The party takes Jacob Halfmoon bck to Halfmoon Inn in the Seven Pillared Hall to rest. Kris visits the Temple of Hidden Light and meets the presiding cleric, a female Eladrin by the name of Phelaedra of the Sun. He Procures a Symbol of Hope and uses her equipment to brew some potions. The rest of the party goes back to Gendar’s where Nord purchases new armor with his available funds and a barter for any antiquities found in the well. Kris purchases a few reagents. Then the party goes to Deepgems Mining Ulthar and his assitant, Weller. Ulthar is despndont at having lost his pet Dire Boar, Stouty during a gnoll raid when mining near the Well. He asks the party to be on the lookout for it.
The party descends down to the well and are visited by the Warcaller who asks if they are ready. Once they enter, none may leave until the quest is finished. He warns that in addition to Baphomet’s followers, a gnoll cult devoted to Yeenoghu, patron god of murder, also waits within. The party affirms there readiness. Upon entering the Well, the party is marked by a hazy red symbol and voice challenges them to find the Book of Wrath Unveiled, Face of Baphomet, Blood Horn Blade, and the Bell of Furies Calling to be able to reach the Shrine. The party encounters another purple worm and several gnolls, then finds a group torturing a dire board, the pet of Ulthar. The party rescues the boar,and next encounters a group of gnolls in thprocess of sacrificing a dwarf to their god. The party interrupts the sacrifice and the dwarf, Dunvar, joins the party so he mightfind his sister who was recently kidnapped along with the restof a caravan from Hammerfast. During the fight, one of the minotaurs from the murals comes to life and joins the fray. After killing the gnoll priestess, the party finds the Book of Wrath Unveiled, and Avorra is approached by a book imp, Zuuba, whom she takes as a familiar. Only Avorra and Staasi are aware of its presence. Kris casts Hand of Fate to assure Dunvar that his path and the party’s are the same, and the party finds a room with 4 doors, one open and 3 closed, a Goliath SHpeherd (cleric of the Raven Queen) named Keyote, and four statues, and . Keyote explains that he was sent to arbitrate and judge Nord’s progress through his challenge. The statues each contain a means of holding one of the four items needed to get to the shrine. Putting an item in a holder opened a door to another item. The party went through: - A room with trick mirrors to get the mask which was guarded by zombies. The mirrors eithr shot you with Necortic energy or randomly teleported you, or imprisoned you. Staasi and Keyote each got imprisoned with a person called Father Night. Father Night is a follower of the long dead god Nerull. When the party freed them, they inadvertently freed Father Night who struck Kris as a follower of Pelor and fled to one day wreak more havoc and destruction. During this encounter, the rest of the party became aware of Zuuba. - A room filled with blood and demons guarded by two huge minotaur statues that swept the room. The blade and hilt of the Blood Horn Blade were heare and had to be reassembled. - A room of gnolls and gibbering pillars with random effects guarded the Bell of Furies Calling.
Once all four items were in place, the party was transported to the Labyrinth, the demon plane of Baphomet and were deposited on a floating platform. A gnoll priest of Yeenoghu had siezed control of the Shrine of Baphomet and in a bid to sieze power. The priest, Maldrick Scarmaker, was sacrificing beings trapped in bubbles of blood. Nord and Avorra fought the Shrine, Kithri and Keyote dealt with some ghould, while Stouty, Staasi, Kris, and Darvun fought Maldrick Scarmaker. The party wond and Nord completed his challenge, but at the cost of Darvun and Jenna, Kithri’s animal companion’s life. Zuuba was also “destroyed”. Kris, Staasi, and Keyote freed the remaining captives of the blood bubbles (which included Darvun’s sister). The Warcaller appeared to congratulate the party and noticed something about Staasi. He pulled forth her “benefactor” which was revealed to be an Exarch of Orcus. The Warcaller banished him, at least temorarily. Kithri demanded Jenna be raised, but for some reason, the stormcat refused to do so. The Warcaller called forth the figure trapped in the blood bubble on the shrine’s back: Volger Kegbreaker, Nordecai KegbregaaNord’s father! The party was then teleported back to the Seven-Pillared Hall.
Next: Thunderspire Wrap-Up and Fallcrest Interlude 3