Game Session: 7/29/2012
Ruined Keep of The Blood Marsh, Hampshire, England.
Beldet and Madmorsight walked slowly into the hallway, the walls stone blocks and the floor the same riverstone as the rest of the dungeon. The hallway angled downwards, and was slippery with algae from water that ran gently down to the darkness. Kyrs was the last person to enter the secret hall, he searched, and found a handhole that would open the door from that side. He closed the door carefully, making sure that it closed and locked.
They continued down, and found that the hall ended at a natural cavern with a high ceiling of about fifteen feet. It dripped with thin straw-like pipes of stalactites and water. The walls glittered in the orange torchlight from the water and chips of mica. A stream entered the cavern from the north, moving placidly in a series of tiers and boulders. The floor was fairly uneven, rocky and muddy. Most notable, all along the walls were human skulls and bones, stacked in carved recesses of the cavern walls. There must have been hundreds of them.
After a brief exploration resulting in little, the party continued southwards to find a chasm, the stream splashed into a dark pool at the bottom which was shrouded by darkness. The remains of a rope bridge were here, but the wooden mooring posts were rotted and bits of rope still attached were even worse. The party fixed a rope to a nearby boulder, and used it to climb down one by one. They found themselves in a cold pool about knee high with a very rocky floor. The pool ended at another wall. Kyrs scaled it easily and threw another rope over to pull the party up to the other side. As Elora waded through the pool, she slipped into a small crevice. A long black tentacle shot out of the water and grabbed her by the arm, the pulled her to the shallows. Beldet concentrated on the creature using his ring to try to gain control of it, but it did no good as the creature continued to viciously attack, pulling Elora towards it’s hidden mouth filled with teeth. Beldet struck the creature with his sword and it immediately let go. Elora gasped for air as she emerged from the water, bleeding from the tentacled creatures mouth. She quickly climbed up the rope as Beldet looked for the beast to no avail. It seemed to have disappeared into the rocks. He continued to poke and prod the waters and stones, trying to flush it out, but eventually gave up and climbed the rope to try another tactic.
Once on top of the chasm edge, Beldet took the rope and began tossing it into the pool, hoping to lure the creature. Eventually, with some careful tactics he was able to pull the creature in. It was an oily black slimy creature looking somewhat like a squid with pulsing red veins and having only three tentacles. It’s strange otherworldly eyes glowed with a pale lavender light. They put the creature into the magical cloth.
The group moved further south into the cave. They found a remarkable and large chamber, it’s ceiling so high it ended in shadow. It was a wonder of natural rock formations and columns. Everything glistened with mica, water droplets and gypsum crystals. Roughly in the center of the grotto was a natural pool with what appeared to be natural, pure water. Along the edge of the pool were large smooth stones placed in a circle around it. On the first stone, nearest to the entrance carved on the stone were runes. Keldon approached the stone and read outloud, “It says, Behold the Oracle of the Grotto. Drink and be answered.”