Janus spent the day negotiating with Professor Washburn of Eldoak College to remove the curse. Once they reached an agreement, it took a few days to prepare the spell. At the appointed time, Janus brought the required materials and Washburn performed the spell, paid the agreed amount, and made the arrangements for the other terms of the agreement.
Samirah, in the meantime, received a vision from Loki requiring her to go to the Church of the Big Gamble, make a 500 Griffon tithe and study for a few days. After the short period of training, she was able to cast more powerful spells.
While she was doing this, Portia d’Ferranta came to Janus and Mij, with a proposition. In going through lost material that Janus and company had uncovered a few weeks prior, they had discovered evidence of an heretofore unknown secret repository of knowledge. Portia wanted Janus to lead an expedition to find and recover the documents within. She provided horses, pack animals, provisions, linkboys, and guards.
The secret repository was located on Bard’s Hill, located about 11 miles west along the Elderson Pike. The journey only took a half day’s travel to reach the hill, but another day of searching to locate the entrance to the facility. In the search, they party killed a pair of fire beetles and a bear. Samira was able to use her spells to talk to a pair of badgers. While not terribly helpful, they did learn that there were other humans in the area and that the concealed entrance was about halfway up on the east to southeast side of the hill.
With this information, they found the entrance in about four hours. Entering the tunnel, they encountered five men. Samira cast a spell to immobilize three of them, and Mij and Janus quickly dispatched the other two after communication failed and the men attacked. The other three were questioned, whereupon the party learned that another man with them had fallen into some kind of sinkhole on the top of hill and that they were trying to get into the delve, but the door was locked.
Janus made the decision to press forward and tied up two fo the prisoners. Mij tied the hands of the third and was using him as a living shield. Finding the gate and door, Janus attempted to pick the rusted lock. After the failed attempt, Janus, Arris, and Mij combined their strength and forced the door open, breaking the door off of its hinges in the process. They found themselves almost immediately under attack by a pair of bird-like creatures. Mij and Arris killed them quickly and without a fuss. Fearing that their prisoners might escape and get help or attack from behind, Janus went back and slit the throats of the two that were tied up.
Not bothering to check out the room very much, they went down a side tunnel. This let them to a chamber that looked as though it had once contained many scrolls and or books, but most of the paper material had been shredded and/or eaten by rats and made into nesting material. Several hundred rats were there but only the giant rats attacked them. They killed the giant rats, the final prisoner being killed and Mij taking a minor wound in the process. With the normal rats milling about, they lit the lamp in the room, discovering that from a document standpoint, the room was a bust. They returned to the entry chamber, leaving the remaining rats to feast on the dead prisoner.
Janus led them down the main corridor, which lead to a large circular room. Their entry into the room, disturbed a large colony of bats. The bats swarm about them as they exited. The company killed a number of bats, taking some very minor damage, but otherwise remaining unscathed as the bats simply headed off down another tunnel. They then proceeded down a side tunnel off they circular room. This was a short trip to another chamber.
This chamber was much more humid and the content of the room had been damaged. The party was attacked by a horned rabbit. Mij killed it with one swing of his sword, nearly cutting it in half. They attempted to retrieve some of the documents but they were literally falling apart in their hands. They abandoned the attempt and entered a small passageway on the far side of the chamber.
This short passage was damaged and looked like it had shifted downward about a foot. It led to a chamber in which the floor was covered in about five to six inches of water. They saw eight small humanoid creature at the far end of the chamber that had built a sort of island out of the documents and books that remained. These creatures attack and the party engaged them. Unfortunately, they did not see the other three hidden in the shadows. The linkboys fled, and a pitched battle ensued, but the party was all killed. They were able to kill nine of the eleven before their deaths.