Morning, Starday the 22nd of Pharast 4708 AR
Aubrey looked through the mystical gem of seeing (which Elshbeth had found embedded within the unholy altar beneath the streets of Sandpoint) to study the great mirrored chamber in which he hovered. Quickly he determined that the great Peacock statue was a mere glamourie and that a group of four identical men seated behind it were simulacra fashioned of ice and clothed in shadows to give them a semblance of life. The spryte also made note of a secret door hidden behind a mirror in the far wall. In the hallway next to him Aubrey noted the presence of what appeared to be his companions standing in front of a magical mirror; which he determined to be a magical trap. Soon arrows flew and blood was spilt as Elshbeth, Kivu, Ton and Treana and their eight mirrored doppelgangers clashed in battle. Following a mystically whispered warning to his companions Ainsel and Aubrey hurled bolts of forces at one trapped mirror; destroying it along with its four associated doppelgangers. While his companions destroyed the second mirror and four remaining doppelgangers, Aubrey rose to confront the four simulacra who’d climb to their feet to threaten violence. Calling upon his kinship with earth, the hovering spryte wove glamour so as to pin the quartet with shafts of stone risen from the floor. As his companions rushed into the chamber the Sihedron destroyed the simulacra with a barrage of mystical lightning, arrows and fisticuffs.
Quickly forming up, the group proceeded to open the secret door in the far wall (hoping to surprise anyone hiding behind it), only to discover dessicated human remains in a musty old library. Aubrey determined through his second sight that this had been Vraxeris; the vain model and creator of the four simulacra and former head of the Runeforge’s Halls of Pride who’d died some two years earlier. According to the journal found in his lap, he’d survived nearly one-hundred centuries by magically cloning himself some two-hundred and four times; only to finally succumb to his chronic dementia and infirmity. The journal went on to detail how the school’s Runewell had initially reawakened following the stirrings of Karzoug, the brief panic and ensuing power-struggle amongst Runeforge’s seven divisions and Vraxeris’ own plans to forge weapons with which to attack the hated Runelord of Greed. A search of the wing’s remaining rooms turned up nothing more than the skeletal remains of Vraxeris’ previous two-hundred odd clones.
Agreeing that mystically reconnoitering the schools’ other wings before venturing inside them was wise, the Sihedron paused as Aubrey wove glamour to first assume an earthen form and then send his unfettered spirit off on a dream journey. In the school’s Halls of Lust the dreaming spryte discovered a single massive chamber housing more than a dozen gilded cages (most containing dead prisoners, except for one with a single living man) and a great silken pavilion tent. Inside the tent’s three seperate chambers were a quintet of naked stone giants (three males and two females), four (half-demon / half-human) alu-fiends and their succubus mistress Delvahine. In the neighboring Halls of Envy Aubrey discovered three ruined chambers; all that remained of that wing’s occupants’ attempt to seize the control of the Runewell and their subsequent destruction by the combined might of the school’s five other wings (all save Sloth). One chamber contained what appeared to be a dangerously volatile magical rod and another a pool of some substance resembling quicksilver.
Once Aubrey had returned to his body and briefed his companions, the Sihedron set out to assault the demons’ lair in the Halls of Lust. To that end, the group girded themselves with layers of magical protection and were mystically transported by the Harrowed spryte. Silently appearing next to the succubus in her boudoir, the Sihedron launched their assault on the surprised demoness. Although Delvahine attempted to quickly beguile the group telepathically, it was for naught as she soon fell to the Sihedron’s weapons; but not before she’d alerted the Hall’s denizens to the group’s incursion.