The night began with a dwarf digging a shallow grave for the recently deceased wolves. Dolph became aware of a sizzling sound and turned to find one of the wolves had risen from the dead. Green ichor poured from its eyes, nose, ears and mouth.
The fight was tough, but the wolf finally went down. The killing blow splattered the green ichor, instantly dealing necrotic damage to Tony’s fur and Magar’s beard. After the fight it was noted that the wolf’s distended stomach was still twitching. With haste the shallow grave was deepened, the wolves were all kicked into it and Mal set the lot on fire. The smell was so horrendous it made beards involuntarily curl. After everything was destroyed by the fire a pair of bird skeletons were discovered to have been the undead wolf’s last meal. Unfortunately they were half digested, blackened by the fire and offered no clues.
In the morning Magar went to stand by a babbling brook, where no one could hear him weep for his beard, and he spotted a new adventurer from Kassen. Alorra, a human ranger, had been sent to join the party on their quest. Once the dwarves made certain she wasn’t simply a very tall member of their race, everyone set off.
Soon the party came to the Grey Lake and found a dead body on its shores. The body was dressed in a black cloak, held together with a ram’s head clasp and seemed to be carrying a number of alchemical glasswares about his belt. One jar in particular caught the party’s eye, as traces of green were still in it. The fabric under that jar was faded far worse than the rest of the cloak, and Magar quickly determined the man died from massive necrotic damage to that area of his body. Nearby the party found a dark short sword and a pouch of gold.
Near evening the party got a look at the Serpent Ridge, a thousand foot drop into the valley in which the Crypt of the Everflame lurks. After some quick discussion the group decided to attempt the descent in the morning. Considering how badly the descent went the next morning this was probably a wise move. Everyone reached the bottom, though. Some simply had more … finesse than others.
At the bottom of the ridge a trail of blood was discovered and Arrol followed it to the crypt entrance. The entrance itself was a grisly scene, with three horses ripped apart where they had been tied up. Matalina searched and found a pack containing a large pillow and three quivers of blunted arrows. She then checked the double doors and the party breached the first room of the crypt.
Inside a pair of bodies were on floor, surrounded by skeletons. These skeletons came to life and quickly charged at the party, who discovered their swords and arrows were largely ineffective. Arrol switched to the blunted arrows and Matlina began swinging her torch. All eight of the ancient skeletons were dispatched.