|Komm the "Grandfather"|
Following the orc witchdoctor's words you take your leave of the Oracle and backtrack the way you came. Sadly it does not take long for the orc priest to make a break for it. Realizing he is privvy to your plans you decide he is far too dangerous to allow to live, and once Ranalfus subdues him a quick slit of his throat and a fiery blast from Grezzor turns his corpse into something the other priests won't be able to recognize (or raise).
Sending the corpse's ashes down the underwater river you make your way past the purple worms remains and up the stairs. Consulting your notes you realize the next level up is nearby leading up to where the S*** Monster lurks. While you do indeed smell it nearby you all manage to avoid it.
After wending your way back to the tunnel leading back to the mauseleum you make it inside bypassing the remains of the black skeleton you defeated here. Moving to the doors you see the green statues stationed around the Mauseleum. As you climb out of the depression that holds the Mauseleum, you all feel a chill up your spine as one of the green stone gargoyles animates and flies off to the skies in the pre dawn air.
With that image in your mind you do not tarry here, pushing your bodies to the limit trying to get as far way from there as possible. Crossing the Old Coast Road before reaching the bridge you take a circuitous route finally making your way back to Mitchrod.
Yet despite the fact your bodies are aching and tired you are summoned to meet with Komm in his office. Silently cursing the devil's lack of need for rest you hurriedly comply. Fortunately an old friend Raaz al' Zuul managed to help dispel your exhaustion by providing some potions. "Courtesy of Malzii." The tiefling intones. "Komm awaits."
Feeling refreshed you go to meet Komm and deliver your report. The briefing takes many hours as the bearded devil quizzes you on every detail of your venture into the depths of Rappan Athuk. As you describe each area you visited he marks up his huge map of the dungeons below Rappan Athuk. Finally he waves you to sit.
"Well done. You have learned much of what we face here. While the loss of Arlok is a serious blow to our cause, the existence of one of the Demon Prince's major shrines in the dungeon is a valuable piece of intelligence. The fact such powerful guardians like the vrock and the spectre exist tell me this is the case. Now onto Demonbane..."
When you tell him what the Oracle says he is silent for a long while before speaking. "Slavish...a name I have not heard of before yet he...or it...must hold the blade we seek. We must learn more of that one, yet it is good to see the blade does still lie where we believe." He grins in a terrifying manner, "Of course something must be done to recover its destined wielder...if for nothing else he reveal the existence of Mitchrod to his captors..." He abruptly rises to his feet. "You are dismissed...until I call upon you again. I have plans to make..." He then raises his clawed arms and with a billow of brimstone smoke, vanishes from the room.
END Chapter One.
I hope you guys enjoyed this game as much as I did. I will mark this Campaign as Inactive in the next day or so. Should I decide to start Chapter Two, then I will send a PM out.