I forgot to do a post-session recap last time we played, and since we’re playing again tomorrow, I figured I’d better get my butt in gear! So here goes:
First, let me get something off my chest. Our last session seemed a little…well…flat. I apologize for that!! I feel badly that what should have been one of our most epic battles of this adventure ended up seeming a little mechanical. I don’t know what my problem was, but I didn’t DM well, and I’m sorry. :-(
To recap, you had just entered the room where Nezznar— a drow wizard, and the Black Spider himself—was holed up and evidently doing some research. Sadly, he wasn’t alone; 4 giant spiders were there to keep him company! Nezznar tried unsuccessfully to make Salazar leave the fray, but Salazar wasn’t falling for THAT! But then Nezznar cast Invisibility on himself, preferring to let his spider bodyguards handle his intruders. The spiders caused serious problems wrapping a couple of you up in web, as well as poisoning a couple of you with their venomous fangs. Then, Nezznar popped out of invisibility to shock Tarben. However, you honestly made pretty quick work of Nezznar, and started killing of the spiders too.
Unfortunately, all of the racket drew the attention of a few bugbears from the east, as well as another drow. You did NOT fare so well against these newcomers, and frankly, I worried that the party might not make it out of this encounter with all of its members intact, if at all. (In fact, Salazar WAS seriously injured and knocked unconscious, but fortunately stabilized while the battle continued to rage around him.) You all managed to rally, though, and survived the encounter, dragging Salazar back to your safe room.
There’s something else that I neglected to mention!! When you killed the drow warrior who arrived late to the battle, his visage changed, and you discovered he really WASN’T a drow, but a doppleganger who had shapeshifted to appear as one! (Incidentally, that’s not the FIRST doppleganger who was in the employ of Nezznar…remember?)
That brings us up to speed! Everyone should be at full hit points now, and with all spell slots restored. You STILL haven’t found the Forge of Spells though, and it’s clear that Nezznar hadn’t found what HE was looking for either. And there is at least one Rockseeker brother who is still unaccounted for. Your work isn’t finished yet!