On March 16th, while the orcish speaking missionaries and a handful of adventurers set out toward Gilded Falls for the Vernal Equinox festival, three adventurers return to the lizardfolk tomb Rovert and Agon found the week before:
- Rovert (TrS): Level 7 Human Magic-user (Death and Undead)
- Drej, Level 4 Psuedodragon Familiar
- Elf Eater Skeleton (Level 5)
- Mutated Elf Eater Zombie (Level 8)
- Zengiff, Talking Rock
- Osiris (CoB): Level 6 Elf Magic-user (Life and Death)
- Conan (MiM): Level 5 Elf Vampire Magic-user (Fire and Wind)
- Scar, Level 4 Hawk Familiar
Rovert is able to lead them back to the tomb and they cautiously enter. Nothing surprising confronts them all the way to the room where they previously combated the fungus infested zombies where Conan burns the bodies with a fireball.
Climbing through the hole Agon cut through the door, they find no more enemies in the sarcophagus chamber and take a minute to ship away the mortar around the doors to let Rovert’s wolves through. Spots of mushrooms grow throughout the chamber with huge nests of them occupying alcoves on each side where the zombies emerged from. After a quick survey, they decide to have Conan torch the room with two more fireballs and a fire spray.
In the sarcophagi, they find more mushroom covered lizardfolk zombies, which Osiris obliterates with life damaging spells. Conan blows some more spell points purging the empty sarcophagi of fungus before they, finding it strange that neither body had any adornment, begin searching the room for secret passages.
Osiris soon finds that one of the sarcophagi can be pushed aside and they shift it to reveal a descending tunnel pocked with fungal clusters. Conan casts a fireball down it, consuming all the mushrooms up to the corner on the edge of their light. Conan leads the way down and finding more fungus around the corner burns it (singing himself) as well before proceeding to a door.
Through the door is a short passage to another door, this passage particularly infested with the ubiquitous fungi. They all step back for Conan to throw another fireball down the hall to the passage and when they return to investigate they find the some behind the door survived, which his sprays down with fire (at this point his Spell Points are dwindling).
Through the next door, Conan finds another large sarcophagus room with a great deal of fungus in it. Still very leery of the mushrooms after what they did to Rovert’s wolf the week before, they have Conan fill the whole room with a larger fire ball, Osiris slamming the door as soon as he finishes the spell. They wait a while for the heat to leech away before opening the door to find the room charred and devoid of growths. In two alcoves they find some irrecoverable scrolls still smoldering with the fire, but no sign of fungus in the alcoves or behind the dragon statue or sarcophagi.
With Osiris poised to stab with a life damage encharged arrow, Rovert opens one of the sarcophagi, dodging back from the clawing undead only to be struck by a beam that restrains him while he fights off petrification. Osiris stabs his arrow and runs, leaving Rovert to be attacked by the rising, crowned and jewelry laden cap zombie (apparently a female lizardfolk from what they can see through the fungal growth). Her claws have gauntlets one them, one of them delivering a poison and the other burning with magical fire. Conan steps up and hurls two fire gouts, one striking the wall behind her and the other immolating her as Rovert shakes off the petrification.
While Conan purges the fungus in the sarcophagus and collects the gauntlets and jewelry, Rovert attempts to remove the magical stone that struck him with the petrification beam. After a few close calls fighting off the effects of the stone, after accidentally touching it in his attempts to break the stone holding it, he decides to use concussive magic to break it out. His spell breaks the stone teeth, but also the magical stone within, releasing an explosion that subjects them all to the effects. Osiris and Rovert manage to resist it, but Conan is not so lucky, soon turning to a statue of solid stone.
Despite Rovert’s contrition, they open the other sarcophagus and kill the staked down undead therein. With no treasure on that undead, and Rovert’s sword assessing it to be most likely a consort of the queen in the other sarcphagus, they surmise that there must be more hidden parts of the tomb, but they find no hidden doors in this chamber.
With great effort, they lift Conan’s stone form onto Rovert’s six-legged zombie wolf and carry him from the tomb, rushing as fast as the wolf can go through the night to catch Agon on his way to orc lands. They find him breaking camp with the others North of Kite. Agon uses his Tome of Knowledge to learn and record a cure for the petrification. Rovert recognizes that the most particular ingredient he and Gorg found in the elven bunker and it was kept by Gorg. They rest a while and return by night to Citadel, arriving Wednesday morning where they buy two ounces of basilisk egg shell powder from Gorg and solicit Jared to make the concoction. He finishes it by evening and they cure Conan.
With him cured, they are able to distribute loot, Rovert kicking in some money to outbid Osiris for the fire-claw gauntlet and Osiris bidding all his shares on the poison delivery gauntlet, leaving all of the value of the jewelry to Conan.
I expected this dungeon to be pretty quick and good way for them to get XP, but that petrification trap really threw them for a loop. I guess they’ll get to the real combat encounters on their next visit.