The Darkness Between

Chapter 14: The Library of Madness

Wherein; our heroic adventurers learn things aren't always as they seem...

The adventurers found themselves in a massive ruined library. The entire room tilted to one side from the slow sinking of the moathouse. Before them, they witnessed a scene that would test their mettle…

The center of the room had collapsed in ages past, forming a deep sinkhole. Azilis's brother, Carrigan Roe, hung over this black pit in a cage…gagged, tied and beaten.

At the far end of the room, the little tiefling, Random, kneeled sobbing in terror. Above him on a balcony, 5 crossbowmen aimed their weapons at the simpleton janitor. 

A tall tiefling in black armor and robes spoke to the party and proposed a deal…give them Carrigan's journal and they would all go free!

The black robed tiefling sent Random forward to retrieve the book. As the small janitor made his way back to the other end of the room, the leader of the crossbowmen called out…

"Varim…Oh, Varim…You may come out now!"

The effect on Random shocked the party as the little tiefling began to walk without his limp…his back straightened and his deformed hand uncurled…

As the tiefling they had known as Random reached the raised end of the library, they knew that he was indeed…Varim the Mad! 

DM Note: Varim is..well, MAD! I made him a multiple personality type who is somewhat in control of those facets. 

After some brief monologuing from Varim, the tension broke with a crash! Skeletons poured from side chambers as the crossbowman opened fire!

When the smoke cleared and the blood began to pool, the party had rescued Carrigan from his deathtrap and Varim lay dead…

And that was when the Blackguard of Orcus, Sithass Tyrr arrived with his pack of Lycanthropes… 

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