Lucifer was determined to explore the tunnel that he had found. Content that the Mostali would guard
it well, and that no Chaos could pass, he returned to the Arm of Pavis, intending to muster The Company.
When he arrived he found that most of the group had recently departed the Rubble, accompanying Fost on
his expedition to Tarsh. Of the senior members of the group, only Serenity was still in Pavis. She was in the middle of a
training session, so Lucifer found it easy to persuade her to accompany him (“Fancy smiting some Chaos?”).
suggested that they get Thorfinn the Uroxi to help them, pointing out that he would be offended if they didn’t call
him for what they perceived would be a major mission against Chaos. It took the pair about ten minutes to find Thorfinn (“Wow!
Who would have guessed we’d find you at the pub!”), who readily agreed to help them. The three of them then travelled
to the tunnel complex, meeting Kardala and Copperskull along the way.
group then entered the tunnel complex and met up with the Mostali, who escorted them to the mouth of the as yet unexplored
tunnel that Lucifer had found. The leader of the dwarves explained that several monstrosities had issued forth from the tunnel,
but had been slain, and suggested that the tunnels would be far too dangerous a place for such a small group. Seeing that
they were determined to enter, he taught them how to alert the tunnel’s guards when they returned (to prevent any kind
of friendly-fire incidents).
took point, followed by Thorfinn, then Kardala and Copperskull, Serenity was rearguard. The group advanced into the tunnels.
encountered no opposition at first. After an hour or so of cautious travel, the
tunnel widened and the group finally emerged into a massive room, dimly lit, and filled with massive columns. Thorfinn sensed
Chaos and immediately charged into the room, closely followed by Lucifer. As they charged, scorpionmen and black-clad warriors
emerged from the shadows and engaged them.
ordered Kardala and Copperskull to hold the tunnel, and joined the melee. She, Lucifer, and Thorfinn made quick work of their
opponents and none escaped their onslaught. Serenity used the powers she gained on the StormWalk Path heroquest to bring Thorfinn
out of his berserker rage, and after a quick search they decided to press on.
and Copperskull remained behind, deciding that their presence was slightly superfluous in a place this dangerous. They were
told to return to the dwarves and inform them of what they had found, as the group realised that there was likely to be a
Thanatar temple further down the tunnel (they recognised tattoos that they had seen on the bodies).
three veterans followed the tunnel leading from the chamber and soon arrived in another massive room filled with giant fungi
and strange animals. They had a brief fight with another party of scorpionmen and explored the chamber, finding several side-rooms
and the exit.
continued onwards, dealing with several Mad Head Ghost pillars along the way. Finally they entered a large complex of rooms,
the centre of which was a temple to Thanatar. The group battered their way through the guardians of the complex and defeated
the temple priests after a short and vicious battle. A thorough search revealed a good quantity of loot and an ancient library.
The three made sure that the area was safe and secured their loot. During the course of their search they discovered a set
of massive stairs leading deep down into the bowels of the earth. After a brief rest they continued onwards.
took more than an hour to reach the bottom of the stairs, which led into a massive cavern, but had been broken off high above
the floor. The group could see a huge pile of rubble and three misshapen wyrm-like creatures in the cavern. At the far side
they could just about make out the shape of a large doorway.
used a sylph to carry them down to the cavern floor and the group cast their combat magics on the way down. As expected, the
wyrm-like beasts attacked them almost as soon as they touched down.
dealt with his foe quite quickly, as did Serenity, but they were forced to help Lucifer, who had been badly wounded by a heavy
blow from his opponent. They finished the beast off for him (an easy task considering the damage that he had already done
to it). After healing him, they examined the doorway at the far side of the room.
led into a complex of strange rooms filled with odd furnishings and decorated with strange carvings (it looked like a Jules
Verne type laboratory in a submarine). They explored this cautiously, but found nothing other than some odd-looking bones
and a massive sealed door.
looked like the kind of door that should not be opened. Bad things obviously lay beyond. Naturally they decided to open it,
bad things have a certain appeal to Lucifer and Serenity (they like beating on them). It took them some time to open the door
(they may not be stupid, but they are not the finest minds that society can produce).
door led into another massive chamber. It was part-filled with the shattered ruins of columns and other building materials.
A wave of putrefied air assaulted the group as they examined the scene and even Lucifer and Serenity could sense the presence
of Chaos in the room. Thorfinn started to froth at the mouth.
could see no opponents however, and advanced cautiously into the chamber, spell casting as they moved. Lucifer spotted several
piles of ‘stuff’ near to a set of pillars and they moved forward, intending to examine them. Lucifer seemed especially
attracted to a sword that he could see protruding from one of the piles.
kept watch as Lucifer and Serenity examined the debris. Lucifer examined the sword and seemed very excited (later explaining
that he believed it to be Indrodar Greydog’s sword, lost to the cult of Humakt for many years). Serenity found a long
pole topped by a windsock in the shape of a dragon (similar to a Roman/Sarmatian draconari) and started to look at it closely.
this point Thorfinn called out a warning to the others. Tentacles were snaking down from the dark recesses of the ceiling
and attempting to entangle the group. Suitably warned, they were able to fend off the initial wave of attacks. Their protective
magics dealt with a barrage of magical attacks that followed the initial assault and they steeled themselves for a hard fight.
more attacks by tentacles were fended off and Serenity used magic to illuminate the ceiling area. The group saw that a huge
beast covered the ceiling. It had one eye, massive in size, and its body appeared to be covered in shark heads. The group
heard a loud banging noise as the door to the chamber swung shut.
number of tentacle attacks increased. The group realised that the damage that they were inflicting on the tentacles was not
really hurting the beast, only helping them to defend themselves. Eventually a blow or two would get through and they would
be killed. They decided to take the fight to the beast.
used an allied sylph to fly up to the body of the beast and began to hack into it. He used the sylph’s mobility to make
savage darting attacks at several different points.
had spent part of the time fiddling around with her new toy (the standard) and surprised the others by suddenly firing gout
of flame from it. The flame hid the beast just left of the eye and scorched it massively, causing it to howl in pain. She
then leapt up to the beast’s body; narrowly avoiding shark attacks as she did so (the first time she’s ever been
attacked by a shark and it was underground, on a ceiling, typical). Using a Glue spell she remained on the beast, fending
off shark attacks and blasting it with an occasional shot from the dragon standard.
remained on the floor, berserk and in a desperate battle against the beast’s tentacles.
a while all was chaos (so to speak, perhaps anarchic is a better word). The group was battered and constantly needed their
allied spirits to heal them. Eventually they triumphed. Lucifer burst the central eye with a series of concerted attacks and
Serenity was causing considerable damage with both the standard and her sword. Soon after its eye was destroyed, the body
of the beast burst, showering the room with gunk. This, and the fact that it had stopped moving, was taken as an indication
that the beast was dead.
group rested up and healed themselves. Lucifer and Thorfinn gathered up some loot that they found and Serenity used the standard
to burn what she could of the beast’s remains. They left the room and sealed it once more (breaking the door so that
it could not be opened).
returned to the Thanatari complex and gathered all their loot together (possibly the best haul yet, Pete is a bit stingy with
treasure unless you really earn it). They left Serenity to guard it; Lucifer and Thorfinn returned to the surface to
gather Company employees to help them move their finds to the Arm.
group held a meeting with the Pavis cult and the dwarves to determine ways to seal the tunnel system off, a matter that the
cult assured them that they could take care of. Confident that the matter was resolved, they returned to the Arm of Pavis
and celebrated with a big drinking session.