The group arrives back in Hommlet with their prisoner. Immediately, they notice that many of the townsfolk are looking at them with a new-found respect. Constable Elmo is pleased with their report and tells them that he will begin talking with the townsfolk and investigating the disappearance of the delegation. Until then, he encourages the party to begin talking to a few townsfolk.
Curious about these men in the stone masks, the group heads to the quarry on the east end of town. Meeting with the foreman, they ask if he’s seen any unusual activity at night. The foreman rudely dismisses them, and when they press, he shakes his head, mumbling something about “conspiracy theories” and telling the group that if they were really that bored, they could head out to Tricklerock cave…there’s supposed to be some type of famous treasure there. Ciandara notices that the worker that the foreman was talking to, an older halfling man, looked nervous and uncomfortable during the discussion, but when she tries to pull the halfling away, he tells her that he can’t discuss things here…the boss is watching. Ciandara tells him that the group will be at the Inn of the Welcome Wench during the evening if he wants to talk.
Meanwhile, the rest of the group walks amongst the workers in the quarry. Two of the workers tell them of the mysterious watchers…though they were frightening, they did not do anything overly aggressive. They workers were unable to tell if the watchers were male or female…they wore heavy robes and stone masks.
Finding this avenue of investigation to have closed for now, the group decides to head out to Lance Rock to see if they can find the dead drop.
The journey takes a little more than an hour, and it is still early afternoon when they arrive. They notice an old cave beneath Lance Rock, and they move in to investigate, noticing tracks heading into the cavern.
Cautiously entering the cave, they notice a dead body against one wall. The body looks to be fairly old…a few weeks at least, and that it is dressed similarly to the bandits that they encountered. Gilbane closes his eyes, sensing death and corruption all around him. Suspecting that the body is undead, he bends down to investigate. The body begins moving and attempts to attack him. The rest of the crew, having prepared attacks, immediately destroy the zombie.
Concerned that the cave has undead, the group decides to move deeper into the caverns and destroy any undead that they find. They eventually come to a room that has a large, flat rock in the center…obviously used as a place of sacrifice by the bloodstains covering it. As they move in to investigate Ciandara and Grayd are surprised as several large rocks tumble on them from above. Grayd is fortunate enough to jump out of the way, but Ciandara is knocked unconscious as two zombies leap down from above the group and attack. They take a few moments to dispatch the creatures, then heal Ciandara and continue on.
Soon, they arrive and a strange sight. Within a star-shaped chamber, three zombies caper about in an insane dance. One is dressed as a jester, bells tinkling from his hat; one is dressed in a bear costume; the last is dressed as a maiden, in a rotting ball dress and makeup. The group is stunned by this bizarre sight, and suspecting a trap, they begin pelting the zombies with arrows and bolts, quickly dispatching them.
Moving further into the caves, the group eventually comes to a large, well lit cavern. Within, a man in heavy robes moves amongst three large tables, each with a body on it. Beyond, a table is covered with various tools and implements. Further into the room, a man stands surrounded by several skeletons.
Gilbane immediately senses more undead, knowing that the man walking between the tables with the bodies on them is undead, and that the bodies themselves may also be undead. The group moves into the room to attack as the man on the far end of the room shouts at them, “Bow before the Lord of Lance Rock! Behold my dark terrors!”
He shouts to the skeletons to “Kill them all!!” and then runs further into the cave. Grayd rushes forward to deal with the zombie at the tables, only to be surprised as several hands erupt from the bodies. Soon, he’s completely surrounded by crawling claws.
Gilbane and Alexander move in, trying to help Grayd dispatch the zombie and the claws. Meanwhile, the skeletons rush forward to attack.
Eventually, the group defeats the undead. Now, wounded and out of spells and resources, they chase down the crazed human and self-stylized “Lord of Lance Rock.”
The find a room, obviously a study of some type. The room is roughly oval shaped, and the walls are draped with long, purple curtains. In the center of the room is a glowing orb that rests in a twisted sculpture of dead arms and hands. The orb contains a strange symbol; an inverted purple ziggurat that has a slitted eye in the middle. As the group moves forward, they hear a crazed shout from behind one of the curtains, “Can’t you see it? It’s the Eye! It sees your every move! Don’t you fear it?”
The Lord of Lance Rock attacks, using a wand to fire multiple magic missiles at the group. Grayd and Gilbane move in to surround the mage, while Alexander slips behind the curtain in the hopes that he can get a surprise attack on their enemy. Sullanus and Ciandara pepper the mage with arrows and bolts.
After a fierce battle, the mage dies, bursting into black flames and withering to dust. The party, triumphant but greatly weakened, begin searching for clues about the mysterious mage.
The group is now 2nd level.