After a night’s rest, the party decided to re-enter the caves to tackle those pesky undead wandering about. Heading directly for where they had seen the last undead in the dungeon, the party quickly encountered a couple of large cinderspawns. Though threatening in appearance, the ciinderspawns were unable to batter their way past the two paladins blocking their path and no party members were physically hurt much, but they lost some Charisma (oh noes! run!).
After eating the cinderspawns, the group continued to advance through the rooms that were empty except for all the stuff in them. The various spaces had many etched archaic dwarven carvings throughout, and the party discovered an old journal, also written in the same archaic dwarven. The wizard, seeing the journal as a piece of interest, began to attempt to decipher the ancient writings. Though Dwarven, the writing is so outdated that it is nearly impossible to read and understand.
The party cleared out all the undead and found a series of secret doors leading to rooms of notably increasing sliminess, ultimately leading to a room filled with several carrion crawlers.
Once again, with the paladins blocking the now-open doorway, the approaching beasties were unable to get to the other members of the party and with the whole party attacking the horde of abberations while they flailed mostly pointlessly at the well armoured holy knights, the carrion crawlers didn’t stand a chance. Within a few short rounds, the battle was ended and the carrion crawlers slain.
With the carrion crawlers defeated, the party had free reign of the dungeon and made sure to pillage the rooms effectively. Taking a sack of gold, a wand of cure moderate wounds and various other articles of loot, the party left the dungeon, heads held high and ready to continue on their way to visit their Elven neighbours.
Also, the wizard decided against hiring Takahiro as a permanent tracker because Ray is a cheapskate. He wanted 50g a month, which was just too much for the wizard to justify (as he rarely actually needs a tracker, useful and impressive though Takahiro may be). Instead, ‘Big Valuable’ was taken under the patronage of the Thief, Rumblebelly.
Although the wizard thinks the book is interesting and wants to read as much of it as possible, it’s actually the Dwarven CLERIC who is obsessed with decipher it and learn more. It appears to have something to do with the Dwarven hero, Gnarldan Steelshield (of the lost Steelshield clan).