And so we pass deeper into the kruthik caverns. We have passed into the “throat”. As we entered the fleshy tunnel, we began to hear voices whispering to us. Fortunately for me, my training in mental discipline allowed me to resist their torment and aid the others in their own self-discovery. It was clear to me that each person was hearing something that was decidedly repugnant to them. Shaelyn even took up my advice to sing to distract herself from the voices. Ukko seemed to become zombie-like. Xantumal and Gaz’a’rakh made empassioned speeches to the group, though I had to translate Gaz’a’rakh’s into a more diplomatic one. Through their words and my mental acuity we were able to drive back the voices and make our way deeper into the cavern without suffering undue harm. In fact, I think the voices had the opposite effect, driving our passion onward and bolstering us for what lay ahead.
Not far below (or so we thought) we encountered a group of aberrations guarding a bridge. The bridge was the only way over a large chasm that led to a river below. The chasm proved no match for Ukko however as he leaped it in a single bound. He landed axe first and cleaved one of the dolgrim into its two component goblins again. Sometimes, Ukko is a frightening sight to behold on the battlefield. A short skirmish later (things seemed to go our way) and the bridge was cleared of aberrants. Ukko ran ahead heedless of our need to rest. We were concerned that his rage will cause him to attack whatever he finds without us. Xantumal and I went ahead to make sure he hadn’t when we didn’t hear any combat. Fortunately, he hadn’t. However, he did find a large nest gathered below. A kruthik hive lord, a winged kruthik, an adult and many hatchlings (all aberrantly mutated) waited for us below. Apparently there was also a wall that could speak. This description confused me until I actually saw what the creature was. Suffice to say, we will call it a Pillar of Mouths. Having rested a moment to regain some strength we headed down to take the fight to these creatures of madness.
Upon entering we noticed another oddity in the cavern. On the far side there were a collection of Shards of all three types. Eberron shards grew down from ceiling above, Khyber shards grew up from the floor below and a Siberys shard was jammed in between them. None of us have ever seen such a construct of shard before.
It bears stating that Shaelyn & Gaz’a’rakh had noticed Khyber shards in the room above which is quite unusual for the depth that we have travelled. More on this later.
The creatures were a difficult battle as our luck had turned for the worst. I was unable to focus my energies. The kruthik were able to move about with impunity and attack me without retort. I was desperate enough at one point to use a healing potion. Apparently there were nodes in the room that allowed you to regain the use of an expended power. Shaelyn took advantage of that and made her way to several of them to aid in the healing process. It was not enough for me as I was knocked unconscious. I awoke a short time later, however, having been healed by Xantumal of all people. Somehow this divinity he has gained has given him healing abilities. He needs to investigate the uses of these runes he keeps calling upon. Perhaps I will have the opportunity to aid him later. Little did that matter, for a poison was coursing through my body and was soon to take me down again. The battle raged on I am told. Until the battle was ended by Gaz’a’rakh. By removing the Sibyrys shard from the construct, he created an explosion, which destroyed the Pillar as well as several members of the party. Again, all this is second hand. After that the shards apparently reached out with tendrils of energy and touched each of us – golden (Siberys) to myself and Shaelyn, purple (Khyber) touched Xantumal and red (Eberron) touched Ukko and Gaz’a’rakh. There were runes floating about (which Ukko and Shaelyn described to me in as much detail as they were able) like the prophecy. From what I can surmise they demonstrated the attention of the Progenitor Dragons upon us in some sort of minor appreciation of what we have done.
The confluence of Shards was an unnatural one. Though the Eberron and Khyber shards could be found naturally underground, the Siberys shard is not so and must be removed to the world above. Apparently the touch upon me has granted me some additional arcane power. I suspect the others have experienced similar conditions. We are attempting to return to the surface, but as I stated before, we have not traveled a linear distance. I had mentioned this to Gaz’a’rakh earlier when we encountered the transformed tunnel. It seems reasonable that a creature of madness that can warp physical reality can also warp distance. So, we find ourselves deep underground, perhaps in Khyber itself. Ukko has noticed what appears to be the sounds of water out another exit and so we are going to attempt to go that way. I am limited on my resources, so I am hoping that we stop to rest before much else occurs.
On a logistical note, the gold we have received divides to 26gp and 5 sp. I will manage the two jets we have found when we get back to town.