The Shards of Eldgrim

Our Ninth Session

Once they reach the grove, Lilliana becomes furious and devises a cruel trick with the aid of the party to keep Terestrian from leaving Lilliana’s side again. With the return of her lover, Lilliana gives the party directions to the wild Mandrake. The party leaves behind Ivan, their wagon, and Bessie and Bertha under the watchful protection of Lilliana, and they set out towards the wild grove in search of the fabled Mandragora. Along the way, the party is ambushed by an Assassin Vine that has it’s tendrils set on Roadblock the oxen. The party manages to chop down the menace right before Roadblock would have been made into fertilizer. Shortly thereafter, the party finally makes it to the open grove, but a large gnarled and twisted tree grows in the middle of the grove with large black fruit hanging from its branches. Between the roots of the tree grow the Mandrake! The party probes around the grove to find that the tree in the middle is alive and so are the fruits. Any small disturbance could spell doom for the party. The party mulls over various ideas of how to pull up the mandrake roots. They know that if they’re around when a root is pulled up, they could die if they hear the scream from the root. But if the root screams, it may wake the dormant tree that grows among the flowers. They contemplate a variety of scenarios and decide on one. With some quick thinking and ingenuity, they manage to pull up a Mandrake with a rope at a safe distance. They themselves do not hear the scream of the Mandrake root and recover the root that is tied to the end of the rope, but the scream wakes the living tree and the fruit drops to the ground and buds out into several Wortlings. The party quickly takes off with their prize before the Wortlings are able to find them. The party hastily travels back to Lilliana’s grove and explain to her what they have found. Lilliana has heard of this tree before and tells the party the tale of the Orcwort. She says that the party is lucky that the Wortlings have not found them and they have bought themselves enough time to rest one last night in her grove.

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