Voice in the Void
- Hirondelle, Cleric of Sarenrae, Female Human
- Darian Furor, Magus, Male Half-Elf
- Trax, Summoner, Male Halfling
- Monkey, Monk of the Four Winds, Male Human
- Runar, Fighter, Male Dwarf
- Falad, Witch, Male Elven
Mystery strikes at the problem-plagued Blackros Museum in Absalom and its
curator, Nigel Aldain, needs help. When a famed Osirian tomb raider returns
to Absalom and disappears in the museum's basement, Aldain fears the worst.
When strange sounds echo from below and several of the curator's night
watchmen go missing, he panics and begs the Society to investigate the
mystery and save his museum from the darkness that infests it.
From the journal of Hirondelle
Venture Captain Adrun Hestrin
summons us. He would like us to investigate the goings-on at the
museum and locate the missing tomb raider - Imrazade Blackros. She has recently returned from an
expedition and had ventured into the museum archives to conduct some
research on an artefact she'd discovered. The society would like us
to secure this artefact if at all possible.
The museum is ancient, supposedly carved from a single piece of black
basalt. We're to venture down into the basement this evening. At
the museum we're met at the front doors by Nigel, the curator. He
seems somewhat wary of Trax's lizard companion. He hands me the key and
departs after giving directions to the basement.
We pass through the museum and descend to the basement. We see 2 large
double doors facing us, labelled storeroom 1 and storeroom 2. We open the
door to storeroom 1. It is full of dusty statues, some covered. There
is another exit at the far end. We close the door and open the door to
storeroom 2. The doors open to reveal a room full of stuffed monsters,
mummified corpses etc. Again there is an exit at the far end.
Trax explores storeroom 1 by himself. As he moves deeper into the
room one of the statues attacks! The statue has wings and a devilish
aspect. Fortunately for Trax its blow misses. Trax's Lizard attacks,
striking but ineffectually. Darian moves into the room and the statue turns
to confront him, severely wounding him. I enter and cast a bolt of divine
fire at it but it misses. The creature strikes a critical blow against the
eidolon, though the blow seems to damage both the eidolon and Trax. The
eidolon backs up and Trax jumps on its back, thrusting forward with his
spear. The spear breaks against the statue. This is not looking good!
I channel energy, healing the wounded. The combat continues..
Falad lashes out with his whip, pulling the creature to the floor. 'Get
it!' he yells. Trax and his eidolon do so, though Trax does break his second
spear. Runar strikes it, chipping off bits of stone with his axe, but does
break his axe in the process. The creature stands up to attack Runar,
wounding him. Falad lashes out again with his whip, impressive but this time
missing. More attacks are made, though this time Runar refrains, unwilling
to further break his weapons. Falad pulls it to the ground with his
whip and finally the eidolon strikes a killing blow. In the remains we
find a fist-sized opal and a longsword. I heal the wounded.
Runar wanders into the other storeroom and triggers an attack from
a stuffed zombie owlbear. Runar falls to the ground dying. We rush to save
him. I stabilise the dwarf. Monkey comes in to attack. The
creature strikes him and he falls to the ground dying. The eidolon
attacks, tearing into the owlbear. Trax is badly wounded. Trax attacks with
his slingstaff. I throw a firebolt against it and it falls to the
Searching the room we find the skeleton of an ancient dwarf. Trax
takes a rubbing of something on the dwarf. I heal everyone.
move deeper into the basement, entering a small storeroom. There is a
strange yellow miasma in the room. Coiling around a human skeleton is
a plant - a yellow musk creeper. Strange mosses grow on the floor.
We close the door and seek another route.
Opening the door in the
other storeroom we find the scriptorium. Desks, parchment etc fill the
chamber. A body is slumped in the far corner clutching a club.
Its legs seem to have been eaten away by acid. Fungus grows on the ceiling.
At the far end of the chamber is a door labelled Archives.
archives contains several bookshelves. Fungi and mould abound. Several
of the fungi glow with a strange purplish hive. A pit lied on the far side
of the chamber. Runar and Darian move towards the whole - they suddenly seem
to shiver and freeze. There is a patch of brown mould on the floor near
Trying to bypass the mould I spot a man-sized fungus, just
behind one of the bookshelves. It seems to be sensitive to light -a shrieker. Fortunately
it remains quiet and I quickly withdraw.
The eidolon is sent in to deal with it. I spend some time searching
the bookcases and find some documents relating to the Blackros family.
Monkey finds a backpack with canopic jars and a motto. We rest.
The mould seems to be spreading quite quickly.
We return to the
chamber with the pit. The pit descends in to darkness. Some
stairs wind down the side but they're only about 4" wide and covered with
moss. We find some rope to help with the descent.
The shaft leads
down into an antechamber with an organic style of architecture. An arch
stands at the far end, covered with s black curtain. An iron box sits in
the middle of the room, seemingly begging to be opened. Runar does so and a swarm of spiders boils out
all over him.. Falad uses
burning hands on the swarm and later smashes a vial of oil which I set on
I peek behind the curtain. The walls and ceiling of the chamber bulge
outward, continuing the grotesque architectural style. There is a sickly
green glow. An archway stands across a low dais. Ghostly whispers
issue from the archway. There is a sense of wrongness. A woman stands in
front of the archway. Pink tentacles can be seen around the woman, emerging
from the archway. An archaic-looking cylinder is attached to the top of the
We charge. Imrazade summons a zombie and uses a wand. Runar fall
unconscious. The zombie attacks Darian, hitting and the woman also hits him
with a magic missile. He goes down. I step into the room and
channel, healing the wounded. Darian rolls back and stands up, attacking the
zombie with his whip. The zombie moves behind Monkey who strikes it with his
fist. Darian attacks the zombie with his rapier! The zombie attacks
Monkey, dropping him to the ground. I channel again, healing the group.
Monkey pulverises the zombie with a crushing palm to the head. He then
climbs the portal. Dariian fires acid at the cylinder, destroying the
leather bindings that hold it in place. The cylinder falls to the ground.
Runar strikes Imrazade as she starts to cast at him, striking a telling
blow. I move and pick up the cylinder. The combat continues - so far
we've severed 3 of the 5 tentacles grasping Imrazade. Runar severs the
fourth tentacle. Moneky severs the last tentacle and the portal goes blank.
Imrazade cries out in a male voice "Curse you fools, that took me days". The
combat continues. Monkey eventually fells her with an acidic elemental