A huge ogre burst out of the door and slammed into a surprised Templeton. Luckily his uncanny dodge allowed him to avoid some of the damage. Before he could react, 3 Orogs pushed past their ogre friend to surround Templeton. Templeton’s shield spell went up and stopped a few of their blows but a couple made it past his guard. In a bad way and very exposed, Templeton disengaged from the fight and moved away. He used his action to cast a minor illusion spell of a bulge in the rough hewn cave wall and snuck around to hide inside it. He could now see through the illusory walls but the orogos and ogre could not see him.
The battle wore on with Templeton firing his crossbows from the safety of his hidden location. Kareep made good use of his ablity to hide and sneak up to ambush the Ogre using his ambuscade ability. Puck let loose a fireball that killed the Ogre and burned the Orogs badly. Quintus used his spirutal hammer to beat the love of Tempus into their black hearts. Eventually all were slain. In their room Templeton found a loose flagstone hiding a pouch with 90 GP and 40 EP. The Master Party Treasure List was updated.
Templeton led the way exploring the rest of the tunnels.
An area was found that was barred off with a very complicated lock. Attempts to to pick the local and bend the bars failed. Widget was sent down but hit some kind of a ward and was destroyed. Clearly there was no way to go any further. But a different section of the tunnels led to a crypt. There were sarcophagi and remains lining the walls. A large central sarcophagus was open and empty. It had writing on it that said:
Here lies Samular Caradoon defender of the North.
Four zombies suddenly surrounded and attacked Quintus. He fought them off by calling upon the holy power of Tempus and turning two of them to dust. The other two were quickly dispatched by the deadly crossbow fire of Templeton and the strong lance work by Kareep.
The crypt was searched and Kareep found 2 rings. One was made of silver with inset rubies worth 600 GP. The other was made of gold but was enchanted. Puck identified the ring as a ring of fire resistance. Kareep kept the item and attuned himself to it. The Master Party Treasure List was updated.
With the keep secured, the party escorted the prisoners up to the mess hall at the upper level. There they ate and drank their fill and provisioned themselves for the journey out of the monastery. During this time, Bruldenthar told her harrowing tale of what happened to the caravan. Right before they would have reached Summit Hall, the attack came. It was swift and devastating. Earth cultists including monks wearing golden masks, earth priests, and fighters with the strange stone armor took down the caravan. Bruldenthar was taken prisoner along with Deseyna Norvael, Teresial, and Runedorth.
The group was ferried across the river by pirates in exchange for Brulhendar’s books for payment. At some point after that but before they reached the Monastery of the Sacred Stone, they were attacked by the air cult. It is suspected at that point Deseyna Norvael, Teresial, and Runedorth were taken by the air cult since they were not found in the Monastery of the Sacred Stone.
After an extended rest, the group geared up and worked their way overland to the town of Womford.