Journey into the dungeon continues …….
The characters make there way down to the next level , the sound of sibilant hissing voices drift up from down stairs.
The stairs here lead down through a steep, straight shaft eight feet high and barely wide enough to contain the stairway. The sides and ceiling of the tunnel are bricked with white masonry that matches the steps, giving the overall impression of walking through the inside of an enormous bone. At the bottom, the passage opens up and freestanding stairs descend the final ten feet from the ceiling to the floor. To the south and west run straight passages of the same gleaming stone.
The make there way away from the voices and enter a large cavern.
The steady sound of gently flowing water fills this massive underground chamber. In the center of the cavern, a large pool of dark water separates dry shelves of rock to the east and west, with a rotting wooden bridge leading from the eastern shore to a small rocky outcropping jutting from the pool’s surface. To the north, a wooden rowboat bobs slowly within arm’s reach of the eastern shelf.
a spot check show 2 adult dragons asleep , the characters backtrack and start to check the other rooms on the level. Maybe they will deal with the dragons at a later date ?
The next room is very weird
A large, gleaming steel apparatus takes up the southern half of this room. All over its surface, tubes and cords emerge from sections of the machine’s chassis, only to plunge back into valves elsewhere, and a pair of levers andnumberless gauges festoon its metallic bulk. To the west, a spigot protrudes over a rack of empty glass beakers and flasks. In the center of the machine is a large recessed door several feet off the ground, above which glows a small amber light.
A solid engineering checks shows this weird invention makes healing potions out of dead creatures !!!!
Moving to the next room they hear the sound of arguing , sawing, mad laughter and mad shrieks !!!
This immaculately clean room is set up like an operating theater. Near the west wall, a freestanding steel table with an inch-high lip around the rim contains the splayed and mutilated body of a dog-headed man, his skin flayed in long flaps and held open by metal hooks and clamps to reveal the organs within. Along the other walls, tables hold trays of gleaming knives and strange, barbed utensils. The room stinks of chemicals and blood.
The mad doctor and this madly trapped defensive room , make for a hell of a fight , they kill the doctor? Or did he Escape ?
Making there way through the next room
The stench in this hallway is horrendous. Two rows of steel cages line the center aisle, their bars thick steel lattices that glow softly in the half-light. Inside each cell languishes a different monstrosity, slumped carelessly in piles of straw or its own filth.
The find themselves in an over grown garden
Hundreds of planters and flowerpots in stacks and rows dominate this room, obviously once carefully organized but long since overgrown and neglected. Thick mats of thorny green vines climb the walls and ceiling, and a carpet of moss and roots covers the floor. A fountain on the east wall is carved to resemble an owl’s head belching a stream of glowing blue water into a basin, and a squared ring of trenching filled with the same water dominates the center of the floor. Both are choked with lilies and other, less identifiable plant matter.
Sits scouts ahead and see`s a few large creatures moving about , some shambling mounds and some huge flytraps the fight starts with sits out of it !!!
Corik has been grappled , the fight continues .
Sits entered a new room .
The outer walls of this room-within-a-room are smooth and featureless. In the center sits a second, smaller structure: a massive block of stone that rises nearly to the ceiling. Across its sides flow horizontal bands containing thousands of miniscule engravings, reproduced larger on the two sets of bronze double doors that lead into the stone block from the east and west.
He turns back to see the fight taking a place and begins to reacts, a whisper in his ear sends a shiver down his spine ….
“Who dares awake the Lord of Scarabs ????????…………………………