March 12-14, 213 Tyr
The story began in the eastern country of Firofel, The Great Desert. The Capital City of Nassarak shone in the morning light as Arden Flint, a weary Tyrish traveled and his animal companion, a small bear named Mazzerel, stopped off at a walk-up (pub) for some water. The unscrupulous owner charged Arden an outrageous price for his drink, however Joules, another customer at the walk-up, intervened and demanded that Arden be given a fair price. Joules, a rather loudmouthed and inebriated entrepreneur, was in the middle of conducting some questionable business transactions with a local merchant, and noticing that Arden was a fellow foreigner, the two struck up a conversation discussing how, as outsiders, they need to stick up for themselves lest they be taken advantage of by the Nassari.
Meanwhile, a Dossari rider clad in black was spotted racing towards the city in a bee line for the Combine’s spire. There a guild-worker was spending a lazy day in the upper levels with his friend when he too saw the rider kicking up a torrent of dust. He headed downstairs, and after a brief meeting with the Quartermaster, was given a pair of writs to deliver to the travelers at the walk-up.
After their serendipitous meeting, and a reluctant agreement, they set off towards a rather suspicious, partially constructed tower where a cave-in had trapped a handful of workers. Upon their arrival the team went to work overseeing the excavation and rescue effort. They uncovered their first trapped worker only to discover that the worker’s legs had been mangled and bloodied with spider bites. As excavations continued, bear-sized spiders spewed forth from the tunnel, attacking the heroes and the surviving workers. After these creatures were easily dispatched, the work teams uncovered three out of the four remaining workers under the suspiciously intense gaze of the white-haired supervisor of the tower’s construction. Further digging revealed a small tunnel that Sid foolishly explored. A few feet into the tunnel he found himself breaking through the floor and tumbling onto the floor of a larger cavern, rendering him unconscious and surrounded by darkness. After a few minutes without word from the spelunker, Arden entered the tunnel hoping to find what had become of Sid. After repelling down with the assistance of a safety rope, Arden discovered Sid, and through the use of healing magic he was able to revived his fallen companion. After a brief conversation the pair where joined by an oddly nimble falling bear (Mazz doesn’t like being too far away from Arden, even if that means diving into a spider infested tunnel) and a slightly more sober Joules.
Once the party was gathered they inspected the cavern, finding the final missing digger, unfortunately reduced to only a mostly eaten corpse, as well as an ornately carved door. They recovered the body and sent it up the rope. The wizard, Joules, somehow managed to unlock the mysterious portal and the group explored the newly revealed chamber. Inside they discovered a vault containing several sarcophagi, the largest of which was sealed by three locks. Sid skillfully picked open the locks, and flung open the lid. As he did so, six very animated skeletons sprung forth from the remaining unopened sarcophagi and attacked the three explorers. A fierce combat ensued, with the skeletons threatening to overwhelm the adventurers by sheer numbers, however in the midst of battle the group was joined by a mysterious wolf who appeared out of the shadows, helping to even the odds. Joules proved surprisingly proficient in the melee, using his arcane talents and quarterstaff to strike down several of the skeletons with his staff, while Sid commanded the ground itself to rise and grapple with the remaining undead monsters.
Once they had lain the corpses back to rest the group turned its attention back to the large casket, discovering several treasures including an ancient tome. Despite Joule’s and Sid’s best efforts the volume proved indecipherable, however the group decided to take it and the rest of the treasures back to the Nassarak for further study
After some effort they were able to climb back to the surface, however they hid their discovery from Elmin, the white-haired construction supervisor. Despite the late hour the group began the trek back to Nassarak deciding that they would rather travel at night than camp in the dessert and risk encountering more spiders or other desert beasts.