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The Ruined Temple of Hextor, pt. 6

Suddenly alone and in a dark chamber, Lireal crept backwards, away from the monster. Thus she was startled when the next sound she heard was that of the door slamming shut. A moment later, she heard the sounds of battle, but she knew not from where.

Luckily for the three, Pelor was with them as all three were randomly teleported in the same direction. As a result, all three arrived in the same chamber; a chamber in which they were startled to see Zarishen, Kormick, and Bazin Peiper. The PCs had stumbled upon the villians’ lair! A furious fight ensued; Zarishen immediately planted two arrows deep in Eliab’s chest, almost killing the cleric. Kormick and Bazin began screaming for Tyderius, who was apparently holed up in another room nearby. It was these noises which Lireal began to hear.

During the fight, the PCs realized that Kormick had been standing next to a secret door, looking through a peep-hole. Kormick tried to escape through that same door; when he opened it, the PCs realized that it opened out into the main temple chamber. The villians had been aware that the PCs were nearby for quite some time and had had time to prepare accordingly.

With the secret door open, Lireal was now able to join the fight and soon the three evil-doers had been knocked unconscious despite the appearance of Tyderius and his summoned monsters and swarms.

However, Tyderius was merely biding his time, softening up the PCs so that they would huddled around Eliab for healing. When Eliab, Adeipho, and Grymbull were all close together, he unleashed his most powerful spell, Evard’s Black Tentacles. The three were squeezed by the spell’s tentacles while Lireal watched helplessly. Worse, Tyderius summoned a stinking cloud upon the grappled PCs.

With the 3 PCs in distress, Tyderious turned his attentions to Lireal. Targeting her with scorching rays, one of the bolts from his first casting blasted through the bard, leaving her barely conscious. Unable to flee, and attacked by Tyderius’ pet imp, Lireal was unable to flee before Tyderius targeted her with another casting of the spell. Adeipho, Eliab, and Grymbull watched in horror as Lireal fell to the floor, burning and dead. Soon after, Eliab followered her into the afterlife as the tentacles, the spell having been re-cast by Tyderius right before it expired, squeezed the life out of him.

Enraged by their deaths, Adeipho was able to free himself from the tentacles and confront Tyderius. However, the summoner had no desire to face the paladin in a melee and so he cast dimension door and disappeared. Realizing that the mage could be anywhere in the complex, or even outside, and realizing that they couldn’t continue to explore the ruins with Eliab and Lireal dead, Adeipho and Grymbull decided it was time to return to Artonsbrueck to report their findings, and losses, to Captain Holt.

Return to Rookroost

After exiting the ruined Temple of Hextor, Adeipho and Grymbull dug a deeper grave for Deacon Ash’s body and left him resting in peace near where he had fallen. They then returned to Artonsbrueck with Lireal’s and Eliab’s bodies, as well as the loot earned from their explorations.

Upon returning to Artonsbrueck, the pair filled in Captain Holt while the local bursar, a minor cleric of Zilchus, cast gentle repose upon the bodies. After explaining how Tyderius nearly defeated them before he escape, the pair rested. The next morning, they escorted their friends’ bodies, along with a cleric of Pelor named Anthony, to Rookroost. During the trip, Anthony told Adeipho of a small sect of Pelorites who lived in the city and promised to introduce him to his mentor.

After returning to the city, Adeipho and Grymbull dropped their friends’ bodies off at the Temple of Zilchus. They then spent the rest of the day, accompanied by Anthony, dealing with treasure-selling and equipment purchasing issues. During this time, the acolytes of the temple determined that Eliab’s soul desired to rest in peace.

All was not peaceful for the trio, however. As they made their way through the city, they were attacked by a demonic assassin. Covered in acidic slime, the assassin nearly felled Adeipho before the group could react. However, even though the demon, a babau, summoned another of his kind to help him, the trio were victorious. After searching the assassin’s body, they were disturbed to find a note which described Adeipho and Grymbull and which also contained instructions for their elimination. The note was signed “”/wikis/the-eye" class=“wiki-page-link”>The Eye".

When Adeipho and Grymbull returned to the temple that evening, they watched as the priests raised Lireal from the dead.

The Key to Death

Nearly two uneventful months passed for Adeipho, Grymbull, Anthony, and Lireal in the city of Rookroost. Adeipho spent most of his time volunteering with the city constabulary as part of a fairly new program created by the Plar of Rookroost which encouraged adventurers in the city to spend some time shadowing with the local constabulary. As a result, he has become friendly with a corporal named Billius. Grymbull took to training animals. Anthony spent his time tending to a local shrine to Pelor watched over by the aging cleric, Tye Klavius. And Lireal spent her time performing in the city’s lower districts but has begun to make a name for herself.

One morning, when Anthony and Adeipho were both visiting the shrine to Pelor, they discovered a distraught Tye. Tye told them that the constables had visited him the night before seeking his brother, Parrick, for the murder of one of their distant cousins, a man named Pawl. Tye does not believe that his brother could have murdered anyone and asks Anthony and Adeipho for their help in locating his missing brother and figuring out what really happened. He then directs them to visit Pawl’s widow for Parrick had sought Pawl out in order to get a key from him—a key to their great-grandfather’s crypt located in the Rookroost City Cemetery. Parrick’s interest stemmed from the fact that they had just recently learned that their great-grandfather, Loromar Klavius, had himself been a cleric of Pelor and he wished to investigate the tomb for his aged brother.

The PC’s located Pawl’s widow, Marie, in her apartment in Newton. Initially wary of the PCs, for she thought Tye might have sent them to hurt her, her fears were calmed by Lireal. She then told the PCs that Parrick had visited them the night before and had gotten into a heated argument with her husband—Parrick had wanted Pawl to give him the lone surviving key to their great-grandfather’s crypt, which Pawl had refused to do. The two got into a shoving match during which Pawl tripped and fell backwards, striking the back of his head on the floor. The blow cracked his skull and he died a few moments later.

Stunned, Marie had begun shrieking for help while Parrick had taken the key from Pawl’s body and fled. Several minutes later, the constables arrived, took her statement, confirmed that Pawl was dead, and carted his body off to the City Morgue for an autopsy.

After speaking with Marie, the heroes decided to investigate the cemetery. There they hoped to find Parrick at his great-grandfather’s crypt. After exiting the city via the Funery Gate, they headed north to the cemetery. There they were surprised to discover Suel warriors and clergy wearing the regalia of Wee-Jas. During their journey to the cemetery, Lireal had filled them in that the cemetery was now guarded by the Guardian of the Graves but they had not realized how total her control was.

After speaking with the Guardian, the heroes asked for permission to examine Loromar’s crypt. The Guardian gave her blessing but informed them that, a) she had no spare key to the crypt, b) they had one hour before sunset at which time they would have to leave the grounds.

The heroes were then shown to the crypt and examind it—and realized that two humanoid creatures had been near it recently. However, the lock proved to be too tough for Grymbull to pick and, as the crypt itself was solid marble, they had no way of entering it.

Stymied, the heroes decided to visit the city’s morgue to see what they could learn of Pawl’s death. Once there, Adeipho was greeted by Corporal Billius who informed them that Pawl’s autopsy had revealed that he had died of a cracked skull due to falling backwards and hitting his head on the floor. However, Billius also told them that Pawl’s corpse stood up and walked right out the door several hours after it arrived. Thelocal soldiers attempted to stop it but they were no match for the newly undead’s strength. Undead Pawl then headed towards the Funery Gate.

The heroes hurried back to the now closed cemetery to warn the Guardian that a powerful undead creature had likely managed to sneak into the cemetery during the previous night. Reluctantly, she opened the gates and allowed the PCs in, urging them to hurry and find undead Pawl while she restored the gate’s wards.

The PCs hurried to Loromar’s crypt, now armed with a crowbar. As they were turning their attention to forcing the door open, they were ambushed by an incorporeal winged humanoid. The undead spirit attacked Anthony first, draining some of the cleric’s life force. However, before the spirit, identified as a disembodied berbalang, could do more harm, Adeipho and Anthony blasted it with holy energy.

With the berbalang’s spirit driven off, and with much effort, Grymbull and Adeipho were able to pry the stout iron door to Loromar’s crypt open. A short flight of stairs led down into the darkness. Grymbull moved ahead, triggering a pit trap. After being pulled out, he saw that the crypt contained a desecrated altar to Pelor and two sarcophagi, one wooden and one stone. The wooden sarcophagus contained the undisturbed body of Loromar’s wife. The stone sarcophagus contained the vandalized remains of Loromar. Nearby, the heroes discovered parchment and wax crayons; used to take etchings of the stone sarcophagus’s elaborate carvings.

The PCs then discovered that the altar hid a ladder that led further down into the darkness. After Grymbull went down the ladder, he was ambushed by a figure somewhat matching the description of Pawl—except clearly undead. The creature quickly knocked Grymbull unconscious. The rest of the PCs jumped into action and, after a furious fight, eventually’s Pawl was defeated. During the fight, the PCs had also noticed that Parrick’s body lay in a corner.

As the party recovered, they noticed a strange gathering of negative energy swirling around Pawl’s remains. As the energy intensified, Adeipho and Anthony channeled positive energy into it, disrupting some of the gathering energy. However, their fears were soon realized when a spectral image of Pawl rose from the undead’s remains and shrieked in anger.

The Key to Death, pt. 2

As soon as the form coalesced, it attacked Anthony, draining part of his life energy. A furious fight ensued and eventually the spectre was put to rest without anyone else having their life’s energy drained.

With Pawl’s undead body and soul both finally defeated, the heroes explored the small chamber and realized it was a small chapel dedicated to Pelor. Behind some crates, they located Parrick’s body. Upon examination, they realized that Parrick had been chocked to death by Pawl’s revenant form.

The PCs gathered up Parrick’s and Pawl’s bodies and returned to the upper level of the tomb. After re-examining Loromar’s sarcophagus, they discovered a holy mace (+1 consecrated sacrosanct heavy mace) dedicated to Pelor. Anthony and Adeipho decided it was best to leave the holy weapon with its master and the PCs left the tomb.

As they were filing out the open door, they were surprised and attacked by the berbalang. No longer relying on his spirit form, the berbalang flew off the roof and attacked Anthony, paralyzing the cleric. As the rest of the PCs attacked, they too were paralyzed in turn. Luckily, the paralysis was always short-lived and eventually the PCs were able to defeat the demonic undead creature.

As the PCs took stock, they realized that there were several battles underway in the dark cemetery. Something had awakened the undead left behind by the Iuzians and the Wee-Jasians were busy trying to prevent the undead from overwhelming them. The PCs made for the main gate, to try to help the Guardian of the Graves but, as she was fighting a huge devourer, she waved them away, warning them to watch out. As the PCs turned to look behind them, they were attacked by a wraith and a wight.

While the wight was easily dispatched, the wraith proved to be a troublesome foe as it used its incorporeal ability to hide in the earth. Very patiently, it attacked several of the PCs, attempting to drain their life, before it began attacking Grymbull‘s bear. Despite the PCs’ best efforts, the bear was eventually killed by the wraith. Luckily, the bear, not being humanoid, did not rise as another wraith and eventually the PCs were able to destroy the undead spirit after a long and frustrating battle.

By the time they were done, the Guardian’s forces had secured most of the cemetery and were mopping up the last few undead. The PCs filled the Guardian re: Pawl and Parrick’s final encounter. The Guardian then gave the PCs permission to loot the berbalang’s grave before returning to assisting her acolytes. Before she did so, however, and loathe to open the gates again, she invited the PCs to spend the night in the main funeral home’s guest chambers.

In the morning, the PC’s feasted on a divine breakfast. Anthony, who had managed to recover a bit from his life-draining ordeal, received a powerful healing spell from the Guardian which returned him to full strength. The Guardian then revealed that her morning divinations had revealed that the PCs might face danger soon so she gifted each of them a final boon by enchanting one weapon and one armor. She then asked them to give her regards to Tye Klavius and bid the PCs good day.


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