After defeating the things from the portal, the party ventured further into the crypt. The passageway to the left led to a crypt. Coming in to the crypt from the west, they noticed that the bodies in the alcoves had been pulled out and ransacked and skeletons littered the floor near the alcoves. A set of doors on the northern wall opened, as if by their own accord. Seconds later, two creatures made of solid magma appeared in the open doorway and charged the adventurers. Soon, two gnomes joined the fray, skulking around the edges of the combat, attacking the adventurers when they least expected it. Even in the face of such stern combatants, the party quickly overcame the gnomes and sent the magma things back to the Chaos.
After the battle, Torra detected a magical aura on the doors, with a bit more study, she determined that it was probably a type of summoning magic. While she investigated the doors, Fix scouted ahead and found that the northern doors led to a room containing cells. In one of those cells, and elderly gentleman was yelling and blustering for his release. When this man insulted Fix’s sensibilities once to often, Fix left him locked in his cell and returned to tell Diego about the man.
On Diego’s entry into the room, he identified the man as Sertanian, the caretaker of Rivermeet’s Hall of Antiquities. Sertanian told of seeing Mirtala near a set of spiral stairs and also that Sergeant Kartinex was going to try and overpower his ettercap guards when he had the chance. Kartinex hadn’t been seen or heard from since.
Not wishing to endanger Sertanian any further, it was decided that Myrphon would escort the old man back to the hideaway that Harrowleaf had secured in the ruins of Brindol above.
Moving further into the crypts, the remaining adventurers found a stairway descending into a room nearly filled with webbing. They had found the ettercap guards, who turned out to be difficult opponents. They were continuously hampered by webbing and outflanked by the ettercaps’ ability to pass through that webbing. When only one ettercap remained, it ran up the stairway to the west. Pursuing their opponent, Fix used his magical ring of disguise to appear as an ettercap and also ran up the stairway while the rest of the party took some time to begin burning the webbing. Acting very strangely, Torra’s spirit companion Shiva led the party over to a dark corner of the ettercap’s lair, it was then that Diego found the body of his cousin Kartinex. As the party headed up the stairs, they saw that the last three risers named this the “Von-Adrez Kauthin Crypt”.
Fix was slightly amused when entering the room at the ettercap trying to communicate with the goblin witch doctor and his protectors. While intelligent, it was obvious that the ettercaps possessed no way to communicate with others not of their kind or of spiderkind. The ettercap attacked Fix while the goblins egged one and then the other on. By the time the rest of the party made it up the stairs, Fix had killed his foe and positioned himself near the witch doctor. Soon the goblins lay dead. In the southern crypt they found the beautiful Jalissa chained to a wall. Also in this crypt was the witch doctor’s gruesome experiments. Jalissa fell gratefully into Fix’s arms upon her release. Jalissa said she had been held with Thurann, Diego’s nephew until only recently. The eight year old boy proved to be adept at sneaking food from the guards for both of them. She assumed he was being held nearby, having heard him only a few hours ago.