After harvesting some Minotaur horns and delicious meat, we make our way down the south passage and come across a 5-way intersection.
We continue into the south hallway and attempt to rest for the night. Rhad regurgitates his magic eye, and in a trance, sends it to look ahead. Moments later he jolts awake with a snarl and looks around wildly as an elderly person does. He tells us about his eyes short journey.
“Ahead I see some old mining equipment. There is an elevator shaft here, and at the top, the cave opens up and there are dead kobolds laying all over the place. Back down the elevator shaft and continuing on, I see a 5-way intersection. To the west is a collapsed tunnel, and a smaller more recent tunnel covered with warnings in every language. They say* “GO BACK” “NONE RETURN” “DANGER” "WARNING"*. Shortly down this danger path, everything begins to distort and fade in and out. Pulsing. Twisting. A ghostly figure rounds the corner and looks right at me! It shrieks and the pulsing gets stronger. The twisting gets stronger. I lost my connection and awoke here."
We decide to take a nap. I take first watch. After 2 hours I start to hear a constant rubbing sound on the stone floor. Snake. Coming from the south. I wake everyone and skulk towards the sound. At the 5 way intersection, I pause against the wall and listen. I can tell by the sound that this is a very large snake. I can actually hear the tongue flicking through the air. Massive Snake! I take one of my minotaur backstraps and silently hurl it across the intersection. The meat thuds across the ceiling and lands in one of the adjacent hallways. With a whoosh the snake lunges down the hall towards the bait and the sound fades away. Sasha takes second watch. I wake up an hour later to a flash of light and Ephalia screaming and kicking on the floor with some kind of Ochre Jelly on her feet. Rhad has all kinds of things shoved in his nose and Sasha appears to have been just twirling around in the dark the whole time. Rhad sneezes out whatever was in his nose and throws a firebolt which burns and blackens the jelly-like burnt sugar. More jelly is shooting out of the wall cracks. Sasha trumpets a party bubble inside the jelly and it blows out just like that time at Darren’s house. Since you can’t really stab or slice jelly, I decided to improvise. I pulled out a few of my vials containing an unknown black fluid and hurl it at the flames. As I suspected the black stuff was highly flammable. The jelly is engulfed in flames and really seems to hate it. Ephalia slices through the jelly with her flame swords causing a bit more fire damage. Yet another jelly arm shoots out at Ephalia and Rhad launches another fire bolt. Sasha trumpets out another party that misses and causes the wall to vibrate with a bass drop. I throw another vial at the wall above the flames. The fire is now raging and the hallway is filling up with a black acrid smoke. Ephalia scoops up the last of that one with flame swords and flings it away. Rhad shoots a firebolt at the last one coming out of the wall and all of the remaining jelly stops moving. I dump out one of my clear jelly vials and take a sample of this new Ochre Jelly. When the two kinds touch each other there is some kind of chemical reaction. Further investigation will be required. We give up on our nap and head back to the hexperiment so we can get some piece and quiet. While we are there we speak to the new guy in charge of hexperiment operations. Rhad and Sasha talk to him about weapon enchantments while I consult Torch Sword and the dark texts. Rhad joins me and we discover notes written by someone who worked under The Stirling Potente. We come across an entry describing an unexpected variable which is referred to as a Pathophage.
“We should have anticipated this, given the amount of suffering and emotion generated by the StoneHell Experiment, but it was never taken into the calculations… We will begin devising a plan for dealing with this…”
After a long rest we head back into the depths to find this ghost. We head down the south passages and come to the area with the rotting smell. Ahead we hear deep voices. I skulk ahead and listen. Sounds like they are digging around for food. Torch sword does not detect giants and again complains about his name. I put him away. Likely ogres or something. We can hear them talking about how they angered the Verillia. There are 3 of them and they sound dumb. Definitely ogres. We form a plan and I sneak in to flank them. In the darkness, I trip on something gross and one of the ogres grab my leg feeling around. I play it cool and they let go and continue digging in the filth. I get into position and begin to charge the Serpant Manus. The ground shakes as the rest of the crew rushes in with lights and weapons drawn. As soon as light enters the room I lunge forward and sink my power claws into the back of creature’s spine. The charged energy blade pulses and erupts from his chest like a flat shovel made of lightning, sending ionized gore across the room. The remains slump over to join the pile of rot, and with a croak, I leap into position for a second attack. Rhad creates an illusion that causes the remaining two to neel down in fear. Ephalia then runs up and executes one of them in cold blood. The last survivor runs away in terror but is halted by Sasha’s sleep spell and drops to his knees. We convince him that we work for the Verillia and attempt to interrogate him but he turns himself into stone. While everyone argues what to do next, I break his head off and prepare it for transport. He will regret this. We continue on and approach the danger ghost tunnel. With a deep breath we follow with Rhad in the lead. I feel pulsing in my guts as if there is a raging party going on. Rhad and Sasha get sick from it but we continue on. the pulsing finally starts to fade out and we begin to pass more mining equipment. Suddenly my vision starts to fade to black. no light can be seen and it feels like I am unconscious. I can’t tell if I am walking or not and I lose track of my sense of self and time. Suddenly I find myself and we are all wearing rags and carrying picks and shovels. I have my hand?! Sasha is carrying a lantern with a bag around her belt. I attempt to put on my magic ring even though I can not see it and it has no effect. All of our old equipment is gone…. so I guess we are miners now.