At the end of the previous session, the party had just finished fighting a group of cultists led by two halfings, Mr. and Mrs. Hornwald. The room in which the battle took place now presented two possible options; a set of doors, along with the strange sigil that was carved at the back of the room by one of the cultists during the battle.
-Searos bangs the hilt of his short sword on the sigil and the wall behind it vanishes, revealing a path leading forward. However, before moving through the pathway hidden by the sigil, we decide first to examine what lie behind one of the doors. Moving through one of the doors the floor retains the same appearance of cooled magma, there is also the hissing of venting steam and scratching.
-As Geoffrei leads the way through this path it opens up into a large chamber, the path of cooled magma continues and ends at the other end of the room, splitting the chamber seemingly in two. On the left side of the path is a large pool of bubbling magma, to the right is a pit littered with the remains of cave lizards. Upon closer examination, some of the lizards were barely alive, their scales charred and cracked.
-We move back to the first room and shut the door behind us, moving towards the secret path. The heat fades and ground turns to rock, as this path begins to angle downwards and narrow slightly. There is a light up ahead and a series of groans echoes down the hall. Moving towards the light, the passage abruptly starts into a large chamber. On one side there is a pile of bodies, and an impression on the ground, where bones and bodies are fueled into a pyre in the center of the room. Opposite to the pile is a table scattered with papers. On the far side of this chamber there are 6 humanoid figures bound against the wall with chains, surrounding an alter with a body lying on it. A dark armored humanoid figure stands in front of the alter and next to the outline of a portal, behind a shimmering barrier. Carved in the surrounding walls are various runes and sigils. There is a another large purple demon standing near the pile of bodies.
-Examining the scene around the alter, it appears to be an empowerment ritual which would syphon the life of the 6 people on the wall and transfer their essence to the body on the alter. Tendrils of energy move out from the alter occasionally grazing one of the humanoids, stealing their essence. And to make things worse, Eida, Searos’ sister is among them!
-The black armored cultist welcomes the party, and invites us to stay and enjoy the festivities, when Geoffrei and him banter back and forth a little about Merrick sending us (as usual) as we slowly creep forward into the room. The purple demon turns towards us and snarls, displeased by our increasingly close proximity to the ritual. Moving closer, a slime encrusted demon appears beside Geoffrei, and the purple demon charges the group, firing off quills and clawing at Bantin.
-Nearing the pyre at the center of the room, tendrils lash out at Geoffrei and Salemar, dragging them towards the flames. Nearby two impish fire demons appear, fling themselves towards the Doctor and Scord and explode, covering them with a sticky residue. The imps essence is absorbed by the purple demon, restoring some of it’s energy. One of the prisoners on the far left of the ritual dies, as the black cultist spawns two more fire imps and slime demons.
-As another prisoner dies, the necessity to bring down the barrier and rescue the humanoids grow. Geoffrei slams into the barrier trying to knock it down but is repulsed and Salemar tries to pierce the shield with his blade, both efforts prove ineffective. Bantin sifts through the documents on the table, but finds he can only read one book, it’s about demons and forming pacts and the like. Searos moves next to the table and grabs 3 books at random for examination later. Salemar scratches some of the runes, which appears to weaken the barrier. The Doctor prays, some more runes vanish in a puff of smoke, he then sacred flames the barrier and it falls.
-The pyre begins moving towards the body on the alter after the barrier falls, the armored cultist now draws his weapon and grabs Salemar by the throat. Searos slips in behind and smashes the chains binding his sister, and also unlocks the shackles of a half-orc. The energy forming above the body on the alter becomes unstable, Scord controls the cultist, and makes him move into the mass of energy.
- After a bright flash of light as the energy explodes with the cultist standing in it. After the light fades, all that remains is his armor floating in the air, it begins to fall to the ground piece by piece and melts into a lump of steel. The portal doorway begins to shimmer, looking through we can see a series of lit torches and a large desk, standing on front of the portal on the other side are several other black figures resting on their swords.