Somewhat disappointed the party decided to try the one remaining door. Laurana did find a trap on this door, and she successfully disarmed it. Picking the lock succeeded also, and Cerilon entered the room, only to be attacked by a lurker that fell from the ceiling. In the combat that followed Cerilon got quite hurt from the blows the rest of the party inflicted upon the lurker. In the end, Laurana killed the lurker. A chest was also found in the room, and Laurana did not find any traps on it. Picking the locked failed.
Not quite ready to face any additional opponents, the party retired to their resting area on this level (a 10 by 10 feet room). Moretta helped the party to sleep with a sweet lullaby.
With renewed confidence in its ability to be successful, the adventurers headed for the first door (where Cerilon had heard a cough before), and Laurana cast a Knock. A quite ornate fountain was found behind the door, with a large basin resting on the shoulders of 4 Gargoyles. Unfortunately, the Gargoyles were quite real, and as such they attacked the party. A very heavy battle followed in which Anac even managed to kill a Gargoyle. Cerilon killed one also, and Laurana killed the remaining two. The fight itself was fierce and full of surprise, when the party found out that the Gargoyles could fly. Malek who took his customary position in the back was not safe from these fiends!
After the Gargoyles were slain, Cerilon filled his wineskin from the water in the fountain, and he drank from it, without any visible effect. When he washed himself a bit in the fountain, he noticed that the dirt that got in the water dissolved completely, leaving the water once more crystal clear.
Quite hurt from the combat, the party took yet another break for the rest of the day to recover. The current room with the fountain was found to be quite comfortable for that purpose (Gargoyles, being stone beings, do not result in a foul stench when they are reduced to little more than a corpse).
The party headed over to the room with the alcove, and Malek slipped the ring on his finger. He then proceeded to take the book from the alcove and he was successful in doing so.
Due to the late hour (as a result of the duration of the Identify spells), the party spent another night in the room with the fountain.
From Cerilon's perspective on the other side of the portal, the rope was still tied snugly around his waist. He tugged at his end of the rope and felt some resistance. He found himself in a room without any apparent way of leaving. He tapped on all walls, and on the back wall, he actually got a reply that was a copy of his own tapping. Cerilon decided to throw a stone through the portal, followed by a second stone with a note tied to it.
Bart got hit by a stone that appeared from within the portal, and right after that Laurana got hit by a stone as well.
Cerilon decided to stick his scabbard half through the portal. Suddenly it got pulled from his hand, and disappeared into the portal. He then did the same with the scabbard of his Drow sword, carefully holding on to it.
The party saw the hilt of a sword appear from the portal. Laurana stepped forward and pulled at the hilt. After a little tug, she stood back with a long sword in her hand. A little bit later, a Cobra appeared from the portal.
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