After leaving the Thorin and his people to discuss the offer made by the trolls, Vridich, Dremnin , and myself took The Dashing stag on a bit of a treasure hunt. Dremnin had found a crystal mine marked on one of the prescourge maps he had found at Parlainth. It was in an uninhabited part of the mountain, and we found out why when we went to look for it. It took all of Dremnin’s skill to navigate the ship in the narrow passes. The high winds and blowing snow made the trip all the more difficult.
We got as close as we could. We parked the ship between four giant pines and lashed the ship in tight. Dremnin and I had magic cloaks that would protect us from the cold so we volunteered to go look. When I dropped in to the snow from the ship I found it to be tail deep.
Dremnin and I split up when we got to the area we need to search. We trudge around in the snow digging in places where we thought it could be under the snow. After 3 hours Dremnin found the entrance. We went back to the ship to get Vridich.
When we all got back to the entrance of the mine we found tracks leading in to the freshly dug hole. Dremnin looked them over and told us that a group of the flying apes, Ice Flyers, had entered the mine while we were gone. Dremnin lead the way in to the cave. He disappeared in to the shadows as he entered the cave. I pulled out my light quartz and followed with Vridich right next to me. The first tunnel looked like it could have been any cave but when I turned the first corner in to the main cavern I was greeted by a vast number of crystals twinkling in the light from my glowing light quartz crystal.
I could see that there was only one cat walk like path. We followed the path through the large room towards an opening on the right. As we got close to the opening four Ice Flyers rose up out of a crevice on the far left side of the room. One was barking and pounding on his chest challenging me. The other three charged. I moved out to the edge of the ledge to head them off. Before I could get there Dremin buried an arrow in the left side of the lead ape’s chest. All that was sticking out the front of the ape was the feathered end. The tip of the arrow must have passed out of the ape’s back and in to its wing. The wing stopped flapping and the ape tumbled out of the air down in to the crevice.
As I moved to cut off the next two, I saw they intended to fly over the top of me. I used the new ability I had gained from my armor. A dazzling burst of light patterns came from the crystal rings around my chest. The two apes covered their eyes and hovered right over the top of me. I swung the hammer. The head slipped under the raised arms of the ape on my left. There was a crunching sound as the hammer shattered the heavy ribs of the ape. His breath was pushed out in a rush that sounded like pain. The ape fell, following his friend in to the black of the crevasse.
A magical bolt flashed past me as Vridich made an attack on the ape screaming and howling. The ape became suddenly quiet. He turned slightly, trying to take a step. It was the third to fall in to the dark.
The fourth and last Ice Flyer charged past me and Dremnin. Then he whirled around and used a spell like ability to encase Dremnin in bands of ice. I ran chasing down the ape and swung the hammer. I caught the Ice Flyer in the shoulder. The blow knocked it in to the stone wall behind it and it fell into a pool of water next to the path. In my rush to defend Dremnin I missed that another flyer had come up this tunnel that had been behind Dremnin. It cast the same ability and now I was secured in bands of ice. It followed up its advantage and hit me with a claw. I would have toppled over if it was not for using my tail like a tripod.
I was stuck in the bonds and my anger was rising. I was shouting at the ape. It raised both arms. It was going to smash me with a powerful double handed over head blow. As it started to bring its arms down on me his head exploded. Vridich had cast a fatal astral spear at the distracted ape. The last ape howled in fear and flew down the tunnel doing all it could to get away from us.
When all of The Unchained was freed from the icy bonds they gave chase after the Ice Flyers. I led the group through the tunnel, moving fast. I came to an opening on the left side of the tunnel. I ran through the door and came to a quick stop. I was on a small ledge just a few feet from the dead Ice Flyer that had been howling challenging me earlier. The tunnel had looped around to the other side of the original room. The Ice Flyer had flown across the room to exit the mine. We had lost it.
Feeling safe after chasing off the Ice Flyer the three of us started to look around. We found what looked like a living quarters for Windlings. There were small sleeping cells, some of them were several feet off of the ground. There were also large common areas that looked like meeting rooms and dining areas.
Dremin found a set of double doors. They were great doors for windlings, but just tall enough for us to walk through. It was a great meeting room made out of crystal. The room was shaped in a dome. There were benches all around the room also made of crystal. They were not just on the floor but hanging from the ceiling so that the windlings could fly up to them.
The three of us had entered and were marveling at the room. The whole room sparkled from our lights. Dremnin found a blue crystal lying on a bench near the center of the room. It was almost the size of my arm and must have weighed twenty pounds. Vridich and Dremnin looked at it in astral space and found that it was magical. We slipped the crystal in to Dremnin’s back pack with hopes of finding out later what it was.
We left the room and around to the left of the doors I found a tunnel that lead down at a sharp angle. It was the first we found that changed elevation. I went down first, and Vridich followed. We made it to the bottom and I started to move forward. Vridich told me that I had better stop. I asked why as my light quartz had a small range the elf could see further in to the darkness. When Dremnin stepped out of the tunnel with his lantern I could see why.
We were on a small platform. There was a small gap to another ledge. Two trolls stood on that ledge. These were not trolls as I knew them. They look like they had been forgotten by civilization, as if they had gone native. One of them shouted at us and made a breaking motion with its hands. That was all I needed to know. I shoot across the opening walking on the air with my gliding stride. I stopped right in between the trolls. I smashed the hammer in to the stone below my feet. There was a resounding BOOM and the floor shook. Both trolls fell flat on their back.
The troll on my left was the first to start getting up. I smashed the tail mace in to the side of its lead knee. The troll screamed in pain and fell again. The other troll made it to his feet. His lunge at me was cut short as Dremnin’s arrow slammed in to his thigh. I could hear the sound of the large bone breaking. The troll started to fall away from me and then was rocked back in to my direction. Vridich had fired his spell with great effect. I caught the troll on the way down with a shot from the big hammer to the side of its head. The troll landed on the floor his head was facing his own back.
The second troll was now standing behind me. He roared in rage and moved to attack. I spun around and caught the wild troll under the chin with the end of the hammer, snapping its head back Dremnin’s arrow appeared in its neck. The troll made a gurgling sound as it grabbed at the arrow. Vridich finished the troll with spell that slammed it against the wall and it slid slowly to the floor.
The three of us search for several hours. There were all forms of true elements to be found in this mine. I found some elemental earth, and a kernel of elemental fire in a windling oven. Dremnin and Vridich found elemental water and true crystal. The three of us had become separated in the searching. Okay I got separated. My curiosity had gotten the better of me. I had gotten board waiting for the other two to harvest the elemental water they found in a small pool.
I wandered around in the tunnels for a short time. Rounding a corner I could see that something was glowing further down the tunnel. It was also warmer in here than the last passage. I shouted back down the tunnel for the others to come check it out. I walked down the tunnel the temperature kept raising. I entered a small room to and found out why. There was an open pool of lava about 10 feet across.
I heard Vridich and Dremnin enter the tunnel. I yelled at them to check it out the lava. The center of the lava started to bubble rapidly. A stream of lava shot out of the pool at me. I ducked and spun to my left. The stream hit the wall behind me and melted a hole in the rock. I looked back to the pool and watched as a giant humanoid for rose out of the lava. It stood almost 4 feet taller than myself and broad like an ork. I fell back to the opening to the tunnel. I had to hold it here. I could not let it out in to tunnel or we could lose control of it.
I took a defensive stance a waited for it to advance. As it came closer the heat was intense. As it took the final step I need to put it in range I swung the hammer. I hit it in the arm. It was like striking a stone statue, but the monster reacted. That gave me hope. If I could hurt it we could kill it. The first punch it threw was slow and easy to read. I leaned out of the way, the punch missed me but the heat made my eyes water and my nostrils close.
I watched as Dremnin’s arrow went past me and burst in to flames as it got close to the lava monster. Nothing but ashes made it through the heat to dust on to the monsters chest. Vridich cast a spell that really pissed off the burning giant. I could see that the monster wanted past me to get to Vridich. He roared and punched at me again. I got over confidant and easily dodged the punch. It was the second punch that I was not watching for that caught me in the chest. The strength of the punch was not as bad as I would have expected it was the burning that was bad. My pants and shirt burst in to flames and instantly burnt off me.
Dremnin appeared next to me with is shield out in front of him. I swung back with a pair of strikes from the hammer one down low on the leg the other was square in the chest. That blow caused him to rock back on his heals but he kept his feet. I noticed that when I pulled the hammer back the head was glowing red. I was worried how long we could keep the assault up.
Dremnin lashed out with his axe. Vridich kept firing spells. Each one caused the monster great pain. Vridich and I landed spell and hammer at the same time. The combo was more than it could take. The fire burned out of the monster as it fell over backwards and it broke into pieces as it hit the floor.
Vridich knew that the blood of the Magma Beast was a valuable resource. So I ran back to the windling kitchen and collected large pots and pans so that we could collect as much as we could. Vridich took one of the elemental water vials they had collected. He tossed the glass vial in to the magma beasts den, the pool of lava. Nothing happened. There were great gouts of steam and spray. We backed out of the room and watched the show. It lasted a few moments and then was over. The room and the tunnel started to cool. We went in to find that the pool was a mass of loose lava rock. We could see diamonds and gems in the rock and moved around to start collection our treasure.
Ardor Zomay Skram
6th circle Tail Dance
Questor of Flouranuus