Much to the party’s disappointment, they are unable to kill off the remaining two Drow, who escape deeper into the mountain. They console themselves by looting the dead Drow and finding an assortment of weapons (including but not limited to: some sweet daggers and a broken crossbow). They gather under the ledge where the Drow vanished and heal up a bit before moving on.
After travelling for a bit, Andraste spots a hanging, collared elven woman
this is the worst nat 20 i’ve EVER gotten. The woman’s eyes have been gouged out, and her jaw is broken. As the party debates what to do with the dead woman, Andraste sees a break in the rocks and points it out to Loghren, who casts Moonbeam on the spot (to check for any sneaky Drow, of course), but nothing happens.
Taman casts Speak With Dead on the woman, but it doesn’t seem to work. When Alex attacks to pull the body down to bury it, it lets out a horrendous scream, blasting everyone back into the rock wall (except for Loghren, who was off exploring the break in the wall).
Damaged and bruised, the party calls for a rest, and send Taman and Andraste off to scout ahead. After they leave, Loghren is able to find an invisible path via tossing the dead woman’s severed arm off the cliff face
nice. Walton is able to make the path visible, revealing that the path is old and crumbling (we also learn that Loghren is totally afraid of heights-.
Meanwhile, Andraste and Taman are able to find three Drow, two of which are from their previous fight , standing at the door to the monastery
WE MADE IT GUYS!. The door is covered in what looks like depictions of the phases of the moon. After conversing, the Drow levitate away. Once the coast is clear, Taman casts Pass Without Trace on himself and Andraste, and they sneak up to the door.
As they cross the clearing to the door, they see more collared bodies being pecked at by crows. Taman casts Speak With Animals and calls one over, offering it honey. Andraste offers it the fake diamond she got ages ago. However, the crow is interested in neither of these things and flies away. Taman tries asking another crow how many Drow have passed through the area, but the crow is kinda dumb and useless.
Moving closer to the door, Taman is able to find the tracks of about a few dozen humanoids, but it’s not clear who’s they are. Seeing that the door probably isn’t trapped, they try to push it open, only to realize it’s a pull door. Regardless, they’re able to open the door…
Back at the now-visible invisible path, Alex begins to walk across it. He only makes it a few feet before he slips and falls. At the last second he casts Meld With Stone, and disappears into the rock (confusing the hell out of Loghren). Luckily Walton realizes what happens, and the two wake up a poor, exhausted Dawn. Through the combined might of rope, slow fall, and a TON of luck, they’re able to pull Alex to safety once he emerges from the stone.
Meanwhile, at the monastery, Taman and Andraste are able to get their first looks into the hall. As they peer inside, the crows goad them into entering, telling them that those who enter come back out dead
MASSIVE RED FLAG WHY DID WE DO THIS?!. The two can see markings cover the walls, though it’s too dark inside to see. On the opposite side of the hall a large door stands, and a thick layer of dust coats the floor. A lone chest sits in the room, begging to be opened.
Eyes on the chest, the two step into the monastery….
Ending EXP Count: 38,780