29th of the Wilting, 637 CF
After pulling Brak from the pit the party investigated the double doors. They led to a room that was unnaturally cold and decorated with crude paintings of winter scenes.
Advancing into the room Brak triggered a trap when he placed a torch in an empty sconce on the wall. The trap caused the floor to tip to a 45’ angle and both Telly and Brak slide down into a dark opening before the floor sealed itself again.
The others quickly figured out how to trigger the floor and joined their companions at the bottom. The party found themselves in a long hallway that stretched off in one direction. Like the room above it was unnaturally cold, even having frost on the walls and floor. Cautiously they advanced down the corridor toward a chamber at the end.
Up ahead their lantern light shined on what appeared to be a snow drift…underground. By the time they reached the end of the corridor several inches of snow and ice were under their feet
The frozen chamber hide a pair of ice encased warriors. One male, the other female. The two figures wore armor of the long forgotten Kingdom of Thanos, which disappeared over a millennia before.
After some debate the party decided that they should free them and give the bodies proper burial. Telly and Brak argued that the armor and weapons should be used while Farrokh and Forg thought otherwise.
Once freed they decided to carry the bodies up and outside of the ruins for burial. When they were free of the frigid rooms the female warrior sprang to life. Bewildered she held the party at sword point until she was confident that they were friends.
The party found out that she was Epicaste, a warrior from Thanos, frozen by a Beastman shaman along with her brother during their attack on the palace over 1,000 years ago. She vows to avenge her brother and travel with the companions. Although she cannot speak the Common tongue she has been an able companion.
The party made camp in the ruins above and in the morning held funeral rites for Epicaste’s brother, Danaus.
30th of the Wilting, 637 CF
The party now journeyed back into the ruins and re-traced their steps to the unnaturally frozen chamber, dispatching a group of gnolls at the guard post along the way. They crossed the chamber this time, avoiding the torch sconce, and then traveled down a long hall that lead to a large natural cavern.
The cavern was filled the sounds of rushing water from an underground river. The ceiling was filled with stalactites and the dripping from the moist ceiling. The humid underground chamber was covered in darkness as the party set out to explore it. West from the door they came upon a series of crude shacks constructed of river wood and canvas. Before they could investigate the shacks closely they were attack by a group of lizard men from the river. At the same time a lizard man shaman revealed himself from the the shacks with a guttural shout. The battle was LONGGG and hard fought. The party seemed to be plagued by ill luck as they fell victim to a spell that held Farrokh and Epicaste. Telly turned up a few items of interest but otherwise the shacks were a dead end and the party turned around and headed eastward.
In the eastern cavern they were attacked by creatures disguised as stalactites. To avoid the creatures they ran fast through the stone forest. On the otherside they found an abandoned cottage of a mummified halfling. The cottage was a strange place and turned up a scroll that no-one could read.
Beyond the cottage the river split and made going any further impossible because the Forg refused to cross the river.
Heading back they had decided to enter the rune carved door on the first level but before heading there they went to investigate a cavern that they had early passed by. In that cavern they encountered a small group of gnolls guarding a lost temple of the Thanos people.
Outside the temple they spotted a marble statue worn with time but with an inscription that Epicaste could read. When she read the words the party was healed!
They soon spotted a hidden door behind a layer of plaster. Chipping it away they uncovered a straight hall that led to a circular room that housed a demon, wings outstretched, made of black stone. The demon statue had a large pair of amber eyes that glowed with a fiery yellow color. Telly with out much hesitation climbed to the top of the statue and proceeded to pry them out. That was when he notice that a shaft was cut in the ceiling above the demon idol. After getting the gems he scaled the inside of the shaft to the top.
Above the circular room he found himself in an immense hall, perhaps once used for worship of the demon idol, for when he stepped away from the shaft the room was lit with a fire as bright as dragon’s breath. While the fire was burning the demon idol ascended the shaft but some unseen method and then after entering the hall above let out a mocking laughter.
When the fire died away the idol sunk back down into the circular chamber and Telly soon followed. He convinced the others to climb up with him and in doing so they too got to see the fiery demon’s entrance. Unfortunately they lost most of their rope and now find themselves trapped in the old worship hall.