The party awoke after their rest to find that the goblin bodies they had left in the chamber outside their resting room had been stripped of their weapons. Harann mentioned that she had heard some goblin voices and noises during her watch, but had not investigated any further. The group finally got around to looting Sinruth’s decapitated body. He was wearing the dragoncrest helm and filigreed gauntlets from the Hall of Great Heroes in Fallcrest. Wilik immediately took a liking to the seemingly magical gauntlets and took them for his own. Sertanian gave his blessing for this, on the assumption that they would be helpful to complete the mission, and on the condition that they be returned to the museum when the group returned to Fallcrest. But the most interesting thing the group found on Sinruth was a note:
The Red Hand will rise again! The other remnants take great cheer in your recent attacks on commerce coming into The Blight That is Fallcrest.
We’re particularly pleased with your ability to inspire a fighting spirit in others, whether they have true goblin blood or merely wish they did. To be blunt, we think you should have many more soldiers under your command. Many, many more.
And recent events have rendered some remnants leaderless. With a bold stroke on your part, the remnants would rally to the Red Hand you so proudly display. As your bold stroke, do this: Attack The Blight That is Fallcrest by night. Focus your efforts on their Hall of Great Heroes, for it mocks the many hard-won victories by the first Red Hand of Doom. Take from them the spoils of war they shamelessly hang on their walls and bring those antiques back to Rivenroar.
Do this before the moon is next full. And with regard to your previous question, turning over captives to your unliving allies at Rivenroar is perfectly acceptable. War sometimes makes strange bedfellows, and we appreciate how you’ve united such disparate forces under your banner. Whatever prisoners you take from Fallcrest you can give to the wight.
Fight with the valor of your ancestors, Sinruth. And keep your hands stained red with the blood of the weak!
I will visit you again next month, at a time of my choosing.
While the group mulled over this note, Harann became increasingly interested in the platinum sword which had been recovered from the ogre’s lair. She said she had had a dream about Bahamut and a woman, and that the woman told her to take up the sword and “follow the path of the Platinum Dragon.” Wilik gave her the sword, but it didn’t seem to be anything more than ceremonial; certainly it seemed unfit for combat.
The group then investigated the hallway from which Sinruth had come. They found a makeshift office made out of a tomb, including a sarcophagus which seemed to be serving as a desk. They also found some mysterious weapons stored in this office. They were made of a dark gray metal which seemed to have Shadowfell properties. The group collected a few of these and some other interesting items, and prepared to move deeper into the crypt complex. Two hostages and two items still needed to be recovered.
Upon opening the one remaining door, the found themselves presented with a four-way intersection. The paths right and left led to double doors while the path directly ahead led down some stairs. After some discussion over which direction was best, Drella scouted down the stairs while the rest of the group waited. She found an empty chamber with a pool of dark water in the middle of it. She returned to the group to tell them what she’d found, and they all went into the room.
Once there, Wilik threw a rock into the water, heedless of those who tried to stop him by reminding him of the Curtain incident. The water splashed and rippled like normal water for a bit, but then the ripples resolved themselves into shapes reminiscent of other locations in the crypts. The last image seen in the ripples was one of a gaunt figure and a skeleton sitting on a pair of thrones. The consensus amongst the group was that this scrying pool was used to keep an eye on the activity throughout the crypt complex, and that the gaunt figure must be the wight referenced in Sinruth’s note. While the others played with the water, Drella noticed someone walking by in the hallway from which the group had just come. Upon investigating, she saw a group of shuffling soldiers enter a room and shut the door behind them. Based on their gait and the age of the equipment they were wearing, she assumed that they were undead.
Back in the scrying-pool room, the group was reading an inscription on the walls: “Here lie the Rivenroars until the Day of the Black Sun. If you seek their monument, look at the lands around you.” Pondering this, the group thought it might refer to an eclipse, but could not recall any recent eclipses in this area, nor any predictions of upcoming ones.
Searching further in this area, the group came upon a room with a massive black sun motif carved into the floor. Wilik walked out into the middle of it, and bluish lightning crackled across the surface of the sun, licking at the bottoms of his feet. Suddenly Wilik had an idea and he pulled one of the many goblin heads out of his Bag of Many Goblin Heads and put it one the floor. The energy crackled over to the head and its eyes opened and it screamed in terror for just a moment before Wilik kicked it into the corner of the room. The group seemed to think this might be a place for undead to gain power and so they set themselves to the task of tying off the doors to prevent any of the undead from using this power against the group.
Outline of continuing events: (feel free to add details)
- The group encounters ghouls and zombies in the pool room, discovering the fun of being immobilized by ghouls, who then can bite for even more damage.
- They find Thurann, the son of Kartenix, chained to a fountain in the next room, along with four sarcophagi with scimitar-wielding skeletons inside.
- Drella snuck into the wight chamber while Erich ran around to it from the other direction. While Drella explained to the main group what was going on, Erich tried to negotiate with the wight.
- The wight nearly went for it, but then Drella sent a crossbow bolt past his head and the fight was on. In the ensuing fight against ten skeletons, two ghouls, and the wight, three of six members of the party fell unconscious, but some quick healing kept the group from being overwhelmed. Erich ended up felling the wight with his On Pain of Death power.