The party was safely helped over the river in the cave and after this led to a 10 * 10 * 5 meter pit with steps down to the bottom. On the bottom was three beds with two normal sized women and one big woman, probably their champion. Kaid-aw as the biggest in the party bred the champion, while Dolxx and Axjack bred the two other women. On the south wall was a rune with some text under it. The humans never had read the text as they were afraid of the death rune. The text which was written was as follows:
Through me the way into the woeful city,
A search was made under the text, and Kaid-aw and Axjack found two secret doors, but Dolxx found five of them. First the second from the river was chosen, and Kaid-aw opened it. It ended in a room with two of each type of swords and axes on racks in the walls. Nothing else in the room. Everybody made search in the room and Kaid-aw checked also for magic with a detect magic spell, but here was nothing. He noticed that the leader of the people in the cave had an earring which radiated magic. The second door on the list was the fourth from the river. Dolxx entered again after Kaid-aw had opened the door. There was short corridor with a new door. As Dolxx opened the second door, and was about to enter the room, he noticed that the floor was a big pit trap. Nothing on the walls, but hooks on the ceiling in the room. Back to the last door from the river, but nobody found the mechanism to open the door and the middle door was chosen instead. It also was a corridor and second door into a room. In one of the corners was a pile of rubble, and suddenly from there jumped two three-armed chaos monsters who attacked the party. Kaid-aw retreated to the back line and started to cast a spell, while Dolxx and Axjack confronted the monsters. Dolxx' monster first dodged Dolxx attack, but on the last of its four attacks it fumbled and fell down for one round unable to parry or dodge. The attacks that had hit Dolxx didn't make it through the iron plate. Kaid-aw threw a cleansing spell on Axjacks enemy, but Axjack was in trouble, as his attack was easily dodged and all four attacks hit him. He was hit with them to -4 hit points and on the brink of dying. Kaid-aw had to heal him, while Dolxx had to fight both the three-armed monsters. Dolxx used and hit the sitting monster maiming his leg useless and removing his dodge. The other enemy was also wounded, but not enough to maim anything important. Both the monsters hit Dolxx, but as normal hits could not pass Dolxx armor, only the last kick attack from Axjacks previous assailant was important. But even it failed to pass the tough armor Dolxx had. On the third round Dolxx first easily beheaded the sitting monster, and as Kaid-aw took away the dodge of the last remaining monster, Dolxx killed also it with his second hit. Axjack had to be healed more to get back up again. A search of the room gave a little treasure and a worthless duck statue, nothing else. The closest door to the river was opened, but here was nothing of interest either.
As the door furthest away from the river could not be opened normally, brute force had to be tried. Kaid-aw and Axjack took axes from the weapon room and started to hit the door. Suddenly some of them happened to hit the right spot, and the door opened. It once again lead to a corridor that ended in a door to a room. In the room was fine tapestries on all walls. The arty could not evaluate the price of the tapestries, except they were very valuable. Dolxx got a 01 in search and found the secret door everybody was looking for. It opened up to really steep steps, so the party was getting closer to the goal. The steps descended for fifteen meter to the east and then turned right and descended a further more of thirty meter before ending.
At the base was two corridor's, one to the left and one to the right. A big argument started between Axjack on one side and Dolxx and Kaid-aw on the other side to which direction they should go. Axjack wanted to count the right turn in the steps as the first right, while Dolxx and Kaid-aw did not count it as the first. Dolxx made up his mind and went to the right corridor and Kaid-aw followed. As Axjack did not go alone he had to follow the others. Soon came a second crossing with two corridor's, one to the left and one to the right. This time it was easy to chose the left as the correct one. The corridor went first many small turns to the left and the to the right. After this came again a place for arguing, as corridor went straight forward, but from it left two other corridor's to the left. As it was the right turns time Dolxx took the straight route for right and the others continued to follow him. Suddenly the corridor ended, but a search revealed two secret doors. Dolxx chose the left as he considered this to be the way again. It continued but ended with a skeleton lying in the end of the corridor. Beside him was a blue crystal. Axjack took and attuned it. It was a gem that would always return to the owner until the owner would die. A search did not reveal any new secret doors, so the party was not on the trail, but somewhere else.
Axjack got his mind through and the straight passing with the two new corridor's did not count and therefore they backed back up to the previous right crossing and took there right instead of left as they had done. Again it divided, but now into three different ways. The left most was chosen and it ended in a cave with stalagmites and stalactites. There were also three big rocks. In the end of the cave was water and three humanoids sitting at the water. The party did not feel this was Lord Skyppens servant and left quietly. But, but where to go now? Now they backed up back to the base of the stairs and took there left instead of right as they had done previously. They walked and walked, but nothing except ending corridor's were found. In one corridor, they found the corridor leading upwards, and eventually it ended in a door. The door opened as a secret door, just before the big, big room with the stream.
When they came back down again, another corridor they chose lead to a room. As they entered the room a trap was sprung, and bars started falling down across the entrance. Dolxx and Kaid-aw jumped back outside the bars, but Axjack did not make it and became trapped behind bars. They all cast all strengthening magic on, but could not lift up the bars blocking the door. In the other end was four niches and a lever on the wall. Axjack pulled the lever and four mummies came out of the niches, and started to attack Axjack. Dolxx and Kaid-aw drew their missiles and shot on the mummies, but it did not harm them very much. Axjack went back besides the door in such way that Kaid-aw could use his spear between the bars to injure the mummies from the outside. Dolxx first enhanced Axjack with first a good protection and then a good bladesharp and after this, he started to cast ignites on the mummies. Axjack made a good hit and severed one leg immediately, but then he fumbled and lost grip of his axe. He continued to parry and got back his axe and again severed a leg on another mummy. Then he beheaded first one and soon afterwards one mummy, while Kaid-aw killed the two other with his spear after they were weakened by the fire Dolxx had ignited into them. In one of the niches was a key, with which the bars could be lifted up again. After having used most of their magic points, the party decided to trigger the trap and sleep behind the bars safely. Raven was still sleeping and impossible to waken up after the poison from the spear that hit him.
The next morning, they started to look for new corridor's they hadn't walked previously in. On the way, Dolxx noticed a bat flying just below the ceiling of the high corridor and alarmed the others. Axjack cast a disruption on the bat, Kaid-aw some special spell, and then when the bat was turning back from the direction it came from, Dolxx killed it with an arrow. A previously ignored secret door was opened, and inside it was a statue of a dwarf. In it's head was a secret compartment with some treasure. In the other end was second secret door, which made it a shortcut around some corners. They also went in a room, which also was previously ignored, where was two coffins in one end. Obviously these might be vampire coffins, and Dolxx took a stick, while Kaid-aw and Axjack moved first one the lids. Inside was a vampire, but Dolxx immediately killed it by putting the stick through the heart and severed the head. The same procedure happened with the second vampire, in the second coffin. Behind a panel was a small silver box with the rune. Inside it was some treasure.
They walked on and entered new corridor's. One corridor had a big rune on the wall. Axjack went around the corner, while Dolxx and Kaid-aw stayed a little back. Axjack talked continuously as he went towards the end of the corridor, which ended in a dead end. Suddenly something bright flashed and Axjack's voice stopped. Dolxx and Kaid-aw peeked around the corner and saw Axjack lying on the floor. Dolxx followed as Kaid-aw went and rescued Axjack. Kaid-aw saw two small runes on both sides of the corridor which had probably made Axjack unconscious. With some healing Axjack was OK again.
The last unvisited corridor ended in a door, but ended again in a dead end. Kaid-aw found secret door which opened itself to a room with four pillars. On one side was a homing circle where something started to materialize. The floor suddenly opened, but Dolxx and Kaid-aw jumped on safe ground. Axjack fell again down and was killed by the gnome engulfing him. Dolxx and Kaid-aw's weapons flew suddenly out of their hands, and two ghosts appeared. Also two stone creatures came out of the wall and started to close in. The Ghosts tried to attack Dolxx and Kaid-aw in spirit combat, but could not harm them and the ghosts were therefore ignored. Dolxx cast his flight spell and started to fly towards their weapons, while casting other spells. Kaid-aw drew his gladius, as his spear was up in the air. Kaid-aw faced the two stone creatures, as Dolxx noticed a Stoorworm materialize in the homing circle. Dolxx got his hold of his weapon, but could not at first rip it back into his own control. The second time he took it easily and flew towards the Stoorworm, which had started to emit poisonous gas. As Dolxx entered the poisonous gas he made a critical holding his breath and could fight well against the Stoorworm. The first mighty hit from chopped off half of the tail of the Stoorworm, but it did not stop it. The mighty teeth of the Stoorworm bit hard on , but could not pass through the iron. Dolxx decided to make his next attack aimed to the head to finish the Stoorworm off in one blow. The Stoorworm therefore got a second attack, but again it was deflected by . Then Dolxx got in his mighty blow and clew off the head from the Stoorworm in a single slash. Kaid-aw had meanwhile fought well against the stone creatures, and was finishing off the first one, when Dolxx came to help. Dolxx needed again only one blow to finish it off. Then they both killed the gnome. The ghost were easily taken care of and sent back to the spirit world. After all enemies were killed, Dolxx and Kaid-aw dug up Axjack and resurrected him [In real life, the guy playing Axjack had fallen asleep in the late hour, but when we said: "Now we will resurrect Axjack", he woke up like he was also resurrected!].
Inside the pillars were a secret compartment in each one, and they had valuable treasure. In one of them was an iron box with a big gem on top. There looked there was no lid on the box, and nowhere to open it up. Eventually they tried to open it up by giving it magic points, and eventually it opened when the right conditions were met. Inside it was two scrolls, the deed to the mansion and the surrounding grounds and a second scroll which had Eurmals name on it. This was read, but taken with them for analysis at the Lhankor Mhy temple in new Pavis. In one of the pillars was Rockmolders axe, a as famous axe as Balastors axe, made of adamant. It is a even more tough weapon than Balastors axe, which already is powerful. If any dwarf would see it, they would immediately start to haunt the person having it, to get it back to them.
When the deed was now safe, the party went to pick up Raven, and the treasures they wanted to carry with them, and returned safely back to the A-TEAM Inn.
Through me the way to the eternal pain,
Through me the way among the lost people,
Abandon every hope, ye that enter.
The annual Trollball tournament gave some action for the A-TEAM.
Did you read how the A-TEAM saved New Pavis with the Blue Bat HeroQuest?
Copyright © 1999-2005 by Kim Englund. All rights reserved. How to contact me. Last modified 01.01.2005.