In light of our pending foray into the underground, we decided it would be best to be at full strength and retrieve Lukar from Flamekeep. Upon our return into the warning chamber, I stumbled upon a Swordmaster’s Blindfold. It was among one of the many skeletons that littered the chamber. No doubt this was overlooked while ambushing some unsuspecting treasure hunters. Arius and I had a bit of a dispute over whether or not I should put it back. Fortunately, Rylmaje interrupted the uncomfortable situation, which prompted me to hand it over to him. I don’t see how it is my fault that people are careless about their spoils of war. I’m sure Arius was pleased since it made us look good to them or some such nonsense.
Rylmaje assessed our preparedness for combat down here. Upon learning of Gilroy and Arius’ inability to see in the dark, he retreated to his home and retrieved a wand of darkvision for obvious reasons. He didn’t particularly care for Gilroy’s use of his halo in order to light the path. Once we were prepared, we made our way through a maze of tunnels to where we were expecting a caravan of captured elves were to be brought through. If I didn’t know better, I would have been expected to be ambushed. Rylmaje does seem to be honorable, however.
We arrived at the cave and set up an ambush of our own. As a magma elemental, I waited inside of a stalagmite, while the rest concealed themselves behind others. Eventually, the caravan arrived. Four creatures known as Skaros, as well as six Mind Flayers were escorting ten drow and one human clergyman of the Silver Flame. We opened combat with Lukar using the ability of his new helmet to outright slay one of the mind flayers. Arius followed up by disintegrating another. I summoned earth elementals to keep more busy. Dazen threw around witch fire and lightning, while Gilroy and Valeforasten handled the rest. Rylmaje proved to be quite lethal in his skulking through the shadows as well.
When the dust settled, we spoke briefly with the clergyman and escorted him back to the Flame Keep and the drow that were not part of Rylmaje’s home out of the caves. We were taken in a completely different way so that it would be excessively difficult to learn the paths of the caves. When all was done, we returned to the warning cave, where Rylmaje escorted us to his home.
I didn’t know what to expect from an underground city, but I have to admit, I was impressed. I thought only dwarves would be able to create spaces like this. Rylmaje took us to his dwelling, which seemed to be housing styled for multiple single people, like a barracks or something like that. He told us a bit about his people and the Vault where all their knowledge is kept. That part sounded like a good place to find forgotten magic. Perhaps something useful could be acquired there. Unfortunately, I got the impression that we didn’t have specific direction as to where we will be going next. I thought we were supposed to go handle the Dalkir that was down here as soon as possible. That seems like it might be more difficult than expected.