The Fourteenth Day of Kythorn
The Year of Raining Tears, DR 14151
The delve has been grueling. Treacherous pits drop at random intervals, and around every corner, goblins fight tooth and claw to defend their lair. But for all the goblins, signs abound that the goblins weren’t quite ready to defend against an invasion. Under her breath, Lena Doran notes that there are no females or young within the lair, hinting that perhaps the tribe was in the middle of moving in.
While it’s not clear what purpose the goblin chieftan intended for the large stone brazier in the center of what can only be called a temple, or alter, it’s clear that it wasn’t crafted by goblin hands.
But the larger concern is the disembodied shadow that bursts from the flames, filling all within the room with a sense of icy dread…
"We took a brief rest in the dead end off the main tunnel. While the others took their time to sit and recover, I took it upon myself to hack of some goblin heads… who knows when they will come in handy. I temporarily tied them to a belt loop for future use. Several minutes go by and the others have finished up their rest and joined me on my journey through the remainder of the tunnels.
Alas we have come upon ANOTHER PIT!!! I can tell you one thing, this dwarf does not like pits!!! To our surprise there was yet ANOTHER goblin on the other side too… This time he fled instead of putting up a fight. I decided to cross this pit easier than the past two. I ran back and grabbed a plank from the flaming pit of not so goodness and laid it across the new one. We successfully crossed to find… yeah you guessed it… another pit.
This time we found there were to little filthy beasts on the other side cutting at the ropes that would aid out crossing. I too this as my first chance lob a head at our foes. I heaved one of the sticky heads at the sharpshooter and successfully startled him. The other however could have cared less and continued hacking the ropes down. Lena and Calli started the assault on the goblins as I tried to figure out how to cross to the other side.
I swiftly used one of the ropes to climb into the pit as my companions continued their assault. When I landed at the bottom of the pit I scrambled to the other side and used some one of the discarded planks on the pit floor to cause a distraction. As I grabbed a plank I hurrled it up out of thi pit in hopes of hitting one in the head. Luckily my hit landed but didn’t have much effect. I took this opportunity to hide against the pit wall untill I knew the area was clear enough for me to climb out.
Little did I know it wasn’t the goblins that I needed to worry about… While checking to see if the coast was clear I was brutally attacked by a member of my own team!!! I don’t know if it was a show of her “impressive” skills or if it was the goblin stench getting to her, but Calli managed to shoot me in the back of the head with an arrow! Thank the Gods I had my helmet on otherwise I would have been a very grumpy dwarf… Ok I was still grumpy. I turned and hurled some insults at the girl and returned the arrow to its rightful owner… though I think I may have hit her with it in the process.
With the goblins clear of the pit I clamored out and made my way to the bend in the tunnel to see what was awaiting our arrival. Several goblins were standing ready to attack. At that note I dove back into my pit seeing as how 4 goblins are more than one me. While hiding Bert and Calli came back from retrieving some planks for the wolf to use for crossing the out current obstacle. The propped the planks on the floor and the pit wall. Being excited to battle I made the attempt to climb up the ramp and fell… multiple times. I then figured it may be smarter to climb the rope and let the others figure their own way out. Lena was quick to follow and join the battle.
We cleared the following cavern and proceeded into a side tunnel. I snuck around the bends to find a couple goblins standing around in a larger room that had bedding laid about the floor. Taking this as the last chance to have some fun I hurled the remaining charred goblin head at them to be met with delightful screams of terror. Thinking it would be a good idea to try to scare the wits out of them I released a huge roar only to get a response from more goblins than I had originally seen. We slaughtered the stinking wretches and cleared out the room and took another rest.
After our breather we left the room and moved on towards what I assumed to be the end of our excursion in the cave. We passed through a broken down wall into tilled room that had pillars supporting that vast caver ceiling. In the middle of the room was brazier with flames burning high. With further investigation it was also filled with goblins. As I began my attack we were soon surrounded by a black fog. By the flames was a goblin shaman casting a spell of seeming blindness. Cleaving through a few minions I made my way to the shaman and released all the rage and fury I could muster. While I was near the brazier a cold dread fell upon me, a strange pull grasped my insides from a creature unknown. With several swings of my trusty axe the shaman fell to his death and my companions finished up the cleansing of the chamber.
We took the down time to search or dead foes and gain more knowledge of the strange room we had stumbled upon. I searched the shaman and found a stash of gems and a ritual dagger. While examining my new riches we were ambushed by a shadow that leapt from the flames in the room! The creature put up a fierce fight before vanishing into thin air. As we searched the room the fiend returned to sight and made an attack on us. The shadow charged Burt for what I thought was an attack when it seemed to jump straight into Berts soul.
Bert began acting very odd. What in the world happened? I slowly approached Bert with my axe held at the ready. Trying to figure out if Bert was safe to be around. I asked Bert of his trust in me and was given an approval. I took his hand and pierced it with the dagger I had found. I held his hand over the fire and let several drops of blood drop to the flames… To be quite honest I wasn’t expecting to learn anything from this I just wanted to stab the man. By dripping his blood into the flames it made it seem as though I had a reason behind it. But with the unknown of the response to the shadows possession of Bert I will keep that to myself.
Hopefully Bert will be alright. Only time will tell what will come of this strange event."
"What seemed to be the smallest bit of rest was soon over for us. We started to head out of our cavern room and head down the rest of the tunnel. Finn decided that it might be fun to carry around two severed goblin heads and tied them to his belt. After turning a corner we found yet another pit. this one though seemed to still be in the process of being made. We decided to make it a little easier to cross and grabbed one of the planks from the fire pit to use on this new one.
After crossing this pit we found yet another pit, though this one was considerably larger than the rest. There were ropes tied between the two sides of the pit. We suddenly saw that on the far side of the pit, the ropes were being cut by a couple of goblins. Finnly decided to chuck one of the severed heads at them. One of the goblins freaked out at the sight of it, while the other one wasn’t fazed at all. Lena and Calli started firing arrows across the pit trying to take them out before the ropes were cut. Finn decided to cut a rope from our side and climb down it before heading over to the far end of the pit.
Hiding out close to the goblins seemed to work for Finnly pretty well as neither of them could get a shot from where they were standing. Finn was hiding by a couple of wodden planks, and threw one up at the goblins. It missed, but Lena and Calli were starting to take care of them. Suddenly one of Calli’s arrows misfired and hit Finnly in the back of the head. He turned around and threw the arrow back at her. I couldn’t help but chuckle under my breath. I know that we were in the middle of battle, but seeing my companions do stuff like that always put me in a good mood.
After taking out the the goblins, we had to figure out how to get across this pit. Calli and I decided to grab the plank still left at the fire pit and the the one we had brought to the pit afterwards. We placed them together and made a ramp for Leah to go down. We then made the ramp on the other side, which Finnly decided to try and climb first. He slipped a couple of times and then used a rope dangling from the side of the pit instead. We suddenly heard Finn curse under his breath and the sounds of many goblins. Lena climbed the rope after him and then we were able to coax Leah up the ramp. Calli and I each made it up the ramp and helped finish off the goblins with our companions.
We saw two ways to go from this room and decided to take a side tunnel. At the entrance Finnly decided to go in before anyone else and threw the second severed head into the tunnel. We heard the scared screams of goblins coming out from the other side of the tunnel. Finn tried to roar as loud as he could to intimidate anything in there, but more yells were sent back. We made our way into the room and took out the small band hiding in that room. We decided to take another small rest before heading back and trying the other tunnel.
We backtracked into the last room and went down the second tunnel. Suddenly we saw a break in the wall that opened up into a bigger room. This room was different from the rest of the cave as the florr was covered in tile. There were also four tiled pillars around the room. A stone brazier stood on a raised platform, flames bursting up from it. Finnly was the first one to venture into this new room and was suddenly set upon by a couple of goblins. As the rest of us made our way into the room suddenly a patch of what seemed to be darkness was moving around the room.
As we fought our foes and tried to stay away from the creeping darkness, I was suddenly struck by some type of magic and blinded. It took me a couple of moments, but I was eventually able to clear my sight. I ran towards the first goblin that I saw and pierced him with my spear. I started to head past the brazier to go after a couple more goblins. As I did, a coldness started up in my chest and I felt a pulling towards the brazier. After taking out another goblin, I saw Finn slay what looked like a goblin shaman. i knew that he must have been the cause of my blindness and the creeping darkness.
As Finn started to rummage through the shaman items, I felt like inspecting the brazier closer. The closer I got to it the more pulling and coldness I felt. I saw some carvings in the stone. I could make out a figure of something that looked demonic and a reptilian-looking eye. Suddenly the flames grew and a shadow creature burst out of the brazier. The shadow suddenly turned towards me and slashed. I felt so much pain afterwards. Finnly tried to slash at it and seemed to do a little damage to it. I realized that it might be a creature of undead origin and used one of my clerical abilities to push it back and immobilize it.
Even though I had immobilized it, the shadow was able to make itself invisible. As we tried to find out where the shadow went it suddenly materialized in front of me. It slashed at me again and then suddenly it leapt at me. Instead of attacking, the shadow seemed to enter my body. All of a sudden I felt a crawling sensation over my body and a chorus of voices started to talk in my head. They seemed to be coming from all directions at once and I glance around to see if any of my companions were talking. They were all silently looking at me.
Finnly came over to me and asked if everything was okay. I explained the sudden rush of voices in my head and he looked concerned. He pulled out a small jeweled dagger and asked if I trusted him. I thought to myself that even though we had only been traveling together for a short time, I already trusted Finnly and Calli enough that I would give my life if it meant saving them. I told him that I did and he poked the dagger onto one of my fingers, drawing a couple of drops of blood. He then brought the dagger over to the brazier and dripped the blood into it. I was too preoccupied by the voices in my head to notice if anything happened.
A healer hearing random voices in his head was not a good thing. I closed my eyes and prayed to Helm to watch over me until I figured how to fix this."