It’s a wonderful day, gang! Let’s go out on an adventure…
On the burned parchment are places on a map of the region that have been circled and marked with the spidery emblem. There are various lines drawn all over the map with one going straight through Morcastle. All lines diverge on a part of the parchment which is burned.
Thiasi says “Saved that just in time, now can you use that to kick their butts?”
Charlotte looks at the parchment and suggests looking for a complete map to compare it to.
Ianthe thanks Thiasti says, “My pleasure. And im afraid that is all the map you are likely to find here atleast.
Im guessing that this isnt the only lair they have though…”
Rukh walks away from the gang and rests against the wall for support and to get back his breath from the fight we just had..
Avin repeats what Charlotte says in a somewhat longer way and Charlotte grumbles that she said that.
Thiasti snaps his fingers. “Dang clever that!”
Ianthe decides it is worth trying.
Halion claps and gushes that Avin is so smart.
Charlotte suggests either heading back to find out where the lines lead to or fighting through each HQ for funsies.
Ianthe seems to agree.
Rukh seems to have lost what little mind he has as he has now regressed to that of a child, playing with a charred doll.
Thiasti asks for a weapon. Ianthe tells him to check the corpses in the next room.
Charlotte gets bored and wanders off. Avin seems wary of exploring because of traps.
Each of the bodies have wicked daggers, some foodstuffs, one has a key, one has an empty bottle of some liquid, one has a sling and another has a bow and 12 arrows.
Charlotte comes across a room with a deactivated portal, a body with an arrow in its head and not much else. She yells to Avin to make the portal work. The body has nothing but the emblem, some pocket change(3g) and a dagger so she takes the money and the emblem.
Thaisti arms himself with the bow, the arrows and one of the daggers. He grabs some shoes off of one and curses as they are too big. He ties them around his feet with some string to keep them on.
Everyone else goes to unlock the door at the back. The room beyond is pitch black and only Ianthe can see. There are bodies everywhere and blood. There is movement in the back. She wonders if these are the remains of the missing families. Rukh puts the doll away and joins Ianthe.
“Anyone got a torch?” Asks Charlotte.
Ianthe calls out to see if anyone is there. She feels stupid doing so. Avin lights her axe ((Disco Inferno)) so she can see inside the room. Everyone takes a step inside.
As Charlotte enters she sees the source of the movement and hears sobs and pleas. At the back of the room is someone straddling a smaller figure, sounds like its a woman speaking or sobbing something.
Halion tells any ghosts to stop being spooky, while Charlotte moves over to the crying lady. As Charlotte approaches the crying figure is heard pleaing with someone but you cant quite tell before she abruptly turns towards her.
“WHO?!” she shouts in a choked up voice before she is interrupted by the figure under hear reaching up and bringing its teeth on her neck. “Annabelle, it’s…me…it’s…mommy.” The undead creature does not relent. The zombie is that of a little girl. Rukh tries to distract it with the doll. The zombie is only focused on Charlotte. She cleaves it in twain and combat ends. Rukh gasps.
The woman on the floor is covered in the remains of the other zombie, she clutches at it feebly as if to pull it closer. A moment later the few last squirts of blood escape from her neck and her eyes glaze over.
Rukh drops the doll and goes numb. Ianthe is concerned about the lady, but luckily, there is no zombification.
Thiasti appears and is inappropriate while Rukh kneels and cries like baby beside the zombie girl.
The rest of the room is empty. Charlotte leaves that cave, looking for a way out, and see the tell tale signs of daylight on the far passaged. As she heads towards it, Thiasti stops her. “I was heading out but I saw two sentries. I’m not confident in my abilities but maybe with your help we can get by without incident.”
“Yeah by killing them.” She says
“Exactly, we can take them down quite easily if we strike at once.”
Rukh moves the dead woman up so she is sitting and then moves the little girl so they are in each others arms.. Then takes the doll and puts it in between them.
We see two sentires sat outside the cave, upon closer examination we can see some jars of wine next to them. They appear to be sleeping.
Charlotte and Rukh are quite happy to kill them while they sleep but Ianthe doesn’t like the idea. Charlotte wants to kill them anyway. Thiasti agrees with Charlotte.
Avin suggests leaving one alive.
Rukh and Charlotte begin to advance on the sleeping sentries, weapons drawn. Ianthe equates the plan to murder but neither Charlotte nor Rukh care.
“They killed women and children!” Said Rukh. “They don’t deserve to live.”
Charlotte approaches the left sentry. Rukh nods and goes in the direction of the right sentry. We don’t wake them. They are entirely helpless.
Rukh moves his sword up towards the sentry and plunges it towards it’s chest. Rukh impales the sentry, piercing her lungs and causing her to yelp a scream before dying.
Charlotte brings her axe down on her sentry, but he doesn’t manage to scream at all. His head is lopped off in one clean stroke and tumbles down the sloping hallway towards the rest of the group.
“For Annabelle and her mother!” Yells Rukh. Charlotte turns to Ianthe and tells her that he had a better death than he deserved. Rukh sheaths his sword and walks away, shedding one final tear for the child and mother.
Thiasti stops the rolling head and stares at it for a moment, before kicking it further down into the darkness of the cave.
Ianthe is annoyed that she could only save one person (Thiasti) but is grateful that she saved anyone at all. Charlotte wants to go home and rest.
Halion moves on while humming a little tune.
AND SO THEY WENT…
We find ourselves in the wilderness. Thick forest in all directions and no landmarks that we can see. Where the hell are we?
Halion seems to know somewhat where we are but chooses not to tell us?
“Alrighty! Everyone stop being silly and follow me!” Halion starts to lead the way.
Charlotte tangles herself in some vines somehow like a stupid city baka and gets abit stuck, trying to get through the tough growth. Suddenly we hear a rustle and a swish(and possibly a shing). The vines fall away, showing a giant mantis.
The mantis does a backflip and lands next to Halion, twitching its head up at her.
Everyone is a bit stunned. The giant mantis bounces back on it’s legs at this noise, unsure if an attack is coming or not.
Halion laughs nervously. “Well uh…lets get moving again gang! It’s bad to waste time when you’re all weak and not hundreds of years old! Ha!” The mantis chitters happily and bounces along, cutting vines up.
AND SO THEY WENT…AGAIN…
Halion knows that these weird young races are prone to sleepiness so she can choose where in the wilds to settle down for the night. Ianthe yawns. “I heard a yawn! That means it’s time to camp for the night!” Halion stops in her tracks.
We make up a camp.
Halion senses the winds and air pressure and knows that there will be rain in a few hours. Maybe even a thunderstorm.
It is now entirely night. The stars are clear and twinkling up above the treelines.
We stand/lie around for a while until the rain starts.
We are now in the rain.
The rain is wet.
We are now wet.
Ianthe Eir sneezes and wraps the sleeping roll around her even tighter.
Ianthe and Charlotte cannot rest well and wakes up feeling fatigued. It is still thundering and raining when dawn hits. The smells in the air are musty and damp, and the only sounds you hear are the rain hitting the mud and plants.
Rukh grumbles to Ianthe that she should come over to stay under the trees.. its not AS wet there.
Ianthe Eir tells Rukh he still has blood all over him since he skipped the washing in the evening.
Ianthe Eir stays where she is and tries to warm her hands.
Rukh unhooks his armor and takes it off then goes over it cleaning and checking if it needs fixing. The armor is worn, but not to the point where it needs repairs. Everyone begins morning rituals except Charlotte who has a nap.
“That’s enough rest for now! Lets get moving before you all die of old age.” Halion starts another TRAIL WE BLAZE.
The giant mantis happily leaps about and slashes the foilage in front of Halion as they move.
Our group ventures through the wilderness for about an hour. Halion suddenly realizes we should have hit a river by now. This ain’t right. Luckily though, the rain has let up.
Our group continues trudging through the forest for another hour. Still no river in sight. Apparently we’re all blind and dumb except Halion.
Ianthe questions Halion’s sense of direction. She tries to respond, but the giant mantis cuts her off as he slices down a particularly large piece of vine and reveals a large clearing… where a giant rock golem is sat, eating the carcass of a slain animal. The giant mantis hiss at rock golem, and rock golem narrows its eye sockets at us.