The party patched its wounds after the short fight with the Nightmare, they followed the large and obvious tracks up the ravine to their end. They came to a large opening straight down into the rock. Standing next to the hole was a builder golem, it’s arm ended at the wrist, with a chain hanging down into the hole. Next to the golem was a ghoul, and across the chasm from the PCs was another ghoul, readying a crossbow.
The battle was brief. The first ghoul died instantly with a shot in the face from Belak’s crossbow. The ghoul near the golem was obviously hesitant. After defeating the golem, a brief discussion with the ghoul showed that he was corrupted by Esha through trickery, and he regretted it. He agreed to tell the rangers about what awaited them, if they promised to kill him. They agreed.
They descended 50 feet into the pit with the chain, freed from the golem’s forearm. Before they could hit the ground, 2 more necromancers opened fire with magic. Zaturak entered his dregordian battle rage and leapt onto the first necromancer, pinning him to the floor. The second necromancer fled back into a tunnel, Zaturak in tow. The rangers pursued, and were able to kill him just before reaching the end.
The tunnel led into the long-lost shrine to Vainar. A large hexagonal room contained a raised platform in the center with a pillar covered in skulls and various of trapping of Vainar and necromancy. A woman clad in an expensive dress, holding a scroll was busy manipulating various part of the pillar. A troll guarded her, staying close by. The second golem stood near the entrance.
An epic battle ensued. Graham was killed, his white silver blade mangled by the digging tools of the golem. Zaturak fought valiantly, but ran out of essence and fell into a coma when draining his soul for more. Belak and Avahr managed to finally defeat the troll. Esha failed to open the pillar and so cast invisibility on herself and managed to escape during the fight.
After the fight, Zaturak finally awoke, and the Rangers were able, with a prayer to Achanon, finally open the pillar and retrieve the Chalice. Zaturak grasped the chalice and his hand was pierced by a needle, filling the chalice with his blood. They swept the chalice into a bag and left the shrine.
Belak rigged the defeated golem to explode, caving in the temple. They left, heading back to Bearheart.