A Strange Pedestal

  • The party follows the trail of the thief deep into the White Vaults and through a massive set of double doors that opens up into a large platform that stretches across the darkness.
  • The thief pleads with a gigantic, horrific abomination called Hogrifar, Master of the Vaults.
  • Between the thief and Hogrifar, there is a pedestal. On its surface, the group sees a small radiant shard of glistening rock.
  • It becomes clear that this glistening shard is of great value to the thief and his objective is to steal it.
  • The party watches in fear from afar but their rustling gives their position away.
  • Hogrifar was under the impression the thief was alone, but after seeing Nightingale and the others, the abomination became enraged.
  • Hogrifar decimates the thief in a horrific fashion, cutting him down and turning his anger on the rest of them.
  • Nightingale instinctively runs over to help the injured man as her friends battle Hogrifar.
  • The thief warns her to get away from him before going still and succumbing to his wounds.
  • Before Nightingale can react, a mysterious black ooze spouts from the dead thief’s mouth and forces its way into Nightingale’s throat.
  • Nightingale blacks out.
  • Rook buys them some time by cleaving into one of Hogrifar’s tendrils. Rook grabs Nightingale’s unconscious body and alongside Remi and Zeke, they all make a break for it.
  • After running around the vaults aimlessly in a panic, they lose Hogrifar but also become horribly lost.
  • Nightingale comes too, scared and shaken, but otherwise okay. She asks about the mysterious black ooze that came out of the thief’s dead body, but nobody else saw it latch onto her.
  • After regaining their composure, the group panics as the reality of being completely lost sets in.
  • After swearing them to secrecy, Rook calls for his inter-dimensional friend Suri to aid him. He is able to summon her from the realm of Arkalla through an enchanted amulet he wears around his neck.
  • Suri’s presence on Middara is dangerous, as summoning those from Arkalla is banned. If others were to find out, it would put Suri in real danger.
  • After a quick introduction, Suri investigates for a moment before letting them all know that she believes that she can help them find a way out of the labyrinthine White Vaults.