The day began with the Legion of hope, well rested after their night with the gypsies, if that’s what they were. They resumed their journey. Memory of the night quickly faded as all of the party felt rejuvenated and eager to hit the road.
As you traveled south, at the edge of the Reaching Woods forest Quintus decided to attempt a find familiar spell. With careful preparation and well guarded by Marg, he performed the ritual and began to wait. He expanded his awareness of the forest and began to truly feel the life around him. The spell was competed. He felt peaceful. Elysia, Melethril o’ Haldir watched nearby, unseen by Marg and Quintus.
At one point, a small portal opened up. A scaly hand reached out and a creature pulled itself through. It was red with small horns and a barbed tail. With an evil grin forming it started to walk towards Quintus. It hesitated as it noticed Margs watchful form.
Elysia launched into action. She put her fingers to her lips and whistled. The pitch of her whistle was so high it was beyond human hearing range. Within moments fey creatures of the forest began to appear. They quickly surrounded the little fiend, preventing its escape. Then a fey power arrived and banished the creature back to the hell it originated from.
The night passed with no sign of a familiar. Quintus was preparing to return to the carriage and felt a presence. A feeling of being watched. Eventually, Sniper made his appearance and landed on Quintus’s shoulder… and said “what the fuck!”
Sniper is a Scarlet Macaw. He is very friendly but, has a tendency to use salty language. Sniper has extremely good hearing and keen eyesight. He is also absolutely stunning with vibrant blue wings, A bright yellow stripe across his wings and scarlet head and shoulders. He is very intelligent.
As you followed the road through the Storm Horns mountains, nearing the High Moors, Fria ranger senses triggered. Something was following the carriage through the mountains. She set out to find the creature. She found its tracks and began to follow them. However, she realized that it was likely that the creature had doubled back and probably was trying to flank her.
Fria changed course and managed to confront the creature. It appeared to be a feline with lightly spotted fir, wide paws, and tufted ears. It showed no signs of aggression. Fria carefully coaxed it closer and it accepted her.
With some careful introductions, Frias new friend Trixie the lynx has accepted most of the party. Trixie did not take well to Alex the autognome, but didn’t not try to eat him. Trixie does look with interest at Sniper however. Looks like prey.
The party finally arrived in the High Moors and began to search for the entry cave. Eventually, it was found after swimming underneath a waterfall. You left Trixie and Alex with the carriage and horses. Trixie can bring down a deer but, a horse is probably too big for her.
You formed up and swam into the cave. Soon you came to a waterfall in another cave. The water cascaded down a passage an unknown distance. But, you all jumped in a leap of faith. You hurtled rapidly down, down , down and dropped through an opening with water all around you, landing with a splash in a large body of water. You pulled your armor companions to the shore and continued on.
Next you came to another underground chasm with a powerful river running through it. On the bank there was a stack of empty barrels. Marg, exclaiming with delight immediately grabbed a barrel and launched herself into the water. The rest of you could hear her shouting with glee as she rapidly disappeared.
Looking at each other you all, one by one, grabbed a barrel and hopped in, launching yourselves down the turbulent river. After some excitement when Safwin fell in the water, you ended up splashing into a large body of water again.
You climbed out and proceeded onward. You soon came to a large cave complex. You began to explore to find a way through and found some chocolate covered gelatinous pizza cubes. There were four of them and several members of your party were paralyzed before finishing them off.
You resumed your trek through the cave and set off some shriekers. You easily dispatched them but, not before attracting a nearby Umber Hulk. It proved to be a tougher foe but, no match for the combined might of the Legion of Hope.
Brie filled a vial with a sample of its blood. The camera zoomed out as the party dusted off and continued further into the caves.