The group descended deeper into the dark shaft. Rusty took the lead and went down first. He went down about 80 feet when he found himself in a cavern. The cavern walls and the stalactites were moist. On the northern end was a hole in the wall where a curtain of rushing water was passing through. Elfred tried to look through the waterfall and saw that there seemed to be an open area behind it.
They walked through the waterfall and found themselves in another cavern almost as big as the one they just came from. In front of them were two large heavy metallic double doors. The doors didn’t have any knobs nor handles. On the ground were a couple of dead goblins that were rotting for about three weeks.
Rusty looked around and saw that there were tiny openings to the walls adjacent to the doors. Oracle and Elfred looked into what could be in those openings using a mirror and dark vision. Elfred could see that there was some movement in there but couldn’t quite make it out.
They tried pushing the heavy double doors and it was very difficult. They were only able to move it inches each time. The first time the doors were moved, it made a loud echoing creak. Suddenly, the cavern started to be filled by a swarm of flying insects. Rusty peeked through the small gap between the doors to see that there was a dark room behind the doors and an altar in the middle of the room.
With the insects repeatedly biting them painfully, the group was extra motivated to quickly push the doors open and get out of the cavern. At one point, there was enough of a gap between the doors for Rusty and Brioche to go through. Brioche ran through the waterfalls straight through the gap between the doors and into the next room.
He looked around and saw that the room was roughly octagonal in shape. Opposite the door they came in was another smaller set of double doors with no handles. In the middle of the room was an altar where four blocks with carvings were placed. The altar was surrounded by four pedestals with triangular slots on top. And between the pedestals on the east and west are two 7-foot iron statues that looked like naked Olympians. On the ground were several dead goblins again with blood splattered on the smooth stone floor and walls round them.
The group went in and started pulling the blocks from the altar. Each time a block was pulled, the altar shocked them with surges of electricity. They tried putting the blocks in the slots in the pedestals. The first time they tried it, Oracle put a block on a pedestal where the word VENTUS was written. His block went into the slot but he got zapped.
They took inventory of the room and found that the other pedestals also had words etched on them. The others had the words IGNIS, TERRA and AQUA. Hermione having cast the Read Languages spell could read them plainly as: WIND, FIRE, EARTH and WATER.
Meanwhile, they faced two threats in that room. There were the flying insects coming in through the south door and there were the two iron statues that started to move after they had placed all of the four blocks into the four pedestals. They needed to get through the north door and realised that getting the blocks in the right places is key to doing that.
They tried to rearrange the blocks but nothing seemed to happen. The northern doors remained shut. They noticed that the blocks had a dish-like indentation on one end. They decided that they need to match the right block to the right pedestal and then provide the element that the blocks represent into the dish: fire for IGNIS, earth for TERRA, water for AQUA and air for VENTUS.
Would it work though? Would they be able to open the door before the insects and the iron statues kill them? That’s for next time.