Objectives achieved so far:
Destroyed the altar that was the focus of the desecration spell. The “loud and female” thing wasn’t as loud as Reg and Fitz’s report led me to believe. She had some seriously powerful poison though. We’ve had our life forces attacked too many times already, this is boding poorly for our resources.
Recovered a very powerful weapon crystal – a crystal of greater true death. I bet there’s going to be some intelligent undead wondering exactly what hit them soon, courtesy of Finn.
Made it to the second floor. Found four doors – one keyed to the elements, one keyed to planar magic, one keyed to life and death, and one golden one which Cyrus claims is the throne room and probably has a lot of gold in it. Fucking hell I did not need that temptation. We’re going that way anyway, it’s probably got an escape route.
Whatever’s in the basement? It’s not in the basement anymore. Galen sealed off the staircase with a stone wall, but I don’t know how long that will hold. If we’re very lucky we can achieve our goals here and get out before it becomes a problem. I doubt we’ll be that fortunate.
The death focus is already interacting with the magic holding Galen’s soul together. I don’t understand the intricacies of binding magic but I do know that having something that powerful pulling on it could have dire consequences. I vote we find the elemental key, take care of the Death focus, then split as quickly as we can. No point having it on us longer than absolutely necessary.