After grabbing the treasure (Boots, Shortsword, Helmet) at the barracks an escape down the stairs was ordered by the brave coalition leadership. The main mess hall was peeked into and quickly abandoned as an escape route, being full of guards. As the heroes tried to leave the barracks building, several patrols where spotted coming back into the fort so an alternative waiting period was prescribed. The nearest gate had two guards posted by the barred door. These two were expertly frozen by a hold person spell cast by Thorsgrim. The Heroes of Ravenholm were able to exit and travel to the Red Dragon Inn and hopefully Erik who could help heal the grievously wounded Kurin, Sven and the exhausted Ragnar. Erik seem pleased that evidence could be found about the plot to curse the Duke of Rhoona, and easily healed the wounded. Ragnar stayed with him as the after effects of Thorsgrim’s Berserk spell caused exhaustion, so the Heroes left him muttering something about juggernauts.
A temple investigation was ordered without stalling as the element of surprise was still on the Hero’s side. A straight forward approach was adopted, so they went in though the front doors and headed down to the back of the temple, starting on the right hand side (lock picked by Sven) and discovered a store room, a room with a pool and a wine cellar. A library was also found and a search for clues and secret doors was made, both coming up empty.
Another room with statues was opened by the ever resourceful Sven and inside discovered four statues of Cretia, the Ethengar Lord of Chaos. Expecting the worst, the Heroes found it as two of the statues animated at the entrance of Skrogg who bravely strode forward to smite one. Sven shot another with his heavy crossbow (an unanimated statue as it turns out) as Kurin and Thorsgrim attacked the next animated statue. This statue in short order was crushed by the heavy hammers, splintering into dust. Sven reloaded as Skrogg still battled his blurringly fast statue. Azimi merely waited in the entranceway. A mage emerged from the opposite door and immediately turned Azimi into a black cat. Sven ran in and missed with his sword only to find the wizard casting Web, trapping him and stopping anyone else in the room from entering. Kurin cast Silence 15’ radius as Skrogg hacked his statue up. Thorsgrim soon realised that the other two statues in this room were infact only statues and wouldn’t animate, he joined the many who simply said “hey what happened”. Skrogg began to burn the web away, but the mage had vanished. A meow from the corridor revealed that Azimi the cat was mystified as to what had happened and only wanted kitty cat cuddles. The mage had desperately run throughout the room looking for a way out of the silence radius and had apparently found one by standing on top of the bed in the corner. They left to search for secret doors only to find one in the library after pulling all the books off the shelves.
More doors lead to a room with a large map on the wall, also containing a cowering wizard and a priest. The priest shouted with glee as the heroes moved to attack both. Thorsgrim moved to the wizard while the others surrounded the priest and began to hack him. However, the wounds to the priest seemed to heal automatically. Even the mighty sword of Skrogg seemed to do nothing. The priest being silly and evil started to monologue telling them that his body was protected and his heart lay hidden in his secret sanctuary, obviously clearly marked by a big red dot on the tapestry map on the wall. The wizard after hitting Thorsgrim with a series of magical missiles, then dispelled any magic in the room stopping the Bless spell, but also the polymorpthed Azimi, who as a cat was sitting on the bed. Thorsgrim offered terms of surrender to the wizard but before the Wizard could complete the raising of his hands in another spell (or the raising of his hands in surrender, depending how you look at it…), Sven stabbed him in the chest as Azimi blasted him with magical missiles, killing him outright. The immortal priest ignored all the blows from the others to attempt to hit Sven with his mace only to see it deflected with skillful grace. Skrogg attempted to wrestle him by jumping off the table, but found this to futile and silly. Kurin the wise broke the window in the room opening up an escape route. Azimi “liberated” a ring from the finger of the mage before joining the window scarper. Sven and Thorsgrim joined the retreat out the window, not before being wise and moving a chair over for Skrogg to climb on out with. Skrogg slowly reated out, deflecting every blow and getting the mad priest to continue his monologue and reveal all his evil plans in a gloating way. Skrogg jumped onto the chair, deflected the final priestly strike before joining the others in the retreat from the temple. The priest stayed in the room roaring his success and evil victory.