The heroes make short work of the carrion crawler and Death Slaadi. They begin searching the tunnels and eventually loop back to the beholder’s territory where they find the only remaining tunnel. Scruffy pops out of a crack in the wall squealing madly and then takes off around the far corner. The Heroes fall into the swan formation behind Cadmiel and Scruffy. Cadmiel halts the party with a raised hand as his probing eyes make out a crushing ceiling trap, stopping half a pace from the pressure sensor.
“Such workmanship, a marvel of impersonal murder implements. Destroying you would be a crime, you cathedral to Unwary Death.” The swordsman sighs happily to himself as he points out the dimensions of the device to his comrades.
Busying himself with the trap the rest of the party readies themselves for trouble. The blonde elf brushes some hair from his face as he bypasses the trap just as two Umber Hulks burst from the bedrock and shuffle toward the party, building up speed to charge. Cadmiel quickly stomps upon the pressure plate, quipping “It would be a shame if something happened to this expensive security Lord Ashe has here.”. Taking out one of the Hulks while the other is granted the mercy of lead poisoning.
Leaving the acrid smell of powder behind them, the heroes follow the passage a short distance before Cadmiel finds another trap and signals a halt. This trap is disabled with the anticipation of another attack. Stain moves up to Cadmiel’s position. From there Stain spots a large creature moving in some water up a head. Stain greets the creature warmly with hot lead. Maven quickly follows turning the large brain creature into floating brain chunks. Looking across the room Maven sees two Illthids standing with his friend Cletus.
Cadmiel moves stealthily around the corner and sets up for a ambush. His wait is not long as one of the four Illthids soon moves into his range. Davos steps forth and fills the room with fire. Shots ring out and one of the flayers falls to the ground.
Cadmeil runs out of the room past Stain. Curious Stain follows as Maven and Davos kill the remaining Illithids.
Stain enters a side passage to find Cletus and Cadmiel fighting one another. Cletus screams, “Help me, Cadmiel has gone crazy!” But Stain can tell there is something wrong about his friend. His suspicions are confirmed as a three foot tentacle sprouts from the top of Cletus’s head. Cadmiel is breaking into a sweat parrying the assault of his dear friend Cleatus. The heroes manage to subdue Cletus and kill the final Illthid before searching the chamber.
The murky red pool of water continues to churn with movement. Stain peers down into the mess. “Whatever that thing is, its dead. Something else is down there.”
“Larva.” comes Davos’s voice from behind. “I should know more but I, uh, don’t have access to those books anymore. Just don’t let one near you.”
“There is something on the other side. Too much light.” Stain responds.
Davos lets out an audible sigh. Pulling a pinch of flint from his pouch he whispers a few words in draconic. Several balls of dazzling lightening explode into life. Stain leaps backwards, his knuckles white on Angry Boy and his eyes dancing warily between Davos and the lightning. With a simple gesture from Davos the orbs hurtle into the water. The water explodes with wild motion for several seconds before settling into a slow boil. Cadmiel steps forward and leans close to the waters surface, examining its depth. Stepping back he gives Stain a wide grin. “Looks clear!”
The party makes there way through the waters and clean them selves off with a little help of simple magics. Cadmiel bypasses a deadfall, and the party meets Ser Aulric. Aulric appears to be a Illithid unchained among many starving prisoners. Stain raises his gun, but can’t help notice this Illithid is starving too. This gives Stain’s trigger finger pause enough for Ser Aulric to tell his sad tale of torture and manipulation.
“Damn it! I believe him.” Stain says dejected as he lowers his gun.
“That or he’s the best card-sharp that ever lived, either way his story is too interesting to not look into.” Cadmiel flicks the ichorous, purple-green Ilithid blood off of the mistress and then the wife, storing them under his cloak."
Blood on the dancefloor with Snuggie and Cadmiel. Cadmiel’s “Chas’ao Dervish” style is barely bested by snuggies “Crouching Dragon” style. Cadmiel, rather oddly, accepts his dance-fight loss with grace. After all, when dealing with bards who are also dragons, it is most wise to be seen as generous and intriguing.
Trivia Tourney. Snuggie and Davos answer some truly astounding Arcane Questions in finals. When judges run out of questions Davos gets beat in the newly selected Religion Category.
Stain Hits a bullseye every round with a bow. Then he shows up Collem West in a firearm contest.
Maven rides through the competition on the Jousting comp but then looses to Ambrose Ash at the end. After knocking him off his bear Ash’s horse pee’s on the paladin.
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