Keeping watch in shifts, the party rested in the gnoll hole over night. Elmo woke them in the morning with a sudden surprise. Olowald and Crurry had gone missing. There were signs of a struggle and Elmo tracked the elf and halfling blood to a room of Burial Crypts. At the front of the room they saw a Ghoul devouring Olowald’s body. Stealthly, Bruce fired a killshot into the back of the Ghoul’s head.
At that moment, Kannash appeared from behind a crypt. He had found a secret passage from the torture room. With him was a new mage, Baron. There wasn’t much time for introductions before they were set upon by 4 more ghouls . These creatures were getting corpses to eat from the Master- and sometimes even had the chance to prey on those not yet dead for sport.
After defeating the ghouls, Demar found a den where the ghouls nested. Scattered in the mess he found 800sp, seven vials of holy water, a potion of undead control, and a scroll of protection from undead. At the other end of the crypt were small burrows were the tunnels were still being built out.
With nothing more to be done for Olowald, the party went out looking to see if they could rescue Crurry. Hearing some water coming from the south, they ventured into a room containing a natural pool of water. There were two guard of the Flaming Eye there that were engaged in trying to push back a giant crayfish. Under the guise of also working for the Master, the adventurers helped fight back the crayfish before turning on the guards. They tied one up to get more information out of him. It was then that they learned the identity of the new master— Lareth, the Beautiful.
Lareth has been sent to this area to rebuild a force of men and humanoid fighters to gather loot and restore the Temple of Elemental Evil to its former glory. He is but one of many so charged, of course, but is looked upon with special favor and expectation. He and his minions have been careful to raid far
from this area, never nearer than three or four leagues, travelling on foot or riding in wagons of the traders from Hommlet. None of the victims are ever left alive to tell the tale, and mysterious disappearances are all that can be remarked upon. No trace of men, mounts, goods, wagons or draft animals is ever found.
The guard also gave information of where the barracks and Lareth, the Beautiful’s chamber were located. He also told them of a room in the northern part of the dungeon where a group of Bugbear “new recruits” could be found. In the pool of water, John spotted something platinum and a bone tube. Trying to grab the items, he knocked them off the ledge and they sank to the bottom of the pool way out of reach. The guard laughed at John’s misfortune and in a rage John bashed his head in.
Seeking out the bugbears, the party set a series of confusing traps to confound the new recruits. The adventures took out the recruits and found gold and silver necklace.
Feeling confident, the party marched on the barracks and chamber of the New Master. Using the ring of invisibility, Bruce snuck inside and the four guards were quick to realize something was a miss. Demar tried to put the fear of god They sounded the horn bringing in 12 more guards and some sergeants. Bruce fired a shot and revealed himself. Coming from the master’s chambers appeared Crurry, revealing himself as Lareth’s evil lieutenant. He made Bruce an offer to meet the master and join the darkside. Bruce went into the Lareth’s chamber and spoke to him.
Lareth offered Bruce the chance to join him in his quest for evil if he could prove himself by killing one of his party members. Surprising everyone, Bruce slit Crurry’s throat, turned invisible, and ran for the door. The guards sounded the horn alerting more bug bears and ghouls to close in our party. Fighting their way out, the part escaped up a passageway hoping to reach the topside before the evil caught up to them…