It was a long day; long fights, the death of Neferiti’s brother, the fight between the party members. After we finally got everyone settled down, I had hoped for some rest, but it wasn’t to be. It seems like I had just laid down to get some rest, when Idrathor came banging on my room door. We all gathered down stairs to find the body of Neferiti’s brother gone. In all the ruckus the night before, we didn’t lock the door it seems. We decided to look for him in the Temple.
We approached the Temple gates and saw the bodies of the town’s people who died fighting as a diversion for us, as well as the bodies of Temple people the town’s folk were able to kill. As we got closer, we heard moaning coming from under one of the piles of bodies. We approached ready to do battle with some ungodly undead creature but instead found the captain of the town guards, barely alive! Oog-Rok healed him (!?!? Right? The goblin who I thought was a warrior. I mean, he has proven himself a good companion and his shield has blocked many blows for all of the party members. But how can he heal? He uses a bladed weapon, I have never heard of a priest doing that. The only warrior that I know that can heal is a… No, he couldn’t be one of those, could he? Is it possible?) enough for the captain to come back from death’s door, barely.
We informed the captain of the on goings in the catacombs and the town. We also inform him that the only person we were able to rescue was the jeweler. He was devastated and stated, after we tried to get some information from him about the mine tunnels, that the town people needed to escape back to the capital. Idrathor healed him more and he made his way back to the town to start the preparations to evacuate the people.
We entered the Temple and made our way upstairs, with Omega leading us. The second floor held what turned out to be rooms for the monks, initiates, and guards. As we got to the end of the hall, that held the stairs to the top floor, we encountered more monks and a guard. During the battle, Oog-Rok’s shield (which he puts to good use) was damaged. After we finished the opposition, he found a shield the guard was using. At first, it seemed to be too large for him. But as he picked it up, it turned out to be magical as it changed size to fit his arm.
The next floor held an even amazing surprise. Oog-Rok snuck up the stairs and peeked into the next floor. He came scrambling down and then we heard a booming voice inviting us to come up stairs, so maybe he didn’t sneak that good. As we went upstairs, we found ourselves in some kind of admin room with three priestesses behind a desk. One of these turned out to be the High Priestess of the Temple. She talked with Omega and revealed that she was his Aunt and his mother wouldn’t be happy with his turning against the Temple (and I thought I had family problems). She stated that Neferiti’s brother had wanted to bring him back to the Temple, to make him come back to the Temple’s way of thinking. After some discussion between Omega and the High Priestess (in which she disclosed that the Gnomes had some kind of magic the Dracolich was interested in), she used a ring to teleport (?) away after telling the other two priestesses to take care of us.
We were able to take out the priestesses without too much issue. During the battle, one of them attempted to destroy a journal on the desk but we were able to save a portion of it. We knocked one of the priestesses unconscious to try and interrogate her for information. After the fight Neferiti read the journal; it turned out to be the High Priestess’ and gave us a lot information about the actions of the Temple. We also were able to find a few magical items (Idrathor cast a detect spell); a cloak, a ring, and a pearl. I attuned myself to the Pearl and was able to determine it was a Pearl of Power that would restore a magical spell to it’s user.
Idrathor took the ring and tried to attune himself to it but couldn’t figure what it did. He went downstairs to attempt to find out what it did by using it. I watched him from the safety of the top of the stairs, it was quite amusing watching him waving his arms around. I finally got bored and went down and took a look at the ring to try and help him see what it was used for. We came to the consensus that it had something to do with water. I got a bucket and filled it with water. (It might or might not have been a privy bucket!!) I called Idrathor over and dunked his head under the water and held it to see if he could breath under water, he couldn’t. I was disappointed, but felt it was good revenge on his stupid antics. He wasn’t too happy, but he did try putting his foot in the bucket and discovered his foot could stand on the water.
We discovered a chest with some trinkets, gold, and a lot of silver. We gathered up all the items we had found and the chest and made our way back to the town. Carrisa and Idrathor went to get Carrisa’s father from this hiding place. When we made it back to Neferiti’s inn, there was a crowd of surviving towns people gathered and they were not too happy seeing Omega, who was still dressed in his Temple garb. Neferiti, and the guard captain when he appeared, talked them down. We offered the silver to help the people survive when they made it back to the Capital. I went to find the town blacksmith (dragging Oog-Rok with me, because he has a habit of saying things that did not help. He was also wearing expensive looking priest vestments we had found in the Temple. At least it made him easier to drag!!) to get armor we had stripped from some of the Temple guards repaired.
We regrouped, they did something with the priestess (I didn’t ask) but she wasn’t there any longer, by the in and determined we would head to the Gnome tunnels. We decided to stock up before we, and the town’s people, left. We bought items from the blacksmith (we could’ve waited to just take the things, but he needed the money more than we did). We found the provisioner had already packed up and abandoned his/her store, so we took what we needed, that we could find and left.
Idrathor disclosed that he knew of tunnels that led down to the Underdark (!!!) and thought that they may lead us to the Gnomes easier than the mine tunnels. We headed out of town, discussing which way we would go. I am not over joyed with the thought of venturing into Underdark tunnels! Everyone knows of the dangers and evils that lurk down there. Even if we don’t venture too far, we could still encounter creatures from there.