After hours of philosophical debate as the heroes journeyed down the tunnels they came across a Gremlin whose presence announced that soon there would be danger. The heroes readied themselves and proceeded forward. Soon they discovered that rather than enemies ahead they faced an obstacle course of snares and pit traps.
After wading through the blades, flames, and pits the heroes came upon a room dedicated to Zolath Zerum. The heroes took refuge in the saint’s temple and began healing up for the next leg of their journey.
To the heroes supprise the obstacle course of bizarre and lethal traps seemed to end at a T intersection. As the heroes investigated they found evidence of vampire feeding and rooms filled with ancient relics. And decided to push on and chart the rest of the area before exiting. To the heroes supprise the obstacle course of bizarre and lethal traps seemed to end at a T intersection. As the heroes investigated they found evidence of vampire feeding and rooms filled with ancient relics. And decided to push on and chart the rest of the area before exiting.
This decision proved fatal as the heroes made their way across a long deadly pit trap by jumping across swinging bladed pendulums. The only two to make it across were Azlia and Ziona who both had to enter the room at the far side as there was not enough room for more than one person to stand in front of the door at a time without falling into the pit.
The rest of the party could hear battle being joined on the other side of the door and did their best to make their way across the pit trap by crawling along the bottom. Upon reaching the other end and passing beyond the door they discovered a group of vampires had slain their comrades and were now going to do the same to them.
Judus diffused the situation with his usual charm and silvered tongue. And found that the vampires were actually holy monks who thought they were protecting their monastery from diabolists. When the dust settled and the apologies had been exchanged the vampires flew the heroes as far as they could to the city of Tristan before being taken the rest of the way by Kezua.
Once in Tristan the heroes sought the aid of the High Cleric hoping he could resurrect their slain comrades before they awoke as vampires. The High Cleric agreed and performed the rituals, and when the time for payment came the heroes footed the bill to the King of Stormwall. The heroes then left as quickly as possible once the High Cleric began questioning them about the manner of their deaths.
Once back at the Vampire’s monastery the heroes equipped and began their journey into more ruined passageways on their way to stop the end of the world.
The death and resurrection process was not without its scars however. Azlia has been quiet and reserved ever since having been brought back.