A Refreshing Experience
With our new equipment we chose to venture down the unexplored staircase in the first room. This led to a room with a narrow rope bridge suspended between a small platform and a large platform. The large platform stood at the opposite end of the room and supported two more rope bridges which led to passages out of the room to the right and the left. These platforms towered high over dark, murky water that reflected the flickering torchlight onto the ceiling.
Mark quickly traversed the first bridge with Sargeras and Finnan not far behind. From each corner of the large platform a harpy presented itself and began to sing its alluring song of death. Meanwhile Sahuagin surfaced under Grimerious and Finn and began to jab upward at their targets with tridents. A ^ also surfaced from the water and began to attack the adventurers from long range with powerful bolts of water.
Sargeras summoned a minion to aid in the killing of a harpy while Mark went after the other. Grim and Fin backed up to the first platform only to be pulled into the water by an advancing harpy. Held to the bottom and slowly drowning, Grim teleported Fin out of his predicament only to find them both back in the same situation. The Sahuagin moved happily to attack the vulnerable Fin while Grim tried his best to hold his breath. On the other side of the room the Harpies had brought Mark and Sargeras’ minion underwater where they moved around indifferently with the advantage of being living constructs.
Grim rose to the surface and continued to attack the group of Sahuagin occupying themselves with Fin, who had begun to develop a little more than sinking feeling in his gut. Upon noticing the halfling’s sudden absence and the rapidly churning water by the platform, Sargeras moved away from his target to assist him.
The Sahuagin were eventually killed and sank slowly to the bottom of pool. Mark now bored of the situation killed the first harpy and decided to try something new. He charged down the rope bridge at full speed and took a tremendous leap into the air. He struck the last harpy mid flight and brought the creature down with him. The ^ was the last to be defeated under a group effort, allowing the party to move on.
What Goes Around Comes Around
The bridge to the left led to a hallway with a door and a robed statue at each end. Sargeras was the first to advance down the hallway, but after getting halfway there was a sudden commotion and he disappeared leaving a group of angered rats in his place. These rats were quickly disposed of by the remaining adventurers who investigated the floor where Sargerasvanished. Fin found seams along the ground in this area which suggested that the floor had somehow launched Sargerasthrough the wall. Mark wisely tied a rope around Fin’s waist and had him step onto the platform, activating the trap. Attentively he watched as the floor catapulted Fin into the wall which vanished and was replaced by the floor. No sooner had the wall been replaced that the floor followed suit. The new floor brought another wave of unpleased rats which met a similar fate to their earlier siblings. The room was left with only Mark, Grim and a rope leading into the wall. Sure of the system now, Mark attempted to jump across the trap’s activation area but fell short and was launched like the others into the wall.
The victims of the trap found themselves suddenly taking damage and sliding down a steep, smooth surface into a pit where the many hungry jaws of a % waited. Delighted at the advent of its meal, the % began to feast on its prey which continually fell into its grasp. Meanwhile Grim began to understand the mechanics of the trap and triggered it from a safe distance with a heavy piece of broken statue. When the trap triggered he stuck a longer piece of the statue into the opening in an attempt to jam the wall open. The floor met the wedge with such force that it broke off, producing nothing but a new group of rats. This group easily closed the distance to their prey and overran Grim, deeply wounding him. After killing off the rats and repeating his experiment with the same result, Grim moved down a winding hallway in search of another way to enter the trap. Back in the pit Sargeras, Finand Markhad killed the % but were finding difficulty in escaping their stony prison. Taking the thick vegetation he found at the end of the hallway as an unlikely solution to his problem, Grimheaded back to the trap to activate it again. By the time he did, Markhad climbed to the top of the slope using improvised climbing tools and suddenly found himself launched into a dark room while Grimdealt with his latest rat swarm. Mortally wounded now, the jaded Grimactivated the trap one more time. To his dismay more rats were produced but thankfully these were accompanied by Mark.
The trap worked as a segmented waterwheel-like contraption, designed to trap careless adventurers in the terrible jaws of death waiting below. With this knowledge Markand Grimwere able to set Sargerasand Finfree. With their escape the group took a less than peaceful rest through the night.