Tserdain 24 Thaumont, 1004
The party quickly discovered that the valley was inhabited, by two competing tribes of humanoids. One was an tribe of people that distinctly resembled the ancient Traldar humans of the area. The other was a tribe of jackal-headed humanoids called Hutaakans. They had apparently been feuding for many generations. The Hutaakans were originally the priests and rulers, the Traldar the workers and, in their opinion, slaves.
The party also discovered that the valley was home to roving bands of undead, which the Traldar claimed were created by the Hutaakans. And by something worse. Trails of slime, mysterious screams in the night, and missing members of both tribes.
After visiting with the leaders of both tribes, the party chose to help the Traldar in their mission to eliminate the undead from the valley. They believed that the undead would be defeated “if the altar bowl in Pflarr’s temple were filled with water from the singing pool”. Since it would take more than a day to make the round trip journey to the pool, they asked the party to get them the water.
After being harrassed by two Rhagodessa (spiders with grasping hook-like legs) that resided near the pool, they returned with the water. The Traldar accompanied them to the temple, where the Traldar held of the zombies and skeletons in the temple as the party searched for the missing altar bowl. Once it was located, and filled with the water, the undead fell at last.
Unfortunately, it seems the undead were not behind the mysterious death. Following a trail of slime into a rocky tunnel beneath the temple, the party finally encountered the source of the attacks. A foul abomination of the Far Realm, a maddening ooze composed of eyes and razor sharp mouths, locked beneath the temple long ago, and recently freed by an earthquake that damaged its prison.
After defeating the beast, and laden with the temple’s treasure, the party made a hasty exit from the valley, avoiding the greedy eyes of both tribes.
Stephan took his leave not long after they returned to civilization, having seen enough of adventure. The party continued on to the capital of Specularuam, looking for further adventures.