As combat continued, Sharpe found himself face to face with the ghostly specter of Jandice Barov. He managed to shrug off her attempts to influence his mind, and as the rest of the party arrived in the room, combat began. Though it was a difficult fight, the party managed to defeat Jandice, successfully clearing the entire first level of the crypts.
After resting in the great hall, they woke up ready to face the second level. Heading downwards, they found themselves on the edge of a room containing towering constructs of flesh. Splitting up, the party positioned themselves at the two grates leading into the room, and proceeded to hit the towering forms with their ranged attacks. They did as much damage as they could before having to enter the room, continuing the fight in close quarters. As the last of the giants fell, the door in the middle of the room sprang open, and Dr. Theolen Krastinov, also known as “The Butcher” charged into the fray.
Though the party fought him with all their might, their attacks only seemed to drive the Butcher into an even greater frenzy. He continued to carve mercilessly through the party, ensuring his target was killed before moving to the next. Wombert, Adama, and Sharpe were all slain in the battle, with Creed and Mystogan managing to hang on, and finally take down their enemy. Thanks to Mystogan’s skills, the fallen members of the party were revived, and the group took a few moments to recuperate from the harrowing battle, as well as burn another of the evil tomes.
Continuing on through the second floor, the party came to a room which contained a large skeletal construct, sat on the floor. He wouldn’t allow the party to pass without seeing the medallions the necromancers wore- fortunately he was not very intelligent, and the party had picked up enough amulets during their battles (plus Gobby, their reanimated goblin friend, still had his on), so they were allowed to pass unharmed.
They found themselves in a room which contained two sets of descending stairs, and a few doors. Checking the one, they found it to be the room of Professor Slate, the potion and alchemy master, though he wasn’t present. Heading out, they paused outside the next door, wanting to ensure they were prepared to face whatever might be inside…