May 18th 2013
After their long battle, the group decides it would be best to stop and rest for the night to allow the Cleric to heal before continuing their journey to the keep. Abigail agrees to stand guard for a few hours while the rest of the group rests. Awhile passes and nothing eventful has happened when she begins to hear a rustling sound coming from nearby. She creeps toward the sound to investigate what it may be or what it may be coming from. She realizes that the sound is coming from a human woman stumbling into their campsite area. Abigail commands her to hault and inquires of her what she’s doing in the area. She learns that the woman’s name is Hilda Sunderrer, a fighter, and that she is gravely injured from an ambush with several undead.
Abigail is suspicious of Hilda, but is left with little choice as Hilda has lost conciousness from her wounds. Abigail attempts dragging Hilda back to camp to figure out what to do with her from there when she begins to feel that she isn’t strong enough to drag her back to the camp on her own. The sound of the struggle causes Astrid to arise and assist her in dragging Hilda back to the camp. They heal Hilda and in turn she informs them that she was ambushed by several undead, but managed to fight them off, but just barely. She also informs them that she saw someone matching Shela’s description being dragged off into the keep and that she can lead them directly to the keep. After resting a bit longer they all head off in the direction of the keep.
When they finally arrive at the keep, Astrid attempts to detect evil within in the building and senses and immense evil in the center of the keep. Hilda tells the group she’ll climb up on one of the turrets of the keep and see if she can see anything inside the keep from the top. While at the top of the turret she spots a warlock and attempts to grab his foot to throw him, but fails, which catches his attention. The warlock runs to sound the alarm to the inhabitants of the keep, alerting them to the presence of the group. Hilda jumps down from the turret and they all run inside the keep, running into a small group of undead soldiers. They defeat the undead soldiers and decide to move on from there. The come upon a large door in front of them and a spiral staircase leading up behind them, they agree to try to open the large door but it appears to be barred shut from behind. Astrid and Hilda try battering it several times, and finally get it open.
When they finally bash the door from the hinges, they are greeted by an overwhelming pitch blackness and a deep chill runs through their bodies . Astrid tells the group that whatever is concealing itself in this darkness is immensely evil. They see an ice blue glow eminating from this darkness encroaching upon them. A humanesque figure approaches them; the ground he treads upon is instantly desecrated and streaked with the ice blue aura that also flows from his eyes in wispy tendrils that flow as he walks. He approaches them slowly, emphasising every step and demands of them, “Who dares enter my Keep?”, and it is then they realize it is a Lich King guarded by three large undead soldiers aws well as two undead dogs. The group is grossly overwhelmed and making little headway in defeating them when Ehllona speaks to Raevella and tells her that she will perform one final act in her name and then return to her. Raevella lights with a righteous fury and charges the Lich King. The Lich King has taken a bit of damage, and in turn rams his spear through Raevella’s heart, killing her. Even though she is dead, her body continues the turn undead spell, imprinting the holy symbol of Ehllona onto his skin. The holy symbol is pulsing throughout the lich king, and appears to be working, when it suddenly turns to ash and ceases its efficacy in injuring the lich king. During this assault Astrid has also prayed to Heironious and in seeking his assistance has floated off the ground, alight with a holy fire. While the rest of the group continues to attack the small army, Heironious tells Astrid to focus the holy fire on the Lich King, which she proceeds to do. Feeling as if he’s wasting his time, the Lich King calls upon his mighty dragon, who is damaging the already dilapidated keep to pick up its master and flies away. The group immediately turns to exit the door and follows the path they took to get to that door. The instant they all have exited the front door, the keep collapses into a pile of rubble.
The group takes Raevella’s body to the Cleric of the town and perform final rites for her. The group returns to the inn and tell the bar keeper that the undead have been dealt with and that a lich king was the culprit. However, he does not believe their story and demands that one of his people go scout the area to make sure they aren’t lying. Abigail becomes angry and smashes a beer bottle over the counter and tries to fight. Astrid comes to her side, but the bar keeper bashes both of them with his shield in one mighty blow, stopping the fight. His scout returns three days later and confirms their story. The group is about to leave the inn when Shela appears and asks where they’ve been. She was dragged into the keep but managed to escape and upon seeing the lich king, fled to the keep to wait for the group to warn them about it. She had actually been in the inn the entire time the group was searching for her.