The Bar-lgura surrounded the party. The apparent leader of the demons grinned and promised to make their suffering long, while his mates went for the gnome, Urol. Amellia was pale with fear and hid behind a crumbling wall while Avner’s hand shook as he ordered the party to “dispatch” the creatures. Montgomery and Jenkie closed with one demon, as the old sailor found his courage and Keahilani’s silver knife. The demons couldn’t stand against the combined might of the party and quickly began to fall. As Bertram, Jimmy and Ono unleashed on the leader, the creature grinned and said, “I’m afraid wyou haven’t defeated me. My master will bring me back!” He melted. One bar-lgura was killed, but the other grabbed Urol and disappeared.
Talking to the crucified zombie revealed they were on the right path when Keahilani cast Detect Evil and found strong ley lines of evil energy leading into the fog. They unleashed the talkative undead and followed the lines of energy which ended at a hill with two caves leading inside. The caves were the “mouths” of two baboon heads and Aleister was certain this place was dedicated to Demogorgon, the two-headed briny one. Remembering Montgomery’s words that he had sensed this evil before when he faced Harthagoa, they proceeded with caution. Montgomery volunteered to watch Amellia, Jenkie and Avner as the rest entered the complex.
Inside, they found a bloody handprint, discarded belongings and other evidence of Urol. A chained skeleton provided more evidence in wall scratchings that this was a place of evil. Examining interesting stalagmites that contained crystals, Ono stumbled upon a rock fall trap, burying several members alive and injuring more. Aleister enlarged Bertram and they spent several minutes unearthing their friends. At a locked door, they saw two baboon faces with Abyssal writing underneath, one saying, “Give of your left” and the other, “Give of your right.” Keahilani cut himself and grasped the forked tongues that served as handles. The doors glowed and opened, revealing a strange scene.
Two thrones were on the north and south, with a nondescript altar containing two tallow candles and mirrors on either side. Aleister lit both candles, triggering a fireball trap. Standing outside the room, they experimented a bit. Bertram and Keahilani sat in the thrones while they used a Spark spell to try different combinations, at last finding that lighting one candle, then sitting in the throne opposite it triggered a feral aspect to appear in the mirror itself. Bertram succumbed to this and immediately emptied his pistol at Keahilani. Keahilani resisted and they incapacitated Bertram and trussed him up until the effect ended. The mirrors transformed into swirling vortexes that transported the party to an enormous cave.
A pool of blood at its center and ledges 20 feet above, the party could hear growling and scuffling coming from the level above them. Aleister flew and peaked above the ledge, finding five bar-lguras feasting on old corpses. Bertram spider climbed up the wall while Aleister flew. The others snuck up stairs to do battle with the creatures. They found them prepared and invisible after Ono stumbled on a pile of rocks. Bertram and Aleister’s vantage point allowed them to inflict heavy damage and confuse the enemy with hexes. Ono and Jimmy cut into their ranks. One jumped on Aleister from above, but couldn’t hold on and fell to the floor where he was cut down. Another teleported away and fled. As the last one fell, one climbed towards Bertram and they both disappeared.
The rest of the party cleaned up the mess and healed, then tried to locate Bertram. In the meantime, their companion found himself face-to-face with the bar-lgura inside a deep pit with a grate over the top and a locked door to the west. After taking heavy damage from Bertram’s rifle, the demon teleported away and opened the grate. The chittering and howling came after, with hundreds of baboons filling the pit and swarming over Bertram, doing unspeakable things. Hearing screams, the party opened a door and rushed into the chamber to do battle with the mob of baboons. Spell, arrow, ax and tooth finally dispersed the mob and Bertram was saved. In a secret treasure room, they found another binary choice, two identical chests. One contained many treasures while the other resulted in a fireball trap. One of the treasures was a left-hand iron ape paw.
After healing, they went south, only to be ambushed by invisible enemies: A behir and a spirit naga. Both launched lightning attacks that nearly destroyed the party. Spouting praises to Demogorgon, the Behir fell first and the naga soon after. Again, presented with a choice of two, Ono looked in one fountain on the west wall, only to get an Ice Storm in the face. In the other was a right-hand iron ape paw.
In the next room they found ape statues surrounding a locked door, each missing a paw. They attached the corresponding ape paws and the doors opened. A long corridor contained matching ape statues leading east. Once they were half way through the hall, the apes began to screech, only halting after 30 seconds. Reaching copper doors, they pushed them open and went inside.
Urol dangled from a chain 40 feet above a fire pit. Upon seeing them, he screamed for help. At the north end of the room a large statue of Demogorgon presided over all, watching silently while two smaller statues were on the east and west. By some unknown mechanism, the winch on the east well began to turn. Urol slowly descended towards the flame…