Having just emerged victorious from their fight with a group of barbarians, the heroes continued exploring the ruins of Quasqueton. A short while later, they encountered a green-robed gnome who appeared quite angry that another group of treasure-hunters threatened his take. After a brief struggle, Olin brought the battle to an end by caving in the creature’s skull. Still more exploration as the party found a large room, filled with many pools of various liquids.
The first pool contained pinkish liquid that, when consumed, healed the imbiber. The next pool contained a fizzy, yellow liquid with a foul odor. Corwin, the adventurous bard quickly quaffed a cup full of the stuff. Suddenly, he dropped his tin cup to the tiled floor with a clank. His comrades were alarmed as he began choking, groaning and clawing at his own throat. Soon, the flesh of his neck began melting. He had consumed acid! Unfortunately for the young Halfling, he died immediately.
A water weird erupted from yet another pool, grabbing Osric the Dwarf Wizard and dragging him under the surface to drown him. After a frenzied combat in which he was rescued, the party wisely chose to retreat from the elemental creature and seek greener pastures.
Further explorations yielded no small amount of coin and other treasure, in addition to further historical information about Rogahn and Zelligar. Journals were found. Poison needle traps were sprung. Gas traps exploded, injuring the slower-witted party members.
One of the treasures was hard won, when the frog-like fighter Mon Serask spied shiny objects amidst the rubble of an old meeting/speaking room. Although they could clearly hear the chitterings of rats, the warrior entered the room to grab the booty. Immediately, the party was surprised by nine dog-sized rats. Four of the loathsome vermin lunged at Mon, bringing him down to the ground, bleeding. Using clever rat-tactics, they left grevious wounds to the heroes before being dispatched by both sword and spell.