After the sun fell below the horizon low grunts and chattering of teeth could be heard coming from the bottom of the strange ziggurat. Our valiant heroes, and Shale the rescued dwarf Paladin, readied themselves for the onslaught. Tavi had prepared some torches and tossed them on the ground to help illuminate the area, Bud light his lantern. The first zombies arrived with some zombie dogs. Tavi, Frandor, and Genghis quickly sprung into action against the first arriving horde blocking their path to Bud. Bud invoked a lighting spell that dropped several of the Zombie dogs. Genghis positioned himself around the flank of the first horde when the first zombie dogs rose from death again to continue the onslaught. Another horder of zombies and their dogs arrived from the opposite end surrounding Shale.
Another horde of zombies arrived, more powerful than the first. Some were able to hurl globes of necrotic energy, others were equipped with weapons, and another pair were surprised Genghis by descending down the edge of a pillar. Our heroes decided to retreat further down the temple to gather themselves up and fortify another area against an attack. They made their made to the stairs that descended down but a group of wall crawling zombies and zombie doges (one that refused to die no matter how many arrows they put into them) stopped their decent. After dispatching the undead that blocked their path another group of zombies and ghouls approached.
The steadfast heroes blocked the door and took a short rest before positioning themselves in the second room in the level around a corner. The horde broke down the door and rushed down the corridor but Shale, Frandor, and Tavi blocked the entrance. Genghis stayed back striking from behind with a power where he slashed the air to attack from a distance. Kongek remained behind the to pick off the zombies with arrows. Bud prepared Moradin’s full might to smite the approaching undead. As the horde fought two wall crawling zombie bypassed the wall of armored heroes and dropped to get a jump on Bud. Additionally a swarm of dismembered hands crawled on the ceiling and dropped next to both Kongek and Genghis and attacked by clawing at them. Frandor was furious and dropped back to take care of the wall crawling zombies while Kongek shouldered his bow and started to attack using a melee weapon.
Soon the heroes were starting to get overwhelmed and they started to drop back further into the temple. The undead horde had broken through the line and Kongek was near dead with hands crawling all over him. Shale fell by a combination of strikes by a swarm of hands crawling all over him and a ghoul clawing at his eyes. Tavi made a valiant effort to push his way through the horde and picked Shale up. The undead were quickly filling the room when Frandor was hit with a blast of telekinetic energy that threw him against the wall and prone against the floor. A voice transmitted to the heroes through their mind demanded a truce and safe passage to the nearest Archmage guild. Our heroes would bow to no undead requests today and ignored the request. Tavi carrying Shale made it out the door as undead quickly filled the room.
The room at the bottom of the ziggurat temple had a raised platform with a podium and several pews set up as a sort of church to whatever unknown old god lived here. Our heroes took a short rest. Tavi In particular was starting to feel close to death as he had been fighting some sort of undead that was sapping the energy from him. Shale was revived and took a deep breath before steadying himself for what could be his eternal end. The armored warriors set themselves up at the bottom of twin stairs preparing as the zombies started to batter down the doors. Kongek readied his arrows. Bud made a silent prayer to Moradin. Genghis cracked his finger knuckles. The undead broke down the doors and rushed in. The wall or Shale, Frandor, and Tavi held. One zombie that seemed to have some sort of arcane mental powers eventually made its appearance and dominated Genghis but soon after the entire force of the group came down on it. There was a brain in some sort of glass jar inside, and after a pummeling from our heroes it exploded leaving bits of brain all over the room. There were few remaining zombies, and those dropped into corpses on the ground.
Our heroes stayed readied for a moment but breathed a sigh of relief that it finally seemed over.