I assumed my mist form the scout ahead at the fork in the road. I took the left path and found another seemingly empty scrap room, though I did not enter. I returned to the group and told them what I saw, noting the last two seemingly empty scrap rooms were homes to giant toads.
Mekk, eager to get his hands on more scrap, moved past me and into the room. It was at this moment the giant spiders descended from the ceiling. We found ourselves bottlenecked in the small corridor which was made worse as the spiders shot webbing into the hallway, leaving Mekk alone with the giant arachnids. Mekk was badly wounded when Benny was able to encase him in some sort of protective magical sphere. Anthrax and myself finally got into the room and got to work on the eradication of the spiders. One of the spiders came a bit close to Benny, so he promptly dropped his protective spell on Mekk and vanished. Mekk was then bitten by one of the spiders, and dragged away, I’m assuming to be eaten or stored for later. I wasn’t having any of that, so I focused my energy and slipped past the two spiders near me, and bit down on the Spider at full force. I was rewarded with the full separation of the spider’s abdomen, which caused it to drop Mekk, yet Mekk seemed stiff and paralysed. We finished off the rest of the spiders and Anthrax tried to shake Mekk into consciousness. The Sandman kept up morale, yet still Mekk wouldn’t start moving. I focused on drawing out any possible poisons from Mekk’s bloodstream and he finally started moving again, free of the spider’s toxins.
Mekk found some oddly ornate greatsword with Dwarvish runes that has obviously been down here a little too long as it’s covered in rust and signs of distress. I carried the thing, considering I didn’t have a shield yet but it gave me a terrible, rusty taste in my mouth, like stale blood. It reminds me of Golden Fang, it was obviously great many years ago, but time hasn’t been kind to it and now it leaves a bad taste in your mouth. As Golden Fang had passed out from the Goblin Piss™ I strapped the sword to my back and carried it until he woke up.
We moved back to the fork in the road, and took the right path. I led the way, keeping an eye out for traps. I was paying attention to the ceiling due to the falling anvil traps when a set of axes lashed out from the walls. Caught by surprise I dropped into my mist form on instinct, and Mekk informed us we had found the Janitor. He was crushed into the wall, and actually indistinguishable from the scrap that made up the walls, except for the fact this pile of scrap lashed out. Mekk confirmed the proximity sensors with his hand, almost losing it and instead just receiving a large wound. The Sandman tried to sneak past using invisibility but was also caught out by the axes. Benny used his mind powers to hold the Janitor still, and Mekk was able to clamber up on it and shouted something about a drive core, once he ensured us the Janitor was deactivated we were able to pass.
Benny and Mekk decided we should take the Janitor out before continuing, so with a combination of Benny’s magic and Mekk’s floating disk they carried the scrap heap back to the entrance. Along the way in the room we had encountered the jumping toads, there was a Roper and some little leech piercer things. With my reflexes I was able to slip into the room surprising the creatures, I tore apart the first slug thing with my teeth and slashed at a second with my make-shift longsword. The Sandman managed to bind the Roper with a spell, and Anthrax charged in heavily. I leapt up to the piercer I was facing as it was on the ceiling, skewering it, and leaving my sword behind, as I landed I moved to Anthrax and dug into the incapacitated Roper’s “flesh” with my teeth. Anthrax landed mighty blow after mighty blow and tore the thing in half with an uppercut, charging into the rest of the piercers enraged. I took up the repulsive greatsword and cut down another piercer with ease. We mopped up the rest and moved to the entrance without further hindrance.
Upon reaching the door, Snotgobbler could not find the key to let us out, so rather than wait, we set to explore the first room we had skipped over. Mekk was excited to find some more scrap, so excited that he triggered an Anvil which he mostly got away from, but still knocked the little gnome into unconsciousness. Anthrax began to shake the tiny mechanic again and I used some of my leftover divine influence to lay my hands on him restore his consciousness. Mekk set back to searching, finding a lockbox with some scrolls and potions inside… although opening the lockbox was far more work than it should have been, there was also a shield with an eye design on it which I picked up to complement my longsword.
Once Snotgobbler had the door open we unloaded the Janitor although Snotgobbler complained he only had one drive core and he needs to bi-polarise some polarities so it obviously had two… Which apparently meant he just wanted us to go find another crystal or something. Mekk seemed to understand so that worked for us. We returned to where we found the Janitor and moved onto what seemed to be the last room in the facility, there were a number of Ooze like creatures. I suggested to Mekk that he fireball the room, knowing the natural instability of the Blackwater fumes we all took cover and Mekk… climbed into a magical sphere and rolled into the room.
Surprised, I moved forward and conjured some wolves to distract the ooze but got the immediate sense that they were not completely under my control. They tore into the oozes and The Sandman insulted them until the jibbering puddles were just regular puddles. The wolves turned on Anthrax, who promptly crushed a wolf, causing them all to dissipate. Inside the room was a strange glowing ore vein, and some words on the wall “The Paladin Is Dead”. Mekk mined some of the glowing ore, and felt extremely sick, quickly wrapping the ore and dumping it into the lockbox along with his coin. I once again tended to his illness, checking his blood for disease or toxin, and laying my hands upon him to drag the poison out his bloodstream.
We found the two doors to the lower levels, barring them and welding them shut. Mekk located the second drive core crystal near the writing on the wall, and we made our way back to the exit and Snotgobbler.