The wight collapses before the group allowing them to recover. Jay feels the curse of the evil creature linger and senses he will not fully recover from that battle for some time. Breathing heave the group takes the opportunity to explore the room now that the creepy fog has dissipated. A room with a display pedestal atop a dais lies beyond the doorway. The room is illuminated by a red light that seems to come from the pedestal itself. The pedestal appears to be the resting place of the skull previously in the possession of the priest. Looking around the room it becomes apparent that the design is not the same as the rest of the temple. It lacks in the general Set motif and seemed to be more infernal in nature. Rather than the obvious solution of sticking the skull where it belongs on the pedestal Jay puts the weights skull to see if any magical affects take place. No magical affects take place…
A quick discussion takes place on whether to place the horned skull on the pedestal or to explore the rest of the temple. The group decides to place the horned skull into the bag of holding and search out the rest of the temple and later return. Only the one corridor across from the sleeping chamber remains unexplored. The corridor has a chill to it seems to drain the light out of the air. Sand continuously settles between cracks in the sealing pouring to the floor. Inches deep the sand cover the floor of the corridor with no sign of tracks or resent movement.
Jay slowly steps into the corridor to examine it more closely. Immediately the chill in the air turns into a frosty gale with icy fingers that feel as though they claw at his very soul. Edrin moved behind Jay and was also affected by the painful chill. More doors are now visible down the passageway. Panicked to get out of the sandy, icy, dark, badness they vault forward to the closest door in the hallway and burst through it to get out of the painful chill. Beyond the door is a small room with a brazier with violet flames in the center of the room. On one wall a cabinet sits with what seems to be filled with torture implements and on the wall hang three skeletons in manacles. The center skeleton wears rich robes, a fine neckless, and Egyptian stylized armbands. The skeletons on either side both have a red glint to them.
Avoiding the skeletons, Jay runs his hands along the wall search the room. Totally not avoiding the skeletons Edrin marches up to the center skeleton. Upon approach the skeletons animate to claw at the new interlopers. Jay springs forward and thrusts his rapier into the robed skeletons boney torso with minimal affect. At the sound of combat K’lara and Abdul dash through the enchanted corridor to enter the room. Electricity crackels from K’lara as her hands pour her magical energy into one of the red tinged skeletons. The electrical energy travels from K’lara’s gloved hands to the undead.Once closer to the foes it becomes apparent that the reddish ones have veins that seems to pump blood across the dead bones. K’lara’s gloves come away bloody and the smell of burned metallic blood fills the room. With smoke rising from the undead creature, it swipes at K’lara with its boney hands. Abdul closes with the smoldering bloody skeleton and swings.
Electricity starts to crackle in the room again, but this time the robed skeleton is the source. The robed skeleton reaches out and grabs Jay and releases the current of energy. Edrin steps to the robed skeleton and slashes the undead with is frosty axe. A torrent of flames pours from K’lara’s hands engulfing the undead chained to the wall. The center robed skeleton lets out a howl and slumps over while the other two frantically claws at the intruders. Jay capitalizes on the hysterical state of his foe and stabs again. The skeleton slumps in its chains. The undead immediately revives and swipes at Jay to no avail. Abdul slashes at each the undead with his scimitar incapacitating them. The blood however appears to continue to pump through the veins across the dead bones. Abdul summons scorching fire and blasts the skeletons repeatedly. The undead blood burns and turns black again filling the room with and awful stench of burned blood. K’lara and Abdul sense a magical presence from the necklace on the center skeleton. Edrin decapitates the undead with brazen panache and Abdul uses the tongs to move the necklace into K’lara’s bag.
Abdul quickly moves to the next room with one of the branding irons in hand. This room has a small alter with a golden falcon at its center. The golden idol radiates magic and appears to Abdul to be of the deity Horus. A theme of multiple deities reemerges in the temple of Set. Edrin rushes to join Abdul trying to minimize time spent in the traitorous hallway. Abdul picks up the idol and steps into the hallway testing the protective effects of the idol. There are no protective effects…
With the golden falcon in one hand and a branding iron in the other he moves to another room. Another small room lies within. An oil lamp illuminating the room displays a small table with delicious looking food in the center, a wineskin consciously pouring wine, and a man manacled against the farthest wall. The prisoner is motionless slumped against the wall held up by chains. He has clearly been beaten and tortured with new wounds adding to old scars. The wine and food are just beyond the captives reach. Abdul yells to alert the rest of the group to his discovery. “I’ve found a prisoner”. Everyone braves the painful attack of the icy, sandy, badness of the hallway once more t
o enter the room.
“Who are you” Abdul inquires.
“My name is Barus BroadBlade” he answers. Waiving his right to have a lawyer present he continues “I’ve been captive here for months. I can’t keep track of time down here. I haven’t been fed and have been tortured.”
“Who has imprisoned you” Abdul asks
“I don’t know” Barus replies. “They ambushed me and my men on the way home from the tavern. All I could see is paint around the eyes.” Barus pauses and breaths deeply. “Who are you, You look local… but the rest of you… are foreigners”
Edrin works to remove the shackles from Barus and then moves to the ever pouring wineskin. Abdul fills a goblet with win and moves to give it to Barus. Edrin drinks some, chokes and spits out wine and blood. The wine burns his mouth like acid. Looking like a shit vintage Abdul dumps the wine. K’lara steps up and offers her water to Barus. He drinks deeply and is sincerely grateful. Like a pica driven two year old Edrin starts sampling the poison buffet. Turns out, it’s poisonous…
“Why did they keep you here” Abdul continues his interrogation “Why you, and not your men. Why keep you so long and not simply kill you”?
“They asked the same questions, over and over. It was something about the sheiks daughter.” Barus answers. “They thought I maybe kidnapped her or knew her ware bouts. I’ve only ever seen the girl from afar. I’m just the Captain of the Sand Voyagers guild. Ever since we’ve come under new management I’ve noticed some unsavory changes. I have also been reassigned to be away more. And much of the company has been bolstered with gnoll mercenaries.”
Edrin sighs deeply “So wait… no one knows where the daughter is?”
The group mends Borisons wounds and equip him with a bow, arrows and scimitar. They all prepare to exit the room and explore the rest of the temple. Barus agrees to accompany his rescuers and look for a way out.
Jay rushes out of the room and bursts into the next room again trying to avoid spending any extra time in the painfully sandy hallway. Another small room lay beyond the door. A raised platform in the center of the room and an alter with an Idol of a monkey lay inside. The Idol has jeweled eyes and its paws over its ears. Unlike the falcon idol the Monkey idol does not seem to be religious. Jay is inspecting the monkey statue when the rest of the group enters the small, now crowded, room. They gem eyes do not seem to be affixed to the statue. “right is never right” Jay jokes and he puts his thumb into the moneys left eye pushing it in like a button and then waits for something to happen. Nothing happens…
While Jay fiddles with his monkey (huh.. hu.. huh), Abdul discovers a secret door on one of the walls. Abdul opens the door into a dark hallway with thick cobwebs and deep layers of dust. A tomb like musty smell escapes the door and it appears as though no one has been here for a long time. Unsatisfied with leaving the gem eyes well enough alone, Edrin pushes the right eye. He senses the magical attack and manages to resist the incantation that would presumably turn him into a monkey.
Jay moves into the next room to scout. One exit is nearly full of spider webs, another exit leads to a hallway that dead ends into a door, and another hallway that dead ends. He turns back at the large crumbling hole that leads to the corridor made of webs and then smirks at K’lara. “You should set that on fire” he says.
“I should” she agrees with a wicked grin. Flames swirl from her hands that quickly ignite the webbing. The room quickly turns into an inferno as the fire covers nearly every foot of the room. The unmistakable chattering of panicked arachnids can now be heard from within the room. Shadows of the large arachnids move hurriedly around the flames. Barus takes aim and sends an arrow flying then rapidly fires another into the blaze striking the creature. Abdul steps forward and unleashes flames from his hands singeing them and setting blaze to any previously intact webbing. Frantically the spiders scurry to escape the all-consuming flames. One secretes a webbing mass and spits it at K’lara. The fire and heat consume the mass turning it into a fireball and burns out well before contact. Another web mass is spit from a second spider skittering across the room and again catches fire and evaporating in air. The final spider spits a mass of webbing at Edrin. Again the secretion ignites crossing the inferno of a room disintegrating along the way.
Because there isn’t enough fire in the room K’lara magically waves her hands and fire pours from them as if from a pitcher. The arachnids screech as they are once again bathed in flames. One staggers and drops to the floor curling its legs in underneath itself. Through the smoky haze Jay springs forward and stabs wildly at an enormous spider and vaults backwards to remove himself from the both the spiders and flames alike. Edrin charges forward and swings his axe but was also blinded by smoke and ash from the blazing webs. He swings again, this time his axe gets purchase on the leg of the creature forcing the arachnid to stagger backwards a step. Edrin capitalizes on his foes off balance and brings his axe down hard. The massive spider is cut clean in half with its gooey guts spilling all over the floor. Abdul steps back into the entryway and launches a bolt of flames from his hands at the remaining spider. The arachnids cephalothorax and abdomen pop open and slime bursts onto the floor. One last hisss is heard as in bundles its legs underneath itself and rolls onto its side. Abdul feels somewhat shaken after his attacked and leans against the archway to gather himself.
Now that the webs have finally burned away, the group is able to explore the room and the rest of the passageways. One well-kept room has fine tapestries with depictions of spiders spreading there webs across the lands. Across the room is a steal door with the head of a jackal. The mouth of the jackal is open wide displaying sharp teeth within as if in mid attack. In the back of the mouth a small keyhole is discovered by K’lara. Edrin laughs heartedly at Jay “That’s your job, right”? And Jay lets out a melancholy sigh in agreement.
Jay steps up to the jackal head and stairs at it grimly for a moment. K’lara reaches into her bag and pulls out a dagger. At first Jay thinks she is going to use it to prod him into motion but then realizes she is propping the mouth open with it. Once the dagger is inside the mouth the jaws clench down hard. Jay moves quickly to pick the lock. Moments later the lock makes a clicking sound revealing to Jay it’s open. To Jays dismay there is more to this lock that normal. There is at least one more layer if not more to the locking mechanism. Sweat beads on Jay’s brow as he puts another dagger into the jowls of the jackal. He quickly works on the second layer and the lock makes another click indicating that another layer of the mechanism is open. Jay almost begins to cry when he realizes there is yet another layer to this madness. Jay tries to think of gold, power, all the riches that could be stored behind this door, but in the end he just wants to keep his hand. Jay frantically scrambles to pick the last lock. At long last the lock clicks and the door is now free to be opened. “I think I peed a little” Jay admits sheepishly
Behind the tapestry Abdul find many hieroglyphs etched into the walls. “Beware the wrath of Set and his minions, for before you is his kingdom of evil. Those that make that journey shall never return.” Abdul tells the group about his discovery and translates it for them. “I nearly pissed myself for the kingdom of evil”? Jay wines.
“Nearly”? Edrin japes
Jay opens the door and peers in. A long room lay just beyond with a large statue of Set. Just in front of the statue is an idol of a jackal headed figure sitting next to the pit that cast a red light throughout the room. The idol holds a bowl that gives off smoke as its gem eyes glitter. More hieroglyphs are seen in the room. Abdul reads them aloud to the group “Beware ye the eyes of set for they are all seeing and all knowing. He casts his gaze upon thy and knows thy, and knowing thy does seed to his minions.” Abdul finishes reading the text and steps into the room.
“Do we need anything that could come from this room’? jay asks clearly nervous about the kingdom of evil scripts on the walls.
Barus quickly chimes in “yea… I don’t really want to go in there…uhhh, yea” standing in the doorway. Even the mighty Edrin looks particularly cautious.
“I can fight from far away, You guys get in there.” K’lara chides them
“Maybe there is some bit of logic that says we don’t need to be in here” Jay says like a complete pussy as Barus and Edrin peer into the room without entering.
Abdul, apparently the only man with any stones in this adventure, continues to move forward. In a snap the door slams shut. They eyes of the statue flare up and a creature crawls out of the pit. The undead being hisses at Abdul with its tattooed skin drawn tight across its bones. It shambles forward. Abdul runs to the door and hits it rapidly with both open palms. “Let me out, Let me out, Let me out” with each repetition of the words his voice goes up an octave.
Jay looks to Edrin “That’s your job… Right?”
Edrin scoffs and leans into the door. Barus also leans over Edrins stout body and pushes to open the door. The door slowly moves and finally becomes open enough to slip in or out of the room. K’lara squeezes passed Edrin and Barus through the door frame and immediately begins casting. Her hands glow red and then a Bolt of fire springs from her fingertips. The blast knocks into the undead back a step but it continues to lurch forward. Jay sprints into the room passed K’lara, Abdul, and the undead then hides just behind the pit and statue. Jay peers into the pit and sees the pulsing red glow emitting from the bottom.
The undead creature shambles toward Abdul hissing and biting but Abdul easily sidesteps the creature. Barus and Edrin release the door stepping into the room. Barus sidestep slightly and takes aim at the undead. He loosed two arrows at the creature. One arrow sailed clean while the other nicked the undead. The runes on the creatures’ skin flared up on impact. The creature noticed the impact of the arrow and was distracted slightly. Abdul swung his scimitar fast and hard managing to hit the creature’s side and a deep gash in the leg. The runes flare even brighter and the undead wales. The creature hisses while Abdul backspins with the scimitar flying leaving a third deep gash a crossed the chest. Edrin charges forward with his axe held high above his head. He brings the axe down hard splitting the undead in half. It collapses into two piles on the floor with gore and slime puddled between.
Jays starts as he sees another abomination crawling up the side of the pit. It lurches at Abdul and slashes with its clawed hands. Abdul jumps back avoiding most of the attack but the undead still managed to draw blood. A foul darkness radiates from the wound and Abduls limbs begin to stiffen. Abdul whispers a quick prayer that banishes the darkness and he quickly recovers. Electricity crackles down K’lara’s arms and then is released from her fingertips. The room lights up with the flash from the bolt nearly blinding anyone who tried to trace it with their eyes. The bolt arcs around her friends and passes though the creature and ends striking the statue. The statues jeweled eyes flare for a moment then on eye appears slightly dimmer than it was before. The undead stagers backwards from the electric attack and then charges forward at K’lara.
Jay pulls out the star gem and stares into the pit. He now sees beyond the red glow into a howling wasteland. The swirling images themselves almost seem to be a brutal attack making it harder and hard for Jay to continue to gaze into this new world. Just beyond the pit Barus draws his scimitar and engages the undead standing between it and K’lara. The first cut removes the creatures arm at the shoulder and the second cut removes the head. Edrin moves to the pit and readies himself for the next attack while Abdul leans into the exit door and opens it. “Come, Lets go! There is nothing here for us” Abdul sais bracing the door.
Jay willing himself to stare into the portal sees a red flash and then another creature appears. Again the creature is near the top of the pit crawling out. This creature looks similar to the last but somehow more feral. It springs forward at Edrin and claws at him but only manages to scratch his armor. A thick stench fills the room from wafting off the ghast causeing Barus to retch and dry heave. The room begins to flicker with light as K’lara summons the lightning attack once more. Again the electrical storm races down her arms and is released at her fingertips. The bolt passes through the ghast and again ends at the statue. The gem eyes in the statue again flare up and then the dimmer one now goes dark. With smoke still rising from the undead creature the ghast wales and advances.
Jay continues to peer into the world beyond the portal. He is nearly consumed by the chaos and madness below. He drops the star gem unable to look into the pit any longer. Unable to cope with the visions of bedlam below Jay is left stunned barely able to breath. Barus bites back on the bile in the back of his throat and charges forward. Barus cuts the creature from neck to opposite armpit cleaving off and arm and head. The body drops to its knees then slumps to its side leaking a foul black liquid. Edrin and Abdul stand near the door to prepare an escape assuming the next beast will be worse than the last.
As predicted another undead creature emerges. This time a large skeletal snake appears with a human skull. Immediately after emerging from the pit the undead snake starts to sway rhythmically back and forth. Barus lowers his weapon clearly enthralled by the creatures advancing motion. K’lara ducks a tail swipe by the surprisingly fast undead. Jay stops hyperventilating and gathers himself somewhat and charges in from behind. He is still staggered however and is ineffective at causing real damage. At the sound of continuing combat Abdul and Edrin leave the door and engage the undead. Abdul swings his scimitar chipping bone and Edrin cracks the open ribs with his axe. A wight begins to crawl out of the open pit. “We are falling behind” Abdul warns.
K’lara snaps her fingers releasing a bolt of fire that flies though the air to strike the gem eyes of the statue. The one eye flares up and then is left slightly dimmer than before. Jay slightly more grounded he strikes the skeletal creature driving his stone rapier between vertebrae and snapping the spine in half leaving two piles of bones on the floor. The wight advances forward to Edrin and screeches madly and claws at his armor. Barus stands next to Edrin and swings his scimitar at the undead. The first attack went wide but the second hit the creature hard. Edrin follows Barus and attacks chopping at the undead with heavy blows. Abdul forms a ball of fire in his hands and hurls it at the statue. A winged creature seemingly made of smoke and shadow appears. K’lara summons magical bolts of arcane power and shoots them at the statue. The gem eye flares bright once more and then goes completely dark. Jay springs forward striking the wight. The undead folds in on itself and seems to wither. Barus engages the winged demon feigning a stab and then slashing with full force with a critical blow. Abdul summons magical energy and flings it at the shadow creature. The creature turns to Abdul and shreeks with its hands held high over its head then dissolves into nothingness.
Breathing heave the group braces for more. Finally, after a few moments pass they begin to explore the room. Edrin searches the bowl with burning incense and Jay wills himself to use the gem eye to peek into the disarray at the bottom of the pit. After the rough combat the group decides to take a short rest to mend armor and bandage wounds. During the rest Abdul meditates on his discovery and acquisition of the idol of Horus. He considers for a moment that it is possible he has set luck against the group by removing it from its original location. Not wanting to tempt the Gods Abdul decides to return the idol back to its intended location. Before leaving the group closes the door and does their best to dismantle the lock and key mechanism to prevent others from using the portal from either side.
Once back in the main corridor where the entrance to the spider room was discovered the group began to search for secret traps and doors ignoring the other doorway exits for the time being. Something about the shape of the room led Abdul and Edrin to believe there had to be something more there. And they were right! Once discovered Edrin gives it a mighty dwarven kick thrusting the door open. Jay leads the way down the hall and passed a ninety degree turn to an old staircase. They collectively decide to come back to the staircase when this floor is more secured.
The group returns to one of the previous doors that doesn’t appear to be locked but seems wedged closed. Edrin again, puts his mighty foot into the door revealing a small room. Several humanoids rise from sitting and even sleeping posture. One wall on the far end of the room appears to be crumbled and broken. Beyond the broken wall seems to be a tunnel exiting the room. The earthen tunnel is rough and fresh with piles of dirt at the mouth. The seven figures appear to be goblins in the candle light with shovels and picks in hand. “Stand Down” Barus yells at the goblins.
The goblins immediately drop their mining tools and manage to scurry in place. “Master, master” one begs “How did you get here from that direction? We have only just now managed to tunnel through the wall. Mm…mm… Master, who are your friends?”
“Master huh? What’s that supposed to mean?” K’lara looks at the group’s newcomer with accusing eyes. She keeps her eyes and laser guided fireball locked on Barus in case any nefarious actions arise.
“That door was locked” the goblin continues” the goblin continues
“Well it’s not now” Barus replies sharply keeping the goblins intimidated. “Where did you come from” He asks
The goblin stammers in answer “We tunneled. Your companions. We were told to tunnel though”
“My companion”? Barus repeats while K’lara seems to get ready to cast some spell with an expression part curious part scorn. “Who sent you”
“Yo…Your c’companions” The goblin stammers.
“Who sent you” Barus repeats fiercly
“The other slavers, the other slavers” the goblin wines “the dark elf lady…”
“Whoa, Whoa, Whoa” the group says in near unison.
“Dark elf lady… Sssen’tt us… umm. P’perhaps we find secret entrance.” The goblin pleads. “We did, we did”
“Yes” Abdul congratulates the goblin with warm appraisal. “Well done”
“Thank you” The goblins eyes light up and he begins to bow repeatedly. The other goblins join in bowing quickly and repeating “thank you thank you thank you” Another goblin remarks “No beatings”? And almost answers his own question “No beating, no beating”
“Anything you would like to add”? K’lara asks Barus the new addition to their party with dagger eyes.
“What, no”? Barus answers defensively. Jay sees the inquisition by K’lara and remembers the day he met her. He saw her light-up three Halfling adventures because they ‘gave her a funny feeling’. Jay wonders if Barus will end up the same way. “Go back to resting, we need to sort this out” Barus says eyeing K’lara.
“Why do they think they know you” K’lara asks Barus accusingly as soon as they form a little conversation huddle.
“I’ve never seen these guys before!” Barus exclaims.
Jay explains “They think that Barus is on the slavers side. He just looks and acts like their bosses. He is a solder and is a little rough around the edges”
“Ok” She squints her eyes suspiciously at Barus but K’lara seems convinced for the moment.
“Gah…” Abdul expresses a moment of frustration mixed with eureka “The Cultists don’t seem to have the princess, the Sand Voyagers don’t seem to have her, the Sheik does not have her…. but perhaps, the ‘dark elf lady’ has her”
“Maybe the Sand Voyagers are capturing locals and selling them to the UnderDark to the dark elves”? Barus suggests.
Abdul runs back to the secret door next to the monkey idol and closes it so that it would appear that no one has used it. The group meets up back at an unexplored door near the spider room. Jay inspects the door and quietly opens it. Rotted cloth hangs from cables on the walls within. On closer inspection it looks like these are the remnants of old tapestries. Jay pulls up his star gem and peers into the room to find anything unseen. The group enters the room and begins to search the walls and floor for more secret passageways. “This room is a dud” Jay says with a sigh after a quick search.
“Back to the stairwell then?” Edrin asks already leading the way.
They reach the stairs and Jay takes the lead position again with Edrin just behind. Abdul follows just behind Edrin then K’lara and then finally Barus. Edrin, with his dwarvish vision, can see down the stairwell farther than anyone else and is still unable to see the landing. Jay is mindful of traps on the way down but it would take too long to search each step. Atlast they near the bottom and Edrin can see the landing. As Jay and Edrin advance toward the bottom there is a sudden change in footing. A ten foot section of the steps drop away and Jay and Edrin scramble backwards to safety. Below is a smoke filled pit that now exhausts the into the stairwell. The group manages to jump across the pit to the steps farther down the stairwell.
At the bottom of the stairwell the group descends into a small room with shelves with old scroll cases made with bone. A large pile of ash is in the center of the room with soot covering the walls and ceiling. Jay begins exploring and searching for secret passages while Edrin and Abdul go through the shelves. Abdule finds an old sealed bone case with runes covering its exterior. Abdul reads the Rune ‘Property of the good mage Martek. Do Not Open. Hold secure’. Abdul pauses for a moment. “Really?” he blurts out loud drawing confused looks from the rest of the group.
He slowly opens the book and begins reading. He also finds a map within that dates from Marteks time. On the map there are hieroglyphs that Abdul continues to read (he won’t be happy until he finds the one that blows up his face), ‘Here did I, Martek arch mage of the land, seal up a prince of da’jin that in the days ahead I do foresee when the evil one is loosed. The powers of good might be put to the test against the evil. The path and the way ahead I have entrusted to the pharos and their wives that each might hold part of the key. So that together they know when to unlock the goodly Da’jin. The time is yet unknown but the place is this place of Set though the protecting phoenix.’.
While Abdul reads through the material K’lara finds a gem in the pile of ash in the center of the floor. This gem is of the same size and shape as the one Jay carries only this one is clear. K’lara shows the group and tucks it into her bag of holding. Barus looks through the shelves and finds other cases made of bone. The rest of the scrolls have crumbled with age. They Identify the gem to be the Gem of Convelar (probably not spelled right) wich allows an arcane caster to meditate and have one additional spell slot per spell-level.
The group exits the library and ascends the stairs. They bound across the fallen piece of staircase with ease. They decided to return to the goblins and explore the tunnel the goblins came from. When walking across the room a distant shout can be heard from the tunnel. At first it’s unintelligible but standing at the tunnel mouth it becomes more clear. “How come I’m not hearing any pickaxes you slobs?” voiced in a deep guttural tongue. “You do NOT want me to come down there.”
Jay quickly grabs a threadbare shawl and a poorly stitched hat from one of the sleeping goblins than smears mud and dirt on his face and cloths. “Do I look like one of them” Jay asks promptly “How would I say ‘Yes sir’ in goblin”
K’lara teaches him the quick words and Jay bounds down the tunnel. Jay keeps his head low and the pickaxe in his left hand trying to look smaller and more subservient. Jay’s dominant hand is under the shawl gripping his rapier. The rest of the group follows at a distance. Jay enters the small room light by candlelight. Chests are piled high around the room and three large figures are within. Two are laying down on mats either and the other is lumbering around in the room. There is another exit on the far wall and Jay spies a trapdoor in the ceiling with a coiled rope latter below. The standing bugbear walks to Jay and begins barking in goblin. If Jay understood goblin he would have heard “Why are you up here? Who said you should come back up?” but he doesn’t. All Jay heard was a gargling noise that managed to sound threatening. Jay continues to advance to the bugbear and meekly mumbles the phrase “Yes sir, yes sir”
Jay manages to close the distance between him and the bugbear. Once close enough to smell the foul creature the bugbear grabs at his whip. Jay drops the pickaxe and in a flash produces the stone rapier. Before the bugbear even knew what was about to happen it was done. The rapier was clean through its heart. The bugbear fell heavy to the side and Jay tried to hide the rapier and look confused to the others lying on the mat. One bugbear was confused and stared at the dropped one however the other had seen the rapier quickly protrude and recede from the back of the now fallen creature. It stands quickly and brandishes its spiked club. Jay springs forward and charges the bugbear still seated hoping to capitalize on its slow wit and movement. Jays stone rapier sink deep into the bugbears shoulder and then pulls out clean. “Surrender” Jay commands in the common language.
“I will pulp your head” The bugbear shouts outraged at the attack and stands at his full imposing height. Edrin sprints into the room to stand near Jay to help protect him. Panting from the run he manages to surge forward with an attack with his axe. The Bugbear drops to the ground from the blow. Jay turns to the remaining bugbear and commands “Drop your weapon”.
Abdul enters the room and sees the bugbear charging toward Jay with his spiked club held high. A ball of fire is summoned into his hands that projects to the bugbear and explodes. The bugbear manages to dodge some of the explosion debris and stands smoldering. Barus stands in the entryway to the tunnel and raises his bow and takes air. Two arrows are sent flying through the air towards the bugbear. One sinks deep into the bugbear one sinks deep into the wall behind him. Glowering the bugbear drops his weapon and backs away. Edrin kicks the club to the side and tells the bugbear to take a seat. It drops to a pained sitting position instantly. K’lara approaches the bugbear and demands information “What’s going on here”
“I’m surrendering” the bugbear says confused and looks to Jay to see if he misunderstood the command.
“Why are you here, tunneling with the goblins” Jay says more directly.
“We seek an entrance into the tomb. We were ordered by the mistress dark elf to tunnel in. They know there are other ruins in the area. We are tunneling and searching for treasures. That’s all I know”
“Who’s in charge here” Jay demands
“Zamora, the dark elf. She is the most dangerous adversary”
“Is there just the one dark elf or are there more”? Jay asks
“Oh, at least eighteen” the bugbear responds. Jay’s expression immediately turns grim and open-hand strikes the bugbear expecting he has received incomplete information or misinformation entirely.
“I swear, I swear” the bugbear pleads. “At least eighteen… at the least”
“Any more like you, goblins, hobgoblins…?” Edrin asks
“Yes, Many… many” Unsatisfied with the bugbears response Barus hits the bugbear in the face. Barus stands over the burned, shot, defenseless creature in an imposing way. The bugbear cowers and begs “I’m a virtual slave myself… I… I do this against my will… I … I Just want to go home. “
“Answer the questions honestly and fully. Tell us your numbers” Barus threatens. The bugbear quickly describes the quantity of goblins below that the group allowed to sleep. “What about upstairs” Barus asks looking at the trapdoor and rope-latter.
“Upstairs, the Slavers Guild Hall? Oh, no. We do not go there.” The bugbear says shaking his head.
“What’s down here” K’lara asks pointing down the only other exit to the room.
“That goes to our compound” The bugbear admits.
The group escorts the bugbear and the seven goblins down to the cells where they found Barus. They lock the door and advise them repeatedly not to eat the food or drink. The group can hear the cries of pain and stupidity as they leave the jail area and return to the room with the trapdoor. Jay unrolls the rope-latter and quietly opens the passageway. Jay finds himself looking at the underside of a bed. Jay crawls into the room and looks around. It all looks very familiar as it turns out. Jay finds himself in Thurnas Netmaster’s bed chamber. Lying open on the desk is a book with a red cover. Jay nimbly takes the book.
While Jay is upstairs the group riffles through the large boxes in the room. Instead of finding secret treasures the crates are filled with mining tools. When Jay returns to the group he explains that it went to Thenas Netmaster’s bed chamber. Barus grins and thanks the group for his rescue and then explains that staying in his bed chamber would be the best way to have a private chat with Mr. Netmaster. Now the group has to decide on moving onto the compound or meeting with the sheiks second son Korus.