Walking Backward Through Darkness

Cool and refreshing

Battered and… drained from their battles with the undead of the crypts our heroes stepped through yet another portal and into icy stillness. Finding themselves in a small chamber looking out over a great cavern within a glacier, the party set to seeking our a way down the 30 foot sheer ice wall to the cavern’s floor.
Thanks to the forward planning of the half-orc barbarian, the party managed to make it down with only minor frostbite and made their way to the only feature on the unnaturally flat cavern floor – an igloo.
Inside, they found an exciting slippery dip that helped them on their way into the next temple complex. Sliding feet first into a guard chamber, the party struggled to its feet as the remnants of the guards – a shadow and the skeleton of a polar owlbear – tried to prevent their entry.
The temple inside, all carved from the ice of the glacier, was structured around a symbolic hallway – a corridor in the form of the lost goddess’ twisted, rectangular holy symbol – and populated by a handful of elemental creatures left as guardians by the priests when they abandoned the stronghold, plus a few creatures that found their way in through the tunnel dug by a white dragon seeking a safe place to lay her eggs.
The mighty party slaughtered their way around the temple, pausing only for a refreshing dip in icy slush as part of the corridor gave way beneath their feet (oh, and for three days to heal between their three minutes of combat). Looting to their hearts’ content, they allowed only one creature to escape their wrath – a white dragon wyrmling that fled… probably to tell its mummy.
Amongst the better preserved goods of the ice temple, the party also finally found some enchanted items to assuage their growing hunger and thirst – although not until after they had tasted the other, other, other white meat – half white-dragon warg.
Now they stand, bundled in layers of unfashionably out of date clerical robes, before the next portal which, by all signs, leads somewhere significantly warmer…

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