Jared found himself at the bottom of a flight of stairs in a dark room. He was able to get back out with little trouble and asked us to head down. We decided to return to the room after searching through the rest of the floor we were on.
I opened the door leading out of the worship chamber. We found more empty cells and a storage chamber, then opened the door at the end of the hall. The room appeared to be a larger living space with an office lined with books. Jared was excited as he started flipping through the histories about the monastery.
As Jared was searching through the books a shade appeared from the corner of the room and attacked me. It’s touch was chilling and sapped by strength. I knew I would be a burden in this fight and had to make room for the cleric and sorcerer to deal with it. The battle was tough, but Keri and Rand were able to disrupt the shadow enough to destroy it. I was severely weakened and would need some rest before I would be able to get back into the fight. Jared managed to find a jeweled holy symbol which we would be able to turn around a tidy profit on.
It was decided we would return to town in order to rest a bit. We received some healing from the temple and I felt nearly back to my normal self.
– Day Passes –
During the night, Jared noticed some additional hair growing around his bite wound. A stroke of discretion passed over him and he didn’t mention the oddity of his bite.
We returned to the monastery in order to cleanse it fully.
We noticed what appeared to be an overgrown garden. I poked at it a bit, but found nothing interesting. Rand burned it to the ground. Close to it we found a gardening room filled with seeds.
We opened the final door on the first floor and found another officiate’s dwelling. Jared stepped in to inspect the books to find they were about gardening in general. He found some books about herbal lore.
The first floor was cleared, so we headed back to the hidden passage.
I lead the way down the steps and turned the corner.
Darts shot out of the wall, harrying us as we made our way through the halls. Keri was distraught, but I knew we would have to push through the traps in order to get to the bottom of this hidden chamber.
At the end of the all we found a well lit chamber. Within we found a puzzle. Tiles with letters carved into them were laid into the floor and this riddle was carved into the wall.
Don’t grow to attached to this thing.
Without it you will never even know it is gone.
But be careful wanderer, it is much easier to lose on this soil.
We were stumped. After some work, I eventually poked “L” with Jared’s cudgel. Nothing happened, so I step on it. I then poked the adjacent “E” and flames shot out of it. I decided to leap to the “I” and was safe upon it. “LI” was a good start, but we still didn’t know what the answer was. Eventually, with a bit of burning and horribleness, I made my way across and spelled out “LIFE”.
Seeing me get across, Jared nimbly made his way over. Rand got over easily, but Keri stumbled when leaping to the “E” at the end of the puzzle. The flames consumed him and he passed out as the pain was too much to bear. I pulled him out of the fire, and we resuscitated him.
We entered the tunnel, and Keri was waiting for more of “my” darts to stab him. At the end we found locked iron doors. Jared attempted to pick the lock, but was unsuccessful. I stepped back and kicked the doors into the to reveal a room with an enormous alter.
Upon the door was a small demon with ram’s horns.
“Excellent, you have finally made it!”, the demon cackled.
Skeletons closed in on us and feebly attacked. I smashed one to pieces and pushed Jared back into the hall out of danger. The imp blinked out of sight as I bashed the skeletons, then appeared behind us and attacked Jared. The alchemist was prepared for the attack and was nipped lightly. His counter attack was much more devastating as he clawed at Jared.
Keri rushed to his brother’s side to fight off the demon. As the brothers fought off the imp, Rand and I battered the skeletons into dust. I turned by attention to the imp. Jared was knocked unconscious by the imp. We finally fought the demon into a corner and Jared was able to destroy it after Keri healed him.
“My master will meet you one day,” the imp choked out as it faded away.
Upon searching the altar room, we found a demonic idol that would fetch some gold along with a potion, a scroll, and a hat.
We headed back to the temple in order to get Jared’s curse removed.
– Day Passes –