The party heads east with Tracker, leaving the Gozabrain alone in the nautiloid ship. They follow Tracker for days into the wilderness, until they hear a strange sobbing in the hills: it is a huge, big, guy, who has just (accidentally?) killed a beastman.
Dana Noodle calms and befriends the musclebound, mulleted man. The party helps him to dry-wash his hands clean of blood, discovering he is an escapee from the Vivimancer’s lair of strange experiments. He is massively strong, carries a lazer rifle with 4 shots left, and has copper-colored skin that easily splits and bleeds. He cannot remember his name, so they name him Big Guy.
Meanwhile, Beastman — the one who has pledged himself to Roc — agrees to carry Roc’s backpack, formally re-pledging himself to the giff.
Tracker leads them over another hill and to a borehole that plunges into Penumbra’s surface. A dark, 200’ foot pit that Big Guy climbs down — and promptly falls down, splitting his skin and hurting himself. Eedi discovers the spell feather fall is enscribed on the back of the six of scrolls she found in the Hungry One’s lair, and she reads it off — floating the rest of the party down the tunnel, but burning up all 6 scrolls in the process.
They find themselves in a sunken city subterrene made of shells and whorls — an ancient, abandoned illithid city — surrounding by the clacking/clicking noises of blind, hunting hook horrors!
They avoid the blind beasts and explore the mostly empty buildings, stopping at a psychic lock that electrifies Roc and then crumbles away. They discover the last temple of Maanzecorian, a dead illithid god, and the ghostly avatar of the lost god rises — ready for revenge. But Xoldak burns it from the multiverse with his palm tattoo — the avatar disappears, leaving behind a Gem of Brightness that Xoldak claims. Big Guy finds 10 platinum pieces littered amongst the debris, which he distributes to the party (including Shadow, who had given him a healing potion after his fall).
In the next room, they meet 2 gith-ish creatures — similar to the inhabitants of Royl — treasure hunters, whose friends had been killed by the hook horrors. Named Forker and Conroe, they trade their crackling, seemingly-magical crossbows to Roc and Shadow, as well as the location of the next, deeper borehold, if they party will help them past the hook horrors and back to the surface.
Big Guy expertly tosses a rock and distracts the 3 hook horrors guarding the tunnel, and Forker and Conroe escape to the surface. The party follows their directions, toward the nest of the hook horror queen, and the borehole leading deeper into Penumbra….
Avatar of Maanzecorian, 5000
Gem of Brightness, 2000
platinum pieces, 1000
a silent approach, 1000
Group Total: 9000. Individual Award: 1800
Big Guy 1900 (Big Guys Do Cry 100, Group 1800)
Dana Noodle 1900 (Friend Maker 100, Group 1800)
Eedi 1900 (Feather Falling 100, Group 1800)
Roc 1900 (Beastman Master 100, Group 1800)
Xoldak 1900 (Godkiller 100, 1800)
Gem of Brightness.
costs 0 charges to shed a 10’, 2.5’ wide beam of light.
costs 1 charge to shed a very bright ray of 1’ in diameter/50’ long light that will dazzle any in its path for 1d4 rounds. Save vs. magic to avoid effect.
costs 5 charges to flare in a blinding flash (cone that’s 30’ long, 5’ wide at the end), any creature in the area must save vs. spells or be blinded for 1-4 rounds, and thereafter suffer -1d4 on attack rolls due to permanent damage.
10 platinum pieces
2 crossbows, crackling with energy