In search of PHAT LEWT

The Ziggurat (lower level)

Consulting with the map conveniently carved into the table at the tavern lathilien and Myself decide that we want to go north east and pillag… Uh examine some ruins marked on there by some previous adventurers who spotted them but didn’t have the time to spend exploring them. We traveled for about 4 days without issue then as we were sitting meditating on the night of the fifth day we heard a gutral language some-things talking in Gaintish atleast two of them “should we surround them or just rush em” as one Lathilien and i opened out eyes and turned in the direction of the voices spotting a trio of scrags we immediatley spring into action both of us beinging the incantations for a fireball, I finished my spell first calling the placement of the spell 50 feet forward and 5 up pointing my fingers jerking my arm to give the spell direction the three scrags were enveloped in the expanding flames of the spell though one of them managed to avoid the brunt of the spell. Bare moments after i completed my spell Lathilien finished the gestures that flung his Fire ball into the Midst of the Sea trolls two of them collapsed in smouldering heaps while the third turned to flee into the swamps. Knowing that the horrible burns it had sustained would never heal and that trolls by and large are Evil creatures and that they had planned on killing us i felt no remorse in flinging a second fireball after the fleeing scrag dropping it in to the shallow peaty waters of the swamp.

After a quick search of the bodies which turned up a couple of pretty and expensive looking treasures 91Pp, a fine gold bracelet, a golden music box, a potion and a taty but still servicable scroll

we climbed a tree and sat back down too finish our meditations for the night resting our minds so that we could memorise our full repertoires of spells the next morning.

we travelled for another day or so and came upon a Ziggurat a three story tall affaire that looked to have been a) recently cleaned and b) the subject of a ferocious attack there were dismemebered bodies of goblins everywhere but strangely no sign of a force coming from the surrounding jungle in fact it appeared that the goblins were trying to flee the Ziggurat Hundreds of them all trying to get away. This needed investigating.

We were just the wizards for the job.

We went into the Ziggurat and found the ground floor of it a vast open space with many columns supporting the ceiling at regular ten foot intervals.

At the rear of the vast chamber we found a platform and secreted in the columns on either side of the space were levers that raised and lowered it we decided to go downwards the platform opened onto a square room with four doors leading of it one for each point of the compass we went to the south first and found a storage room of some sort sealed large clay vessels filled it Boring we went on to the east chamber Dozens of Clay statues started coming to life, Terracota warriors moving too attack. Immediate response Fireball into their Midst half of them shattered instantly. Slamming my foot back on the door close mechanism the stone door slid back into place but not before we saw pieces of the golems sliding back towards each other and reforming

Retreat forwards

Beyond the northern door we found a Giant Terracota warrior though this one is unarmed inanimate and looks to be waiting for something in fact its hands are positioned and clasped as if its waiting for a polearm. We move onwards a plan starting to form find the Giants weapon and maybe we won’t have to worry about the little guys attacking us there was a split in the northern corridor back a ways from the Giant warrior so we check down that corridor more golems that 80 so far this could get nasty if those things start leaving their rooms we back track and i go for the west door when i hear shattering from the south Lathlien has gotten Aggrivated with the lack of shiny things and has taken out his annoyance on one of the clay storage pots in the southern room fortunately for us he seems to have stumbled on too something important he picks up a shiny gemstone piece with some carving on it from the midst of a bunch or worthless clay shards i join him in shattering the other half a dozen pots finding a gem stone piece in each the seem too fit together somehow and Lathilien recalls reading somewhere that the emporer of a culture native to this region centuries ago used to reward their greatest warriors with Gemstone weapons. We have a bunch of pieces but some are still missing we head to the west door just as we hear grinding from the east the terracotta warriors are coming after us reformed and MAD. We rushed down the western corridor and come to a dead end with two doors one north and one south they are inscribed with two different messages one says that “beyond both doors is certain death” the other that “one door is safe and the other death beyond certainty” fortunately we pick option C) by discovering with our finely tuned elven senses a secret door in the Friese on the wall between the doors we open it and dive into a crawl tube as the terracota warriors catch up to us slaming the door closed behind us we shimmy into a small room with no other entrances and there on a stone table are the missing pieces we need we begin assembling the gemstones into what turns out to be a large long spear made entirely of some sort of translucent gem the pieces fuse on contact with their correct neighbor so it wasn’t too difficult to do and I gingerly lead the way out into the corridor holding the completed spear and praying that the warriors won’t try to squewer me with their swords not that we have it. Luckily they don’t and we go back to the Giant terracota warrior weaving our way between his smaller brothers in arms. After replacing his weapon a small opening in the base of his plinth opens revealing a ring set way back at the maximum extent of our reach i try a couple times to grab it but fearing a hand catching trap i fail to grab it both times then Lathilien comes up with an idea thinking that what we are seeing is a reflection of a ring above a mirror he reaches up into the top of the space and pulls out a carved bronze ring we spend a while identifying our prize and discover it is a ring of commanding in fact it is a ring for the commanding of the terracota warriors

AWESOME!

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