Dimensional shambers grappled and disappear with Brock & Gathar. As Danica & Rhada consolidate, the DS which took Gathar reappears & is promptly killed by shadows.
Mi-go appears before Danica & Rhada. Danica kills it with her shadows & Rhada picks up the glowing rod it was holding. She manages to bring Brox back, but then dropped them. The trio ran out to find Gathar, discovering the next chamber (chamber 2 → Skum Nursery).
Hearing sounds of explosions, rush to find Gathar. Brock entered first, finding Gathar, in combat against a plant monstrocity. It summoned a planar ally (tentacle, eye, mouth monstrocity) and retreated back. Danica summoned her eidolon & sent it off to investigate the area. Rhada tumbled through the attack against spiritual ally and was turned into a Squirrel (kept mind). Gathar fireballed the plant monster & killed it.
3 Mi-go appear from a curtained off area. Ended up conversing with them & intimidated the Mi-go into leaving. They explained that they appeared since the Skum’s worship of Daegon was causing ripples in the dark tapestry. They discovered the mi-go were experimenting with the slugspawn on the skum and the humans. They agree to leave, but a powerful skum cleric has changed to worship Shubniggurath and would be upset if they left. The Cultist of the Whispering way was being used as a starslug incubator.
Attacked by a Black Gtacki (Intelligent varient of the Devilfish). Summoned 3 Fiendish Dire sharks. As combat continues, 4 lightening torpedoes get launched from domed construct. Sharks & squid repelled, but Danica & Rada (inside ship) are dragged down towards a glowing cave entrance (Not the main dome).
Gathar & Brock: swam out of squid ink cloud & spotted ship being dragged down into 1 of the caves via a grapple chain. Danica & Rada abandoned ship before it reached the cave entrance.
Regroup & head for 2nd Tunnel entrance. Come across a wall of the bubble of air. As party regroups and recovers, attacked by a Dimensional shambler.
Returned to Ill Marsh after collecting horses from the mansion. Small cluster of people around the statue in the centre of town (Rube Dreeley part of the mob). Attempted to talk with Rube Dreeley, the mayor has been missing (Usually walks around to talk with people).
Town hall: Guards wont allow people in. Requested to have Sheriff come and let us in. Sheriff returns with others (Tam Breckage, Rube Dreeley, Jaleen Halrush). “The Mayor is gone, taken from this very building.” Asked about the temple, the high Priest. When told about exploding head (Spawning Canker), Tam Breckage whispered a prayer to Daegon. Jaleen looked like she is trying to figure out how it happened.
Brock: explains what happened (neighbours killed). Jaleen suggested an ‘extraplanar intrusion’. Made a vow to find out what happened and drive the attackers from their settlement. Told to visit Tam’s shop and Jaleen as well.
Tam’s shop: weapons (spear & tower shield), bag of holding, oil of Magic weapon, bottle of air, scroll of moderate healing, wand of flame arrow, wand of enthrall. Took some of the items.
Jaleen’s apothecary: Has a Barrel of alchemists fire & a barrel of Silver.
Collected the survivor Bride & our horses. Put our heads together to figure out where to take her, decided that Jasper the boatmaker was the best option.
investigated the Mayors House → Front door has not been locked. Looks like a violent struggle occurred inside. Asked neighbours but they didnt hear anything. Likely 2 assailants, probably not human. Croon knocks on the door. offered assistance with getting into the lake using his machine.
Journey to the lake: Croon tries to explain his device to us, but its mostly too much. Pointed out the location where the condemned criminals were left for the Neighbours. Croon attempted to explain his vehicle. Rada offers to pilot the device.
Deep Lake: Dive down. After a while. think we see motion ahead. looked around to see if there was anything present.
Examined corpses nearby (all desecrated & drained). Found some items nearby.
Attempted to discover the origins and function of the Device. its likely originated from the realm of The Dark Tapestry. Brock destroyed the remainder of the machine.
Returned back from dead end corridor and follow tunnel which has Brine smell.
Brine smell tunnel: Tunnel floods a while after the first turning off.
Returned to nursery chamber. Gathar prepared spells whilst rest gathered corpses of women & children, before burning them and giving them last rites. Gathar got a pet scorpion.
Next morning: Noticed message on area near in Aklo (Not sure what message is).
first turning off: soon becomes flooded. Leads back to the temple (secret chamber where skum are summoned).
Main Passage: Long passage, water gets cold eventually.
Underwater landscape: Open into underwater landscape. Decide to swim up to the surface & find out we are near the show in Lake. Swim to the shore. Decide to return to town to explain the situation to the Mayor. Have to rest
Brook: Nightmare of Ill Marsh. Shattered doors opened & corpses of children strewn around (throats and faces savaged off). See the whole town dead but then saw a wolf man holding the sheriff up by the throat, claws out & ready. He awakens in a cold sweat.
Leilithar offers to help get Brock back to life, but she will have to disappear for a time. She gives the party 3 potions of cure moderate & the wand of Spectral Hand. Takes out a horn & blows on it. A glow starts and grows brighter and brighter until it is hard to see. There appears to be a tear in the world to Elysium (forest with elven people, beautiful). See a tall elven woman (violet eyes), holding a staff (Queen of the elves).
Brock returned to life (Aasimar). Where the tear was, a small pebble shaped item lies.
Corpses of women: women didnt die quickly, feelings of despair and hopelessness. Numbers about current population in the chamber.
Pit: woman in a pit, rocking a corpse of a baby back and forth. Woman has gone mad from grief.
Purple glow tunnel (Left passage): Sense of eerie creepiness. Strange visions. (Rhada believed she was with mother and mother was angry with her). Several corpses on the floor (including skum). A Color out of Space attacks us (Immaterial Ooze). Destroyed the device, but that freed the Color Out of Space. Brock killed it.
Discuss what to do about the Shantak. Searched around the central chamber to see if we could find something out.
Central chamber: Circle of stones are magical, very powerful. 1 stone in particular. There is a cord to pull which rings a bell and causes the circle to activate.
Gathar rings the bell. loud ‘bong’ heard, strange roaring sound coming from outside.
Brock walked up to stone and touched it. He disappeared, proving that the stone was a portal. Others join him momentarily. Dark room, but stairway going down. Crude stairway going down (likely a natural fault going down converted into stairway). Leads to a chamber (down maybe 20 yards).
Chamber: Damp walls, worked natural stones. Not stalagmites. Sees a tall glass tank with a man inside in North. A large dis-coloured bronze bell nearby (Alarm spell on the bell). Rotting cabbage smell to the north west, leading to a tunnel. South has noises. Sharkskin book present.
Tank & bell: notice a golden medallion hanging from the bell, identical to that worn by the Vizir. Original Casius Undiomede preserved within tank. Took a moment to read from the book and discover history of the town.
Midden Chamber: human remains thrown away inside. Gathar walked into the midden, but was too sickened before long. returned with leg, but too decomposed. As tried to leave, Gathar grappled by mutant Shambling mound. Brock killed by the monster. Killed the monster. Searched monster body. Fled from the chamber after hearing sound of webbed feet. Rested the night out and when returned, only could find a finger of Brock (his holy symbol is missing).
Gathar heard something above, which prompted Danica to send her Eidolon to investigate. It was bisected, causing others to decide to rest. Problems with the baby (No milk for her).
Following morning: Leilithar created food for the baby. Then carefully entered house.
Bedroom: ‘The pact ends here father’ carved into the headboard of the bed (in old style Taldoran). Maybe 50-200 or so years ago.
Attic: Looked around and attacked by Hound of Tindalos. Killed Hounds & healed up slightly (Leilithar used unseen servant to take care of baby). Found item in attic (The Book of Abstruse Geometries, spellbook).
Stairs outside to the roof. Mangled Priest of Daegon’s remains (related to the High Visir). Fell from somewhere above, leaving a crater. Summoning runes in the floor of the roof. As Rada is entertaining the baby (since Leilithar was investigating the body), noticed something in the sky. Warned others & ran back into the building. Shantak flies out of the sky.
2nd floor: shutters down with a cozy sitting room. A painting of a stormy sea. Has a number of comfy chairs. Room has been searched recently, but tidily (someone used one of the chairs for a while).
Hallway: 3 doors leading off it (east, south & west). Portraits on walls, none of the individuals look nice. Most recent: shows a bitter looking man in a wheelchair. Younger looking man (looks nice) behind him
East Room: library. Attacked by spectres, Rada wounded badly, but undead defeated. Walls damaged.
Southern Room: Nursery. Baby mobile (made of Rare Sea shells). Very creepy paintings and images on walls.
Southwest room: Lovely view from open window. Old wooden desk with Yellow Mould spores inside.
Western room: Master bedroom. 4 poster bed, no covers. Figure reclining on the bed, wearing priestly robes, ill. Demands who we are. After talking, her head explodes & Spawning Canker attacks. Killed Brock. Gathar managed to destroy the body and avoid being infected by the slug spawn. Remaining slug spawn are killed.
Decided to head to see House Undiomede as likely a meeting between agents of the whispering way and the Daegon Cult.
Brock: Has a moment where he realizes that couple talked to in the church may have been infected by the Slug spawn.
As riding, realize that under attack by Slugspawn. Brock went down due to attempting surgery to remove a slug attached to him, others managed to deal with slugs (Gathar hunted down one which escaped). Brock badly hurt, but continue.
Reached the House, but decided to rest before entering properly. Hid inside the Mansion Shed.
Fog appears during the night, very thick. Fog gets even thicker.
Following morning: Entered into mansion, saw something large and humanoid.