At the Oasis-town
The PCs returned to the oasis-town, guided by a local man, Kadas, who claimed that he was once an adventurer in his younger days. He said that he gave up adventuring when his family were wiped out by monsters.
At the Oasis-town, the PCs stopped by the store of Mustapha, the settlement’s biggest businessman, both in size and wealth. They bought mundane equipment, and bargained for healing potions and other items in exchange for a cut of treasure from the tomb. They then decided to see about hiring extra muscle for their next tomb trek.
Hiring at the Happy Beggar
The Happy Beggar is the town’s main watering-hole, so-named for the many ex-adventurers, now amputees and worse, who drink their sorrows away there. The PCs wrote up a wanted ad, posted it, and shared a few drinks to spread the word.
“Looking for adventure? Meet at the Happy Beggar Tavern tomorrow at 4 pm. Please bring references.”
Two people showed up – Kadas, the elderly camel-driver and ex-adventurer, and a young Elven magic-user, Nadari. The PCs decided to hire both, and set off for the lost city again.
That evening, the PCs did some carousing, drinking and making merry – very merry in Yana’s case, as she caught the eye of a rakish swordsman, Alonzo. The pair hit it off famously, and when Alonzo begged to join his new love on a tomb trek, Yana accepted.
With the very talkative Kadas guiding them, the PCs returned to the tomb. The PCs again decided to use the old entry again. They bypassed the Anubis door and headed east, then north and entered a new corridor. The corridor began with a staircase leading down – the walls of this lower area were highly decorated, particularly a blue fresco with the eyes of some god staring out. Thick dust covered the stone floor, in the midst of which was a giant, dead bee. The lower area ascended again to another stairs.
Suspicious, the PCs threw items into the lower area. When nothing happened, Yana descended. There was an ominous click as her foot touched a loose flagstone, and then green gas began pouring from the fresco’s eyes. Yana was overwhelmed by poison gas, and died choking.
Merlin looked at Nadari, and perhaps the pair realized that they were now in charge…
Alonzo, Yana’s very brief lover, was beside himself with grief. When the gas had cleared, he went down to take up Yana’s body. Ascending the opposite stairs, the passage turned west, ending in a secret door marked on Dobby’s map. They listened carefully for activity beyond the door – nothing. They went through, into a reception chamber reeking of rotting vegetation. Defaced hieroglyphs sacred to Osiris, lord of the underworld, decorated the walls. A pile of human skulls blocked a door to the north shown on their map. To the west was another door, with a faint, smelly breeze blowing from the crack under the door. The PCs felt trepidation about their exploration and decided to head back to town.