Garret, Groo, Ohn, and Ras Hamal found themselves in a stable. They searched the room, particularly interested in finding what had seemed to be a maiden in distress calling repeatedly for help. All they found, though, was none other than Vlad Tattersail hiding in the hayloft.
As they listened incredulously to Vlad’s story of following close behind on a second boat at the bidding of Chamberlain Maedra, there came a pounding at the door and the gruff voices of gnolls making all sorts of vile threats. Ras Hamal tried to keep them at bay, but he was bested and the party’s brief respite gave way to another wave of dire combat.
With the help of Vlad’s magic, Drat’s keen eye and sure hand, and Leandro’s braun, the party was able to make short (and bloody) work of the half dozen gnolls that had answered the alarm. As they sat cleaning their weapons and collecting themselves, they were rejoined by Groein who reappeared just as suddenly as he had disappeared when all this business with the gnolls had started.
The party debated what to do next while keeping their eyes nervously on the door. Should they return to the inner courtyard to try to help Anderos and Isosceles? Or should they forge ahead? Finally, they agreed to forge ahead and take the long corridor that trailed off into the gloom past where Anderos, Drat, Isosceles, and Leandro had turned right earlier.
Garret led the way. The corridor eventually turned to the left. Towards its end were two sets of double doors to the left and right. Garret listened at the set to the right. He didn’t hear much and decided to check for traps before opening but instead dropped his tools with a loud clang.
Out burst several ghouls, biting and clawing at the party as they came. Vlad coated them in grease amd set them on fire. The rest of the party then put them (hopefully) to their final rest.
The room from which they had burst was odd. It contained slabs of granite and stone cutting tools — presumably for headstones. It also contained dozens of religious symbols of both the Kintu and Belatu as well as several other minor deities. An air of dread hung over the room.
The party decided to try their luck across the corridor where they found an open, overgrown courtyard that appeared to have been a cemetery at some point, perhaps when the temple was primarily used to worship Ojlo. A decrepit crypt, its iron doors flung wide, sat in the middle.
Groein, Ohn, and Ras Hamal wall over to inspect the crypt. It contained a new wood stairway leading down into darkness. As they turned to tell the rest of the party what they saw, there was suddenly a dry clicking sound from all around as mandibles and pincers emerged from the brush and trees at the edges of the cemetery.
To be continued…