So members of the party could recover after our conflict with the lizards, we decided to retreat to a room that was large and easily defendable. During the first 8 hours of resting, there were several strange noises. There were several “clangs”, and the sounds of movement and voices. There was also some laughter.
Yiqinne and Cruven decided to go and check it out. Upon moving into the corridor connecting to the main entrance, a very large figure was seen exiting to the outside, and the door shut behind it. A large footprint, about 2’ long, left in the dirt along with a lot of other footprints. We returned to the main group.
After 8 hours, several of our spell casters still needed extra rest to regain some stamina, so a small scout team decided to head out into the complex and do some recon.
The first place our travels took us was to the room where bodies were being piled. Yiqinne noticed that the number of bodies had increased, as new ones were added to the pile. Some were human, but there were also some exotic and rare creatures.
The team then moved into the room where we fought the lizard creatures, and as we moved across the grate in the floor, laid the dead bodies of the lizards in an attempt to block whatever might come out of there.
Over the grate we found a large, open, and otherwise unremarkable room. Following through a door on the opposite side, we followed a corridor around to a door with several keys that we did not possess. The voice we had heard, closer than it has been any time before, mocked the group coming to a “dead end”. We decided to return to the main party and get ready to move forward.
As we returned, a green gas started to pour out of the grate in the floor. This left a burning sensation for all who entered the cloud and did substantial damage. Use of the Ioun Stone that eliminates the need to breathe did not help stop this. After several rounds, the gas dissipated, and we could hear the same voice laughing.
After returning to the main party, we decided to move forward through the “blue mist” room. Carefully proceeding, Yiqinne and our new dwarf companion were first. Yiqinne ended up moving faster, and crossed a grate in the blue mist, around a corner, and up some stairs out of the mist on the other side. Our dwarf companion tied off some rope on the grate to give others a path to follow around potential pits in the mist.
As he was tying off the rope, the green gas began to flow out of the grate and mix with the blue mist. This had the same effect as in the other room. Over the next few rounds, the green gas spread, and the party fragmented into three different rooms:
- Yiqinne, the dwarf, Kale, and Tyk ended up in a room with a number of recesses in the walls and a small stone table with four “keys” on it, a triangle and three stars. The blocked access of crumbled dirt on the far end clearly connected to the “bone room”.
- Cruven and Caaden ended up in the “bone room”, attempting to dig out the collapsed earth.
- Kara, and Raedegunde ended up in the corridor on the other side of the mist.
The following sequence of events then occurred:
- Yiqinned removed one of the stars from the table, and two recesses opened, revealing undead creatures that moved in to attack.
- The green gas continued to spread.
- Having excellent Fortitude, Raedegunde decided to charge through the gas and help out those in the main room.
- Kara, now separated from the two in the “bone room”, decided to run around the corridors to get there and help them dig as fast as possible.
As the initial combat sequence finished, the gas continued to spread into the main room. Raedeguned had made it in, but was still inside the gas cloud, as was Tyq. In an ill-advised attempt to stop the gas, Yiqinne went and removed the triangle from the table. This opened four more recesses and four new undead combatants. The triangle was replaced, but the openings did not shut. With the party sustaining heavy damage from the gas and earlier combat, the odds of survival for everyone looked grim.
Very quickly Kale, Raedegunde, and Tyq were knocked unconscious, pushing close to death, particularly Raedegunde. Shortly after Raedegunde and Tyq went down, the gas dissipated. Yiqinne stabilized Raedegunde, and the dwarf stabilized Kale.
As combat progressed, the dwarf dealt with a large undead bull, as three large undead turned their attention to Yiqinne.
For some unknown reason, the digging that was being done by Cruven and Caaden was accelerated as the dirt blocking the access “blew out” as if some form of pressure had pushed it out into the “bone room”. A dead body was noted buried in the dirt, but little attention was paid to it at this time.
Cruven raced to the other side of the main room and stabilized Tyq. Caaden unloaded some of his stronger spells and helped bring down the bull. The dwarf kept the three other undead at bay by becoming a focal point for their attacks, while Yiqinne then cast mage armor on herself and attempted to keep their focus on her. Cruven and Caaden then used these opportunities to unload ranged attacks.
Unfortunately, Caaded ended up in a position where he was exposed to an attack, and was knocked unconscious. The dwarf also went unconscious.
Kara arrived and began to attack from one end of the room while Cruven attacked from the other, and Yiqinne continued to move around the enemies and keep the focus on her. The enemies were finally taken down. Caaden was stabilized.
All members of the party were dragged into the large room we had rested in before. The party was able to rest for an extended period of time, and although not up to full strength, everyone is now on the positive side of HP.
During the extended rest, Yiqinne and Kara decided to scout the main entrance and see if the thing which entered before returned. The things were indeed returning, and it was noted that the “skull” relief was now closed again. Many creatures entered the main room, with the large ones seeming to haul in stuff.
There were a number of low level guards, and a higher ranking “leader”. This creature looked somewhat orcish, but had green/black scaly skin. One of the large creatures seemed to interact with the leader, and seemed smarter than the other large creatures.
Once they left, a search showed that more bodies had been added to the pile and that a red gem pendant with the snake eating itself was found on the floor, displaying “weak” magic. Yiqinne and Kara rejoined the party and informed them of what was seen.