The group recovered from the exertion of the fight while Sir Oakley set right to the cleansing ritual. However, just after beginning the ritual, Oakley was seized by an unseen force causing an unnatural roar to escape his lips before knocking him to the ground. Oakley admitted to the group that at present, he would be unable to overcome the evil inside the temple. He went on to make the group aware of three temple artifacts each designed to repel a different kind of supernatural evil. Oakley claimed that if the three were gathered, he believed that he would have better control of the unseen force.
The group spread out inside the building to attempt to locate any of the objects that may be in the area. Azrukal and Thom made their way to the alter of Tira at the front of the room to examine it. Within a couple of minutes, Azrukal discovered a hidden slot in the alter where he found a second magical card. This one had a image of a burning sphere flying across the sky and the word “comet” at the bottom.
While Thom and Azrukal searched the alter, Gloomhollow set to looking around the right side of the ruined temple. Near the rear of the building, she came upon a large nest made of rags and sticks. The nest was laying in the center of a room with brick walls with hundreds of gold coins stuck into the grout gaps. Ignoring the coins, Gloomhollow began to rip the nest apart. Under the many twigs, rags, and lice, she discovered the body of a fallen paladin. Clutched in its skeletal hand was a sword with a spread winged dragon for a hilt. Gloomhollow could sense that this was a powerful weapon specifically designed to battle dragons. Thom and Azrukal caught up with Gloomhollow and took little time before spending over an hour removing 1600 gold coins from the walls of the room. Thom searched the left of the building and found a staircase leading down. Oakley told the group that the stairs most likely led to the crypts and that the energy he felt from the cards resonated from below.
The group decided that the crypts would have to wait till the following day, and left the temple. Outside, the group surprised a spying Gnoll, who ran into the building where the group had defeated the spiders. The group chased after and eventually Thom found a hidden stairway in this building as well. Oakley claimed that a crypt would not be under the building, and that it was most likely a vault or cellar.
Gloomhollow knew when she snuck down the stairs that this was not her best effort, however her teammates were none the wiser as she seemed to float away without a sound. Below she found a large chamber with one double iron door exit, one single door exit. The walls of the room were covered with Minotaur art, and there was no sign of the Gnoll. She returned upstairs and found Thom and Azrukal deciding to not go down after the spy. Thom recovered the hidden entrance focusing on keeping in whatever was down there.
The group traveled back down the stairs and found Oakley’s horse buttercup grazing on grass, and Secretariate choking down what looked like old rabbit bones. They arrived back at the village late in the evening to find lord Padrig standing over two covered bodies. Padrig told the group that the bodies were of two traders killed on the road today. Padrig begged the group to get information about the orcs soon. The group turned in for the night onus Thom who spent a few minutes talking to Elian the old about temple artifacts. Elian seemed to know as much rumor as fact, and was very scared to touch the “cursed coins” Thom had brought back.
The next morning, Oakley met the group in the inn and apologized that while having Secretariate brushed and cleaned, the stable boy had left the old horse completely without hair. The group was not surprised by this news, and we’re pleased to find that Secretariates smell had diminished. The group made their way to Bairwins Grand Shop to see if anything new had come in. After much searching and arguing with Bairwin, the group left without any new gear.
The trip to the Abby took the group three and a half hours. When they reached the dragons roost, they went straight to the temple and down the crypt stairs. Close to the bottom of the stairs, chanting to Tira was heard coming from the chamber ahead. Gloomhollow scouted down like a whisp of smoke, and found a room with sarcophagi in front of her and a few armored men kneeling in front of a dragon headed alter on the other side. She snuck back up the stairs and beside her unaware companions. Gloomhollow was unable to resist the opportunity and bellowed “hey you guys!” scaring them both. Azrukal twitch blasted her with a bolt of chaos, and Thom grabbed her by the throat to shut her up.
From down the stairs a voice identified itself as “captain Havaar”. He asked that the faithful to Tira please come down and pray with him. The group cautiously approached the chamber and began to suspect something was wrong. Gloomhollow noticed that the men prayed with their weapons drawn and placed on the floor. Thom, decided that Havaar did not act like a captain, lacking the common stiffness of military. Azrukal, wondered how a captain could exist in a temple destroyed 150 years ago. Havaar turned and began to chant to Tira once again. Oakley stopped in his tracks and whispered “the prayer is spoken wrong”.
Thom then noticed something else only visible from a close proximity, the kneeling men cast no shadows.
Azrukal launched a bolt of energy at the men, whose disguise fell away revealing ghastly ethereal forms. The two groups battled back and forth, the ghosts testing the will of the group many times before falling to the holy might of sir Oakley who seemed driven by Tira herself to destroy the blasphemers.
Total experience per player for session: 415