Fullsun 11th (Cont.)
Feeling secure that nothing would attack from behind, the party made its way to the Temple of Elemental Earth. They found a vast chamber with a floor of blood-soaked earth and a ziggurat in the center. On entering the chamber, a blood-soaked earth elemental appeared nearby and attacked. Though the party took a huge amount of damage, they defeated the elemental. Proceeding further into the chamber, another elemental rose from the earth and attacked.
The party soon deduced that each corner of the square chamber had a bound elemental. Though the elementals hit hard, they were ultimately defeated. In the areas where the elementals rose from the earth, they party located caches of mundane and magical treasures buried in the earthen floor. After looting the two side chambers, they continued on.
Leaving the temple through the other main entrance, the party found the cell-block of the earth temple. After defeating the bugbear guards, they began to explore the cells. Three of the cells contained trios of zombies which fell quickly to Adran’s ability to channel Corellon’s wrath. Two of the other three cells were empty, but one cell held a gnome named Wonillon. An adventurer like themselves, Wonillon joined a party investigating the temple when they were captured.
After freeing the gnome and providing him some basic equipment, he filled them in on what he had learned while a prisoner. He explained that he was first taken to another room somewhere to the west and was held with many prisoners while being watched by ghouls. The ghouls took one prisoner a day. Luckily, he was taken from that chamber and brought to these cells for interrogation. Here he saw two Eladrin prisoners, a beautiful eladrin woman and her bodyguard. In the rare moments they were able to exchange information, he learned that she was Princess Tillani of House Llyrandir and he was her guardian, Sir Jaffin. She attempted to charm her guards once, but failed to escape before she was taken down to the lower levels.
Wonillon told them of other clerics dressed in greens and red. He surmised that the greens were priests of the water temple, for they had a kraken motif on their robes and the reds were obviously fire priests. However, all of the priests and guards in red, green or brown bowed and scraped when guards in black came to get the Princess and her guardian. The guards in black were treated as superiors even by the clerics of fire, earth and water.
With Wonillon in tow, they continued their exploration, with Wonillon complaining about his lost equipment, which he was sure would be around here somewhere. They soon came upon the torturer’s chamber and defeated the torturer and his bugbear accomplice. In the chamber were two orcs that Eldwinn turned into pincushions, two women in a cell and a man who was currently being tortured on the rack. One of the women introduced herself as Alda, a farmer’s wife, while the other introduced herself as Lorina and the man as her husband Gorn. She and Gorn were hill people and were captured as they made their way through the Kron Hills looking for their next campsite.