Greenhat had trained and had obtained level 4 Priest spells which includes Excommunication. So I was determined to descend to the depths of the 15th level of the western dungeon to seek out the Demon Brides and their orb. My first attempt was a failure. Although, I was able to cast off 2 Excommunication spells before the the gnome priest died, the spell failed to banish any demons. Twiggy tossed off a few meteor swarms which took out a couple of the demons before she perished. Brute KO’d a demon with his fists. Demons give out 20,000+ XP, which in turn had leveled up both Twiggy and Brute during combat, but it was not meant to be. The demons laugh at my feeble attempt.
Restart the last saved game………
The dungeons are hard to map as the 1st person point of view in dungeons shows walls or columns to the left or right which make the view deceiving until you turn to the left or to the right to verify whether a wall is there or whether it is just a column that was in view and there is actually a hallway in that direction.
I find that it is best to not map it, and to just run as fast as you can aimlessly until you reach each next ladder descending further into the dungeon only stopping once for a drink of water from the fountains, until you have finally reached level 15. You will stumble into the Demon Brides and the Demons guarding them.
Twiggy again conjures up some meteor swarms, and this time Greenhat’s Excommunication banishes demons; 3 of them in his first casting. I manage to eliminate the Demons but at the cost of my front line. The demon brides don’t hit as often as their Demon counterparts so I luckily managed to eliminate all but 2 of the brides.
Twiggy had spent her remaining Meteor Swarms and Fireballs and was down to only Magic Missiles and eventually ran out of those as well and fell to the claws of a Demon Bride. Greenhat had used up his Excom’s and cast his last Exorcism and Invocation. His HP’s had increased significantly from banishing the monsters that he had the highest HP’s of the party. He swung his mace with all his might and defeated the last of the Demon Brides!
With the evil creatures gone, Greenhat looked around at all the blood and the bodies strewn across the dungeon floor. His eyes caught a small wooden box that was calling out to him. The box had to have been trapped he thought to himself. But Ruby had not survived the onslaught of demons. Greenhat had to open the box himself and his stubby fingers accidentally flipped the trigger and noxious fumes enveloped the area. After a bit of coughing the stench and fumes cleared the area. He found what he had seeked inside of the old wooden box along with a slew of gold goins that he would need in order to resurrect his friends at the temple.
The orb must have given the gnome priest superlative strength to carry all the loot and his perished friends back to the castle. It was a long and weary trek to the temple where he made a generous donation of 500GP per adventurer so the healers at the temple could do God’s work and resurrect his companions.
The party recovered, thanked the gnome for dragging their asses out of the dungeons and celebrated their victory at the castle’s inn and ate and drank their share, eagerly planning their next descent to recover a second orb.