Rick Maffei wrote:
This thread is like ambrosia to me ... keep it coming!
Some stories from ROUND 1:
At the front of the temple, there were two pillars carved with all manner of beasts. We spent some time writing it down, asking questions, and searching the pillars, but it just seemed like decoration (until round 3...which I mentioned earlier).
The first room was ladden with traps, many of which had gone off due to other people exploring the palace. A door was slightly open to the right. With tracking, we determined that other creatures had been in here and probably went through the open door (so we opted to avoid that for the time being). At the back of the room were murals. The murals were of the "triad" (we weren't able to get the full story on them). The traid consisted of a contemplative figure gazing into a ring, a woman surrounded by plants and holding a ribbon, and a man with a torso of stars and a plain iron rod. Checking the corpse impaled on a spike trap, we found a gem and a piece of paper saying "1 is 350. 8 is 2800. Worth it?". On a appraisal, we determined that the gem was worth 350 gp. Those gems were used later in round 1, in another room. We searched the room on the left hand side (because the drawing of the palace seemed to indicate a passageway there). We found a secret entrance.
After travelling down a hallway, we decided that we should probably close the secret door (after all, what would happen if the other creatures returned and saw it opened). The barbarian ran back to close it...unfortunately, the sound of his footsteps echoed, and the creatures found us. A brief combat ensued, in which we felled the large creature. The remaining members of his pack surrendered. We offered them food, and a place in a "new" pack...our adventuring group! We questioned them about rooms they had been in, and then continued on (with them following at the back of our newly expanded adventuring party).
The room that we had the most difficulty with in the 1st round (combat wise) was the pyramid room (the room Erica mentioned). In the center of the room was a pyramid. Instead of immediately approaching the pyramid, we threw down a detect magic and found a secret box in the wall with a scroll. The rogue (me) entered the room to retrieve it. I was almost out of the room...when the top of the pyramid suddenly rose and a huge metal construct lumbered down after the only person currently in the room (the rogue). I won initiative, and decided to tumble out of the room, while the barbarian (our only fighter) blocked the entranceway. This creature took a LONG time to drop. Later, we searched the construct and found a ring placed into its' back (like the one in the mural).