Nightal 6th, 1372 DR The Year of Wild Magic
Day 57 – Morning (Time suspended while in pyramid)
The Pyramid of Shadows, Prison Pit
As darkness slowly fades the party discovers that it has been transported to another place; a very smelly and un-agreeable place. Most are able to shake off the effects of the transportation fairly quickly however Sneezy, Doc and Bashful lie unconscious on the floor; for some reason finding themselves more vulnerable than the others.
Rousing from their stupor the companions find themselves at the bottom of a ten foot deep pit the floor of which is covered with rotting refuse, bodies and the occasional slumbering dwarf. The place stinks like a cesspit and for once Bashful isn’t to blame for the smell – well not completely anyway.
A giantish two headed creature, an Ettin, patrols the walkway above the pit; in each hand he grips a large meat cleaver which he swings about menacingly.
“Ha !” he grunts “more heads for Grog’s collection. Come here purple hair man, Grog wants to knock your block off”
And with that he reaches into the pit and swipes at Cymbalta.
See combat video on YouTube at: H3 P1 Entrance Pit
After the last crawler slumps to the ground the party breathes a collective sign of relief and pauses to tend to their wounds. Looking around they are finally able to take in their surroundings and they see that they have arrived in a prison area – the pit a holding zone for people transported into the pyramid and the Ettin its warden.
Cymbalta checks each of the passages leading off from the prison and finds the distinctive flipper-like imprint of Sahuagin tracks leading down the western stairway while human bootprints head off to the east and the south leads to a dank area smelling of rotting vegetation; only the north proves to be clear or any tracks except those of he Ettin. It is presumed that the remnants of Gharash Vren’s band most likely left the bootprints heading east.
As they search the area Sneezy hears a voice coming from the alcove containing the Ettin’s prize collection of beheaded inmates:
“You out there, we can help each other I just know it" calls a haugty female voice
Investigating the noise Sneezy finds that one of the bags contains a silvery orb within which can be seen the image of a female Eladrin; presumably a princess of some kind based upon her tiara and the imperious manner with which she speaks. After questioning her Sneezy discovers that her name is Vyrellis and she was once the wife of Karavakos, the lord of the pyramid. It appears that long ago Karavakos summoned up a great demon and used its powers to try and invade the land but when he failed he blamed Vyrellis and, after having her beheaded, imprisoned her spirit in the orb. She says that if someone “worthy” will carry her she will help us to escape the pyramid. She also tells us that so long as we are within the Pyramid time will virtually stand still and many years can pass inside while barely a second goes by outside.
Deeming himself worthy, or at least worthy of a new teleport power, Sneezy volunteers to carry the princess’ orb.
Pulling the still slumbering forms of Doc and Bashful from the pit the party moves north towards a door that the princess has said should lead to an empty storeroom where they can rest.
Head Of Vyrellis – carried by Sneezy
+2 Arcana/History/Religion (and grants those skills if unknown)
Enc: Teleport 7
Daily: Cyclonic Winds
• 14,000 Residuum (1750 each player)
• Monster parts & collectables
Ettin, Carrion Crawler, Zombies