After the fight with Yargrin, Hookshanks and giggles, Vox heals the broken arm of Harsk , the fight was not a quiet one, and so Gadren Lamb , may have heard the exchange , a black smoke begins to fill the room Vox seems rooted to the spot , then blackness , you find yourself seated around an ornate table , blood drips in huge globules from the ceiling , at the head of a table a giant sits , his face contorted in anger , you look around to see dark twisted dark shapes writhing and dancing at the edge of vision . The armies are moving to Xin Shalast you hear yourself saying, the final preparation nears and soon the ancient lands will be reborn.
A drow wizard comes into view , it’s as if he glides across the floor , the skin changers seem to be working well , the monks struggle to resist the power of the old magic , we are closing in on the two keys , the third is close but the fourth is proving troublesome ,I may need some more lamia agents !
Then it all fades and you hear the drip drip drip of water , as if from a nightmare you feel something being poked hard into your back, the smell of sea water and grime , then the Drow wizards face appears “Wake up” it whispers
With that Vox is awake, his eyes snap open to find himself in a dark cavern, he sees the rest of the group, young women and a young elf girl in the corner unconscious……………. The last he remembers were the damn kobolds !
There is Dark and more Dark , you feel as if you sinking into a thick black swamp, swirling images around you , face of humans , elves , leering pirates and the omnipotent presence of some powerful creature . Then you remember something , then pleb remembers something , a port, an elf ranger , a caravan with huge creatures , huge racks of skins , something , isn’t right , he starts to scratch , his skin is on fire , its burning….burning …………
Then a face of a drow appears “wake up” it whispers!
With a scream pleb awakes, around him are the snoring goblins, the cave is getting dark, he hears voices outside the cave, a weird language with clicks and guttural grunts.
In the Valley of the Uldavai, in a ancient city on a different plane , Corik finds his internal organs have move , the green mist becoming denser the deeper they go into the city , there is something alien , truly alien , turning towards Eando , Bris and Durgen he see`s they have an altered shape , looking like huge serpents in this green haze, Corik staggers as if a huge weight is upon his shoulders and the gas fills his lungs . A bell rings then you hear a thrumming, like slow and distant drums. It grows slowly louder until, with a rush of huge gray wings, an enormous silver-backed ape lands in front of you. The thing must be nine feet tall, and the sword it carries is at least half that length. “You are the first to call in many years. I be Grundhu. Why have you brought me back to this crazy city with its evil spawn?”
As Pleb wakes the goblins up , they have no recollection of the this smugglers shiv and Sqaulik is back , Pleb is confused , Karrow and checks outside and see`s lots of crabmen all talking and few are looking at tracks, Half hand finds a secret tunnel in the back of the cave and they follow it , into an ancient chamber , after many horrible traps they hear the sounds of chanting , and once again see the huge white Tree which has haunted Pleb!
Maybe they cant kill the tree yet and they remember seeing the Gem in its branches , but maybe a different approach may work ?
As Corik watches the monkey approach , a thought flashes into his mind , the message he sent to Shallelu ? Was it the real Shallelu ? Or is now Shallelu working for someone else ? she Cant be , but remember the newer magic is faltering and old ancient unknown magic is appearing !