On February 16th, Year 5, the Citadel House Adventurers became worried about Rovert, who had been asking around about the elven facility in the blight the Nekolyns were asking about. Not having seen him all week, some worry for his well being and others worry what evil he might be exercising in the ancient lab. Still others were simply interested in whatever was going on.
- Rovert (TrS): Level 6 Human Magic-user (Death and Undead)
- Drej, Level 4 Psuedodragon Familiar
- Dohasan, Level 1 Centaur Herbalist
- Randall (HuS): Level 6 Human Druid
- Oliver, Level 6 Fox Companion
- Rowan (MiM): Level 3 Elf Magic-User (Death and Life)
- Ale’filia (DaS): Level 2 Elf Cleric of the Living Water
- Warren (CoS): Level 1 Dwarf Fighter
The weather has been nice and the roads are clear. By evening on the 16th, the rescue party arrives at the blight, where the Nekolyns inform them that their companions entered a week before and have not been seen since, though the ground has shaken and a sinkhole opened. They spend the night with the Nekolyns before entering.
Tuesday morning, they go out to the elven facility at the center of the greatly reduced blight. Randall flies over the sink hole and can see it goes down 20 feet or so into darkness. They enter, finding Rovert, Gorg, and Dohasan waiting for them. Rowan heals Rovert, restoring his eye to full function, and they head down into the facility, leaving Gorg behind.
They follow the spiral down into the afternoon, arriving in the jungle cave that the tunneling facsimile crashed through days before. Despite believing that the plants are hostile, they go down into the jungle, following the facsimile that Rovert is desperate to retrieve. The plants leave them be, but they have to avoid a section of deep mud. Eventually, they find a small tunnel that the facsimile apparently crashed down. They continue to follow until the tunnel opens on another cave where they are attacked by spider-folk, most of which have bows.
The dice are against Rovert in this battle and Drej is nearly shot down before retreating, as is Dohasan. At one point, Rovert falls to the ground trying to avoid arrows and is stabbed. Ale’filia, who had been staying out of the battle and calling for withdrawal, runs out to heal him. Meanwhile, Rowan and Warren find the spiders too elusive to damage, Roverts spectral bear is destroyed by a ray of frost, and Randall lands (as a falcon) near the leader to pantomime that they don’t mean to harm them. The leader communicates back, gesturing for them to leave and Randall orders a retreat, leaving one of the Tuv badges with the leader.
They pull out, returning through the jungle to where they entered (Randall collecting specimen as they go) and climb out. They return to the Vale, where Gorg and Rovert sell wine, gems, and other trinkets they found and divy up a significant amount of coinage and magic trinkets.
They had no idea they were getting into the underdark. Luckily for them, target priority spared the low level characters for the most part and everyone made it out alive.