Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (70)
Rabena heals everyone before we proceed. This
takes about three and a half hours, but it does seem worth the delay.
Here at the Hargrim entrance, there is no sign of a
door. Pireseri tells us there is a hallway beyond. After
some examination it is possible to find the runes spelling out
Hargrim's name. There is a door, he says, but it is layered over
with rock. There are no mechanical traps or locks on the door,
other than of course the layer of stone over the top of it. Hosei
cannot identify any specific magic, and there are no other shapes in
the surface of this rock.
Miyara and I agree that the White Fairy should dig
through the shell to the door. He starts to do so, trying to
trace the shape of the door and break the shell away intact.
Finally he reaches the point where he thinks the door and facing will
open outwards, bonded together. He opens it.
Beyond is a narrow passageway going away from
us. I lead, with Pireseri behind me and Hosei behind him.
The others follow in order as directed by Miyara.
Just before I step in, Pireseri stops me.
Apparently the floor from here to as far as he can see is a whole
series of pressure plates, and the rock above the ceiling contains
loose rock. He can see no way to disarm it.
We briefly discuss using an air elemental to carry
us across. I say that I don't need to step on the floor in such a
narrow passageway to go down it.
Pireseri is sure that once the trap is set off, the
ceiling comes down in a rain. As I had observed earlier, it would
be possible to run through and not be hurt. But it would fill the
tunnel behind us.
The plan comes out -- Rabena is using her sogin roku
to conjure an elemental to carry her and Pireseri down the tunnel to
scout, using one of Hosei's rocks to see. It seems a strange
plan, but it does at least at first seem to be working.
Pireri shouts back that the tunnel and trap end
after 50 feet, and there are stairs going down immediately after the
pressure plate tunnel. There is nothing else of interest around,
no other traps at least until the stairs. Rabena sets him down
there. After the stairs is a landing where it turns, then another
set of stairs and a hallway running north-south perpendicular to the
upper passage. The landing is trapped with more pressure plates,
but Pireseri cannot yet see what they might do. The passage
deadends to the north after about 40', and to the south it opens into a
roughly oval or rounded rectangle shaped room. The
room is about 20-25 feet by 10-25 feet. He can see no other
exits. The near end is mostly open space, but there is a pattern
of shadow and dark along the walls. The far end is full of
something, but it's hard to tell what because the whole room swirls
with streaks of light, shadow, and dark. Streaks of blue and grey
and white in a mist of green.
Pireseri and Rabena come back to report and describe
what they've seen.
Rabena says she can carry everyone down the passage
with air elementals, and proceeds to do so. I go first to give
confidence to the barbarians, and because I can see in the dark.
We are carried to the bottom of the stairs past the trapped
landing. Ahead I can see a door to the nroth at the dead end
which Pireseri had not mentioned, but still I stand as Miyara has
directed me not to move from here.
Soon all of us are here, and Rabena puts away her
The hallway goes north as far as we can tell.
We cannot see the passage that Pireseri reported. To the north is
a door with Hargrim's name and crown and hammer and so on, with all
sorts of elaborate styling. The lock is one of the most intricate
and complex locks he has ever seen. It is intriguing in its
complexity. Beyond the door is a nice trap, very dangerous, and a
dead end. Well duh.
To enter the passageway to the south is a wall about
three inches thick. There are no mechanical locks, and no extra
magic. It looks like it's time for Goru to break down another
wall, which is exacgtly what he does -- starts to chisel out the
outline and across, and then will break it down completely with his
As soon as he plants the chisel, through the north
door comes dark misty humanoid shapes with glowing red eyes and dressed
in dark shrouds. The wraiths come through the door.
I am rooted to the spot. ((I acquire a new
mental quirk. Fire is fascinating.)) It seems like
forever, but it must only have been about ten seconds. I hear
screaming from the back of the group, some of it screaming in pain, one
of which is Miyara. Suddenly a wall of fire descends around us,
burning some of the wraiths and forcing them back. Ashu must have
used the sogin roku of fire. The ring of fire expands to push
them to the walls -- they slip into the wall as if it wasn't there --
but they push their way through anyway to come after us. Ashu
contracts the ring anyway as they come through and burn them before
they can reach us.
And in a horrid rending and shaking, a ten foot
radius sphere of rock is ripped out of the universe centered on Goru,
who has his sogin roku out. We all fall into the hole, but the
wall is gone too. Everyone hears a rumbling evil laugh, or was
that the sound of rock ripping out of the universe.
The hallway goes south for about ten feet to a plain
door. It is a plain wooden door, no traps, no locks.
Goru opens it.
What Pireseri had described pales before a large
disembodied head ranting at us in some barbarian tongue, probably
dwarvish. One of the words was Hargrim, and apparently it is
warning us out of his tomb.
We are struck with fear. I faint.
((The head vanishes. The room is 15 feet
high. Each side wall has a series of moulded pillars about 18" in
diameter, curving inwards to a point at the ceiling. At the north
end (our end) there are mosaics between the pillars depicting Hargrim's
life. There are four figures of dwarven warriros with large axes
surrounding Hargrim's sarcophagus at the south end, in a lumiscent
white rock, undecorated except for a single rune on the lid.
There are hangings from the pillars surrounding the sarcophagus,
embroidered in silver and golden thread in some form of dwarvish
writing. Hosei says the whole room stinks of magic, which swirls
around the room as Pireseri had seen earlier.
Inside the sarcophagus is the perfectly preserved
body of a dwarf with jewelry and rich clothes. On his head is a
battered iron crown with an eye-sized pearl. On his chest is a
battle-axe. On his open right hand is a crystal of green stone
streaked with blue, grey and white, and it is answering the call of the
other crystals. The sarcophagus is a solid block with two
chambers, one for the king and one very thin one in what would be the
lid, apparently empty.
Goru steps towards the sarcophagus, but before he's
moved a few steps several shadowy spectres step out of the wall.
A dwarf, two orcs, and elf, a troll, and an ogre, stepping from the
murals. Fighting ensues, the spectres paralyzing everyone they
hit. Ashu produces his flaming curtain again.
Rumbling, shaking, dust coming down the stairs as if
something large had fallen. Goru has caused an earthquake with
his sogin roku.
But the spectres are vanquished in the curtain of
Eventually, Rabena goes in and talks with the
paralyzed Goru who uses his sogin roku to try to remove the
sarcophagus. It rains stones over every one of us, wherever we
Once the rain ceases, it's clear that there's an
earthquake going on and the whole pace is shaking.))
I must have been out for about five minutes.
When I wake up from the faint, I'm unconscious.
((Goru keeps trying, and suddenly a forty foot
smooth sided cylindrical hole opens up under him and he falls to the
bottom. He keeps messing with the stone with glee, but eventually
it carves out a meandering passage and stairway up to the top of the
mountain. It opens up a ramp from the underside of the
sarcophagus to him. Sarcophagus comes sliding down the ramp and
hits him, breaking into many hundreds of pieces but not hurting
him. The body of Hargrim tumbles on top of him, dumping its
various stuff on top of him. The extra chamber in the stone was
full of poison under pressure, flooding the hole and out into the
room. Pireseri dies.
Eventually Ashu recovers from paralysis and starts
to treat people. Eventually Rabena recovers consciousness and
starts her work too.))
When I recover, I find that Miyara is looking after
the sogin roku of water until she determines a bearer. As soon as
we are capable, we follow the new path up and out onto the
mountain. We bring Pireseri with us.
It comes out at the top of the mountain looking down
over the valley that was the front entrance. Clearly it was a
battleground. There is nothing but crows moving. Everyone's
After several hours we get down to the bottom and to
the cliffs overlooking the valley. Dead dwarves from both sides
are everywhere. There are no signs of living dwarves. We go
down into the valley too.
We find Mendri's body, and not too far from him, the
other contender. It was a great battle, and now both armies have
been destroyed. There were few if any survivors. Dwarves,
it seems, battle to the last man... but Goru tells us that this does
not happen. Wounding is more common than death, but there is no
sign of any other bodies than dwarves -- Goru suggests a third force