The stairs into the chaos nest was covered with rotting debris
and waste, it was slippery and had an unpleasant smell. The light
was dim, Simon’s sword glowed, Prospero’s staff gave off a blue light,
flames flickered from Arghmon’s staff, and Lashaur’s ring gave off
the light of a torch. It seemed the blackness sucked up the light.
At the bottom of the stairs was a ramp the led to a long passageway.
As the party reached the end of the ramp there was a scream and light
about ten meters ahead. A princess was being dragged away by Gargoyles,
they quickly vanished down a side passage. Simon and Roku turned to
each other and smiled knowingly, a trap, but whose trap was it. They
leaped forward past ajar doors that they knew held other enemies, to
engage the Princess. As Trish always says the only way through an
ambush is to push to the other side as rapidly as possible. The
team exploded into action as creatures of chaos attacked from all
It was as if the team had entered Hell itself, a wave of horrors
surrounded and attacked them. Zombie’s, Ice Demons, a Giant Man-Spider,
Minotaur’s, Gargoyle’s and the Vampire Princess all attacked. Arghmon
released Wild Fire into the fray, and formed a wall of flame blocking
the Minotaur’s and Man-Spider from reaching the team. Roku with Simon
engaged the Vampire and Gargoyles that were waiting around the corner.
Tenk attacked Ice Demons, while Lashaur fired his bow. Dane searched
for cover slashing at zombies with Prospero at her side.
From the rear of the party a creature shaped lie a hat dropped upon
Arghmon covering his head and emitting a horrible scream. Grimclaw was
spooked by it and ran back up the ramp. Simon freed Telpurr from the sword,
he drifted to Wild Fire as Simon beheaded the Vampire. Roku dropped back and
aided Dane with the zombies. The Minotaur’s charged through the fire aiming
for the sorcerers near the back of the party. Their charge lead them past
Simon and Roku, each took one down with a swift swing of their Katana’s. An
Ice Demon cast some type of spell on Lashaur and he disappeared, the creature
was quickly dispatched by Tenk but Lashaur was gone. As Telpurr healed Wild
Fire Simon teleported behind the Man-Spider surprising and wounding him.
Roku moved up to help Simon as Arghmon rid himself of his new hat burning
it and tearing it from his head. The corridor where Simon fought the Vampire
suddenly filled with Zombies, Arghmon and Prospero used their powers of
sorcery and the corridor was filled with blazing flames and falling rocks, the
Zombies were destroyed. As the battle was winding down the Man-Spider touched
Simon with his staff and Simon disappeared. The party finished the remaining
horrors and quickly began to search for the missing members. A glance into the
nearest rooms showed nothing but long dead dessicated corpses. Prospero ordered
Telpurr to lead them to Simon using his link. Prospero, Grimclaw, Arghmon, Wild
Fire, and Dane moved into a corridor leading core-ward following Telpurr while
Roku started healing Tenk from the wounds he had received.
The short corridor lead into a tomb that had obviously been looted by the
forces of chaos. Inside were four Thought eaters. Prospero and Grimclaw
leaped into battle, while Arghmon and Wild Fire moved up to aid them. The
battle resolved quickly, one of the beasts had attached to Grimclaw but
before he could crush his skull he was dropped by Prospero. Wild Fire’s
flaming breath was particularly effective. In the core-ward/spun-ward
corner of the room was a perfectly formed circular corridor. Telpurr advanced
down it while the other took up guard positions, it appeared the corridor went
a great distance without variation or change of direction. Suddenly Telpurr
floated through the wall of the corridor, moments later Simon and Lashaur
appeared, Telpurr followed. Lashaur told of tale of being trapped in a
gelatinous cube that he could feel was slowly eating him. He used his teleport
spell to free himself but was in a exit less room with the cube, then Simon
arrived in the cube as well. He escaped in a similar manner to Lashaur and
together the they sliced it down to scrap size. Simon cast his fire blade and
destroyed it. The team reformed in the crypt, and searched the desecrated tombs
while keeping a keen watch for their enemies.
We discovered many treasures:
From a Squire’s tomb a Master Work Silver dagger that stored the essence
From a Priest’s tomb a Journeyman Staff called “Impediments”, it carries the
spells Barrier and Lockmaster.
Potions of Shape Change and Heal Body
Scrolls of Sever Spirit and Flame Weapon.
From a Dwarf’s tomb Superb Chain with an embedded Truestone with many
spells one likely lost since the chaos wars, a Teral Relic Blunderbuss and
Powder Horn with magic runes.
From an Elf’s tomb a Elfin Gardeners Longbow that had matrix’s for many spells.
From an Xern’s tomb a Superb Crossbow with divine matrix’s.
From a Priests tomb a 1st Empire Coin, with some unknown magic.
From a Mawla tomb a wax sealed jar with runes of xarandar engraved about edge
From the Thought Eaters a Black wand that clutches orb filled with swirling shapes,
but what it does none can tell.
The treasures were quickly disturbed for no sooner had the search ended than a new
Chaotic hoard attack the passage way leading to the crypt. Dane and Tenk held the
way against a new wave of evil. Prospero seeing they were over-matched cast a
spell into the corridor, stones rained down on the chaos spawn and the corridor
was cleared for Simon, Lashaur, and Roku to charge out. Back in the main
passageway the trio found a Fire Demon called a Shiner, Vroks, and more undead.
The Shiner retreated to an unsearched portion of the ruins driven off by Arghmon
who followed. The rest of the party dispatched the Vroks and other enemies. Once
the corridor was clear the party followed the light generated by Arghmon, he said
he had seen the Shiner walk through the wall rim-ward.
Investigating the party found a broken magical seal, likely an artefact that
had held the Chaos in check. An opening in the wall was discovered, hidden by a
clever illusion. The party moved though the illusion into a large audience chamber.
The walls echoed with the beating of a heart. In the chamber were Vroks, Zombies,
the Shiner, and a Liche. To the side of the Liche was the Vampire that Simon had
already downed once. Simon slashed down a Vrok and stepped forward. Prospero moved
into the room and dropped rocks on several of our foes. Roku engaged a second Vrok.
Simon seeing a direct charge to the Liche would take to long once more used his
ring and appeared behind the Liche surprising him. A quick slash with his Katana
finished the Liche and his Sashi drove the Vampire back, to his surprise the heart
beat on. As the others fought to cross the room to aid Simon the Vampire levelled
its gaze on him, his swords drooped and gazing at the Vampire he crossed the space
to her. As the Vampire reached for him an arrow from Lashaur bow struck her in the
chest, effectively killing her and turning her to dust. Simon woke up from a daze
to see the Shiner fleeing through a spun-ward wall, Simon realizing it must be another
illusion shouted for support and leaped into and through the wall finding himself
in a secret corridor. Simon was quickly followed by Roku and Prospero.
Simon raced down the passageway seeking the origin of the beating sound. At the
end was a beating heart the size of an elephant the Shiner beside it. Tentacles
reached out as Simon, Roku and Prospero neared. Without hesitation Simon used the
sever spirit scroll they had discovered in the crypt. The heart staggered and made
a horrible wail, but resumed beating. Simon and Roku fought to free themselves of
the tentacles while Prospero attacked the heart with magic. Once free Simon attacked
the heart while Roku slashed and destroyed the Shiner.
No one knows who cast the killing blow on the demonic heart but when it died
a howling wind began and drew it into the void beneath it. Simon off balance from
his last attack followed it into the void, Roku leaped from the doorway and
grabbed his ankle saving him. Together they scrambled out of the sink hole that
was forming, as they fled down the corridor Simon shouted if you want to live run,
even as they ran the floor below them was plunging into the void. The group
sprinted through the ruins, falling rubble and debris closing routes and injuring
team members. Somehow the team made it out, last was Arghmon and Lashaur, running
up the final ramp the tower above collapsed, Roku and Simon raced back into the
ruins and quickly cleared debris to free the two and helped them to the surface.
The question then became how much of the disk would the void consume, they ran
from the ancient walls heading into the marsh when the site with a rumble and a
cloud of dust collapsed into the void. Crevasses formed heading into the marsh
from the sink hole, streams diverted into the hole, as the team thought the end
had come a mighty groan issued from the hole and the the collapse and ruin ended,
the hole began filling from the diverted streams and a new lake began to form. The
team considered taking time to rest and recover but thought better of it, the
Gardener’s path was near they entered leaving the area as fast as they could.