The next part of the adventure kept the party moving throughout the ruby peak compound. Coming across a long bridge over a lake of lava, the party continued forward to find a door that was password protected. Attempting to guess the password, the door swung open to permit entrance only to reveal a deadly trap. After disarming it, twice, the party continued on down the hallways and came across the massive vault that housed the many riches of the dragon before as well as another dragon shard. The vault door was tricky and also needed disarming but the group finally found their way heading back through the compound. Back on the bridge, they were attacked by fire and ice beholders as well as a steam elemental (sorry I forgot their real name, just that they were fire and ice).
Attempting to escape, Jett found himself separated from the party and thrown from the bridge. As a last ditch effort, he tossed the contents of his bag to the party’s newest Paladin ally, Gabriella Lightsworn. The party was able to get through the next door with the same difficulty as the previous. The steam elementals were far less fortunate and the trap took their lives. Upon leaving the compound, the beholders caught up with the party and attacked. After dispatching them, the party continued down the mountain to find the same fire primordial as before. He parted with a simple ring from his finger and allowed the party to continue on.
On the next mountain, the group faced two Roc’s which were furiously protecting their eggs, known to be worth a small fortune. After killing the birds, an egg was crushed in a struggle between Berrian and Bardryn. Two were left and claimed for the rest of the party. It was at this turning point that the party felt Bardrin was too violent to be trusted and left him behind. Continuing up the mountain, the group came across an abandoned ruin with markings in an old language. Upon reading it, they were attacked by the minions of the Baphomet’s cult. After defeating them, the party continued down into an uncovered maze which tested their skill and knowledge in four differently trapped rooms.
After getting through each and deftly navigating the maze, the party came across the tomb of an ancient evil and his wives. It came at a great difficulty but Tobias Young was able to get a fine chainsaw sword from the encounter. After leaving, pending a giant cave in, the party continued up the mountain again. This time, they came across very powerful people of a lake that laid just under the peak of the mountain. After much convincing, they agreed to help the party venture up and continue their fight with the giants of the mountain as well as a dragon that served as the dragon’s mount. The fourth dragon shard was found in the scepter of the giant and a fight ensued after trying to remove it. After killing all remaining enemies, the party found a hidden room with a very valuable chest. However, upon entering, the denizens of the room were woken and went into battle. They were defeated with some difficulty but the reward was well worth it. The party now continues it journey to the final peak and one step closer to the defeat of Ghuladonkaranamis.