Greyhawk 636 CY: The Rise of Asmodeus

The Tomb of Horrors

Ready’reat 12, 636 CY

Dearest Cousin,

Acerak’s tomb was full of many surprises for us, but we were incredibly fortunate to have an expert guide. Thaddeus was, perhaps, the biggest surprise of all.

There were murals in the hallways depicting some twisted versions of Acerak’s life and service to the archlich. Oddly, he seemed to revere his mother to some extent. She was shown as a paladin of Pelor, though looking not quite human. We were assaulted by devious traps, miniature black puddings fired from the walls, greater mummies, animated swords, and gargoyles falling from the ceiling. Even stranger, though, was when Thaddeus finally revealed his reason for coming with us. He voluntarily stepped through a trapped doorway that shifted his disposition to good! It seems he wanted to finally, and absolutely, break his ties to the archlich. I have no idea what he plans to do from now on, but I wish him well after all he’s been through.

Acerak was more than ready for us when we stepped into his chamber. It was quite fortunate that we were equally prepared. Devil Breaker’s ability to resist spells in an area saved several of us. During the fight, I temporarily found myself trapped by the demilich in one of his prison… teeth. It’s strange, believe me, but my friends quickly rescued me by shattering the gemstone. We were more than happy to finish the monster off, though I admit, he never actually spoke a word to us.

We quickly gathered up the texts that he had left, though much of his purported treasure seems to have been hidden elsewhere. The books were what we truly wanted, and they did indeed tell us how to defeat the Vestige. There is a ritual to create leather straps that can be added to a weapon which allow one to strike at the heart of the creature, sparing the souls trapped inside. We will immediately set about crafting some.

This only leaves us with the Isle of Woe. It seems so strange to be this close to the end of our journey. I have had the opportunity to meet so many interesting people and travel to incredible places. I can only imagine what will come next.

But first, I’m getting married!

Yours devotedly,
Wilhelmina Stalwarth

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