As our adventurers wake from their rest near the apparently abandoned caravan, they begin their trek into the tall grasses of the Imperial Grasslands. Following a trail that was likely made by the guards that never returned, the party fends off a few small packs of velociraptors and a couple deinonychus, and were able to sneak past another much larger scaled beast. Eventually, this path lead them to the base of the Snakespine Mountains. After searching around, the party noticed a rock slide, and found some cloth with the colors of the Conne town guard.
However, in their search, they were noticed by a huge monster of a dinosaur that began rushing toward them, hungry for its next meal. With a quick glance around the area, they noticed a large fissure in the stone wall of the mountain behind them and made a break for it. Safely sheltered in the space, as the crack was far too narrow for the beast to get to them, they decided to shelter within for some time so this creature would leave and it would be safe to leave.
Pressing on, the break in the stone opened up into worked walls and floors. The party began exploring the area, finding some dusty store rooms that were empty, a room with a shallow reflecting pool and arcane sigils around it, a library full of books in a strange language, a storeroom full of strange fungi, and eventually a large room lined with wide columns.
In this final chamber, the soft moans of pained creatures tethered onto stone slabs occasionally broke the silence as a lithe figure stood on the far end, facing a table near the wall, dimly lit by strange motes of light. As the party began to enter the room, extremely stealthily, the figure did not appear to react.
To be continued…