< 9163, Month 7, Day 10 >
Anwin has used a demon so target Lady Blackwell in a dream sending and exile her and the Bloody Spikes to another world. Geri, Gide, Xar, Terry, and Korvyk (tracker/survivalist) and servant Chalan (actually a thief on the run for stealing from a powerful guild) for Lord Thostle were captured in the effect and sent to another world.
Anwin’s eyes overlook the glade they were dumped in about 10m above the ground. Gide recognizes them – especially the furrowed brow; he says “I’ll never forget the look of contempt and concern at the same time”.
Naked and near powerless (but fully healed) they have to scrounge sticks and use what few items they had to make weapons and gear and storm a small castle on a ridge. Geri warns the group that the power which transported them to this place will have a residual effect that only leaves them maybe 24 hours to find a shrinking portal home – and then they may be trapped forever.
The tracker discovers the sentry line, and initially the group has to fight scorpion men to get close to the castle they see by having Terry climb to the tree line. Searching around the bluff, they find a difficult approach up and avoid all the guards. Ahead they can only see a portal entrance, evidence of long broken doors, and a crumbling defense. No lights are visible on the trail side though Xar is alerted by the smell of a chimney and confirms that with the lights Terry saw on the cliff side, its definitely active and inhabited. Korvyk confirms too there is plenty of activity – both scorpion people and booted feet of all sizes. The party is very cautious, and Chalan is elected scout and goes forward, with Gide close behind.
The castle in inhabited by a cave troll, all manner of sorcerous experiments and trapped creatures, especially a large population of giant scorpion-men (centaur like creatures with scorpion bodies instead of horses). It almost seems like a place of exiles. Eventually, after a lot of battles, they managed to get to a portal deep in the castle, as Geri expected – there was a way out. Anwin’s familiar’s (flying black cat) presence was the thing that triggered the surity of where to go – they managed to trick the final guardian using Geri’s Beguiling Voice and an idea from Terry (being played by Charlie’s wife). Gide and Xar both could barely even walk. The rest of the group was well wounded and in need of healing and Terry not harmed (thank god – her father would have been unhappy). They managed to get a few good ancient tomes and mystical items in the process, but both Chalan AND Korvyk got the “shakes” and lost coordination. The crew is overall more damaged than before, though Geri’s condition is a little improved. It all happened in less that 24 hours. There may be permanent sanity losses or other effects from the portal on the way back.
At one point, Chalan gives up a mysterious potion he found that smells like scorpion venom in order to save Xar who is dying from a sting. He thinks its anti-venom of some sort. The potions shocks Xar back to consciousness, plays havoc with his system (burns like hellfire) and finally calms… bolstering his vitality permanently!
Gide explains the full (brief) history of the group, Dierdre, the civil war and the organization. The servant and hunter want in – and everyone decided Anwin has to go.
Adopting Two New Into the Gallants
Chalan and Korvyk are explained the code of the Gallants and asked to agree to abide by it in letter and spirit or that they cannot continue on with them. After a formal review of the code, Chalan says he understands the needs but that he may bring unwanted attention to the group. The rest of the group says thats between Gide and him, and he explains his story to Gide in private. Gide says that he accepts the potential trouble, and that as long as he confines using such skills and ideas again to including the group in such decisions, he’s ok with whatever comes along – Chalan will be protected.
Note: Xar has asked Geri for help in continuing to write in his journal while he rests (now he needs it – before the dream he was unhurt!). His word are getting better, but even he has trouble reading his own journal since he is trying to write so much… its slow, but he is learning.
– See Journal of Xar