Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (10)
This entry is short. I am still badly hurt
from the searing crystal, thanks to Carimera and the certainty of
barbarians to panic. No amount of tending my wounds has healed
them sufficiently -- it will take something much more capable to do
that. They are healed in that there are no open sores, but the
internal damage has been too much. I am unable to close or open
them. I can fight, and I can scoop things, but I cannot carry
anything or climb -- or spring off them, as I am accustomed to do in
battle. Rawena is upset that she cannot heal them further.
We have destroyed the white crystal and the six
other blue-grey ones. This was surely a bad thing, but the
tentacle demon had left us alone now. After many hours of healing
and resting, we have explored the remainder of the lower levels.
We have found what seems to be instructions for opening the solid stone
and brass "doors," but the details are still unclear.
These papers were in the library in which we now
rest, up and to the west from the stage. The room had been looted
a long time ago, and no books were left. In a secret compartment
we found two pieces of paper. Both were in the language of Goru's
race: one contained a ritual speech, the other (which crumbled from age
at the rough handling from the barbarians) gave instructions for
carrying out the ritual. It involves throwing a body onto a
plinth so that blood pours onto the surface and upper edges, and also
blinding the eyes of the guardians of the floor with the blood. I
had expected there to be a savage ritual such as this, but hearing the
details appalls me.
What is clear is that we need to get through those
doors, and while I cannot fight as effectively, I can still be in
battle and draw the attention away from Miyara. She must succeed
in her goal in obtaining the small statue of the dragon, which
according to the visions is in some sort of alcove.