10th & 11th day of Earth Wakes, 435 AoS
After a short rest, the team moved further into to tombs. The next room, lined with skeletal alcoves, heated up with the appearance of two magma claws. They seem to have been summoned by the opening of an arcane trapped door. What opened the door remains a mystery.
Not long after, the group was able to locate and release Sertanian from his captivity. Angry at the robbery of his Great Hall, he was more than willing to assist in the recovery of the antiques.
Unfortunately, the next captive located had already passed into the realm of the Shadow Queen. Kartenix’s body was glued to the wall in a den of ettercaps. The team quickly dealt with this threat, too, though they were beginning to look for a safe room to hole up in for an overnight.
Alia quickly scouted out the stairs leading up to the west and discovered a room full of hobgoblins. With out waiting to find out what they were doing here, she fired off several arrows, surprising the enemy. The rest of the team joined in, with Hurit slowing the movement of many but taking a face full of acid for his troubles. Xul waded in and was soon covered with the cast-off of the dead. Rhayn and Soyala did there part and even the surprising addition of a hexer barely phased the group.
Now low on energy, the team was relieved to find a room with only one entrance. It happened to contain Jalissa. She clung to Rhayn for freeing her, though also made fast friends with Hurit. She was able to cast the ritual eye of alarm and the team slept fast. The room also contained three sarcophagi and, with no conscientious objectors present, they looted the corpses.
Well rested, feeling a new sureness of powers, and with two of the rescued in tow, the group ascended another set of stairs and found themselves in an triangular room with seven menhir’s (large stones standing vertically) scattered across the floor. These stones we exceedingly cold, enough to cause immediate pain if touched. As they were investigating the room, Soyala fell under attack.
Sinruth surprised the group by entering from the north doors. He immediately used his spiked chain to pull Soyala into the barbs on his armor. Ripping her off, he threw her to the ground and attempted to kick her with his jackboots. However, Soyala seemed very adept at fighting from her back and was able to avoid further damage. It took a concerted effort to deal with the leader of the hobgoblins, but the task was lessened when Hurit caused him to believe the ground gave out beneath him. Seeing a grown hobgoblin flailing around wildly on the floor is a sight to behold. Two of the antiques were recovered, the gauntlets and the dragon crest helm. Sertanian was overjoyed to see them. In addition, the team found a disturbing letter, folded into the breast pocket of the deceased leader:
- 2195 XP for the group
- 439 XP for each PC
- Each PC has a total of 1,125 XP.
- 730 gold for the group
- 300 silver for the group
- 3 potions of healing
- Shroud of protection – Adventurer’s Vault p. 177
- Antique – Ornate, gilded dragoncrest helm
- Antique – Set of iron gauntlets with extensive filigree