Saturday, August 13, 2016
Slowly, with a painful throbbing in their heads and multiple aches, and pains thoughout their bodies, our heroes awoke in complete blackness. Opening their eyes didn't improve the situation much at all. They found themselves in a collapsed cavern somewhere under Kenabres, though how far underneath was a question currently unanswerable. After several minutes they found all who had lived through the event and took stock of who was there and who was injured:
After remembering that Khorramzadeh, a balor lord sometimes called the Storm King of the Worldwound, had orchestrated an all-out attack of Kenabres which resulted in the killing of the silver dragon Terendelev and that said dragon saved them from a crushing death at the expense of her own, they found some of the dragon's scales that continued to be infused with magical properties. The group then left the chamber to explore the two narrow passageways out in search of a way to the surface.
Exploration was slow - mainly due to Anevia's broken leg. While she was able to "walk" without aid, she was quite slow. But this slow pace seemed to be a bit of a blessing, for the group was able to mainly come away unscathed from encounters with the local denizens, mainly giant maggots, giant cockroaches, darkmantles, giant flys, and cave vipers. Plus they also had found some extra supplies along the way - most assurdly items that were left by a recently deceased owner - more victims of the demons' attacks on the surface.
Down one side passage, they found an old, abandoned temple to Torag, where they were able to find refuge once they defeated the undead occupant. The place allowed them to get some much needed rest. They even cleaned and prayed in the temple to help re-consecrate it to the lawful good gods. This act was received well and in return for their acts, they were given a blessing in their dreams which continued to anoint them for the next 24 hours.
Next they found an ancient cavern with stone statues carved into the walls. Aravashneil became quite excited at this find since it gave credence to an old legend that described the time when some Abyssal-plagued crusaders of the first crusade left Kenabres and went underground. They were mutated from the evil energies and decided that the good folk above did not need them around to remind them of what had been lost. From the looks of all the statues, Aravashneil thinks that there may be a thriving community of these mongrelmen still living down here somewhere.
Lastly, the group had ventured into a cavern occupied by a mad dwarven wizard, who attemtped to ambush and kill them, but ultimately was unsuccessful at it. With the death of the mad wizard, our heroes had now gathered some treasure that, while not extremely helpful in their current predicament, will prove valuable to those in a civilized society.
This is where we have to leave our group of heroes until next time...