Into the Pit

They come. They Come. Flying on the wings… no, that’s not right… well, one has wings. There’s a carpet and some brooms. Why don’t they have wings. They should coming flying in on the wings of … devils? I don’t know. THeY ComE!

The Children. They know! TheY KNOW! Feed the Children. I’ve fed the ChildreN. Safe ChilDreN, all safe. Not ReadY. Feed them the Children. NO!

He makes a door in the Air. Carries the ChiLDreN inside. Into the Air. How? How? HoW?

Talking. Talking. Taking. Taking. He’s taking them into the AiR! STaY Loyal. Some stay Loyal. Must STay. Can’T go. Should Jump. Not YeT.

Talking to Mistress Hoci now. She won’t Go. Waiting. Waiting. The Holy ONE COMES. Is she herE? Did she Already go DOWN? Waiting.

Safe? And food? Safe to wait and eat. ProTect the ChilDren. Yes, yes. Loyal but Safe. Check on Them for THEM. Into the Air. Into a place that doesn’t exist. THey would liKe that. Safe, safe with the ChildREn.

~ Craggle

More Come Down. Come Down To Me. through the air. through the darkness. InTo ThE ChAoS. dowN dowN dowN tO mE!

KilL ThE LittlE OneS. TheY KilL AlL OF TheM. nOt liSTen. LISTEN TO ME!

ShoW THEM. I’ll sHOw ThEm! My pOWEr! NigHtmAreS! All THEIR nIGHtmaREs! KiLL thEIr NightMARES! KiLL theM All!

LosT. Loose theM. Lose theM. FOUND! FeaST My HuNGRy oNeS! dEAth! kIll! sqUAsh thEm!

Rest. Yes, Rest. Now. Mine. You. Will. Be. Mine.

~ Ceratos, The Many

So Much Shiny

When the dust settled, Master and the others immediately started gathering up all the shiny treasure in the Dracolich’s chambers. There was every so much. Master even found a very shiny key. He seemed very excited about it, maybe it will help them get out of this horrible place.

We go through another wall, behind where the big thing had been waiting. There’s a dead guy in the first room and he blows up a bit before they take his robes off and raid all his chests of shinies. Then there’s a room that has lots of dragon’s breath in it. That’s what master says. Lightning, Fire, Cold, Poison. It’s all really terrible, but they keep going in. The blue-haired one says you have to get hurt by everything and then stand in the middle and get hurt again. So, when they do that, all the dragon-headed statues open up. They quickly take the shiny things and run out again. Good choice, I think.

One last room and a few dispels later, and three more big treasures collected. The dark one is really happy about a big milky rock. Master and the other little ones identify all the shiny things they found. Lots of them are evil, why does this surprise them? Evil place, evil stuff. But they got some good stuff, too. The dark one says we have to go back to his Mom now, seems awfully old to be reporting to mommy, but whatever. He tries, but just stares off at nothing for awhile. Then he tries again and we whisk away to the dark place.

They give this old goblin lady all the evil treasure. She seems very happy about the milky rock, too. And not so happy about the withered dragon heart. But she takes it all and thanks everybody.

Shopping time after that, and people want to visit their families. The big guy goes to see a bunch of humans in the dark place. The red guy drags everyone back to the stinky animal place to go see his family. We go see a weird little gnome there, too, in an underground cavern full of shiny things. They buy a bunch of things, including a hole they were sad they didn’t buy last time they were here. Who buys a hole? You just dig one.

The red one wanted to go see his other family, so we went to a place full of folk like him. Stone bunkers and hobgoblins everywhere you looked. His family seems nice. His friends know how to throw a party! Then we had to go back to the Dark place so the tall man could stare at a different milky rock than the one we found. I don’t know what that was all about, but we had a big party with his human family afterwards. This is more like it. Food, drink, and fun! Next day, back to the dirty animal city for the red one to stare at a rock. His new family is much more boring than everyone else’s, but then we went back to the Take for a proper party.

Partied out, we head back to the hot sandy place. Master takes me with him to the big library with the dark one. They read a bunch of books and they stare at a big crystal ball for a while. The dark one looks disappointed. When we get back together, they decide that they were too late and this trip was wasted. The big guy, however, is very happy over a big gauntlet he bought, even if it took him two days to get it.

Master says we’re going back to the awful place, but not That awful place, one much worse. Oh Boy!

~Juxua

Invaders

Syran called me a traitor, but he’s gone now, never to bother me again. I didn’t want to die, again, and he didn’t protect me like he was supposed to do. Just let these adventurers come and drag me off into the clean room. What did he expect? He betrayed me first. I didn’t live this long to die like this, powerless and burned to death by torches.

So, yes, I talked to them. I made a deal. My life and Ghor Veles for safe passage and a map. I only promised my zombies wouldn’t hurt them, they still have to get past Oracs and his guards themselves. But oh, if they do! They better, he’ll be very upset with me if they don’t. I just wanted to survive. I hope they kill that old beast properly. If it can even be done. He’s like me, phylactery hidden and safe, but they seem smart, they’ll find it, surely. Please find it.

~Oblyx, Soon to be Alhoun Ruler of all Ghor Veles

Tasty morsels in the stairs. Sleeping in the webs. Come little bugs, come and feed me. Your souls smell so shiny and bright.

Orcus’ minions see them coming. Gaze and strike. But they fall, pitiful things. Barely worth keeping. Oblyx will make me better guardians from these who come.

The Guardians stand, fight and fall. Strong are these who come. Delicious they will be. Fodder for my armies. Oblyx will have to put the guardians back together. Make them stronger.

Burn them down. Take them. Strike them. Kill them! Feel my might! Feel my wrath! I will kill them all!

But they burn so, strike so. They fall. No, stay down. Stop that! I Will Not Fall!

I Will RETURN!

~Oracs, Dracolich Ruler of all Ghor Veles

Ghosts and Ghoulies

First there were ghosts and huge bat things who brought darkness with them, all screaming and shrieking. Then we went inside and there was even Louder screaming. Master said it was just coming from the wall. The walls are screaming? No time to think about that though, a bunch of really disgusting creatures are answering the scream. The little metal man turns them to dust though, good man.

Off to the right, always right, Master tells me. But what if the designer knows that, maybe we should go left this time? Right we go. The dark one says there’s traps, so Master makes them not traps anymore. And we find a door with a bunch of slightly more put-together gross creatures. These have weapons and armor, but the metal man takes care of a bunch of them, too. We make quick work of the ones that don’t fall apart. They take the thing’s big mace, and find a bit mirror and cloak in a closet. Seems like the mirror’s real bad, but we bring it along anyway.

Up a tower that doesn’t have stairs all the way up. Some of the folk just want to leave, but the others convince them to stay. And some tiny flaming skulls bomb us about halfway up. They’re real bad, but they break pretty easy. Don’t know how I survived that, but Master takes care of me. Up top there’s a very sad looking ghost lady, but they all kill her before she screams at us. They seem real scared of her. Maybe she looks familiar to one of them and they know what they did to make her sad. Master’s cousin finds a pretty bottle and opens it and a big angry airy lady comes out. She wants to leave this place. Me too, lady, me too. There’s a weird argument before they give her the bottle and let her go. She just flies out the arrow slit or something, and we head back down.

The other side of this floor has a room full of mummies. Do not like! They’re rotting and gross and almost kill the big human. He does not look good when it’s all done. They take a cloak made of rats and insects from the big one’s body. It might be magic, but it’s real disgusting. They don’t even put it in the bag with the rest of their stuff.

There’s another tower, and more people think it’s time to leave, but metal man and dark man once again convince them to stay. I guess it’s magic and not what they actually feel. I don’t need magic to want to leave, though. This one has ghosts that come out of the walls to try and possess folk, but nobody wants to talk to them. Up top, a big chest attacks Master, so they break it good. A skull and onyx dog are all they find inside. It’s a little girl apparently, and her pet Cerby. The holy ones do a whole big funeral ritual for her, to set her spirit to rest, and Master’s cousin promises to take good care of her dog. Then everyone rests and they figure out what all the things they stole were. They get even more nervous about the mirror, though some want to open it up and let the demons out. So glad they don’t.

They find a set of stairs going down next, but when they go in the first room, I get pushed back home. I hope they’re alright.

~Juxua

Long Flight to Nowhere

Come, Asa. Go, Asa. We’re going to fly over some horrible mountains, Asa.

The young master was running all over the city for an entire week, while I watched from the sky. Several people followed him, but none got close. Even when he ran around by himself. Leaving me in the sky. I can protect him better from there anyway. He’s not really a mounted fighter, though not unskilled at staying astride.

Thank goodness, because after summoning me and then ignoring me for a week, he and all his friends decide to fly over a mountain range. Such a strange place, swirling winds, not a small number of creatures looking to feast on the unwary. And landing, on sharp, jagged rocks. I’m glad I didn’t have to stay with them at night. There was not a single comfortable place to roost.

Then, when we finally reach the destination, after flying through a disgusting miasma, he dismisses me, again! Too dangerous, he says. Young master, I am not merely a taxi! If you wanted that, you should have gotten a horse.

~Asa no Hikari

Asa’s lucky he didn’t have to come in here. Disgusting creatures crawling all over the place. And the screaming…

~Juxua