Beneath The Mountain

The Cult of the Pit

With their immediate problems resolved, our heroes turned once more to the exploration of the ancient tombs. But alas, the party had undergone a change by the time they arrived, for Jethro had at last had enough of his near death experiences and crept away in the night. Fortunately, a replacement was conveniently close at hand, and the party was soon joined by the lion-riding, gun-toting warrior Kanada. They also had the somewhat reluctant support of Krak, the last surviving member of the Githyanki pirate crew they had defeated in the plane of water. They were, in other words, as prepared as they could possibly be…

Passing the site of their desperate battle with the shadows, the party plunged deeper into the tombs. Their, they encountered all manner of undead horrors. A Morgh, whose lightning speed and paralyzing tongue might have spelled doom had it not been dismembered by Kanada's lion and Saqqua's hammer. A pack of noble Wights, whose soul draining powers proved no match for Urzogg's firepower. A ghostly wizard, ranting about "finding the door" even as he lashed out with dark sorcery. There was even an entire room in which the walls were rigged to stab visitors with spikes for some reason. That trap did some damage, but it was what awaited in the next room that presented the true threat.

A trio of deadly specters, the ghosts of past warriors, ambushed our intrepid tomb robbers while they were looting a coffin and, in  a grim reenactment of Jethros death, laid into Saqqua. Saqqua's mighty armor and prodigious strength proved useless against the insubstantial foes, and he was brought to the very brink of death before his companions could banish his enemies. It as at this point that the heroes decided to head back to the inn to regroup…

Once again, however, the inn proved a place of danger more than rest, as the party found thier room filled with hidden warriors. Fortunately, a tossed necklace of fireballs made short work of the assassins (and most of the inn). This was not the last of the matter, however, as the heroes were able to recover enough from the scorched remains of the intruders to find that each bore  a tattoo of a black pit containing a pair of red eyes. Investigation soon connected this symbol to a mysterious organization known as the Cult of the Black Pit, which was known to be active among the barbarian tribes of the region…

 

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