The party faced the last wave of zombies from their fortifications in the abandoned temple. This time the zombies were tougher and meaner. Three of them flung corruption at the front line fighters while a glowy-eyed zombie tossed bolts of shadow and dragged the party members out among the undead. After using most of their daily powers, the party managed to defeat the zombies.
In the dawn light, the party dug through the zombies and found a powerful holy symbol and enough bits of armor to make a full suit. They also found healing potions, gems, and gold. Much more problematic was the discovery of a necromantic shard and a note suggesting that someone was researching the abilities of the shards to raise undead. There was also a battered note about dragon heritage and ascension, but they decided that the shard was the more pressing problem. The shard researcher was headed to a vault of relics to the south.
_ Research Note: Kierno Varim
Even in this formerly hallowed place, a necroshard calls creatures into undeath. So far they have all been simple zombies but I have hope that the strand-asymmetric inhibitors will allow non-androgenic separation of activation. I have uncovered records of a Vault of Relics south of the confluence of Samhain and Endgate. Distorting active eukaryotic structures should allow the creation of more rational servants of Orcus to further the re-balancing. Harbane will remain here to ensure comprehensive critical segregation._
Wyd the wizard and Callie the cleric proceeded to purify the temple while Lia and TheBeast went ahead to blaze a path to the shard researcher. At high noon, when their cleansing was largely complete, one of the floor tiles moved aside to reveal a trowel, plumb bob, and chisel. Upon touching the implements, Callie was told to bring the to a builder.
After a few false starts, the party was reunited. Unfortunately, they were unable to reach the vaults before dusk fell. They tried to keep moving ahead of the pursuing undead, but lacked the endurance. They camped for the night and fought off attacks from zombified animals. They used a ring of fire to brun off the minion-strength zombies and simply destroyed the more powerful zombies through daily powers.