016. Revenge on Presto, Part 2



Presto’s tower sits in the center of a perfectly circular lake.  The lake seems to have been drained, leaving a 60 foot high drop before them, and the tower’s door straight ahead, some 600 feet away.  The druid that is with them pulls out a signaling horn and blows on it.  The doors open, and two druid guards peer out.  Soon, they hear the rushing of water and see the lake’s water is rising, eventually rising to 60 feet.  Then, the druid guards get into two wooden row-boats, and slowly row across the lake to fetch them.  The party climbs into the boats, and head toward the tower.  Halfway back to the tower, they hear a clap of thunder and a booming voice.  It is Presto, and he knows that TTT is there.  He sends Archers on Eagles to try and kill them, but the party manages to kill them and make their way into the tower.

In the tower, they find the mechanism to raise and lower the lake, and lower the lake again..  They also find a mysterious set of pylons flanking a door, and learn that the pylons create a deadly lightning bolt between them when anyone passes through.  They learn from the guards that they must head to the bottom of the tower to deactivate the pylons.  They head down and fight Desert Basilisks, Archers, Druids and Soldiers on their way down.   While looting the bodies, Monicrunk finds some herbs and a pipe, and decides to pocket the herbs.  At the end of the first day, they choose to camp in the soldier’s bunk in one of the lower levels.  

While Monicrunk is taking her watch, she is startled by a Majestic Tiger that sneaks up to her and attempts to parley.  The Tiger urges them to join Presto, and to give him their Cubes.  Monicrunk refuses to join, so the tiger leaves.

At the bottom, they find a flooded room.  Monicrunk dons her Ring Save & Closeof Water Breathing and heads into the room, only to find a huge, shadowy creature swimming below.  She rushes back.  The party decides to head back up and Flood the Lake again, which does in fact drain the water from the lowest level of the tower.  Back down there, they fight a Gigantic Turtle, and Barlo narrowly escapes death (again).  With the turtle dead, they find the mechanism and deactivate the lightning pylons.  Heading back up, the party finds a Lightning Sword and give it to Juxmonochrome.

On the 2nd level of the tower, the party fights another set of Druids and some Worgs.  During this fight Monicrunk takes some serious damage, so she digs into her pouch and grabs the herbs and shoves them into her mouth.  These herbs are not for healing. Monicrunk sees visions of bleeding walls, 3 headed dogs, and spiders emerging from Barlo’s armor.  She also sees a Majestic Tiger emerge to watch the fight.  The party realizes that Monicrunk is tripping balls at this point, but also realize that the tiger is real!  Monicrunk wraps her arms around the tiger to give it a hug, but D’unda wants none of the tiger and fires an arrow at it, hurting the tiger.  At this point, the tiger transforms into a human, revealing himself to be Presto.

The fight with Presto ensues.  Presto manages to summon several dozen worgs to aid his fight, but it is not enough and the party slays Presto.  

As they stoop to inspect the dead body of presto, they hear a loud sound of a war horn from above, and the worgs flee...