The Four set out from freshly conquered Feathergale Spire upon their newly acquired hippogriff mounts in search of the missing Savra Belegata. Kareep found and followed her tracks through the canyon to a large cave area. The riders dismounted and found a nice place to let their mounts rest while they explored the area. Through a short series of ravines the found a large open area between the rock filled with trees and shrubs with a large cave opening on the other side.
Templeton Daltrey snuck up through the ample cover to find a Hurricane Monk sitting in contemplation by the cave entrance. Using his message spell he communicated back to his compatriots explaining what he had found. Knowing how dangerous these monks were after having encountered one at the top of feathergale spire. Puck bid Templeton to return to hatch a plan.
Discussions of parlay or trickery quickly fell away to the realization that whatever happened it would most likely end in a fight. Therefore the decision was made to begin the attack on the most favorable terms possible and get the upper hand. Templeton worked his way back into a good hiding spot with a clear shot on the meditating monk. Meanwhile the rest of the party returned to the hippogriffs and mounted up. After they left the area, however, Templeton saw another monk surface from a pool of water near to where the rest of the party had just been and run with unearthly speed to the side of the meditating monk. They two had a brief conversation which Templeton could not over hear but then the new monk sped off in pursuit of the party. Templeton grimaced but stuck to the plan. It had been set into motion and he could no longer communicate with his compatriots.
Kareep was first to strike maneuvering his hippogriff straight down the canyon cliff to dive bomb the sitting monk. But before he could get within lance range the monk stood up and began to cast a gust of wind spell. Before the spell was complete, Templeton let loose a readied heavy crossbow bolt from hiding. The monk looked down at his chest in surprise as the crossbow bolt pierced him clean through. The monk gripped his chest in pain, breaking his concentration on the spell and ruining it. With the gust of wind to knock him off his mount, Kareep swooped down and pierced the monk with his lance. The hurricane monk crumpled in a shower of blood.
The Four made quick work of the first monk. However, 4 more of them emerged from hiding to press the attack. The first got behind Templeton and unleashed a gust of wind spell that blew him out of hiding into the open. The other three monks swarmed around Templeton and unleashed volleys of deadly kicks and punches. Templeton quickly raised a shield spell which deflected many of the blows but some made it past the magical ward to strike true.
Quintus flew down and dismounted to engage the monks with his greatsword. A slender female figure then floated out of the cave. ‘I do wish you would have tried trickery. It would have been so much better to have lured you inside. Btu this will do nicely,’ said the skyweaver. And with that she floated high off the ground and unleashed a bolt of lighting that ripped through Quintus, his hippogriff, and Templeton. In a howl of burning feathers, the charred hippogriff fell to the ground. Quintus and Templeton were barely alive.
Puck having lost his action to indecision finally gathered himself together, maneuvered his hipoogriff within range and cast crown of madness on the skyweaver. The female witich laughed, ‘You will have to do better than that my little gnome,’ as she made her save against the spell and was unaffected. Kareep flew up and healed Quintus as Templeton fired his hand crossbows at the monks. To his horror, one of the monks snatched one of the bolts right out of the air and casually tossed it aside.
The monks continued to punch, kick, unleash gust of wind of spells, and cast thunderwave spells. The skyweaver thrust her open hand forward and unleashed another lighting bolt. The spell ripped through Quintus once more and he fell to the ground blood pouring from his ears. With a laugh the female witch turned invisible. Kareep managed to fly over and use the last of his healing magic to bring Quintus to consciousness.
The syweaver frowned seeing Kareep. She said, ‘I hate Aurakokra!’ and cast a witchbolt on Kareep. The spell tethered Kareep to her with arcing energy. Shaking his head, Quintus stumbled to his feet and assessed the situation. Calling upon the power of his divine lord, he spread healing magic in a wide arc to heal everyone in the party. Then for good measure he cast a spiritual hammer, summoning a magical hammer of divine power to pound into The Skyweaver. Templeton shot again with his crossbow against the monks scoring a critical hit. To his horror, the monk again snatched the bolt right out of the air as if it were nothing.
Pushing his luck, Puck unleashed another crown of madness hoping to ensnare the skyweaver under his power. She was too mentally strong, however, and saved yet again to thwart the spell. Kareep singed by the witchbolt spell, flew right up to the skyweaver yelling, ‘Aurrakoka hate you too!’ Kareep’s lance drove home piercing the skyweaver and cutting a deep gash in her side. The wound was so grievous that the skyweaver grimaced and grabbed her side distracting her enough to break her concentration on the witchbolt spell. ‘You are tougher than I thought… I will have to get my sisters…’ The skyweaver turned invisible and vanished.
The battle with the remaining 4 hurricane monks raged on. The monks focused on Quintus unleashing wave after deadly wave of Thunderwave spells. The magical onslaught was too much for even the tough as nails cleric to withstand. Quintus fell again and began to bleed to death. Kareep swooped down and finally slew one of the monks leaving 3. Puck unleashed an Agonnazzer’s Scorcher spell to slay another monk monk leaving two. Knowing his crossbow was of little used against the monk’s missile weapon deflection abilities, the cunning rogue snuck through the shrubbery going unnoticed in the middle of the battle to arrive at the side of Quintus. Just before the mighty cleric bled out, Templeton used his healer’s kit to stop the bleeding and stabilize Quintus.
Kareep expertly maneuvered his hippogriff to swoop down and thrust his lance clean through the another monk leaving only 1 left. Kareep then wheeled around and landed his hippogriff next to the unconscious body of Quintus. Templeton’s keen ears heard three female voices coming from the mouth of the cave. Fearing the return of the three sisters, he used his new silent image spell to create the illusion of a 15 foot tall stone giant swinging a club menacingly at the cave entrance to keep the sisters at bay. Templeton leaped onto the hippogriff and bid Kareep to hurry with Quintus.
Puck rained fire bolts down upon the last monk to hold him at bay as Kareep strapped the unconscious Quintus to Templeton’s hippogriff. With one last well placed fire bolt the last monk was finally laid low. Templeton and Puck flew their hippogriffs up and out of the canyon with Kareep flying behind via his own wings. As they began to put some distance between themselves and the deadly grove, Templeton glanced back over his shoulder and winced as he saw two lighting bolts pass through his illusory stone giant. Checking on Quintus he saw that his bandages held firm and his brave heart still beat. Templeton shook his head and grimaced. He yelled back at the three sisters below. “A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.”
The four wheeled their hippogriffs out and about and headed straight for Feathergale Spire. There they rested safely and tended to their wounds for an extended rest. They used magical healing to heal the injured Hippogriffs. Kareep outfitted each Hippogriff with a shield and re-provisioned the food for the mounts. Content to let Savra Belegata and The 3 Sisters go for now, at dawn The Four set out once again to circle the canyon and then head north to Beliard in search of the lost caravan.