Fragments of the Far Realm

The Desecrated Temple

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Only seven had survived the Battle on the Rush(Previous LogBlalock Hullinspeed, Chance Midian, Fizzleburp Ragebringer, Biree, Larry, his brother Darrell, and his other brother Darrell. The small group fled into a dungeon underneath the watchtowers, as they were overwhelmed by devils. Larry found a halberd on a corpse and quickly barred the trapdoor behind them.

They found themselves in what turned out to be an ancient temple. The hallway believed haunted was an entranceway guarded by a pair of nasty fire breathing beetles and a swarm of tiny lizards. Biree was quick to find the lizards, living inside a 10’ pit trap, which she fell through. All foes receive the same response from Fizzleburp, so he promptly leaped over the pit and bashed the beetles into goo. The lizards were more problematic, attacking as one, they killed and consumer Larry, and nearly Biree as well, who finally managed to dispatch them.

As devils pounded on the trapdoor, trying to pursue, the group moved on through a large set of doors, barring them behind them. They found themselves in a large, open temple, and not alone. As they moved in to explore, they were attacked by hissing humans, who seemed to have snakelike features. As they fought, they discovered another guardian, a large rattlesnake, hiding in a sand pit in the middle of the temple. This battle saw the end of the other Darrell. Fizzleburp promised the remaining Darrell that he would see his brother resurrected.

Blalock discovered a hidden door and they found a chamber guarded by clever constructs. After dispatching the guardians, they learned that this chamber was used to summon the bone devil responsible for the slaughter above. The ritual notes were written in Draconic and contained many references to Zehir, the foul god of serpents. This was not their temple, though. The cultists had desecrated the original engravings, an unrecognized symbol, somehow familiar to Chance.

They discovered another chamber hidden behind a stone fountain and engaged a gauntlet of traps, spears thrusting from the floor and large pendulum scythes barring entry deeper into the chamber. Negotiating the spears, Blalock fey stepped to get beyond the deadly scythes and was confronted by an angry ghost, demanding they prove themselves worthy. Chance realized where he knew the symbol at this point, it was the symbol of the ancient God of Battle, from before the Severing. This temple was once devoted to Oj-Morock. Sharing a portfolio with the ancient god was enough for Chance to steer the group through the questions. The ghost, bound to the temple for a 1000 years asked only for the gift of release once they had shown themselves worthy and passed on the party the remaining treasures of the temple armory.

They pressed on, finding a chamber in which a trapped floor forced them into a fight with a giant, worm like beast, a carrion crawler, with paralyzing tentacles. They slew the creature and discovered a door that Blalock surmised must lead into the mine they were fighting over mere hours ago. However, opening the door proved a bad idea as they saw dozens of carrion crawlers shuffling up the wide mineshaft toward daylight. In their midst was a true giant, a carrion crawler the size of a warship. They quickly closed the door and exited the way they had come into the temple.

They found the devils gone and as they left the outpost they looked down on the battlefield, where a few hundred corpses lay. They watched in horror as the crawlers descended on the blood soaked field, feasting on the slaughtered. After a quick discussion, Biree decided to part ways with the group, but Blalock and Darrell joined the mercenaries and decided to head north, for the town of Fallcrest, and leave these terrible events behind them.

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