Having rested briefly, the comrades, still carrying an unconscious Konrad, moved on. They passed an alcove containing a iron brazier very much like the ones they’d seen in the Sleshite temple beneath Highwatch, and in the high elf fortress beneath Redpool. They came to a rune-covered door, and when they tried to open it, three more of the demon creatures appeared and attacked them. However, with Vanator wielding the Sword of Ashcaelil, these mindless monsters were soon defeated. Shortly after this, Konrad regained consciousness.
Through the door was a luxuriously furnished sleeping chamber, which they searched thoroughly. As well as various scrolls in the high elven language, Konrad dicovered a run-carved short-sword in the bottom of a wardrobe, while Mirann took a small knife from a writing desk. However, there was no way forward, so they retraced their steps. They passed what seemed to be some sort of dormitory, and searched this as well, taking several amulets in the shape of elvish symbols.
Taking a southern corridor they were yet to explore, they came across a guard room, in which were four armoured elves. A vicious and desperate battle followed. Mirann was knocked unconscious by a blow to the head from a sword, while Konrad was stabbed, and also fell, bleeding heavily, but not before stunning one of the elves with his warhammer. With half the party out of action, Vanator and Rib fought valiantly, finally defeating the elves. Rib was able to bind Mirann’s wounds, but they found that Konrad had bled to death while they fought.
Carrying the still unconscious Mirann, they moved on. They found another 2 elves inspecting harness and other equipment for the ant-hounds that the high elves made use of. They slew these, but Rib, already wounded and weak, was felled by a blow. vanator was able to bind his wounds, and stop him bleeding to death, but was unable to carry both Rib and Mirann. Fortunately though, Mirann now came round. However, she was still incredbly weak.
Continuing onwards, they discovered a prison-pit, in which were a large number of human women. Here, Vanator sneaked up on a guard, and killed him from behind. Through a doorway was another prison pit, in which a number of human men were being kept.
Since it seemed likely that these were potential sacrifices to fuel the magical storm pinning down Kurdesh’s host, Vanator and Mirann agreed to try and rescue them, helping them climb out of the pits by way of a rope kept on the walkway above the pits, presumably for that very purpose.
With a large number of unarmed prisoners in tow, the adventurers were left to think of some way of escaping the high elf stronghold.