Having looted the false tomb of the Seveysas Queen, the party now discovered and explored the true tomb. They were joined by Alexios, who had heard rumors of treasure in the region and joined up with the group.
Ignar proved his worth by disabling a spear trap, then Ian triggered a cave-in and only escaped because of his warrior’s reflexes. Alexios took lead and got too far ahead of the rest of the party, who were troubled by another room filled with breakdown. He failed to notice the triggers and set off an enormous stone roller, 20′ high and 40′ wide. He was almost squashed but at the last moment jumped up, planted his feet on the roller, and sprang into the tunnel at the end of the room. His Acrobatics skill would stand him in good stead for the rest of the night. He discovered the sarcophagus of the queen, her votive figure, and activated the awakening of the five elite guards of the queen, who trapped him between the cylinder and themselves. Alexios surrendered, dropping his mace, only to learn that they wanted nothing less than his death. Four Acrobatic rolls later, he had bounded past them, surviving the various hits he took, and ran on. He dive rolled over a river only to remember he had a backpack on, which brought him to a screeching halt. He struggled like an upended bug for a few moments, then righted himself and ran on. He activated pit trap, but managed to jump around the edge, and finally joined the rest of the party on the other side of the cylinder.
Battle was joined. The party was outclassed, but they trapped the guards in a bottleneck and were able to double-team one of them, which allowed them to slowly grind through their attackers. Ian took a grim wound to the abdomen, and fell. Brendan and Ignar fought on bravely, while Alexios did rude surgery (First Aid) to Ian’s wound, allowing Josette to heal him through Sorcery. Ignar then fell with an evil wound, and died soon after. Alexios joined Ian and Brendan and together they fought the guards in a bloody final combat. “For the Queen, Honor, and Death,” shouted the guards in their unknown tongue (the referee providing subtitles for the players). The last of the guards fell and Brendan took a bloody revenge by skinning each and every one of the honor guard.
The party then forced open the sarcophagus and gained a queen’s ransom in gold, jade, diamonds, and rubies. They stripped Ignar of his goods and sealed Ignar’s body in the sarcophagus. Ian dumped the queen’s mummy in the 20′ pit. Alexios grabbed the golden crown off the votive figure of the Queen on the dais. I’m sure none of that will come back to haunt them later.
For a moment, just a moment, Alexios considered shivving his companions. There was just SO much loot. His newfound comrades eyed him with hands on hilts, convincing him that party harmony was more important, and they left the caves, returning to Anthavar and Derrick, a fence that Alexios knows. Across Brendan’s shoulders are draped the five bloody skins of the guards, so it seems clear that their return will not go unnoticed. Next week, we find out if the party can keep their stolen gold, or if a city of thieves will become just a bit richer.