The party conducted several activities in town including selling items, buying some needed supplies [and increasing character levels] spending a couple days.
The party chose to leave early the third morning and return to the castle. The party goes first to the Eastern storage (rat) room. The party burned the rat hole with two oils [Brell] and then searched and checked the main warehouse. Rats came out the hole and the party dispatched them (go Ryder, successful Cleave double kill).
After clearing the rats, the party used two more oil [Belramos] to set fire to this end of the rat hole. The party then searched the area (including the blacksmith and the last warehouse / stable storage rooms).
The party completes the search for other rat hole exits. Not finding any, the party rested and ate in the base of the tower. After healing Ka and eating, the party goes to the top of the tower to inspect the fireplace. After clearing the area, Brell uses the newly learned Knowledge [architecture and engineering] and learns the “slot” is the same size as the ring. holding the string and inserting the ring causes a “click” and the corner of the fireplace moves away.
The party enters and finds a spiral staircase leading down (and down and down and down) and emerge on the north end of a large natural cavern with doors on the east and west end of the cavern. Moving West to follow smoke, the party opens a door for a small room with four beds and bed and four wall lockers. The party decided to follow the smoke through the door to the south.
The party does a sneak peek into the room to find a swarm of rats and starts preparing a molitove cocktail. The rats noticed the party and start squeaking and move to attack. The party (intent on killing the rats) engage with ranged attacks and the burning oil. Ryder decides to take the lead and Ka follows and they brace for the rat swarm. The burning oil hurts many rats, and Ryder takes advantage (Cleaves three different times). Brell spots a large rat (leader?) and fires a magic missle at it to no effect.
Rats continue to swarm and the party fights some more. Amazones throws another oil forcing back the rats, but two get by. Threll shoots a rat that got past the meat-shields and Brell blasts the other with magic missile. Rats continue to fall for another round, when the big rat calls out and the rats retreat [provoking attacks of opportunity which the party uses to their advantage]. Ka and Ryder kill more rats, Brell hurls a [lesser orb of fire] fireball at the large rat and Threll shoots a magic arrow that kills the large rat [a were-rat] as the rats flee.
Threll searched the large rat corpse [surmising it was a were-rat] and found a broach (magic) Search corpse (were-rat) broach (m)
Pool in cave, Ryder swim, mining check.
“four beds” room, two potions(m) one clear and one oily
main chamber east door, gas release, treasure room. books (nm), three scrolls (magic), bird charm (m), tapestry (nm), demon statute (nm) with gem eyes (nm)
In town the party meets up with Dezerray (Dez), who joins as the party rogue.
Brell performs appraise checks on the party items:
Books: given to Devlin’s Grandfather for holding
Broach (magic): = >1,500gp [given to Ka] broach of shielding
Bird (Raven, observed) charm (magic): ~2,000gp (sold) 1425gp
tapestry: 350gp sold 350gp
demon statue with gem eyes: 125-150gp each. sold 500gp
Scroll 1: arcane spell tongues (Brell)
Scroll 2: arcane spell shatter (Brell)
Scroll 3: divine spell hide from animals and divine spell hide from undead (Belramos)
Wand of Empowerment:
Brell and Dez visit the merchants and sell items for 2275gp
Masterwork Bow Making Kit: 55gp
Masterwork Thief Tools: 150gp
Magnifying Glass: 100gp
Sewing Kit: 5gp
Oil 10 (1gp)
Parchment 3 (12sp)
Ink 2 (2gp)
Quill 2 (8sp)
Rations 14 (7gp)
Threll parts to start making Composite Bow +2 Strength [nine weeks estimated]