A quick synopsis before I forget what happened . . .
Leaving behind the comfort and safety of Hommlet, the party journeyed to Nulb via the unused road that passes through the Gnarley Forest.
Mathis was able to guide the party safely through the forest until an unfortunate accident while crossing a ravine delayed the party. As a result the party spent the night in the forest and met Lupus “Lou” who demanded payment for the use of “his” forest as a campground. Not wanting to forfeit their horses, Osric deliberately insulted Lou and his two companions and combat ensured. Low and company were actually werewolves and after a vicious battle the werewolves were driven off although all the party’s mounts were lost in the forest and subsequently eaten.
The party continued to Nulb in order to determine the location of the Temple of Elemental Evil. Osric and Dayliss attempted to get into the good graces of the local pirate captain Tolub. But, as they attempted to bluff their way into his good graces they actually insulted him by wasting his time. Captain Tolub then had the two would be “pirates” beaten and thrown into the manure ridden muddy streets of Nulb minus their money pouches.
Darkeena and Pixie then stepped up to try their chances of getting some information out of Rannos and were able to use their feminine “wiles” to learn that regular shipments of slaves/sacrifices were being sent to the Temple.
With Mathis’ astute tracking, the party was able to follow a trampled path to the recently forgotten Temple and gain entry.
The party explored the upper Temple ruins but oddly found little of note or value. They did find three stair cases leading deeper into the Temple as well as a well containing a narrow circlular staircase. To top it off, Darkeena unlocked the secret of the High Throne and the party was able to descend to a lower level of the Temple complex. Determining that they had blundered into the throne room of Zuggtmoy herself, the party beat a hasty retreat back up the throne shaft before they all died a horrible death at the hands of the demoness.
Leaving the main Temple the party then cleaned out a half destroyed guard tower on the temple ground’s perimeter and met their first Earth Temple Priest. Now, it is assumed the former “guard” tower will be their base of operations . . . for now . . .