(Written by grnmtnboy )
Inside the opening to the underground temple, the party discussed plans and it was agreed that Alewine would stay at ground level and watch for any danger coming in from outside. Ceilin alerted the party that he had a touch of claustrophobia and was unhappy about going underground but wanted to help.
Down the stairs, various tunnels opened up. At the start of one tunnel, Attis heard rats so they went the other way. Down the opposite tunnel, there was a large cyclone shape of floating rocks – a locus of elemental earth energy. After some cautious investigation they agreed to leave it be and head back to try other tunnels.
Down another tunnel was a clear pool of water, and passing that was a foul smelling den with voices emanating along with the stink. The party decided to lure whatever was inside out and then ambush. Attis dropped a rock to lure them out. One orc stuck his head out and saw Naga taunting him just before Attis chopped off its head. Two more orcs exited and were dispatched handily.
Moving on, the party found large, beautifully-made, scummy stone doors. On investigation, one was pushed open. Inside was a stone tile floor, and a hammer pendant lying on one tile. They realized the temple was dedicated to Ertha, goddess of stone and patron of the dwarves. They skated a stone across the tiles to see if any were rigged, but nothing happened, so they headed inside. Ceilin was hit by a sliding wall that came out of the right side of the room, then snapped back in, when a specific tile was stepped on.
Once back outside, Ceilin cast fly on everyone, and Attis tried going in flying. The walls still flew out (another from the left), but Attis was not as injured as he bounced off one. He made it through to the next set of doors, opened one, and saw a large temple room to Ertha that had been defaced with blood and so forth. There were four big rats, two orcs, and a rat-faced man who appeared to be the priest of Vali. He stood before an alter with a red marble statue of a bunch of rats with their tails tied together. The priest saw intruders, and immediately conjured up a swarm of rats in front of him. He also had some sort of crawling cloak of rats all over him. Little rats.
Fighting ensued. The priest cast a spell, and one of the orcs and Ceilin developed a sudden horrible phobia of rats. This hampered Ceilin’s ability to contribute to the fight, but he tried.
Attis battled away with both orcs, until one skuttled away in fear of rats due to the priest’s spell. Naga flew in and swooped over to attack the priest. Ceilin flew in and took up position on the other side of the priest. The big rats leaped and nipped, but couldn’t bite anyone.
The priest formed a wall of rats before him, created another beside him, then started making a little rat-ceiling over him. Naga flew in for an attack but missed him. Ceilin struck and dissipated one of the sections of rat ceiling leaving the priest open to Naga’s attack. The priest took off at a run, letting the walls of rats dissipate, and Naga and Ceilin gave chase.
Attis cleaned out an entire swath of enemies with a critical sweep – the orc, the big rats, and the little swarming ones. Naga butchered the priest and all the priest’s spells dropped. The second orc was dispatched by Attis.
Ceilin wanted to smash the Valic idol but the others convinced him it would be better to take it to the Citadel, a group of learned people who store items of dangerous magic. Attis tried to heal some of the party’s wounds, and this worked on himself and Naga but not so well on Ceilin. Finally Ceilin passed out, and they brought him back to town, along with the head of the rat priest.
While Ceilin rested and recuperated in Dalsetter, Attis and Naga took the idol of Vali to the Citadel, and were paid for their trouble. They returned to the town and shared the payment with Alewine and Ceilin.