The House Azaer gem mine had opened into another network of caverns. Fully exploring what turned out to be an ancient maze engineered to appear natural, the Shadowguard came upon a large cavern divided in the center by stalactite and stalagmite columns that seemed almost like bars. The columns had been broken recently and apparently from their side.
Venturing through the obscuring darkness, they climbed an incline as the cavern narrowed and led to a smaller passage. They came upon a small cave littered with the bone and cloth remains of animals and humanoids alike. In one corner a dessicated corpse was held upright by webbing. Observing it for a while longer, Silvershadow noticed that the corpse’s dried skin undulated. That’s when a fist sized crimson spider crawled from the corpse’s mouth.
They moved forward cautiously and the dessicated corpse suddenly lurched forward – it was a web mummy. A supernatural aura of despair and fear paralyzed Obakong, Thalin, and Suko. Caseris met the web mummy with his eladrin greatsword, hewing into it devastatingly, but he soon fell to its powerful blows. Gryffin Farstryder channeled positive energy to heal Caseris at which point he flipped to his feet faster than the web mummy could react and with a mighty blow, destroyed it.
At the rear of the party, an even greater threat had arisen. Having stalked the party through the maze, the scion monster tomb spider the Chwidena now chose to attack. It leapt upon the paralyzed Suko and began encasing him in webbing. Obakong shook off his fear with the help of a divine prayer from Gryffin Farstryder and entered the fray.
To the shock of the party, when the web mummy was destroyed, a broodswarm spilled out of it and fell upon many of them. With their weapons useless against the swarm, Gryff targeted it with a divine sound burst, destroying the swarm but dismissing the harm it caused Caseris in the process.
The Chwidena was a greatly evil and horrific monster. Its vision unhindered by the obscuring darkness, its chitinous hide suffused with necrotic energy and its body the size of a wagon, it possessed fangs and mandibles which it used against those it could get close to.
Gryff discovered that the Chwidena was susceptible to positive energy and channeled divine power in the name of Hanseath. To his chagrin however, he discovered that those members of the party poisoned by the beast and its broodswarm had “tomb taint” and were harmed by the divine power as well.
With the remaining party members freed of fear and webbing, the Shadowguard leveled its full force and power upon the Chwidena – arrows rained, summoned animals attacked and blades slashed. Caseris had bore the brunt of the web mummy’s attacks and now the Chwidena’s. The Chwidena sank its fangs deeply into the eladrin and he fell before it near death. A short pause before providing Caseris aid was too long and he died.
The Shadowguard continued their fight with vengeance and soon killed the Chwidena. Further exploration of what was the creature’s lair revealed five cocoons – which contained the missing miners and Tekarian but only two miners survived.
Returning the miners to safety, delivering the remains and concluding their business with Vissarian, the Shadowguard returned to the Seven-Pillared Hall with the corpse of their ally, the powerfully enchanted girdle of the titans and a share of the House Azaer gem mine.