Aryth 15, 999 YK
The Eclipse Collective descends down the stairs leading to the Deep Door, where they meet the commander of the Flayer Guard, Korgel Blackblade. He explains that the Deep Door is shut and cannot be opened, but the party determines that the cleaver they took from Gug is the key to opening it. They proceed into its depths with a squadron of Flayer Guard and come to a four-way intersection. First, they go straight ahead, where they encounter a wall covered in nonsense written in Deep Speech, which, when knocked upon, causes them to fall briefly unconscious with strange dreams. The door gives way when prompted by Xulgos, revealing a hallway made of flesh, but it starts to seal itself as they try to move down it. It eventually spits out a ring as a strange sort of gift to Xulgos.
The Flayer Guard and the party then return to the center chamber and split up, each taking a different passage of the two remaining. The Eclipse Collective ends up in a room with broken floors, a golem, and two small blue-skinned humanoids called “derros.” They fight their way in and come to a puzzle where, faced with five statues of goblins, they must select five from six stones containing memories, and five from six objects to assign correctly to the statues of their original owners. After a few failed attempts and an unpleasant brush with what Xulgos believed to be daelkyr magic, they succeed and open the passage to a room with a hovering, shadow-wreathed entity.
Experience Gained: 3100 XP