Calendar Date: Moonday Desnus 5, 4704 AR
While resting at the Rusty Dragon, Derza was approached by Father Zantus. Hearing of the recent victory against Black Fang, she seemed a perfect candidate for his request. He offered her 1000 gold for a statue of historical value that had been locked away in a tower for centuries. The tower, which was an old temple to the god Nethys, had been magically sealed for unknown reasons long ago, however rumors are something had smashed into the tower, knocking a large hole in the side, gaining access to the lower levels of the tower.
Derza found a group of interested adventurers near the request board and the group headed out of Sandpoint. They traveled down the road a ways before finding it necessary to set up camp. Not long after, as Derza was out foraging for food, the camp was assaulted by a group of goblins, looking for a meal. As if out of nowhere, Zalanor the sorcerer took an arrow straight to the neck, which would have killed him, had the arrow been just a little to the left.
Zalanor fled back into the woods, as Barae ran at the goblins, he being unprotected and without armor, and proceeded to slash at them with his axe. Meanwhile, Lobos, who had been digging through Derza‘s stuff while she was absent, managed to take down a goblin that was nearby, then used it’s blood to make it look like the goblin had been going through Derza’s gear.
Lobos took a small amount of coins from the corpse of the goblin and pocketed it discreetly — Unfortunately Barae noticed this and after the last goblin was slain, demanded that Lobos share the money he found with everyone. Lobos denied that he had any of these coins, but Zalanor sensed that the rogue was lying and threatened violence upon him if he did not share with the rest of the group. Lobos promptly gave in, intimidated by Zalanor’s inhuman presence, and handed over the coins to the group.
Just after the goblins were dispatched by those at the camp, Derza returns to camp, witnessing the bloody mess, and upset that she missed the action. She had scrounged up enough food in the woods to share with one other person, and since Lobos convinced her that he had protected her belongings from the goblin, so Derza shared her food with him.
The remained of the trip was rather eventful, and on the fourth day, they arrived at the tower. On this particular day, the wind had appeared to have picked up and grey clouds cover the sky. The tower is quatrefoil (having 4 identical sections along a center point, like a 4-leaf clover) and indeed had no doors or windows, the walls were very smooth and straight. Indeed, there was a large hole in the side of the tower, revealing the eastern interior of the tower up to four floors, though the top floor still remained sealed.
As the adventurers approached the tower, they were made the prey of a group of hungry wild dogs, who ran in and tried to make their way to Zalanor. Before they could make it close to him, the group managed to run off two of the dogs and slay the other. After the fight, Lobos, curious as he is, climbed up the rubble to the second floor, finding that it was safe. He then climbed back down and the group entered the tower.
Barae led the way and as he entered the door, a web shot out at him from the ceiling, but missed. On the ceiling, in a large web, was a giant spider glaring menacingly at him. Zalanor came in behind him and cast fire from his hands at the ceiling, burning the web and the spider. The spider could do nothing but let go or be burned more by the fiery webbing, so it fell to the ground with a splat.
Continuing to search the lower floor, they found that much of it was filled with rubble and there was not much of anything to find there. The stairway which led both up AND down had caved in and presented no way to any of the floors above. They headed back out and decided to climb up to the second floor, like Lobos had done earlier.
Lobos climbed up with his silk rope and a piton and set up a secure line for which the others could easily climb up, which they did with minimal effort. As they reached the second floor it began to rain…