Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (84)
I have launched into the air from the tower.
In my right hand is the stone, in the left the magical dagger.
Through the hail and rain I see a flying disk, a
sky-shark, with vicious demon riding on it. It is very
frightening, but I am determined and overcome it. It's coming to
me fast, warming up it's man-sized sword. I charge, using the
stone to boost my speed, tucking in my wings like a swallow. It
will have the least change to hit me, and I can try to dart aside at
the last moment.
I swoop by rapidly and dodge the demon's
sword. As I race for the hole, I hear it coming up behind me
fast. I dodge again. He shoots past and turns back.
He's faster and turns more readily, heading back at me.
I invoke the stone and blast him with fire, but it
burns my wings instead. It really hurts.
He turns again to make another pass. Burn.
Inferno. Destroy. But it fails, and he swings back in.
This time he connects with the sword. I am
seriously hurt, but continue in my mission.
Fire. All-consuming fire. All-destroying
fire. An inferno that boils the sky. Centered on him.
Out comes a fireball that streaks into him and burns
him. He screams. He keeps coming. I dodge again.
My wings burn merrily as the first of two fireballs
fails, but the second hits him again. He roars and sweeps in
again. He strikes me hard again. I try the fireball again,
Again he turns, I fireball again. Instead of
charging and flying past, he stands right in front of me, and as he
comes forward he slides backwards. Backwards is not his thing --
he missed. I catch him with a fireball at short range. I
pursue the attack. If I die, I will do so honorably.
I can see the hole about fifty feet in front of
me. The fight is travelling at about ten feet per second. I
have about ten rounds to go.
I dodge, but immolate myself with the next
fireball. Dodge again, slam home another fireball. I am
thirty feet from the hole. He slices me with the sword
again. I fireball him. That is my last conscious act.
I awaken. I am sitting at the base of a tree,
propped up against it. It is snowing, with snow around me on the
ground. It is heavily overcast. I am not burnt. I am
weak but not dead. The stone is not here. The dagger is
here. There is no indication of where I might be in relation to
the tower. It does feel like the same sort of woods as that
area. I try to stand up, and find I can walk. The wings are
still there, not burnt. I can fly.
I fly up over the canopy and look around. The
tower is a few hundred yards away. I fly to it, but it is
empty. No one is here, living or dead. The hole is still
I try to sense where the stone might be. It's
south and a little west of me, quite some distance off, down in the
Yetsin Valley perhaps. I try to call it to me, but it doesn't
seem to be coming.
I must go after it. I look around for some
rope or vine to carry the dagger, but can't find any. I set off
travelling, pacing myself for a long flight. I stop and rest
every hour or so, and sleep overnight.
The next morning I get up and go again. The
stone is on the move.
I reach the Master Og's tower, and the others are no
longer here but the stone was too. It is moving directly west.
((The others reach the cult of Tzeentch. See
Notes for description of the place. They climb down the net,
observing a hobbit family lose a child into the crevasse and praise
Tzeentch for Change. Slurk leads them to a particular cave.
He introduces them to Pietra Trowbensaft. He says they've all
sworn allegiance to Tzeentch and hope to participate in the destruction
of the world. She tells them to follow her to the confession
Another trip on the nets. Rabena slips, but
catches herself smoothly. Pietra gives her a dark look.
Pito slipped too, but didn't catch himself -- Goru catches him.
They enter another cave. This is church-like,
and they are lead into a small chamber past the altar. Pietra
looks at each in turn with a piercing eye, and starts with Rabena.
She asks who she is, and where she was born.
Then she asks how she first came to appreciate the glory of
Tzeentch. "Nurgle is an abomination, is he not?" Of course,
she fights disease wherever she goes. Pietra reaches into a bag
and pulls out a bunch of holy symbols, all of which Rabena recognizes
-- all barbarian gods. She then asks if she spits on the symbols
of these false gods. Rabena says all but the symbol of Bianca,
who fights the disease of Nurgle. Pietra does not like that
answer. Then she asks if she's willing to cast off the shackles
of love, which blinds us to the righteousness of Eternal Change.
"Sure," says Rabena, and says she doesn't understand what she means by
shackles of love, and Pietra says she's not ready and casts her gaze on
She asks the same questions to Goru. He comes
up with an amusing story, and spits on Grungni's symbol. He
gladly casts of shackles of love. He also treats death with joy
and treats life as a trick meant to deceive. Also throw off
material things so they don't bind him on this corrupt earth.
Pietra produces a bag. He throws what he has left into it --
helm, remains of mail shirt, padding, maul. Pietra catches the
maul before it hits the bottom of the bag.
Sun gets by ok, not very well.
Carimera gets by.
Pito is next. He passes quite well.
Ashu next, stuttering. Pietra is fascinated
with his speech pattens. Ashu won't hand over his stuff and thus
She then does Hosei. Hosei fails, refusing to
spit on symbols.
Next is Miyara. She discusses her swords, but
hands them over. Pietra then points at the stones. Miyara
says she carries them for Tzeentch. Pietra indicates the
bag. After asking if Pietra serves Tzeentch, Miyara puts them in
the bag. Pietra seems neither to know nor care what they are.
Rabena and Ashu failed. Pietra tells them to
follow her, leads them back through the curtain, back past the altar
and to the edge of the cave. They walk up to the edge, and Pietra
tells them to jump.
Rabena jumps immediately, and calls on an air spirit
to hold her up. Just before she hits the rocks, she's quickly and
softly slowed. She floats about twenty feet above the rocks,
cradled on the wind. She tells the spirit to gently raise her
back up, and she is soon standing beside Pietra. The elemental
shreds the net in the process.
Pietra -- and several others -- is astonished.
She turns to Ashu and says it's his turn. He says no. She
keeps trying to convince him to give up his axes. She says
Tzeentch wants him to -- he looks back at Carimera and says, "No, she
doesn't." Pietra says to everyone to follow her and takes them to
yet another cave which is where they will stay.))
I have been following the stone for several days,
across the Yetsin Valley and to the mountains at the east side,
southward, then up into the mountains. Up a mountain towards the
top, I come across a band of chaos warriors. It's obvious they
saw me, and one heads up the mountain as fast as he can. I can go
faster and get to the top before he does.
I look over the valley with its caves and nets,
soaring in the updrafts, trying to locate the Sogin Roku or Miyara.
((as the rest of the party go to the mouth to look
with everyone else, a sudden gust of wind sucks them out into open