Light in the Dark

Diedre's Journal

(September 12th, Game 1)
(September 19th, Game 2)
( October, 3rd, Game 3 )

  • I decided to post this because my entries were extremely long.
  • I think this looks neater to boot!
We begin

Journal of Talmas.
September 19th
We walked up the mountain, hoping to find another hole into safety. Odds are against us, but what hope we have? After long hike, we came to top of trail. We found a cave! Will this lead down to the dwarves and safety?

While resting, thing came out of cave mouth. Appears to be Shaman due to number of totems it carries. Thing seemed to be half man, or half goat. Did Nature make it this way, mixing man and beast? Answer came soon enough. It rejected our peace talk, and attacked all of us, killing climbers. We circled around it, showing fury of nature and spirits, and crushed it.

Looking at it, thing was no creature born of nature, but instead a corruption. It’s totems were vile, and whole creature was covered with disease. However, its spear was not corrupted, and Mettanalia took it. We burned bodies, but sent Thing’s body flying over cliff. Good riddance.

Exploring the cave, we found stairways up and down, but they led to same room. At the back of the room was a dry well, except for flow of ghosts. The ghosts rose up out of the well and attacked, but seemed to not want to hurt us, as some were ghosts of our ancestors. We gave them peace.

Later, we went into back rooms and found more bodies of Things. Turns out, not just made of goat parts. Rams, deer, other horned creatures. It is even more obvious now that things are WRONG, and should not be. Ghost of the dwarves seemed to agree, as undead of the place had been the ones who had killed Wrong Things. However, undead also did not like any living beings, as they started to rise up to attack us. We retreated, and they went back to peace.

Going back into room of ghost well, we explored side hallways and found large room of Wrong Things, as Mari had scouted ahead for us. We backed away, but rats came after us. We killed them, but they stunk of disease, and infected us. I was able to remove Wrongness from Mari and Dierdre, but am still infected myself. Unfortunately, sound of battle had attracted Wrong Things, so we retreated into darkness, and found a room to rest.

September 28th
After resting, we had many strange dreams. Dreams were brought to us by spirits, who wished to show us the truth. Things were not responsible for corrupted well, but are using it. Turns out Thing we killed outside was king of Things, and his son was below with shamans. Shamans were inside room, performing dark rituals. After we awoke, we shared dreams.

We explored around, and found group of Things(Things called Broo?) coming. We ambushed Broo, and found they were carrying components for a gathering ritual. We then went back towards their main room, and tried to ambush another group. Unfortunately, some Broo got away and we followed them as they warned main group. Although heavily outnumbered, we stayed to fight.

Dierdre and I fought, while Metanallia tried to break control over ghosts that evil shaman had. Battle of wills went on for a bit, until evil shaman tried to attack us, giving up control of ghosts. Ghosts then turned on rest of Broo, allowing us to focus on evil Shaman alone. With much glorious battle, Shaman went down, and ghost killed rest of Broo. We rested, pondered our victory, and now I feel somewhat better.

To the Ancestors
Metannalia's commentary

September 12th, Entry 1:
It is Metha.

He’s irritated with me and I don’t care. He doesn’t want to be here, neither do I. We did find it, the passage in, and it is dark and rank in here. There are things that crawl and things- ugly things- that bray and charge and bite. He was disgusted at our trapped ancestors in the well of spirits. He did not want to walk through the bones of dwarves. He scowls when I try to distract him from where we are.

But I am being disrespectful for writing my thoughts in this order. The ancestors receive three brave faces today. All died with honor and all will be credited by the mountain that will keep our clan from the dragon’s harm. It was guarded by a mad beast, half goat and half man. He was an abomination of infliction and I feel his passing was truly our mercy to him. Had we given him his last breath the wicked spirits he aligned with would have stolen it. Deirdre called these creatures “Goatmen”. There are more inside the dwarf-hold.

There is so much death and bad wind. One of our own has taken ill now- though three appeared to have in the evening. I will talk with the ancestors in hope for aid. They have already heard me in the mountain, but I am growing concerned they are not the only things listening.

September 19th, Entry 2:
Spirits who watch us, it is Metha.

I thank you, for my dreams were rich with your words. You sent one of your kind, and he came to show me the fountain we released spirits from the day before and told me of your situation… That they are trapped by something more sinister than these Goatmen, but it is one of the Goatmen, their leader, who forces them to attack us. I shared my dream-visions with my friends, and our day was rightly spent erasing the evil hold he had on our enslaved kin.

Mari never woke, though we are certain now that she is held in slumber and not something more sinister. In her prolonged sleep she missed the one sight that she, of all of our party, would have been most benefited by: you fighting for us. Along side us. Your devoured the evil of the Goatmen, as we reduced their wicked leader to a blistering corpse. No doubt these horrible creatures were about to hold a ceremony to bond the enslaved to their will further. I am glad they are dead.

Talmas is less ill now. We will cure him as soon as we are able. This level of the dwarven hold appears to be clear. It is not yet suitable for the clans to move in, but with time and your aid we will manage to free it of it’s current taint.

Honor to the fallen, for someday we will fall.


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