The Revengers retreat to the ruined house, hoping to avoid more demons. Jeff gets the trap door open, revealing a dark shaft. He immediately jumps down into the darkness. Jongle uses his magic goggles to look down, seeing Jeff float down about twenty feet, landing before a wooden door.
There is a magic mouth on the door, which says, “Eating prolongs life. Feed me!” anytime someone new stands before it. Jeff recommends dragging a tanar’ri corpse down the shaft and feeding it to the door.
Ragnaught goes back out into the city and tries dragging one of the bar-lgura toward the trap door — but the creature is enormous and won’t budge. Ragnaught fails to see a strange creature moving in the shadows, and suddenly a fog settles over his froggy brain. Ragnaught is overcome with a desire to approach the strange creature.
Unaware of the trouble outside, Jongle and Valeria head down into the shaft as well. Ageptus joins them, after being told that he is invisible from behind. Ageptus doesn’t get it — he thinks the group is making fun of him.
Earnest heads out to look for the missing Ragnaught and witnesses a terrible creature with its tentacles wrapped around Ragnaught’s head! The thing has drilled its tongue down into Ragnaught’s brain, doing irreparable damage to the bullywug’s intellect. Earnest separates the creature from Ragnaught, and as the pair try to fight it, the rotting illithid turns to fog and escapes.
Down below, Valeria feeds a trail ration to the mouth on the door. It immediately opens. The party finds themselves exploring a twisting, elaborate sub-chamber — still intact, though the house above has been destroyed.
They discover a magical tapestry, which shows a heavily wooded forest, a strange sorceress, and a glowing archway. Valeria tries tossing another trail ration at the tapestry — it hits the glowing archway and she disappears! The others decide to follow her, wherever she has gone, by touching the portal one by one.
They find themselves not very far away at all — they have been transported to the forest outside of the ruined city Tar Valor. But surrounding them are boxes, each one seemingly for a specific member of the party. The Revengers each receive a centennial gift!
Earnest receives The Firehouse, a +2 quarterstaff that can loose a flood of water 1/day. Anyone struck by the water must save vs. paralyzation, or be blasted backwards 2d100 yards.
Ervendio receives the Kuraphai Book of Exalted Deeds, (a week to study; upon completion, +1WIS, XP to place into the middle of the next level)
Fresh Jeff receives the cloak of the chronomancer (+1 save vs. chrono spells; if no save permitted, one now is; 1 add’l spell per level while wearing; targets -1 penalty vs. chrono spells)
Jongle receives … a choice! He turns down the chance to consult the deck of many things as well as a set of magical barding, ultimately receiving a whip +1.
Ragnaught receives a coin of potions, which can produce a single potion or oil or poison per day. It is activated by biting the coin. Ragnaught can produce any potion, oil, or poison that he has direct knowledge of.
Valeria receives the amulet of interpretation, allowing her to speak & understand the first three languages she would not normally understand that she encounters each day.
They camp overnight, then return to Tar Valor and the basement. They find a map room — all of the maps are rotted, but Jeff wall-climbs to the cubbies and finds a single, rolled parchment. The parchment is an illustration of a strange bird:
In a well-room, Jeff tosses a stone down and hears a splash. A margoyle bursts forth from the ancient well, but the Revengers make short work of it. Jeff and Jongle explore the depths of the well, but find only fresh water.
From there, they discover a larger room with a warded table and treasures. The ward reads Here lies the treasures of the Order. Only Champions of the Order may take them up without peril. The treasures include a longsword, a helm, a battle axe, a scepter, and a jeweled belt. Jongle hopes an unseen servant might circumvent the ward — but instead, when the servant takes up a sword from the table, but when it is disturbed 4 powerful skeletal warriors burst from underneath the floor! The skeletons take up the treasures (wrestling the sword from the unseen servant) and attack the Revengers.
The skeletons are more than they seem — they cannot be turned. The skeleton wielding the scepter is caught in a timeloop (save vs. spells per round to break free) by Jeff, and Earnest is momentarily knocked to the ground by the skeleton with the battle axe. Though the Revengers have landed many blows, none of the skeletons have been destroyed yet!
The battle continues….
Magic Mouth, 300
Dark Illustration, 600
Group Total: 34,675 Individual Award: 6935
Earnest 116,935 (Triple-Double 10,000; Centennial 100,000; Group 6935)
Ervendio 100,000 (Centennial 100,000)
Fresh Jeff 116,935 (Timeloop, 10,000; Centennial 100,000; Group 6935)
Jongle 116,935 (Unseen Servant 10,000; Centennial 100,000; Group 6935)
Ragnaught 116,935 (Brain Bore 10,000; Centennial 100,000; Group 6935)
Valeria 116,935 (Triple-Double 10,000; Centennial 100,000; Group 6935)
Amulet of Interpretation, 3000XP
Whip, +1 500XP
Cloak of the Chronomancer, 3500XP
Coin of Potions, 7500XP
The Firehose, 10,000XP
Book of Exalted Deeds, 8000XP