They discovered that the remnants of the previous guard had been removed, and for the most part, the crumbling ruin was empty. However, they recalled a secret passage hidden in a shine-wall, and continued through a narrow corridor…only to have a steely gate slam shut behind them! The gnome wasn’t concerned with this setback – his telekinetic might could easily rend the steel grate – but the loud, crashing noise surely warned any within the dungeon of their arrival.
As they crept cautiously through a narrow hallway, the gnome’s psychic sight revealed an invisible foe at the bottom of a flight of stairs. Immediately, the gnome launched a dazzling bolt of psychic lightning that struck the screaming foe and left it reeling. But it was too late, moments before the bolt struck, the invisible figure hurled an arcane charm at the centre of the group that exploded with a dull rumble into a fiery burst of death. The figure melted into reality, and appeared to be a lone, draconic bugbear, plated in blue dragon’s scales, hefting a massive hammer and shield, and wearing a cloak denoting its service to The Elder Elemental Eye.
A pitched battle broke loose, as the gnome’s psionically-enhanced reflexes became aware of the situation, but he was crushed against a wall by the mighty crush of a bugbear’s shield. The psychic warrior charged along the wall psionically and cleft the bugbear with a mightly arc of his jagged blade, as the warlock loosed bolts of eldritch fire upon the remaining foes. Within moments, it was over and three dead bugbears lay smouldering at the heroes’ feet. Their armour was formed from blue scales they grew, that had given them resistance to some of the elemental spells and powers of the group.
A few minor traps plagued the party, but after a few short moments, the psion summoned an astral construct to walk through any suspect corridors or passages, setting off any traps with its plodding steps. The warlock, weary as always, noted a strange magical force seeping through a crag in the wall. Upon further inspection, it appeared something arcane was buried behind the wall. The cleric called upon his faith and cast some divinely-inscribed stones that hovered between his hands, informing him that weal and woe would await them. The hexblade sneered at their chances, and readied himself and his blade.
Empowering himself psionically, the psychic warrior tore at the wall with one of the fallen bugbear’s great hammers, battering earth and stone alike. It lead into a musty, diamond-shaped room, with two protective, runed circles upon the ground. Upon examination, the room filled with screaming and a beautiful golden light, as what appeared to be a rotting, fiendish angel appeared in one, and a benevolent, celestial demon in the other. They were trapped in this place for an unknown amount of time, but by depleting their essences, they could return to their own planes – but in order to do so, they would have to mutually cull each other’s power. The silver-hued demon would give a blessing, and the withered angel would bestow a curse. The group agreed to this unusual arrangement and chose to limit the angel’s fiendish harm by specifically citing how they would be cursed, in exchange for the demon giving them a random blessing. After a few short moments, the strange energies mingled with the crackling air and both beings vanished in a display of fire and golden lights, as the runes un-wrote themselves on the floor.
The Oghman cleric became more introspective and deep, but detached from the real world and less aware of his surroundings. His hexblade ally gained a divine blessing from his goddess, but now he constantly heard whispers that hampered his ability to listen. The warlock felt his health erode slightly, but began to recall strange memories of arcane facts that were not his own. The psychic warrior became stronger, but his eyes became a dazzling psionic purple and gave his vision a perpetual haze. The gnome also felt his health erode, but in turn was told that a powerful extraplanar being had taken interest in him, and may, should it chose, assist him in some way in the future, when it saw fit…