Introductions completed, the party gets to the business at hand.
A8 to A13) In this area the stone blocks are covered by a large 30' wide band of odd looking metal filaments that extend from floor to ceiling.
N18) This opening appears to be a hole blasted into the wall to the ouside. It is up about 20' from the floor and is about a 7' diameter opening with sunlight shining in from the outside. There is an old well-used rope snaking up through the hole to the outside.
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|forgive the appearance that this is a normal 10' walled opening--it is not--I will get better with MapTool as we go on...|
Skara is quickly drawn to the skeleton of the titan and discovers several interesting things among the incredibly large bones. A large, glowing chain shirt is one of the sources of light in the room, though it is covered in rubble and mostly buried at this point, as is a partially buried halberd sticking up in the I5 area. There is a crude (normal sized) short bow and 1 arrow laying at D10 on a built up mound of rubble and dirt. The mound is smooth as if something has been dragged over it many times and this track leads over to E9 (the shoulder area) and turns into a dirt tunnel dropping underneath the pile of bones. The tunnel is about a 7' diameter opening.
As Skara is peering over the mound into the tunnel she suddenly jumps back from the opening, scrambling to get away, as a large head followed by a long serpentine body emerges from the hole. The snake is almost as large as the opening and as it rises out of the hole and turns to face Skara it opens it mouth and disgorges a slime covered body of a dead humonoid (about the size of a halfling) which nearly lands on her as she retreats away from the giant beast. The snake then quickly pulls out the rest of it's body from the hole and circles around Skara in the air above her before anyone can react.
Just as Skara is reaching for her sword with a curse on her lips, a winged angel dressed in battle armor appears in the air next to the snake.
The angel is floating, with her wings spread proudly behind her. She says something in an ancient tongue (you can read the Spoiler if you speak Celestial)
Celestial: “Wenrigen, back to your home, there are no meals here today for you.”
The snake draws back as she speaks and then with a hiss turns and flows back into his hole. The angel hovers for a moment, and then drawing her wings in, she slowly settles to the ground. When she reaches the ground she shakes herself abruptly and the armor and wings fall away as if they are broken shards of glass. She now appears to be an attractive human with deep red hair.
She holds her hand up, palm flat, and crackling energy like small lightning bolts shoot out from her palm, which then meld into a small humanoid figure made of various plates and strands of metal.
As she sets the toy figure down to the ground she says: “I am Ertigon, Designer and Builder of this prison. I am also one of the few Celestials from my time left here on Golarion.”
She then raises her hands and with a few words a young gnome appears next to her. A floating ball of light also appears in the air over the gnome. Speaking to the gnome Ertigon says: “Marakast, I would like you to meet your new friends. New friends, this is Marakast; he is the final member of your party. There will be time for formal introductions later...”
Then from her fingertips the same crackling energy that became the toy erupts, flowing out to form a large orb which encircles her and the immediate area where the party is standing (It seems to disappear into the roof and floor but you can tell it is an orb by its shape. The orb is thick but clear as glass except for the bands of thin glistening metal that seems to flow through it. She says “Do not be alarmed, this is only to protect us from intruding eyes…Now that you are all together and ready to begin I have some additional information for your ears only. I created this prison as a Null field, using an ancient high magic, and these bands of metal that encircled the prison in specific patterns.”
She points to the metal band that everyone assumed was some kind of door or entryway. “When the Dungeon foundations shifted these bands shifted as well, weakening the Null field in certain places. This is one of the first spots where this happened, see up on the band that tear in the surface? That is where Legion’s Hand escaped. Legion’s Hand was and is one of the most dangerous prisoners captured. He is the one who killed mighty Breysus, our Titan guard who kept the dungeon clear of invading creatures. With his death, the Dungeon became a new realm to explore for many. The poor creatures did not realize that though getting into the Prison is easy, leaving is another matter entirely. Once they pass the Null field there is no turning back unless they can find the weakened spots, which are invisible on the inside.”
She continues: “For these many eons I’ve been working on my design, attempting to make it immune to the ravages of time. The solution was a total paradigm shift resulting in this (she folds her hand down to the small creature that looks like a toy.) Ken-den is my newly re-designed prison: his armor creates a null field that holds within it an isolated plane of existence. Those who are captured inside of him will have complete freedom, within the plane, but they will be trapped there. I am leaving the Dungeon in your care with Ken-den. He will allow you to capture all of the damaged beings who are here (she says this word damaged in a strange way). In the meantime I will repair, as best I can, the defects in the Dungeon and seal it once again to contain those who are here. But Rovagug will undoubtedly break the Null fields again. After you have captured all of the damaged ones, you can open up the Dungeon on both ends and let those who remain do as they wish. Give little Ken-den to Barcellus the titan, at the other end of the Dungeon, he will know what to do from there. If I am able I will also visit with you then. Although I have discovered what I’d been searching for, it is too late; because of Rovagug’s destructive tampering many of the worst demons have already escaped. I will organize another group on Golarion to battle and contain those who have escaped to the surface. If we are successful, Golarion will be saved from a great evil.”
Ertigon then raises her palm again and the little floating ball of light flits over to hover above it. “This is Dafenia. She will be your companion on this quest. Dafenia, go to Montavious--he is now your liege. I also have a few items to help you...”
As she says this two sacks appear at the feet of Big and Skara. She then turns to Bigdredge and appears to cast a spell at him, then saying, “I must go soon, do any of you have any questions?”
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|Big: the sack contains a small leather bound wooden box that is a special magical healing kit. It provides a +3 bonus (rather than +2) to all skills affected by the kit, and it's supplies are never ending--anything you use will be replaced as soon as you close the lid.|
Big: the spell was an augmentation to your holy symbol. As long as you are true to Sarenrae, it will provide you with two additional spells per day. The first is Create Food and Water. The second is Heroes' Feast. Both are cast at your current level as far as any per-level limitations.
Skara: your sack is actually a sack. It is currently just a sack--but once inside the dungeon it will become a bag of holding Type IV. It is made of cloth and metal fibers that resemble the fibers on Ken-den and will only function inside the dungeon.
A1) The stone blocks have been removed here and are piled in the corner. The area is now the opening to a small cave that winds down into the earth. It is low and shallow, obviously dug by small crude hands. Many footprints mark the dirt, and debris litters every corner, In the back of the cave, a narrow tunnel, poorly lit, leads deeper.
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