So Ioun stops and looks at us. Ioun says that she is going to, with Ri, Arafel, and myself, begin the process of linking every mind together so that nothing is ever forgotten and everything is known by everyone.
She starts chanting some incantation, and I just stand there, at a loss for any action. However, I notice the air in front of Bricer/Ioun begins to shimmer. Then comes a ripping sound, and then we are all swallowed by a blackness, and we can see Ioun outside of the blackness. She looks a little taken aback, but she turns and walks away…
I have no IDEA how long I’ve been here…. Ri looks a little unhealthy… I hate Rionell… Getting bored… Sleepy…
I’ve woken up in a very dark place. All the buildings around are made of stone. More like cave walls, hewn into building shapes. There are a lot of what looks like peasants standing around us. Rionell, Bladepwn, and Ridoh are here. They are unconscious. DW, Arafel, and I are all standing and looking around, along with a little crazy looking gnome. He introduces himself as Tim.
The peasants scatter.
They come back with sharp, pointy things. Pitchforks and things of the like. Then through the mob they lead a couple of people. A male and a female, and they look like zombies. The man’s arm has large chunks of flesh missing from it, and one may see the bone.
The gnome proceeds to inform them that we all have no idea how we got here. He says he was experimenting with some magic, exploded himself, and wound up here. I inform them how we got here, about Ioun and everything. The male says that he doesn’t know much about Ioun, although they’ve heard her name before.
There is a glowing ring of rocks next to the man and woman. Tim informs us that it is a portal ring, though it only comes here and nowhere else.
The peasants tell me that our three unconscious “companions” have bad internal bleeding, and will not last very long. At that moment, a man runs into “town” and starts shouting that another outpost has been taken back from the darkness. He also says that they brought back some herbs and whatnot for medicinal purposes.
The female turns to us and says that if we wish to save our friends, we would need to travel to that settlement and retrieve the herbs they need to heal them. We agree to attempt the journey.
They tell us the directions to go, and we proceed to head in that direction. We travel no more than a couple of hours when out of the ground, separating DW and Tim from Arafel and I, rocks spout out of the ground and form walls on all sides.
Arafel and I proceed to engage our foes. Our enemies seem to be made of complete shadow, with but a little form. They begin to move in and attack. I take a good little whack, but at the same time, I am able to see that one of them look astoundingly similar to Dark Wing, and I yell to Arafel that we are fighting Tim and Dark Wing.
One of the shadows move in closer to us, and jumps high into the air. We are all three pushed backwards from the force of the blast. The walls disappear. However, the shadow that had jumped had apparently been Tim, and he was now about 70 feet in the air. DW managed to catch him and no harm came to him. Dark Wing told us that a light lay in a certain direction. We go that way.
After a time, we run into a strange woman searching for something in vain upon the ground. She says, “I’ve lost my amulet. Where could it be?!?” She sees us and begs us to help her find it. She and I see something move at roughly the same moment. I leap towards the moving object, but it evades my grasp, but not the woman’s. She stuffs what looks like a giant cat thing into her pouch, and turns and looks behind her. She says that they are coming out of the darkness and we should run.
Tim fires a blast of cold something at the woman, and she is frozen in place. I proceed to steal the bag from her. The “amulet” attempts to escape, but I am able to restrain it. I hand it to Tim, who proceeds to stuff it in his bag of holding. I then scavenge the ground to collect the remainder of the “jewels” that were in her bag.
A huge crowd of people come rushing upon us and are making their way past us. Some of them stop to help the dazed woman up, and are saying things like “Lilith, what happened?” Lilith tells them about Tim hitting her with the cold blast. Tim tries to worm our way out of it, and in the end, they decide to take us with them so that they could punish us, instead of leaving us to the darkness…........