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Dark Sun: Rising
Chapter 2: Infestation
It had been a few weeks since the party had returned with the lost caravan, weeks spent allowing bodies to heal and minds to refocus on more mundane tasks. Time well spent considering the tasks to yet come for our party. Hargo Vole called the party to him after receiving dire news that several slaves in the nearby fields had been attacked by a creature, a young kruthik, that had burrowed up out of the ground. Hargo explained that a kruthik this young in the area meant that there was also a young hive in the area, most likely directly under the trade post itself and that if the hive were not dealt with very soon the trade post and all nearby areas would be lost to the vast hordes of kruthik that would soon be spawned. It was just as the conversation ended that the lookout for the trade post signaled that there was a group approaching the outpost. While the group readied themselves for their excursions into the new kruthik hive the group approaching the hive soon resolved itself from an unknown band to that of a Sorcerer King's legion. It was just as the group finished their preparations that the Legion reached the gates, in an effort to avoid any misunderstandings the party joined the others of the outpost in greeting the legion and its leader; The very praetor they had just met while dealing with Jakkin. Initially suspecting that the praetor was there on business related to their creative procurement of supplies earlier on the group was soon relieved to find out that the praetor had business instead with Hargo Vole. As Hargo left to conduct his business he waved Tak and the others on to set about their 'task' while he talked with the praetor.

It was thus that our group found themselves in the middle of a field looking down into a hole seeming to be without a visible end. After setting up a rope and climbing down they soon found themselves in a small open space with a few tunnels near where they descended. Lighting up some torches they quickly set off down the tunnels descending deeper into the earth. It was soon into their descent that they found themselves beset upon by a juvenile kruthik and some baby kruthiks as well. The party quickly dispatched the beasts quickly realizing that they were going to be up for a major challenge when they found the queen, seeing as how one of the juveniles had managed to spray a corrosive mixture on Cheeba's blade, completely destroying the blade's ability to be used. They continued on though knowing that failure meant the destruction of the outpost. After some time following the tunnels they suddenly happened upon a open area, No longer were they in tunnels dug by kruthik, now they were in what appeared to be ruins, constructed in times long since gone. As they entered this area they noticed a large deposit of kruthik eggs, just as several kruthik made themselves known. As the party moved to engage they heard a loud roar and the queen herself showed and began to defend her nursery. Kalinth moved quickly to intercept the queen while Cheeba and Tak moved to engage the juveniles that had shown themselves while Torrim and Sardis used their magic to immobilize the queen and a few of the juveniles. After an enormous effort the party was successful in killing the queen however and destroying the eggs. As they took stock of themselves and what they'd accomplished Sardis noticed a nearby set of runes on a wall. Examining them closely he was able to determine they had some transmutation effect, After the group took their brief rest they triggered the runes which caused a wall nearby to disappear and reveal a set of stairs going even deeper into the ground.

Knowing that the kruthik threat was eliminated the group resolved to go further down to ensure that there was nothing else down in the area that was a potential threat or value to the trade post. Their diligence was rewarded when they noticed not only a sudden marked drop in temperature but also a loud roaring noise. Pushing on they discovered another large open area, this time a cavern lit with luminescent fungus with something none of them had ever seen, let alone thought of; A roaring river of water. Quickly moving forward the group started to drink from the water. It was then that Torrim saw part of the water itself move against the current and start towards them. The group quickly backed off as part of the water itself came forward and separated itself from the river and mixed with the dirt of the bank suddenly lifting up and transforming into man shaped form.....
Session: Session 4 - Sunday, Jul 22 2012 from 11:30 PM to 4:30 AM
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