Brother Tidus: Cleric (Level 1)…Randy K.
Kaaolio: Fighter (Level 1)…Alex M-S.
Los Voahrann: Cleric (Level 1)…Angela I.
Eternulax the Immortal: Magic-User (Level 1)…Tony C.
Taanyth: Elf (Level 1), employed by Brother Tidus
Gaby: Halfling (Level 1), employed by Kaaolio
Nibbles Niolinyth Acornhollow: Elf (Level 1), employed by Los Voahrann
Grab the Deeply Morose: Thief (Level 1), employed by Eternulax the Immortal
After the fight with the giant ferrets, Los Voahraan decides to attempt to tame the one she has captured. While she is rolling around in the pile of dead ferrets to make herself smell familiar to the beast, Rza, Ho' Ming Beacon, Turoc, and Eltharias return to the upper chamber, carrying the body of Snatch.
Shortly thereafter, the party is joined by the halfling Gaby (Kaaolio's retainer), the elf Nibbles Niolinyth Acornhollow (Los Voahraan's retainer), and Grab the Deeply Morose (brother of Snatch the Suicidal and retainer of Eternulax the Immortal). When Grab sees the body of his brother Snatch, he says, to no one in particular, "Well, it's what he always wanted."
When she is finished rolling in dead ferrets, Los Voahraan elists the help of Nibbles to win the trust of the captured animal. Together the approach the creature, which is at first fearful and untrusting, but gradually warms to Los Voahraan when he catches her scent. Finally, the three foot long beast hops into her lap and curls itself into a ball. Los Voahraan names him Scribbles.
Animal training complete for the day, the adventurers head east down the hall and take a right to check out the statue near the two doors at the end of the corridor. The find it is a depiction of the same bearded man with a lightning bolt who is on the top of the pyramid. The statue appears to be gold, but Grab determines that it is only painted that color, rather than being made of the precious metal.
Curious what is behind the doors, Eternulax attempts to open the one on the right. Failing at first, on his second attempt he shoves the stone slab and swings it inwards. Five men sitting on bunk beds have turned toward the door to see what all the racket is about. They are dressed in blue tunics, iron chain mail, helmets, and golden masks that look like the bearded man on the top of the pyramid. Where their skin is exposed it is very pale. Eternulax steps forward and hails the group in Common.
The men stand up, and one of the responds in heavily accented Common. They ask where the travelers come from.
Eternulax tells them the party comes "from across the sea of sand." Grab begins to describe the wonders of the outer world, but it is when he asks about the pyramid and the statues on top that the representative of the other group grows more animated.
In an excited voice, he tells the adventurers that the statues are of the Three Patrons of Cynidecia: Gorm (the most powerful), Usamagaris (the "child"); and Madarua (the "woman".) He and the other men are part of the Brotherhood of Gorm, and they are working to restore Cynidecia to its former glory. He explains that there are many enemies in the pyramid and "below the pyramid," and that Gorm invites the travelers to join him in fighting these enemies—in particular the hated "priests of Zargon".
The man then encourages Grab, Kaaolio, Taanyth to become full members of the Brotherhood, and the others to become "lesser" members. The Brotherhood will provide for all members, and even for the friends of members who choose not to join themselves. If anyone wants to become part of the Brotherhood, they must meet Kanandiaus.
All the members of the party agree they would like to be introduced to this Kanandius, so the man escorts them to the room next door. Here they find five more Brothers and a tall man dressed like them but with a more elaborate helmet. This is Kanadius. He also encourages the party to join the Brotherhood, but says they must be "true." To join, they must undergo the "test of the hemet." If they are dishonest, and try to join under false pretenses, the Brotherhood will not assist them.
Each member of the party is left to choose whether or not he or she wants to undergo the trial.