Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (31)
We were all finally back in town together. Miyara,
myself, Ashu, and Goru had taken a boat from the town downstream and
been brought up to date on the interrogation of Selina (INSERT HERE FROM 30). It had
taken us three days to get here, and since it was evening we decided to
rest for the night. (NOTE:
official name of the dwarf we were tailing is "Stapmi", although
everyone calls him "Stumpi")
Selina admitted being hired by Martin to be the
muscle, and to faking the vampire attack. No-one ever came to the
camp from town, she said. She never saw Stapmi or Gehrig. She had a
magic sword and magic dagger, according to Hosei.
The doctor had returned to town too, and was
completely unaware of anything other than the missing manbane
antidote. We suspected, of course, that the doctor's workshop was
at the mansion.
We still needed to find Martin. For some
reason, the barbarians thought that he would be likely to be at the
mansion too. From what I have heard about the Master Og's
experiences there, if Martin was headed there he would now be dead and
his body would never be found.
So we all headed out towards the mansion. Sun
remained behind. There were by now no guests at the inn, and the
previous owners were leaving town on the boat. Carmeri and
Rabena, along with Pireseri and Jeison, had apparently been forbidden
from entering those woods. The plan was to reach the edge of the
woods, whereupon Ashu would go ahead and ask the druidess for
Before we reached the woods, however, we came across
the point where Britt
Stultenburg died. Here we remembered the footprints of the
large being in boots. Perhaps this had been the doctor's
construct? We decided to try to pick up the boot trail
again. I could not pick up the trail, especially as it was
raining. Ashu told us to stay here while he went on as originally
Meanwhile, Hosei took a miniature paper umbrella and
placed it in his hat. He stayed perfectly dry despite the
rain. Miyara made him several umbrellas while we were waiting.
Ashu returned. He motioned for us all to
follow, and said something. Miyara told me that he said that we
were not to do anything that might start a fire.
The rain was getting worse. It was now clear
that a storm was approaching.
Ashu could not pick up the boot track either, so we
continued towards the mansion. We reached the road leading there,
and made rapid progress.
The storm was getting worse. Lightning slammed
into a tree nearby, splitting it in two. Rain pummelled us as we
walked in silence.
The mansion clearly burned down years ago, and there
was little left now but rubble and vegetation. Stapled to one of
the taller fragments was a tall metal rod, which we saw being struck by
lightning as we watched. We could hear a door slamming in the
Before we went inside, Hosei handed out some small
glowing rocks to those who could not see in the dark.
I suggested I lead since I could see. Miyara
agreed, and I was grateful for her confidence in me. I hoped I
would not betray it this time.
The door was slamming back and forth in the
wind. Once it was the top door of stairs down. The stone
stairs into the ground were still there.
I led them down. Behind me followed Ashu and
Miyara, then Hosei. Carimera took out the sogin roku and
concentrated on it for a while. Her eyes started to glow, and
little lights danced around her head. After Hosei came Pireseri,
Rabena and Carimera, Goru, and Jeison. The first three of us
proceded quietly, but Hosei was as expected more noisy and the head of
his staff glowed.
At the bottom of the stairs was a door. I
motioned to Pireseri to come forward to look through the door. He
reported that there was a hallway perpendicular to the stairs, about
fifteen feet long. At the end to the right was a room; across the
hall slightly to the left was another room; at the other end of the
hall were the pieces of two other rooms. Oil lamps burned in the
The room to the right was not lit. It looked
like this was once some sort of prison or torture chamber, probably two
hundred years ago when the mansion was whole. The room across the
hall was the remains of a wine cellar. To the left the rooms were
hard to see, but Pireseri could see the remains of furniture, shelving,
and so on, so rotted it was hard to tell what it was.
Pireseri jiggled the door handle. It was
locked, apparently, and was a recent addition. He said there was
no lock for him to open, and he seemed mystified why it would not be
open. Hosei said it was magically locked. Miyara told me
with disgust that Hosei the mage could not open magical locks.
Goru pressed forward enthusiastically, wanting to break down the
door. Miyara and I discussed whether the barbarians should shout
before or after breaking it down.
We let Goru through to break his way through.
He hauled back his maul, and smashed it into the wooden door. The
first hit punched a large hole; the second smashed the door; a couple
more cleared away the debris.
I stepped through, as Pireseri pointed out that it
might be set up to keep things in rather than out. I turned left
in the hallway towards the two rooms with the remains of
furniture. There were four doors here, no doubt concealing the
rooms Pireseri had described. Ashu said this was the way the
At the end of the hallway, only one opened directly
into this hallway, while the other lead on from it. The first of
those rooms was at the end of the hall. I walked up to the door
and signalled that it was locked. Pireseri came forward and
examined the door and the room.
The room ahead, according to Pireseri, was full of
many pieces of furniture. Somehow a large mound of it had been
slid in front of the door, that would pour out on us if we opened
it. The room off to the right of it was clearly a working but
disorganized laboratory of some sort, including electrical, magical,
and chemical equipment with sparking all around. There were three
people there. The first was the doctor, dressed in a white lab
coat, waving his arms and speaking. The second was a leather clad
hunchback. On a large table was a large man, clad only in filthy
rags, seven feet tall looking like some mockery of a man, stitched
together, and rising to his feet.
Pireseri could read lips, Miyara told me, but the
doctor was speaking neither common nor elvish. Goru spoke out and
said excitedly that he had a vision of a large monster sitting up from
The only way into the room was this door.
Pireseri could pick the lock, and then Goru could control the flow of
the wreckage so it did not hurt anyone. That is what we
planned. I prepared to vault across the junk as soon as it was
Pireseri opened the lock. Suddenly Goru had a
vision of a ghostly face, screaming at him, but stayed at his
task. He asked something to us, and then jumped back, releasing
Jeison suddenly made a noise, and turned around to see a ghostly face. He
immediately fell to the ground in a seizure, clattering into a heap.
I vaulted over the junk into the room beyond.
This time I headed directly for the mage, the doctor. I would not
allow myself to be shamed again. I ignored the commotion in the
The spectre is Hans-Dietrich Reichenbach, the father
who died 200 years ago Carimera
fell to the ground
clutching the sogin roku. Hosei turned around next, and stood
there stunned briefly. Rabena examined Jeison -- he was in
seizure, and she tried to help him.
To get to the doctor, I had to
get through the next door. Assuming it would be locked, I tried
to break it down. The first kick was not effective.
Baka. At least I did not hurt myself -- my technique was pure.
that no-one else seemed to be doing anything, tried to Dispel Demon on
this apparition. It does nothing.
Goru came in behind me and hit the door with his
maul, smashing a hole in it. At least I had weakened it first,
and now Goru was first in line for the mage's spells.
Nevertheless, I started to alternate with him and slammed the door
again, enlarging the hole. I quickly stepped back for Goru's next
blow, but not in time to avoid a bolt of lightning. It bounced
off me and struck Goru too. Fortunately Ashu, Miyara, and
Pireseri were not struck; they were now lined up behind us.
the dagger from the fallen Carimera. Looking around, she could
not see the spectre anywhere.
Goru swung at the door again, smashing it
open. The monster stood in front of the door, ready to attack
anyone who passed through. We had to attack the creature before
anything else could happen. As I dived through acrobatically,
Miyara called for the rest of them
to fall back to draw the monster through. Suddenly I felt
myself being slammed between the door and the monster. It crushed
all the breath out of me.
threw an axe at the monster, lodging it in the chest. The
creature staggered under the blow and started into the room, looking
from one to the other. Then Goru struck heavily at the creature
as Miyara tried to find a way past. The footing in that room was
very uncertain, contributing to the difficulties of the fight.
Miyara tried to find a way by, but tripped on something and stumbled
slightly. Ashu took the next of his four axes, and threw it at
the creature too -- we had wondered why he carried four of them rather
than just two to fight with. The monster then struck heavily at
Goru, but it was only a glancing blow.
over to the door to the room where the fighting was going on, and
I wanted to attack the doctor, but now the hunchback
was in the way. I had to fight my way through him first. I
struck him hard. I dodged his return blow. Behind me the
fighting continued unabated. The hunchback then sneaked a blow
through -- I had left an opening in my weakened state -- but I returned
the attack with a blow to a pressure point.
Hosei tried to
maneuver around the fighting in the room to get a view into the room
where I was fighting. He then started casting a spell.
Miyara kept trying to move past, but fell down in the mess of the
room. Rabena stepped into the room a little to hand the dagger to
Pireseri. Ashu joined the fight, also striking the monster heavily.
Again I struck at the hunchback, and again I struck
home. He fell to the ground, clearly dead. Suddenly I too
dropped to the ground, gibbering like a mindless maniac.
(OUT FOR 60
ROUNDS, after ten rounds. 1 for me is round 11:
Meanwhile the fight continued without me, the
combatants in the other room pummelling the creature mercilessly.
Pireseri tried to sneak in to stick Carimera's dagger through the
beast's boot to contact the undead bone inside. Miyara struggled
to get to her feet. Finally she dashed into the room and went for
the doctor, attacking rapidly but not distracting him from his spell
casting. But she killed him before he can get the spell off, and
promptly sliced his head off. Hosei rushed to the room and seeing
no-one left alive, dropped his held spell. Suddenly Miyara felt a
cold chill through her whole body, and witnessed the materialization of
a ghostly spectre in front of her. She collapsed into a coma
which she would stay in for four hours. Hosei noticed it too,
having recovered, and started casting a spell on it. Goru was
next on the spectre's target list, and while physically traumatized
(hard of hearing, and no sense of smell or taste), survived. Ashu
started running around screaming, while Pireseri was stunned for a
short while. Rabena started looking for a rune. It simply
stared at the group while no-one was attacking it, so Hosei held his
spell while asking Rabena what to do. As he spoke, the spectre
attacked, so Hosei released his spell, launching a fireball into
it. Hosei then dived for the dagger, avoiding the spectre's
attack. Grabbing the dagger, again the spectre missed him.
Hosei thrust the dagger into the apparition, while it missed him.
Then the spectre touched him, and he fainted for one minute.
Rabena kept frantically searching her book. Ashu recovered, and
ignoring the spectre recovered his axes from the body of the monster
and started hacking at it. Ashu then fetched the dagger from the
unconscious Hosei, while Jeison recovered in the corridor
outside;. Ashu looked around but could not find it to
attack. Jeison came in and discussed carrying everyone out.
Ashu dragged Pireseri, while Jeison grabbed the Miyaras, and Rabena
came too. They were not attacked again on the way up. Goru
had some problem understanding, but carried Carimera.
I recovered on the way up the stairs, but fell
unconscious too from my wounds. Jeison carried Miyara, and we all
continued out and returned to the inn in town. It was still
raining outside when Rabena had worked on me enough to regain