Why do finders seek the dark?
To learn its secrets through a spark!
Why must adventurers die young?
Because of the stories yet to be sung!
- The Motley fool
Tirn wanted to explore the grotto, I’ve been pushing a visit to Reliquae (not for any particular reason, of course); what do you want to do? You’re still in Menekod and the fair will go on for a further 3 days.
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Dame Nayeta helped Sir Tirn of Selvos earlier to make a potion to freeze the water. This will be used to enable to group to explore the underground lake. The light of the stairwell seems more shadowy. Nina notices that the statues are no longer the same as before – they now depict past Chables (grandmasters of the holy order of the Checkered Shield), and not the saints the rest of the party remembers seeing.
The cavern opens up. They see an unflooded part of the cave and head for it. There they find a series of dessicated body bits and animal skeletons. They clean up the area as much as possible1 and continue on. They reach an area where the roof of the cavern drops down to about one foot from the ice; they all manage to squeeze through, and discover that the ice peters out not much further in; they cut loose some ice to act as a makeshift boat, and float towards the dry spot they see. They come into a cavern with one, possibly two empty crypts. There are a few other crypts scattered about. Kjarri feels a cold wind go through him that saps the strength from his soul. Seenaë believes that this power may be more Navean than Morgathian in origin.
The group is attacked by an undead creature; Nina and Tamarie quickly realize that the attacker is merely an illusion, even though Tirn and Kjarri are doing damage to it. Nina and Tamarie try to convince everyone else of this, and Nina goes forward with her daggers in hand. Bressen closes his eyes and goes forward. Seenaë plants her sword on the ground and falls to one knee, praying for light and clarity. The cavern floods with light, erasing all shadows. Looking up at the ceiling, they notice one small patch of shadow: a creature is revealed. Tamarie shoots it and it drops, Tirn deals the killing blow. The ill feeling is gone from the cavern.
The large crypt was that of a Morgathian king, Regryn. Four members of the Morgathian tribunal are also buried here. Nina finds the exit and once the party’s way out is secured, they begin to examine the crypts. They loot the crypts and burn the bodies, and head for the stairs Nina found. They find that there is no way out from here: the stairs have been blocked in the past. They hear a bloodcurdling scream but cannot find where it comes from. The party decides to head back the way they came, warm up and ask for an audience with Prince Anaflas Milaka. They tell the tale of their adventure. The Laranian bishops and Sir Syman of Tolfane are also in attendance.
1 Whatever did they do with all these … errant body bits? – The Motley Fool.