26th Fireseek, CY 613: Central Plateau on the Isle of Dread
THE FIVE spent the night in what was left of the Pelorian camp with the only surviving lizardfolk, Rissashtak. During the evening Styvesandt spent time on spells for the first time in his adventuring career, for he felt he had some that might be useful in the current circumstances. Kaywen voiced concern about the number of demons they had and might encounter and wondered whether they were sufficiently prepared for the challenges ahead. There was some discussion as to why they were even here.
They reminded each other of the points of their mission. One, that they were looking for the lost cleric of Pelor, Noltus Innersol, who had come here and then been impersonated by shape shifters, skinwalkers, who had attacked them weeks before. By now they figured that Noltus was dead, but Vesserin Catherly had given them a pressing copy of the stone Noltus had given him, the one with the three ancient gods depicted on it. Two, Lavinia had come to suspect that whatever had laid claim to the City of Broken Idols, as Mantru was once known, is the source of the raw materials the korpus had been using to create the shadow pearls.
In the morning it was agreed to proceed here for now. Rissashtak led the way to the village of Mantru. There they found the village deserted with only one corpse still there, resting comfortably. AS they explored the village voices in their heads welcomed them and then two Couatls appeared and posed a riddle, a test of their intelligence to determine if they were the ones who had been expected. Solving the riddle, the group was rewarded with the appearance of the spirit of the dead body. In life he had been Umlat, the priest of Quetzalcoatl. Umlat’s spirit told of the village being slowly sapped by korpus of Taboo Island as they took the best warriors from the village. Finally the village was attacked by a band of fiendish savages who wore demonic lion skins, some of whom were his former warriors. He described their leader as a horrible watery demon with bulbous yellow-orange eyes. It observed the attack from the lake and killed Fano, the chieftain, with a lethal rune, a symbol of death. When he had finished, the couatls took his body, thanked the group and wished them well, then left!
It seemed that the next place to go was Taboo Island. . . . .
Using Kevrey’s scope, they surveyed the distant island for a suitable place to land. There was some sort of structure on the west side of the island, but Kaywen detected some sort of magical protections there, so it was decided to teleport to the more remote southern side and then walk towards the structure area. As they made their way north along the western cliffs they did encounter and deal with some skinwalkers. They approached the structure area and its warding with care. Aely used WAVE to look below and into the cave opening. Seeing no living beings in there, it was decided for most of the party to repel down, while Kaywen would fly and Byrker would levitate last. As Kawen took flight, Aely began her decent on the fixed rope, with Styvesandt next. Aely got about halfway before she fell, plummeting through the docks below and into the water. Byrker almost fell off the cliff with laughter, and Styvesandt held the rope in spite of his own laughter. So much for surprise!
While Aely stayed below the water, the others entered an inspected the cave. As they looked about they heard a resounding voice and soon saw the horrible water demon with the bulbous yellow-orange eyes that the spirit had told them off standing before them. It emitted some sort of noxious fumes. Meanwhile unbeknownst to them, Aely found herself under attack by a similar creature and giant crocodile!. As Byrker, Kevrey and Styvesandt engaged their creature, Bryker came to the realization that it might not be real. Hearing this Kaywen checked more thoroughly and realized it was some sort of projected image. The creatures below the water were not images however, and Aely soon found herself in the mouth of the crock as it rose up out of the water. Styvesandt and Byrker made mental notes as to how to best divide up the items in Aely’s bag of holding, only to see her dimension door her way out of the situation. While the demon inside might have been but an image, they now faced a real one. It took some time, and a self healed Aely to finally get the situation under some control. Just as the demon seemed about to escape, having removed the dimensional anchor Kaywen had bound it with, Aely dealt it a tremendous killing blow! For now the cave entrance was quiet.
It had been a long day. . . . .