Lanta 6: What Sleeps in the Hoards

Session II: The Warden of Halgryst

The party returned to the main chamber where their tribesmen had begun to settle in, though they could not stop to join them. The defenders quickly headed down the next cavern, worried that there may still be a threat lurking about. Once again, the path began as a mining operation that led to an open room with yet another piece of torture equipment (a device that hung the victim until they fell between two pieces of steel that would crush their body). The solitary exit revealed just how large this operation was; after traveling for 20 minutes it ended with a massive teardrop shaped vein. On the walls were the names of two buyers: The Raven King and Ithil Luthis, the High Commander of the Dragon Raiders. Below the teardrop was a hole leading into a hallway that was clearly built by dwarves. The party chose a random direction and followed it into Pelgryn, the Temple of Red Sand.

This mystical shrine was made entirely out of shifting red sand, a sight that would claim the minds of those too weak to face the Temple’s master, Asmodeus. The center room displayed ruins meant to confound those unprepared. But the party solved the riddle and ignored the warning of Asmodeus by placing the ruins as they were meant to be. Said to be a portal to the realm of Asmodeus, its completion set off an earthquake that shook the entire underdark of Sullyn Rawth.

As the party searched around they found a room of quick sand that contained a single spirit which joined with the first to enter. Denshi was overcome and turned into the same red sand, but his shape and mind remained. He was now the Warden of Halgryst, the prison below Pelgryn and would remain so until he left. As they continued their search they found two books: one that wrote the events of the holder’s life as they unfolded and the other kept a list of those killed by the holder. Denshi then used his powers as the warden and opened a passageway down into Halgryst.

The massive domed prison of Halgryst contained numerous torture chambers, prisons, but held only one prisoner, one that was not meant to be found. Hidden behind a set of iron bars, an emblem of Asmodeus, and a burning and blackened hallway, sat a 20 foot, crippled devil. Uglier than any creature in myth, this Giant, as he wanted to be called, sat chained with disfigured feet and hands, though he was able to still turn the pages of the books he stored in his cell. Giant welcomed the party and asked them to converse. The devil seemed to have little to say, especially about the one who imprisoned him, but did explain that Asmodeus had the ability to kill him instantly, should he try and escape. The chain that held the ceiling together stretched into a black and red portal. He also told them of Aruclam soldiers that visited, mentioning how strange it was for them to travel so far yet only to die at the hands of a bound prisoner. Before the party left, Giant gave Roth and Jade several of his books in the hopes they would return to discuss them.

When the party returned to their tribe, they came just in time to prove themselves defenders. A pack of 50 Orcs from the East were marching to Brukrun and there was no telling why. When they reached the basin, their leader, Champion Bolk of the Shunda Tribe, was surprised to see Emerald living in his brethren home. After a loud and uneasy talk with the party and their own Chieftain, Morzinal, Bolk jumped down into the Basin and spoke calmly about the orcs that once lived here. Tribe Ginmal once looked over the prosperous mines of Brukrun, cutting deals with forces all over the planet to send them ore for their armies. They used the numerous passageways under their home to reach other continents. The shamans of Shunda could feel the cries of distress from Ginmal and came running. Bolk now fears that a client of Ginmal came for what they thought was theirs. Above the basin, a pair of orcs found tracks of soldiers heading Northwest. Bolk took his men and they marched off.

The party then continued with their mission to search the unknown and headed into the western caves, an area significantly altered by the quake. The first cave lead into a tunnel with a gaping hole in its floor. Below, inside a room too large to comprehend, beautifully crafted stone slabs extended from the walls. Some up to 100 feet long, they looked like cold gray mushroom petals. Using rope and their light, the party climbed into the vast black hole.

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