The heroes received a letter from the manager of the Bloodweep Mine, located in the nearby town of Bloodweep. If Koshepa is a dirty smudge on the map, Bloodweep is but a flake of dust.
The heroes traveled there and met with many of the miners working at the mine as well as the manager. They learned of a series of bizarre deaths in the lowest level of the mine, newly excavated. There were also sightings of all manner of bizarre creatures.
The heroes accepted the job and went down into the tunnel. They battled a mimic, a pair of chokers and strange nether-zombies before finding an unusual tunnel dug into the rock. It was a perfectly carved circle leading down a perfectly straight path. It dumped out into a large cavern that seemed to hold the ruins of an ancient underground city.
Within the city was a keep and inside the keep they fought a party of vile white orc-like creatures. It seems the creatures had already raided the keep and killed the original occupants.
After clearing the keep they continued down the tunnel where it picked up on the other side. It led to another passage guarded by some horrible man-spider beast. Beyond they found a very tall, strong man dead in the middle of the room after what looked like an incredibly fierce battle. Past that they found a portal that seemed to lead to a dark, fiery place. 4 creatures guarded it. During the battle, one closed the portal behind it as it fled and the portal collapsed. Illyon found a powerful sword that belonged to the giant man, and it seemed to grant him great temporary power while also taking control of him.
Having cut off the source of the strange monsters, the heroes returned to the mine manager for their reward. They headed back to Koshepa. When they arrived, Delaron’s acolyte summoned Illyon and told him there was a spot open for him at the Academy Arcana. Illyon was thrilled and accepted the spot. The other adventurers settled in for a well earned rest.