So we had an unbelievable session last night. Nearing the end of our quest to find the Sword of Kas and escape the demi-plane of Monadhan we found ourselves battling an undead dragon. This particular dragon had the ability to dominate the party.
Near the end of the battle both the barbarian and the battle priest are dominated and hacking away at each other. Right as were about to drop the dragon the barbarian crits the cleric taking him from 34 hp to -100 in a single shot. Despite all the tricks up his sleeve to prevent death (while dominated) he can try none of them and dies instantly. The party is down to three and the warden drops the round before the dragon finally dies to the rangers blades.
We collect the dragon's horde and the Sword of Kas as we take a short rest. As we are walking toward the portal to leave this hellish place that has killed a PC three times Kas shows up and demands his sword immediately. The warden starts to negotiate with Kas; the ranger (who has the sword) starts looking at the portal thinking to leave; and of course the barbarian distraught by his accidental murder of his friend draws his full blade fully intending to cut the vampire in half. We ended on that cliff hanger. Three 22nd level PC's against a level 26 solo vampire, 3 squares from the portal.
I see a few possible outcomes that will not end the campaign:
- They kill Kas and use the sword to activate the portal. (unlikely)
- They hold Kas off long enough to activate the portal and make a hasty retreat. (possible)
- The make a new deal with Kas, enlisting his help to get them all out of Monadhan and back to Faerun. (dependent on roleplaying)
- Kas defeats them, claims the sword and turns them into vampires to serve him. (very possible)
Any of you DM's out there have other creative ideas to keep this campaign going? I love cliff hanger stopping points. None of my players think they have a chance in Hades to of making it out of there. None of the living PC's are ritual casters or healers. Without Kas' help there is little chance of success but getting his help is pretty unlikley as well. He is the master of betrayal after all.
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