Ready’reat 25th, 591
After stepping onto the portal, the party awoke to find themselves in a different place. Taking stock of themselves, they quickly discovered that Gideon was not amongst them. Grumpy, an expert tracker, discerned Gideon’s footprints and followed the trail leading to a small antechamber. There the party saw evidence of a struggle and deduced that their friend was taken deeper into a large tomb.
With only the clothes on their back, and what little they’ve so far been able to find, the party investigated the tomb. The party first came across several piles of bones, and a mysterious stairway leading downwards (searching below uncovered an ancient shrine to an old Flan Goddess that was recently desecrated). Further ahead, on a side path, the party found the remains of a previous explorer, skewered between two spears of an ancient trap. And another was found smashed to a pulp on the stone ground. Desperate, the party looted these remains in order to better equip themselves against the unknown horrors that lie in wait.
The party did locate a sealed room, the remains of what looked to be a chapel. Inside long dead warriors sat in prayer amongst long since faded tapestries depicting religious accounts. An outer wall, partially collapsed, revealed the source of the stench that hung in the air so thick. It appeared that a modern sewer tunnel cut through this ancient hall, the engineers were mere yards away from uncovering this tomb.
While continuing the search for their missing compatriot, the party was attacked an unseen undead attendant, the skeleton was dispatched easily without delay. In the chamber that lay past him, the heroes were surprised by an Earth Elemental, he was in the process of attacking Gideon, the missing party member. Dispatching the earthen guardian was no easy task. But once successful, Gideon informed the rest of the group that his captors were in the rear of the chamber, lying in wait.
Wasting no time, the party challenged these would-be assassins to combat, denying them any element of surprise. Eager for a fight, the seasoned Sueloise warrior, and his partner, a nimble female Scarlet Brotherhood monk charged at the heroes. The battle was long and arduous, but despite being heavily out armed, the newly banded heroes defeated the villains.
Now triumphant, the party made their way (newfound spoils in hand) through the murky sewers. As they traveled deeper into the unknown, a breeze of fresh salt air caught their noses, doubling their speed through the foul sewage they were rewarded with the sight of a sandy beach, and perhaps the much-deserved freedom they have craved.