Dale Thorndale,Eli Ivory,OVallah Wyldmane,Soroku,Zentis are present.
The party heads south along the only unexplored corridor on this floor. the first room they come to contains a bed, a small oak table, a wooden chair, wooden footlocker and a pile of papers. The table has been toppled over, the chair has been smashed into pieces, the footlocker has been broken open, the papers are scattered over the floor, and the bed covers are smeared with blood. A search reveals nothing of importance in the room.
The next room is on the left hand side. Walking into the room they see Five double bunk beds in the room. At the foot of each bed are two footlockers. On the east wall something was scrawled but its too far to make out clearly due to a red stain.
The footlockers are all empty. The writing on the wall says “BEWARE OF TRAVIS”, the red smear was from a human that had been killed and thrown at the sign, You assume that it was Travis that was killed.
Soroku found a secret door across the hall from the Barrack’s. They see a small room. The only furniture in the room is a wooden stool. There is a small spy hole in the secret door that lets someone inside the room see the corridor outside. A rope bell pull hangs from a hole in the ceiling. a good search reveals nothing else in the room, and they elect to Not ring the bell.
Continuing south down the hall they come to another door on the right hand side, opening it up they see 10 stone statues that appear to have been dummy’s that ceremonial armor would have been placed upon. On the walls were empty weapon hooks, again enough to outfit ten guardsmen.
They go up some stairs and continue south until the corridor turns west. As soon as they turn the corner there is a door, opening it they see that…
..a small bed of fresh straw lies in the northwestern corner of this room. A wooden plate, a pair of eating knives, and a bronze wine goblet rests on a table in the center of the room. Under the table is a wooden bowl filled with meat. Several old tapestries have been hung from the walls, and bits of fur and other types of floor coverings form a makeshift carpet. A lit lantern hangs over the table.
The bed is askew, and there is a stone pried up with a chest sized hole in the ground beneath the false stone.
They continue west down the corridor and find a door leading to the south this time. Directly across the room from the door in the north wall is a huge wooden table. Behind it is set an ornately carved wooden chair. On the table is a candlestick, a feathered quill pen and several (8) blank pieces of parchment.
A hidden door is found in the SW corner of the room, disarming a trap and unlocking it, they go down a hallway and come to another room. This room holds ten double bunk bed’s. There are twenty dead human-like creatures that look like a combination of animals and men. Despite their weird looks, they creatures are all wearing the uniforms of palace guards. The uniforms do not however fit properly. The bodies are also stacked up in a corner of the room. All weapons and armor have been taken from them.
Going back out to the long hallway they follow it another 60 feet west and come to a fork. They choose the left fork and come into a room with a dozen jail cells branching off it. In the room they see two large apes with white fur dieing to spear thrusts from the kobolds that they sent ahead of them.
Two of the kobolds remain behind to skin the large apes while the other squad and half trot off to the north, to clear the way for the party. They leave a chest behind, Opening it the elves see the following..
..1000 Capul’s, 500 Seran’s, 250 Guilder’s in coin there is also a pair of small silver dragon statues, There is also a small black piece of silk cloth wrapped up on top of the coins. Unfolding the silk reveals a jewelers Monocle, 2 Small blue stones, 1 large green stone, 2 tiny red stones, 1 gold ring with “DB” Engraved on the inside of the band, and 1 silver ring with tiny pieces of rose quarts and amethyst.
The Elves head north following after the kobolds troops. They come to a cave filled with piles of the strange statues. After smashing a few statues and not finding anything of value they continue north for another 50’ before turning east then south for about 40’ entering a cavern roughly 30’ by 20’ containing the dead bodies of five of the kobolds and some yellow fungus that is burning, but not producing any smoke. They wait for the fire to go out then go east coming to some stairs the elves come across the kobolds, afraid of going up the stairs.
The Elves snicker and head up the stairs as Ovallah goes up he notices a cunningly hidden trap, he leans down to disarm it, moments later a pair of wicked looking blades swing down crashing into each other a scant few inches from his nose.
He continues onward and up he stairs keeping to the shadows coming eventually to a small room. In the center of the room were three human-like reptiles with short tails, long legs, and a spiny “Comb” on their heads and arms. They were headed up the next set of stairs.
The Elves gain surprise on the strange beings and manage to kill them rather handily. Going up the stairs they come to yet another room, this one with a ladder up to the ceiling in the center of the room.
This room is higher then the surrounding countryside so that guards could look out on the surrounding land when standing watch. There are windows in the west and south walls. They notice that the red glow still surrounds the palace. IN the center of the room is an iron Ladder. The ladder leads to a trap door in the ceiling. By the south wall you see a statue that looks like a high priest of earth. He looks frightened and had apparently just finished scratching a message into the wall. The inscription reads:
Evil red eye, malefaction!
Sweet music from strings;
Priceless Blade of Destruction,
Salvation rides on Dragon’s Wings!
They climb up the ladder coming to a Watch Tower with six windows overlooking the surrounding lands. There is a the trap door they climbed up in the center of the floor. A stone statue of a guard stands looking out each window. Except for the statues the room looks empty, besides a door to the east. After pushing all six statues out the windows and watching them shatter they go through the door which opens into a stone hallway lined with tapestries, they go down a small flight of stairs and room filled with stuffed animals, shelves filled with books and scrolls, and jars of powders and herbs. Strange symbols are painted on the walls. An iron statue of a warrior stands in the southeast corner of the room, a polishing cloth is draped over the warrior’s shield. There was a single door in the north of the room, which they go through, not touching anything within the room.
Which opens into a sideways hallway with three doors ahead, they choose the left and come into a small room which contained only a plain bed and huge wooden desk, which was empty.
Backtracking they choose right and come to a room with a mirror hung on the east wall. in front of the mirror is a wash stand. On top of the wash stand is a porcelain bowl filled with water. A statue stands in front of the wash stand. The statue is of an old man with long hair and a beard. The man wears a robe with magical symbols. The statue of the man appears to be trimming its bead with a pair of scissors. Shattering the statue they backtrack yet again, Choosing the middle door.
The middle door opens into a 30′×30′ room with a door in the NW corner of the north wall. The room is completely empty.
The door opens into a room with a large canopy bed with heavy dark red curtains. The curtains are all closed. Three matching rugs lay side by side on the floor. The room also contains a long wooden dresser, a matching chest of drawers, and a large stuffed easy chair. There is a door to the North and to the East.
They go north into decent sized room filled with symbols holy to the Earth and Water elemental favored by the priests of Haven. Three large, human-like individuals are splashing fresh blood on the holy symbols using large paint buckets. The three creatures are extremely hairy and ugly-looking. So absorbed with their “painting” they do not notice the elves until after they are surprised, all the creatures have time to do is register shock in their eyes then die.
The Elves backtrack and go out the eastern door, entering into a huge chamber. This large ballroom is decorated in silver, red, and blue. The two huge fireplaces are stacked with logs. A bell shaped wire framework hangs from the ceiling, supported by four white marble columns. The framework is decorated with intertwined leaves and flowers. You hear the strains of eerie music. Two pale, shadow apparitions are dancing to the sounds of the strange music. The two figures are dressed in clothing that was popular more then three hundred years ago.
The party sneaks along the south wall so as not to disturb the apparitions. Where they come to an open glass door which leads into the Palace Garden. The garden is roofless and is lite from above by a blood red light. The garden has become completely overgrown with weeds. Except for a large stand of white rose bushes in the center of the garden, all the flowers that once grew here have died. One type of weed seems most common in the garden. The weed is a large bush. It has a dwarf-sized central trunk covered with sickly-looking green leaves. Growing out of the central, mound-like trunk is a tangle of many thorny brown branches. There are about a dozen of these weeds. Beneath the weeds their sharp eyes pick out the faint traces of a cobblestone patch that wanders through the garden.
As the elves crept through the garden being wary to step on any of the weeds, the thorny bushes shoot sprays of thorns at them, all of which missing, the weeds were soon burnt away and the passage to the east was cleared. On the ground next to the door was another of the familiar silver dragon statuette’s that when two are pressed to the Eye; Ariksbane will be freed from the Dimension of Ice to destroy the Eye with his breath.
Exiting the garden they come to a hallway fork going all four directions, they choose east. The last door down the hall opens to a small room containing a counter along the east wall. Beneath the counter top is a pair of sliding cabinet doors. The room otherwise appears to be empty.
The closer door opens into a room about half the size of the garden. This large dining hall is paneled with rough wood. Wooden bracing beams run from floor to ceiling along all four walls. Crossbeams run from the bracing beams, supporting the wooden ceiling. A large fireplace is set in the north wall. A long U-shaped wooden table dominates the center of the room. Stuffed animal heads, obviously hunting trophies, hang on the walls.
Searching the room the elves find a book on the mantle which the orcs that serve Arik took from the library and left here. As the elves go to leave the hall down from the ceiling whip a bunch of tentacles trying to ensnare them.. However the Decapus’s was soon defeated which are soon cut down.
Heading south they come to a small room, that holds piles of broken furniture. Standing among the remains of the furniture is a huge fearsome, human-like creature about 9’ tall. The creature is wearing skins for clothing. Swinging a giant sized club at the nearest elf, who nimbly dodges out of the way, the elves press the attack with the Ogre off balance, Slaying it. A quick search reveals a hollow place in the club which contains 333 Guilders.
Continuing southward they come to a room containing a wooden table and several wooden chairs. Standing next to the fireplace is a man dressed in the uniform of the palace guard. The man’s body has more then a dozens tab wounds, which would normally kill an individual. As they approach it leaps at them, tripping over its own legs, they leap to attack and quickly destroy it, when they are unable to Command the Wight. A careful search of the room reveals a chest containing 2000 Guilders and a Small Smoky Quartz Ball.
Coming at least to what is obviously the Throne Room, An ornate silver and oak throne sits atop a dais along the center of the north wall. On either side of the dais is a tapestry showing the changing seasons in Haven. Spring and Summer are showing on the tapestry to the left of the throne. Fall and winter are shown on the tapestry to the right of the throne. The room is filled with statues of men, women and dwarves. The statues are arranged to resemble a typical court scene. One statue kneels before the throne, statues of guards flank the throne, a statue of a councilor is leaning over, as if whispering to a person on the throne.) Resting in the middle of the Throne is a ruby the size of a large man’s fist carved into the shape of a Heart.
As they approach the throne, smashing all the statues in their way (though a patch was clear to reach the throne.) As soon as the first of them touches the ruby, red vapors billow up from it and surround the dais, momentarily obscuring vision. When the smoke clears, several fighter in glowing red place mail with red swords and shields. There just happens to be enough that one statue will approach each of the Elves.
A fierce battle ensues, after ten rounds the Red Knights disappear, with not even a wisp of smoke to mark their disappearance.
They waste no time in pressing two of the silver statues against the heart. The Dragon Ariksbane was freed from the Dimension of Ice. The dragons breath Disintegrates the ruby into dust, which scatters with a wing buffet.
As soon as the ruby Eye of ARik is destroyed, the disaster which has befallen Haven will not only be ended. it begins to reverse. Sick cattle recover, withered crops grow green again. The orcs, goblins, hobgoblins that invaded Haven at the Eye’s call will flee. The army besieging the Protectors was scattered. Those people turned to stone will become flesh.
However those that were unfortunate enough to die as a result of the disaster (or were destroyed as statues) will not be restored to life.
Princess Argenta appears along with Dragon-lord Ellis in a swirl of red mist beside the throne.
She looks around sadly and approaches the Elves.
“Gracious Elves, I greet thee on behalf of the people of Haven. Thank you for all you have done, a pity that you didn’t know what the statues were, the loss of life is near catastrophic.”
“I will see you all awarded the Silver Star of Haven, post-haste.” Turning to address her Court, " Scribe see to it, At Once." Turning back to the Elves. “Which amongst you is the Leader?” she asks.
Soroku steps forth and says “I am the Darkest of Her Servants here.” As he says this, the air in the throne room begins to chill, everyone’s breath frosting the air. All light in the room seems to be swallowed up by a deep dark void that seems to center itself into a Ring on the middle finger of his left hand.
The Princess visible swallows the says in a shaky voice.. “We serve Earth and Water here, but owe our very live to you. I pledge on behalf of Haven our full and utter fealty. We have been preparing an expedition to the new world. I offer it to you our champions.”
“There are enough colonist that each of you can have two units of tradesmen each five hundred craftsmen of some sort. You will also be given four units of ten guardsmen and one unit of ten mounted scouts.”
“We have enough gold supplies and gold on hand to establish a good foothold, Timber is abundant everywhere, stone and metals are in the mountains, the rest should be obvious to those of your caliber. "
To be continued tomorrow. 2 march 11