With their hand carts (one built in Ilgrinds workshop and one jerryrigged from a mine cart) loaded to the brim with loot from the mine, the party sets out on their five day walk to the surface. They expect the way to be clear, having battled two seemingly settled creatures on their way down. They are:
- Doane Six (ByW): Level 7 Nekolyn Monk
- Lamila (BiW): Level 7 Half-Orc, Half-Elf Fighter
- Benquil: Level 2 Spider Monkey Animal Companion
- Lucifer “Lucy” Underfoot (RiH): Level 7 Halfling Bard
- Gelda Roughsole: Level 4 Halfling Thief Follower
- Eymen Hunyadi: Level 3 Drow Padfoot Follower
- Rav Lugulu: Level 3 Goblin Chemist Follower
- Hilderek Ferlwinkle: Level 3 Gnome Tinker Follower
- Alfred (JaH): Level 7 Human Thief
On the third day, Hilderic reports seven lizardfolk-like creatures ahead that are aware of their approach. The party engages, Lamila quickly cuts down most of them and Doane shoots a couple, but they hesitate to attack the last, which is seemingly dancing to Lucy’s battle song. When a flaming cyclone erupts from it, they realize the dance had another purpose.
Seeing this, Lamila smashes the great of the nearest one open, looking for crystals, calling for Alfred to help her. Doane, meanwhile, shoots the dancing one in the leg, causing it to fall and stopping the cyclone.
Lamila approaches the fallen lizard, attempting to soothe it in elvish as it heals itself using a fiery aura. She succeeds in calming it and it is soon moving among its fallen comrades, healing their wounds but not succeeding in raising them. It eventually lays down among their bodies in sadness. While Alfred prepares a syringe with a sedative to take the shaman lizard as a live specimen, Lamila steps a ways off and prays to Hilbrent, seeking his help. He provides little, but inspires her mind with the knowledge necessary for resurrection magic. Doane grows some berry bushes to keep them distracted.
Alfred injects the mourning lizard and it breathes fire in his face before fleeing, only to collapse a little ways down the tunnel. Lamila resurrects one of the other lizards and Lamila carries it and the sleeping shaman ahead while Alfred loads two other bodies onto one of the carts and they continue. They soon pass a tunnel not on their map and the awake lizard struggles to go free. They follow and return the shaman to a larger tribe of lizards in a steamy chamber. Doane leaves a couple of bushes for them and they return to the surface.
Back in Ilgrind’s workshop, they spend a few weeks prototyping Ilgrind’s airship; designing tranquilizer arrows, armor piercing mithril rounds, and speed reload clips for Doane’s revolvers; producing rifles, a shotgun, and more hollow point rounds; and sending Lamila, Doane, and Eymen to retrieve another load of mithril from the mine.
After the first flight of the airship, they prepare to leave Ilgrind for another expedition into the underdark, either to the crystals or the heart of magic spoken of in the gnomish records.
The Tyranny of Mundanity campaign is about to go look into some deep stuff. It could quickly accelerate to the end of the whole affair. That, or turn into a giant side quest for a while.