It’s the morning of the second day since the four villagers left Kassen on the quest for the Everflame. They eat breakfast, do their studying and praying, break camp, and return to the crypt. They walk through the pool room to the southwest exit door, which they believes leads to the big central blank space on the map they’ve been making. The key they found in the firepit room opens the door. With Galvor in the lead, they creep down the hallway to a second door. Valeros and Chastity are lugging the enormous tower shields from the golem room. Galvor crouches to open the door, with Valeros holding a tower shield directly behind him.
As the door swings open, the party hears a click and then the sound of rattling machinery fills the corridor. The room ahead is circular, with a deep pit around a central pillar, doors in the west and south walls, and a short walkway across the pit. Seconds after the door opens, crossbow bolts shoot out of the central pillar and hit Galvor and Valeros, who’s been sticking his head out from behind the shield. There’s no serious damage; the bolts have rounded tips. The pillar fires again seconds later. Galvor and Valeros move into the room. Valeros carries the tower shield in front of himself for cover, but Galvor trusts his agility to keep him safe as he crosses the walkway and easily disables the pillar’s firing mechanism. Moving to the south wall, he attempts to open the door, but is unable to do so until the gears finish their cycle and the rattling machinery runs down. The door unlocks itself with a soft click.