Chapter 05: Holes, and More Holes

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Session Number: 18
Date: Sunday 14 September 2008 (4 months later!)
Venue: Tammi's
PCs & Players:

Baelor Ftr3 (Alain) (kills: 2 goblins)
Catria Rgr2 (Tammi) (kills: none)
Nuff Mage1/Drd2 (Densial) (kills: none)
Sack Thf3 (Fergus) (kills: none)
Sigil Ill1/Thf2 (Craig) (kills: none)

XP Awarded: nil

Craigo crawls back out from under the bus to finish DMing this adventure, dammit!

Sack borrows Baelor's rope and climbing equipment and starts down the deep, slick, smelly hole. 50' later he runs out of rope with no end in sight. A small slip gives him pause for thought and he returns to the top.

The party head back down the square staircase, heading for the kidney-shaped room. Heading down the long corridor at the foot of the stair, Baelor at point is surprised by 2 goblins standing guard at the T-intersection. He is hit by both of their crossbow bolts but shrugs it off. Angered, he breaks into a charge, loosing a hand axe when the goblins come into range. Only half of the goblin was in sight, and Baelor's axe neatly separated it from the other half. Way to go, that dwarf! The remaining goblin ducks out of sight to the left with Baelor and Nuff in pursuit.

Baelor rounds the corner, following the goblin and pulling his remaining hand axe free. Nuff stops at the T-intersection and covers the right hand corridor as Sack follows Baelor. The dwarf hurls his axe at the retreating goblin's back and it strikes true, felling the doomed creature. Baelor retrieves his second axe and drags the corpse back down to the T-intersection, leaving behind a trail of gore. Nuff returns Baelor's other axe, which he cleans and returns to its sheath.

The party head down the left-hand corridor, passing the pool of goblin blood. Shortly after, the passage bends gently to the right. It carries on straight for another 40' or so where it terminates in what appears to be a cave-in. A square grate is found in the floor about 10' after the bend.

Baelor and Nuff step over the grate to investigate the corridor ahead. Sack checks the grate itself while Catria examines the ceiling above the grate. Sigil stands guard.

The grate is made up of two perpendicular bars that cross at the centre of the 3' square opening. Sack discovers additional holes left and right of each bar that look like they originally held more crossmembers. The square hole drops down 5' before opening into what appears to be a very large area. Catria notices a draft coming up through the hole that smells damp and musty.

Baelor ties his rope to Sack's ankles while Catria lashes the enchanted lantern to Sack's back. Baelor then carefully lowers Sack down the hole, head first, an arrow nocked in his bow.

Sack finds the experience a little disorienting, which is not helped when he starts to slowly spin. His head crests the hole opening and the lantern's light reveals stalactites on the cavern's large, concave ceiling. More interestingly, the slow spin reveals a length of rope regularly secured with pitons to the cavern's ceiling, disappearing up (down?) beyond the lantern's glow.

Sack's grip on the nocked arrow briefly slips, but he manages to snatch the arrow before it falls into the darkness below. His efforts, however, add a slow swing to his pirouette. He signals Baelor to pull him back up.

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