The party headed out, intending to return to investigate the runes found in the southern moorland further.
They came across a fight between a Gant and a number of Rosynteryx. The party easily defeated the creatures, but a second Gant surfaced and took Ser Bryan on an underground adventure.
The party returned to the Murder Stone, where Maurice examined the artifact's history. In his vision, he saw a remarkably huge humanoid creature with greyish by the name of Gilrog. The stone was shaped and worked over several years, approximately 800 years prior. Five or so years later, the stone was rolled across the moorlands from the south for about 30 miles. The stone was blessed and consecrated. 50 years after – someone was sacrificed on the stone and a missed weapon took a chunk out of the stone. The specific purpose of the stone was to be a sacrificial altar to the deity Skoraeus.
They pressed on the next day to the Stog encampment that was near Lake Stonesmasher, which appeared to have been abandoned. Maurice managed to find a bush of Goldpetal and successfully harvested the plant.
The party found that the monolith had fallen back over once again, but Maurice did an analysis on it. It was hacked from a mountainside and chisled into shape by Dredlog approximately 300 years ago. The precision of the carving was very significant.
The carving was transported for several hundred miles before being discarded in this location some 250 years ago by Dredlog himself – the stone was small enough to be carried by its owners in a single hand, but would fill that hand entirely.
The party entered the cave found previously, The entrance was a smooth sloping ramp, with dry gullies on either side of this. Green and orange worm-like creatures could be seen on the ceiling, and the party found a smooth patch of stone on the wall that was door-like in shape, but they could not open.
Baüog got his scimitar stuck in the edge, and as the party recovered it, they were attacked by the worms (which were named ? by Maurice). Baüog fell to the creature's poisonous bite, but the party quickly finished off the beasts and Ser Bryan restored Baüog to consciousness and cleared the poison from her veins, whilst Maurice magically fixed the broken blade. Hawthorn tried to harvest poison from the worms, but was poisoned in the process until Ser Bryan cured him.
They found a battered set of plate armor, wooden shield and sword on the floor, in an area before the cave widened to an area that had a giant hole in the ground. As they approached, the objects formed into a floating form as if animated. The fight was a little challenging as the party had never fought possessed items before, but they were eventually victorious, at which point the items disintegrated into magical dust, which Maurice stuffed into his pockets.
Around the whole, several monoliths were precariously balanced, and the party could hear the echoing sounds of water 5-10 feet below. Piled in the water, around 15 feet below the surface, they found an enormous pile of monoliths. It appeared that these monoliths had been pushed into the cave, as it was too small for the giant-sized creatures that carved them to enter – explaining the smoothness of the ramp.
Text fragments recovered:
"On the last day of … of the mighty Rock … proved himself to be … and did give himself … living rock as tribute."
"On the fifth day of wynter, chieftain Druuuk of the Stonesmasher clan was slain in combat with the dogmen. Long live the new chieftain Torrog, fiercest of our clan."
"… day of the hot summer … clan Rock Splitter did … the strongest of our … disgrace unto himself … misfortune to his clan … himself in the eyes of the living rock."
"On the final day … Kruggh of clan Earth … did defeat all … and gave himself … living rock as … "
There were some adventures involving feet and ropes, but may have been a mass hallucination.
The party then descended into the water, exploring the flooded caves beneath. In the southern channel the party eventually found an area with handholds leading to a ledge 15 feet above. Baüog was grabbed out of the water by a horrific creature that quickly dropped Baüog to the floor, however, she was quickly rescued by the rest of the party and the monster slain.
The party then returned to the central flooded cave, dragging the dead creature that was stuck to Baüog and Ser Bryan behind them (at least until Maurice cut them free), before heading up the northern passageway. This flooded passageway opened up into a carved and constructed room with smooth walls and a flagstone floor, with a large boulder sitting in the centre. The boulder was shimmering was a yellow-ish light.
It quickly turned into a gooey blob, which then proceeded to attack the party. When Ser Bryan attempted to attack it, he sliced it in half, causing the two halves to form into separate creatures. However, these proved easy to defeat, and the party proceeded, opening the door at the back of this room.
In this final room lay a sarcophogus, atop which lay an axe that detected with necromantic and evocation magics.
Maurice attempted to identify the weapon, at which point the torches on the walls illuminated with a blue flame and three shapes appeared behind him. These immediately attacked the party for disturbing their rest, but the party eventually took them down.
They opened the sarcophogus, revealing a heavily worn humanoid skeleton, which Maurice analysed. He then attempted to identify the weapon again, revealing it as a powerful weapon engraved with runes named 'Giantslayer'.