The adventurers took a couple weeks off to recover, unpetrify some unfortunate previous adventurers, and build up the courage to explore the teleportals on the second level of the tower. Since no other means of getting into the lower levels was discovered it is likely one of the teleport locations is the key to proceeding into the lower dungeon.
Jen (Switched to Gary when Jammer Found)
A few magic items were found;
Dagger+2 – Herc
Egg of Reason – Hana
Folding Boat – Zelda
Book of Exalted Deeds – Kili
The Party found Sharangar and Moved on to A Vast Realm Setting