Fourth Day pt 3

The group sent Cadaver and Bushido back to the exit to make sure it stayed secure, as they wanted to be able to make a speedy retreat in case things started going badly. Gareth led the way into the next chamber, and took two nasty slices to the chest from some wall scythes for his trouble. The room beyond looked like an incredibly obvious trap, but they couldn’t figure out what kind. The room was well lit with several torches, which was unusual for this place, since all of the zombie children have no eyes (they burst when the kids are submerged into the boiling blood). There were two statues flanking the passageway, both about 7 feet tall, mad of solid, pure gold, and in the shape of a Tarrasque rearing up on it’s hind legs. Kaden had a treasuregasm at this point, and wanted to distract everyone so he could eat the statues, but failed.

Not being able to detect the nature of the likely trap, and being too foolish to find an alternate route, they proceeded to the other end of the room. Kaden was the first to pass between the statues, and as he did, the floor in the half of the room he had just exited dropped down 20 feet. Nobody took any damage because of featherfall, and other such measures, but they were now in a pit 20 feet deep, and once the floor had stopped, two holes were revealed through which blood stated flowing very quickly, filling the pit. Kaden tried to throw a rope down, but there was a forcewall effect at the edge of the pit.

Not one to panic, Gareth simply teleported everyone out of the pit. Which was fine with me, as the trap wasn’t really meant to kill them, just make them waste a spell or two. Mission accomplished. Although I had hoped that they would somehow be dumb enough to let such a simple trap kill one or more of them.

Moving on to the next room, Kaden peeked in through the door to see what could be seen, and set off the “trap” there- a bell chime such as would be found in a shop. The room was well lit again, and he could see a few of the zombie children looking to the out of sight far corner. A loud voice, obviously not that of a child, said, “You’re late! Get in here and start your lessons!” A shadow on the wall indicated a large humanoid being of unknown origin.

In a move that was slightly out of character for Kaden, he burst into the room without a plan, and bagan proclaiming that he had killed dozens of the undead abberations (not meaning a creature type, just in the sense of “unnatural”) today, and he would not stop until he had cleansed the world of their stain. This speech was delivered while he was still analyzing the situation, which included 29 of the undead children, and a large creature that looked somewhat like a cross between a hill giant and a troll. During Kaden’s speech, the others started coming into the room, and Hiwa was able to surmise that the creature was most likely a new type of flesh golem, made out of the very flesh of the Tarrasque.

Upon hearing that their “playmates” had been killed, the zombie kids began moaning and weeping (blood tears), and the golem became enraged, ordering his “students” to kill them all. The children had numbers on their side, and almost overcame the adventurers, especially when the golem began throwing the children into melee with the party. One particularly effective strategy that was used was throwing pairs of children wearing the special chain belts that had been discovered before as if they were giant living bolos. This did impact damage from the children, as well as letting the pair of children get an automatic free attack. In the end, however, the party was successful, and was confident that the last vestiges of the cult had been eradicated. They returned to the surface, triumphant.

Vincent hired Gareth to investigate the woman, Cora, that seemed interested in finding him. He decided that it was time to force an encounter. Gareth located her again at the Blue Ogre, and set up a meeting. The meadhall was cleared out, and all of the patrons were replaced with assassins, and everyone except for Hiwa, Bushido, Nicodemus (who seems to have vanished mysteriously) and Cadaver went to the meeting. Cora came in, and seemed quite surprised to see Vincent still alive. She informed him that, “You must return with me, if you do, he will let you live.” and that if he refused, then she was left with no choice but to force him to come. At these words, many knives were drawn, many darts were inserted into blowguns, and many nerves were on edge. Cora realized the eminent danger she was in, and grabbed Vincent’s hand. He heard her voice in his mind give him a location and a time, and the message, “Come alone this time.” then she let go of his hand, and psionically teleported out, just as two dozen knives and darts flew through the air she had just occupied. Vincent told the others about the message, and said that of course he would go, and of course it wouldn’t be alone, but that there was nothing more to do until tomorrow.

They all returned home, and prepared for the meetup in the morning.

SNEAK PEEK: Vincent will learn the truth about his past, but will most likely be leaving the party permanently (and involuntarily) as a result.

Also: Post your theories in the comments on what you think his background is! The first one to guess it will get an advance update of the PDF! (Although I’ll admit up front that the changes are minor, it’s the best prize I’ve got.)

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