The group took a short rest in the duergar’s accommodations before they investigated further into the Sacred Stone Monastery. They quickly found the mess hall and continued on to the kitchen. They bluffed and pilfered their way into a wheel of cheese and then went east to the shrine of stone. There they were noticed and questioned by Qarbo. He “learned” that they were new initiates, so he asked them some cursory questions before sending them downstairs to their trial. While they were on the stairs, a lever was pulled that sent them crashing into the room below. They scrambled to their feet and got ready as a door on the west wall slowly opened. Bucca made a dash for a gem set in a pillar across some red sand as an umber hulk revealed itself from behind the heavy door. The group readied themselves and the hulk flew into a rage, slashing at whatever was nearest. Bucca grabbed the gemstone and as he did, was suddenly swallowed by the sand. The team then fiercely fought against the umber hulk, but realized that it was mostly trying to escape. Ikki flew up to the shrine and pulled the lever again, putting the stairs back in order. Meanwhile the umber hulk stormed up into the shrine and started attacking Qarbo and the guards. As the battle raged, Lantian kept blocking Qarbo’s escape and the umber hulk made its exit to the courtyard. Ikki and Flint were both felled and the hulk began to fight with a gargoyle. Qarbo finally made it out of the shrine and made a run for it in the courtyard, killing the umber hulk as he ran. Lantian burst out of the shrine and killed the gargoyle, and Nessa slowed Qarbo’s progress with entangling vines. While Brenna was stabilizing her teammates, Lantian finally finished off Qarbo, leaving the party roughed up badly and the monastery looking really beat up.