Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (87)
((Miyara and Ashu leave Kurt in the back of the cave and
go on outside, heading for another cave.
This one is another sleeping chamber, very similar
to our cave. There are no structures or other openings in this
one. They move on to the next one.
Now they are at the highest cave with the smallest
entrance. The net here has been cut away so that no-one can get
to it easily. It might be possible to climb to it on the cliff
face, about five yards of free climbing. It's obvious that this
is intended to deter visitors. Miyara and Ashu set off across the
cliff face anyway.
Ashu slips and falls, trying desperately to catch
himself. He manages to grab the net, but it rips away in his hand
and he falls again. This second time the net holds, and he comes
to a halt some distance below Miyara. He climbs back up to where
she is. Once up there, he tries to climb across again.
Miyara steps into the cave while Ashu is only half
way there. The floor of the cave crumbles beneath her weight,
dumping her out of the cave, falling down the cliff. She grabs
for the net, which tears terribly but fortunately doesn't break.
Ashu almost makes it to the cave, but slips and
falls again. He too catches himself.
The two of them are twenty feet below that cave
entrance. They decide to try it again later, and go on to another
This next cave is another sleeping chamber, but at
the back of this one is an opening with the sound of a large number of
voices coming from inside. It's just small talk, and from their
voices it's clear it's the chaos warriors who are the guards around
here. Miyara and Ashu can sense that is where the crystal is too.
Miyara decides they should return back to our
cave. They leave this one and set out across the nets.))
Eventually Miyara and Ashu return.
There are a few cultists in this cave who did not go
to the service, probably because they were too infirm.
Nevertheless, in relative terms we are pretty much alone, although
Slurk is here too.
Miyara in Nipponese tells everything she's seen, not
wanting Slurk to understand. She'll just have to tell the rest of
the barbarians later.
Slurk still has a reverence for us, but since
arriving here he's been less effusive in his grovelling. He knows
we're here incognito, not announcing ourselves as avatars yet, so he
hasn't wanted to give it away. When Pietra asked about the
crystals, it was clear Slurk had a kind of look in his eye, but he said
I remind everyone that we are here for a purpose.
Sun takes up the subject in Nipponse. We are
here to talk to the Great Master about Tzeentch, so one or more of us
have to get onto the GM's invite list. He looks at Miyara as he
Miyara agrees. She recalls it was Hosei's
spontaneous fish creation that got him invited to the service.
Later, cultists start arriving from the service,
looking more tired and listless. Some time after, Hosei comes
back too and passes on what he found out,
including that he doesn't believe that the little girl could sneak in
like she said.
Miyara would like to see the library, although she
can't read what's in it. Hosei, as a priest of his religion, very
much wants to see the knowledge that's in there. Unfortunately
it's clear that sneaking in while the service is in progress will not
Miyara believes that the cave at the top and the
library probably connect in the back somewhere. Her plan is that
during the next service, we should start from one of the plain sleeping
quarters and tunnel up in the direction of the GM's quarters.
Then we could reach the library from his quarters. We would need
Hosei with us, so he'd need a reason to skip the service tomorrow --
perhaps he could be taken ill by a mushroom. Alternatively Rabena
should be released tomorrow, and she could do the reading while Hosei
continues to try to get on their good side.
Dinner proceeds as before, with Sun helping feed the
sicker people too.
The fish continue to fall out of Hosei's shirt at
irregular intervals. A boy has been assigned to follow Hosei
around, collecting the fish, putting them in a basket, and taking them
off to the kitchen every now and again. Hosei is unable to
produce the fish deliberately.
An hour or two after dinner, Pietra and a snakeman
release Rabena from her cell. A short encouraging lecture, and a
bright talk on the way back to us, and she's in our sleeping
cave. Rabena seems to have been cooperating, and Pietra is still
being bright and cheerful when she comes in.
Pietra first talks to Rabena and Carimera, telling
them both that they are invited to the service tomorrow. She then
talks privately to Goru for a little while, then also to Miyara and
then Pito Popo. She talks a long time to Hosei, and a short time
to Sun. She talked to them about how they were doing, and invited
them to the service. In addition, she asked Hosei how he felt
about it, what he learned, and so on. Hosei spouted back some of
Malabus's lines to her, and she liked that a lot.
Miyara is taught a little about the ways of
Tzeentch, and then is invited to the service tomorrow.
As Pietra leaves, she reminds us that we are
expected to expand our social horizons, and not remain so
cliquish. We must talk to other members of the cult so we might
learn. She reminds us also that those who have invitations to the
service will be expected to attend. As her final words, she says,
"Hail change! Hail Tzeentch!"
I go around the cave, talking to people in
Nipponese, trying to be friendly. A few people listen very
carefully to me, but it's hard to tell whether they understand.
None of them react in any partifcular way to anything I say. Some
avoid me, some seem interested in what I'm saying.
The invitations cause Miyara to reconsider her plans
for tomorrow. She says that we should go -- those who were
invited -- and spread out rather than sit together. The only
uninvited people are myself, Ashu, Baraku, and Slurk.
The next day, after the usual breakfast procedure,
Hosei tells the boy that this basket of fish will not go to the
kitchen. He takes the fish around, ripping them up, and feeds
them to people. We of course get some too.
Everyone heads off to service, leaving the few of us
behind. Miyara leads the rest off to the temple, to disperse
among the crowd when they get there in the hope of gathering more
((The service is pretty much the same as yesterday,
but with a significant difference. Towards the climax of the
lecturing part of the sermon, GM tells a short story about how a member
of the community was sneaking around in places they were not supposed
to be, and that was a flagrant violation of millions of rules and not
acceptable. The purpose here is of contemplation and preparation,
not exploring and gathering. He calls out a name, and it's the
little girl Hosei talked to.
He calls her forward -- she is pleased to step up --
and continues his story about why everyone is here. Two of the
snakemen come from behind the altar, grab her, and carry her screaming
to altar. Malasabus raises his voice and reiterates the purpose
of preparing for the Great Change that will come to the world when
Tzeentch decides, and he sacrifices the girl on the altar. The
blood runs down accompanied by screaming, chanting, people pressing
forward for a better view.
After he kills her with a big knife, he chops off
her head, all the time talking about the great purpose and that
Tzeentch will be coming soon.
The next difference between this one and the day
before is that he does not do a question and answer period, GM just
disappears into the smoke while the girl's torso continues to bleed.
After a while, everyone leaves.))
While everyone's gone, I fly up and glide quietly to
the cave that Miyara fell out of. I come in to land a little ways
inside the entrance. A curtain blocks the cave a couple of yards
in, with nothing on this side. The ground begins to crumble, and
I lift up with the power of the sogin roku. I don't rise up,
however, and step forward quickly with the help of my wings until I
have a solid footing.
Behind the curtain is the sound of boiling, some
kind of liquid slowly boiling. I move to the edge of the curtain,
pull it aside a little, and look in.
The cave continues. It is divided into yet
more parts by curtains. The "room" I am looking into has three
sides of curtains. It is pretty large, filled with alchemical
equipment. There's a small iron furnace, workbenches, chemicals,
I plan to move on in, following the wall of the cave
towards the back. I would move as quietly as I can, listening
intently for any kind of noise.
Suddenly, however, it feels like I've been hit my a
sword, slicing into my back, and as I spin around and see for a moment
a shimmering outline of a demon.
I dive for the cave entrance, hoping my wings will
carry me as I leap out into open air. I swoop for the sleeping
chamber as fast as I can before I pass out.
I make it to the net outside the cave, and clamber
through it into relative safety. Ashu helps me as I come in,
first aiding me. I quickly write in the dirt what I've seen,
including the invisible demon, and gesture to Ashu to make sure Miyara
((After I pass out, Ashu puts some of my blood on
his axe, planning to pretend that we had a fight. Even though it
doesn't look like an axe wound -- he guesses a scythe or similar hooked
weapon -- if anyone challenges him he'll demonstrate on some
random person and show that an axe can make that kind of wound.
The service lets out, while Ashu stands guard over
the message. Miyara reads the message beside the unconscious
Kyosuke. Ashu stands there with a bloody axe. Ashu explains
that I flew in myself, having gone there alone.
The cave is full of cultists again, all staying away
from Ashu and his axe. Rabena looks over the wound. She
sees I am not in any immediate danger of dying, but am severely
wounded. They don't want me to heal quickly, or it will look like
magic healing again. They can, however, make sure I heal cleanly.
They can't hide the damage, as all the cultists have
Rabena cleans up around it, readjusts the bandages,
and heals me just a little. I will hear just (one point) a very
little each day, with her help.
Ashu makes a show of cleaning his axe and putting it
back where it belongs.
Miyara suggests that everyone should mingle with the
filthy nasty dirty cultists for a while.