After resting a full day with our Mongrel bros, we return to the surface to continue searching for that one guy. Saren heals Dave for his remaining charisma, calls him Danny but Dave doesn’t correct her because he really wants that healing. They go to check on the people they left in the cages, they’re messed up looking so we leave them there with some food and water and continue on to the fancy door. Quinn checks the door for traps and finds none. Trig tries to open it but can’t because she was pulling not pushing. Fauntleroy spends the downtime talking on the cell stone to the Mongrel Men.
Once it’s open, we discover an ornate room filled with carvings of tentacled beings. The group enters and hears chanting, Fauntleroy recognizes it as Aklo. We sneak down the tunnel and find a church-like room with a raised alter. The giant worm sits behind the altar, the Drow and another (who appears to be the Archeologist) are also gathered around along with some cultists.
Fauntleroy casts Burst of Radiance to blind the Drow and battle begins. The worm wiggles towards us and whispers in our minds, we pretend not to hear to piss it off. The worm has twin tails, in one it holds a sword and in the other a wand. It casts fireball at us and all but Trig and Herah dodge successfully but are still singed (-11). Saren heals us for +9, we all round attacks. Herrah approaches the worm and a change seems to come over her. The worm fireballs again (-22, currently at 17 then healed for +8= 25). The battle continues, Herrah goes in and out of mental control and stabs herself. The rest of us continue to fight. Fauntleroy calls out “Hey ugly!,” two enemies look.
Saren defeats the monk, Fauntleroy lands the final blow on the worm, Saren heals us some more (+11 =36), Herrah has falls unconscious, Quinn downs the cultist, the archeologist Drow surrenders, and Trig uses acid touch on an unconscious man to kill him. The latter of which unsettles Fauntleroy and he no longer trusts her.
The party feels something come over them, as if they gained a level.