After leaving the meeting with Captain Ellerton, the group retires back to the local inn to rest up. They then meet with Sir Corwin Freas and learn that the dragon Anaglathos is slipping into the grips of Dragon Rage and has been using its minions to attack the town. The dragon needs to be put down to save the region. The lair is NW from the city, about 300 miles away. The lair holds the Cult of Anaglathos and may have been where the young blue dragon retreated to for healing. When asked what Freas could do to help deal with the cult, he offered the use of his paladin knights which number 30. He could also get mercenaries, but will need a couple days. The group agrees that will help and settles down to make detailed plans on how to travel to the lair.
When asked why the dragon is attacking and what drove the dragon to slumber 200 years ago, Freas recalls a story of how a wizard named Unther, who was a necromancer, enslaved the city for a time, but was later overthrown during a revolution. He was driven into his underground vault and slain. The vault has been sealed ever since. The group decides to investigate the vault while Freas goes to hire mercenaries.
The group presses forward and heads into the underground vault of Unther the Vile. They go to the Cathedral of Eternal Life and head inside. Within the Cathedral is the entrance to the Crypt of Unther the Vile. The group heads into the crypt. The travel down stairs into the Pontifical Chapel. There are six columns in the middle of the room carved with spirits rising up in a spiral pattern that to Kalenthor seems to denote necromancy. Jord them goes to move the bones littering the room, which then activates the skeletal giant guardian.
Jord sword skeleton (9) sword (10/19). Floki axe skeleton (9/28) axe (9/37). Skeleton greataxe Jord (miss) (17). Laren sacred flame (13/50). Ruby (26/76). Kalenthor magic missile skeleton (10/86).
Jord commander’s strike Floki (11/97) sword skeleton (10/107). Floki axe skeleton (9/116) axe (11/127). Skeleton attacks Jord (17) (17). Laren heals Jord (27). Ruby (30/157, dead). Explodes on floki and jord (30 or half).
Once the group defeats the skeleton, they take a short rest before continuing down the hallway. They comes to a door on the left and right along with a painted mural next to each door depicting Unther the Vile in all of his glory. They go through the left door. Kalenthor grabs some necromancy tomes found in the Chapel of Relics. He then goes to investigate the mural, which is a Symbol glyph. He sees the image change from a human to a skeleton and flees (failed Wisdom save). Jord goes to help the fleeing Kalenthor while Floki goes to get the dropped staff. The Symbol glyph then activates ago and a beam of necrotic energy hits Floki in the chest (60). Floki then throws a hand axe at the mural (7), which shatters the glass, but the mural remains. The mural of Unther then begins to move.
Jord hand axe thrown mural (no damage) sword (11). Mural howls (jord floki ruby frightened, laren and Kalenthor 10 dmg and stunned). Ruby hide magical arrow (29/40). Floki readies. Laren stunned. Kalenthor stunned.
Jord sword (7/47) commander strike ruby magical arrow (32/79). Jord action surge sword (miss) sword (9/88). Mural legendary action energy drain (kalenthor reduced hp max 15). Mural life drain (kalenthor 21, jord 10, floki 10, heal 41). Ruby hide magical arrow (23/70). Floki reckless rage axe (19/89) axe (16/105).
Laren casts greater restoration on Kalenthor to recover his lost hit points from the energy drain. The group recovers and slows presses forward.