Moving through the caverns the Dragon Punchers encountered a pair of cloakers at the main entrance to the complex. With Odallie’s help the group dispatched the creatures and they were able to move forward into the next chamber. There they discovered the remains of one of Professor Poplarlachs’s interns and a journal implying a distressing presence somewhere within.
With this new knowledge, the party decided a bit of reconnaissance was in order before they moved any further. Jinn used his oil of etherealness to scout into the deep caverns, spying upon many of the flora and fauna that had come to take up residence in the abandoned dwarven keep. Upon his return the group moved away from the underground lake and further into the tunnels, using Odallie’s powers to clear out the dangerous fungi in the halls.
Following the sound of whimpers, the Dragon Punchers discovered the missing professor in a room inhabited by a group of fear-eaters. While they managed to rescue Poplarlachs from the creatures, the uneasy sensation of being watched hadn’t dissipated, and small trinkets were still appearing around them. Jinn stalked forward to make sure the way through was clear. He came across a group of creatures with transparent skin fishing in the subterranean river. After some conversation, he learned that the remaining intern was in the stacks among the “Finders” and the “Seer”. Further questioning revealed that the “Seer” had many eyes, leading Jinn to believe that the Dragon Punchers and the professor had inadvertently stumbled upon the lair of a beholder.
The group decided that, if they were to rescue the intern and reclaim the book they needed, they would have to do so at full strength and with a solid plan. They returned to the surface to camp for the night before and to prepare a battle strategy.