Menes 5 of Spring Twilight, 1023 FA
When we last left our stalwart adventurers, they were recovering from the aftermath of their battle with the ghost of a sacrificial victim. After recovering their breath, the party made their way through the solitary unexplored door to the south, which led down a corridor to another set of double doors.
Opening the double doors revealed a chilling sight. The floor of the fifty-foot long room was flooded, anywhere from ankle to knee deep in places. At the end of the room, a glowing crystal floated in the room, the occasional crackle of green magical energy bursting forth to the water below. And standing before the crystal was a skeletal mage, staff raised high.
Hesitantly, the party advanced, but were told in a hissing voice, “Leave….” Ignoring the skeleton’s warning, they advanced, and with a wave of his magic staff, raised the corpses of the dead from beneath the water, to check the party’s advance.
The battle raged on, blasts of magical energy from the crystal raising the defeated skeletons as they fell, but the party pressed their opponents backwards. Finally, with the aid of a push from her husband, Nuna pushed past the pitched melee and launched herself at the mage, trying to restrain him. As she struggled with the skeletal wizard, Crimson Steel also pushed forwards from the melee; noticing beneath the crystal a gleaming sword, floating in the water, and the target of most of the crystal’s bolts of energy. With a mighty roar, Crimson Steel scooped up the sword and cleft the crystal in twain with a mighty series of blows.
As the pieces of the crystal dropped into the water below, all the skeletons dropped lifeless to the water, and all the lights and magic active on the temple went dead. Casting his own light spell, Zozo led the party in searching for and identifying the treasure, and most notably, identified the gleaming sword as the legendary blade Briar.
Leaving the now pacified temple, the group decided to search the surrounding area for any more surprises, the group came upon a pack of owlbears – at least half a dozen, and almost immediately decided to flee. They quickly outran the owlbears in the forest, but got split up into groups – Orik and Nuna, Tess and Zozo, and then Crimson Steel and Ravenlock, both on their own. Wandering through the forest, Crimson Steel and Ravenlock managed to find their way back to the doors of the temple, but Tess and Zozo managed to track down the rest of their companions; coming upon Orik and Nuna having an interlude, one that was rudely interrupted by goblins. Eventually, however, the group managed to reunite that night at the doors of the Peregrinator’s Temple, and, after a bit of an argument, plans were made to return to town.
Menes 6 of Spring Twilight, 1023 FA
The group’s venture back to Winterhaven Crossing took their path past the Eastman Ranch, where they spoke with Lars Eastman, and advised him that they had investigated the Peregrinator’s temple, successfully destroying the undead within. They declined another offer of dinner, and continued onwards towards town. Passing alongside the site of their battle with the Lamia Matriarch, they went to investigate how the troll they had subdued was faring, but found the site of their battle, the troll included, completely torched.
Prids 1 of Spring Twilight, 1023 FA
Another long day of travel took the party back to Winterhaven Crossing, where treasure was distributed and a night spent in their own beds. Pausing in their explorations, the party considered their next move into the hinterlands…