the battle with the illithid went swiftly, (especially when everyone joined the fray), after which more information came to light. The illithid spoke of ’the ancient enemy from the time beneath the rocks). The hand on the staff was small, elf-like, though the skin was dark and dense, with dark nearly metallic finger nails, and a very familiar script scrawled on it. It was also learnt that there was another illithid, just to the south.
while the illithid was discovered to be dead, one of the metallic creatures was very much alive in the room. this was dispatched after it tried to get very intimate with one of the party.
moving up, the sounds of combat could be heard, and a black trail could be seen. the trail lead to a dying umberhulk, the sounds to a mighty combat overhead. An illithid, in magestic robes, was attacking, and being attacked by, a golden metallic creature. rounding out the combat was a minotaut assisting the illithid.
the combat finished in an explosion of magic, lightning and metal on metal, throwing the combatants around the room, the minotaur fairing the best, deciding to take it out on the party. He was dispatched with ease by the party, and the illithid was searched for. the searched wasn’t needed, as he returned momentarily, bringing all the party to their knees bar one(( Thul Urak’Dorn aka Captain nup )) . His resistance brought the ire of the illithid, forcing him to take great interest in the hero. again, mention was made of the ‘ancient enemy’, then the party was tagged, and then released.
fleeing an illithid self destruct device, the party saw that the nautliloid was infested by the metallic creatures. they were forced to leave the ship in haste, before the captain had returned, drifting out into the darkness, untill, one by one, darkness descended on them.