The Splintered Stair
Abraxas Silvermane (Connor), *Akkamas Mohaïva (Mike), **Braxton Chabbone (Steve), *Jone Constance (Aaron), *Kelwyn (Rodney), & *Tim (Shaun)
Abraxas summons The Hellblazers to the Blue Heron House, recently acquired by the wizard to suit his own ends, and gifts his companions several unique items. To Tim was given a quiver of unbreakable walloping arrows, to Jone a Cloak of Many Fashions, to Kelwyn a Pipe of Smoke Monsters, and to Akkamas a Dread Helm. Braxton was unable to attend as he was called to House Chabbone in the Noble Court of the Castle Ward.
As the party was winding down, an emissary of the Blackstaff urged the Hellblazers to look into a dreadful matter — the Xoblob Guild had kidnapped a lord’s daughter — Fallon Bloodwood. Spies informed the Blackstaff she was being held in Shalanna Duthmere’s Splintered Stair, an inn in the Dock Ward.
Entering the Inn, they espied an entry hall rising up three floors, overlooked by interior balconies linked by elegantly spiraling stairs. The inn’s name came from a memorable fight between adventurers, 20 winters ago, in which the fury of wielded blades left one stair damaged almost beyond repair. While the stair had been replaced, little else had been done to make guests welcome here.
A single suspicious patron slipped away after brief communication, stepping into a storeroom behind the bar. A magical communicade with the Innkeeper revealed the girl to be held in the subbasement of the Inn, held by Xoblob‘s enforcers.
The Hellblazers followed after the suspicious patron, discovering a trapdoor leading down into the Splintered Stair‘s depths. A brief battle ensued, with the party making short work of the sentries there, however the patron and two goblins scurried away.
One of the sentries, a cardsharp named Mick, was taken captive and revealed that the girl was being held by Xoblob‘s Guild Wizard, Tavor Resh. After a failed attempt at getting the party to lock him in a trunk, Jone discovered said trunk had a secret exit that led deeper into the lair. They tied Mick to the table and gagged him, then proceeded into a teleport bubble at the bottom of the trunk.
The Hellblazers emerged inside an opulent bedchamber. Investigating beyond its double doors, they espied a dark scene as robed acolytes raised their voices in hymn to a devilish idol — The Baphomet — leading Abraxas to recall a similar scene when Jone had discovered the Baphomet in Xoblob’s Curiosity Shop many months before.
Facing down the threat of a small army of dark mages is no easy task, even for the Hellblazers. Will they be able to fight their way through these sinister acolytes and rescue the nobleman’s daughter? We’ll find out next week…
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