Blackened fractured stones shift and undulate under your feet as fleshy masses writhe beneath you. The pale bony structures twitch with your every move, their barbs protruding from nightmarish forms and tendrils wrap around broken earthen pillars ever tighter.
The broken ground lead down into massive pits of darkness and despair, full of eldritch horrors and dripping bloody bile.
The lab of the mad wizard has been ransacked when you arrive and his body lies limp on the ground, smeared blood on the stone tiles read out “Xeros holds the key”, something he must have written before bleeding to death. The ground is cover with broken glass vials, bloodied notes and scribbles, only a heavy wooden desk and a black stone pedestal holding a small glass orb the size of an orange remaining intact. Dark clouds swirl inside it and beneath them fleshy shapes shift slowly around a core.
All hope looks lost in trying to recover the relic you so desperately required from the wizard, however a ragged journal on his desk thankfully has left clues to the location of the relic, apparently the old wizard feared he was in danger and while he did seem a little paranoid, he may have been right this time.
The journal goes on about his various studies on strange topics such as “the medicinal properties of anti-gravity mushrooms”, “Sentient brooms and their predilection towards anti-social behavior” and “how long is an arcane wave length really?” before you finally find a passage that seems to describe a world of living flesh, a parasite and creature from the stars, a small sketch next to the paragraph shows a tangled mess of tentacles and teeth within a small sphere with the tag “Xeros” next to it.
Apparently the wizard trapped this creature long ago to study within a small glass prismatic sphere, a little world onto itself, reducing the size of anything put within it by 10,000 fold. The key to enter this world is neatly written within the page “touch the orb and recite the words Entara’delmorana, to return recite to words Extara’delmorana”.
Once you recite the words while holding the orb, you’re teleported to the surface of Xeros where a massive tentacle reaching up from the dark abyss holds the relic you seek. However when attempting to approach it masses of tendrils reach up to engage you.
As an extra you can have the wizards murderer also be on the surface of Xeros waiting for you to weaken him before stealing the relic for himself!