From the journal of Nasim, Bard of Ra’d.
After the defeat of the necromancer, whilst there was still treasure to be looted and divided, we found ourselves without the strength of Organnac, which was of little consequence because I was there. Javonte went over to examine and take the glowing globe and the wand left by the necromancer. After, we took pity upon the worn out oaf and dragged him through the mud and out of danger. Silveno wished to go back, but Organnac protested, wishing not to be left behind. So, gathering ourselves again, like bags of flour upon our steeds, we headed back to Red Larch.
When we arrived, there was a gathering around one of the old trees just outside of town. Through the mass of villagers, we spotted the bandit that we had tangled with earlier dangling from one of the branches dancing the jig of death. There, we approached the Priest of Tempus and told our tale of the necromancer, confirming that the ugly sod had been set ablaze and met a true end. As we left the crowd and began our trek back to the inn, we ran into Elak Dornen and Ilmeth Waelvur, the latter being the owner of some ramshackle wagon shop.
When we met Kylessa, we retold our story of valour and triumph over the necromancer and put all of her gratitude onto a tab that we immediately began working off again. Organnac demanded a round of chicken for the entire room, enticing them to listen to him between mouthfuls. I couldn’t let him spoil the story with his meat-headed vocabulary, so I stepped in to recount the tale in full. He didn’t appreciate it and we began a duel of words, recounting our struggle.
Part-way through our story, a pointy-eared priest, who turned out to be a worshipper of the God Lathander, stepped in to aid Organnac, seeing that he was struggling to raise his jaw from the table as I talked over him. He went by Brother Eardon, and he was a wanderer. After joining in our audience he told us his wish to aid us in our adventures at Lance Rock. He then told us of his worries of the dwarven delegation that had been travelling through the Sumber Hills, but which had not arrived in Red Larch when expected.
The next morning, as we gathered in the inn commons, Kaylessa gave us a pack filled with crumble cake, which soon became our breakfast, as I attempted to defend it from Organnac’s stomach, rather than the day-long meal it was meant to be. As this battle of wills was fought the rest of our group gathered in the commons. With all of us gathered, including the Brother, we were off to Lance Rock again to search the last of the caverns.
With two more caverns to search we started with the southeast tunnel and found and destroyed more dead and undead bodies in what could be the necromancer’s larder. After a short skirmish with four of them we contimued on to the southwest tunnel, which led to a small area with trunks. Before opening them Silveno thought to check for traps and he exposed a trapdoor above the trunks waiting to laden us with a burden we couldn’t carry.
With the last caverns observed we headed back to the where the necromancer was killed to gather what items we could find of use.
After finding that dreaded shortbow that I had left there, Brother Eardon aided Organnac with finding some grain ale. We declared our adventures done at Lance Rock and headed back to Red Larch.
Arriving back in Red Larch our party disassembled to entertain ourselves, although Organnac and Silveno seemed to have similar business as they wandered off talking quietly to each other. I must say I took the liberty to spend the time wisely with a goddess of a half-orc and her bed.
My private prayers to my Orcish goddess were disrupted when one of the villagers found me and stated that there was a tremor and a great sore upon the earth lay open to us and that Silveno and Organnac sought to gather and explore the hole. Following the villager I found myself next to Ilmeth Waelvur’s wagon shop and that near it was a great depression in the ground. Organnac, Javonte, and Brother Eardon stood near the edge and Silveno had already gone down to aid some of the villagers that had fallen in the behemoth of a hole.
We began our new quest by climbing down to find that two entrances laid before us, a hole leading up a tunnel and a door…which Organnac opened. As we entered the hallway we observe carvings in the walls and two stone statues that seemed to be doors. Preventing Organnac from opening any other surprises, Silveno stepped forth to guide us safely through the hall but Brother Eardon stopped us with his sharper senses and we looked up to see iron cages hanging from the celling waiting to drop upon us.