Funday, W2 Lydiam, FR 1314
After Malven Stoneshaped a channel through the unworked granite block, Aldo crawled through with his rapiers tied to his feet. He came out in a round room with carvings in the walls depicting the Ministry of the Winds, and telling how great they were. There were also carvings in the wall so deep as to make climbing a snap. A thorough search of the room revealed a poorly hidden trap door in the floor and a gap in the ceiling one could climb through.
After making the hole twice as big to allow the rest of the party to crawl through, Malven sealed it back up again. By this time Aldo had scouted the room above and seen a similar room above that, although the gap in this room seemed to sparkle like stars. When the rest of the party had either climbed, flown, or been pulled up to the second room, Aldo pulled himself up through the second hole.
The room on the other side was quite different from the first two. The small, circular chamber was devoid of other entrances and dominated by a six foot wide and tall, stone column rising from its center. Upon this column sat a four armed vaguely humanoid creature, whose face bore mandibles of black and skin scales of red. It wrote upon a large leaf of parchment it had in its hand and the floor was strewn with similar sheets that rose to mid-calf. The walls surrounding this room were crystal clear and the sparkling the group saw was the night sky shining through. This was noted but the party wanted to speak with the being first.
The party arranged itself around the strange creature, with Holice taking the facing most position as usual, and began to address it. At the first word the creature lept from the raised column, grabbing the two short swords at its feet, and dropped to attack Holice, his faded yellow robe flapping behind for dramatic effect.
Killing the creature was difficult but not impossible, and the group kept the body to see if it held some value or knowledge. Before heading back down the group looked around this uppermost chamber of the Obelisk. The papers were a collection of notes on everything that has happened in the city of Bighton, outside of this tower, for the last eight months. It also indicated that it was just the end of the catalogue and was very easy to peruse as every page was notated with its page in the whole and the date on which it documented events. These parchments were gathered up and the pen the creature had been holding as well.
They then returned to the bottom of the rooms and moved into the underground structure. After passing a couple rooms dedicated to nothing more than the aggrandizement of the Ministry of the Winds, some of which seemed to have been written more recently, they come to a room filled with ogre sized zombies and constant winds. Malven attempted a turning but was only able to affect one. They decided to back out and when the zombies didn’t follow them through the door they decided to pass them and leave through another door. Again, they were not followed so they left the zombies behind.
At this point an attack came. From out of thin air bolts of energy coalesced and streaked down the hall to strike them. Where they came from stood a sorcerer preparing another spell. They attack with some ranged attacks and Holice charged down the hall to return the favor but did not quite make it. From the air a huge greataxe appeared and struck him in mid charge. Holding it was a Minotaur. Holice fought it down as the sorcerer ran around a doorway and Aldo gave chase.
As Aldo turned the corner a large wolf bounded out of the room and hit him. Easily dispatched Holice joined him to see a woman and another, larger wolf-like creature. A great battle ensued but the result was never really in doubt. The second wolf which turned out to be a Barghest, was killed and the woman captured. The sorcerer, who turned out to be Narev, was found in a collapsed stairwell off the room whimpering. He seemed to be Narev but when returned to the room a Ministry wizard reasserted control.
After tying the two prisoners up, now definitely ID’d as Narev and Justina, the group looked around and found the treasure horde. Amongst the treasures they found were papers from the founding of the Ministry and the Sceptre of the Winds mentioned in the newest ravings carved into the first rooms.
The papers talk about an early alliance with forces of darkness who give them knowledge about a new tool. Nephilium, or clear iron. They also have a list of seven Dwarven clans in the mountains to the north. These are: Torgrim, Jarim, Bazkas, Elut, and Whurauk.
It is Funday evening.