Of Trogolodytes & Ogres
A fitting end to things as the party that had set out from Sandpoint seeking to help a friend, finally comes upon their goal. But it was far from easy.
Through a stroke of luck, Nemkitu followed his nose down a hole in the 2nd floor of Brinewall Castle leading to the dungeons below. Having cleared out the castle of the original Oni, Kikoniu, and his Tengu and Dire Corby followers, the party decended into the depths of the dungeon eager to find what Ameiko knew would be here.
Almost racing through corridors and busting down old doors, the company fought bands of Troglodytes and later a strange ogre named Slugwort. A simple ogre that was holding a barbarian woman from the Linnorm Kings lands and otherwise seemigly confused as to why the newcomers were not already in cages.
Nemkitu, not waiting for Diplomacy grabbed one of the flaming burst arrows he had found upstairs, knocked it and fired it from his trusty longbow. The poor creature’s day ended badly. He exploded. Entrails, pieces of ogre flesh burned and otherwise seemed to fly everywhere. There was simply nothing recognizable from him.
Some good came from the carnage, however. Using a key they found in one of Slugwort’s possessions, they freed Keldar, a woman of Linnorm decent. Tight lipped at first – she admitted coming down there to loot the place when her comrades were butchered by the Dire Corbies and she herself was taken prisoner until Kikonui decided what to do with her.
Moving into what seemed to be the vaults – the party was confronted by a beautifully painted blue door with a sort of metal window that looked into the large room. Hearing voices from beyond, the door opened revealing an apparition of Pharasma, a diety known to be of rebirth and Good.
She called for everyone to come closer and to leave their weapons behind in peace. A few of them walked in – though Kyoshi and Buttercup resisted and stayed outside. A wise decision as it would turn out… the door closed and the illusions seemed to get stronger… This time the apparition begged everyone to claim their new gifts of power – some did drop their gear – but the phrase “Cunning like a Fox” – seemed to fit Nemkitu as he held on to his weapons though he could not disbelieve what was in front of him.
Then suddenly, the illusions disappered replaced by two flying octopus looking demons. Speaking in tongues and whispers, the demon began attacking with verocity everyone below. Arianna summoned a spider using her ring – which smartly grappled and stuck the creature to the stalagmite cieling for a time – while Kyoshi and Buttercup cicled around using a secret passage discovered nearby.
Being careless – the creature managed to break out of the web – only to fall entangled to the floor below. His mirror image disbelieved and with Kyoshi rounding the rear corner – the demon became trapped. Though he had nearly killed some of the party – his time had finally run out with decisive blows from everyone.
Recovering their strength from the battle – the party cautiously went forward finally finding the hidden vaults of Brinewall. Kyoshi checked their doors and gained entry…only to find they were empty. But to their east – a secret passage revealed itself – leading to yet another vault… and something else.
A wraith… A soldier that once was called Rokuru. A spitting image of the portrait hanging in the living room of Ameiko’s residence back in Sandpoint. It was her grandfather!
Rokuru pointed further west to yet another passage – hidden – revealing a cabinet inset in stone. Inside…they found the Warding Box. And the secret of Ameiko’s Legacy. The box is the color of Jade and has strange markings including some that match Ameiko’s family. With haste, the party stowed the warding box and heading out of the dungeon through another passage that led to the surface.
As the party walked briskly through the ruin of Brinewall village- something odd was happening around them. The gloom seemed to disappear – the lake near the cemetary seemed even more inviting. Flowers that were not there before had blossomed along the entire trail leading back to the caravan.
A sudden whisp of air startled the company as Spivey decided to make one last appearance.
“Leaving so soon?” she pondered. “You have done what I could not. Many will come here one day to settle. Desnu decrees it!”
“We were glad to be of help,” replied Kyoshi. “We must hurry now, one of our friends still needs help.”
“Not for long,” Spivey retorted. “She is awake, though not speaking yet. Her journey and yours is just beginning!”
Then mumbling something to herself – all of you feel warm and joyful inside as a blessing of Desnu rains upon you. She waves back to you all – as you find your way back to the undergrowth and Sandru’s waiting caravan.
Hazuki looked over at the rest of the company. “They won’t believe us.” she said walking through bushes and high grass.
“They won’t have to, " replied Kyoshi. “I suspect Ameiko will tell everything for us. It is WE that won’t believe – life is full of surprises..and if we’re fortunate, it will be profitable too!”
The Adventure Continues with Jade Regent Part 2: “Night of Frozen Shadows”