| Once the elevator stopped, the adventurers (Miles Fairchild, Gorok, Therani Woodlight, Ilyan Durani, and Dazzetaine Deepfury) found themselves below the Hospice, in much different surroundings. Frescoed murals of disease-ravaged cities adorned the walls, and the acrid smells of necrotic alchemy filled the air. Dressed in the garb of Queen’s Physicians, they stole their way through the hidden temple of Urgathoa, tricking and killing its inhabitants. By the time they got to the vaulted chamber housing the giant cooking vats, they were nearly spent. However, their trials were only just beginning.|
Miles started the battle off with a monstrous ball of fire, igniting the catwalks above them. The blast knocked a surprised Dr. Davaulus and some priests down to the lower level. Things were looking promising in the early moments, but they quickly turned sour as more and more temple inhabitants spilled into the cooking chambers. Priests, zombies, demons, and vampires all came to the temple’s defense, nearly overwhelming the party. Things were looking grim before a well-places daylight spell shattered the Urgathoans’ front lines. With that, and the arrival of Ishani and his Cuthbertian reinforcements, the party was able to turn the tide. It was a drawn out battle, with many of the adventurers falling multiple times. The vampire and Dr. Davaulus (neé Dr. Mortimer Blackweather) even managed to escape. However, in the end, Gorok disemboweled the Lady of the temple, and the Cuthbertian reinforcements felled the flea-breathing demon, with Ishani receiving a mortal blow in the process. All was quiet except for Ishani’s final dying breaths.
In her wisdom, Daze invoked the grace of Moradin to bring him back into the world of the living. Ishani opened his eyes with a gasp, and then smiled, for he knew that Ghalt had been saved.