1621, Storm Season 48, Illusion Week, Wildday
The tunnel leads to a huge natural cave with an underground river running through it. The cave is dark, hot and moist, and Jaya enters first. She lights up the cave, and looking up, sees a huge two headed dragon snail on the ceiling heading in her direction. By the time Daerius and Raiko have advanced, the chaos beast has blocked the entry to the cave, and Herculon, eager for combat, has to wait to advance. The dragon snail is emitting heat, and burns Jaya and Raiko seriously. Daerius advances, but one of the heads takes a bite out of his leg. From behind, Giomanach palsies one of the snail's heads, but this does not stop the heat radiation, and the damage begins to add up. Then Herculon makes it to the front and cuts of the other head. This stops the monster, and the party finish it off quickly, thus stopping the heat emission and restoring control. They survey the damage: three party members seriously wounded. Herculon has to use all his devoted mana to heal everyone. The party advance, Jaya spreads more light, and the party notice a cave entrance on the other side of the stream.
They walk though the water, hip deep at most, until Jaya disturbs a gorp lying in hiding underwater. Raiko is attacked, but manages to use his acrobatics to back-flip out of the way. Arrows are disintegrated by the gorps acid, and the party changes tactics. They spread and start luring the monster, meanwhile peppering it with disruptions. This has some effect, but is still slow, so they spread out even further and start setting up a fire trap. Meanwhile Raiko has made it to the cave entrance, but upon entering he is attacked by a guardian spirit. He enters spirit combat, and prevails, and binds the spirit in his dagger. Jaya used lamp oil to set up a trap, and once the monster is lured into the puddle, they light it, ,burning the monster to death. A foul smell fills the cave, the party advance into the next tunnel, leading to a five way crossroad.