After destroying the bodak, the party rested and then passed through the portcullis. Aleister decided to stay behind and guard the back, lest gator men or other terrors ambush the party. Luckily, Shea and Crush were able to locate their old friends after talking to Zalen Trafalgar and joined them in the sewers.
The sewer system dried and they began to ascend to a different, older area. A whiff of dust and decay signaled the entrance to a sort of catacomb. Bones were plastered against the walls in a parody of life, embracing each other, until they ended at another portcullis, this one comprised of twitching bones.
The party walked a few yards into the corridor before the skeletons animated, formed into mobs and attacked. Five large groups swarmed over the party, inflicting terrible wounds. Jimmy was able to dive into an alcove and do some good with his bow while Ono, Crush, Crikey and Ozzy laid waste to the undead around them. Shea suffered terrible wounds and decided to retreat. Keahilani was able to use Burning Hands to clear out some skeletons while Bertram used blasts of cartridges of alchemical fire to destroy more.
With the skeleton menace taken care, Crush moved forward to remove the portcullis. He felt an ominous presence coming from the room on the other side, but saw nothing. As he struggled with the portcullis, a whirring contraption of blades, hooks and chains descended from the ceiling and attempted to grapple the large eidolon. While cut up, Crush was able to fend it off for a few moments while Ono connected a grappling hook and the entire party yanked the portcullis free. They entered a large room, decorated in frescoes of suffering and bone ornamentation. A crackling voice spoke to them behind a throne of bones and a shroud-wrapped mummy emerged, wielding a glowing greatsword. “I am Farral Kylos, most trusted servant of Tarath Vreen. He has entrusted me with these catacombs in his absence and until he returns. Now you will join the other intruders.”
Farral Kylos whistled and hissed and five skeletal constrictor snakes emerged as well as two huge-sized serpents. He began to cut down Ono, the dajobas taking terrible wounds from the magical sword. The trap finally grappled Crush who was pulled into the ceiling area and nearly dissected. Bertram fired his weapon and Ozzy and Crikey rushed in, only to have Crikey almost slain by two sweeps of Farral’s greatsword. With another whistle from the mummy, vampire spawn dropped from the ceiling and grappled Keahilani, draining blood and his life force. Two more grappled with Shea and nearly brought her down. Keahilani managed to cast a defensive spell to remove the grapplers, simultaneously freeing Crush from the machine. As Haste and Blessing of Fervor were thrown on their friends, the tide of battle shifted. Bertram took out a few vampires while Ozzy and Keahilani used spells to destroy many of the serpent skeletons. Shea used her ability to switch places with her eidolon and Crush destroyed the vampires that had grappled with her.
Ono hacked at the mummy with his greataxe and Crush joined him to deliver the killing blow. With the room cleared and their party healed, they looted what little treasure was behind the throne and discovered two secret doors. Exploring the complex, they found a library of rare books, a room filled with corpses animated by hideous necromantic worms and yet more worms preserved in alchemical bottles. Destroying the bodies and purging rooms of worms proved easy. In one corridor were magical glyphs of Inflict Critical Wounds and in another moldering study was a book open to one map showing a location called the Goiter in the Tempest Meridian. Perhaps this is where the mysterious Tarath Vreen went to? In a secret chamber in the laboratory they discovered a sarchophagus containing a small human male with a stake through his heart. Keahilani wasted no time in beheading the suspected vampire before moving on.
One passage dripped thickly with foul body fluids, corpses pressed into a grate on the ceiling weeping their life onto the floor below. The passageway wrapped around itself and ascended so that they stood above the grate. A large pile of corpses rotted in the center of an enormous chamber. It wriggled violently and two huge-sized worms, clearly the parents to the smaller necroworms, burst through the stack of bodies. Death smell accosted them as the worms breathed foul sprays of stomach acid on them. They summoned their brood and several bodies animated to attack. In another corner, a filthy human man dressed in rags and sporting long, curling, yellowed finger nails emerged from a heap of filth, approached the bulk of the party and cast Waves of Fatigue, cackling madly.
The necroworm young didn’t last long. Unable to enter his usual rage, Ono turned his wrath on the necromancer and felled the foul-smelling man before he could cast again. Spells, bullets, arrows and melee weapons were turned on the necroworm queens, splitting them open and spilling their contents into the chamber of death. A few moments were spared to search the bodies and a secret room for treasure before resting in the cleaner laboratory.
Moving into another section, the party returned once more to the damp and smell of the sewers proper. As they skirted a deep pool of waste, the water bubbled and rose into the rough shape of a giant man. The sewage elemental glared in silence…