Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (9)
We healed in the dry room. Aside from the pit
trap, the room was surprisingly normal. Nevertheless, Pireseri
seemed to look through one of the walls, pointed at something, and
chattered away about it. Apparently no-one cared what he said, as
we all rested for almost an hour until everyone was healed and all the
gear was cleaned of the insidious mud.
Once we were ready, we then went to investigate what
the barbarian had been so insistent upon earlier. We were, after
all, seeking Miyara's statue, and perhaps what Pireseri had seen was
related to this.
Of course we returned to the mud. We proceded
down a corridor we had not explored before, which turned out to end in
a door. Pireseri peered through it, and Miyara told me there was
a boulder beyond jammed up against the door to hold it shut. The
tentacle demon was in the ground under the door.
In the room guarded by the demon were six glowing
gems on leather thongs hanging from spikes on the walls. In the
middle of the room, on a three foot high and wide cylindrical pedastel,
was a white pulsating crystal. The crystals on the walls were
blue-grey and pulsated in time with the central one. The walls
were swathed with whorls and pitted with strange designs.
The barbarians discussed this while we formed a
fighting order. Goru moved to the front to open the door.
I offered to fight the tentacle monster myself while
they grab the crystals, but it was a bad decision; Miyara says that it
must be a group effort to fight. I am ashamed that my honor has
reached such a low that I cannot be trusted to take on a demon alone.
Even before the door was opened, the demon attacked
us. Goru, Jeison, myself, and Miyara were all
targets. We all fought back, but Goru and Jeison were
grabbed, while Periseri jumped onto Jeison's back. Goru was then
pulled under the mud -- a horrible fate! -- but I kept dodging and
destroying tentacles. As we continued, Shon sang what no doubt he
thought of as a rousing fight song, but which came out as barbarian
cacophony. Carumera threw a dagger into a tentacle and heated it
with her magic.
As Miyara went under, Stoiko lept to save her.
I was thankful for this, as it allowed me to keep fighting.
Jeison leapt at the door over where Goru drowned in the mud, with
Pireseri still on his back. The door gave only slightly, but he
I was, shamefully, hit. My skill was not
enough to keep the demon at bay. Miyara's lack of confidence in
me was surely justified.
Stoiko managed to pull a tentacle off Miyara, all
the while shouting encouraging noises. More shouting came from
the back as Ashu pushed forward, brandishing his axe.
Goru finally broke free and surfaced, grabbing his
maul and flailing away at the tentacles that still held him.
Stoiko freed Miyara and assisted her to the rear, as Ashu took their
All this time, Rawena had been reading a book.
To what end I shall probably never understand, as she did not seem to
be contributing at all. It was not until Stoiko also attracted
the demon's attention, being grabbed by a couple of tentacles, that she
put her book away to attend to Miyara's wounds.
Jeison finally broke down the door, and threw his
shield at the central crystal. It did not dislodge it.
Goru's supposedly cheerful song was not very
appropriate. Stoiko was dragged under the mud quickly, despite
having drawn his sword and attacking the beast..
Having failed by throwing the shield, Jeison then
threw Pireseri at the pedastal. He slipped into the water after
trying unsuccessfully to hold onto the column.
As Stoiko continued hacking at the tentacles while
submerged, Rawena finished tending Miyara and returned to her
book. The behavior of these barbarians continues to amaze me.
Goru and Stoiko were both badly hurt by then, but
the white fairy stayed above the mud as he tried without success to
retreat. I too was grabbed, and changed my focus to destroying
that tentacle, which I eventually did.
The barbarians started to panic and do stupid
things. Jeison leapt into the crystal room, headed for the
nearest blue-grey one on the wall. Pireseri pulled himself out of
the mud, grabbed the white crystal, and tried to smash it. The
barbarians are idiots. I shouted, "Don't smash the crystal," but
they ignored me and continued in panic.
Fortunately by then it was clear that the demon was
losing. Many tentacles were starting to evaporate. Still,
Goru was pulled down again.
Jeison grabbed one grey crystal with a triumphant
shout, and went for the next. Pireseri waded through the mud in
his direction, holding the white crystal.
Carimera yelled something at Pireseri. I
didn't know what she was doing at the time, but it was to become
apparent that she had started her latent heating of the crystal.
Yet another barbarian had panicked and was to cause more harm than good.
Suddenly, the tentacle demon let go of those in the
corridor. Goru and Stoiko stood up, thankfully still alive
despite their time under the mud.
I said quickly, "They need to get the crystal and
get to high ground. This is what they came for, right?"
Of course I was right. The tentacles were
surely going to attack Pireseri next, as he was holding the
crystal. Meanwhile, Jeison had reached the short elf, and touched
his grey crystal to the white one, with no effect.
It was time for action. I acrobatted over the
rock and to the pedastal. Carimera was shouting again, as the
demon grabbed both Pireseri and Jeison. The idiots could not keep
their priorities straight, could not think like a civilized person, and
as a consequence put everyone in danger and wreck our goal.
Still, I could save the situation. I sprang over to Pireseri and
took the crystal from him, then vaulted back over the rock and ran for
the safety of the dry room.
Of course I also told Miyara what I was doing.
As I ran by, she told me that the tentacles had let go of the
barbarians and were no doubt after me. This time I was sure I
could dodge the demon long enough to reach safety, and hold its
attention so Miyara would be safe.
Carimera was still shouting unintelligibly as I ran
around the corner out of her sight. Her panicked latent heat
trigger, and the crystal seared my hands. It hit the water with a
burst of steam, leaving me in agony.