Following a night in a cave, while chaos raged over the misty vale, our heroes decided to return and see what took place.
Entering the misty cleft, they came across a number of spider corpses, Menzo’s ankeg hybrids and other strange creatures. They found the dead behir aberration and noted that it had been slashed by something with long blade-like edges, not spider bites.
And, its head was removed.
Nearby, they saw that the dark entrance to wizard laboratory was strangely clear of violent remains. Closer inspection showed a hemisphere of dead spiders surrounding the doorway in a 5’ arc. Boomah set about removing pieces from the behir, while others inspected the area magically. Saerin looked for tracks of other creatures.
While most of the party was otherwise engaged, the ranger saw a number of hobbit-sized spiders lurching toward him from the mists. He shouted in time to catch them before they overran the party.
He and Kallius took the front, while Boomah stepped back for fire support. Another wave of spiders came on, and the ranger noted a large darkly shining spider with four eyestalks appear from the shadows of a ruined building. It charged, and nearly froze his limbs when its eyes locked on him.
Warriors and spiders were clashing, and Celeste summoned a lantern archon to join the attack. The otherworldly spider stayed behind, and tried to freeze the ranger with its eye rays again— and failed. Celeste sent her minion to attack it, and the tiny outsider refused. She demanded to know why, and it said that it could not attack, as it was not for its kind to raise arms against it. Again, she asked why and it said that it was ‘fundamental’.
More spiders charged and were slain nearly as quickly as they appeared, but not without inflicting damage on our heroes. The priests were diligently working to stem the tide and keep the front rank fighting.
The strange central spider suddenly launched forward, scuttling up the canyon wall and biting the magus from above. Its mandibles dug deep, and he was wrapped in its cruel embrace.
The others were still fighting off spiders as the beast backed up the wall, unleashing its full fury on the elf. Dremahl managed to jump up and heal the elf, keeping death at bay for a bit longer.
The creature moved even further up the cliff, out of reach of the group, and continued its attacks on the magus. Boomah swallowed his infusion, ran up to the ranger, grabbed him about the waist, and levitated up the monster’s level. Saerin channeled all of his energy into a single blow, splitting the beat in two. Rather than merely dying, it it seemed to break at the seams and dissolve into nothingness.
They quickly dispatched the last couple spiders, and reviewed the situation. Celeste wanted to know what the archon meant by “fundamental”, and the archon postulated that it was part of the fabric of the universe. Yes, it was older than dragons, but not as old as gods. When pressured for more information, the overtaxed outsider burst burst into a shower of sparks.
Boomah pulled out the dragon figurine and asked it about the spider-beast. It said that it was a lesser servant of beings called the Weavers of Fate, and that they were the enforcers of the laws of nature. Laws that they interpreted themselves.
They asked if mingling mortal and dragon blood was against those laws, and it said while many claim it is not possible, it is merely extremely difficult and rare. And yes, probably seen as breaking the laws of nature.
They decided to explore the ruined hut before trying to breach the wizard’s workshop.