Monocle and Lily find themselves standing in military formation, clothed in Cranberrie colored ill fitting garb, listening to a drab speech by what appears to be a town elder, Derst Reddening. Derst keeps stopping to scratch himself, then begins to ramble on again about the heroic deeds of Palien the Bold, recalling the days when heroes were heroes with dilated eyes, and had wenches on each arm.
As Derst drones on, he finally calls the now aged hero Palien to the stage to say a few words. Palien begs off, murmuring quiet words of thanks, and the statue in his honor is finally revealed. Gasps of admiration are heard from the women in the crowd, but the polite applause is disrupted as a horn is heard in the distance.
Recognizing the sound of the horn, Paliens eyes light up and pulls his sword from his belt. His shoulders creak with disuse, but he sidles up to Ansal Bloodshoulder, the captain of the town guard and speaks directly to him. Ansal Bloodshoulder turns to his town guards, and orders us to line up in formation and prepare for battle.
What ensues next is hard to describe. Two dozen orcs race into the town square and attack the townspeople with incredible savagery. The town guard is out numbered, out flanked, and out skilled. The guards drop like flies, and the captain yells for two of us to break ranks and race to the tower to summon the Wizard, Nikius for help.
Lily breaks free of the melee, and races to the tower while Monocle fends off the Orcs. Lily gets to the tower only to find that it's unoccupied, and heads back to the town square. Too late, Monocle has fallen and the Orcs have moved into the homes of the villagers. Lily upon arriving back in the town square, sees the fallen druid and she races over to administer first aid. Lily thinks she's stabilized Monocle, and once again engages the Orcs directly. Little does Lily know, but when she administers first aid on Monocle, she wakes up in a cold sweat in Thundertree, with the rest of her party sleeping nearby.
Monocle is trying to deduce what is happening, and looks over to see Lily dozing fitfully. As time progresses, she feels more and more like it was a vivid dream. Monocle goes to wake Lily just as Lily succumbs to the wrath of the Orcs. Lily wakes with a start and wonders what the hell is happening. The watch is changing, Wesley is about to start his stint. It's still early, and we decide that we need to rest so we go back to sleep.
Monocle and Lily find themselves standing in military formation, clothed in now familiar scratchy ill fitting garb, once again listening to a drab speech by the town elder, Derst Reddening. Derst keeps stopping to scratch himself, picking at his backside, then continues to ramble on about the heroic deeds of Palien the Bold, recalling the days when heroes had wenches on each arm and dilated eyes from too much mead.
Lily, always a quick learner, breaks ranks and races to the tower to summon the Wizard Nikius for help. All Lily finds is a nightmare blocking the way, so she heads back to the town square, to try and warn the townsfolk that danger is approaching.
Derst drones on, finally calling the now aged hero Palien to the stage to say a few words. Palien climbs the stage and begs off, murmuring some small words of thanks. The statue is revealed and giggles of admiration are heard from the women in the crowd. The heady applause is disrupted as a horn is heard in the distance.
Recognizing the sound of the horn, Paliens eyes light up and pulls his sword from his belt. His shoulders creak with disuse, but he calls to Ansal Bloodshoulder, in a loud clear voice, "Ready your soldiers, Orcs approach!" Ansal Bloodshoulder turns to his town guards, and orders us to line up in formation and prepare for battle.
We engage the Orcs, killing few. Ansal Bloodshoulder seeing us outnumbered again, turns to Lily and Monocle and tells us to go back to the tower, maybe Nikius has returned and he can help! We race to the tower and the nightmare is gone, but the tower is locked. We successfully open the lock and head in. I recognize the tower and realize that this is Thundertree, but sometime before the mountain exploded! We decide to explore the tower and head downstairs to find a primordial who is chained to the wall. Again, we feel that the need to do good is upon us and we release the face mask of the primordial who immediately psionically disrupts our neural pathways and we turn into lifeless sacks of protein, fat and water.
We both wake with a start with the party sleeping next to us.
We are seriously confused, and mentally exhausted. We try again to sleep.
We are in The Misfits Company HQ and Ryn is here. He shushes us as he explains that we've been suffering nightmares because of Dendar the night serpent. Gargoth and his followers imprisoned Dendar and we must defeat Dendar or all of the material plane is at stake. It's too much to process and Monocle pinches herself to figure out what is real and what is a dream. Damage in the plane of dreams does psychic damage to our material plane selves. If our comrades fall in the plane of dreams, use your wisdom to understand that medicine is not needed. We also have a lucidity skill that we can use one time to manipulate the plane of dreams. Ryn bids us adieux and leaves us to a restful night.