Player Characters:Elias (Wiggles), Wood Elf Cleric, 286 points
Garreth (Zuljita), Half-Orc Fighter, 351 points
Ibizaber (Demented Avenger), Human Thief, 348 points
Polly (Kalzazz), Wood Elf Archer, 332 points
Seépravir (Archon Shiva), High-Elf Wizard, 366 points
The PCs started in town, but didn't spend much time doing things there. Garreth was late, so the others left a note for him saying where they'd be, and traveled to Castle Whiterock. Seépravir recently reached skill 25 with the Flight spell, meaning she could maintain Flight on the whole party all day for free (except for the -1 to other spells per spell on), but Zaber wanted to bring a wheelbarrow, which was too heavy to carry through the air. So Seépravir and Polly flew, and Zaber and Elias hiked pushing the wheelbarrow.
They reached the castle without incident, except for one hawk that checked flying Polly out, considered diving on her, but decided she was too big to eat. Seépravir cast Flight on the other two party members, Dark Vision on everyone but Elias, Invisibility on herself and Zaber, and Alertness / Keen Hearing / See Secrets / See Invisible on Zaber. Elias cast Flaming Weapon on his flail. Polly cast Keen Vision on Zaber. Everyone walked or flew down one level then over to the elevator shaft, and down to the river level.
There was some brief discussion on flying versus boating, but again someone wanted to bring the wheelbarrow, so they took a boat. Garreth wasn't around to row, so Zaber did so, at default skill. (He has good DX and Bless so his default is pretty good.) He managed to navigate the rapids without issue, and the group made it to the northern boat landing, then walked to the giant cave. Nothing accosted them on the way, this time.
They hiked south to the black pyramid, then around the pyramid to the entrance on the south side, then Seépravir took a seat on the stairs in the normal mana zone, while everyone else went in. Once again Zaber was told that Seépravir would notice and investigate if his Invisibility went away.
The other three first went back to the room with the reed boat, where they fought the mummy bard. Polly flew up into the boat and played with the oars, but this didn't accomplish anything. She didn't see anything magical in the room. There were some hieroglyphics on the pillars, which Zaber noticed were conspicuously lacking in pictures of cats. (All the other pictures in the pyramid were full of cats.) Polly and Zaber eventually found Elias, who had been wandering around the pyramid, checking out the giant cat tree, and got him to cast Gift of Letters so he could read the hieroglyphics. They formed a riddle: