The next morning, the adventurers opened the door into the castle’s south wing, finding themselves in the ever so aptly named mud room; an ensuing fight split the party, and the castle’s defenses found it pertinent to lock the door between them.
Karamel, , and * were locked in the south wing, and proceeded to explore around, encountering first the Amber Library, and then the study, with Charles Amber, who informed them that Stephen was likely in France. They backtracked, and sallied forth up the mud room’s stairs, lacking any other avenue, and found themselves in the grand dining hall, where they were offered a seat, but refused. Moving through the residence halls revealed the Masteer Bedroom, which contained the riddle “Find that which ends the day, bound up in bovine shell, with it thou shalt find the way, to leave this forsaken hell.”
They finished exploring the various room of the upper floor of the south wing, and returned to the library, finding “The Setting Sun” in the novels section. Pulling the book seems to have opened a secret staircase to the basement, but the door at the bottom was still locked.
Carrath, Drunkard, Spaz and [*] doubled back through the Park, encountering a hunting party – which they dispatched skillfully – and found their way back in the north wing, where they scouted around, and found out that the stairway door, which was previously locked, was now open. In an attempt to uncover the secrets of the previously sealed section, they entered the main greenhouse, now withering away without Stephen’s magic to upkeep it, and were attacked by plants. They fought off the leafy attackers and found a switch, which opened the backup greenhouse, where they were nearly put down by a horde of verdant monstrosities, but emerged triumphant; as they poked around the shed, they found yet another switch, this one opening the third door in the landing.