BAND OF IRONS

A talking skeleton?

The torture chamber is a standard affair of rack, manacles on the wall, fire pit (cold) with iron pokers in it. There is a table with pincers and forceps and small knives clamps and so on…..But what is interesting is there is a complete skeleton hanging from the manacles on one wall.

Some are drawn to the skeleton right away as the bones should not be together. The skeleton moves slightly and then speaks startling the group. “I will not give in no matter how long it takes” the skeletons head raises, its jaw moving, yet there is no tongue or anything that would indicate it was capable of speech.

The party attempts to engage the skeleton. “Who are you?” and “Why are you here?” At first it seems the skeleton is answering their questions with various statement s of defiance, like “You will never break me!” and “I shall hold out for as long as it takes” Poking and prodding the skeleton does nothing but bring more statements of defiance. The party finds the keys and unfastens the manacles. The skeleton continues to stand there, its arms in the air as if it were still manacled, still making defiant statements.

There are 3 more cell doors to the back of the chamber. 2 are empty and one holds a shimmering blob in the shape of a Kuo Toa. Appearing as pink tinged jelly sculpture, the Kuo Toa moves slightly shuffling in the cell. Speculating that the Kuo toa has been eaten by some sort of slime or jelly they blast at it with fire magic through the door opening.

Finding nothing more they retreat back to the larger hallway.

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Prison and Torture chamber?

The party takes the small hallway that leads away from them. There is an old metal frame set into the rock, with broken hinges. two stout iron doors lie on the floor as if someone battered them down. There are no smash marks on the doors though.

Behind the doors are 10 cells. 4 iron doors with close-able view slits to each side every 5 feet. After some investigation it is found that each cell is 5×10. Past the bank of cells is a larger room that looks to be a torture chamber. Manacles, a rack and a few other obligatory items of torture are inside, but first the cells….

3 cells have the words -———————————————————written on the rear wall in large script. Investigation lets the group find that there is some sort of silence spell cast on these cells. they are utterly quiet inside. “That is where you’d keep a magic used” says Vinny thinking that no spells with verbal components could be cast from within.

3 cells have the words -———————————————————written on the rear wall in large script.
Inside the investigators find paranoia. There is some force that causes entrants to feel as if they are being watched, and that someone is behind them. The feeling ends when the cell is vacated

3 cells have the words -———————————————————written on the rear wall in large script. Inside the investigators find cacophony. The noise of a thousand voices all at once, howling winds and hammers of anvils smash into the eardrums. The sound can not be heard outside the cell and is only heard when you step inside.

There is a final cell. the brittle remains of a once nice bed with overstuffed pillows and blankets are within The words -———————————————————written on the rear wall in large script. Investigation finds a sense of peace within this last cell.

Next down teh hallway is a torture chamber and something is moving in there….

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Large Hallway Found

The rest of the party is slowly wandering and exploring the hallways. Kvothe and Vinny move silently and stealthily, as Storm and Helm move behind them . The complex, all carved from eh grey rock studded with small red crystals giving off faint light is well worked and old. They find a few more storerooms and a mess hall, a barracks is found with a few of the beds looking to have been used more recently. Everything is old and covered in dust, shows signs of some investigation in the past, picked over years ago.

The group finds a huge hallway 35 feet across and 30 feet high it intersects the complex. 5 ft diameter simple columns, carved like a mass of tentacles, run down the length of the center every 10 feet.

To their left 20 feet from them, is a smaller opening, noise and voice murmurs come from down it
To their right, 90 feet down there is a huge statue of the 3 eye god, a red brazier burning fiercely at its feet
Across the way, half way down the corridor it looks as though someone tunneled in here.

They sneak to the small opening first, 10 feet wide of well carved old tunnel. The floor is dotted with trip wires, not connected to traps, but just trip wires. It would be difficult to move down the passage quickly. 90 feet down there is some sort of arrow slit wall, bunker, shadows of guards can be seen. It woudl be dangerous to head down this corridor.

They sneak along the close wall, no line of sight to the guard house. The 3 eye god statue is large, reaching the ceiling. Its tentacles holding up the roof acting like a huge column. Beyond it the hall narrows to 20 foot wide with 4 entrances having red curtains over them on the left side and two thick wooden doors on the right. There is also a small 10 foot hall that used to have two large iron doors set in it, the doors now laying on the ground, that heads off of the main hall.

They sneak carefully to the tunneled broken opening. Clearly someone tunneled in here, moving back into it Tiberious proclaims the work to be dwarven or gnome,. There are several short tunnels and the remains of an ore cart track. The tunnel is collapsed and Tiberious thinks it was intentional and from this side.

They move back to the smaller hallway behind the statue….

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Tiberious Executes

The party has been accustomed to Tiberious religious ramblings, they have even begin to get used to his grisly and reckless dispatching of evil creatures especially Drow. Tiberious tells Turok what is going to happen to the two Drow captives, who have up to this point been mostly defiant.

Tiberious begins a few minutes of prayer,

Pholtus, the One True Way is a strict path, but guarantees greatness. Show no tolerance for those who do not give all for the cause of Law, Fanaticism in the name of the Blinding Light is praiseworthy, and Law’s champions shall be rewarded in the era when chaos has been vanquished

Turok is holding one drow firmly who strains against his bindings, as Tiberious’ voice rises in angry prayer, he asks Pholtus to accept these Drow souls as payment for his own sins. The Drow now know their lives are soon to end. Tiberious violently cleaves the back of one of the Drow’s head with his axe, as Turok holds the other, forcing him to watch, blood spraying them both.

Turok’s Drow is now terrified as Tiberious turns, wipes blood from his beard and asks the Drow if he will accept the lord of light, the god of unbending law, Pholtus, as his savior, and spend the rest of his days doing so.

The Drow meekly agrees, Tiberious says “of course you will” Tiberious nods and Turok snaps the Drow’s neck “the rest of your days are up” Tiberious says softly. They carry the Drow to the pit toilets and throw them in, but not before Tiberious has removed an ear from each.

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A few quick fights and captives

The Drow patrol wanders right among the spread out party, from the front and back the 2 Drow males are dispatched quickly. These two Drow had nice grey cloaks on and more NOQUAR horse head pins. What loot can be gathered from their bodies is tossed in the portable hole, the bodies are moved to the latrine and thrown into the pit toilet, something may be moving down in the pit toilet, better not think about it.

Tiberious ritualistic removal of a Drow ear from each one that he had a hand in killing had not really bothered most of the party, their Chaotic or nuetral nature not generally opposed to his gristly trophy hunting.

The party finds another storeroom, the general layout of this complex is that of a “ladder” where the rungs and sides are hallways with the space between “rungs” are rooms.

Two more Drow are coming down the hallway, they are males and dressed similar to the first two. Tiberious sets an ambush and these two are quickly subdued and tied up, moved into one of the storerooms for interrogation

Tiberious is at the head of the interrogation, intimidation and occasionally letting Vinny use his smarmy charisma on them in a Good Cop Bad Cop type of work. “What house do you serve?” Tiberious threatens the Drow who look puzzled. After several minutes of betterment and threats Tiberious seems to have a good idea about the set up of this place.

1-Outcast male Drow and outcast Grey Dwarves (Duergar), have been set up in this area for some time.
2-The area is a small settlement, which functions on trading and entertainment (whorehouse and betting on fighting in the arena)
3-They aren’t allied with any larger settlement or house. They operate as a small independent collective

Tiberious then turns is attention to questions about Sterrcus. Sterccus had invited Kvothe to come here with a note, but Sterccus had not been seen since the encouter in the Lost Temple many weeks ago. Tiberious Learns that.

1-The original outpost was little more than a rabble of Drow and Dwarves clumped together for protection. They burrowed caves into the rock tower.
2-Sterccus showed up and provided leadership. Organized building of the wall and adding structures. Now they live in the homes/town aroudn the tower.
3-Sterccus lives in the mansion on the other side of the tower of rock
4-Under Sterccus leadership the collective has thrived especially in the last few years.

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Look more Drow

While the group rests they are all troubled by dreams. They are all able to get rested, but it is a bit uneasy. Turok the barbarian still feels not 100%. His mouth is dry and tastes of dust. Helm uses all his healing cantrips on Turok, yet Turok still is still a bit ill.

The group looks over the red crystal door. Tiberious feels that one of the indentations is a cross section of a sword, and one of the indentations is surly the beak of an owl bear, something they already have. There is also a round hole smooth with wax, “candle that produces no light” maybe an unlit candle goes here?

they head up the tunnel. Someone clearly bored into this temple from further inside the rock tower, as they are headed toward its center. 50 feet in and the tunnel ends in a corridor. The Corridor runs perpendicular to the tunnel, its walls smooth and well carved from the native rock, more of the small red crystals studding the walls and providing faint light.

To the right is an open room, once 30 feet wide with a 10 foot ceiling it is piled high with broken rock and debris, most likely the cuttings from the tunnel that the party just came from. The debris is piled to the ceiling, and from wall to wall. They can estimate that the room was once 30×30 as there would be 500 cubic feet of rock removed from the 50 × 10 tunnel.

To the left the corridor continues for 30 feet and then T’s. There is a door set in the wall, made from old but sturdy wood. Creeping to the T, Tiberious heads to the right, Vinny to the left and Storm tries the door.

To the left the passage turns back upon itself and ends in a 20×20 room that looks and smells like a latrine. Benches with holes are on the far wall, are most likely pit toilets. In addition several buckets filled with water and rags are strewn about, and a large polished metal mirror is hung on one wall. Cool air wafts up from the holes carrying the smell of excrement and decay. One of the benches is hinged, looking like you could raise it to throw larger stuff into the pit.

To the right is an alcove and a door, the alcove has a large stone statue of the 3 eyes 6 arm humanoid set back in it. Inside looks like a temple or meeting room. 10 stone pews sit in front of a raised dais. The corridor continues and T’s back to the right having doors set on each wall.

As Storm looks over what appears to be a storeroom with broken boxes scattered about, the others see two male Drow turn the corner in front of them, maybe a patrol the 2 are walking casually, their weapons holstered and not noticing as the party ducks back….

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Owl Bear attack! And then its nap time

The Owl Bear Skeleton rushes at the group but stumbles as it extricates itself from the blood pool, the party is on it with full initiative. Axes, Swords and Magic make quick work of it as its futile attempts to claw and bite are rebuffed by Tiberious’ shield bash, it is quickly reduced to nothing but a bloody pile of bones.

The group looks the room over. The towering statue of the 3 eye-6 arm humanoid stands stoically in the pool of blood from where the Owl Bear skeleton came. There is a cut hole in the wall, with a 10 foot wide passage extending beyond. Tiberious investigates and indicates that indeed someone with a good ability of stone cutting tunneled in here, “surely gnomes or dwarves” he says.

Most curious though is a faint red glowing door. The 5×10 door looks to be made of the same red crystal that dots the walls. On the door, in bronze inlay is a poem, under the poem there are several indentations that look to correspond to verses in the poem. It looks as though 5 items need to be gathered and placed in the openings, like keys.

Copper letters set into the glowing red crystal door

This road you cannot travel, unless these words you do unravel
Bring to me a ring which you can not wear
A sharpened word you can not swear
Light produced not from this candle
for a door without a handle
A beak that rests within the flood
of blood of blood of blood of blood
Rest and dream without sleeping
Hold in tight, without keeping
A halfling lantern glowing red,
but its owner must be dead

The group is weary from its travel here, many spell slots and Storms shape change ability have been used up. They have already fought several battles. Watches are set as the group moves away from the tunnel opening and affixes a noise maker trap just inside it. They settle in for a rest, several members closing their eyes and falling asleep with exhaustion.

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The Temple Doors

The Tunnel is 100 feet long, 50 feet wide, 30 feet high, lit by the 4 red braziers which are producing a 7 foot tall flame that seems to burn without heat, only bright red light. Shadows flicker through the dozen columns on each side of a small trench that allows blood from the blood pond to flow under the large bronze doors at the end of the tunnel

The Doors are 5 feet wide and 15 feet tall. Each has a visage of the 3 eye, 6 tentacle humanoid sculpted in them. Tiberious is studying the figure in the door, “we don’t know who or what this is yet” he says ominously. The channel full of blood goes under the center of the doors, the group is looking them over for traps. With no discernible traps the doors are tugged on, the doors open outward.

Inside is an immense room, several huge red flame braziers light it to the party’s left is a HUGE statue of the 3 eye, 6 tentacle being. It is 30 feet tall and its head about touches the ceiling. The ceiling is vaulted, the room roughly square 50×50. It stands in a pool of blood, recessed into the floor. The channel of blood leads from the doorway, takes an angle and leads to the pool in which the statue stands.

There is a huge red burning brazier directly in front of the group, the room is lit bright red like a brilliant sunset due to this 5 foot diameter and 10 foot high burning fire. On the far wall is a pile of rubble and a hole, looking as though someone dug into this room from somewhere beyond.

On the right wall is a large door. This one of the dull glowing red crystal material that is so predominant in this temple….the group moves cautiously inside wary of the flame, thinking of another batch of Hellhounds…..

But the threat does not rise from the brazier, a shout brings the attention to the blood pool around the statue, a HUGE skeleton has stood up from the pool, an OWL BEAR skeleton, it rushes at the group it beak snapping and sloughing off blood.

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HellHound Attack!

While one of the dogs tries to flank the party, the other charge straight into the fray. Torok again tries to jump on a column, and fails miserably, sliding down rather than climbing up. Vinny readies himself for the charging dog, intending on baiting it like a matador. As the dog rushes Vinny, the other characters take cover behind the columns, some trying to stab at the hound as it goes by rushing Vinny.

The dog stops and a long cone of fire rolls from its mouth at Vinny, (a MISS!) as Vinny side steps the fire and again baits the hound. Turok tries again to scramble up a column, and again fails, sliding down as if the column were greased (lousy rolling)

Ice Bolts lash at the first hound as it charges Vinny who is easily able to step aside. To the other side of the blood trench, half the party has gone to face the flanking hound. Tiberious’ axe strikes it then bashes it with his shield as the hounds fiery breath is deflected.

Vinny strikes at the hound he has baited as it rushes past him, he was attempting to get it to plunge into the blood pool, but was able to hit it with a mighty blow. More Ice bolts from Storm strike it, it is now visibly slowed to a crawl and is finished off, bursting in a cloud of black smoke. Vinny has rushed to the others who are battling the last hound.

This time Vinny is successful as the second hound chases him matador style. As he leaps out of the way the hound falls from the edge of the pier into the blood pool, steam rising from its body. It tries to scramble up onto the pier but is an easy mark for ranged weapons, its body dissolving in a hiss of steam and ash.

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Over to the Temple of Blood

The group now reunited descends to the blood pond. A large central opening rises at least 100 feet above them. It is dotted with 3 openings at various heights that were “balconies” from cave rooms they had descended through. Up highest was where the blood poured off and they fought the mummies.

The Blood pool has 5 rough red crystal columns, 3 feet in diameter and 5 and 10 feet high sticking at odd angles up out of the blood, they glow like “emergency lighting” giving a faint red light to everything around. All the walls are doted as well with small glowing red crystals.

They are standing on a small ledge that sticks out into the blood pool. Across from them is a tunnel like entrance to what looks to be some sort of temple. A 50 foot wide “pier” juts 40 feet out into the blood pond. 6 Carved columns that look to have once supported a roof, now long gone, stick up like fingers from the “pier”

The “pier” leads into a 30 foot high tunnel, from which a brighter red glow spills forth. The columns continue inside to the roof of the carved tunnel. There is a 2 foot wide channel cut into the floor so the blood can flow into the tunnel from the pond.

Vinny again uses his grapple and rope to swing across, Turok tries leaping to a column and fails miserable falling into the blood with a splash. As soon as he hits the blood figures rise from it, skeletons! The skeletons are a frightening sight as blood drips from their bones, but the party is sufficiently powerful enough that the 6 undead guardians are quickly dispatched.

The group slogs across the blood pond that turns out to be about 2 feet deep. All are wet with blood save Vinny, and with Turok being entirely covered. The group spreads out investigating the blood channel and the columns, moving cautiously back into the immense tunnel that is 50 feet wide and 30 feet high, its cieling supported by twin rows of columns every 10 feet

Once inside the tunnel the group can see 2 huge bronze doors at the far end of the tunnel, about 100 feet away. There are 2 huge braziers set in the wall in which an eerie red flame burns to each side of the door, and another two halfway down on each side of the tunnel, which is lit with a brighter red than the rest of the cave. .

As the group advances the braziers to the right and left in the tunnel glow bright and the flames roll like and explosion, jumping out of the fire are two immense black hounds, fire licking at their mouths and their eyes glowing bright red , they turn and rush at the party…..

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