Whisper's journal entry 6
Morning comes and we follow the lava river towards the pyramids. Star forages for potion
ingredients and finds a rare plant called snakes flowers that he thinks he can make anti-venom
with. We pause a little while as he makes 3 portions, and gives one to each of us. Then a
conversation regarding if fishfolk can drink happens between Sharlyn and Star. After a while the
brush starts the thin out. Star notices a small building covered in brush up an embankment. We
go to check it out, star goes first but he gets startled by birds but apart from that nothing except
that it’s next to the road. The door is made of bronze and has snakes on it. Star looks for traps.
He goes to open it but can’t. However there is a tree growing through the center of the building
through the ceiling. I try the door and it opens as Star jumps onto the roof to see if we can get in
that way. I look inside, it appears to be a watch. There’s a rack of spears in the shape of
snakes. There are three out of the five spears that look worthy so I take one and Star takes two
but one crumbles. I see a small chest under the table. Star checks for traps before I pull it out,
put it on the table and open it. Inside there are papers with writing that none of us can read. I
gather them up. I tried to search for any hidden trap doors but don’t find any. Star finds some
feathers and puts it in his head fur.
Star scouts from up a tree to check our forwarding journey. He sees the forest ending to give
way to a grassy land with pyramids. We decide to go back and follow the lava trail. We now
come to a tunnel where the lava flows into a pyroduct. We decide to head up to the path on top
of the tunnel and follow it. We come to a ledge and a clearing. We see the largest pyramid
before us. The lava flow goes into the center of the largest pyramid. We go down the stairs to it.
Star leads, Sharlyn middle and I take the rear. For some reason Star starts walking the
individual stones in a weird fashion, believing certain ones to be a pressure plate. We get to the
pyramid and decide to climb as there is no entry way. Sharlyn notices that there are ledges
either side of the lava flow that flows into the pyramid. We climb further and find holes in the
wall. We decide to enter this way. Star takes my rope and ties it around his waist and goes in as
we stay outside. He stealthly crawls in and he sees a room with a doorway. He comes back for
us and we follow. Inside the room is square with two entryways leading in from the outside and
one door leads inwards. I try the door and it opens up into a hallway that splits left and right. We
decide to go left. Star first, Sharlyn second and I third. We find two doors, one on the outside
and one inside. Star opens the outside door that leads into a smaller hallway and there’s two
doors. Star pulls on the south door but it crumbles. Inside is a plush sleeping quarters but full of
mould. Inside is a wardrobe, a dresser and a chest at the foot of a stone bed. Inside the
wardrobe is an outfit that looks like it could fit someone or something with no legs. I then go to
the dresser. I find a gold serpent necklace and keep it. Then to the chest, that contains bronze
armor. We continue to follow the corridor and to the next door, looks like a servants sleeping
quarters. Star investigates the chests and find gloves but the mould flies up and we cough. He
continues to search after wrapping cloth around his face as Sharlyn and I stay back. Nothing.
The last chest contains rats, Star goes wild for them! We head out back to the main hallway and
now are heading south. We got to a corner foyer and open a door in the corner, looks like the
same room we entered in, just more mouldy. We head west and it looks just the same as the
other hallway. We open another outer door and it looks like a dining room. We continue down
the hallway to another corner room, just like the other room with entryways. We head north and
open the outer door. Another barracks room, I hear something like paper on stone. I tell the
others to get into the room and hide as something is coming. We go inside and close the door
behind us. Star goes to the wall behind the door, I go to the back wall and take out my cross
bow and crouch besides a bed poised ready, with Sharlyn by my side. The sound gets loud but
passes the door and off into the distance. Star looks outside and sees a half snake half human
creature. We follow the creature down the west corridor with Star’s intent to kill it. Unfortunately
I’m not as stealthy and the creature turns, it’s a YUAN-TI. It looks like it’s under the control of
some weird mould that’s stuck to it. Star attacks with his spear and claws. Sharlyn attacks it with
a fire orb and singes the mould. I give bardic inspiration to Star and I use vicious mockery. The
creature attacks star. Sharlyn attacks it with fire. I yell again but this time failed. Star attacks
then backs away to me as he is wounded. The creature attacks and hits sharlyn. She attacks
with fire again. Star steps up and hits it with the spear. I give bardic inspiration to Sharlyn, and I
heal Star. Star attacks. I then heal Sharlyn. Sharlyn attacks and it is dazed, she moves to stand
behind it at a distance. It tries to swipe it’s sword at star but he dodges out of the way. It’s
simitar gets stuck in the ground and it tries to grapple Star. Bardic inspiration to Star. I try to cast
sleep but nothing. Star attacks, the creature looks bad. Sharlyn attacks with frost. The creature
lunges at Star with it’s face and it hits. Star is down. Sharlyn uses frost. I use my crossbow but
fail. Sharlyn uses frost again and finally ends it life. I try to help Star but no luck. I try again and
stabilize him. We drag the creature and it’s sword to the barracks to get it out of the way and for
us to rest. I take first watch, Sharyn second and Star third. I look over the papers and find a
format, but still can’t learn it. Star asks me before he falls asleep for me to leave the papers out
so he can look at them. After we’ve rested and packed our things we head back out to
searching. We finish with the north corridor. We open the door and see rows of stone pews, with
a raised stone dais with a large skeleton cobra, I think it’s made from real bone. Before it is a
stone altar with grooves in it. Star decides to go over and hold his spear up to the skeleton. We
leave and it’s now time to check the inner doors. We get hit with a blast of heat. Peering in we
see a ledge before an open pit. We decide to leave and head back the way we came in. As we
exit we feel a slight rumbling. We decide to head to the top of the pyramid, in the center we see
a hole, peering in we see the red glow of lava. We survey our surroundings. We see buildings
south in a depression through the trees. We need to stay to high ground as a looming doom
enters our bodies. We climb down and through the pyroducts. Star takes the rope and jumps up.
Sharlyn ties her bag off and Star pulls it up, he throws the rope back down and sharlyn climbs.
The rope takes up my gear and then me. We gather our things. The rumbling continues. We
head right to head towards the south. We see a deer trail and follow it. We finally make it to the
south shore. We look over the coastline and see roofed piers jutting out into the water. We head
down towards the water so we stay away from the pier as we don’t know what’s there. On the
way down sharlyn slips but she is attached to Star via rope and he catches her. I slip but catch
myself. Sharlyn slips again but Star catches her. We make it to the water’s edge. They untie
themselves and Sharlyn takes to the water and swims to the pier as we wait here….
She swims over and finds four piers. The first pier holds a large craft with a snake’s head. The
next she finds nothing. Third she finds 9 hunting fishfolk, the same that attacked us on the
rowing boat. In the last pier she finds rows of smaller boats with oars. She comes back to us
with this information.
We decide to wait until nightfall. Sharlyn will survey the shoreline as we wait and Star regales
me with nilbog. We decide to swim over to the smaller boats to steal one, row it out and sharlyn
will go back and set fire to the pier….Operation Trident.
We swim to the fourth pier the best we can. We see five things coming towards us, dolphins?
Sharlyn goes towards them but it’s reef sharks. She commands them to head towards the
shallows, one however tries to attack me and deals damage. Star attacks and the shark goes
for him dealing damage. Sharlyn swims over and attacks. The shark is bloodied and the the
other two feed on it, leaving us to swim away. I heal myself and Star. We head over to the fourth
pier. Sharlyn cut the rope of the nearest boat after checking that the coast is clear. We swim
over. Star climbs into the boat, ties off a rope and then I climb in. Star pushes the boat from the
dock. I rag three arrows. Star starts to argue with me after I tried to use an arrow but it blew out.
We drift and hit another boat. We decide to set the boat that we hit on fire by using sail rags,
lighting my last two arrows and throwing them onto the rags. It takes us a while to sync our
rowing but we finally get going.
Sharlyn swims over to the dock and smells blood. She tries to get onto it but can’t. She finally
gets on and climbs into the boat. She firebolts anything that looks flammable. She dives back
into the water…. Meanwhile we hear an explosion and it sounds like an oil barrel has blown, we
know just to keep rowing… Sharlyn intersects our boat and knows it’s us as we are still arguing
below deck. She stands at the rear of the boat, gleaming with pride watching the pier burn….