With everyone but Templeton really hurt from the last epic battle, the decision was made to hole up and take a long 8 hour rest. Clearly this place was still quite dangerous so Puck brought forth the idea of casting a ritual version of his spell Leomund’s Tiny Hut. It brought into a existence a 10 foot radius domed force field that kept all creatures, objects, and magic out with the exception of the party. Puck placed the spell in the Duergar quarters sealing off the passageway leading in from the doorway. The field of force was transparent from the inside and opaque black from the outside.
Everyone settled down to rest inside the Leomund’s Hut except Templeton who cast disguise self to look like Yarsha Stonemelder. He also cast invisibility on himself and began to explore the rest of the complex. He found that is was vast indeed. He only traveled where he could sneak and did not open any doors. At one point he found another huge chasm with a small walkway. He heard the banging and clanging of perhaps some sort of forging going on. He also saw a large chain wrapped around a column connected to some sort of creature. He worked his way back to the Leomund’s Hut after a few minutes and joined the rest of the party in taking a long rest.
At one point about halfway through the rest a cult guard opened the door and carefully approached. He tried to touch the black wall of the Leomund’s Hut. He then ran off to get help. He returned with some additional guards and a priest. Other guards were beginning to clean up all the bodies of the cultists that the party had left littered all over the floor. They tried a few things to study and get through the black wall but could not figure it out. Another bulette with another rider just like Nartham Burrowshark also arrived. Guards were stationed to watch the strange black wall. They occasionally tapped on it with their maces and stood guard.
When it came close to the Leomund’s Hut spell expiring, everyone prepared. Templeton created an illusion of the same wall right on the inside of the Hut. When the Hut expired and disappeared the wall appeared to still be there. Everyone sprung into action. Kareep and Quintus attacked the guards on the other side of the illusion with surprise hurting them badly. Puck let off a fireball to burn many of the guards out in the main room and the cult priest. Templeton lined up a perfect shot on the cult priest from hiding and put a heavy crossbow bolt through the man’s neck, taking his head clean off his body and causing it to roll across the floor and stop at the feet of one of the guards. The priest was dead before he could anything.
But the guards stormed in to attack and it didn’t take long with the bulette rider who looked just like Nartham Burrowshark to come crashing through the door and smash into Kareep and Quintus knocking them back. The bulette cut through Quintus and Kareep with those rows of razor sharp teeth and the spear of the rider was unrelenting with 3 attacks per round.
This time instead of focusing our fire on the rider, all attacks were focused on the bulette. Puck got the bulette, the rider, and many guards with a vitriolic sphere and then unleashed a full barrage of magic missiles on the bulette from his wand. Kareep and Quintus pounded on the bulette with their melee attacks and Templeton continued to bury heavy crossbow bolts deep into the creatures thick hide from positions of hiding. Kareep took too much damage and was forced to fly away up the north passage behind Puck to get some relief. Finally the bulette fell and this time the rider went berserk as the mount and rider shared a special bond. He went medieval on Quintus with his spear and left him fallen but his magical amulet stopped the bleeding and automatically stabilized him.
As the Bulette Knight gloated over the fallen Quintus with his spear held high in a battle frenzy, Templeton calmly drew a careful bead on the burrowshark with Sky Piercer. He ever so gently stroked the trigger putting a heavy crossbow bolt straight through the man’s face and out his skull on the other side. He hit the ground before he even knew he was dead.
Most of the guards had died or at least been horribly wounded from the fire and acid of Puck’s magic. But those few that made it through were quickly dispatched. Kareep healed Quintus and then there was quiet again. Quintus and Kareep had been badly wounded but Puck only a little and Templeton not at all.
The party healed themselves and then made ready to explore further into the complex based on Templeton’s previous exploration.