The Power of Suffering

Chapter 3: Exploration

Too Close, Too Many Times

The party, Kiriai, Persi, Arban and Klaudia, find an old stone door in the hills Northwest of Urdnot Village. The door has been used recently, and once inside they find a group of 10 kobolds to fight! Klaudia shines during this battle, and takes down many of the kobolds despite having been injured. Other notable moments include Persi being pegged in the head by a stone from a sling, and Kiriai having terrible luck trying to hit anything at all.
After all 10 are disposed of, they spot an underwater tunnel in a pool at the side of the underground room. Arban assists everyone to the other side, where they find and defeat two warforged for a small chest of gold. Back on the other side, the party goes outside to rst for the night. The next day, they head in and choose a rickety wooden door over a solid stone one and quietly open it to find more kobolds around a fire, making a racket as they eat. Klaudia and Persi sneak in and hide, then try to quietly take a couple out while Arban and Kiriai get ready outside. Klaudia hits her mark but Persi misses and alerts the rest. After most of them are dead, a kobold screams and wakes two poisondusk lizards which join in, but are quickly taken out after almost killing Klaudia. They find an old longsword with runes that match those on the old stone door…but decide to take the rest of the day off to get better…much thanks to Kiriai for her healing magic.
The next day, the party uses the longsword as a key in a hole in the stone door, which opens with the sword turning to dust. THey enter a large vaulted room with dark stone floors by the two doors, and cracked stone in between. They realize that the cracked stone will give way if stepped on and try to jump across…Klaudia fails the jump but to her relief lands on a secret solid section of stone in the middle of the room, which she uses to jump to the other side. When Arban tries, he falls through the stone and plummets over 20 feet into a dark, empty catacomb. The rest of the part uses their rope and pulls him back up….very bruised. They open the door at the far end of the room and find a large room with pillars and a shrine with a large stone lizard on it…and Kiriai gets hit with a dark triggered by a pressure plate.
They find buttons on the shrine which cause the lizard to come to life, and kill it without much difficulty…opening up a steep staircase in the shrine which leads to a long room underneath.
Klaudia sneaks down to see, and spots old bones surfacing out the the sandy floor…assembling themselves into an owlbear skeleton! Everyone else rushes down to attack. Arban hits the skeleton, but his blade does little to a thick leg bone…Kiriai’s snake, Fickle, slithers out from her as she lets fly an arrow which clatters around inside the skeleton’s ribcage. Klaudia bounces her sword off another bone, and Persi cracks its skull with a well-aimed arrow. Fickle can’t find anywhere to sink his fangs in, and almost gets stepped on as Persi gets squished between the owlbear and the wall as it stamps by. Kiriai sends out a fireball, but the skeleton pummels het with its claws and disables her…leaving her gasping on the ground.
The situation getting more desperate, Arban and Klaudia attack the owlbear from behind and break one of its arms off…and Persi attacks with her punching daggers and breaks a rib. The skeleton turns around and Klaudia and Persi barely dodge out of the way, while Arban strikes the undead’s spine and destroys it. A wounded Kiriai takes its skull as a token of their victory.
At the back of the room, inside an ancient stone coffin, they find a masterwork mace, a set of studded shadow leather and some gold.
The party returns to Castle Arnon to the merchant who gave them the map to sell the mace, and Persi finally finds out about the magicks that her frost punching dagger contain. The party uses the money gained from the mace to purchase better weapons, and then decide to take a long rest.

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