A few days after the encounter on the road, the patrons of the Ruddy Spirits Taproom are settling down for a special brew and a hot meal when the local constable, David Holmes, enters the taproom. He tells the group that he identified the bandit that was slain as Jerrod Nerk, a half-orc thug that has spent many a night in jail for petty robberies and assault. The constable warns the group that his older brother, James Nerk, may cause trouble for those that were involved in his brother’s death. The constable then leaves to return to his duties as the group in the tavern return to their meal.
A short time later as the group finishes their meal, a panicked young man with sword drawn bursts in through the front door begging for help. The party initially tries to send him on his way to find the constable, but then reluctantly listens to his tale. The young man introduces himself as Paeder Yaeden and explains to the group that he and his friends were looking for ancient hidden crypts in the sewers (based on an old legend) when the floor gave way and his friends tumbled into the darkness below. He begs for help and the party finally agrees.
Kylan, Kamden, Tythan, Yentha, Senji, and Connan all follow Paedar deep into the warehouse district where they enter the foul, sickening sewers. With Paedar guiding the group they make their way deeper into the sewer until Senji hears a chittering clicking sound come from a side passage. Without any further warning as if a shadow had come to life, a dark mass rolls across the ground, out of the side tunnel washing over all in its path. Clicking and snapping in a terrible cacophony of thousands upon thousands of tiny bodies, several scuttling forms identify the unstoppable throng as a terrible, hungry host of cockroaches. The horde flows over and around the party as it makes it’s way down the tunnel. The party frantically swipes, smashes, and squishes hundreds of the tiny bugs before the swarm is finally broken and dispersed. Taking a moment to rest, the group then trudges on to its destination.
Not soon enough, they reach the hole in the floor. A 20’ – 25’ section of the floor has collapsed into the darkness below. In a rush each person tries to climb down the rope, but due to the sludge and muck a couple manage to fall. Luckily their friends are positioned below to catch them. A torch is struck, but no bodies are found. After a moment of examining the room a trail as if something bloody was drug along the floor leads into a heavily webbed hall. Following the passage, the webs became thicker and more enveloping, but after a bit, the passageway opened into a larger web filled chamber. Large webbed sacks hung from the walls and floor. A quick search revealed a huge spider hiding among the webs. After antagonizing the spider a bit, it finally dropped to the ground and attacked Kamden, but Kamdem and the others fought back fiercely. With one massive slice the spider’s thorax it cut open and hundreds of tiny baby spiders swarm out over the combatants. Fighting both the great spider and the diminutive babies posed a bit of a challenge, but the brave adventures soon ended the threat by slaying the spider and dispersing the swarm.
At that point, locating Paeder’s missing friends was fairly easy and the stronger members of the group helped drag the bodies back out into the main chamber. While this was being done, the young Tythan searched the room and found an old door hidden by the webs in the room. The door appeared to be very old and was made of a dark wood. It was still fairly sturdy and had withheld the test of time well. In the center of the door in a large silver skull that was tarnished black with age. Not seeing any door knobs or having someone skilled at defeating locking mechanisms, the party proceeded to knock the door down. Behind the door was a dark musty room. Upon entering the room, the light of the torch dimmed considerably and the shadows grew long. And eerie feeling crept over the group and those with magical talent sensed a strong dark aura coming from the twin obelisks standing at the back of the room. It appeared as if something were carved into the floor, buts as the group approached, a dull orange glow started to grow from each of the obelisks. The glow grew into two fiery winged skeletons.
Rushing forward, Kamden, Senji, and Tythan charged the burning skeletons. The battle was rough and a few injuries were sustained, but Kylan called upon his magic, making Kamden grow to the size of a giant. This turned the tide of the battle and some both skeletons were extinguished, bursting an final explosion of heat and flame. Even though they had won, the adventurers were still uneasy. The walls were made of human bones and skulls. In addition the ever persistent darkness still filled the room and there was a pending sense that the guardians of the room could return at any moment. Examining the floor, what appeared to by a ritual circle was carved into the stone floor. To the back of the room a low alter was found with a black velvet cloth draped over it. A set of old, expensive embalming tools and a ritual dagger were placed in an orderly fashion upon the cloth. After a brief discussion, it was decided to leave the room as is an get Paeder’s injured friends back to the surface and to a doctor.
The group managed to get the bodies out of the sewers and to safety. Paeder made arrangement for the bodies to be taken to the temple for care while the helpful adventurers called it a night and went back to their places of rest.
The next day the group went to check on the injured men. An old, obstinate priest tried to prevent the group from reaching Valens and the other injured man, but Tythan was able to slip past unseen. His trip was in vane as both men were heavily drugged and asleep. The dead body was not seem and was likely already taken to be preserved. Having no luck convincing the old priest that the chamber below the sewers was a threat, the group returned to the Ruddy Spirits Taproom to find they had missed Paeder, who had come looking for them. Even so, Paeder had left a small bag of coins as his thanks for the group for their help the previous night.