Shiel finds some tracks on the floor leading into the tunnels which seem to have been left behind by heavier humanoids with boots while the mane
tracks are only leading outside. The stench in the cave is horrible, rotten meat has been attached to the walls which is infested by worms. Only one of the tunnels seems to have been "decorated" like this while the others are natural stone tunnels. The tracks are very visible and easy to follow.
The group happens on a crossing, most of the tracks lead towards the east and Thana also hears some voices from there. The tracks leading to the south are visible more clearly, apparently someone has been carrying a lot of weight to the south.
Eventually the group decides to search the southern tunnels first. More and more of the cavern walls seem to be covered in meat, even though the meat seems to be fresher and not as rotten as close to the entrance. Glimmer the glowing orb seems to be increasingly frightened.
Finally they happen on a big room with a large pentagram in the middle. Mourngrym is standing at a large fountain which seems to be gushing blood into a large bowl. A miserable prisoner has been chained up in a big cage and some torture instruments are lining the walls. Mourngrym is not alone however, a zombie is shuffling towards the adventurers while a dretch, an abyssal creature, alerts him to the adventurers. A seedy looking human is guarding the cage.
As the adventurers run into the room the rogue at the cage threatens to kill his hostage which seems unlikely as he's armed with a mace. Kerrick recognizes him as one of the bandits who have tried to kidnap him. He tries to him with a crossbow bolt but misses wildly. Mourngrym orders the rogue and one of the dretches to get his victim to the sacrifical altar and grabs a bone dagger which has been lying on the altar. His previously
incurred wounds are still noticable however. One of his arms us hanging uselessly on one side and rotting flesh hanging off his side. Glimmer blasts him with a blast of light which tosses him to the floor.
The zombie shambles over to Shiel and slams him with a mighty blow, Shiel trades blows with him however. Nimue's winds toss the the rogue into the cage from which he just yanked the hostage out of. The hostage is fighting the dretch's iron grip fiercely and trips him.
Kerrick uses Mourngrym's predicament and pounces on him impaling him with his rapier. Mourngrym's corpse twitches however and a guecubu bursts forth! The demon announces Kerrick as worthy of being its newest host because "murder comes easy to him".
The guecubu attempts to possess Kerrick but his amulet glows in a pale sickly light and the guecubu recoils in horror and stumbles back a few feet while ordering his henchmen to tear the amulet off Kerrick. The other dretch is taking a heavy beating while Shiel is grappling with the zombie. The bandit drinks from the red fountain and turns into a mane!
One of the dretch is slain and explodes in a poison cloud. The other flies into a rage and claws into Shiel and Nimue. The newly created mane severely rips into Kerrick requiring Thana's immediate medical attention! Kerrick finishes off the mane which is distracted by the darting Glimmer.
The group discusses whether to burn the unholy ritual book for a while and Nimue pockets Mourngrym's magical dagger. They decide to ask for Lhaeo's advice. The pentagram circle should never be able to be used for any unholy rituals according to Nimue. It is lacking basic arcane symbols.
A shrill scream echoes through the cave! The heroes storm into the general direction and happen on a grisly scene. A greenish demon with spikes through his skin has slaughtered several humans. He's also accompagnied by the guecubu which has fled seeking his aid. Not bothering to deal with the adventurers, the demon withdraws through a gate into his realm, leaving the guecubu behind to deal with the group!