Kyrixes Goldenflame – John
Spritle Chudforth – Dan
Njorvold Anvilesmite – James
Diro Kalamire – Gabe
Sled – Aaron
DM – Vince
The battle continues, with Sled advocating a strategic withdrawal up the stairs. In the confusion of combat it seems as if the undead creatures are confused and not following their orders to attack. Using his arcane sensibilities, Diro thinks that the undead maybe newly formed and not yet aware of their abilities. The beholder kin falls and Spritle begins to dispatch the ineffectual creatures.
Kyrixes moves to inspect the strange jar at the back of the room. Diro wanders over as Kyrixes appears to be having a one-sided conversation as the brain in the jar speaks to him telepathically. Sled disappears into a side room and Njorvold follows him to make sure he doesn’t steal anything from the party. What they find is crates of the necrojuice along with, what appears to be an Iron Maiden, somehow modified to animate the dead.
Kyrixes, Diro and Spritle become enthralled by the brain and it convinces them to bring it along with them when they leave. As Kyrixes manhandles (or dragonborn handles) the jar, Diro begins to dismember the beholder kin taking various and sundry parts. Njorvold gives Diro a bottle of the necrojuice and sees Kyrixes walking with the jar and questions him.
The brain commands Kyrixes to attack Njorvold but he shakes of the brain’s control over him and Njorvold calls down holy radiance scorching it. The brain engages in some monologuing before releasing Diro and Spritle. The brain claims to be hundreds of years old and that it has been working behind the scenes and is part of a larger cabal. Unable to be in proximity to the brain for fear of coming under it’s mind control, they decide to kill it.
Sled finds a secret tunnel behind the altar where the brain was. They hear some skittering in the tunnel so decide to rest up and wait. Eventually they follow the tunnel out and it comes out into another mausoleum which appears to relatively undisturbed. A report is delivered to Spritle’s supervisor and the party negotiates for a charter and the title to the warehouse that was being used by the Dead Rat gang.
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