With Ungrid’s help Halmary pulls free from the blood golem, leaving it open for Calibos to move in an use the First Blade to slice away at its solidarity. Halmary heals his wounds as the paladin hacks away, vanquishing one of the golems, and moving to the next, the blade cutting away strands of choking blood. It too falls swiftly, leaving the Heroes splattered with blood, but safe.
They dig out the rubies on the dais (36 in all) and search the cavern, but find nothing more of value. They head out, back into the courtyard, the sun high overhead. With their mission a success, they decide to head home and pause by the gatehouse on their way out, finding some more treasure buried in the debris. Down the mountain path they descend, reaching the bottom safely as the sun begins to set. Guards are posted, and just as they think they are safe, ghostly monks appear as the sun goes down and swarm to attack!
The ghosts manage to lay their cold hands on Scully and Calibos, freezing their skin but also ageing them a decade; as they do so, the ghosts become more solid, making it easier for the Heroes to take them out: Ungrid sends one screaming back into the shadows, as does Xellos, while Calibos manages to take out three more, but not before he is aged a further nine years. Sidni also suffers a few years of ageing, before Halmary destroys the rest by turning them.
The rest of the night passes uneventfully, and a Remove Curse on the dagger puts a stop to any more ghostly monk visits; but all is still not safe, as with the rise of the sun, the shadows fleeing the light gather and the shadowy figure of the First Victim manifests again and attacks, but it barely wounds Ungrid before everyone piles in and destroys it.
All seems fine as they leave the valley and head off towards Pest’s Crossing, but while they spend a restful night, in the morning the First Victim reappears: this time Calibos uses the First Blade to wound it, but the creature is vanquished by the blades and hammer of Xellos, Sidni and Ungrid.
They break camp and make plans.
End of Session
Kills: 2 blood golems, 8 ghostly monks, the First Victim (twice).