Combat with the creatures that had emerged from the library pit ended.
Collected some of the ichor that one left behind
The Hemarch requested assistance investigating a severed hand.
The hand appears to have been severed by a giant pincer, and possesses marks that would indicate two missing rings. Clean fingernails, clean hands. The hand was certainly lost in a struggle, and the nearby blood trail would indicate that the owner was dragged into the nearby pit.
The two missing rings were taken by Hermarch Brinnigan.
After some convincing, the rings were allowed to be copied with foaming plaster.
Hermarch Brinnigan doesn’t believe in the literal legend of the crux of tread.
The Repositor appeared to be investigating something that he thought to require templar assistance
After compiling scattered notes together, it appears the respositor was investigating the crux of tread.
The notes appear to describe the current events as being a planar intertwining, a war for the Holy, and a coming of H’Jarad’s ‘family’.
Before any more details could be discovered, the creatures kidnapped the Avenger.
Collected up and stored the notes for future reading, then noticed a book/lever that opened a secret staircase leading down.
Proceeded down the staircase, the central pillar emanating the purple light from slits.
A book-trigger was at the bottom, and the Monk/Priest and I went up a level to retrieve some correctly shaped books. Creatures were heard but not seen.
The passage opened with the retrieved book, and a passage revealed.
At the end of a bookcase at the bottom there was a pressure plate that after some investigation, moved another bookcase across the yawning chasm.
After some complications with the mechanism, that appeared to be based around lamps of blue flame, we managed to get across to the main walkways.
The Obitumorian disappeared after making his way across, the rope going immediately taut.
We pulled the Obitumorian back up and proceeded down the spiral staircase nearby.
The creature attacked me, and I managed to roll to safety and shrug off the wounds.
As the rest of the group reached the bottom of the stairs, the creature abducted the Obitumorian again. After hitting the creature with a biting quarrel, it disappeared long enough to send my rope across.
After some confusion with a secret passage and cutting off the rope, we managed to get the Obitumorian back, but as the passage closed again, the creature became caught in the mechanism.
The creature was dispatched, and I collected a sample of its blood.
Some places for a ladder were found, but without a ladder, we needed to link two ropes together to descend to the bottom of the pit.