The Devil in the Mists Part 10
Setting: beyond the sarcophagus of Raguk Vukgilug
- Krune master of many forms (currently a dinosaur)
- Tomorra human factotum/archivist
- Zook gnome cleric
- Snu-Snu half-ogre fighter/ranger/barbarian/frenzied barbarian/lion totem
- Lana whispergnome dragonfire adept
- Lashari warlock (shadow) wood-elf
Zook opened the secret passageway beneath Roger’s sarcophagus and entered it. Tomorra followed and unlocked the door at the end. Lana followed them into a cell with straw on the floor and a locked portcullis, apparently one of 8 in the room. After a couple of attempts, Zook picked the lock and stepped through into the hallway and Lana followed; they felt a terrible chill.
Zook continued on toward the door on the far wall. A desiccated arm reached out from the cell by the door and touched Zook. Zook alerted the party that there was a scourge corpse with a cold aura. She recognized the scourge corpse as Lord Gregor Merengar, who had gone missing recently. Lashari entered the room and eldritch blasted the scourge corpse, then Lana tried to entangle it, but discovered her fire breath did no damage (and alerted the party to this). Krune worked his way forward. The scourge corpse touched Krune and opened its cell’s portcullis. Zook then used turn undead against the monster, which cowered in place. Lashari noticed the magic aura in the room (presumably due to the cold) and some magic on each portcullis, as well as the cell with the monster. Snu-snu then attacked the monster. Lana tried again with her cold weapon, and was livid that the monster was immune to that energy type as well. She shouted this to the party before storming back to wait with Tomorra. Krune then lunged forward and attacked the monster and astonished the entire party by actually killing the thing.
Sadly, Zook informed the party that the corpse will regenerate in about 18 days. In order to destroy it permanently, its summoner must release its bonds. The party searched the room and tossed the corpse in Cell F, away from either door. Snu-Snu felt a wave of glory course through her and her fullblade (now +1 holy). The party noticed crude sketches of devils and demons on the walls. Krune added his own personal mark to the mural.
Zook’s attempt to pick the lock on the door resulted in a spray of silly string. The party then continued on through the door, down the hallway beyond, to another door, ending in a diamond-shaped chamber. There was a statue within of an 8-armed devil with hands palm-up. Suspecting this was a gem-keyed teleportation artifact, the party retreated to examine the other rooms on the same level.
Opening one door let out a blast of frigid air. The party stepped out onto an icy ledge. Krune noticed an extremely large green snake with a humanlike front, which lunged toward Krune. Lana pushed forward and transformed herself into a huge Constrictor Naga, tipping the ramp down and falling into the pit of icy water. Lashari detected magic keeping the room cold. The naga struck at Lana.