Chapter Four

From the Journal of Omega
18th Day of Dawntide, in the Year of the Lich 5237

I was awoken in the middle of the night by Idrathor. He was screaming “the body is gone, the body is gone”… well… there is only one body in the building that could be missing.. After we all went downstairs we found that Idrathor was telling the truth, Nadir’s body was missing. There were no drag marks around the table which means we can assume 1 of 2 things. Either the body was taken in the middle of the night, which is possible since the doors were not locked last night, or the body got up and walked out on its own volition. I do not know what happened but I really hope to find out one day. I just hope that when that day comes Nadir isn’t stronger and angry for what happened the last time we met.

We spent the rest of the day looking for where the body went. The group decided to check the church first since there was a good chance that if the body had been taken, he would be there. On our way to the church we heard moaning coming from a pile of bodies. Idrathor and Oog-rok moved bodies around and found one of the guardsmen that we saved back at the mayor’s house under the pile. He looked pretty bad.. I could see Izual grip slowly tightening around his life. That is.. until Idrathor healed him using the power of Tuyom… I am really going to struggle with this party… Izual grip was ripped from the man as he stood to his feet, his wounds stitched closed with this sickening power.

The guardsmen was instructed to gather the left over townsfolk and we would meet back up with them later with the intent of getting the survivors to the Capital. We entered the church and I led them up to the second level and we cleared the floor finding nothing. As we moved forward towards the third floor we found a small unit guarding the stairs. I actually got excited for a moment. If Nadir’s body was going to be in here, then what was left of the church would want to guard it. After we got rid of the few guards we went upstairs hoping to find Nadir’s body. Instead we found the High Priest sitting at the table with her two body guards on either side. She called me to her desk to talk and told me she could see that I had embraced the path of death however, it was not Izual’s path. I don’t know how this could be since I had been given a vision by Izual showing me the path I am on now. She also told me about my mother. She didn’t stay long though. She told her guards to attack us and used her ring to teleport out of the room.

It didn’t take long for us to dispatch the guards but after killing the first one, the second one tried to burn a book that was sitting on the desk with a spell. I saw it coming just in time and managed to kick the desk before she had the chance to burn it. We knocked the second guard unconscious and picked up the book. Neferiti read the book out loud to us while the others searched around looking for valuables. We got a lot of information from the book. It spoke more about my mother. She serves the Dracolich in the north as a high priest and it was her order that sent Nadir here. Nadir had vouched for me and convinced my mother that I would be of great service to the church but my mother really didn’t want anything to do with me.

While the party looked around the room they found some pretty interesting stuff. They found a cloak that almost turns you invisible, some money, a magical ring, and a bunch of other cool things. I don’t see any value in these items though. Why doesn’t my mother want me? I was still not able to find out who my father was either… No one knows?…. We took the unconscious guard back to the tavern to interrogate her for more info since we didn’t get a chance to acquire any before the priest disappeared. When we got back to tavern the left over towns people were there and when they saw me they wanted to attack me. The only man who could vouch for me was the guardsmen who wasn’t here right now. I’m used to being ostracized by these people by now, so this came as no surprise. Even after all I had done over the last couple of days, these people wanted to kill me. If it wasn’t for Neferiti I am sure I would have had to fight but she talked them down.

Neferiti asked for my help. She wanted to burn down her tavern. I guess since she could no longer find her brother, she didn’t want the memory of this place anymore. We gathered the rest of her valuables from the tavern and she lit her tavern up. As soon as the flame started I spread the flame using what little magic I have and we put that whole place on fire in a matter of seconds. The bodyguard awoke and we spent the next little while “interrogating” the bodyguard for information, just to make sure that all the info we got from the high priest was the truth. It was evident that we weren’t going to get a lot of info from this guard. She was nothing but a hired hand, she knew nothing. I had to put her out of our misery. We went to the blacksmith to gather a few supplies since we new we would need a few things for our journey ahead. After we stopped off at the blacksmith we went to the general merchant to grab a few things. No one was there so we helped ourselves. I am sure they will have no need for these things since these people are all leaving.

Our next stop is going to be the Gnomish mines. We are hoping to find out why the church wants to get their hands on whatever the gnomes have down there. I’ll write again when I find more time.

From the Journal of Darion
18th Day of Dawntide, in the Year of the Lich 5237

It was a long day; long fights, the death of Neferiti’s brother, the fight between the party members. After we finally got everyone settled down, I had hoped for some rest, but it wasn’t to be. It seems like I had just laid down to get some rest, when Idrathor came banging on my room door. We all gathered down stairs to find the body of Neferiti’s brother gone. In all the ruckus the night before, we didn’t lock the door it seems. We decided to look for him in the Temple.

We approached the Temple gates and saw the bodies of the town’s people who died fighting as a diversion for us, as well as the bodies of Temple people the town’s folk were able to kill. As we got closer, we heard moaning coming from under one of the piles of bodies. We approached ready to do battle with some ungodly undead creature but instead found the captain of the town guards, barely alive! Oog-Rok healed him (!?!? Right? The goblin who I thought was a warrior. I mean, he has proven himself a good companion and his shield has blocked many blows for all of the party members. But how can he heal? He uses a bladed weapon, I have never heard of a priest doing that. The only warrior that I know that can heal is a… No, he couldn’t be one of those, could he? Is it possible?) enough for the captain to come back from death’s door, barely.

We informed the captain of the on goings in the catacombs and the town. We also inform him that the only person we were able to rescue was the jeweler. He was devastated and stated, after we tried to get some information from him about the mine tunnels, that the town people needed to escape back to the capital. Idrathor healed him more and he made his way back to the town to start the preparations to evacuate the people.

We entered the Temple and made our way upstairs, with Omega leading us. The second floor held what turned out to be rooms for the monks, initiates, and guards. As we got to the end of the hall, that held the stairs to the top floor, we encountered more monks and a guard. During the battle, Oog-Rok’s shield (which he puts to good use) was damaged. After we finished the opposition, he found a shield the guard was using. At first, it seemed to be too large for him. But as he picked it up, it turned out to be magical as it changed size to fit his arm.

The next floor held an even amazing surprise. Oog-Rok snuck up the stairs and peeked into the next floor. He came scrambling down and then we heard a booming voice inviting us to come up stairs, so maybe he didn’t sneak that good. As we went upstairs, we found ourselves in some kind of admin room with three priestesses behind a desk. One of these turned out to be the High Priestess of the Temple. She talked with Omega and revealed that she was his Aunt and his mother wouldn’t be happy with his turning against the Temple (and I thought I had family problems). She stated that Neferiti’s brother had wanted to bring him back to the Temple, to make him come back to the Temple’s way of thinking. After some discussion between Omega and the High Priestess (in which she disclosed that the Gnomes had some kind of magic the Dracolich was interested in), she used a ring to teleport (?) away after telling the other two priestesses to take care of us.

We were able to take out the priestesses without too much issue. During the battle, one of them attempted to destroy a journal on the desk but we were able to save a portion of it. We knocked one of the priestesses unconscious to try and interrogate her for information. After the fight Neferiti read the journal; it turned out to be the High Priestess’ and gave us a lot information about the actions of the Temple. We also were able to find a few magical items (Idrathor cast a detect spell); a cloak, a ring, and a pearl. I attuned myself to the Pearl and was able to determine it was a Pearl of Power that would restore a magical spell to its user.

Idrathor took the ring and tried to attune himself to it but couldn’t figure what it did. He went downstairs to attempt to find out what it did by using it. I watched him from the safety of the top of the stairs, it was quite amusing watching him waving his arms around. I finally got bored and went down and took a look at the ring to try and help him see what it was used for. We came to the consensus that it had something to do with water. I got a bucket and filled it with water. (It might or might not have been a privy bucket!!) I called Idrathor over and dunked his head under the water and held it to see if he could breathe under water, he couldn’t. I was disappointed, but felt it was good revenge on his stupid antics. He wasn’t too happy, but he did try putting his foot in the bucket and discovered his foot could stand on the water.

We discovered a chest with some trinkets, gold, and a lot of silver. We gathered up all the items we had found and the chest and made our way back to the town. Carrisa and Idrathor went to get Carrisa’s father from this hiding place. When we made it back to Neferiti’s inn, there was a crowd of surviving towns people gathered and they were not too happy seeing Omega, who was still dressed in his Temple garb. Neferiti, and the guard captain when he appeared, talked them down. We offered the silver to help the people survive when they made it back to the Capital. I went to find the town blacksmith (dragging Oog-Rok with me, because he has a habit of saying things that did not help. He was also wearing expensive looking priest vestments we had found in the Temple. At least it made him easier to drag!!) to get armor we had stripped from some of the Temple guards repaired.

We regrouped, they did something with the priestess (I didn’t ask) but she wasn’t there any longer, by the in and determined we would head to the Gnome tunnels. We decided to stock up before we, and the town’s people, left. We bought items from the blacksmith (we could’ve waited to just take the things, but he needed the money more than we did). We found the provisioner had already packed up and abandoned his/her store, so we took what we needed, that we could find and left.

Idrathor disclosed that he knew of tunnels that led down to the Starless Vaults (!!!) and thought that they may lead us to the Gnomes easier than the mine tunnels. We headed out of town, discussing which way we would go. I am not over joyed with the thought of venturing into the Starless Vault tunnels! Everyone knows of the dangers and evils that lurk down there. Even if we don’t venture too far, we could still encounter creatures from there.

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