An epic search for the Amethyst heptagon leads a party of fresh graduates through the northern reaches of Ustalav. Based in Karcau, the party visits places like the dark Castle Jarovich or the dangerous alleys of Carrion Hill.
Solaric pats Kirk Spearborn on the back and comments, "I promise not to give you a hard time for using the skills of a thief! You are master with those tools! However, I'm still going to give you a hard time for carrying around that bottle!" Solaric says with a smile as he enters the room.
The door snaps open, but Kirk is greeted by falling rainwater. This small chamber is even more damp than the large altar room, which is no surprise since it lacks a roof. Only a dark clouded sky and a silver crescent moon greet you in this otherwise empty room.
Perception DC 18:
Strangely the clouds have formed a ring around the moon!!
perception DC 28:
There was a very short moment of tremor coming from below.
After climbing down you find yourself in a large low-ceilinged chamber that may once have been part of an extensive basement or subcellar, but the worked stone walls have long since crumbled to reveal uneven stone beyond. A sunken area in the center of the room contains a small pond of stagnant water that reaches around a single pillar of rock supporting the ceiling. A slick looking circular tunnel extends south. To the southwest and northeast several tables cluttered with what appears to be alchemical equipment stand around two more stone pillars.
"If he is indeed afraid for his life, then he is most likely hiding down here as far away from the creature as he can get! I am not familiar with alchemical solutions, but perhaps you, Johenric, or Master Spearborn can see what types of things he was working on down here. Once you are all set, I propose we continue for a ways down this tunnel to the south."
"Well Met! Master Hyve, I presume! I am Solaric Zekkaran and we are Karcau's chosen. I am sorry to intrude upon you in your home like this, but we have a few pressing questions that we would like to ask you, if you would be so kind as to talk with us for a moment. First, would you be willing to kindly remove that parchment gagging your mouth?"
Before he is at the ladder, he notices you approaching from behind and in one very agile move whirls around. Now you face a hand crossbow pointing between your eyes. He must have hidden the weapon behind the large book and the speed of his maneuver tells you this guy wasn't a sage for all of his life...It's pretty obvious now that he isn't willing to take the gag off.
"It looks like the gentlemen does not want to talk! Master Hyve, we mean you no harm. Please lower your weapon and remove the binding so that we may talk. There is no need to resort to this sort of violence. We simply need to communicate with you, and if you prefer to do it upstairs, well that would also be fine. If you are simply following a vow of silence, we can respect that as well. I have great respect for those who follow their convictions. Please indicate in some friendly manner if it would please you for us to return upstairs with you."
"It sounds like he wants us to go upstairs. Let us proceed, my friends. We need to be able to talk without interruption. Onward up the ladder. I will be the last to leave. I now hear the tremors and a fiend is definitely coming, I will do everything to protect your escape! Now, make haste! Up the ladder! We will talk once you reach the surface!"
He nods eagerly and waits for you to get up the ladder. Then, as soon as possible he follows you.
Once you are all upstairs again, you hear a deep rumbling from below and then the rumbling of rocks, the shattering of tables and the breaking of glass. The gag falls out of Hyve's mouth and he stammers
A jiffy later the walls of the building vibrate as an eerie and unearthly howl echoes through the basement.