The ground beneath them was sloped and slippery as the party held onto Sylvondar’s rope for dear life. Sylvondar, being the first down, tied a rope to a stalagmite and discovered a lever that he pulled without question. The group heard a grating sound as the well above them began to close.
However, because Seltair came clammering down on top of them, only half of the party had managed to grab hold of the new rope and as the light began to fade the rope snapped, sending Lyana, Seltair and Faber further down into the unknown. After recuperating from their mishap, they found themselves at the edge of an underwater river. Using their rope skills once again, Lyana and Sylvondar were able to lasso a stalagmite across the frigid waters and establish a way across. The members crossed one by one and Graphelm, halfway to the other side, lost his grip and plunged into the icy water, carrying him down stream. The party quickly made haste along the dark shore to find him.
As they made their way they spotted Graphelm next to the shore going into hypothermia. Choosing not to light a fire in the darkness, Seltair called upon Cellastane and was granted the power to heat metal. Using the hot metal they fanned Graphelm’s body, slowly bringing him back to life. Lyana, a proficient wildlife tracker, was able to find the path of the snake and discovered other humanoid footsteps as well, ones that might belong to the unicorn.
As the group traversed the underdark with Sylvondar scouting ahead, suddenly, D’Sis (a gifted sword from Pyren in South Umber) came to life. It began to glow purple and a faraway song began to play in Sylvondar’s head. As he ventured further, the sword grew brighter and the song grew louder. Moving as quietly as possible and the music nearly bursting his eardrums, he caught the glimpse of a party of dark elves with two prisoners. He assumed their prisoners were the siblings of Seltair. And he assume D’Sis was a magic sword thirsting for Drow blood. He headed back to inform the group and they hatched a rescue plan.
Faber cast invisibility on Sylvondar and he quietly positioned himself in front of the dark elf party. He crept right up behind what looked like the leader of the party, a wizard of some kind. As Sylvondar neared, D’Sis’s purple glow had turned turned to purple flames that leaped towards the Drow as if to consume him. The Drow turned around to say something to his party members and in an instant Sylvondar buried the sword into his back. The drow had only time to to reach upwards in a silent cry of despair before vanishing into a cloud of purple sparks and ashes. A battle ensued with Sylvondar separated on one side of the dark tunnel and his friends on the other. They had blocked off the Drow.
A tug of war ensued over the prisoners but Drow do not negotiate in such situations. In an attempt to flee, a poison sleep dart caught Sylvondar in the chest and the Drow cut the throats of one of the prisoners as they made off into the darkness. As the party began to head back to rescue Larcen, another familiar face revealed itself in the darkness.
Malakai had come for his treasure and he was not pleased to discover that the treasure was now useless and the deal he forged broken. The treasure he had sought? Seltair’s siblings. Malakai unleashed his fury among the adventurers and froze most of them in place, save Lyana and Sylvondar. In a heated battle versus Malakai, Lyana and Sylvondar were unable to save the last sibling, who was killed by one of Malakai’s servants. Malakai, seeing no point in staying any longer, doomed his last servant to exile and lit the fire on tunnel. As the group nursed their wounds they continued on, Seltair highly distraught over the death of his siblings.
After another scouting venture down the tunnel, Sylvondar returned to the group and informed them of a secret entrance to the hobgoblin cave. He discovered the cave containing Larcen’s body and a trace of the unicorn. They hatched a plan. They interrupted a strange ceremony going on in the room with a large cauldron of some strange smell filing the air. They burst in through a secret entrance, grabbed his body and barely escaped in time before the hidden door shut, the shaman and general unable to react in time. They quickly made their way towards another tunnel and found themselves above ground.
After returning to Eden Glarion they discovered a protected area in the city. Inside this area they discovered a large mirror next to a gargantuan tree. Seltair recognized the mirror as a portal and after praying to Cellastane it came to life. Seltair said his farewells to the adventurers and took the bodies of his siblings and Larcen through the portal. The group had finally rescued Larcen (or at least his body) but now the weight of finding the unicorn settled back onto their shoulders…
NEEDS EDITING – will update again soon.