After dispatching the cultists in the dining room and kitchen, the party explored further into the Temple of the Black Earth.
The passage west from the dining room led to a set of double-doors. Sytarii snuck through them and immediately backed out of the room after seeing the petrified statues of adventurers scattered throughout the cavernous room. Reyroris took point and headed in to face whatever was in there. At first it seemed to be an empty cave. Then Reyroris was hit hard as a shadow flitted past. Telffid and Ganus shed some light on the situation and the party found themselves squaring off against a shadow demon. They fought hard and banished it back to the nine hells before it could do any more damage.
In a bedroom behind the cave, they enjoyed a sumptuous bed and found much treasure.
Exiting the cave they headed south, where they came upon the cultists’ apartments. Barging in, they slew two cultists brushing their teeth. Then they proceeded to slaughter several more cultists, their guard and Dynath, the burrowshark, but not before this lasts could summon his pet bulette. Arriving on the scene just after his master fell, the bulette bit into Reyroris before being slain itself.
Heading south from the apartments, the party entered the laboratory of one Miraj Vizann, a self-proclaimed mud sorcerer. After a brief dialog, Telfid surprised the sorcerer with a silence spell, pretty much ending him as a threat. Reyroris and Sytarii leapt at the sorcerer, flanking and slaying him as he gestured furiously at his stone golem to act. It did. But the party laid a hurt on it pretty quickly, slaying it in Exless than a minute.
Heading further south, the party found two more bulettes chained and sleeping lightly. After discussing what to do with them, they awoke in a foul mood and tried to break their chains in an effort to get at the party. Aria cast spike growth to keep them from moving much, but this just angered them. One broke loose and leapt forward, landing on Taban and nearly crushing several of the others. Reacting quickly, the party slew that bulette as the other broke free. This time, the party avoided the great creatures leap and butchered it before it could cause any trouble.
After nearly falling to their doom crossing a narrow bridge over a deep chasm, the party found themselves in familiar territory where they came upon the body of the ettin they slew on their first foray into the earth temple.
After finding several abandoned rooms, including the forge where they found a set of Claws of the Umberhulk, the party encountered an earth elemental myrmidon. Like a rock golem in plate armor, the thing fought hard but was slain like the rest.
In another abandoned chamber, behind the corpse of a dead gnome, the party dispatched a black pudding.
They finished clearing the temple of the Black earth by destroying another stone golem in the northwest corner of the temple complex.
Alas, our tale pauses here, to be continued next week.
Expenses at the keep are still running 5gp per day.
Elapsed time: 3 days.
|Character||XP||XP So Far||Level (To Advance)||Treasure|
|4,383||22,206||6 (23,000)||Wand of Magic Missiles (attuned)
‘Splashy’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Hat of Wizardry
Ruby Ring (600gp)
Scroll of Earth Tremor
|4,383||23,635||7 (34,000)||Ruby Ring (250 gp)
Potion of Giant Strength
Weird Tank (Empty)
Potion of Water Breathing
|Sytarii||4,383||20,593||6 (23,000)||+1 Dagger, “Reszur”
Potion of Diminution
Wand of Winter
‘Bubbles’ the Water Weird and BackPack
Potion of Greater Healing
|Taban||4,383||21,409||6 (23,000)||Drown (+1 Trident and more)
Bead of Nourishment
Potion of Fire Resistance
|Telfid||4,383||21,375||6 (23,000)||Scroll of Lesser Restoration
Ring of Fire Resistance
|Aria||4,383||20,723||6 (23,000)||Skyblinder Staff|
|Unassigned Treasure: Claws of the Umberhulk|