So here we stand next to this lake of blood, which we just saw a horror drop in to. We are also looking for a several hundred year old nethermancer named Selenys to kill, she is suppose to be the master of this realm. Who is also backed by some super powerful horror. I’m thinking at this point, what Praise Flourannus that nothing else could go wrong.
That is when Vridich whorled around and started telling us a story about how Selenys had come to him and trained him to second circle. He also told us that she wants to work with us to open the door to get out of this relm. OH Freaking Great!! Vridich then turned and stuck his hands in the pool of blood. ( I know that this guy looks a little different, but I’m not sure he is all there. ) The nethermance said that the pool of blood was tainted and that there was some grat evil in the center of it. There was also something moving from the other side of the pool to the evil center. So we decided that no one wanted to go in to the pool.
Dremnin got a rope from Suulin and tied it to himself. I took the other end. Dremnin started the climb around the right side of the pool to get to the open hall. Dremnin made the climb over small shelves and streams of falling blood look easy. He than made a daring jump from the wall to the top of one of the columns. We tied of both ends of the rope and were ready to start getting people across the blood.
Urgral went first. He had the most training in climbing. I had thought that this would be a quick way over but it was pain stakingly slow. I don’t know what Luck was finding so funny but he kept laughing in ths sickly strange way. Once it made him break out in to a caughing fit. Urgral was about three quarters of the way over when there was a commotion at the far end of the hall Dremnin was waiting in. I could not have my friend over there all by him self with facing some great danger. I dove in to the blood and swam to the other side of the blood lake just as Urgral was getting down from the rope. The tow of us joined Dremnin in the hall just in time to form a battle line.
We were three friends ready to face any challenge. Then that challenge came in to the hall. It was Vargaxes. He had a body of a multi leg insect with an upper torso huge arms and a very ugly head. He reared back on hid back legs and screamed this horrible battle cry. I have been afraid, in the mines, in combat, in my dreams. Now, now I know what terror is. We all cowered and the battle line broke. I moved away from this hideous unbeatable monster. Flourannus save us, he ran ywards us went up the side of the column, He then ran down the wall and dove in to the blood.
I saw that the rest of the party was coming through the blood so I went back to help them up on to the ledge. The party moved down the hall and in to the room. When I got in to the room there was a giant book open on the table that was in flames. Vridich was trying to put it out and then just slammed the tome shut. That seemed to work.
I was watching the door to the hall. The floor was shaking, people were falling, the columns in the hall looked like they could topple at any second. Dremnin then ran past me down the hall. When we caught up to him he said that the exit to this realm was out in the bottom of the blood pool. It was mostly empty now and there was a giant spider bitch out in the middle covered in blood. The body of the horror that came out of Hanna was laying on the floor of the pool as well.
Vridich explained that the spider was Selens and that she wanted us to carve a runic symbol on to a bolder of black stone in the middle of the bottom of the pool. Dremnin produced the tools from Darin Kuyu but know one knew how. The spider started to move twards Dremnin but did not attack. Selenys drew the runic symbol on to the flood that she wanted carved just as Thorin and 25 of his people emerged on to the balcony above. Vridich sent his pet worm to show them the way. I asked Vridich to have Selenys move back down the hall to the other room before Thorin and his people showed up. I felt that if they saw her up close they would attack right away.
Thorin and his friend came to the pool. They were bloody and injured but they still had fight in them. They asked where the huge spider had gone. Before I could answer Suulin said that she was dead. I did not know what to say. I did not want to lie to them. Thorin must have read the lie in my expression. He asked if she was dead. Vridich and I said no at the same time.
I tried my best to explain that we need to not kill Selenys at this time because we believed that if she died the realm would collapse. We need him to carve on the great black rock the key to our escape. He was very leery of what I had told him. I could see why. We were asking him to trust what was told to us by the person that he believed help his entire people hostage. Had we not spent some time together talking about the weapons and armor that we took from the grave of Darin Kuyu I don’t think he would have trusted me. But he did.
Dremnin brought him his grand father’s tools. He looked at them with awe and passion. Thorin said that there was no way that he could let them stay in the hands of another if he was going to rebuild his family home. Dremnin told him that we would be happy for him to have them. With a smile I had not seen before Thorin went to work on the stone.
Thorin struck the hammer to the chisel one last time. The pebbles of rock that fell from the carving almost made it to the ground, all of the black stone just disappeared. There it was a large black hole, the way out.
There was a loud sceach from the other end of the hall. I had almost forgotten about Selenys. She came charging down the hall. I would not let this happen. I would not let her double cross us. I moved to meet her charge. I shouted to Thorin, get your people out of here. As I started to move in to range Vridich ran past me with his arms out in front of him in a stop like motion. Selenys stopped. He yelled at her to wait her turn. The group all slipped out one by one Vridich beling the last.
We kind of appeared in the water storage room of kear Kuyu watter was pouring out of th end of one of the broken aquaducts. I ran over and started to shower. to clean the blood and gore from my body and clothing, clean water is a wonderful thing.
After we were all clean we started to explore the kear. There were no horrors to find the mole and his scary babies were gone. So we broke open the casks of wine and spirits and had a party to thank the passions, especialy Flourannus for all of out victories. We were given the best of everything weapons, aromor, and suplies to make our way out in the world. I took a set of multi colored Lamalar from the armory, it is a scale armor that each leather scale is a different color. It is so me. I did not need any more weapons.
Thorin and his people were going to stay here an adjust to their new world for a while. There were many good bys from our new friends. As a welcom back to this world gift we gave Thorin and his people 60 gold peices ( we did not tell him that we took it from darin Kuyu’s grave ) this should help them if they need to trade. So they showed us out the front door and closed it behind us. The cold crisp air greeted us. The air was so clean, so different the the earthy smell of cave or mine air. I could do with out ever living underground again.
“Slaves! Slaves!” was the next thing that I hear. I had not yet made it out of the cave. It almost sounded like a birds crow, not like an ork at all. How the hell did any one find us here?
“Run for it.” shouted vridich.
I moved out from under the lip of the cave to see a huge slave barge floating 30 feet over head and loads of armed men pouring off of it. Suulin caught one in a bolo she had tied to a rope and pulled the first man to land on the lip over head. She took off running with the other end of the rope snd pulled the man off the ledge. He fell hard on to the ground right in front of me. I swear i heard his ribs break. I did not give him time to move. I drove the hammer down on to him with such force I killed him with the single blow. The nit was a full on route. Luck called that there was a deffendable posision out to the right. Every one ran for it. I tried to preform a rear gaurd and the slavers down. If it had not been for Suulin and her magic I would have been screwed. These slavers jump much farther and faster than I thought they could. I almost got surrounded and cut off but just escaped. The slave ship moved around to sit over the top of the spot where we would stand our ground. An elf leaned over the side of the ship and started casting some kind of spell on Vridich.
Again when I thought we were totaly screwed, things just get worse. Another smaller ship just passed over dropping close to a dozen more combatants. This time they are Trolls. So now we have to fight 20 slavers and anda dozen trolls. Oh did I mention that our right flank is covered by a 70 foot drop. How do we get in to these messes? Flourannus we could use some help here!!