While scrutinizing the room, Morphfinds the recessed bas relief panel containing the Nalfeshnee has a (nonmagical) latch that releases a secret door. Interestingly, the bas relief panel on the north wall has a similar latch that also releases the panel opening into a second secret passage.
Meanwhile, Midnightdescends 10 feet of stairs into an oddly-shaped room with numerous pillars. On the northeast pillar, the skeleton of a constrictor snake coils around the top of the pillar. Before Midnightcan explore the room further, movement darts south, into a passage leading out of the room.
Titus peers into the darkness as he watches midnight. His back is to the kenku as his friends examine the demonic painting and the passages within, his shield is held at the ready as he stoically stands guard.
Seeing movement down the hall, he alerts his companions and takes a few steps down the hall towards Midnight. “Better bring him back Rethan... he’s not alone down there.”
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Atuanjoins Morph in exploring the room beyond the secret panel, taking particular interest of the further exit leading further and downward. "Probably a shortcut put in to avoid all the traps for regular intruders, right?"
Morphis not able to see all the way around the bend and must leave the doorway to explore further. Laniel holds it for him as he creeps along the passageway. The smell of putrid water soon strikes his nose, shortly before he comes about a room that appears to be flooded. The floor slants to the west, down into the water for who knows how far. Towards the west wall, partially submerged in the smelly water, is a statue of a sahuagin. It's head is twisted backwards and its arm has been removed or broken off. The statue is glowing slightly purple, and thus it appears magic to Morph. It appears to be evocation magic.
There is no obvious exit to this room.
(The yellow line represents the distance that the unseen servant has painted so far. It doesn't reflect where the paint is exactly!)
Once midnight hits the dark hallway, rather than send the cat into the darkness blind, Rethan dismisses his familiar and resummons it by his side.
"Cat isn't quite as useful if we're exploring a dark dungeon," he says to the others. "Might be worth doing the ritual again when we have time so I can change him to a more useful form. A bat or a rat maybe," he muses.