Cullen – Kalashtar Bard – (Steve)
Kel’saris – Elven Ranger – (Ryan)
Muy Serio – Bullywug Monk – (Jason)
Wil – Half-Elven Blackguard – (Dustin)
Erithys – Elven Ranger – (Gretchen)
Ignavus – Human Cleric – (Chris)
Landen – Elven Sorcerer – (Scott)
Kel final encountered a match for his thieving abilities in a couple of trapped doors. The triggering effects lowered defenses. The first room was an ancient library, and something about the shelves called to the characters, drawing their attention, slowing them down. The room also contained a large statue of an ancient, tall, slender and regal. There were also living ancients in the room who had somehow survived all this time. They were hunched, however, and did not speak, not like the two, regal statues you have seen. These attacked immediately, using psychic weapons.
After their defeat, the group searched the room and rested. Six books in all were found. Cullen was able to determine that one possessed recipes of some sort. From this he learned to identify the imperative verb form, allowing his to notice that another of the books was filled with imperatives, and this also allowed him to learn the negation of imperatives, also heavily present in that book. All of the rest of the books in the library were blank (save the four).
A Handy Haversack was also found, and a circlet on the statue which possessed ancient magic. Cullen was able to identify it, but its function was not clear.
Spend a Healing Surge and you will be able to see something “other” when you perform the minor action to perceive your surroundings. Will tried this and reported that everything appeared to have an oily color residue around it when using it.
Then the group proceeded to the next room, encountering and triggering two traps. Here they encountered four more ancients, one stood upright and spoke. All of the ancient encountered were wearing purple lined with silver. In the course of conversation, The speaker seemed to imply that the defenses of the last few rooms were his, and the group interpreted this to mean he was a necromancer.
Cullen asked what his people were called, and after thinking, he said, "I guess you could call us “gibor’”." Asked for his name, he answered, “Os’nappar.” (’ = accent)
Cullen made a deal with the ancient, that the group would return if they found the way out and help him to leave, in exchange for knowledge. The ancient gave 4 red crystals, half an inch in length to help the group. He told them they would work like keys, and told the group that the next floor up possessed things more powerful then he dared mettle with. When pressed he did not have the word in this language, but described, “creatures of scale and wing.” He also told Wil, when he tried to use the circlet, that he would not see any of that in here. The ancient was not very forth coming and the group suspects that he is one of the prisoners once held here.
Departing from the room, they spent several hours dismembering and decapitating all of the dead bodies on the floor, for fear the ancient would rebuild his defenses. Wil then tried to contact his Vile Servant with questions, but nothing happened. Wil suggested that this meant they were on another plane.