The Sovereign of the myconid colony informed the Dragon Punchers that they were at odds with entities known as “Eaters”. These creatures attacked the village, consuming and turning its denizens. The party offered to assist in exchange for guidance to the next level of the Oubliette.
Inside the corridors and tunnels, thick with pollen and spores, a strange amber slime trail led to a bizarre-looking tree in the middle of one of the upper chambers. Sir Bartleby sensed the entity’s fiendish nature and was not taken in by the deception. However, a mind-controlled Jinn fell upon the party before the paladin could act, nearly taking out Wilf.
Tensions were high after the creature was banished. Jinn revealed the enchantment he’d been under, voicing concerns about the party’s survivability and Mani’s continued involvement in their adventures. Wilf expressed frustration over how the party had handled the situation with Micah and Cordyceps.
During this exchange Chari noticed strange lights off in the distance, coming from the direction of the myconid colony. Recognizing what was likely spellcasting from Mani, the Dragon Punchers sprang into action. A battle raged between the myconid villagers and the “Eaters”—a particularly aggressive strain of vegepygmies. Mani had been caught in the middle. With the party’s help, and an inspired polymorph potion, the Eaters were driven back.
Yet, the party knew the village was not safe. They would need to locate and destroy the host spores to end the threat once and for all.