When last we left our intrepid adventurers, they had been captured by the Set cultists and imprisoned, to be sacrificed later along with the remaining caravaneers.
As Bearatrice regained consciousness, she could conceive of no plan to escape or rescue the others, so she feigned sleep. Onoch tried to take Raylene to the sacrifice, but then remembered the water monster in the way. He was stuck, and so she was returned to her cell. Eric annoyed the guards by constantly squirming out of his gag, hopping about, and attacking Onoch when he entered the cell to put the gag back in place. He received a few kicks for his efforts, and a tighter gag.
The guards talked about killing one of the prisoners to take out their irritation, but decided that Avvakris demanded all prisoners to be sacrificed by him. But there was a bear, and they figured they could kill her. Just shoot arrows at her, right? Bearatrice changed back to human at that, and cast Obscurement. Vashalla cast Protection frmo Evil on her, but Onoch came into her cell and knocked her unconscious.
In the next cell, Moram healed Hors by laying on hands and together they broke the lock on the cell. The plan was that they would attack Midod, the closest guard, but at the last minute Hors decided to sneak past them instead. Moram kept his word and attacked Midod. This kept the guards busy for a time, and Hors managed to free Eric and Raylene, and they gathered some weapons and shields from the storage cell. Moram meanwhile was killed by the guards.
Together the three party members attacked Onoch and Ishpemo. As Onoch was next to the cells, Vashalla and then Virdonitii attacked him with their fists as he came close, doing some damage. Hors went down, but so did Onoch, and he fell close enough to Vashalla’s cell that she could pull the body closer and search for useful items. She found a healing potion and poured into Beatrice again. When Beatrice came to, she went to Hors and healed him, as Vashalla continued to search Onoch’s body.
Midod was the next to fall, but only after Eric had disengaged from battle and cast a few heals on himself and Raylene, who protected his withdrawal from combat. Beatrice then cast Insect Swarm on Ishpemo, who had been about to stop fighting and join the party in return for his life. Instead, he swatted at insects and was stabbed to death by the vindictive party, who also did the same for Midod and Onoch.
Lisri was revived and freed. Vashalla and Virdonitii were also freed, and joined the party for an escape. Some of the gear was recovered from the storage cell, but the Favor of Mitra was gone, as were all other magic rings, the best of the magic weapons (save Whelm, who had protected itself with alignment shock), and Lisri’s spellbook.
Heading south, the party chose not to descend further into the tunnels but went by the pool, trying to stay as far away as possible. The water monster attacked Raylene but was discorporated by a Magic Missile from Lisri. They took the first exit they could but found a dead end. All searched unsuccessfully for a secret door, and then retraced their tracks.
They were again attacked in the pool room, but again drove the water monster off. Travelling down a large corridor, they ran into three Hill Giants in a dice game, namely Abe, Clarence, and Jocko. Virdonitii ran through the room for the exit, and ran up the stairs to the first level. Jocko hit him as he passed but was unable to follow upstairs. Raylene was the next to try this, and was also hit but escaped. Meanwhile, Lisri was using his wand of cold on Abe and Clarence, and Beatrice was using her rod of paralysis. Together they dropped the two giants, but Jocko came running around the corridor. Beatrice paralyzed him just in time.
Hors and Vashalla had retreated to the Pool Room and were being attacked by yet another water monster. Eric declared his love for Beatrice, but then ran to help Hors, who had been pulled into the pool and was drowning. Vashalla entered the pool but Eric stayed out.
Lisri was carving away at Jocko’s ankle trying to get him to fall so he could be killed. Eric used his wings of flying to grab Beatrice and fly her to safety on the first level. Hors called on the giant owl Juthra to rescue him and Vashalla and did the same. Frustrated and left alone with the hill giant, Lisri reluctantly followed.
At the head of the stairs, they hoped to find themselves in familiar passages, but instead they found themselves in a room filled with undead guardians. The party pushed Eric the Cleric to the front, and we ended there for the night.