We make it through the night without any troubles, only thing we will have to face today is the mindless body of Kalob, and of course to get down this tower. Seeing how I was the one that carried the crate that we’ve been protecting, I thought I may as well be the one who carries Kalob back to the docks, after that he is someone else problem, So I pick up the 6’11" frame of Kalob and we get moving down the tower. As we reach the bottom of the tower and make our way out, we look down the cliff side and realize our rowboat had gone missing, we realize that non of us had tied the boat off and that the waves must’ve taken it out to sea. As we think over what to do, Zarek shines his mirror around to symbol people on the docks, and by the looks of the sun, it is getting late. I sit down and rest Kalob up against the tower while the others can think about how to get down and get a boat.
A hour passes and on it’s way towards the spire is a small rowboat, as it reaches the bottom of the cliff, the group begins to climb down, while I look into Kalob’s bag for rope, once I find one I tie Kalob to my back and begin to make my way down. Unfortunately, because of the dead weight, I find climbing down a bit rougher, at one point getting slammed against the rock, I wasn’t the only one hurt, Kalob came out with a cut across his scalp. The man on the rowboat ask if he gonna be alright, meaning Kalob, I was about to say something but Astrid jumped in and said Guinness will handle it.
We make it back to the docks, and I bring Kalob to our ship and put him in a room, and Astrid and Guinness can take it from there, I’m gonna go check on everything, see if anything has been stolen or at least missing. Our ship was fine, but what about the package on the captain’s ship? Well I go over and check and realize that not only is it still there and in the same condition, but also it seems that someone put a glyph on it, odd I don’t remember. Anyway, everything seems to be good, so I head back to our ship and head to bed.
Come morning, everyone seems to have one thing in mind, finding the vault and see what he knows, I’m not too eager on going in the vault so I stick outside while the others were inside both getting information and some stuff to be appraised. When they come back out they say the vault keeper had sent a group to the supposed throne room earlier but has not heard from them, and wants us to head down there. I had a slight idea we’d be going into the mines sooner or later while we are here.
We find the mine and we are instantly stopped due to a 15’ gap between us and the other side, but it wasn’t as nearly as bad as I thought mostly everyone just run and jumped the gap quite easily. We come to a four way, and everyone starts to head their own way and search the caverns, it’s not long from then that I hear a female scream in the caves, it was Kacee warning us about some goblins in the their path, but she was with Schurr so I don’t think they’ll last too long. I round a corner from where I heard the scream originate, and at the end of the path was some sort of glowing rock. Being interested in the possibilities of possibly making something, I begin to chip at the rock with my Orc Double-Ax, forgive me Gruumsh, and manage to git a good sized chunk out, unfortunately the axe got chipped a bit, but nothing I can’t handle.
We continue through the mines, and at the end of the path was a dead body with a bad gash in it’s head, and not far behind it, a door. I search the body, find a couple of coins and a mining kit, wish I found this earlier, wouldn’t have had to damage my ax. We enter the room, it looks like vault keeper was right,cause here is the throne room. At the end of the room was a small camp out, I rummage through anything good there, not too much of interest, I look over the throne itself, it shows more carvings of the squid like things. More importantly,all around the throne were empty little “dents” in potentially for gems for decoration. Further back is a hole in the wall, leading into a room with the only light source of a glowing sword, Kacee goes up and grabs it and pulls it out, it instantly goes dark. The only the other things in the room of any interest was a pool of water in the back of the room and three tables.
Next thing I know is a loud piercing screech from above the pool, up above I see red glowing eyes staring down at us. Then, the Gnoll goes crazy and heads up and attacks Astrid, seeing Schurr as a threat to the rest of the group he is the focus of my attack. I run up and begin to hit the Gnoll in the back, not long after I hit Schurr he snaps out of the trance that he was in, the squid-like giant must’ve taken control of Schurr. Out of the pool comes four humanoids, three humans and one dwarf, this was the group that the vault keeper had sent in before us. They had squid . . . things on their heads, the squids seem to have taken control of them as well. The Hammer members were wielding their weapons and were coming to attack us, I manage to drop two of the squids on their heads, the bodies collapsed along with them. After dealing with the cohorts of the squid, the big squid had fallen from it’s perch above the pool and had fallen in, beginning to slowly sink into the water, just after giving a few last attacks, as a lightning bolt from Astrid fires into the pool hitting and killing the beast.
Yet before all was said and done, the squid had one last thing to say, “You may have slain me, but my brothers will continue on” or at least something like that, I’m still not used to other people/creatures’ voices inside my head.