September 4714 (continued)
Week 2 – Week 4 (continued)
Day 28 (continued)
We make our way into the complex. We come to a room that branches 3 ways (including the way we came into it) into apparent alcoves.
- 2 x Dread Zombie Cyclops
Hmm. No apparent doors. We search the biers in each alcove and search for secret doors. We find a secret door in one of the alcoves and proceed through it. There was dust on the secret door.
Beyond is a chamber with a large pool of water over half of it. Natural cavern that has been been expanded.
Thorn is twitching violently. Oewyn moves forward. An undead ‘Nessie’ rises from the water with a stone rider (fey of some sort).
“You came far to slay me Arbiter”
- 1 x undead nessie
- 1 x stone rider (fey) – Blood Young Queen – Lantana
“This buys you time, if you don’t kill him, I’ll be back.”
Alexi and Gilain are under a Curse of Stone. We search the water and recover the armor “Bloodrose” off of Lantana and a Ring of Freedom of Movement and a Figurine of Wondrous Power.
There is also an underwater tunnel leading out one side (300 ft out to the lake) and a set of stairs under the water leading into another tunnel. 20 ft of stairs – 60 ft of tunnel – 20 ft of stairs.
Alexi, Oewyn, Gilain and Kaiden swim ahead through the worked tunnel to form a beachhead on the far side.
The water passage surfaces in a room. There is a metric ton of pottery. Painted in black and whites and lotus flowers, one eyed creatures, etc. Nothing apparently hostile in the room. Gilain swims back and gets the rest of the group.
We do a cursory examination of the pottery. If we spent time recovering the pottery, we could get a window into ancient times and that society.
Kaiden stuns himself when he does a general detect evil. Nisha determines that area is Desecrated.
At the bottom of another set of short stairs are a big set of double doors. We assist Leanna and are able to open the doors.
A hall extends before us with two statues in flanking alcoves and the room continues. A room with about 16 statues in them.
On the far side of the room, Oewyn searches and finds a secret door. Gilain opens the secret door with a strength check.
When the door opens, two portculis’s drop and the room begins to fill with water.
- 2 x Dread Zombie Cyclops
- 1 x Giant Eel
After sealing the ceiling and defeating the monsters, we try to raise the portcullis. We hold it up and the party moves past and then we let it crash behind us.
We climb up several sets of stairs for hundreds of feet of corridors. The stairs and corridors end at a set of double doors. There is a big room beyond them. A set of double doors in the wall across from where we enter. An alcove is to our left. To our right are another set of double doors and paved in patterned tiles and dual shrines within of a shrouded figure on a boat. Two pillars with leering fiends.
The shrouded figure is ‘Charon’ the horseman of death.
One shrine has an unlit oil lamp.
The dual shrines are each a single large piece of quartz. Each has an unlit oil lamp and a shallow drinking cup. They have a dark residue in them. Probably less than a week old.
Nisha says she knows how to open the door and performs a ritual involving lighting the oil lamps and filling the cups with her blood and drinking it. The doors between the dual shrines open. Kaiden detects a hint of evil around Nisha as she completes the ritual.
Beyond those doors is a room. As we enter into this next room, the good aligned are afflicted by the smoke with cold and wisdom damage.
Leanna casts communal resist energy (20 min on Ushia and Jenna and 10 min on most of the rest of the party (not including Oewyn, Valkyrie, and Gilain).
It is rough hewn as if it was never finished. Bronze double doors.
The room further along the corridor is of unworked stone, but with two mortared pillars. Then in a puff of horribly foul smelling vapor, a creature appears.
In Oewyn’s heads, he hears “In whose name, do you dare intrude upon the inner sanctum of the Horseman of Death?” Oewyn responds “Vordekai”
Many of the other party members respond the same.
In a room just beyond is an apparently dead Xamanthe.
Kaiden says, “I am here in the name of Erastil.”
- “Bob” (Lobster daemon thing?)
YET TO BE EXPLORED
- Doors across from the ones we entered from.