After rescuing the hostages, the party chose to send only a scouting force deeper into the mine while the rest of the party remained behind to heal wounds and keep the escape route out of the mine secure.
The scouting party, two fighters and a wizard, reached a guarded room in which 4 glowing balls and a portal gave off an eerie light. The scouts quickly moved to attack the guards, but during the combat, a demon emerged from the portal and rushed to attack the party. Dispatching the guards and demon, the party explored the room. They found that it had four glowing blue globes and a portal.
Smashing one of the globes caused a shaking and rumbling that was disquieting given that the party was at the bottom of a mine. Testing the portal indicated that it was safe to enter and Talon stepped through. He found himself in a dark ravine. Off in the distance, he could hear the cries of demons like the one that the scouts had fought. He returned back through the portal.
Deciding to move forward, the scouting party opened doors off of the portal room. Inside they found a chamber in which a summoning ritual taking place. Cultists chanted while a high priest performed the ritual over a pile of bones. Two glowing red globes in the corners of the chamber were guarded by demons. As the characters watched, the ritual was completed, restoring the dead demon over whose bones the ritual was taking place.
After some discussion, it was decided to enter the room, rush the red globes and destroy them, then regroup at the altar at the far end of the chamber.
The scouting party succeeded in smashing the globes, causing a rumble and the sound of crashing stones outside the chamber. The party succeeded in killing the high priest, who was himself a half demon. As he died, the priest cried to the demon, “Father!”
The wizard decimated the cultists with a single blast while the fighters struggled valiantly with the guardian demons as well as the summoned demon. One fighter fell. The second fighter, realizing the cause was lost, told the wizard to flee and get help. The last sight the wizard had of the room was of the second fighter collapsing beneath the attacks of the demons.
The wizard raced for reinforcements.