Sorphin 22, 1700 YW
I am only just now waking up, and even so I am exhausted. Frankly, it is foolishness for me to assume that I can keep up with this lifestyle of bold adventure and late nights at my age.
Bold adventure, hah. That’s a euphemism if ever I’ve seen one. How about “foolhardiness”? Seems much more appropriate in retrospect.
We found the island, just as Toll indicated, and anchored just offshore. It was well into the dark of night, so Cairo ordered that the elves join us ashore as we made our way to fight the fire lizard. I am not sure what we were expecting, seeing as a “fire lizard” is nearly the direct correlation of a dragon, but I followed Cairo as a good First Mate should. Into the bowells of hell we plunged and quickly found ourselves confronted with Salamander, a snakelike creature with magma for blood. These were mining the island and, we determined after slaughtering our way through many of them, collecting the fruits of their mining labor in a pit guarded by a demonic Abishai. We crafted a plan, a flawed one in retrospect, to attack the guardians of the horde and then use many of my spellcasting abilities to delay pursuit by those who would come after us.
In reality what happened is that we nearly failed to defeat the Abishai, and this despite me bringing my most potent elemental magic, a spell even to powerful for me to yet master save on a scroll, to bear against it. The thing then turned towards me and evoked a powerful Baath-based spell which wracked my body with such pain that I was unable to do anything but double over for nearly a full minute. Even after I regained control of myself, I was weak and shaken for much longer.
This, combined with later failures which upon which I will expand shortly, has convinced me that perhaps I should turn the focus of my studies away from Planar and Elemental magic. Perhaps it is that the manipulation elemental energies is too small a thing, to weak a thing for the challenges which lie ahead of us.
While I lay in pain, the Abishai fled – later we were to find out that it fled to alert its master to our presence. In the meantime, we – blissfully unaware of this – collected a significant quantity of uncut rubies, as well as a substance which we later learned is called Truesilver. Although it was entirely unfamiliar to any of us, I deduced – based on the fact that that the Abishai seemed to be guarding it – that it was the most valuable and significant treasure to be found in the storeroom. It turns out that we were right, and the rare metal alone is worth nearly 30,000 Gold Dragons in its un-worked state.
We fled the bowels of the island under guide of a woman who mysteriously appeared in the caverns with us. She informed us that she had been sent to seek Cairo and to aid him in his mission. Had we not all experienced some sort of divine encounter upon slaying the Mummy, I would find this too hard to believe, but in the light of recent events I simply accept it in stride. This woman led us out of the caverns and into the night, but as we fled we heard the roars of something massive pursuing us. It would not be until we were on the dinghy rowing towards the Night Tide that the form of the Wyvern appeared in the sky over us, nearly dragging Cairo into the sky with it. Studying its form, I immediately jumped into the water and attempted to use AyinTrade to pull the beast out of the sky and into the water, but it resisted my spell – continuing in its second attack on Cairo. This one was successful and he carried our captain briefly before dropping him and wheeling back at the boat. This was a surprise to me, as a Wyvern’s modus operandi is to carry its victim off and sting it to death, but for some reason it turned its attention on the dingy once more.
This time, however, I was ready. Having drawn near to the Night Tide, I was able to use the ship’s hull in congruence with the dingly to anchor a casting of SabhMelish, ensnaring the creature in the webs. This had the desired effect of pulling it out of the sky and preventing it from carrying any of our number off, however it also had the undesired effect of destroying the dinghy. I am afraid I did not think this element through thoroughly enough in advance.
Which is worse, it was not my last miscalculation in the fight. Shortly after the Wyvern grabbed Alexander and submerged him beneath the water, I cast AbjRacaFum in an attempt to burn the creature. In so doing, I caught our new ally, Umi no Kokoro, in the wash of flame and nearly killed her. It was only for the quick responses of Po and Aldo that she did not die. Before I could further react, the Wyvern bit me, and I fell unconcious.
The next thing I remember is coming to and seeing the creature climbing up the side of the ship. I brought into effect my most recent spell knot, animating a pair of daggers to attack the creature, and with these held it at bay until Po accomplished the killing blow. The Wyvern nearly destroyed the Night Tide as it fell into the water, but it seems that the gods were smiling on us at least regarding this.
Exhausted and battered, we regrouped, recouped the treasure – which had sunken when the dinghy was destroyed, and waited while Po skinned the Wyvern under water. We are now underway towards our rendezvous with the Death’s Toll, and again I am wary of whatever betrayal or treachery Captain Toll may have in store for us.