After resting, they returned to a spiral staircase intersection and proceeded to take the unexplored corridor. They found an office of sort, where a desiccated-looking humanoid was attended by several crawling hands. He rose and greeted them. He apologized for the disrepair of his office and admonished them for causing so much trouble in the Tomb–Herrick shot him in the face mid-sentence. Sobek, adapting to the sudden change in conversation, leapt onto Withers’s desk and struck his head from his body. They made short work of the crawling hands and tossed the office, finding Withers’s journal and a couple of arcane tomes. From the journal, they learned of the Sewn Sisters and a cast-off creation of the gods Acererak intended to revive using the Soulmonger.
After a brief discussion, they descended deeper into the tomb using the nearby spiral stairs. A small adjacent chamber on the next level contained a lever and an armored golem tending it. They determined the lever controlled a trap in a room into which they could look, but not enter from their current location. The golem ignored their non-aggressive investigations. Herrick jammed the lever so the golem could go through its motions without activating the trap and the group followed a narrow corridor to another cramped room.
A golden skull upon a pedestal caught Herrick’s eye. After ensuring the pedestal contained no traps, he grabbed the skull. It immediately began to berate him. Despite their best efforts nothing they did could get the skull to shut up and it followed Herrick everywhere, even teleporting to his side when he stuffed it in a bag or closed it in a chamber. Resigned to having a chattering skull following their rogue around, they proceeded with their explorations. A secret door led into a larger hallway, across which they found another tomb of a trickster god.
A brief misinterpretation of the frescoes caused three wraiths to attack the explorers, but after dispatching them, the group tried again and freed the spirit of Kubazan, who then possessed Sobek. They further explored a room of tapestries and destroyed a hungry disembodied head of a boar before taking a moment to rest….
If you’re going to Gen Con, I’ve written some things you should be aware of over at my VFF Publishing Blog. Once again, I’ll be on Author’s Avenue again, at table Q. I won’t have any new books this year, though. My wife’s cancer put everything on the back burner, so even though I had a finished first-draft, there just wasn’t enough time after her treatment to get Summer of Crows edited, revised, proofread, and produced prior to the convention. I will DEFINITELY have it for GameHole Con in November, though, and I’m hoping to have another Zack Jackson novel finished in time for Gen Con 2020 (that would be number five: Zack Jackson & The Ruins of Athos for those of you keeping track).
Since Gen Con falls on our regularly scheduled game day, the next game is on August 16th. See you then!