Wellentag 32 Nachgeheim
The party skinned the wolves and after a quick meal moved on, slowed somewhat by the cart only being pulled by one horse.
After less than two hours, Father Odo alerted them to the fact that the pull of the Chaos artifact was lessening. Unhitching the horse from the cart, they strode south into the Drakwald forest.
After a few hours of travel, they came across a Herdstone, marked heavily in darktongue. Gazk Redhorn, guardian of the Herdstone, had heard them coming for minutes and was prepared for them. Standing he motioned for Reuben to approach. Instead Reuben shot at him and Gazk blew on his horn, calling reinforcements to assist him.
Kadfina and Reuben stood toe to toe with the giant bull headed beastman (actually a Minotaur) whilst Durcia and Andred shot at it from a distance. Father Odo called for Sigmar’s aid but it was lacking. Libenitz’s blessing however provided great assistance to Reuben who, once blood flowed freely from a wound, found his sword arm strengthened, gaining an extra attack.
Unfortunately any reinforcements in the area were unable to reach the site in time and Gazk fell. Durcia and Kadfina searched the clearing with the herdstone whilst Andred ran into the forest, blowing his own horn in an attempt to trick any arriving beastmen. It took a long while but finally the entrance to the shrine was found in an opening under the mound on which the Herdstone sat. The heroes entered carefully, unnerved by the pictures drawn on the walls (of a giant horned warrior slaughtering men in an ocean of blood). Unfortunately for Durcia, she set off a trap, resulting in a spear to the throat. Andred found a skull on the wall, which when pressed in, caused the whole stone slab to fall inwards.
They carefully entered into the next room, where nothing happened. They moved forward and Kadfina was surprised by two Bloodcursed. Mists of blood in the form of men, which quickly took her out of the fight. Not before she set off another trap however. Seeing Kadfina fall, Andred turned and ran. Reuben and Durcia stood their ground and slowly worked away at the foul sorcerous beings. The Bloodcursed seemed to be able to solidify their bodies as necessary lashing the heroes with long tentacles of burning blood. Andred returned and between the three of them, and the strength of Sigmar (which provided an extra attack), the heroes prevailed. Kadfina coming around shortly after.
The trap that Kadfina had set off was a fountain that spewed poisonous blood. Andred, still invigorated by Sigmar’s blessing strode into the fountain, taking further damage in the process and with two mighty blows sundered the mechanism, stopping the spray of poisonous blood.
Father Odo healed some of the group and the room was searched. Another skull was found which when pressed resulted in the slab falling backwards with a loud boom. Within this new room they saw a large bronze statue of a tall multilimbed man with a giant sword sitting on a giant throne. Skulls and bones lay scattered around the throne.
Reuben, the only one uninjured, stepped through carefully. When entering the large room he heard a strange sound…