With a magic crystal giving them access to new parts of the castle, the party went exploring. Near the bottom of the castle they discovered a door to a strange room, a study and living area for the only survivor of the people who constructed the castle.
Nasini Rahaya Al’Siraj, Archivist and Keeper of the Nahasiss snakefolk, introduced herself and invited the party into her study and told them the story of her people:
“Like the kindred races, the nahasiss began as a primitive people, little better than snakes before we began recording our history — similar to humans and apes, I believe. However, as we gradually civilized ourselves and discovered agriculture and the written word, we discovered the language of magic — and discovered our talents for it.
“Every nahasiss bears the gift of magic. From whence this gift came, we know not, but many of our priests claim it to be a blessing from the god you call Mideo, the god of nature and beasts. We used our talents to create a mighty empire on this continent, doing battle with the orcs, kobolds, goblins, and hobgoblins with our mighty magic to dominate a vast territory.
“Our dominance of this continent continued for nearly three thousand years, but we became decadent and corrupt, mired in bureaucracy and obsessed with money. A great curse befell us, its origin unknown, but it stole our greatest gift from us: our magic.
“The curse came in the form of a plague, a disease that robbed us of our arcane powers. Word spread rapidly to our enemies, who marched on our cities and razed them to the last, hobgoblins leading the orcs, goblins, and kobolds to destroy their hated enemies. We were hunted to extinction. Perhaps small tribes of warriors survived, but our arcane arts were our greatest strength, and they were stolen completely from us.”
She also asked the party to take copies of the texts of her people and to spread their history, hoping that despite the death of her people and their empire, they would not be lost to history. In addition to thanking the party for ridding the castle of necromancers, she bestowed them with many gifts.
From the cultists, the party acquired:
- +1 weapons: battleaxe, longsword, morningstar, heavy mace, flail
- +1 weapons: shortbow x2
- Cloak of Resistance +4
- Staff of Necromancy
- Bracers of Armour +2
- Ring of Protection +3
- Amulet of Natural Armour +3
- +2 hand wraps
From Nasini, the party was given:
- 8,000 gold each (platinum coins, gems, materials)
- Potions: Bull’s Strength, Invisibility, Remove Curse, Remove Disease
- Scrolls: Lesser Restoration, Shield Other, Grace, Weapon of Awe, Wrathful
Mantle, Vanish, Spider Climb, Web, Fly, Frost Fall
- Wands: Lesser Restoration, Resist Energy
- Belt of Giant Strength +4
- Belt of Physical Might +2 (Str & Dex)
- Ring of Forcefangs