The Rising Tide

Knock, knock. House Cleaning.
A job half done...

After a quick respite and assessing all our tactical options regarding the next section of the Chamber of Eyes, our party came to the surprising conclusion that kicking in the door would offer the best chance of success.

Faced with a handful of goblins and some archers, Eberk thundered on through with Valkor’s familiar Archer close behind, the plan being that Archer could get in behind their defences and menace the back line. Archer must have made them very angry as they continued to find him with their attacks.

Crand,

Duergar

Next room, human archers, escaped warcaster with Life Drinker, goblins sharpshooters.

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Under the Underdark Tonight
Thunderspire Mountain and below

Having departed Caynham, we arrived at Thunderspire mountain and proceeded into the depths. While following the latern lit path to the Hall of Seven Pillars, we rescued a Halfling (Randell half Moon) from Hobgoblin slave traders. These were the first Blood Reavers we ran into. Valkor Vandette, who now has a familiar, opened in spectacular fashion in eliminating their magic caster, however the rest of the battle turned into a war of attrition but emerged victorious and with a new ally. Randel’s Aunt owns the Inn in the Hall of Seven Pillars so we made for that.

When we reached the Hall of Seven Pillars, we were met by a customs agent who gave us a rough guide to the layout. There are Duergar operating here, I shall have to keep an eye on them. Luckily there is also one of my bretheren in Ulfhand Deepgem to keep them in check. Sadly he has lost his Direboar after his mining party was ambushed. If we come across it in our wandering we shall have to make sure it is returned.

We have also discussed a lost skull sceptre for the local curios dealer (a Drow I might add). He has requested it’s safe return in exchange for 300Gp.

Amongst the more colourful characters here is Serena who is associated with the Temple of Arrathis, and she seems bent to the eradication of Drow and Duergar alike. While in principle I agree with her views, and you can’t help but admire her “enthusiasm”, I can’t help but suspect our energies might be better directed at this stage.

After acquiring accommodation in the Half Moon Inn our path is being guided by Darkseeker, who is very able in finding his way around this maze. After seeking his counsel regarding our options, he has guided us to the Temple of Eyes as this is the Blood Reaver’s base of operations. We have cleared out the front section, including a Bug Bear. Regrettably one of the Hobgoblins escaped and is possibly on their way to alert the others beyond the doors. We anticipate company very shortly…

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Once More, With Healing.
Battle Royale

The room stood silent before us, the centre being dominated by a towering stone statue with a raised sword along with two smaller draconic statues off to the side. I shouldn’t have been surprised when the larger statue swung and landed a savage blow when I advanced and the rest of the party launched into action, quickly reducing all three to rubble and left us facing a small alcove with a door in the far wall. Arranged in each corner of the alcove were small statuettes of gnomes holding urns, these were inspected and neutralized by Valkor Vandette who subsequently informed us that they would likley form a small flooded space had we not been dilligent.

The next chamber of our quest housed more unholy undead with rotting flesh dangling from bones full of evil intent, rivulets of blood flowing across ancient stones towards a pit in the centre of the floor before descending into the darkness below where faint chanting was rising from the depths.

After dispatching the evil beings to their final resting place, we took a brief respite to tend to wounds and take stock before following the blood to the pit below. In turn we descended on the chains, opting for the cautious, steady approach, knowing it would give whoever or whatever was below ample opportunity to ready their defenses. My only thought was to stop the ritual from reaching completion for that way lay devastion and death

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