As Sindi is dragged away, her fate unknown to the others, Ungrid and Calibos take the troll apart and grant it a final death with Bannahog. They investigate the room it came out of, looting what treasure there is, then look toward the other door, still not aware that Sindi has been taken. Halmary, still in gaseous form filters through the cracks in the door, but it is too dark to see most, so he flows back out again. The remaining four heroes head to the barricade at the end of the corridor and start clambering over it…
…straight into the fists of a tall, golem-like creature, featureless and made of some sort of pliable tar-like material: it whacks Ungrid, who hammers it back, is pelted by magic missiles from Xellos, and has a tiny bit carved away by Calibos’ sword. As the fight continues, from down the corridor they find themselves in, others move into view: a man dressed in plate mail, who chants and tries to cast a spell that fails to have any effect; a pale woman who is guarded by a skull-headed skeletal snake; and another of the golems that comes stamping down the corridor, a bare-chest and sword-wielding man following behind.
Ungrid hastes himself and pummels the first golem into submission, finishing it off with some help from the others, and cleaving into the other as it moves into range. Xellos throws down a wall of fog, that momentarily blocks the corridor, before the newcomers dispel it; then they follow up on a second dispel magic, which cancels Ungrid’s haste, reforms Halmary as his gaseous form is removed, but also removes poor Xellos’ permanent fly spell, bringing him crashing to the floor. Xellos blasts them with a fireball, badly burning them, destroying the skeleton and disrupting whatever spells they were about to cast.Ungrid and Calibos take out the other golem, sending it toppling, and they move in on the bare-chested man, cutting him down in seconds; Xellos chucks the bag of holding with the cleric’s equipment inside to Halmary, who starts getting dressed; then Xellos blasts the pale woman with magic missiles, killing her. The plate mail wearing cleric retreats, disappearing down a tunnel.
The heroes follow, but stop by the room with the pit and tunnel. While Halmary reequips himself, the others loot. Xellos takes out his person-seeking sword and he and Ungrid go looking for Sindi along the corridor that has lots of cells along the walls; Calibos and Halmary guard the pit, further protected by a ward vs magic. Xellos and Ungrid reach the barricade, when it suddenly collapses as hobgoblins climb over it; behind and directing them, the hostile cleric yells for the heroes to be destroyed!
Calibos and Halmary head over to help, and no sooner have they done so, when more hobgoblins climb out of the pit and follow.
The cleric throws down flame strikes, one blocked by Calibos’ ward, the other breaking through and burning them. Xellos lets loose with a cone of paralysis, freezing several hobgoblins in place and allowing Ungrid to clamber over the debris and attack the evil cleric; leaving the others to take on the hobgoblins moving down the corridor: turns out, there are also another two invisible opponents, a monk and an assassin; the later backstabs Xellos, almost felling him. Calibos lends Ungrid a hand, and between them the evil cleric is dealt a killing blow. Back in the corridor, Halmary lends a hand by single-handedly slaying the hobgoblins, allowing the Ruinguard time to cast mirror image to stall the assassin’s attacks. The tactic works, and Xellos holds her off long enough for Calibos to jump in and help, badly wounding the assassin enough for Xellos to decapitate her. That leaves the monk, who Ungrid takes out.
The dust settles, and the heroes gather together, keeping an eye out for any more attackers.
And still no sign of Sindi.
End of Session
Kills: 8 hobgoblins, 5 named NPCs (cleric, mage, monk, barbarian, and an assassin), 2 Turnkey Golems, 1 Nerophidius.