Fellowship of the Goose

Sand in gear

After defeating the horrible monster of the depth the group continued the exploration of Hallowbrook’s underground.

A short march later they reached a fork. One way was marked with a skeleton, the second one, leading westward was untagged. Therefor Gil volunteered for scouting this path. He asked Braenn for her magical maze to illuminate his way. Timo, Drugo, Braenn and John just saw the light disappearing in the distance and then waited for their elven friend to come back and inform them about the tunnel. After a while they heard a plopping noise. Afterward all was covered in silence – deathly silence. Timo a real friend couldn’t wait any longer and started to run deeper into the tunnel. Of course the others followed him and so the whole team run into the darkness. After half a mile Gil was still out of sight. “He couldn’t make it so far, so were is he?” was the question rattling through all minds. Braenn, with her keen senses for nature, noticed the pit of quicksand just the moment before stepping into it. So this was the answer to the question where Gil had vanished. But they had to act quick to save him from suffocation. Brave Braenn asked John for the rope, tied one end around her waist and dived into the quicksand. A hand was touching her and finally grabed her ear. When John noticed the struggling in the sand he pulled the rope. Some seconds later Braenn reapeared at the surface with Gil dangling from her ear. After catching breath again, John investigated the size of the quicksand pit. Therefor he knotted all the ropes together and tied the cooking kettel at one end. By throwing it as far as he could and drawing the kettel back until it started to sink in the sand he estimated the size of the pit to about 10 feet (3 meters). Braenn drew the scratch line and the broad jump began. Luckily all made it.

Some turns later they reached a huge round cave with the ceiling even for Gil’s elven eyes out of sight. The room was dominated by a throny black stone pillar in the middle growing from the floor up to limit of visibility in the darkness above their heads. Gil with the eye of a stonemason noticed that the material looked similar to the material of the five petrified founding fathers in Hallowbrook, but in contrast it was not coverd with petrified drops. The black stone pillar attraced the attention of the wizard Tim, too. He was able to detect that it had been enchanted by magical school of necromancy or transmutation. So this place perhaps had served for some rituals.Three tunnels left the cave in different directions.

They waryliy crossed the room and continued the investigation in the tunnel leading westwards. On both sides small chambers branched off. These chambers contained rotten and decomposed human remainings, so this chambers perhaps had served as refuge for the villager of Old Hallowbrook.

After passing 57 chambers the tunnel spiraled. Behind a turn the tunnel was collapsed and blocked by a barricade of stones and rubble that didn’t look solid. But how to remove the baricade without beeing struck to death by falling stones? Gil with his stonemasen skill spotted that especially one big block in the middle was loose. He digged it out a bit and they fixed a long rope around it. From relativly safe distance Gil, Braenn and John removed the stone by pulling the rope. When dust had setteled they saw that a halfling sized hole was in the barricade. Drugo crawled in the hole. After return he told that the hole lead to the earth surface, somewhere in the forest. While the others had a short rest Braenn passed the hole and explored the surface area a bit. After following a small path up to a hilltop, she saw that they were on the westside of Old Hallowbrook. Behind Old Hallowbrook, at the horizon coloured clouds whirled in the sky above New Hollowbruck and sometimes lights flashed up. Beneath this there was no hint about the situation of the villagers.

Will the fellowship of the goose be able to stop the coven and save the people from the troubles they caused?

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