Entering the Valley of the Dead

Or, I'm disappointed that my spell-checker doesn't know the word 'stele.'

We entered the Valley of the Dead and found warnings erected by the Nomen. In the Valley, we found grave stones and a badly weathered 10 ft tall stele with strange ruins written in cyclopean, which we surmised contained a list of ancient names. Some of the graves had been disturbed. A giant undead cyclops ran out at us, chanting that we must wish to join it in death. A second one emerged from behind a stele. We sent them back to death.


  • 2 mwk battleaxes (large) (310 gp each)

Deeper in the Valley, we came upon an eight-mile long staircase. While we were climbing it, a soul eater flew over the wall lining the stair and attacked Liliana. We surmised that it had been summoned to the material plane by Vordakai in order to neutralize the one he saw as the biggest threat. When it was defeated, it left a symbol of a rune of Abbadon.

Further up the stair, we were attacked by three hungry wyverns. After a prolonged battle, Liliana offered the wyverns a truce and they agreed if we would heal their dying leader. We did, and offered them 100 lbs of mastodon meat from our bag of holding. In exchange, they agreed to let us stay in their cave for the night and flew us to it. Their leader is called Relicor. They live in the bluffs overlooking the lake in which Vordakai’s tomb is situated. They also offered us a backpack with:

  • complete set of Ustlavic silverware (75 gp)
  • pouch with 57 gp
  • +3 greatsword with Zaith’s coat of arms
  • messanger’s parcel with 5 spinnels (100 gp each)

They mentioned that an ancient dragon lair lies to the southeast. Relicor’s father once went there and saw an incomplete set of bones melted by acid, missing the skull.

State of the Party:


  • knowledge of the location of Talia’s wedding gift (worth 300 gp)
  • “Secrets of the Rashalka Mounds” and Ervil’s notes
  • charcoal stretches of peculiar markings, which the notes attribute to the old centaurs
  • two-month old letter from Varn to Pendras saying that Willas discovered the bracelet on the banks of a local river and asking Pendras to look into it
  • centuries-old geography book on Taldor, with a massage marked by Pendras as “Vordakai,” an ancient Nomen god.
  • letters with mentions of conflict with the Nomen
  • pages from a spellbook containing the spells: bears endurance, mount, tiny hut, keen edge, comprehend languages, and flaming sphere
  • map of the Nomen Heights and the area around Varnhold

Stuff belonging to the Varnholders:

  • payroll coffer of 500 gp
  • gems worth 3500 gp
  • +2 defending longsword with the symbol of the house of Varn
  • 6000 gp
  • recipe for the Cheerful Delver Stout (50 gp)

Stuff of unknown ownership:

  • complete set of Ustlavic silverware (75 gp)
  • pouch with 57 gp
  • +3 greatsword with Zaith’s coat of arms
  • messanger’s parcel with 5 spinnels (100 gp each)


  • 934 arrows
  • 220 bolts
  • 120 small darts
  • “Skybolt,” a +2 thundering composite longbow (for plus 4 strength)
  • +1 heavy crossbow of seeking (8400 gp)
  • ritual barbarian dagger

Potions/alchemical items:

  • 4 potions of water breathing
  • 1 potion of shield of faith +2
  • 2 potions of lesser restoration
  • 1 potion of raise dead
  • 2 potions of speak with animals
  • 4 potions of cure moderate wounds
  • 1 vial of wyvern poison
  • vial of antitoxin
  • thunderstone
  • 2 smokesticks
  • 1200 gp in potions

Wondrous Items:

  • folding boat (another one)
  • 3 dust of illusion
  • 1 feather token, tree
  • elixir of love
  • ointment, restorative (5 uses)
  • type II necklace of fireballs with one 4d6 bead left
  • ring of friend shield (but not its companion ring)
  • bag of holding
  • robe of vermin (cursed item)
  • ring of bestial friendship (after 1d4 minutes, the befriended animal goes into a rage and has an urge to attack a nearby town) (made of hair)


  • lizardfolk hatched from an egg
  • bag of caltrops (previously possessed by Grigore)
  • sketched likeness of the dark fey
  • map with our town and the owlbear’s nest marked on it
  • map from the troll lair, rubbing of the pillar from the troll lair
  • dire boar pelt
  • dragon scale to make x2 small Hide Armor
  • black dragon scales
  • forest drake hide
  • winter wolf pelt

Quest items:

  • Torvin’s mother-of-pearl brooch
  • trunk with a small library of reference books (900 gp, or 500 gp reward from the academy for their return)
  • mwk viola with maker mark of Azores of Wistful (1600 gp, or more for return to the academy)


  • forest drake head
  • rock troll head
  • double-headed ettin heads
  • wyvern head
  • winter wolf head
  • owlbear head
  • pluda head

The party has 8920.7 gp



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