We begin our adventure sailing north on the River Deserian. After Grugain looks to ensure that no one is following us we all begin to go about our own business. Grugain oils his sword, Fendira cleans out her pack and Drongar fantically writes what is going on in his notebook while mumbling, “Why me!? Why did it have to be me?!”.
As Fendira flips her bag of holding inside out to clean it. On the inside the bag is red with a white rim around the top. Suddenly the bag grabs hold of her and appears to try to suck her inside. Grugain leaps over and grabs her but they both end up inside the sack.
Nausag runs over and attacks the bag with his staff. As he hits the bag his staff remains stuck inside but he manages to barely yank it out using all his strength. The bag leaps towards Kilrin and swallows him whole.
Drongar puts down his notebook and quill and runs over towards the bag. As he approaches the bag he unleashes a blast of fire. The bag dodges out of the way and the fire appears to have little effect. He then attempts to communicate to the bag, telling it to release his friends but the bag didn’t care and swallowed him as well.
Nasaug looks from the bag to the sky and frantically writes “Help! Ate by bag.” in the sky before he too is eaten by the red and white bag.
We awake in a world of snow with a blizzard whipping in our faces and it chills us all to our bones. Beside us appears the same red and white bag. The bag leaps at us but misses his attack. He turns around and puffs into a cloud of smoke.
Looking around the world seems unnatural. The moons don’t look right, the mountains appear to move while looking at them, odd smells waft in and out with seemingly no source. It’s evident we aren’t in the material plane anymore.
Grugain has read about this place before. He believes we are in The Abyss. The Abyss is where the literally energies of chaotic evil are made real, demons run amok in this plane… Having not died he believes we must (luckily) be in one of the first few layers. Some of most dangerous creatures in existence, the various Demon Lords, rule and battle over the lower levels. He goes on to say that The Abyss is where the Imprisoned One was trapped.
Most Bags of Holding are linked to a pocket of extra-dimensional space, however this bag seems much, much more.
Nasaug hears clinking coming from afar, and we can see glimpses of light coming from the distance. It must be a village and with this cold we need to get somewhere inside and out of the weather.
As we approach the town it seems very out of place for one of the layers of hell. The houses are made of gingerbread and icing. The light posts and trees are made of gumdrops and tinsel. The only sign of life in the town appears to be a factory with stained glass windows and smoke pouring out of it’s stack.
We manage to climb on a ridge and peer inside the factory. Inside we see small chain of little men w/ pointy ears being forced into labour by Quasits. Quasits are supposedly a form of low level demons.
Things do not make sense here and we decide we need more information. Grugain stealthy walks off to find out more about this village. His investigation leads him to a house that looks like it was cut in half. Frost covers the house that is open to the inside.
On his way back he get a closer look at the factory. Inside he sees what appears to be elves chained to their desks, making things. He sees three Quasits supervising them and one appears to have horns. Some of them appear to have a symbol on their clothing. He knows it was the symbol of Zura.
As Grugain tells us all that he learns we hear a wolf making it’s way towards us in the snow. We believe it is still fairly far away but it is getting closer.
As we run towards the closest house Nasaug castes Pass without Trace. As we run our tracks through the snow magically fill in behind us. We arrive at the biggest house in the village and no one appears to be home, so we let ourselves in. There doesn’t appear to be much inside, but there is a picture of a jolly old man dressed in a red suit on their mantle.
After warming up we decide we must help these imprisoned elves and figure out what is going on in this town. He head over to the factory.
When we reach it I make a quick pass around the outside using my Divine Sense to see if I can locate any additional Quasits. My senses show my four Quasits and what appears to be consecrated ground that is slowly being chipped away.
We prepare for storming their front door. We buff up and Nasaug summons two Fey creatures who turn into black bears.
Nasaug opens the doors to what looks like Santa’s workshop in great disrepair. Nasaug runs across the factory floor towards the horned Quasits while his Fey creatures run towards two more on the floor.
Fendira casts Lightning Bolt on a man standing by himself. He turns out to be a Teifling with large front fangs.
Drongar runs inside the factory and kicks part of the front door against the wall. Blood oozes out from under the door, crushing the hidden and invisible Quasit hidding there.
We quickly deal with the rest of the Quasits and take the Teilfing prisoner. Fendira starts freeing the elves from their chains. The elves desperately want to kill the Teifling but we manage to convince them to hold off their attacks. The mayor, Candy, and her husband Cane convince them to go to their homes. However, Candy and Cane stay to watch.
Nasaug castes Charm Person on the Teilfing and I try to heal them to wake them up. The Teifling instantly turns to ash. Nasaug recognizes it as a divine blessing from their god, or in this case, more like a curse.
Candy and Cane about how they were imprisoned. They say that a creature summoned their town and them here and has kidnapped Saint Snicksnick, Santa, to try and take over his powers. Santa was taken to the tower on the top of Mount Peak. We will need to climb the cliffs to get there but they say they can lend us climbing gear to get up there.
They also give us some treats for our journey. The most amazing Kirkland ginger cookies that fill us with christmas spirit!
After a short rest we head out to scale the mountain. We put on our winter clothes and Nasaug castes Water Walk on us to allow us to walk on the snow.
As we approach the cliffs a vile smell wafts towards us. There appears to be a Yeti covered in shit signing a song. He seems amused by his echo by the mountains.
We attempt to sneak by, but as we attempt to Kilrin’s armor klinks. Just before he spots us Fendira castes an illusion that distracts him.
We get to the cliffs without issue and begin to scale the mountain.
We arrive atop the cliffs to a castle shaped like a pine tree. We have arrived at Winterhold.
There appears to be dead Gnomes everywhere along the top of the cliffs. One seems to still be alive but he is blue from the cold. We run over and Nasaug heals him.
The Gnome speaks of being trapped in the tower for the 20 years. About how “She” is draining Saint Snik Snik’s power. He mentions how there are Ice Mephits that guard the front entrance but there is a secret entrance he knows about from the back.
The back entrance is a small path approximately two feet wide that leads up to a door. Even 20 paces back you can tell the wind coming up from the cliff is fierce. I, the amazing Drongar, approach the path first, putting climbing spikes into the wall as I go. All the members of our party are tied together in case someone happens to fall.
Looking over the massive cliff, we see that we are staring into a dismaying display of the depths of The Abyss… Staring at it almost drives you mad.
As we make our way across Grugain sees and Ice Mephit climbing the wall towards us but managed to throw him off the wall. Note to self, don’t fall off the wall. That didn’t look fun.
As we get closer to the door reality seems to skew and we are able to see around the castle to the front gate. A giant Frost Giant sits by the front door playing with Ice Mephits like children’s toys. Fendira seems extremely startled by the Frost Giant and was very glad we didn’t go that way.
A guardian frost giant waits by the front gate
We arrive at the secret door… and it’s locked. Of course it’s locked. Who would leave a secret back door open? Luckily I manage to open it with some of my blacksmith tools.
Inside the door is a small staircase leading up to a wooden wall. Upon closer inspection it seems it is the back of a bookshelf. I, the amazing Drongar, notice some peepholes in it and look inside. Inside it looks like a winter wonderland. There is a women on a throne who appears to be a succubus vampire sucking energy from Santa and a giant demon on guard. The woman explains, “Soon, once I take your place, my master and all her kind will be able to enter anyone’s house with permission on your special day of the year. Muahahahahah!”
We buff up and prepare for battle.
Fendira castes Fog Cloud to block vision from the succubus while Drongar and Nasaug attacks the demon.
Meanwhile, the succubus appears behind Kilrin and attempts to seduce him. Luckily his love for his belaying pin is all he has ever wanted in life and her seduction falls on deaf ears.
The demon disappears into the fog and pummels Drongar to within an inch of his life. Just before Drongar is about to fall Nasaug lands a killing blow.
Santa appears before Fendira with an odd black helmet on his head and attempts to attack her. Fendira manages to cast magic missile and knocks the helmet off his head. Santa falls to the ground
Kilrin castes scorching ray towards the succubus . As the blast hits the succubus her eye’s burst into flame and she falls to the ground.
Do do do dooo, doo, doo, doo, do doooo!
We heal Santa and he awakes. He grabs the helmet of opposite disposition and crushes it in his hand. Fendira notices a small crystal like our others inside the helm. While Santa isn’t looking she grabs it and places in the iron chest with the others.
We agree we need to get out of the tower and head back to town.
As we approach the front gates the Frost Giant sees Santa and quickly apologizes and runs off. Santa turns around and says, “I’m glad he ran away. In my current state I’m not sure how much of a fight I could put up against him. Ho, ho, ho ho.”
Santa looks down at his clothes and gives a small look of disapproval. He begins dusting himself off and his dirty red suit starts to look more and more red, less dirty white and new instead of worn. He dusts his face and a giant white beard grows back into perfect place.
“Much better”, Santa announces while pulling a sack out of his pocket. I’m glad she didn’t find this as he pulls out a sleigh from his giant red sack. We rocket down the mountain towards to the village. The sleigh has a slight smell of toasted marshmallows and hot cocoa.
When we arrive with Santa at the village all the elves (which turn out to be Gnomes) errupt in cheer. Santa declares he needs a quick rest and then he will set all right in the morning.
We party with the Gnomes all night long with cookies, milk and chocolate
The next morning we see a dome around the town and a giant christmas tree in the town square. Santa exclaims, “First… it’s present time!”
“To Nasaug”, Santa says while handing him a package. Nasaug feels the package and mumbles “Fuck it’s clothes…”, under his breath. Santa continues, “I give you a Cloak of Protection. No matter what form you take this cloak will grant you my protection.” The cloack is completely red apart from a white fur trim.
“Fendira, for the little explorer in you. I give you a Wand of Magic Detection.” The wand appears to be red and white stripped like a candy cane.
“To Grugain, you’ve been a good boy this year. You’re a clever little one so I think this will be of use for you”. Grugain gains an Immovable rod that looks like a red pole with a brass topper.
“To my most favourite of all, Drongar. Defender of the weak. I think this will come in handy.” Drongar receives a Sentinel Shield. “I got this from Torm, before he was a deity mind you.” This shield looks like its made from gingerbread, and has the symbol of Torm drawn in icing sugar, but its as strong as any metal shield.
“Kilrin, since you lead this band of merry men today I have a extra special present for you.” Kilrin receives Gauntlets of Ogre Power. “While wearing these you have the strength of an Ogre”. They appear to be Red and white mittens that look just like Santa’s.
Santa continues, “I have one last thing for you all before I forget.” He reaches into his pocket and pulls out the red magic bag that brought us here. In an instant he turns the Bag of Devouring back into a normal Bag of Holding and he hands it back to us. “This should keep you out of trouble for a while”, and gives us a wink.
A magic circle instantly appears on the ground in front of Santa and he exclaims in a booming voice, “Seasons greetings. Keep up the good fight, and to all, a good night!”.
In an instant we are back on the ship. I’d wonder if it was real if it wasn’t for the 5 feet of snow covering the deck.