What great fortune it was to run into a party of dwarves that helped carry our wounded away to safety as we headed towards the signs of treasure and mystery. Ginar and Khorum lead the way towards the gold they could smell. Luckily, we found out they weren’t leading us out afterall. However, with our wounded taken care of, we followed their lead towards whatever treasures might be ahead.
Our party arrived at a fork in the road breaking towards the left and the right. One slightly heading upwards and the other downwards. Khorum smelling a stronger scent of gold toward the upward path lead us towards what we hope was treasures. After ascending the corridor for a while, we arrived in a room that was trashed by the greedy dwarves that left with our wounded. Ripper scrounged around and was able to gather a few gold coins after looking around, but Jarwald found a secret compartment within the walls containing a sapphire ring. Immediately our two dwarves gravitated towards the ring, eager to buy it off of Jarwald. Jarwald sensed the price Ginar offered was quite low for the ring and held onto to it instead of giving it to either dwarf. I would have to agree with him because it’s a fact that dwarves are a little bit greedy and would try to turn a profit at every corner.
At the end of the room were two pillar inscribed with runes of a different language. Khorum went up to decipher the meaning, but was dumbfounded. Being the more intelligent being in the group, I took a stab at the inscriptions. I couldn’t understand why this Khorum had such a difficult time deciphering the inscription. It told us of a goblin king’s tomb that laid rest further within the corridor. We decided to head through the pillars. Upon passing the pillars, there was a dark energy that tried to overtake us, but we all were strong enough to push past the dark powers.
After pushing past the corridor, we arrived in a circular stairwell leading downwards. We carried on down the path, but just as we were about to make it to the last flights of stairs. Khorum activated a trap and almost killed the party. Heavy boulders fell and broke all the stairs within the stairwell. Luckily, everyone survived the trap and suffered no damage. Seeing that this was going to be our only way out, we sent Jarwald and Ripper back up to tie a rope so we could escape from danger quickly if need be.
Continuing forward we came into a small room with a small tomb at the back of the room. Oddly, the tomb was blank with no inscription. There was the stench of evil within this room. Khorum found no traps in the room, but he did discover a secret door at the back. We decided it was better to fully investigate the room before moving past the tomb. Khorum pushed open the tomb and we all prepared for the worst to come. As Khorum pushed open the tomb, two ghouls crawled out of the tomb and tried to attack us. Ginar sang and inspired us, while Khorum, Jarwald, and Ithildir struck at the ghouls. Khorums’ strike was so powerful, that one of the ghouls kept disappearing out of existence and reappearing. Finally Khorum struck true and a ghoul fell back never to stand again. Then, turning his attention to the second Jarwald and Khorum finished off the last ghoul.
After defeating the ghouls, we searched the insides of the tomb and to my surprised I found a belt of akallazur lying under. It was a spectacle to see the dwarves’ eyes glimmer, but they said nothing about it. Because of my discovery, Everyone became hopeful and search again to find treasures within the tomb. Ithildir spotted a ring in the corner of the tomb and kept it to himself. The ring made him slightly harder to find, but other than that we saw nothing special.
Since there was more treasures to be found behind a secret compartment, we moved through the room. We came upon another room with a large stone door. After opening up the door the stench of evil and blood filled our noses. I was struck with a sense of fear that overcame my senses. This room was had a narrow path in the middle leading to a rusted brass door. Beside the narrow path were bodies of goblins with throats slit as offering to some lord or god. Ithildir fired an arrow at the rust door and we just watched the arrow sink into the door like butter. Khorum tied a rope to the door and pulled. The door came off it’s hinges and a room filled with gold and another tomb of larger size appeared on the other side. I hesitantly followed the party through the sacrifice room towards the inner chamber. We all gatherered all the gold lying around quickly and looked around for more treasures within. I found a small crevice to the side with a tiny dark chest. I saw no use for it so I gave it to Khorum. Khorum opened the box revealing a ring made of interwoven spidersilk. It was the ring of eyes.
As, we were about to leave this horrid place, A roar came from the other room and the walls to one side of the room broke open. A large entity with a sword gleaming with poison appeared. The moment I saw the sword my blood froze. This was made to kill me. I could not stay here any longer, I must flee from this thing! Ginar was the first to rush out and get out of the scarifice room. I stumbled out of fear and Jarwald rushed past me. From behind we heard another roar, but it was from Khorum as anger overtook him. He struck out at Ripper, wounding him grieviously, as he ran past him. Then Ripper ran past me and towards Jarwald, whom at this moment stood still. But as Ripper ran towards Jarwald, He turned so quick with his spear and narrowly missed striking Ripper causing him to spiral towards the door. The Entity looked amused so he called off his 3 minions that appeared. It looked straight at me and a cold chill ran through my body making me gasp for air as I was filled with fear. Somehow I made it through this room and made it towards the door. Jarwald charged the entity with anger and struck it hard. Ginar saw her beloved broken and sung to break him out of his stupor. Khorum heard the melody of Ginar and broke out of his anger. Seeing the entity ahead Khorum rushed in and began striking the entity as well. Ithildir rushed after Khorum and struck at the entity as well. Khorum and Jarwald chipped away at the armor as ranged attacks seemed to do no damage to this heavily armored entity. Piece by piece, the armor tore away. Finally Khorum landed the final blow after breaking off all it’s armor and the entity was slain along with it’s minions.
However, just as the battle was coming to a close. my vision became narrow and dark. The next thing I knew was I had a pounding headache. I looked around to see the Khorum had smacked me in the back of the head and there was an arrow sticking out of the backside of Ripper. What have I done? I must have fallen into fear. But now is not the time to think about such things. We hurried out of the corridor towards the broken stairwell in order to escape from this evil. Ripper made the first ascent with no problems, but Ithildir went and broke the rope. Khorum had to climb up and fix the rope to himself for the rest of us to climb up.
We returned to the fork in the road and decided to head towars the other fork in the road to see what lied in that direction. We found only a boulder with a dead dwarf underneath and 3 gold coins lain in an exact pattern. Ithildir shot one of the coins out of plain and we heard the sound of something falling. Moments later, A large boulder of similar size to the other fell right in the exact spot.
We left the tunnel, but found out that we had left ithildir behind. After going back to the fork into the room with boulders. We found traces of ithildir heading his way back into the darkness. We lost him to the darkness. Oh, Ithildir, I know you are a wayward elf, but you and I are still elves. You will be missed. Find a way back to us if possible, but we cannot waste the time to find you. We have to go and take care of dog and Bill.