of the Blind
Three: Don't Look Now ...
of the Blind is a short adventure for four 8th-level characters. The
adventure is set in a minor duchy that is fairly removed from the ruler
of the land. As a result, trouble can brew in the land and the king would
not know immediately.
have just learned that Dephyl is alive and well and ordering blocks of
granite. Meanwhile, Zhanna and Dephyl are on the third floor. If the PCs
encountered the animated staircases on the first floor, the shriekers
on the second floor, or triggered the trap outside Dephyl's study, the
couple knows someone unwelcome is downstairs and moving up. They begin
to prepare for their arrival.
Encounter 5 (EL
to grimlocks and shriekers, Zhanna has brought some of her other Underdark
favorites to live in Fedorel Citadel. The commotion from the second floor
(especially if either the shriekers or the fire trap triggered) has alerted
Zhanna and Dephyl to the intrusion. In response, they open the trap door
at the top of the stairs in the fungus room and release their pet phantom
fungi down into the fungus room.
Fungi (3): hp 13, 15, 18; see Monster Manual page 149.
The phantom fungi lope down the fungus-covered stairs. The motion of the
phantom fungi sets off the shriekers, so the PCs have some warning, though
they might not understand what's coming. The phantom fungi immediately
begin searching for food when they leave the fungus room. They do not
attempt to use their Move Silently skills until one or more of them have
located the party members. Then they slow down and begin to stalk their
PCs have already started upstairs on the southern staircase, the fungi
wait until they have reached the top before coming up after them. Their
instincts tell them to wait until prey is in the open so that they can
use their invisibility to hunt better.
tactic might mean that the phantom fungi do not attack the PCs until they
are upstairs in the next episode. If this happens, Zhanna and Dephyl do
not reveal themselves until the phantom fungi have worn the PCs down or
have been defeated. If the phantom fungi can do the work for them, they
won't have to get their hands dirty.
top of the stairs, the PCs see the shadow of a woman's body with snakes
for hair. After looking for a few seconds though, they probably notice
that the snakes aren't moving. Once they reach the top of the stairs,
they see the body of a medusa -- turned to stone! Or is it?