The following day the party gathers its wits and heads once more into the Shimmering Veils. Carefully walking around the carnage of their butchered doppelgängers, the hallway opens up into an immense cathedral of polished ivory. Mirrored walls rise to a height of nearly a hundred feet, where the vaulted ceiling arches majestically. At the center of the cathedral, a three-step dais of polished wood supports a peacock the size of a wyvern, its feathers spread regally behind it.
But the splendor of the room is broken as unseen voices shout in unison.
“The master is in study-he is not to be disturbed. Please keep your screaming to a minimum while you are punished for daring to venture this close to his magnificence.”
No sooner do the words finish than a fireball bursts in front of the party, scorching clothing and heating armor. The group scatters to face the unseen menaces throughout the room as they are bombarded with arcane magic.
Eventually the party stands triumphant, the deceased bodies of six identical men lay at their feet – human, with shoulder-length blond hair.
The heroes begin shattering the enormous mirrors in the chamber when Midna spots a secret door.
Beyond the secret entrance, a small corridor leads to several doors. Investigating the first, the party discovers a small room with bookcases full of tomes and scrolls. At a reading table, a robed figure lies slumped in a chair, clutching an elegant mirror and a book.
Examining the book, the party discovers that it appears to be the journal of a man named Vraxeris. Inside he catalogs his studies and the development of a way to prolong his life by cloning himself and switching bodies, a process he had completed more than 200 times.
Of immediate interest are the last passages in the tome, which chronicle recent events and flesh out more of what the group was told by Morthos.
In subsequent chambers, the party finds piles of dead bodies – the former clones of Vraxeris – before a curious encounter with six cloned succubi who prove no match for the group.
Armed with this new knowledge, the heroes returns to the Runeforge Hub.