After letting Molaan’s protests fall on deaf ears, the party selected a door and watched as Edluar moved down the hallway, cursing as he found himself unable to open doors. As the hallway opened up into a small chamber, the rest of the party followed him in. The only occupant of the room was the rotting corpse of a drow sitting down as a sword impaled his chest. Spying a potion belt on the body, Damhsa took the belt off of him, which caused the illusionary walls in the room to drop, revealing them to be trapped with an eight-headed pyrohydra.
The party quickly rallied, pouring damage on the beast from all sides as it snapped and sprayed jets of fire across the room. After the creature had finally collapsed, Edluar rushed forward to stick the unconscious beast with his rapier, declaring himself the “Octopyrohydra Slayer.” Taking a few moments to catch their breath, the party opened the door to the next room.
Staring back at Edluar as he opened the door were a trio of ghoulish creatures. Sensing a fresh meal, they surged forth into the party’s midst as they struggled to stop the resilient beings. And this fight would not be without loss, as Khaled drew the attention of one of the ghouls, and was rent apart by the beast, dying without attaining the redemption he had sought. With the ghouls finally slain, the party gathered about Khaled’s corpse to pay their respects (Read as: Loot his body) before moving on further into the dungeons.
A quick search of the rooms also turned up a magic halberd, which the party took with them before continuing on. Wanting to clear the floor before heading up, the party opened the door to the center room before heading up the stairs. Inside, they saw a fountain wreathed in light and radiating magic. Goblin curiosity being what it is, Fritz ambled up to the fountain and took a drink. With a yelp of surprise, the diminutive cleric quickly found himself drifting up the shaft of light.
Not wanting to lose the cleric, Merek flew up after him, only to find himself being drawn up the beam as well. As the pair drifted up, the majority of the party turned around to dash up the stairs in hopes of catching them, while Saurok took a sip of the water, and began swimming up the shaft after them.
While Saurok, Merek, and Fritz slowly ascended the shaft, the rest of the party began to practice their speed dungeoneering skills, quickly navigating each floor as they tried to reach the top of the light shaft. Meanwhile, the other three found themselves spat out onto the floor in front of a room full of drow. Understandably confused as the goblin, lizardfolk, and drow-disguised human being dropped into their midst, they did not attack immediately, instead drawing their weapons and shouting in drow. The three managed to stall long enough for the rest of the party to catch the drow from behind.
The battle that followed was furious but brief, luckily leaving the party with no casualties. A quick search of the bodies found a key, which Edluar used to quickly open the door opposite from the one they had entered. As he started to slide the doors open, they were greeted by the grinning maw of a draegloth. Quickly pouring into the room, Sofiel shouted for them to kill it quickly. However, the party were not quite fast enough, as the beast began to shoot a bolt of lighting into the party and started to flicker in and out of existence.
Though the party struggled to hit the now incorporeal creature, they eventually wore it down, shielding themselves from the shower of vermin from it’s death throes. Finding a small cache of more magical equipment in the room, the party quickly sorted them out, and steeled themselves for the battles further up the tower.
Characters Present: Damhsa daughter of Scottia, Merek Falk, Caitlyn, Edelmont, Fritz, Kiwi, Saurok, Edluar the Seeker
XP Award (APL 6): 900
Roleplaying XP Bonus: Saurok