In the room of broken fountains, the Revengers search for a place to rest. Looking to get out of the open hallway, they explore a mysterious wet room. Bare of any furniture or decoration, it holds a pool in the far corner that seems impossibly deep, with waves that gently lap the floor of the room itself. Mildred turns herself into a toad and tests the water, nearly finding herself sucked deeper by some unseen force. Mildred escapes the pull of the water and the party tries another door.
The second room is again quite damp, but it is filled with distorted and water-logged wooden crates. Toad-Mildred disturbs a brown mold that explodes onto her, sucking the warmth from her body. Carol/Ann uses the wind fan to blow the mold back and the party leaves the room, even as the brown mold starts to drift forward again.
They wonder if they could rest in their current room, between the two water-rooms, and soon find themselves discussing if and how they can even fight a dragon. Will their weapons hurt it? Will their magic?
As they discuss and compare notes, Mildred sees the door creak open — and a hideous beast enters the room. It is a spider, six-feet in length, and its abdomen is one large brain. It’s followed by several other brain spiders and the party is quickly under attack!
Five brain spiders set upon the party. One of them has a wand of lightning grafted to one of its eight legs, and its devastating attack nearly kills several Revengers. Carol/Ann is (briefly!) lost before Bea’s alternate reality undoes her demise; the same happens to Mildred. Golgaraz nearly goes down as well, but is revived by Ervendio.
Carol/Ann’s near-death experience changes her. Perhaps it is a change of heart, or perhaps the Carol/Ann who survives is truly an alternate reality Carol/Ann — but either way, she is no longer the lawfully-evil drow the party met in the Underdark. She is now dedicated to goodness. Likewise, Golgaraz realizes he should do better at keeping Lil Yankee out of danger, after she witnesses each one of his mirror images (and then his actual self) cut down. Mildred’s lesson is that she wants to learn fireball.
Bea attempts to cast protection from evil on Mildred during the fight, but her spell surges — she turns completely into gold. She is alive, but is technically an inorganic, but sentient, golden creature. The long-term effects of this change are unknown.
The five brain spiders are killed after a harrowing battle. Valeria, relieved no one has really died, declares it a good fight.
Golgaraz plays the lyre of building and creates a safe room, secure from future incursions, and the party rests for a full 16 hours, plotting their next move….
brown mold, 0
brain spiders, 20,000
Group Total: 20,000. Individual Award: 4,000
Bea 7,000 (Goldenbea 3000, Group 4000)
Ervendio 7,000 (Military Commander 3000, Group 4000)
Golgaraz 7,000 (One by One 3000, Group 4000)
Mildred 7,000 (The Shape of Water 3000, Group 4000)
Valeria 7,000 (A Good Fight 3000, Group 4000)
wand of lightning