How fickle the hand of fate , one moment your swashbuckling your way through a fishery , then next you’re in soiled underclothes in a hopeless situation……..
As the vision fades , Caldin once again come around , he is in a dank cavern reeking of urine and faeces , he sees his unconscious companions chained to a rough cavern wall , a huge man enters his black armour shimmers and looks to be made of dragon scales , behind him are 3 strange looking characters , a tall women with green hair that looks like snakes , a burly man with the face of a wolf and finally and a very thin , he look extremely ill , when he coughs cockroaches and other insects spew from his mouth, he looks at Caldin as he enters !
Leaning over the small human women he gently picks her up and unchains her,
“laurel “ he whispers in a deep melodic voice ,
the girls eyes open “Lord Black fang “ she says as if mesmerised .
He smiles warmly and then turns to the burly man, “Make sure the carriage is ready, we travel to riddle port immediately “– with that the man bows and leaves.
Black fang then passes the girl to the green haired women, “let us leave, Seri!” and be careful not to harm the girl, things are not what they seem, this girl maybe key!” with that he strides out of the cavern.
“My lord “calls the gaunt man “what of me?”
“You can see to our guests, I’m sure you can come up with something, find out what they know, then get rid of them and report to me in riddle port!”
With that the gaunt man coughs again and more insects spew from his mouth and he also leaves.
You don’t know much time has passed but Eranicus comes awake first , waking his companions , they cast heals and get water , but what now ?
Further investigation shows the walls are covered in Chitin , they then encounter a strange 7 foot ant creature with a terrible looking spear, and so evasion is the name of the game!
The formians have made a nest , it seems this is indeed the lair of Black fang and with him gone , the creature of vile insects seems to be in charge !
Lastly they find an old library and the ancient ghostly librarians speak to the characters , they learn Xin shalast is an ancient city , known as the city of greed !
But still they must find this key and maybe the venture captain ?
The ghostly librarian says to the north of the crucible is savage danger but they may find an armoury to the south , ? Eranicus must get his father’s sword, while Harsk must find his musket axe !
As Caldin Vox stands he feels , light dust is falling around him , something isn’t right , on closer inspection he see`s white roots in the ceiling , walls and floor of the ancient crucible !
Then a vision “ a huge putrid , pile of cells , deep under water , its intelligence is alien, ancient , very ancient magic pulses from every cell , very evil if it can be called that …………. it’s as if it’s being is awakening from a long slumber !” – In an ancient city on another plane and on a mysterious island, two creatures also get the same vision ……..
Then he zones back in and everything is as it was, no dust and no roots , but his skin itches and burns for a second then it’s as before , time to get out and track down laurel and their venture captain and get this key !
“Are you ok Laddie “ asks Harsk ?
Eranicus seems concerned “ Are you alright Caldin ?” he asks