- This may be worth a read through when considering the next action.
Ignavus – Human Cleric – (Chris)
Kel’saris – Elven Ranger – (Ryan)
Erithys – Elven Ranger – (Gretchen)
Landen – Elven Sorcerer – (Scott)
Muy Serio – Bullywug Monk – (Jason)
Wil – Half-Elven Blackguard – (Dustin)
Cullen – Kalashtar Bard – (Steve)
The group descended upon the mountain pass, about one day’s journey into the pass, they were attacked by large boulders, which unfolded into tentacled creatures. The group managed to kill 3 of them, and 2 of the smaller companions before the rest fled. There were no spoils to be gained, but Cullen identified a magical glow from the larger creatures, suggesting that these creatures consume the whole of their prey. If their bodies were to be mined from materials, one would likely find precious metals and residium.
The decision was made not to bother with the creatures. Wil wondered if these creatures were deliberately placed here to impede others from pursing the ruins, but there was no way to be certain. The rocky terrain seemed to be their natural habitat.
A River Runs Through It
Beyond the pass they found a river which ran toward the pass from the South East, and pooled in a small lake. Kel determined that the lake must then drain underground. They followed the river South East until to came to a man-made ford and crossed it.
They continued to follow the river until they reached the city ruins. Kel and Erithys made an extensive search of the ruins over the course of 3 days, searching for signs of life and recent excavation.
On the Western edge of the city, they found the remnants of a dismantled camp which seemed to have been home to roughly 150 people at some point in the past. Dirt and dust had piled up on everything, and after further exploration, they discerned that there wasn’t sufficient wind in the valley to have done that in a short time.
Along the southern edge was the river which cut through the city.
On the Eastern edge of the city, they found a clan of bugbears making a nest of the city’s buildings. They numbered about 30, including men, women, and children. Ignavus put together a crate of food and took it to them unarmed with the “dog” – Kel – with him. The Bugbears accepted the food before Ignavus even finished drawing in the dirt to suggest that they each keep to themselves.
Day 4 at the site, day 11 since leaving Brelon’s Crest, Cullen identified the most interesting Archaeological sites in the area.
- Building A – Located in the city, at the center of the largest torus of earth. A large cylindrical building.
- Building B – Located on the next largest torus, located in the water. This building is stone but crystalline shape.
- Building C – Located further out in the water, this square tower remains intact, but is partial submerged.
- Site D – A large open area of stone flooring without outer walls, surrounded by smaller buildings.
- Site E – A large area of heavily compacted ground, surrounded by a low wall, but not likely a building.
At building A, extensive searching was done, and Erithys found a large stone blocking an entrance to the area below the building. Kel examined it and determined it had been moved and returned to its place in the relatively recent past. As this was something already discovered by previous archaeology teams, and difficult to move, they decided to leave it alone for now.
A quick survey of the structures around the area revealed nothing interesting until Erithys dove into the water to look at the side of a dome and learned that the dome was atop a cylinder of earth which was resisting the erosion of the river, forming a perfect curve. When Ignavus and Landen looked at the land mass, they noticed a magical aura which they had never seen before and could not identify its type.
Day 5 (12): Returning to the river’s edge, they found some of the men and women from the the bugbear clan waiting for them. Ignavus tried to communicate the need for a boat, to no avail. He did, however, learn that they seemed to mimic his actions. When he picked up a stone and threw it into the river, many of them did the same. When he walked away they remained, but when the group moved, they followed.
Choosing to set out across the river, Kel, Wil, and Ignavus decided to give it a go. Ignavus quickly turned back, pulled in on a rope provided by Landen.
Kel and Wil explored the land mass around Building B then moved on to the two islands further out. The next one out had nothing at all. The furthest possessed what seemed to be docks which stretched out into the original river. The docks, however, were vast and expansive, and seemed capable of and designed to support vessels much larger than the river itself could support.
They returned to Building B and discovered pillars all knocked over in the same direction outside the building. Through the first giant, double doors of the crystalline shaped building was a short, wide hallway, with another double doors which were open and inside a large floating crystal. They decided to return to the mainland and collect the others before returning.
Back at the mainland, Erithys had been digging with the aid of the bugbears, all the way down to the bedrock.
Return to Building B
Day 6 (13): The group dumped out much of their water supply to make floatation devices from the wineskins and pulled the rest of the group across with the aid of Muy and Wil.
At the Island, Erithys could tell that the pillars outside the Building had all fallen the same direction because of an earthquake; they fall toward the epicenter. Ignavus tried to determine where that would be, but because they are cylindrical and could have rolled, the best he could discern is that it was somewhere in the direction of Building A, or further along that line.
Ignavus and Landen were not able to detect a magical aura from the floating crystal. Adjacent rooms seemed to be rooms that once held smaller crystals, as there were some broken shards found in some of them. The main crystal was cracked, with shards lying on the ground, mixed in with stone from the ceiling above.
Some of the group searched one of the small rooms, the hallway, and the exterior for secret doors, because the structure is much larger than rooms discovered inside.