29 Day of Uktar 1489DR
Our party of adventurers left the cavern of bones and continued their journey towards Sloobludop. En route, they were spotted by a Drow who had been sent forth from a now burning Velkynvelve by a search party in an attempt to track their escaped prisoners. Aerleth however, still in the garb of a drow guard managed to convince the scout that the party they were looking for were in fact a days travel hence, and that he should head back to his party to report on the matter to his superiors.
That night, as they were beginning to unwind from their travels, the party stumbled across a warning, carved into a stalagmite in a cavern. Their drow companion Sarith Kzekarit translated it for them as meaning, “Demons Ahead!” The party decided to rest here before delving deeper into the supposedly demon infest area of the Underdark.
The next day of travel was mostly uneventful, except for a rock fall avoided by all except Tobias, who found himself buried amongst the rubble. Though injured by the falling rocks he was able to lift crawl out from underneath the rubble and was quickly healed by Aerleth and one of his potions of healing. As the day went on however, there was a growing realisation that the party would not have enough water for all to make it to Sloobludop without suffering some of the effects of dehydration.
The next day the party found their way into a fungal cavern filled with Ormu – a bioluminescent green moss – and Ripplebark – a rather hideous looking fungus that resembles rotting flesh but is surprisingly edible. The party harvested the Ripplebark in order to boost their food supplies. They were not alone in this cavern however. They met a group of six Deep Gnomes of the Itchy Pack Company, a “charitable” venture aiming to provide those lost in the Underdark with basic supply packs and limited rations. Though Aerleth was aware that Itch and his company were not offering all of the rations that they had available, the group felt that it would be unethical to force the company to part with them, despite their own desperate situation. Aerleth also offered to sell Itch his collection of 4 mummified elven fingers – which he had found whilst looting in Velkynvelve. Itchy agreed to by them for 5 silver pieces, a deal for which he seemed overly proud.
The final day’s travel before reaching Sloobludop ended with water supplies being dangerously low, leaving Buppido,Prince Derendil, Eldeth, Topsy and Turvy without water. However the next day the group came within sight of Sloobludop, which from a distance looked like little more than tangled reeds stretching up into the darkness and lit by glowing spots of phosphorescence. As they approached however they were ambushed by a group of Kuo-Toa who were quickly knocked out and interrogated by the party. The groups leader continued to refer to the party as offerings to the Deep Father. It was decided that these Kuo-Toa should be bound and used as a show of strength in order to intimidate any other Kuo-Toa within Sloobludop who saw them as offerings too.
Shortly after their encounter however the party were greeted by Ploopploopeen, the Archpriest of Blibdoolpoolp, the Sea Mother – and leader of Sloobludop. He explained to the group that his daughter (Bloppblippodd) had attempted to usurp him, declaring allegiance to their new deity, Leemooggoogoon the Deep Father. This attempted coup has resulted in Sloobludop being divided, with in-fighting taking place between the two religious factions of Sloobludop.
Ploopploopeen explained that he would like to use the party as bait, to disrupt a great ritual that the worshipers of the Deep Father were planning. In exchange they would be greatly rewarded. The party however decided to forgo material wealth and instead chose to negotiate food and water supplies, as well as a boat to cross The Darklake, in exchange for their assistance. It was also agreed that all of their companions would be kept safe whilst they attempted the infiltration. All except for Eldeth, Jimjar and Turvey who would accompany them.
The party were escorted to the Altar of the Deep Father, bound but still armed, and were presented to Bloppblippodd, Archpriest of the Deep Father, as a peace offering. She accepted the gift in the name of the Deep Father declaring that they should be sacrificed to nourish and strengthen him. Her followers erupted in cheers, their fists raised in the air in excited for their impending sacred doom…