When we last left our prodigious heroes, they had ventured into the dungeon that the forces of the evil Ulrich Von Cleavenstein had been excavating to try to find the Broken Book of the Feeble Gawd. Our party ventured into a room filled with kobold and goblin corpses, with three doors labeled “Storehouse,” “Chamber of Forgotten (or Unknown, depending how you translate it) History,” and “Guard House.” They went to the storehouse first, in the hopes of finding supplies that would help them with the rest of the dungeon. The storehouse was picked clean, but Setharian discovered a secret door. Dunstan tried to force it open, but was unable to break the lock. Setharian cast a grease spell on it, causing it to glow with the dwarven symbol for conjuration before sliding open, revealing a chamber with a detailed mural of several hooded figures, whose hands glow with eldritch magick, casting their spells upon a chest. Hidden throughout the mural are letters that spell out “We give thanks to the gawd of secrets, who sacrificed himself to end the war.” It also depicts a great battle between the races of the real world and the Eastern Orc League. Curiously, orcs are fighting on both sides, both for and against the Eastern Orc League.
At the end of the hallway with the mural stands a door in the shape of a lid of a chest. Our heroes were just about to open it when they were interrupted by a man in a black robe, carrying a spiked mace and a holy symbol of the gawd of death. He asked the characters what they were doing in the dungeon, adding that nobody was supposed to be around. He identified himself as a corpse-taker in the service of Ulrich Von Cleavenstein, tasked with taking their dead bodies back to Cleavenburg.
Upon hearing that he served the wretched Von Cleavenstein, Dunstan demanded the he surrender. Instead, he started casting a spell, but the valorous Dunstan charged and stabbed him in the gut, disrupting his spell. Setharian was able to cast a sleep spell upon him, causing him to pass out. Unfortunately, this released his control of the kobold zombies he had animated from the corpses in the lobby. The undead mob charged in ravenously. Setharian dragged the unconscious priest back into the mural room, away from the undead, while Dunstan bravely held off the undead and Rutherford hurled fireballs by the dozens.
The party defeated the zombies handily, and began to question the priest, a cowardly man named Faust. He explained that it’s his job to reanimate the corpses of the dead, and that he had lingered in the dungeon trying to find the Broken Book for himself. He said he had lied to his commanders and told them the book they found, which they believed was the Broken Book, was magical when it was in fact not. He seemed unaware of the destruction of his regiment by the Firefighters.
Our heroes were at a loss as to what to do with the man. Rutherford wanted him dead, while Setharian wanted to let him go as long as he swore never to serve Von Cleavenstein again. Dunstan was in favor of an impromptu trial (followed probably by a quick execution), but Setharian’s words swayed him. The group decided to make the man swear gawd oaths to serve us rather than Von Cleavenstein, and to use his knowledge to help them make their way through the dungeon. The session ended before the gawd oaths could be written up.