The ancient keep, it turned out, was not empty, but inhabited by, in addition to the expected collection of rats and vermin, three vicious fey. The finely-dressed quickling killed both rangers, and wounded Pik before being felled kings’ combined efforts in the keep’s main courtyard.
In the northwest tower was found an assassin vine and a grimstalker – another, elf-like, fey creature that tried to eat Pik. Again, the combined efforts of the kings brought down the foul beast.
The central tower had some kind of gas trap in the ground floor chamber, but the kings were quick enough to escape before being hit by its effects, and then a few minutes in the fresh air provided time for the gas to dissipate. They then followed the stairs up to a sprawling, richly-appointed room with a high, domed ceiling, in which their final opponent waited.
Looking like a beautiful elven-esque woman, she tried to trick the kings into thinking that she was innocent, and then attempted to entice and entrance them with her alluring dance. The kings, to their credit, recognized that those hips actually did lie, and were not fooled. Anton tried to reverse the trick, pretending to be her slave, before attacking.
The melee was relatively short, given that the odds were in the kings’ favor. Zion again used his power of flight, while Pik relied on his divine magic and Anton sliced and diced her into little pieces.
A healthy amount of treasure was recovered from the keep, most of which had to be hauled back to Misthaven by a team of rangers sent out after the kings’ return. The keep, while still in unclaimed territory, was now free of evil influence, and might one day serve a purpose for the kingdom.