The group further investigated the room holding the now dismantled machine. Quin could find no purpose for the machine, but knew that it was surely going to destroy itself. Finding nothing else of interest, the group headed back to the house entrance. They had decided to find their street contact Murtheisel and ask if he knew any thing about the house. However, upon reaching the Balthizars new door, an officer of the Sharn Watch spots them through the opening. He had them sit on the front steps of the house next to a bound up man who Quin realized was Aric Blackwater, the man the group found chained to a wall in the tower four years ago. He seemed more coherent than after he had sat on the earth formed magic symbol. The officer made some sort of arcane call using a necklace and then tells Aric that everything checked out. However, when the officer spoke to the bound man, he addressed him as Mr. Neblin. With that, the officer leaves the group.
With the officer gone, Quin immediately began questioning Aric about what he is doing here. Within a moment, the image of Aric is replaced with another and the shapeshifter said that he didnt know who Aric was. He claimed that the image he used is that of Mr Neblin, his employer that lives in the house they were just in. Further inquiry found that the shifter is a worker in the Tain foundry. He had needed more hours and was pointed towards Mr Neblin who had come down to the foundry looking for laborers. The shifter also claimed that he arrived today to find the machine in a state of chaos, and that the explosion of it would have destroyed the entire tower. The shifter left at this point, making sure to turn away from the players before changing his features once again.
The group began to discuss visiting Lord Bren(Aric’s former employer), or going to the foundry to visit the shape changer’s Forman. War hammer decided for the group when the feeling to walk hit him and he strode away from the rest of them towards the foundry. The travel took the group a few hours and they decended into the Cogs of Sharn. After a brief interaction with the foundry guards, the group was led to the tavern of the foundry, a dirty junky building. Scribed on the fornt of the building in a molten metal letering was the name “Slag Pit”. Inside the building the group was brought to the forman. The forman(a dwarf with a shaven head and face)declaired that his name was Molric. His table companion(a hobgoblin in white robes with a long braided hair and beard) also spoke up and introduced himself as Olaaki. Quin began questioning the Molric about the murders of the day, and the identity of the person who hired laborers. Molric was very gruff and rude saying that he had enough problems with hia own murders. Olaaki goaded Molric to ask the group if they would be willing to help. Molric explained that he had lost quite a few workers recently due to kruthiks suddenly burrowing into one of his low tunnels. Olaaki piped in saying that he had also lost priests and would pay 100gp if the group would find and destroy the infestation. Olaakki warned the group that rare flying kruthiks had been sighted. Balthizar then offered to give his low quality bow to Olaakki which Quin snatched from him. Molric got up from the table and said that he might remember more about the fellow who asked about workers when the kruthiks are killed. With that Molric leaves. Olaakki give the players a map and wished them good luck.
The players set out immediately following the map just past an underground lake. The smell of vinigar fills the air around a tunnel that has been crudely made with tooth and claw. War Hammer suddenly burst out in vocal reprehence of Quin. Quins put on the charm and quickly extinguished the animosity. The group begans to travel into the tunnel and soon the rough earth gaves way to an old temple entrance. The chamber was lit with small white motes in each corner and smelled of vinigar. The bodies of several dead kruthikss lay on the floor. Invictus stepped into the chamber to get a better look at the scene. He found blackened arrows, the ones that goblins use. Invictus then keened his senses and discovered that the dozen or so dead kruthiks fought around 6 humanoids, and that the dead humanoids were draged out of the south entrance. His ears then picked up the faintest sound of stone grinding on stone in the distance.
The sound of grinding was suddenly overshadowed by a tapping like falling rain as kruthiks burst out of hole in the walls and floors. The group quickly found themselves surrounded. Quin stabbed out and dispached one of the smaller kruthiks as even more came out of the walls. Invictus was grabbed by a large kruthik’s claws and badly wounded, but answered with fire that enchanted a portion of the floor. War Hammer scrambled up a pile of skulls and swung his massive hammer losing control of it and launching it across the room. Balthizar breathed a blast of cold into three of the kruthiks and was only lucky enough to fell one. More kruthiks scurried out of the holes and found the readied group not as easy as the first few seconds doing very little damage. Quin stabbed a larger kruthik and inspired his comrades to be more defensive. Invictus burned more of the insects and ran to retrieve the dropped weapon for War Hammer who readied to use it. Balthizar dispatched another of the smaller bugs as Quin used heroic effort to attack a larger kruthik twice before it could respond killing it. Invictus ran to War Hammer and passed his weapon off to him then summoning a massive amount of power, created a mirror image of himself and launched fire from both himself and the iamge at 5 of the bugs, killing 4. However, Invictus lost control of the image and it turned on its creator and blasted him with fire before dissapearing. War Hammer had summoned all his effort for this moment, he called upon divine energies that destroyed one of the beasts. Then he turned and slammed into another smashing its head.
total experience per player: 228