After the five of us talked it over we decided to leave the people in the room with the giant cage, thinking it was our best option rather than tagging them along, which in retrospect was the best idea after seeing what we had to deal with, we venture on into the caverns, we come up to this stairwell that had quite a bit of rubble on the front of it, and after examining the symbols on the outside, we concurred that it was sigils explaining that it was a protection ward that is either keeping something from leaving….or entering, this particular room. While taking a look at this stairwell and its writings, another member of our party spots a well warn path leading to another stairwell that was heading upwards into the next room. Helcar, which eventually got nick-named Helcar the bloodied, for his many times he was brought near death, saw the stairs and immediately ran up the stairs ready to face his next foe. Illium following his back as he did before all of our other skirmishes and brief encounters, ran up the stairs behind him. Do’Reetto and myself hung back, having the party split up wasn’t such a good idea, after learning this rule in the past during our first encounter in the swamps, I shook my head and looked at Do’Reetto, motioning us to follow them, the two of us as we stepped onto the stairwell heard the arrows scream thru the air and then a brief scream from our compatriot, the two of us rushed up to the scene only to find the portcullis slam shut without any way to see through it. I huff at this blockade and walk up to it, feeling the portcullis for a place to grip, the iron clad bars have wooden boards between the bars to prevent anyone from looking through or grabbing the bars. I slide my hands to the bottom gripping the bottom the best I could and start to call my dragon strength forward; if I ever needed it, now would be the time. With all the might I could muster I start to lift this heavy barred portcullis up and over my head as I tell the Cleric to move on through. Looking forward I see Illium with 3 arrows sticking out of his chest and Helcar with 1 arrow, in the midst of battle with him in the center of the door fighting one of the hobgoblins that block the way. Before I could get to the other side Do’Reetto already surveyed the team and caught the mind of the Dragonborn, Doing that weird thing that he does with his mind, Do’Reetto forced the Dragonborn to come towards us. His armor was glowing with a magical hue, and Bracers on his arm were beautiful dragon scales. I Sneer at this Dragonborn everything about him looked wrong, I felt the Hatred build up in me, my own kind going against the morals that we as Dragonborn were brought up with, the morals that were instilled in us blatantly ignored. As the Dragonborn came close with Helcar in the middle of the doorway he blocks the others from coming through allowing me to single out the Traitorous Dragonborn. I move into the room and the portcullis Slams to the ground as I pass through. I gripped my great axe and I swung it towards the traitor, this Dragonborn was quick and missed the bulk of my hit, but takes minimal damage from each hit. He swings his great sword at me and hits dealing a decent blow to my plate armor. Helcar pushes back the one hobgoblin that he was head to head with. As Illium behind him takes his attack on the same guy he deals a decent blow keeping them at bay. Do’Reetto casts his Impending Doom on the traitor making him vulnerable to all damage. Illium taunts the traitor and as the traitor looks towards him and takes his swing I follow up with my swing dealing the final blow to Orlus the goat. As the fight moves on we take down the traitor and I move forward sneaking in the open hole by the door attempting to deal a Giant Dragon breath to the whole room but before I get the chance to Helcar takes the chance and advances into the room canceling that idea out, so I rethink the idea and only breath my fire breath on half the room taking out the bulk of the archers. I unleash the Fire on the hob goblins and the archers turning them into ash leaving one hobgoblin and two archers unscathed. The remaining hobgoblin keeps beating on Helcar, Finally dispatching the hobgoblin the two archers turn and run, after clearing out the room we take a short break and clean up the wounds that were inflicted along with cleaning up the loot that was dropped, and switching out the armor off the dead hobgoblins and Dragonborn. We explore the room and I spot this wall that just didn’t look right, so I start to scrape the wall and realize it’s nothing but plaster, as if it was covered up to hide something. I think to myself…this just didn’t seem right about this, so I rush at it to knock it down and I pass right through as if it was nothing, we enter this niche and see a lone treasure chest, and Illium moves to the treasure to check for traps and doesn’t see anything at all, so as he opens the chest three spears spring out and hit him, as the acid burns through his skin he becomes immobilized. As Do’Reetto sees this happen he rushes over to and pours that jug over top of him washing the acid away and curing his acidic wounds. I slide in patting Illium on his back slightly checking to make sure he was just fine and looked into the chest myself seeing nothing but a few coins. Illium gathers himself and examines the chest finding a false bottom underneath he messes with the tumblers and we gather up its contents.
As we follow the two archers into the next room, we see them lying on the sand with two very LARGE dog-looking beasts, one with a whip and the other a bow and arrow. Attacking the mind of the beast with the bow and arrows, Do’Reetto sends him into the swirling mass of sewage that made up the lake, and Helcar runs in at the same time landing on him with his shield pushing him into the river of sludge. Dispensing with the two large guards the feminine male eladrin looks up in a shocking disbelief at the several Dread Guard rush in. after Helcar shoves the beast in the water he jumps up and gets on the skive, startling the eladrin. I jump down the cliff and rush over towards the skive before grabbing hold of helcar’s waist making sure they don’t float off the dock. Illium jumps onto the boat and tells the feminine male eladrin to get out of the boat, scared out of his mind the eladrin vanishes from the boat landing on top of Do’Reetto and taking off out of the door. Illium then grabs hold of the rope making its way up on the shoreline. Do’Reetto gets knocked down and bloodied from the telekinetic blast from her hands. Kriv Looks back and tries to race towards her to slow her down, he rushes up towards the door way and throws his magic dagger towards her but misses. Illium gets up and blasts her with his sacred flame. Dealing some decent damage she still rushes forward escaping our clutches, meanwhile back at the skive Illium finds himself struck by a sneaky rogue coming from around the corner then dashes into the lake of sewage. Keeping watch of the lake we suspect that the rogue got swept away, so we rummage through the chests and coffers taking what we can carry. The group heads on into the next room seeing the Rat Statue with a bunch of Gold within its grasp… sensing that it’s a trap, to sneak past the swarms of rats that would undoubtedly come from the walls we scoot past the statue towards the tower seeing a man in front of the furnace. Black smoke is seen bellowing from the face of this beggar who would seem to be of some importance in the area. The beggar king calls on his skeletal friends to do its bidding. We all rush in dispensing the skeletal friends and we force the beggar king into the furnace as well as locking the door behind him. Dispensing the king really easily the tower starts to crumble, racing to the top of the tower a dragon starts to coalesce on the edge of the tower, after a lengthy battle with the dragon we all come out of this battle victorious as we head back in to the slaves. Kriv smirks and looks towards the room that we left untouched and we decide to enter the room, seeing a dead desecrated corpse in the center of the room we loot the scrolls within its grasps, and I take a closer look at the portal seeing a broken ring around the portal. As we all are about to leave the room the other members in the group hear a smash against the wall…Kriv has his axe halfway buried in the wall as the portal Activates…tentacles lash out grabbing hold of Kriv trying to pull him in. The group starts growling and bellowing about Kriv opening the portal. Kriv smiles and starts slashing at the beats tentacle dealing blow after blow at this creature as the others deal their most powerful actions against the beast. Pulling me further into the portal room it tries to suck me back into the portal as I lash out with the axe and hack my way out of its grasp. I hear “why did we enter this room”, Several times as I’m hacking this beast’s tentacle. Dealing the final blow I smirk and laugh as we all leave the room going back to the area with the slavers proud of doing my share of work at dealing with a creature proving myself as a worthy fighter as I had possibly let my group down before.