The party enters the tower in what appears to be a storeroom of sorts. Mira makes a light for the party to see. Jasper and Oath investigates some of the crates and bags and discover foodstuffs. Drugan and Grom stack crates to cover their magical doorway. Opening the door they see a hallway illuminated by sconces shedding a dim purple glow. Sneaking out into the hallway and hugging the walls they watch as several black-robed figures cross ahead of them. They turn down the hall where the figures came from and enter a large circular chamber. One set of spiral stairs lead up to a higher floor, while another set leads down to an underground level. After a quick and hushed discussion, the party opts to head down.
The party enters another circular chamber with exits on either side and another set of stairs leading down. Drugan hears some noises coming from the further down. Grom tries to ask the axe about the layout, but it doesn’t seem to know or remember. They press on to the next level down.
The party enters a similar circular chamber with exits on either side and another set of stairs leading down. The noise is a bit louder and is definitely coming from further down. Oath investigates one of the corridors and finds a small room with a workbench and some armor and weapons in various states of repair. He snags two notebooks from the bench before leaving. The party decides to proceed to the next level.
The party enters yet another circular chamber with exits on either side and a set of stairs leading down. Upon entering the chamber the sounds are recognizable as an animal in pain. There’s also an oppressive sickly sweet smell permeating the area. The party pauses momentarily to debate continuing down versus investigating the sounds. Oath quickly scouts the fourth level down, where he hears some sounds of clanging metal and grunting sounds. Returning with what he heard, the party decides to investigate before continuing on.
Quickly forming up and heading down the hallway towards the sound the party sees several passages branch off. The stench is much stronger to their right, but the animal making noises is off to the left. They rush left down the passage. Drugan bursts through the door into a room followed by the others. Inside the room, the party sees the source of the sounds, a unicorn with black ooze slowly seeping up its legs, caged inside a pen. Just outside the pen a hood figured is making notes in a journal. Several covered mounds are towards the back of the chamber. Seeing intruders at the door, the figure lashes out about his research being interrupted as he walks over to the wall and pulls two levers. A gear starts creaking and the covers for two of the mounds rise revealing decrepit creatures with Phagestone embedded in their flesh inside cages. The cages start to lower as the creatures inside snarl and lash. Drugan rushes forward slashing at the robed figure. Jasper uses Flicker to clear the pen, then attempts to push the levers back up but fails. Grom moves to engage the creatures in the cage. The figure uses Eldrich Blast to push Drugan away. Lyra casts Thunderwave smashing the cages and creatures inside them into the wall and causing a large crack of sound to echo out of the room. Mira leverages herself up on the pen and throws one of the vial’s of Holy Water from Samal onto the black ooze working it’s way up the unicorn. In a flash of divine light, the Holy Water starts eating away at the black ooze and even dissolves the Phagestone where it hits the floor. Oath casts Disonant Whispers on the cloaked figure. The unicorn creates a Shimmering Shield around Mira. The figure casts Mirror Image on himself. Drugan runs forwards an ineffectively resumes his attack. Jasper moves to engage one of the now free zombie-like creatures, while Grom attacks the other. The robed figure casts Hunger of Hadar causing a sphere of blackness and bitter cold to appear encapsulating Drugan, Grom, Jasper, Lyra and his experiments. Lyra turns into a rhinoceros and charges at the robed figure but also clips Jasper. Mira uses her Spiritual Weapon to aid Drugan. Oath attempts Disonant Whispers again, still without much effect. Oath notices some sounds coming from the hallway behind him so he moves off to the side. The robed figure seeing that most of the intruders are contained inside the void of darkness casts Fireball on Mira, Oath and the unicorn. While Drugan and Grom struggle in the darkness, Jasper breaks free and moves to disrupt the robed figure. Bloody and pinned against the wall the figure yields and as he does, he drops concentration and the darkness vanishes. The unicorn after several attempts breaks down its pen.
Mira hears the footfalls in the hallway where they entered and thinking quickly casts Spiked Growth. A scream and gurgle are heard from the hallway as two hellhounds and three bloody guards come running in. One hellhound lunges bitting at Mira, while the other bites Oath knocking him down. Seeing this Drugan rushes towards the hounds slaying each with mighty blows. Grom is hot on his heels when he hears a gentle voice in his head: “deal with the armed ones, I will aid your friend”. Grom alters his course attacking and slaying two of the guards. The unicorn heals Oath. Jasper binds the hooded figure. Oath casts Shatter killing the remaining guard and destroying part of the doorframe in the process. The unicorn thanks Mira and the others for her aid and heals Oath again before teleporting away. Knowing that their presence is no longer a secret, the party turns towards their prisoner for answers…