After many days of slogging through the swamp we’ve finally arrived at the area purported to contain a village of boggards. On the way we found a large patch of blue flowers, which Jiro informed us were Hail Lilies and dangerous to travelers. We removed them. Otherwise it’s just been damp and miserable with nothing to break up the monotony. Fear the brave adventurers, slayers of blue flowers! At least today was a bit more interesting…
We began our heroic rescue of the Tok-tekt’s son by having Jiro go ahead and scout, him being the only truly sneaky one among us. He reported back that all seemed quiet and he found a bogstrider tied up in the largest hut. Khismia, not to be left out of any fun, followed him back, claiming the eidolon could be just as stealthy as any trained ranger (and she was the only one who spoke the creature’s language, which was a valid point). With Khismia translating, we learned that he was to be taken shortly to the “Swamp Scar” to be sacrificed. The rest of us joined Jiro and Khismia once the bogstrider had been freed and sent on his way (he assured us that he would have no problem finding his way home safely as long as we were here distracting the boggards) to find out where the usual inhabitants of the village were. We found a statue to the toad demon Gogunta, some small huts that appeared to never be used and then the boggards apparently got up their courage (or their numbers) and attacked from behind mounds and near what I think was frog storage (as many, many frogs poured out from the building, much like a human might keep dogs in a kennel).
Those boggards dispatched, we started searching the mounds around the village for more of them. Choosing a mound at random, we meandered through the twisty passageways and just happened to end up in what must be the throne room, though it could only be accessed through a small hole in the roof above. Ilona immediately dropped through the hole to confront those down below with Khismia and her eidolon following close behind and Jiro right after her. Ilona moves to attack the boggard cleric, deducing that he was the biggest threat, but he cast a word of blasphemy. Meanwhile, Breela and Eran and I join our intrepid melee force in the throne room. Eran is grabbed from behind by a boggard but manages to escape and then uses an Oracle ability to make them unable to attack. With only the cleric left as a true threat, he summons a blade barrier surrounding him which forces Jiro, Ilona and Khismia to back off. I fail to penetrate his innate spell resistance and Eran is unable to dispel his blade barrier. Khismia decides to summon an earth elemental to just bull rush the cleric out of the barrier, which, surprisingly, works quite well. With Jiro and Ilona waiting for him on the other side, he doesn’t last long.
After the boggards were cleaned out we teleported back to the village of the bogstriders. We arrived far in advance of Tok-tekt’s son, of course, since no matter how fast he can move through the swamp, it’s not going to take him less than a day to get back here. We assured Tok-tekt that his son was coming and that the boggards no longer would. We’re about out of time for the month, so we’ll just teleport home tomorrow morning and see what mischief has been happening in Isenfell in our absence.