Shards of Crystal

Keep on the Shadowfell (part 8)

Darkness conceals more than evil.

The party began exploring the southern tunnels and quickly found that the area was littered with small pit traps, apparently dug by the goblins who had been excavating the area. As they explored they found that the tunnel walls were riddled with smaller passageways. Too small for any of the party to fit in comfortably, but large enough that the goblins could have made them. The area also seemed to have a strong musky scent, which Seeley identified being like the scents of reptiles and insects. An unnerving clacking sound could be heard coming out of the darkness and a small band of kruthik attacked the party. The band made up of one adult, several young, and about a half-dozen hatchlings quickly surrounded the party. With their backs to the tunnel walls the party fought off the kruthiks until all of the beasts were destroyed. Afterwards they found that there was a small partially collapsed tunnel at the south of the complex where the kruthiks must have entered the area of the keep. Based on the tunnels and the number of hatchlings, Seeley estimated that the beasts had only recently found their way to the keep. In a pile near the adult’s nest they found a collection of gold and silver coins, and on the body of a goblin in one of the pits they found two Potions of Healing.

Heading back north towards the excavation site the party returned to the barred door. Behind the door they found the keep’s cistern, which had become fouled. After a few moments a blue jelly attacked the party from beneath the murky depths. Tired from their previous encounter with the kruthik the party fought the beast and finally managed to slay it, but not before Del, Rozca, and Slatehad been knocked unconscious. Fortunately Kamal and Seeley were able to revive Del who then stabilized the other two. Bruised and weary the party decided to close the door and rest in the room. While camping in the cistern they found some more coins, a Potion of Healing, a Shield of Protection, and a message cylinder.

The message cylinder contained a map of the area around the keep, and two messages:

Remember, don’t wet the nodule—unless Kalarel is not receptive to the offer. Then, wet it only from a distance, and then, turn and run. Water will bring the creature out of its dormancy, and it will consume anything it can reach.

Greetings, Kalarel. I have recently learned of your activity in the area and have an offer for you. During your time in this region, if you should capture any humanoids, we are eager to buy them. We have duergar allies in Thunderspire in need of slave stock. If you are interested, send an envoy back to me. My messengers will show the way.

Krand, Chief of the Bloodreavers.



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