Another scream from the basement attracted their attention, and they rushed down the stairs. Another of these foul beasts had backed a young man in a corner. They fought it and killed it, though two warriors were injured. Through the door the brute had obvious entered the area, the group found a crack that broke through the wall and divided the floor in twain. Looking into the crack, they saw that it stretched down into the darkness beneath the clan house. No one knew if more of these animals lurked below.
After resting and getting healed, a party of six warriors and mages, along with a suitable number of torchbearers, started down the crevasse in the earth. They fought two more of the things, but one clan-cousin met a bad end from a club to the head. The rest killed the ape-thing and retreated with their cousin's body back to the clan-house.
... (fast forward two weeks) ...
It appears to be a shrine to some petty king from the Time of No Kings. Murals of his life story, a winged statue with his face on it, and mosaics of his five gorgeous wives in erotic poses. Apparently, he couldn't die without them.
The group is trying to figure out how to proceed, because they appear to be at a dead end.