Following their battle with the earth elemental, our heroes thought seriously about their next move to escape the chamber of mirrors. In the end, they chose to set the tokens for each element surrounding the dragon rune all at the same time. Boomah and Kallius were chosen, and took up the items.
Once they set them down, the chamber shuddered again. All of the mirrors that showed the room as it was went misty, leaving only the four previously skewed mirrors now showing the room as it truly is. Celeste noticed that one of them showed an open doorway, and the magus investigated the spot where it would be. He bravely stepped into — and through — the wall.
Free from that chamber, they moved on. Kallius spotted the strange man known as ‘Trapped’ scurrying along the outer shell off the node, but they left him be.
As they moved forward they were forced to make choices on which thread to follow, as the structure of the ‘web’ they followed seem to defy logic.
After an indeterminate time of trudging, they spotted another chamber housing the nexus of three equal-sized web strands. Saerin sent in a beam of light, and saw a number of oversized spiders escaping its bright glare and fleeing into the mist between strands.
He stopped to search for hidden dangers, and could feel a vibration fading away. Soon it was completely gone.
He moved in closer and saw the glint of gold, and a lumpy shape on the ground among a few shattered spider corpses. Stepping into the chamber he saw that the shape was a fallen minotaur, who had apparently taken more than a few spiders out before he fell. He has the goblin spy it out with his magic lens, and he saw that it was dead, but ‘filled with life’. When he stepped around to the far side, he saw that its body was stuffed with spider eggs, growing at a rapid pace.
They chose to remove the body before it could spawn more spiders, so they had Boomah drag it out of the chamber and throw it off the side. Immediately after he removed the egg-stuffed corpse they heard a terrible ripping sound from above. Looking up, they saw the webbed dome of the roof being torn apart by spider legs the size of tree trunks.
One smashed down on Saerin brutally, narrowly missing. The warriors quickly leaped around it and started hacking away. The leg pulled up as others tore an ever-larger hole in the roof. A gigantic spider’s head could be seen in the mist beyond. Once the breach was large enough, it stuck its maw through the gap and spit a mass of acidic poison down on the group. The warriors sidestepped the brunt of the danger, but Dremahl moved to slow and fell victim to the venom. His muscles seized and he could no longer move, while his strength was sapping away.
Kallius grabbed and Saerin, and the two transported themselves magically above the spider. Luix urged Boomah to use his wings and carry them to the beast. Meanwhile, Celeste stepped to ease some of Dremahl’s suffering.
The elves reappeared in the misty void, and barely caught hold of the creature to steady themselves. This, however, did not slow their efforts to slay the beast. Luix was viciously mauled by the beast as he and the goblin closed, but dealt damage in return. Realizing he might not survive another blow like that, he urged the goblin to fly above the spider, which he did.
The priests plied their trade from distance, hoping to keep the fighters in the fray, and the four hammered away at the gigantic spider. Luix poured all of his energy into defeating the creature — and brought it low with a final smash from his flail.
Victory was short-lived, as they quickly realized they were floating off into the mist on the back of the spider. the elves crawled to the other side of the beast, and pushed themselves off as hard as they could, using momentum to get through the gap. Boomah tried and failed to use his wings in the mist, and then used his adhesive spittle to attach himself and Luix got the outer dome of the chamber. From there, they crawled down into the chamber and returned to the group.
With the spider dispatched, they looked to move on from this chamber. But before they could go, Saerin ripped out the massive gold ring set into the webbed flor. Tearing it free seemed to pull on something, and a deep sub-sonic vibration went off beneath them. Fearing that they may have warned other spiders from around this tangle of webs, they decided to beat a hasty retreat.