Overly Dramatic

Rusty's diary 15-10-2015

Nannaday, Termini 13, 1284CE:

Found dragon’s hoard below the tower. Lots of gold. Aviendha found magic lute. Curious. Also found summoning circle. Performed ritual. No demons. Very curious. Should be last of circles. Finally done? I hope so. So much time passed since Larna castle. Time to end this. So tired. So very tired. Soothing music. Might as well sleep here and head back tomorrow.

Titanday, Termini 14, 1284CE ?:

Woke up… somewhere. Not on the island. Orange sky. Think I know where… must be some plane. Can’t remember which one. Strange. Know I read about this. Light is all wrong, too. No shadows.

Gloriea seems to know this place. Finds gem-encrusted gold door. Behind it, edge of abyss. Don’t like this. Vague sense of dread. Door opens into hallway. Some elven castle. Mark finds dark portal nearby. Poke arm throug door. Weird. Clothing changed. Don’t quite feel myself. Morgran goes through. Dressed as servant. Walks through far door. Doesn’t seem like him. Weird. Want to check out black portal. Can’t though; after Gloriea went through I feel compelled to go through as well.

In elven palace. Dressed as servant. Can’t control my actions. Must scream but can’t. Others dressed as servants as well, except Gloriea. After while, go back outside. Seems Gloriea had to decide to leave. Might be some test. Feel like myself again. Door now looks fake and cheap.

Mark shows us black portal. Seems like something weird going on; environment seems to actively resist change. Find another portal; misty staircase, seems to be in middle, somehow. Golden gem on portal that seems to have come from elven castle door. Six other sockets.

Mark goes through dark portal. Feel compelled to go through as well. Seems the portals are connected to us. Intriguing. Expect to find five more. Mark’s portal leads to bright room with shadows along edge. Black jet in center. Mark can’t approach. Can, though, after he disrobes. Gets gem and we’re back outside.

Eldeth found next portal. Crossed axes. Entered it. Demon legion. None of us have weapons, except Eldeth. Too many for her. Cliff behind us. No way out. Jumped off, and landed outside again.

Found the next portal; flanked by stacks of books, weird statue on top. Statue looks quite dumb. Weird juxtaposition. Entered it, in great library. So many books. Books I’ve only heard of, all here. Found book about Oiaxar. Last war. Solution must be here. I just need some time. Bren is here, too. Not sure if real; the knowledge seems real, though. Bren attacked by shadow demon. How can I sacrifice everything for him? Fate of the world, or Bren. I must read faster… Book seems to be endless. Poor Bren. I failed him once. Not now. But I must. How can I choose? I feel darkness gnawing at my mind. I can’t remember start of the book anymore… I find burning candle, burn book. Bren’s shadow demon recedes… Book burns. All that knowledge… lost forever. Library fades out. I hear Bren. He thanks me. Poor, poor Bren. I can’t live with myself… But if that’s the price to pay for saving the world, I will pay it gladly.

Next portal is Rhogash’s. Sturdy wood. Leads to temple of Bahamut. Eldeth collapses. So do Morgran and Gloriea. Temple starts to burn. Try to cast spell. Don’t seem to remember how… Everthing goes black… Feel heat. Wake up outside. Going back to the center portal. Five gems now. Golden gem for Gloriea, black jet for Mark, ruby for Eldeth, prismatic opal for me and platinum gem for Rhogash. Two to go.

Morgran’s portal leads to ancestral castle. Has to explain to uncle how he stole and sold family heirloom due to gambling debts.

Aviendha’s gate is hidden in plain sight; a tree’s branches are twisted to make the gate. Leads to city. Eerie. Many copies of Aviendha. Don’t know which one is real. Hear a song. About orphan, found by charlatan, but apprentice became the master. Orphan was half-elf, but even that was a lie. Orphan is planetouched. As song continued, more and more copies of Aviendha fade out. Only one remains. Real Aviendha. The planetouched orphan.

Misty staircase is now solid; last two gems are socketed. Morgran’s amethyst and Aviendha’s translucent diamond. Followed staircase down. Two demons. Barlgura and hezrou. After barlgura dies, hezrou transforms into deva. Deva transports us to Ashnor.

Namday, Termini 15, 1284CE ?:

Woke up in Ashnor. Not sure exactly when. Island might only be yesterday. Might be weeks ago. Not sure. Think yesterday.

Glorea's Diary Part Ten

My worst and best moments of the day

  • The gemstones and emeralds we found in the tower ofcourse belonged to me! So I took them and decorated myself with them. It did look good on me ofcourse.
  • I fell asleep! Not just my trance but really ordinary sleeping like a human does…how is that possible? There was that awful sound of the Lute from Aviendha and suddenly I was in another place with only a door.. (Altough a really good looking door with gold and emeralds, the best door I’ve ever seen I think..)
  • My intuition said I had to go through the door, so I first let the others go in and ofcourse I was right! There was a perfect palace with a lovely party going on there and all the elvenlords and countess over there were so kind to me! They called me Lady Gloriea and treated me like like I was the queen, wonderful!
  • But when I took some drinks from the pitiful servant I saw it was Mark..and he talked!
    And after that I saw Morgran with the same terrible zombie-look in his eyes. The Countess acted more and more stranger to me, she wasn’t that fair-spoken to me as she did before.
    And for the first time I had the feeling I had to save the servants (yes the pitiful low servants..)
  • I went to the kitchen and saw the dwarf and the others over there. At the end of the kitchen I saw a servant sharpening knives with his hands full of blood..yugh!
    But he helped me to escape when I touched his hand (yes I did, I touched his bloody disgusting hands!)
I never felt so disgusted about my high status… Glad I helped the servants…Never thought I would say that..

The Elves, we went to the Elves. I barely noticed it all. I am beginning to feel more and more like a passenger along for the ride. Something is guiding me, but what?

The Elves are just like Gloriea, did not see coming, so much hatred, so much fear, and should be the elite of society? I am of no use here, so I meditate. The meditation have become more intense, I feel like sometimes I can actually see other places. The places all look familiar, but it’s so hard to see. I think I saw the inn here last time, and I could see myself sitting there. Something else was there with me. Something scary and yet familiar. It said something to me, I could not understand what it said.

I meditated for another day today. It was there again, it followed me as I moved through this city of shadows. IT’s all in my mind of course, but I saw my friends walking in this city too. Distorted, blurred, but clearly them. No the dwarves though, they were absent, I wonder why, tricky thing this mind of mine. I went back to the inn, found the dwarves, drunk, I think. It was when I flew back up the stairs then I heard the dwarf say a word to her comrade that I had heard before. I heard it yesterday, and this time I could hear what it was. Betrayed.

When I woke up this afternoon from my meditation my chest was on fire, I took off my robes, the tattoo from Perrin, it is infected…

Rusty's diary 25-10-2015

Ianoday, Termini 12, 1284CE:

Met Zaghdor again. Didn’t look so mighty today. Told him we were leaving. Think he was glad to see us go, really. Ingrate. As a parting gift, saddled us with Morgram. Not his fucking chaperone. Hope he can pull his weight. Might have to be knocked down a notch or two.

Took portal to Almagus. Opened by Thundershines. Really interesting style of magic. Hard to wrap my head around. Seems very chaotic, yet somehow ordered. Hope I can visit the great library of Almagus. Portal opened in swamp. Unfortunate. Culled local wildlife. Eldeth found bird to tell us how to get to city. Cracks me up every time. Followed the river towards Almagus.

Entered the city. I think. Looks a lot like the forest, really, but more elves. Thought dwarves in Shirogh were xenophobic; elves in Almagus are worse by far. We might as well have been marauding orcs by the way they looked at us. Found some guards who directed us to an inn in the damn lesser being ghetto. At least the populace there was more welcoming. Nice inn, too. Sign of the unicorn. Good rooms.

Morgram and Eldeth got hammered. Took being amongst elves pretty badly I guess. Gloriea and Aviendha decided to visit the bath house in the elven quarter. Rhogash went to visit elven quarter. Was back pretty fast. Guess dragonborn don’t look like elves. Who would’ve guessed. Found the library. Big tree middle in the damn elven quarter. No way I’m getting in. Might have to get in clandestinely. Might be able to forge a pass or something. Rhogash decided to send a messenger to the temple of Corellon in the elven quarter. Went to Elvenmount. Decided to join. Might as well just ask to be allowed in. Turned out to be just a bunch of government buildings though. Waste of time.

Nannaday, Termini 13, 1284CE:

Got woken up by Aviendha. Apparently told someone I’m her pet historian. Degrading. Not sure if that annoyed though, as her friend got me into the library. Guy named Imroth. Very interesting. Could spend months here. Lots of unique books. Found one on the history of this island, Istoria tou Nesiou. Three cities on the island. Almegus, Ermagus and Ommagus. Onmagus ruined, fell to demons centuries ago. Summoning circle in Onmagus. Think there are more books on occultism and demonology in the library, but not allowed there. Really need to get in there. Suggestions of cult activity. Maybe later.

Took a boat to Onmagus. Eldeth and Morgram have the worst hangover this side of Hades. Funny. Went ashore near the ruins. Found a tower just inland. Some lizardfolk there. Should have been easy enough to scare off, but there was a fucking black dragon as well. Not planned. Was a young one, lucky enough. Tried to flee. Aviendha’s circlet disagreed.

Eldeth's diary (9)

So after we showed our heroism to the dwarves and helped them get rid of giants, trolls, orcs and demons it was time to move. The Thundershine’s were kind enough to help, although… I’m not sure it is really help if you move a dwarf from a dwarven city to an… elven city… There was a moment just before going through the portal that it may be nice to stay behind, but then I realised that I moved from my home to escape whathever normal lives dwarves tend to settle into when there is no war. So, even though it would lead me to the most dreadful place in the world, I decided to step through the portal. At the other end we arrived at a swamp, which was actually a pleasant surprise, considering the alternative of ending up straight through the elven gates (of hell…). In the swamp we came across some stickguy and a giant alligator, which was fun! We smashed them to bits, was funny because the other dwarf got a bit scared when he noticed the big alligator and immediatly fired a big ball of fire with a little shriek, almost masculine… hihi. We weren’t sure where the elven city was so I decided to ask a little bird for some help again, and it told us where to go, my mum would be freaked out if she knew I could talk to birds now, would be hilarious to see the look on her face!

Anyway after a walk along the river we came to the elven city… pompous place! Filled with elves being full of themselves. I’m sure Gloriea will feel right at home… When we came into the city we were stopped be some incredibly rude elves, looking down on all of us. I mean… seriously! We were basically scolded for breathing their air! I mean the dwarves weren’t perfectly welcoming to our group, but at least no one was treated like garabage… Pah… elves!!!! We went to an inn where ‘our kind’ was welcome… the Unicorn inn, cozy little place, was better than anything the elves could’ve made. Well and since me and Morgran couldn’t be of much use in any way inside the city we decided to get completely pissed. Finally the better part of Morgran showed, he turned out to be quite funny! Think we drank all day, end of it got a bit hazy… not sure what happened… did we…. nah, probably not, or… not sure…

Anyway in that hazy kinda thing the elves came back and they would bring Rusty to the library, I dunno, all didn’t make much sense to me anymore… Best idea would be to sleep, oh and maybe have one more ale… or two… better finish the keg, don’t want it to go stale!

Next day had a killer hang-over, seriously worst I ever had. Probably came from drinking the shitty elvish mead that the halfling served. Anyway Rusty went to a library, came back, not sure what the story was anymore but we were off. Took a boat to an island, walked some ways and we came upon a towerlike structure-ruin. And heard a booming voice ask us what we were doing there, so I figured it made sense to say that he should say who he was first. Turned out to be a black dragon, fun times! Nothing better against a hangover than a splendid fight against a black dragon and some lizardlike guys. We sure smashed their asses! Black dragon was going to fly away scared at some point saying he’d be back, well tough luck if you’re shot out of the air! Hilarious! Ran after one of those lizard guys who tried to get away, bugger got into the water though… too bad. Well headache’s gone at least!

Glorea's Diary Part Nine

My worst moments of the day

  • The noble and handsome dwarf (which I thought he was..) acted like a terrible pathetic dwarf when he start drinking ale with Eldeth. Finally I thought there was someone as decent and courteous as me, but it was just a dream..
  • Ofcourse we had to go through the swamp again, why always sewers, swamps and other terrible smelling places? Why isn’t there a proper and clean way to travel for a high elf like me! My dress smelled like mud and was filled with goo, YUGH! Glad I had my lily fragrance to compensate the smell a little.
  • I said to the cityguards outside that I was related to Aviendha. Oh my god, what’s gotten into me? A half-elf! Related to such a nice race like me? But I had to help her in the city..hopefully it doesn’t lower my reputation..

My most glorious moment of the day

  • I went to the bathhouse with Aviendha. Delicious smelling oils and warm water made me feel I was home. Finally I felt clean and comfortable since such a long time! This is what I deserve! We talked with some important people in the city, finally some people from my league. Nice to see so much elves in here.
  • Me and Aviendha booked a room in a very clean and nice Inn : The Dragon and Hydra. Much better than the terrible creaky and old Unicorn Inn where the rest of us stayed. We dressed up in our most beautiful clothes and talked to important people in tje city to know what’s going on in there. Ofcourse I’m still more charismatic and more beautiful than Aviendha , but she’s doing well. Maybe I begin to like her. But she’s still a half elf, Yugh.
Rhogash's Entry #9
Of dwarves, demons and devestation

We’ve been here literally a few days, though it feels like an eternity. Starting of the events of the last days we met with a dwarven priest, Morgram. He was asking us why were in the temple of Iriskeital and seemed suspicious of us. We explained we were send there by Zadhor, but he wasn’t believing us, so we decided to bring him back with us to the city. On the way back we encountered a small group of orcs. Not paying much much attention to the why and how, we took care of them swiftly and went on.
Back at the council it seemed like the party of orcs was a forbearing of some sort. The city was about to be under siege of giants on the one side and orcs on the other. Orcs and giants working together…..not that it seems fitting, but those two groups are not known for working well together. Something must be up and I think it’s a good bet the statues will be right at the centre of it.
It was decided we’d head to the Thundershines first to see what and how we could help defending the city. On the way to them we encountered some sort of rock type monster which almost swallowed some of us, but we managed to kill it. Eldeath even went as far as to crawl into it’s belly looking for loot, but I couldn’t stomach the idea of doing that. She did find a circlet of some sort though, I wonder what poor sap lost it there.
We found the house of the Thundershines pretty easily. Just imagine the most chaotic thing possible and then add some. Feeling a little bit at unease, I came to see why the dwarves decided it would be better for the Thundershine clan to move to a somewhat remote place. They were friendly enough though, seemingly full of concern for the city as well. Plans were forged pretty rapidly and it was decided we’d take care of the orcs, while the others would see if they could handle the giants. We were send on out way with a little bit of magic and ended up pretty near the army. Just one problem though, we were stuck on a cliff. Now comes the best part, it seems like Aviendha has learned this nifty little spel which allows people to fly. She casted it on me, and I ferried most of the people down, but the feeling was incredible! Being able to fly like one of my famous kinsmen, never would I have thought to experience it. Too bad it only lasts a short amount of time, but I’ll have to ask her if she can cast it on me again soon.
We coordinated our attack with a feint from the city. Apparently Eldeath is able to talk to birds and she got a message across the orc camp. She’s a bucket of surprises that one and she seems to be her old self again and not wallowing in her guilt or regret. We tried to sneak into the camp, but that didn’t work out to well. So we went in hard and fast. Fireballs flew, some tents cought fire and soon after that a few dead trolls and orcs were at our feet. Seemed like the demons are behind the attacks though, since one of the trolls was enthralled by a demon and was commanding the army. With the head of the snake taken care of, the army made haste retreating though. One threat down.
We made our way back into the city to see how and if the giants were taken care of. They weren’t. Seemed like the demons were more open on that front though. An onslaught of giants and demons were about to swarm the city. Without wasting time, we sought out the place where the statue was supposed to be, with hordes of demons right on our tail. A wall of flame thrown up by Gloria didn’t seem to phase them much. It was up to me and our newfound companion Morgram to hold the demons at bay, while the others took care of the ritual. We slayed about a horde of small demons when the first bigger demon found his way to us. Thankfully by this time the ritual was done. Mark threw one of the magic pebbles we got to capture the big demon and we embraced for more demons, but the completion of the ritual seemed to put a stop to the hordes from hell.
Back up top, in the city there was a trail of devastation leading straight to where we completed the ritual. A strong indication that whatever we try to stop from entering this world is aware of what we’re doing. More worrisome, it has power in this world already and is using al it’s might to stop us. There will be even more interesting times ahead of us…….

Eldeth's diary (8)

Yesterday we met the most pompous, self-important dwarf I’ve ever met, or I’ll ever meet for that matter! One second he’s happily drinking some ale, the next he talks elvish (ELVISH!!!) in some posh noble way to Gloriea! I mean, I’m getting used to her being that way, but a dwarf, lowering himself to that! Pah… At first glance he didn’t look too bad, bit too much show-offy clothes, but that could’ve been taken care of, but if anything is turn-off that is a dwarf talking elvish… seriously… elvish?!

Anyway he came to check on the fortress it seems (my guess is he was checking if there was some gold left after we took care of things) and went back with us to the city. When heading back we came up on some orcs, funny little buggers, killing them is just so satisfactory! Almost as good as drinking my dad’s home-made ale!

When we got back to the city we were informed that there seemed to be two armies approaching the city, an army of giants and one of orcs and trolls. We figured that asking the Thundershines for help would make sense, since they know their bangs and booms, which can good in a time of war! Our new poncy prancy dwarf-elf went along with us through the tunnels (going over land with two armies on the look-out didn’t seem like such a good idea). Funniest thing, Gloriea got some larva in her hair, was hilarious to hear her give a little shriek in terror. Then some tentacly beast attacked us as well, we got rid of that of course. After going through the tunnel we met the Thundershines. Decided that we’d attack the trolls/orcs and they’d handle the giants. Nice enough she teleported us close to where we had to be. Close… ONE A MOUNTAIN WITH A GIANT CLIFF!! Seriously? Are they doing this for the fun of it? For some reason I have been getting really scared of… cliffs… can’t explain it. I really fear for my life when I just look at a cliff. Hope it didn’t show too much to the rest, since I can’t seem all squeamish in front of them… thank heavens Rusty knew how to teleport and gave me a ride. Oh and before that I talked to a bird, seriously, a bird!! Was thrilling in a way that I could make the bird understand what I was saying. Never thought I’d connect to animals and nature the way I have been for the past few weeks, it seems to be growing stronger by the day. I got the bird to deliver a message to the city, since we thought it would be clever to let the orcs/trolls things the city was attacking and that we’d sneak-attack from behind. Aviendha managed to fly (funny-looking thing) over the camp and saw that the leaders’ tent was close to the back and that a distraction from the city would make sense.

So we were down and then I saw Mark, and his shadow… his shadow again… moving about, as if it is leading it’s own life… Scary thing though, since Mark doesn’t seem to be aware of his shadow moving about… I… I don’t know if I should trust this, he also has that fiery look sometimes that Redd used to have… oh dear oh dear oh dear, I thought we left that behind us! Mark not seemingly aware of it make sit all the more scarier…

But not time to fret, we had trolls and orcs to kill! We had some awesome sneak, fire-ball, attack that

— to be continued

Mark's diary: Dark tidings within

Could it be, the Dragonborn said it happened, so it must be. The stories I heard the villagers tell when they did not know I was there, are they about me? They can’t be, I was chosen for the mission. Only the best get that honor, and only until they die. I must uphold balance, that is why I am out here. Not because I am what they think I am. My parent were normal people! Just like everyone else! Tieflings share a common ancestry with the darker sides, but that was a long time and many generations ago! I am not what they say I am!

But he saw it, he said so, why would he lie? And I do feel more comfortable in the shadows, the world there is more real. Time and distance seem not exist so much there, it is as if light creates them. I understand now that the shadows are the absence of light, of distance, of time itself. If it is true, if I was not selected because they thought I was worthy, but only to remove me with a good excuse, then… No, they would have told me. They never lied to me, did they? But the light, the light hurt my eyes. More then it seemed to hurt the rest, I think I managed to close the without anyone noticing me. The elf is the only one who might have, I hope she does not seek to much behind it, I can just tell her I don’t like too much light, that is after all the truth.

One thing is for sure, if it is true, if I am indeed what I think I might be, then there is no stopping it. I might be able to delay it, contain it, maybe I can use it. For now I seem to be in control whenever I pay attention, my shadow has not moved as far I as have been able to tell. I hope the dwarf can handle it should it show, she was not too happy with the inclinations of Red. I guess I will have to mind where and when I go to sleep or meditate, lock the door, get my own room. I don’t think I have had any unpure intentions yet, not while awake. I must guard, I must restore balance to the realms before I lost it myself.

Rusty's diary 26/27-09-2015

Eladay, Termini 10, 1284CE:
Met a dwarf while leaving the fortress. Decadent sort. Air of incompetence. Named Morgram something or other, claims he was sent by the regent of Shirogh. Not very trusting, these dwarfs. Morgran complains about us unearthing the temple of Erishkigal. You’d think he’d be grateful. Traveled back towards Shirogh. Encountered orc raiding party. Gloriea turned an interesting shade of blue, funny in so many ways. Kept my crossbow practice up. Clean headshot. Must be an orc army heading towards the city.

Back in Shirogh. City is on alert; army of giants seen on the other side of the city. Met Zaghdor, the steward, again. They’re really getting on my nerves. Told him we had a common cause; Daemonibus mentions second summoning circle in ancient halls below city. Apparently Zaghdor knew this already. Didn’t feel like sharing, apparently. Dwarf council didn’t know either. Don’t even trust their own kind. Wants us to help taking out one of the armies.

Going to visit Thundershines. Morgran insisted he accompany us. Might as well have sent a jester, at least jester good for laugh. Making our way through tunnels below the city. Attacked by larvae and roper. Got some good quality roper acid. Also found interesting circlet with the mark of Corellon. Probably good story in how that ended up here. Found Thundershine tower. Met Askal Thundershine, head of her clan. Liked her. Zaghdor doesn’t trust her, so she must be alright.

Discussion about order of operations. Told them we should target armies first; invading armies could remove summoned statues. Tried to explain summoning ritual. Really, summoning magic 101. Would have guessed at least Gloriea or Aviendha would understand. Apparently not. Barely trained kids. Got headache explaining it. Time to sleep.

Justusday, Termini 11, 1284CE:
Fighting orc army today. Oh joy. Thundershines teleport us there. Saves a lot of walking, at least. Ended up pretty close, surprisingly. Not stuck in mountain either. Counting my blessings. Eldeth talks to bird to send a message to Shirogh. Interesting juxtaposition: barbarian talking like a bird. Also unnerving, somehow. Couldn’t be bothered climbing down, so decided to teleport down instead. Took Eldeth, since she doesn’t seem to like heights. Funny thing. Tiefling seems to be able to scout using his shadow. Intriguing. Must find out more.

Aviendha found where orc commanders are camped. Conveniently behind army. Attacked while diverted by feint from city. Attacked troll leaders. Fireball took the wind out of them. More crossbow practice. Pretty little headshot. Found demon-possessed troll. Cutting the head off caused the snake to die; trashed out while dying though, so we decided to not stand in its way. Made our way back to Shirogh.

Giants are attacking the city. Spotted demons as well. No time to lose. Have to perform the ritual. Going down to ancient halls. Felt like earthquakes above; probably giants breaching the wall. No time left. Demons are flooding into the halls. Through broken door, into next hall. Gloriea summoned wall of fire. Not going to be enough, but good start. More demons. Manes, dretches, barlguras, chasme. Getting overrun. Managed to keep them at bay. Gloriea started ritual; no more wall of fire. We’re fucked. Demons are being summoned to the circle as well. Rhogash managed to shut the broken door. No respite though, glabrezu smashed door. We’re so fucked. Caught a break, though: monk tossed a bead of force and managed to contain it. Bigger break: summoning ritual completed. Demons are fucked. Bead of force vanished; seconds later, glabrezu vanished. Good laugh.

Back up to the city. City walls breached, as expected. Giant army scattered. City took a beating though. Morgran going to find his home. We found a sheltered corner to camp for the night. Can’t sleep. Need to know how Oiaxar can orchestrate two armies and a minor demon incursion, even though he should still be bound. Ashnor might be the key. Ashnor’s dispersion statues have been disturbed. Will need to investigate.


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