The party is preparing to leave the original Tomb of Horrors. They have just defeated a monstrous demilich, although this was not Acererak himself. In the horrific fight, Grunther's body was utterly destroyed, beyond recovery, yet the characters found the gem that contained his soul and a soulless construct-like body to receive it. (Details to follow.)
Their objective is the defeat of Acererak the demilich, and they have won a major victory towards it: they have reunited the halves of an amulet, found by the wizard Dessatysso many years ago. He claimed that a message was hidden on the amulet, encoded; this message indicated how to get into . There are letters on the amulet; they are in Abyssal, and encoded, but decoded, they read: "The face of the fiend does more than devour; with the least of my form, 'tis the key to power." It has been speculated that this means the huge devil-face in the first corridor, which contained a Sphere of Annihilation to which Grunther lost his arm. The party is, however, leery of trying this for obvious reasons.
The party is right now recovering, with a great list of treasure (next post).
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Here's the treasure list!
XP: 9000 for 16th level, 11000 for 15th level, 20000 for Grunther (13th).
Greater Magic Fang +5 (20)
Shield of Faith +3
Magic Vestment +1 (5)
Magic Vestment +3 (12)
Magic Fang (1)
Magic Vestment +4 (16)
Cure Light Wounds (1)
Bless Weapon (1)
Magic Circle Against Evil (5)
1: arcane, Astral Projection (17th), Hold Monster (9th), Overland Flight (9th)
2: divine, Magic Stone (1st), Entangle (1st), Enthrall (3rd)
3: divine, Hold Person (3rd), Snare (3rd)
4: arcane, Jump (1st), Knock (3rd)
5: arcane, Arcane Sight (5th)
6: arcane, Hallucinatory Terrain (5th), Fly (5th)
+4 Ring of Protection
Rod of Metamagic, Maximize, Lesser
Staff of Size Alteration (50 charges)
Incense of Meditation (1 block)
Dark Blue Rhomboid Ioun Stone: Alertness feat
Cloak of the Bat
+4 longsword of defending
+2 vicious greatsword
97 10 gp gems
Huge peridot worth 10,000 gp
Huge emerald worth 50,000 gp
A single, flawless opal the size of a manís head, worth 100,000 gp