Its been two days now… Two days since our masters were sent out of the kaer. They were only supposed to have a look then return. That should not have required this much time. Something must have happened.
The last couple have days were longer than normal for me. I just couldn’t get over these envious feelings. Our masters should have taken us. Hadn’t we proven ourselves? My friends and I pretty much retrieved that bowl on our own. Sure they sent that Jones guy with us, but come on! I’d hardly call that guy helpful. Regardless, our masters left us behind. How are we supposed to learn more from them when they are gone? What if something happened to them? I feel like these walls are closing around me. Anyways, I tire of such dark thoughts. They days weren’t all bad. I feel that Benoni, Gerneck, and I are becoming fast friends. I think they were a little intimidated by me at first. It must be the wings, most people aren’t used to my strange wings.
I spent most of the first day meditating on ways to further taunt my goes off their guard. The second day I met up with Benoni and Gerneck. They were startled to hear so many rumors about our masters. I thought I better show them how not all rumors are true. I made up some story about Joran Hardhe opening the kaer again or something like that. My friends were amazed at how the rumor spread like wild wild fire.
Our thoughts turned back you our masters. We began discussing what to do. I suggested that we find a way to sneak outside the kaer. We began exploring that option, when Benoni suddenly noticed a strange pale skinned woman, dressed all in black, staring at us. Gerneck said it was Ghandjoon, one of his discipline. She must be powerful, Gerneck was clearly in awe of her. Can’t say I blame him, she’s pretty cute in a dark sort of way. Gerneck introduced us. I offered to buy her a drink, but she must have been really busy. For despite my best smile, she declined. She’ll come around.
Ghandjoon suddenly took on a grim face. She turned tho Gerneck and told him that its imperitive that we go to Okoros. Once there we were to go to some shop and tell the owner some super secret password. Then my interest jumped tenfold when she said it was concerning our masters. Eager to learn more we rushed out the tavern. We got the the shop with out incident. Benoni and I went inside, Gerneck must have hesitated for he did not follow us in right away. Inside Benoni started asking about some type of bow again. What’s so special about an “Elven Bow” anyways, my bow works just fine. I figure I’d do a little window shopping, but changed my mind when a shelf about fell on me. Seriously, he should make sure those shelves are more sturdy, before someone gets hurt!
Gerneck came then. He muttered some gibberesh to the shopkeep, which must have been the magic words. The shop keep suddenly pulled open a trap door and whisked us inside. We walked down a dark hallway and found ourselves at a jail cell. The shop keep left with one the guards, supposedly to get Joran. We took the opportunity to drill the remaining guard for information. We almost had him, when Joran walked in. I didn’t even get to poke him in the foot. He led us into the cell. We started to suspect betrayal until Joran quickly explained that it was the only safe place to talk. He confirmed our fears. Our masters were overdue.
He asked us to go out and check for our masters and the return. That’s right, OUTSIDE! We agreed (duh!) He showed us a secret way to the kaer door, gave some us more mumbo jumbo to speak to the outer door, and told about some device that is supposed to allow us to communicate with people in kaer. We were just about to leave when, to our horror, in walked Harrison Jones. There were audible groans and murmors of complaints. Joran explained about traps, which somewhat allayed our fears, and we set out.
We made it to the doors with no problems. Luckily Gerneck was there as he remembered the magic words, that’s his area of expertise after all! Then we were through the outer doors. My excitement was only slightly tempered when I saw not open sky, but rock outside the kaer. The door closed and we took a moment to look around. I noticed the device thing but nobody answered when I tapped on it and said hello. There was a small river ahead of us and we noticed some stairs on the other side. We crossed and all turned to see the water rise and cover the door. Only the communication device was above the water. I could barely see ahead with the small light from my quartz, but Benoni and Gerneck could see well enough so we pressed on.
We came upon a small chamber that apparently had some flying creatures in it. Despite Benoni and my complaints, Gerneck wanted to leave them alone. We grudgingly agreed and backtracked to another corridor. We came upon the first signs of worked stone since we left the kaer. Sensing trouble we paused and sent jones in to check for traps. He swaggered in, acting like he knew what he was talking about. He pointed out some blow dart holes, and we thought he might know something after all, when he took a step and set off the very dart holes he pointed out! He jumped back just in time and started to say, “seem that’s what I was talk…” when there was a click and we felt a rush of wind. He had inadvertantly triggered another trap! Wondering what just happened, I looked back to Jones, just in time to see his head fall from his shoulders! Guess he didn’t know enough after all! I couldn’t help but think, “oh well, I never liked him anyways.”
We pressed on an came to a room that had a hole in the ceiling. Benoni said it looked about 30 yards up. I flew up to check it out and noticed one door out of the upper room. I flew back down and passed the word on. We were going to go up but lacked enough rope.
In another corridor we found to hallways with stepped depressions in the floor full of some sort of water. Benoni crossed and said that he smelled some sort of gas that made him sleepy, but otherwise was unharmed. Gerneck then tried the other pool and passed out before he even got to the water. We roused him and figured we be fine if we hold our breath. Once again, i didnt get to poke him in the foot as he roused to quickly. Not trusting the water, I took a deep breath, held it, then flew across. I made it with no problems. Gerneck and Benoni followed close behind unharmed. Guess the water was safe after all.
We came upon another room with a hole in the ceiling, only this one had a rope ladder! I flew up again and found, just like before, a single door. This time my friends followed me up and we decided to go through the door. Finding it locked we decided to force the door open. Benoni and I started hacking on it, but it was pretty thick. Gerneck started to say we should look for another way, when Benoni broke through.
Inside we found a room with a couple other locked doors, a closed portculis, and what looks like a wall of debri blocking a passage to keep people out… or in. I found I could slip through the bars in the porculis.
Just on the other side I froze. Suddenly there was a roar, and woah what a smell. My friends thought the beast intimidated me. Bah! Hardly… really it was the smell… I could barely stop from retching, when a huge beast reared up right in front of me. Doing what any sane person would do, I flew up out of its reach. I tried to pelt it with some arrows but couldn’t get that smell out of my nose. Luckily Benoni came up and nailed it with an arrow. Gerneck followed chanting some more mumbo jumbo, and the beast roared in pain. Not being able to reach this new threat, the beast left down a side passage. No sooner was it gone, than the portculis suddenly opened.
I wasn’t paying much attention to that however, up ahead there was a faint light. It was unlike any light I had ever seen. I was just starting to make out what looked like thousands of quartz crystals in a huge cavern ceiling when a sharp pain bit my shoulder. I looked down to see an arrow sticking out of my shoulder!
An elf said something about prisoners or something like that. I yelled that he shot me and drew my sword. Benoni tried to reason with him, at least I think he did… They started going back and forth in elven. They elf apparently had friends. He let out a whistle and some of his buddies showed up. Still Benoni tried to reason with them. I had to remind him that THEY SHOT ME! Finally Benoni saw reason. He fired off a shot and the fight was on.
I swooped in and got a few knicks in while Benoni and Gerneck attacked from afar. We exchanged a few blows when Benoni and Gernecked dropped an elf. The rest of the elves then fled the caverns entrance. I was thinking how they were cowereds and was just about to go loot the dead elfs corpse, when we heard the portculis start to drop. Benoni and Gerneck jumped to the inside, back the way we had come. They yelled at me to follow, when they elves, apparently not gone, began moving into view, firing a shot, and the moving out of view. Sparing the elves their dignity, I didn’t want to defeat them alone and take all the credit. So I followed my companions, slipping back through the portculis. After some debate we decided to go report back to the kaer and possibly get some help. Like we need it!
So here I sit, writing this journal entry as we camp outside the kaer. Perhaps tomorrow I will finally get to see the sky…