With the stone door locked, the heroes backtrack to the other corridors, exploring further. They locate a secret door with treasure chests inside, loot them, then discovered an abandoned living quarters with desks and crystal statues: naturally enough these animate and attack as the heroes enter and begin searching the room. Ungrid and Xellos smash one each, Sidni destroys another, and Halmary weakens one for Calibos to finish off. The room, sadly, is empty of treasure or anything of note. However, from the chests they find a scroll, with a knock spell that they use on the locked stone door. Inside the room is the lair of a malnourished and insane medusa. Thankfully, first to enter is Calibos wearing his helm that protects him against gaze attacks: he manages to ignore her deadly gaze and charges her, badly wounding her and distracting the creature long enough for Ungrid and Xellos to move in, eyes averted, and slay her. They loot the body and room, finding plenty of jewellery to cart away.
They head back down and through the lower level, to the other set of stairs heading down and encounter a pair of ogres that demand a toll for safe passage: Ungrid throws his hammer at one, killing it instantly, leaving the other for Calibos to kill. These too have some loot, plenty of gold and electrum coins from past tolls. They head down a corridor, and find a door leading to a natural cave, with a cave bear that isn’t too happy being disturbed. As Calibos and Xellos deal with it, a door opens down the corridor and a hell hound and ogres come out and engage the others. None of the monsters prove particularly dangerous, as the hell hound falls to Ungrid’s hammer, but not before it singes his beard. This insult cannot go unpunished, so Ungrid takes his rage out on the ogres next, killing them, albeit with some help from Halmary. Meanwhile, over the in the cave, Calibos and Xellos slay the old grey-furred cave bear, and Sidni explores down the corridor and discovers a cage hanging from the ceiling: inside are a pair of women, who Sidni frees. They introduce themselves as Matilda and Patricia, adventurers who brought their daughters down here and have since lost them, having been kidnapped by the ogres. They join the party, although the heroes keep an eye on them.
Beyond the cage corridor is another natural cavern, into which the heroes descend and come face-to-claw with a trio of owlbears: these too prove to be merely a pause in the heroes exploration, all falling to Calibos’ superior strength. Through another door are several shriekers that scream; these are pulverised. Beyond them, troglodytes who hurl spears and– by pure luck more than skill– wound Calibos; the heroes then proceed to slaughter them and loot the room; Halmary triggers a cloud of yellow mould spores, but manages to not breath any in.
Another door stands on the rear wall, and the heroes cautiously approach…
End of Session
Kills: 4 crystal statues, 1 medusa, 5 ogres, 1 hell hound, 1 cave bear, 3 owlbears, 10 shriekers, 8 troglodytes.