitable in his willingness to blindly walk into the face of danger. He's rude, ostentatious, and insulting.
He sometimes seems to be possessed by an alternate personality of sorts in Bill Bailey.
Dr. Phil's alternate personality. Commoner son of a blacksmith. Searching for Julia. He doesn't understand why he continues to have the episodes where he blacks out and wakes up far in the future in dangerous situations.
In the likeness of the cockatoo Aarakocra's, he is on the verge of insanity. Often agitated, and attracted by shiny objects, not much is known about his past.
Managing director of the Gnome Underdark Mining Corporation. Billionaire, philanthropist, adventurer, and Victorian Gentleman.
Parallel version of Dr. Phil. Has a weakness for noble men with curly hair. Hates basic bitches.
Escaped the cult he was born into, but is plagued by the traumatic actions he was forced to take as a child. Loves rats.
Gnomish rogue working for Lord Morcom Kester the spymaster for the Crown City of Jewel. Focused and clever, never one to miss the opportunity to make a bit of coin.