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The ex-Vulkoori drow that the party took prisoner in the slave halls leads them to what apparently was the kitchen, where elven slaves prepared meals for their giant masters. The room is pitch-black within, but before a sunrod or torch is lit the captured drow falls to his knees, shrieking about what a mistake they made by abandoning Vulkoor. He claims that Xulgos is a prophet of the scorpion god, and calls him the “Eye of Vulkoor.” The party decides to go along with this, and makes bold claims about the hunter’s powers and closeness to his god. The still skeptical drow in the dark kitchen are silenced as Xulgos lifts himself off the ground, soars into the room, and uses his Spiriteye to create a terrifying display.
The Vulkoori decide to return to their home outside the ruins and accept Xulgos as their prophet, but they are afraid to leave as the Sulatar have branded them in a way that the fire-worshiping drow could remotely kill them. Conlon removes the arcane brands with his own magic, and sends the drow on their way. The key to the lower ruins is obtained and the drow leave Xulgos an offering for Vulkoor.
On their way back to the rotunda, they pass through the giants’ dining hall, now occupied by strange insect-like creatures called neogi, who come from Khyber and deal in slaves. They attempt to negotiate a deal for the party to capture Sulatar slaves, but Zil’dejin’s hatred for slavers shines through, and they instead kill the neogi and one of their two scorrow slaves – half-drow, half-scorpion abominations – and free the other.
Experience obtained: 2000 XP