Yesterday, the party continued its exploration of The Tower of the Moon ascending to the second and third levels of the tower.
On the second level, the party discovered an alchemy lab and found a potion of healing a nearly drank acid. Unfortunately, the mage sprang a trap and plummeted through the floor to land, wounded but alive, the foyer of the first floor below.
They also encountered a mausoleum of sorts holding a ghast and three ghouls. The turned the ghast and two ghouls and destroyed the remaining ghoul. The gnawed torso of some victim still wore a necklace which they retrieved. It was a Necklace of Beheading hat grant the wearer—on a critical hit— a 20% chance of decapitating a bipedal human (humanoid like) foe. They spiked the door shut with a javelin upon leaving.
Continuing, they discovered a barracks full of rowdy gnolls and, they think, bugbears. Wisely, they decided to not engage the creatures and instead also quietly spiked that door shut also with a javelin. Will these doors hold as the party progresses higher into the tower?
As they ascended the narrow, winding stairwell to the third level, they triggered a trap releasing several poison darts. The barbarian was hit hard but survived the encounter.
On the third level, tragedy struck. The party had just entered the foyer when a stuffed wolf, some kind of sentry, emitted a mournful and deafening howl that echoed throughout the tower. Two minotaurs, frothing and bellowing, charged into the foyer, swing blood-encrusted battle axes. A melee ensured. The ranger’s panther companion perished during the combat, but before it inflicted grievous damage on one of the minotaurs. The dwarf cleric was nearly killed, collapsing in a heap under a savage blow by one of he minotaurs. Fortunately, the rest of the party prevailed, killing both minotaurs.
In exploring the remainder of the third floor, the party found a boarded up shrine to Lunitha and a statue of her within that fully healed them. The also discovered a cell holding the remains of “a priestess” [possibly “the witch”] and, under a loose stone, a ring of sacred moonlight.
The parlayed with the ogre jail keeper and avoided a potentially damaging fight. They also learned that ‘the masters’ are on the levels above them…