Leaving the two fire giant zombies behind (as they are too big to squeeze past the door) the heroes pass through the secret door into a tunnel with a stream of lava cutting across it. On the other side is a pit. Xellos flies over, and from the lava a molten fire elemental oozes forth: it strikes Calibos, who strikes it back in turn– his sword of vengeance is pretty powerful– while Ungrid hastes himself and Halmary summons his spiritual weapon. Xellos and Ungrid attack, joined by Sidni, but before Halmary can even use his hammer, the dwarf delivers the killing blow and the elemental plops back into the lave, defeated.
Between them, Halmary and Calibos manhandle the lid of the ornate coffin and position it over the lava, and everyone crosses the crude bridge. On the other side they use Halmary’s ever-useful rope ladder and descend the pit, entering a cavern with more lava flowing under a bridge, and a wall of hardened brick and stone on the other side, an obsidian door visible in the dim glow of lava. Across the bridge they go, finding the door wizard locked. Ungrid uses his other hammer, smashing open the door with a mighty blow: some spell goes off, and from the lava a much larger fire elemental rises up and charges into battle! This, despite being larger and tougher and meaner, lasts no longer than the other one did. In quick succession everyone attacks it, diminishing it bit-by-bit, and Xellos ends its life. It dissipates and the heroes enter the vault. Inside they find an altar with a sculpture of the Seal, valuable enough to bag, another wizard locked door, and a cavern dominated by more lava with stone buildings in side caves, and a fourth on an island in the middle of a lake of lava. The land buildings all have wizard locked doors as well, and with the spell-casters low on magic and unable to dispel them all, they retreat back to the catacombs, rest for a few hours, and head back down after some healing, sleeping, and eating.
The inside door is dispelled by Halmary, and inside is a flaming ball of fire: they suspect a trap, and leave it for now. Outside they head to the first of the stone huts, bypassing the door to find a quarter of an obsidian sphere, which sits on a bed of coals. Halmary and Ungrid enter, grab the segment, and a fireball explodes, singeing them. Halmary tends to their wounds and they bag the segment. They head to another hut, Ungrid smashing open the door with his knocking hammer: inside is another sphere, on obsidian shards. Suspecting that it too may cause an explosion when removed, they loop rope around it and pull it free: lightning strikes, but no one is inside. They bag that one and move to the third: Xellos dispels the lock, inside is a third segment, on a bed of ashes. Again they loop rope around it, pulling it free. Three ashen wraiths materialise and attack: Xellos slays one easily, and Halmary turns the others, allowing Calibos to step in and send them to their final deaths.
One more segment remains, no doubt in the hut on the island. Xellos flies over, knocks open the door and sees the fourth segment sitting on a bed of diamonds. He loops rope around it, turns himself invisible and pulls: the segment topples off, and a deep bell tolls loudly. The lava lake begins to bubble and something huge rises from the molten rock: a ten-headed hydra!
End of Session
Kills: 2 fire elementals, 3 ash wraiths.