As they approach the left passageway, they see that it’s a closed portcullis and beyond that is a room with dusty skeletons littering the floor… a floor that is stained with blood! The skeletons aren’t walking around, waving rusty swords at them this time though, so it’s a marked improvement over the last room they were in. Sieglinde tests the bars and finds that they are, indeed, made of metal. She also realizes that they are way too heavy for her to lift. Once again, it’s Sophosticles to the rescue with his big manly fighter’s arms. He’s able to ease the gate up in its track, and as it gets to about the half-way point, the door on the opposite side of the room opens! Continue reading
Somewhere along the escape route of Foxfire and Gargamel, the two run into a couple of new adventurers seeking their fortunes in Stonehell. They told them where to meet up with Milo and Sieglinde, and so Arya, the halfling monk, and Sophosticles, the half elf fighter, joined the party at the edge of the well shaft leading into the second level.
Milo, recollecting old stories he’s both heard and sung about, thinks it may be a bad idea to head straight into the second level at this time. He’s heard a lot of delvers into the deeps say that things get tougher the further down you go. The rest of the party agrees with this and also wants to try to fill in some of their map, so they stay on level one to see what they can see. Continue reading
The party reaches the end of the long passageway as it enters into a chamber that’s seen much better days. The carvings that have adorned the walls of other chambers are evident here, but most of them have cracked and fallen from the walls and ceiling forming a large pile of hazardous rubble on the floor. Crawling around the rubble are a few giant centipedes, clacking their mandibles and looking generally menacing. Continue reading
Back in the passageway, with the door closed again, they decide how to proceed. Looking up the way, they see a “T” section and take the left passage. Ahead, they see some lights coming from a room with some shadows moving around, but they’re too far away to see what it is. As they get closer, they can see some kobolds moving around in the room and the sounds of work can be heard. The room is covered in large carvings of stone faces with oversized, gaping mouths. A group of about four of the kobolds are clustered around an upturned stone tile in the middle of the room while another five or six are making rough patches in cracks in wall carvings. None of them have seen any of the party yet, being intent on their duties. Sieglinde, hearing the rough Draconic of their yapping speech decides to simply approach and greet them. Continue reading
At the bottom of the entrance staircase, Milo realizes that he can’t actually see anything down here, so he casts Light on his flute, causing it to glow a nice bright yellow, not unlike a torch. Looking around the foyer, they see the leavings of countless others that have passed this way, old spent torches, ripped sacks and backpacks, detritus of old meals… General litter and garbage, piled into the corners of the room. Gargamel takes some parchment from his pack and starts to make a crude map while Milo thinks it’s probably a good idea for him to do the same. It would be a shame if Gargamel fell down an endless pit or was burnt to a crisp or something, as he would be holding the only map out of this place. Continue reading
Around the refectory of the old keep, a group of adventurers gathers, sharing their reasons for heading out to the borderlands, and to delve into Stonehell in particular. It seems that they are sizing each other up, seeking worthy companions to brave the depths with. A stone-dwarf wizard who calls himself Gargamel (Nolan) is strumming his harp by the warmth of the hearth. With one ear, he’s paying attention to the music played by the halfling bard, Milo (Jordan), and trying to match his notes. Keeping another ear on the group gathered around the table, he hears their tales while keeping his own proverbial cards close to his chest. Continue reading