The lower portion of the first level was unlighted and colder. Ryn frequently scouted ahead, only to discover zombies and skeletons throughout. The heroes battled undead around every corner, were plagued by necromantic spell-traps placed throughout and finally found an abandoned chapel to Him Above.
When the heroes paid their respects to this deity and made their way further into the chapel, they found the tomb of Sir Keegan Arkoshian. The undead knight challenged the heroes but once assured of their dedication and ability to face the Order of the Ebon Hand bestowed upon them the legendary greatsword Aecris.
Further exploration of an excavated portion of the level saw the death of Hiro when the party battled a blue pudding. Examining the remains of a human and a hobgoblin in the creature’s lair, the party found a map to a place called Saruun Khel and the following note:
Remember, don’t wet the nodule – unless Kalarel is not receptive to the offer. Then, wet it only from a distance, and then, turn and run! Water will bring the creature out of its dormancy, and it will consume anything it can reach.
Before descending down a staircase, the heroes discovered a hidden armory at the end of a small labyrinth – within it was an enchanted suit of dwarven full plate armor that Gryffin Farstryder took for himself.