Kazzitt and Jacquez stayed in the secret supply closet while the foursome marched upward to the next level in the Mysterium. Once on the second level the team peeked about. The thorofare of this floor – littered with both small and medium broken iron cage parts, damaged books and scrolls, wooden splinters, and broken vails. The actual floor hardly visible due to the debris. Thick fog still clinging to the air obscured vision. Charlie recalled this floor called the Arcana is an area used to create magical creatures.
Bronn and crew started to headed west down the hallway. The first hallway lead to a fifteen-foot tall makeshift barricade make of taboo body parts, slick black bedrock stones, and improvised mortar made from book pages and unidentified liquids. The ceiling to floor barrier caused the party to take a detour north.
The northern route brought the party to a room with thick and hardy bookshelves pulled over on the ground and some hanging eerily at a forty-five degree angle. The bookshelves spilled their holdings all over the ground. Charlie’s sharp eyesight caught a book with Xhamen-Dor labeled on the spine laying on the floor. She recovered the undamaged book and put it in her backpack. Suddenly a black smoked incorporeal wraith dashed forth and started to attack the party. The eastern halls wall also collapsed leaving no egress. Charlie recalled the dogma of Xhamen-Dor was knowledge of him was to decay. For this reason, Charlie threw the book back on the floor. Everyone heard an echoing mystical voice penetrate his or her mind. The same voice told them to wake up in the asylum. Only Charlie and Waldobert were able to decipher the message. “Destroy the taint..”
Charlie was the first to notice this wall and wraith was an illusion and shouted this to her party members. All but Zugzug was able to shake off the false impression. Charlie took the liberty to explore further into the Arcana. Charlie took the brunt of some very potent hunting and traps. Meanwhile the first dread wraith was defeated. Then a second one came flying out the adjacent wall. This one was not merely a false fragment of the mind. The voice stated “Stop the taint..”
Zugzug was the main target of this new dread wraith. He kept rolling around to avoid its grasp! Zugzug just kept rolling with it! Bronn’s vision changed for a moment displaying all thick yellow with a small object on the floor obviously contrasting saturated yellow covered an object. He blinked again and the odd eyesight was gone but noted the outlined thing on the floor was the book Charlie had picked up and then threw back on the floor. The voice returned to say, “Help….slave…free!”
Bronn and Zugzug attempted to get a plan together. Zugzug finally got ahold of the book of interest. The dread wraith looked furious in his visage at Zugzug’s action. Zugzug attacked the book and the dread wraith disappeared instantaneously. The book fell to the floor in pieces. Then the portions of the book started to come back together. Bronn sundered the book tearing up the book in every way he could. This appeared to stop the recollection animation from the book.
Charlie disabled the hallway trap and set of greater glyphs in a hallway it made the thorofare safe once again. Charlie sought out the resettable ward. According to the map Lady Thyrr game the party it was supposed to be where Charlie was. In the statue’s absence was a mummy looking creature with bright yellow grab that draped over it’s face. The limbs of the creature appeared disjoined. Charlie could only rummage through her brain to know this was a Hooded Harbringer! It reached out with his long reach and clawed hand towards Charlie. The Hastur scar burned on her chest.
Zugzug finally rolled over to this area and the Hooded Harbringer spoke in common to bow and submit fully to Hastur. Zugzug just kept rolling! Once Bronn sundered the book, the statue became visible. The party reset the wards by turning the angels head. Their resources dwelling they grouped. To be continued!
The Whisper out of Time VI
Note: this is what I have been tracking for you guys experience wise!
XP: 9,600 (Charlie//Bronn @ 113,668 experience) – Level 11 [Fast Track]
XP: 9,600 (Zug Zug/Waldobert @ 108,055 experience) – Level 11 [Fast Track]
XP: 0 (Jacquez should be @ 84,583) – Level 10 [Fast Track]
XP: 0 (Kazzitt should be @ 73,740) – Level 10 [Fast Track]