The party swiftly set about opening the chests they had discovered. Though a few of the traps found on the devices were sprung, the party was able to avoid any lasting damage. They did, however, gain a wealth of coins, gems, and objects d’art, as well as a few magical items. Wasting no time in identifying them, the party swiftly divvied up the loot and set out.
Exiting through a passage way behind the chamber, the party found themselves in a tunnel once again. After a bit of walking, they stopped as the spotted a hole in the floor ahead. Advancing cautiously, the party was quite surprised when tentacles rose up from the floor, and wrapped themselves around Edluar. Though they suspected Edluar may enjoy the encounter, the party members surged forward to his aid anyway. However, their attacks left the creature unfazed and it managed to swallow Edluar. Not moments afterward, the creature’s maw lurched open with a gout of flame, and a triumphant Edluar crawled out.
As they continued down the tunnel, the party found themselves at a wall of fog. Figuring that they would likely be ambushed within the fog, the party decided to go through one at a time. Saurok volunteered to go first, and began skirting along the wall. Once he had broken through the fog, he found himself in a room, face to face with a tainted being. Calling out the party that he was not alone, the party surged forward into the fog. Sensing the party would soon join their reptilian friend, the tainted being summoned several riftmen to his aid and retreated.
The ensuing battle was brutal. As Edluar dispelled the mist in the hallway, the party’s fighters fell back to form a line of defense. However, this worked in the favor of the riftmen sorcerers who rained fireballs down on the party. When the smoke finally cleared, Sirus and Caitlyn’s charred corpses laid in the hallway. Enraged, Merek summoned howlers to slay the casters, while Damhsa flew into a fury as she attempted to surge forward through the enemy lines.
The battle was over soon after, with no further casualties amongst the party. While Merek picked up his child’s corpse for a second time, the rest of the party fanned out to secure the room ahead. A cursory search showed the room to be festooned with Dagon imagery, the most noteworthy of which was the door through which the tainted being Saurok had met had fled.
Not at all wary of the writhing tentacles which covered the door, Edluar was the first to step forward, and immediately fell into a deep trance, and moments later emerged seemingly no worse for the wear. While the rest of the party crowded around the door, Edluar pulled Merek aside, telling him the door required a pure soul to open, and urging him to use his freshly slain son, Sirus. Repulsed at the idea, Merek refused outright and returned to the party to discuss other options.
Eventually, Allyndor stepped towards the door, protected by the power of Farlanghan, and made way for Edluar to cast knock upon the door. To everyone’s surprise, this actually worked. The party advanced through, finding themselves in a great chamber, at the center of which lay a crystal encasing an elf girl and at the back of which was Dagon’s tear, suspended by magic. Fritz, spurred by goblin curiosity, swung his spear at the crystal, shattering it instantly.
Meanwhile, Edluar surged up the dias over which the crystal was suspended, and with a flying leap attempted to take it. His leap was stopped short by the magical energy which held the crystal in place, and soon after, he found himself overcome with a magically induced rage at the party’s incompetence. Hoping to gather the party into one spot so that he could more efficiently express his disdain for them, he began urging the party to gather around the crystal, first to attack it, then to have them lift it.
The majority of the party remained fixated on the crystal, except for Damhsa, who true to character, was unwilling to touch any unknown magical object, and Merek. While Merek was sliding a bag over the pearl and attempting to pull it from it’s place, a stray bolt from Fritz’s crossbow lanced Edluar. His rage finally too much to contain, he began to cast.
Characters Present: Damhsa daughter of Scottia, Merek Falk, Elyas the Wolfhart, Akuma Bloodreamer, Kiwi Fuzzyfoot, Allyndor the Wanderer, Edluar the Seeker, Caitlyn, Fritz, Saurok
XP Award (APL 8): 1125
Roleplaying XP Bonus: Damhsa