After camping in a cold room and burning trash and debris to stay warm, the group has finally decided to move on to exploring the rest of the structure.
They follow the twisted corridor back to the hallway that this tunnel split from and not quite remembering which direction they had come from, turned right.
They followed a series of twists and turns only to emerge in the hallway that they had originally entered the building with. However, this time, they weren't alone.
Four large beetle looking creatures are scurrying toward the adventurers. Each one about two and a half foot long and perhaps 2 foot high. Antennae wavering madly and mandibles clacking in excitement over the discovery of food. in the head of each overgrown insect were a few glowing pieces that seemed to burn like coals and give off a reddish glow from them.
Lumina, the magic user fired off a magic missile and wounded one, then turned and ran back into the tunnel the group had come out of. The others, weapons in hand, began to attack the over-large insects.
Trying to stay out of range of the fierce looking mandibles, Calli stabbed at one of the beetles and though striking it, she hadn't apparently done much damage to it. Thelonius the Monk whipped his quarter staff with a purpose and manged to strike a killing blow to one of the smaller creatures, leaving three.
Luna the half-elf swung with her bastard sword heavily and landed a crushing blow on another, breaking through it's carapace and killing it instantly. Now only two of the things were left.
One of the remaining beetles managed to get too close to Thelonius though in the dark and the noise, gripping it's mandibles tightly around his upper leg. The secretions from the beast burned into his thigh like an acid and the grip seemed to nearly crush the thigh, causing the monk to fall nearly totally unconscious.
Calli thought to try an acrobatic move and leap over a beetle and strike directly down upon it but her leap took her too far and she missed it entirely, landing roughly on the ground behind it. The beetle turned and scurried rapidly to get to Calli but got a leg stuck in a floor crevice, halting it's movement mere inches from Calli and frantically worked to extricate itself.
The other beetle made for Luna and, combined with the slimy floor and Luna's prod with her sword, the beetle was slammed into a wall and a loud crack could be heard as well as a sort of mewling indicating the creature had been hurt somehow.
During the altercation, the Lumina crept back to rescue the the monk and bandage his wound as best she could, stopping the bleeding and potentially saving his life.
Taking advantage of the stuck leg, Calli hacked at the large bug and manged to kill it as it finally freed itself to no avail. Luna concentrated on the beetle she had shoved into the wall, creeping up on it warily and, sidestepping a swipe of it's head with clicking mandibles, finished the beast with a mighty stroke any male would have envied.
Desirous to check their wounds and take stock of their situation, the group headed outdoors again to make a camp and plan to re-enter the building again as soon as it was feasible.