After catching their breath from fighting the lizardfolk and harpies, the party headed north into a large ante-chamber. They could see two doors, one leading east and one west, and across from where they entered they could see the stairwell going up to the second floor of the pyramid. They decided to investigate their surroundings before heading upstairs, discovering that the doorway to the west was not closed. Inside, much to Vyrellis’ disbelief, they found her body suspended between four pillars by arcane energy.
Gin and Aegis investigated the wards holding the body there. Vyrellis asked if there would be any way to reconnect her to her body. Gin and Aegis tried what they could, and a bolt of arcane power linked the head in Trident’s hands to the body in the center of the room for a moment. “I know where they are!” Vyrellis exclaimed. After a moment of speechless joy, she explained that her life had been severed into three life shards, and that these would be needed to reconnect her to her body. Now that she had reestablished a connection with it, she could sense where the three shards were located in the pyramid.
After some discussion, the party decided to search for the two shards that were located on the first floor of the pyramid before heading up to the second, where she sensed her third life shard.
The party headed to the east side of the pyramid, where they found a flooded room, with five lizardfolk waiting for a meal. After dispatching them, the party found a raised room that had not been flooded with a statue of Vyrellis with a moonstone embedded in it. “That’s the first one!” Vyrellis cheered. Dreadbeard carefully removed it from the statue, and tried balancing it on the ball containing Vyrellis’ head.
They continued north, finding a gang of bandits led by Gharash Vren. While the bandits themselves put up little resistance, the werewolf they had captured was able to draw some blood, but was also put to rest by the party. Heading through another door to the south the party found a woman praying at an altar. Upon seeing them she grew overjoyed. “Thank the gods you are here. You have to help me!” When the party had entered the small chapel, the doors slammed shut behind them. "You see, I have been trapped here for hundreds of years.
The party investigated their surroundings. Gin quickly determined that a devil’s curse was keeping the doors locked, and when anyone approached them two devils would appear momentarily and cut the person approaching, before disappearing again. In a fit of rage at being imprisoned, Dreadbeard started charging the walls, trying to bring the chapel down. Quickly, though, he broke through a hidden door into a secret chamber. The woman was shocked to see the secret room off of the chapel. Inside was another statue of Vyrellis that had a garnet lodged into it. They found it a little harder to remove it than the first, but were able to get it.
Having found the life shard, the party turned their full attention to escaping from the chapel. After trying to break other walls and destroy the doors, the party investigated their surroundings again. Initially Dreadbeard, Trident, and Gin believed they would need to make a sacrifice on the altar, and they started eying the woman, whose name was Dana. Aegis stepped in and said they would find another way out. Dana thanked him for his protection with a kiss.
Then, inspired by an altar runner, Dreadbeard slowly lowered his hands over the two candles on the altar, holding them there until they burned his hands. As soon as his hands were burned, the party fled the chapel with Dana, before the doors slammed shut again. Dana asked if she could join them and be under their protection. Everyone agreed, and they headed back to the stairs to go to the second level of the pyramid.
Upon arriving on the second level, Vyrellis said she could sense her final life shard to the east, and she could also sense Karavakos to the south. The party decided to finish what they started with her life shards and headed east. As they approached a door that was frozen, the party began considering what they should do about Dana if they got into a fight with other denizens of the pyramid, to which Gin replied, “Who, the succubus?” Concerned that they had been infiltrated, Dreadbeard and Trident tried to attack her, but Aegis stepped in the way to protect her. In response she held up her hands and tried to convince Dreadbeard that she meant no harm, and he found himself unable to keep attacking her. “I will wait downstairs while you guys work this out” Dana told them, before flying away back down the hallway.
The party decided to worry about Dana after retrieving the final life shard, and they continued through the frozen door. Inside they found a hallway with a thick sheen of ice on all surfaces. They were approached by an eladrin who asked what they were doing there. The party decided to attack her, but before they could she was joined by two eladrin knights that tried to stop the party, and then by more troops. Despite the eladrins’ familiarity and comfort with the ice and cold, the party dispatched them quickly, only finding trouble with one that put a curse on trident before fleeing into a room and locking the door behind himself. But time and some strong shoulder blows found the door destroyed and the eladrin killed.
The party continued on, finding themselves in a cavern that was colder still than the hallway. Lying at the back of the cavern was a pile of treasure with a white dragon next to it, who upon seeing them enter roared, “Kneel if you would treat with me.” Vyrellis told the party, “The amethyst on the top, that’s it.” The party decided to move into position, not enjoying the idea of kneeling before anyone and wanting to get the final life shard. The dragon responded immediately, moving into one of the nearly freezing cold pools in the cavern. Seeing how quickly the dragon responded, the party decided to try a different tactic. Aegis approached and kneeled, and said that they wanted to trade with the dragon for the amethyst in his treasure. The dragon responded, “Before we discuss any trading, what gift will you offer me for not eating you?”
Gin quickly said, “How would you like to try some of my fine prune juice?”
“Yes, I will try your finest gnomish prune wine.”
Gin produced some of his extra potent prune juice for the dragon. The dragon enjoyed the taste, but then he started rippling, and finally ripped in half. Both halves sealed up, so where there was one dragon before, now there were two, and the second was female. The female started moving towards the original dragon to which he responded, “This is a great gift indeed. I will trade the amethyst for more of that wine.” Gin quickly teleported over to the treasure pile, left a barrel of the prune juice and grabbed the amethyst, teleporting back.
The party then, with all three shards, headed back down to the room containing Vyrellis’ body. Vyrellis suggested putting a life shard near three of the pillars that were projecting the arcane energy, and the globe with her head on the fourth. The party arranged it, and then Aegis began working on a ritual to break down the wards holding the body suspended. One pillar at a time, the arcane energy ebbed. After the three with her life shards had all winked out, her body hovered towards the final pillar, and the globe with her head floated up over the body. A bright light flashed, and glass shattered. When the light faded, they found Vyrellis, whole, kneeling on the ground amidst hundreds of glass shards.