After defeating the hippogriff and resting for the remainder of the night, the group begins a fresh day. Gidget brings down a deer and while the spellcasters prepare themselves for the day Gidget and Bijaz work on preserving the meat for rations.
The group travels to the hill that Elzid’s tower sits (or used to sit) upon. They set up an encampment where they leave the horses picketed. A quick scan of the hill by Fizzle’s familiar highlights out some points of interest around the hill and the footprint of where the tower once stood.
The group travels to the first point of interest which was a stone statue of a gargoyle. Worried that this may actually be a real gargoyle the group sends Arik in to deal a resounding blow. The blow does very little damage to the stone statue, but it does disturb the nest of large monstrous centipedes that were living underneath. The group valiantly dispatched the wriggling creatures, managing to avoid succumbing to the vermins’ paralytic poison. In the debris near the statue Bijaz finds a dented and blackened cauldron.
Continuing forwards to the next point of interest the group finds a male human corpse, clothed but without and weapons or other equipment. The cause of death appeared to be a poisonous sting. The tracks of the human lead to the body but there are no other tracks to be found.
Two more human bodies, one male and one female were also found, all with the same sting on the neck, all without weapons or equipment. The female corpse does not appear to be Erilyn as the hair colour did not match the description and this woman features looked to be quite plain. Another statue was searched, but it was just a stone statue made to look like a gargoyle.
While searching the tower debris along the hillside the following items were found:
- An ornamental dagger with 3 agates set into the pommel
- A scorched book titled The Making of a Good Tyrant with a letter addressed to Eli Luzfador stuffed inside it. The letter read as follows:
“I cannot believe that the infernal dukes would reward me so unfairly, especially after all of my evil deeds. I ask for a legion of baatezu, and instead I get one measly … (letter burned here) … Would you be so kind as to return the book you borrowed from me last winter. There are some particularly nasty spells inside, as you well know, that may be useful.” The rest of the letter is burned.
At the apex of the hill, where the tower used to stand the group sees a spiral staircase leading down into darkness. As the group discusses the next plan of action a group of blackbirds fly overhead. When investigated by Fizzle’s familiar the birds flew off and settled into trees again nearby.
The group agrees on a marching order and descends into the darkness of the staircase. Bijaz leads the group while searching ahead for traps and other interesting things.