The Runelords will Rise

A stroll up a mountain

This trip to the Kodar Mountains actually hasn’t been that bad. I say that now but that could be our undoing. We were flying over the landscape that was beautiful and pristine. Other than being very cold, it really wasn’t a bad trip. There wasn’t any trouble, we literally just floated along the breeze until we got where we were going.

When people say they are out in the middle of nowhere, they are usually exaggerating, but it is safe to say we were out in the middle of nowhere. The nearest civilization was a slave camp run by an ancient dragon. Yeah, we are out in the middle of nowhere. To say that I loved it, would be an understatement. I could hear my companions grumbling. While they would prefer to be in warm stuffy libraries, or next to a hot forge, or in a town house brokering deals; I prefer being out in the middle of nature and leaving nothing, not even foot prints behind. We must be wary out here, as much as my nature spells would make our trek easier, they would also alert other ‘things’ to our presence. This place is not kind to those who live here. I was told that storm giants, rocs, and dragons live up here. Toby said he heard tales of ‘Sphincter breaking Ogres’ but I called bullshit on that one; still, no sense calling trouble to ourselves if we can help it.

It was slow going with my friends. It wasn’t their fault; they weren’t made to track through all this snow, ice, and rocks, while I simply dance across it. The slowness for their movement allowed me time to hunt, and forage. Hunting was good for the most part on a good day I might land an elk, which could feed us for three days. On a bad day, I could land us a mountain goat, or several fish, which is fine by me. Toby asked me why I ate meat since I worshiped nature, and animals. I simply told him that is the way of things. I preferred to eat wild caught game over farm raised. At least wild caught was properly hunted, and not just waiting around to be killed. When I am done with my fill I will leave a carcass for scavengers to eat, and when they are done it will feed the bugs. I just take only what I need, and nothing more. At night Lexie casts a secure shelter spell. Each of us has a bunk to sleep in, and the furnishings are sparse, but I like it that way. Everything from it comes from the nature around it.

Our journey began to get interesting when we began walking up the frozen Kazaron River. It was dangerous at times but we were able to avoid too many dangers. As I looked ahead I saw something odd. To be honest I wasn’t sure I was seeing what I was seeing, so I checked with Morph. He saw it too. As if part of the side of the mountain, covered in lichen and moss, stood a cabin perched on a 60 foot cliff. It looked like the place we were trying to find. Actually we are looking for Xin-Shalast but at least we found the Vekker brother’s base camp. Hopefully we can find out why their expedition failed, and maybe use this building as a base ourselves to hunt for Xin-Shalast.

As we approached I saw a great tree next to where there was debris from mining. Stupid Janderhoff dwarves and their destructive ways! I don’t mind them digging into the earth, but for Desna’s sake do they have to poison the land around their mines! As I examined the tree more, I found that it was a long dead treant. Poor thing, the toxic drainage from the mines outtakes must have killed it. Treants are humanoid trees, and are the guardians of the forest and speak for the trees. To see one dead… is tragic. They are shepherds of the forest, and care little for ‘short lived creatures’ they live to protect their flocks. There are tales of what these tree shepards have done to loggers who had the misfortune to choose the wrong grove to cut down. If you think the wrath of a humanoid druid is bad when you hurt our grove, you have seen nothing when you run into a treant one. I send this lost soul on his way with the prayer that his death feed the next generation of life in his grove. Sadly we must press on, and the others are heading into the dwarven base camp. The sight of death at the place’s front door leaves me with a chill up my spine which has nothing to do with the cold winds blowing through the valley.
Side Quest, Morfin & William
Two Become One

Morfindien walks the streets of Sandpoint with William Fieldson taking in the sights and sounds as things have returned to normal here for the most part. He smiles at William and holds his hand. It’s been months since they have seen each other.

“When this is all over I plan on moving back here,” Morfin said. “I think I want to help the town and set up a school to train people to help defend the town. Why with all that has gone on, we can get some people to properly defend the city.”

William nods at Morfin, “That sounds like a grand idea,” he smiles, “I have been training with Ameiko to learn some skills of my own,” laughing, “I’ll be your first student.”

With a grin, Morfin holds the hand of William tightly, “I think that fraternization between a teacher and a student is frowned upon…” stopping at an empty lot in town, “I have been thinking of building here, building the start of something new, something lasting, something that…” Morfin gets down on one knee and takes William’s hand and asks nervously, “We can have together. Will you be my partner for all times? I love you William, I don’t want to spend another moment without you.”

Shocked, but quickly turning quite emotional William smiles and shakes his head, “Y-yes, you silly fool… yes. I will Morfindien Rolovathar!”

Slipping on a Ring of Protection +1 onto William’s finger he stands up hugging his husband and hugs him, “I will protect you always even when I am not here with this ring as our bond.”

With a flash of color and light Ameiko with Morfin’s family, friends, and some of the townspeople they gather together as Ameiko starts to put her bardly talents to good use singing love song to Morfin and William.

William looks at Morfin and laughs, “Did you do this?”

Smiling at William nodding, “Ameiko came to me and we had a long chat and together we planned all of this when I got back into town,” hugging him.

Together the both of them and everyone had a night to remember dancing, and singing as they all returned to the Rusty Dragon tavern for drinks, food, and more to celebrate this union of Morfin and William.

As the day’s go on Morfin begins construction on his school, and guild hall to protect Sandpoint, and the one he loves.

The battled with High Lady Attraxis & the demon.

We knew we were in for trouble. It was obvious she knew we were coming. Please it is not hard to guess when you have a gargantuan demon waiting as their ‘meat shield’. Our Paladin charged in to take on the demon. I know it is part of his nature but watching him get squished was NOT a sight I want to remember. We knew we were in deep shit but I was not sure how we were going to get out of it. If we went in to attack the demon that warrior back there would be using spells to kill us at range. We were dead plain and simple. That was until Father Josek pulled this weird ass crazy idea out of his bag of tricks. He cast an Anti-magic spell on himself. Oh brilliant, negate all your magic armor, weapons, items, and spells within 10 feet of him. Oh and not just yours but anyone around you. Was he trying to kill us faster?!? All he seemed to say was “Trust me I know what I am doing! Trust me!” I seriously thought he has been hit by a spell of insanity. Somehow he ran out there and got right up next to the deamon. I knew he had to be insane when he did that, but…. It turned out to be blood BRILIANT!

Soon as he got within 10 feet of the creature it went poof! Actually he was temporarily sent back to his home plane as long as Josek did NOT moved from that spot. Oh we made sure he did not have to do that. We very nearly had the women, but one lucky move allowed her to cast fly and get out of reach. Or so she thought. I sent an air elemental after her, and Lexie cast fly on Telchar and they started smacking on her. Problem was, she was still a spellcaster, through she wore some nice armor.

She cast prismatic spray. Depending on what color of orb you are hit with will determine what happens to you. Josek was poisoned, but he had enough fortitude to fight it off. Unfortunatly Jonathan and Morph were not so lucky. Joanthan was hit by a violet orb and was sent to another plane. No good! Morf was turned to stone like the flesh to stone spell. Thankfully Lexie could turn him back….tomorrow. Our Paladin was down, our rogue down, our brute of a fighter rogue was down. That left Telchar, Tyrel, and Josek as our front line of defense. There was no way that Josek was going to be allowed to move with him keeping that demon from coming back, so he was of no use. Telchar is good but even he won’t last long against that vile woman. The shout of “We need BIG help here!” came to my bat ears. So I sent a prayer to the gods to send us something that could take her down and do it fast! What we got was something we never saw before. I was told later it was a Tyranasuraus Rex. Surely it could kill her. My poor elemental did damage to her but it wasn’t much at a time, but still coppers an silvers over time add up. The T-Rex made a mighty bite at her, but missed. Considering his bites are the size of horses, and he could swallow them whole, I had hoped she would have been eaten. The woman did finally die when Lexie let loose a spell of disintegration. Poof! Doesn’t even count what happened to her. I had gotten nearly killed by one of those things, and it is NOT fun. If I was pulling out my big guns that meant Lexie was too, and it showed.

For a moment we could celebrate that she was dead. But her “pet” would need to be dealt with. That giant demon with huge fangs, wolf legs, huge claws, and massive bug like wings, and did I mention the dangerous spiked chain like tail. Its head looked like a cross between a wolf and a spider. It goes without saying it would have surely killed us in moments of walking into that room, had Father Josek had not simply stayed put. With her dead, I summoned more creatures to battle. I opened the flood gates to attack this thing. I had my T-Rex from before; I called another one, and two more Dire Tigers. Soon as it appeared it attacked, and I can only assume since Lexie was the one to kill its mistress it attacked her first. What happened to her wasn’t pretty. She is lucky to be alive after what that thing did to her. Thankfully all of us unloaded on it. My first T-Rex managed to bite it, and sink its long sword length teeth into it. Then the other one got its teeth into it; with it being held in place, the two dire tigers unloaded upon it, opening up even more massive wounds. With the creatures holding it in place, my companion opened up their skills upon it, and before it could raise its self to attack again it was dead.

With the danger gone we began salvaging everything we could. There were quite a few magic items, and of course her mightily weapon which Tyrel was very happy to pick up. We reached another goal when we were able to turn some old rags to make the ashes we needed from this temple. This made the last item we needed to complete our rune forged weapons.

A battle with Wrath

Lexie and Morph had scouted out the area beforehand. If you stood on the blue rune on the floor it took you to the red rune at the other place, and vice versa. The trick was that if anyone or thing was still on the portal, no one else could come through. If we didn’t want reinforcements coming come of us would have to stand on the rune to make sure no one came. Thanks to the scouting we knew where the barracks were and that there were some sorts of labs on the other sides of the room. We were also able to know we were again up against sithspawn, and some sort of warriors.

A plan was made. The portal could only take groups of 4 people. There are 8 of us, so two groups. With the warriors of wrath and sith spawn the first group was going to take a beating. The first group went through and Telchar created a bottle neck at the door so the bad guys couldn’t rush us. Lexie also put up a barrier to prevent them from getting to us until we were ready; unfortunately it also allowed our enemies time to buff themselves as well. It was not an easy fight. My summoned creatures were able to go out there and provide back up, and I was able to take pot shots using my lightening on the things. It didn’t do much damage but it did hurt them. To be honest it made me feel like I wasn’t doing much, but that didn’t last long. Reinforcements were out there, and what they held no one knew.

In the space of a breath

I knew what I was doing when I let loose that sun light spell, and it wasn’t like I was trying to hide. The 10 tall pillars of fire elements are fairly easy to see. Any foe could see me standing there, but when you cast that powerful spell and could possibly cast 3 more of them you tell to paint a rather large target on yourself. I would have expected the creature to rain down darkness or ice upon me, but to simply have it point its finger at me and simply say “DIE!” I wasn’t quite prepared for that.

This wasn’t a matter of will power. I do not fear easily, and I can see through charms and illusions. But when something grabs hold of your very life force and demands that it die there is not much any one can do. I’m sure Telcar or Jonathan would have no problem with it, heck those guys could take a brick wall falling on them and they would keep going, but me… not so much.

As I felt the light of my soul leaving it was as if fate or the gods grabbed hold of me, and said “Not today!” and yanked my soul elsewhere. I was apprehensive to move or open my eyes. Opening my eyes would mean I would have to accept where I was, I did not fear it as all things must die, but that does not mean I wanted it to be today. What did finally get me to open my eyes was when a rather large wet flat tongue began licking me up the side of the face, and paws the size of skillets nudged me to roll over.

I opened my eyes to find that I was nose to nose with a huge fire pelt, which proceeded to clean me like a kitten. It only took me a moment to realize the cat was Bahgerra, my old friend. I proceeded to squeal and hug and kiss and, scratch my old friend because I missed him. He was a good friend who gave his life to protect me and my friends. When I lay on his back scratching his neck, he stood up and began to walk around with me. I had forgotten he was trained to be ridden. I just held onto his neck and enjoyed being with my friend, until I heard that us was not alone. From his back I looked around where we were. It looked like my mind garden, the place I go when I meditate. If I was dead, I would not be able to access my mind garden as I would be in land of my God, and it is far better than my mind garden could ever be, so how could be there.

As if to answer my question the little ‘keeper’ of my mind, Meda, dropped down from an overhead branch. “What were you thinking doing that?” She practically screeched.

“Well number one, take down the evil undead thing before he kills all my friends. Simple Rules of engagement, #1 protect your goal, #2 protects your companions, and #3 don’t die.”

“Well you failed number 3, oh wise one!” Meda snarled at me.

I tried not to laugh, because it is hard to keep a straight face when a cute 6 year old girl in a white dress and pig tails is yelling at you. “True, but I did complete 1 and 2.”

“This is not fully!” Meda paced, “You got lucky you could be saved this time. There are only so many times this can happen before bye bye Meadow. “

“So was I wrong to do it in the first place?” I glared down at her from Baghra’s back.

“No!” Meda shouted back, “But you do it a little less conspicuous next time.”

“Well what was I supposed to do? It would take too long to send in creatures to attack them, and given how strong that creature was it could just as easily kill my friends in that time. Not possible, and the best spell for it was the one I used.”

“It was but did you have to do it as a flaming fire elemental!” Meda screeched.
“True” I rolled my eyes, “but if I had used two of my wild shapes for the day already and if I changed again, that means I can’t change in case we need it later. It seemed logical at the time.”

“It may have been, but you are going against some very bad things now. They won’t just rain death upon you with fire, ice, or stone, these things can simply say “Die” and you are dead, no if ands or butts. If they can see you, they can kill you. “

“Alright alright, more stealth, less show, got it.” I sighed. “No need to beat me over the head with it.

“Yeah well, just make sure you remember it when you go back ‘upstairs’.” Meda sighed.
I managed to give Bahgera one last hug around his neck before I felt myself slamming into the hard stone floor of the Mummy room, and opening my eyes to the face of a rather worried Joesek. All I could say was “OW!”

When cats go scratch, and fire goes boom

We had just finished killing “ourselves” and were proceeding into a very large room when things went…BOOM. When multiple fireballs go off and nearly kill everyone it is never a good thing. When you see 6 or 8 spell casters who were once invisible, and are now sending empowered fireballs into your ranks you tend to pull out the big guns. Our fighters waded into the fry but while these spell casters could kill with spells they were ‘squishy’.
Given how injured I was, granted not as bad as Lexie, I had to stay undercover. What could I send out there to kill those things that though powerful could still rip those things to shreds. If only Mei was there she could rip those things to pieces only she is stuck back in the cage insane. If I couldn’t have Mei, there is no reason I couldn’t bring in some of her cousins.
Have you ever seen a hungry cat attack a mouse? Yeah well, that was nothing on what those dire tigers did to those wizards. With paws the size of skillets, and razor sharp claws that dig like daggers, death did not come easy to them, especially when they charged and pounced on them. Once swipe of their paw would kill a normal man.
With all of the wizards dead we were able to explore the place. What we found was a little freaky. Turns out that the wizard living there had made about 250 approximately clones of himself. Each of those wizards we killed was a clone of him. Not a pretty sight.

We then proceeded to another ‘temple’ where we found a locked door, no problem for Morph. In he went and on to the next door, in which the door locked behind him and left us wondering what happened to him. In the mean while he is trapped, with these mummy’s coming towards him, he bails out the back door. The mummies go back to rest, with no one living around. The once locked door is now open, and so we go into the room to ‘save’ Morph, and we get the pissed off mummies. The magic coming off of these things paralyzed Telchar, Lexie, Tyrel, and Jonathan. They were sitting ducks, but thank fully those of strong will over came that magic but what could we do against them. Tough to kill was an understatement with these things according to Father Josek. They did have one weakness, fire. We could kill them with fire. We had a necklace of fireballs we could detonate, but the person most likely to survive that is Morf and he was no where to be found. That is when I realize I’m fire proof. Well technically my fire elemental self is fireproof. I will say if the situation had not been so dire it might have been funny seeing a tiny bat screaming in someone’s face “I am fire proof. Light me up!”

I can fly in hidden in the shadows, get behind them, turn all fire elemental, and then proceed to flame strike their asses. Who cares if I am standing in the middle of the firestorm, I am immune to fire. Long story short, between Josek’s flame strikes, my flame strikes, and our Paladin’s flame burst sword, they were charred ash in quick order. Yes it cost us a couple high level spells and me a wildshape, but with our companions about to be coup de grad’d , I’ll use up some high powers to save them.

With the Mummies dead, and our friends no longer paralyzed we were able to open the other door. Where we found Morf asking “What did I miss?”

How to fight yourself

When you are training you are taught to be able to know your weaknesses and your flaws. I know that when I am in tight spaces my summoning is limited. It isn’t that I CANT summon strong power, crush our foes creatures, the problem is that they are 4-8x bigger than we are, and trying to get one of those things in a 10×10×10 foot corridor is not going to happen. I know that slowing me down my natural means won’t do much. Not only can I fly in wild shape, but I also am not deterred by natural thorns, rocks and other things. You try to poison me and it won’t do any good. I’m immune to it. If I am in elemental form, I cannot be sneak-attacked or be hit critically. Sadly I could become harder to damage in some of my forms, but like my summoned creatures that 10×10×10 corridor stops me from making myself too big.
This thought process worked well when we ran into those darn mirrors. Soon as we walked into that hall way the first 4 of had our “twin” walk out of one of the mirrors. At the back of my mind it was interesting to see Telcar taking on Telcar with clashing Fluffy Bunnies. Sadly Morf found out why our beloved Telcar is not to be trifled with.
When our paladin’s clone stepped up to me I did something that I’ve been avoiding doing, turning into an lightening elemental. Normally I wouldn’t turn into one of these things because any metal they touch they can turn the wearing into a smoked sausage, but in this case fried bad guy in a tin can was a good thing. My clone did as I expected she started summoning things, and a King Cobra appeared. Those fangs hurt by the way, but the poison didn’t affect me, and Jonathan was too strong for it. Just as I had the idea of shocking the bad guys, so did my clone. She started to call lightening, notice I said started. I have worked to make sure my spells won’t be disrupted but that doesn’t mean they can’t be, and my clone found that out the hard way. Between Lexie destroying the mirrors and the other’s chopping down the other clones, we survived but we took a beating.

To Lake Stormunder we go
AKA, mind the drop

You know how you can look back and you can’t help a giddly laugh. Before we started out I had talked with toby about how much it would cost to pack some admantine weapons, arrow, and bolts just to be on the safe side. Telchar has Fluffy bunny but it would be helpful. Toby respond that it really it didn’t seem needed because, hey, how likely are we to run into some creature that would require it. Remind me to smack him when I get back into town! Not only did we run into something, we ran into 4 something’s and more!

Let’s start at the beginning. A little bit of gold passed hands and we were teleported away to Lake Stormunder near the Kodar Moutains. It is there where the Rimeskull could be found. We can across 7 stone monoliths with one in the center. The stones appeared if they had been carved just yesterday even though we know them to be 10’s of thousands of years old. I’ve danced around a few stone circles in my day but this one is a bit creepy. Lexie was able to determine that the monoliths were actually carved heads of each of the rune lords. Thanks to her knowledge and the research she had been doing in the library she was able to ascertain that we had a cast a spell on each stone head the corresponding school of magic it was associated with. As we cast each spell onto the stone is was absorbed in and it began to glow. From the mouth of each head we extracted a key, correction the rest of us hid over the edge of the ridge while someone else was taking the keys from the mouths. I will admit we are a WEE BIT paranoid.

Granted we had every right to be paranoid especially since we no more got the keys when out of the sky came a huge white dragon! There we tales of this dragon for centuries from locals but there had been no sign of it for almost 200 years. Just our luck we find the blasted thing! We didn’t manage to kill the thing but we did drive it off. I had to turn into a huge fire elemental to even think about doing any damage to it but as a group we drove it off to its lair, where ever that is. Unfortunately Josek had been picked up by the thing and dropped. He was lucky to be alive from that fall. It then tried to do the same thing with Lexi, but her fun was that it sat on her and tried to squish her.

Now that we have our keys we made our way up the great stairs, still in fire elemental form I climbed. Up we went into the maw of the cave in the mountain. At the top Telchar, Jonathan, and Morf reached a landing, and found trouble. The winds up there were terrible, and made Tyrell’s ranged attacks more difficult. This did not help the fact we were dealing with TWO greater earth elementals. I work with elementals all the time, and know they are not easy to take down, another reason why I like throwing them in front of bad guys to protect my friends. They were hitting our guys and knocking them back, and could have knocked them off the ledge and down into the valley. Not good. Thankfully none of our guys fell, but I had to call forth other mighty creatures to defeat them. I didn’t know what lay ahead but using such powerful magic now would make us more vulnerable later on. We then pressed on into the cave mouth.

Preparing for the adventure ahead

“It’s not really paranoia if they are really out to get you. – anonymous”

I have spent the week preparing for this journey we are about to undertake. I have been researching what I can to find out about the land around where we must head. I can only prepare from what I know of this land. I know not what we can expect to find once we go inside. I can only speculate based on what has happened in the past.

Given how we have had to climb on cave walls, cliffs, and not to mention ceilings, having climbing gear and scrolls of spider climb would be helpful. Given that it is possible to drown even in a desert it might not be a bad idea to have spells to help swim. Our enemies are getting tougher and require special weapons to kill them we must have spells or access to the special weapons themselves. Yes many may call me foolish, but I am someone who learns from nature itself. Does not a squirrel gather it’s nuts in order to have food over the winter. Does not a bear eat more during the summer so that when it sleeps it can live on its fat, and does it not grow a thick fur coat to protect its self from the cold winter? Just as these animals prepare for what is to come, so must I. I carry a magical silver dagger, and a magical cold iron scimitar. I know Telchar has ‘Fluffy Bunny’ which is adamantine. It couldn’t hurt to pick up a few adamantine arrows or bolts, would it? Granted, they cost an additional 60 gps each. Not exactly cheap, but might be worth having. A few silver arrows wouldn’t hurt either and they are just 2 gps each.

I will speak with Toby about what he would recommend from his alchemical arsenal. In the mean time I must pack, and prepare. Who knows what we may run into?

Rude awakenings

You would think I would have gotten use to odd things happening, yet I am still shocked when they do. I was enjoying the comforts of my sitting room. A nice warm fire, a nice glass of red wine, my cat Mei stretched out on the hearthrug. Not a bad evening if I do say so myself. Antonio is up in his room scribbling away at his spell books. Since we have gotten back Lexia has been locked in her room working on hers so it shouldn’t surprise me. I’d offer her some allnight herb but given that it lets you go at full steam for 8 hours, but the drawback is that you lose focus on your work faster than a magpie goes after something shiny. Not to mention you feel like you have been hit by a bull elephant once it has worn off might not be a good idea either. Toby was in his lab tinkering. For him that could be both a good thing and a very bad thing. I haven’t heard any explosions, so whatever he is working on has not blown up. The screams for help that jarred me from my comfy spot were another matter entirely.

We found a giant sink hole has swallowed part of the road and a wall of the barracks. This did not bode well for the 6 guards that had fallen inside. The howling that came from the gaping hole was not a natural sound. There was a giant hole in the round that had a set of stairs that lead deeper into the ground below our town, 6 of our people had fallen in and must be rescued, who do you think they looked to save them? Why the heroes of Sand Point no less, aka us.

I have been learning from our past experiences. I have taken to carrying extra scrolls of lesser restoration, cure disease, and even though I cannot cast it, cure curse. After dealing with those vile flying undead mummies I want to stay prepared. Going into bad form I was able to help scout ahead for us. I always stay behind Morfin just in case, especially after seeing him shrink in that giant’s temple. As we descended we came across an unnatural fog. Oh this is something I can take care off, and I used wind to blow it away…. And it came back. According to Josek they is a spell that helps protect places that gives off this unnatural fog. Not a good thing to be going on.

In the blackness ahead we heard a voice, something was down here with us. This didn’t surprise me in the least, the huge giant size spell casting thing did surprise me a bit. The bastard turned the gravity on us. Everyone fell to the ceiling leaving just me on the floor flying. Big ugly bad guy ready to play squish with my friends, now we the time to pull out the big weaponry; I called forth two huge air elementals, and a large air elemental to take on the creature. They provide the shield for my friends while they fired arrows and did some rather impressive acrobatics to attack the things. The fight was going well until the bastard summoned another of it’s kind. Soon as we killed it, we had to turn and kill another just like it. For a moment I thought we were going to be dead for sure. The elementals took the brunt of the attacks which allowed my friends to do their jobs, that is not to say they didn’t dole out a lot of damage themselves. When it was finally dead we knew we had to continued ahead to find our lost guards.

After squeezing through a tight passage we found a well of water that seemed to be part of the temple. The previous temple to Lamashtu had a similar pool, but this one gave me a bad vibe. Before anyone could figure out what was going on with the water in the pool Telchar drank some of it. I had never once wanted to strangle someone so badly.

Apparently the pool was full of water under the spell of ‘the waters of Lamastu’. It was cursed water that made the dwarf dumb, well dumber than before. My thinking ahead paid off in that I had the spells to help him on scrolls. I was not pleased that I had to use them that quickly. On the bright side he did pay me for their use. The problem was that Father Josek seemed to fizzle the scroll and it was worthless to save Telchar. My lesser restorations helped a little but he was still an idiot. Thankfully fighters don’t have to be too bright to swing a sword, so we pressed on.

We traveled through more caverns under we came to a room covered in blood. I had never seen anything like this before. I have seen what animals can do to other animals. I mean really have you seen what a dire tiger can do to a little fluffy bunny? There were not even enough bits to know what kind of humanoid it was. From a gore covered scrap of fabric Lexia found we could deduce that it was our missing guards. It was then that the howling began.

At the first sound of the howling Tyrel ran out of there as fast as he could. I have never seen him run that fast before, and that includes when he had angry fathers on his heels. As he didn’t look like he was going to be coming back any time soon we began to fight these creatures. Mei took on one of the hound things, and I thought we had them until out of the wall came this large humanoid wielding this wicked looking Falchion. That thing tore into poor Father Josek, and very well killed him. I did what I could by buffing and stabilizing my friends, but I feel it was not enough. In these tight corners my summoned creatures are limited. Oh yes by bringing in a huge creature I could do a lot of damage to these things, but when there is not enough room for them to move what should I do? I was able to bringing in two large air elementals to help kill the things. It was a tough fight, and we didn’t come out of it completely unscathed. Mei was nearly killed by those creatures, and so was Josek and Terran. I have been mending Telchar’s ‘Fluffy Bunny’ due to the acid those creatures excreted.

It is not a matter of if we must venture out again to strange lands but it is a matter of how soon. Lexia is going to spend a week researching. I’m going to spend the week trying to find out about this place we are supposed to be going to. The last time we left this place we nearly froze to death in blizzards and had to climb up and down sides of mountains. I know what I need to be doing starting first thing in the morning.


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