Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (11)
We rested in the Library while considered our course
of action. The barbarians, of course, could not discuss matters
calmly, and were animated in their arguments.
Miyara told me that Stoiko had yet again offered to
teach me their language, and perhaps learn a little Nipponese in
return. I certainly don't mind them learning Nipponese -- it
would indeed make things easier -- but I still felt no need to corrupt
my mind with their barbaric utterings. I was encouraged by
Stoiko's concession to our culture, however -- he may indeed yet turn
out to be one of the more civilized people of this land.
I offered to go up and distract the Ogres with clown
fighting while they broke down the portcullism but as Miyara pointed
out there may be twenty of them, and it takes too long to break down
It is apparent that the plinth with the cage is the
one mentioned in the ritual, so we proceded to that hall to examine it
further. Periseri in fact used his special sight to look under
the mud, and found the faces that were also described in the
ritual. The very small faces with eyes that lie on the face of
the bottom step are no doubt the ones that have to be blinded with
Fortunately, the barbarians were talked into using
the goblin bodies for a source of blood, rather than sacrifice one of
our own, so we fetched a couple of them to be on the safe side.
Meanwhile, others built a coffer dam around the dais, and cleared out
the mud so we had access to the faces. The faces were identical;
there were three on each short side, and five on each long side.
They were exactly like the ones on the "door" we hoped would open.
One goblin should be sufficient for the
ritual. We planned to throw down the body from high up, so it
would hit the plinth and bleed as required by the ritual, which stated
"the body must be cast." Rawena chose the body which in her
opinion had the most blood remaining.
It was decided that Mongo could lift a body high
enough to drop it effectively, but we would still have to get it
through the bars. I suggested using the metal leeches to eat
through the bars so we could move them enough for that.
I also volunteered to take the statue for Miyara,
should it be the item that the barbarian god would protect. I
merely wished to protect her from harm, but she pointed out to my shame
that she was the one who had the duty to retrieve the item Shishei
Godanji had been seeking. It is indeed hers to perform.
Before starting the ritual, we tried to organize the
barbarians. They actually seemed to comprehend what we were
attempting, and for once everything went smoothly. Mongo picked
up the goblin body, shoved it past the bars, lifted it high, and
dropped it so its head split open on the plinth. I made sure the
top of the plinth and the upper edge were smeared with blood, while
Miyara, Stoiko, and Pireseri smeared blood on the eyes. Goru
struck the faces on the door three times and read something in his ugly
There was a groaning sound, and the floor of the
cage vanished. A shaft was revealed, and the goblin body dropped
into its depths. The shaft slowly closed, the rock flowing
together, to a deep grinding sound from below. There was a
hissing from the brass plating as the doors formed themselves from the
rock and opened into the next hall.
The next room and hallway were still, of course,
flooded with mud. We all moved carefully through. The
hallway was lined with half pillars lining the sides, and with more of
the hideous faces. The doors we had opened folded back into the
wall itself, and there was another pair of now opened doors leading to
an octagonal room.
This room had steps down into the floor, as in a
theater, and a corresponding shape to the ceiling. We estimated
that there was about ten feet depth of mud at the center of the
room. Set back from the center, rising about three feet out of
the mud, was a pillar of rough rock carved with runes and other
designs. We had entered the room from the south, and on the
southeast wall was a pair of doors -- already open -- that lead to two
passages to another room; between these passages was some kind of
stylized image of the three-peaked mountain, the landmark that led us
The walls of the octagonal room were a deep mottled
red, as if very old, or some drawing hard to see. After some
examination it appeared to be an eight foot tall humanoid figure.
Pireseri climbed on Ashu's shoulders, and the three
of us walked around examining the room, the small elf using his special
When we reached the north end of the room, the
tentacle monster attacked, coming up out of the wall through the mud.
The fight was brutal. Pireseri started by
saying something calmly and loudly as we fought. Jeison and
Miyara started around the room from the other direction. Goru
shouted something in his own language. Rawena just stood there
reading her book, as she does most of the times we fight.
Ashu was badly hurt very quickly, while I dodged the
multitude of tentacles attacking me. He started to back away
towards Rawena as Jeison and Miyara joined the battle. Mongo
picked up Goru and started into the mud towards the pillar.
Stoiko moved in to fight also, and Carimera threw her dagger and
started her heating magic.
Despite being carried, Goru shouted at his bearer,
and they sensibly moved to the north side of the pillar where the mud
was not so deep. I asked Miyara to tell the white fairy to
petition the god to remove the mud, but he was intent on whatever his
plan was instead.
Ashu collapsed at Rawena's feet. Those near
him floated him the right way up so he would not drown while she
Goru reads some runes off the pillar, and Pireseri
immediately went off into the side room, apparently to look for
whatever Goru had said. Miyara told me they were looking for the
"stone of stones," to which I responded that they probably had already
smashed it. Goru continued to rave, this time in his own gutteral
We were beginning to win the fight, although I was
badly hurt too. Goru will not shut up, and just continued his
rant. I remembered hearing his voice, still shouting, as I passed
When I recovered, we were in a dry room. This
was apparently up a hallway and stairs from the side room Pireseri had
investigated. Many of us were severely hurt, and we spent a long
time while Rawena went from one to the other, healing us with her craft.
It turned out that we had defeated the tentacle
demon. In the meantime Pireseri had explored these rooms.
This one had been used by the ogres; there were robes, furs, and
bedding materials, and crude pots and containers with salves and
herbs. He also found a key that turned out to be to a small box
in a hidden compartment in this room. The box contained money,
gems, and a scroll case.
The scroll case contained two pieces of
parchment. The first described a ritual concerning a stone
circle, which the barbarians said was to get to the temple where their
druid now lives. The second was a fragment of another religious
text of the white fairies.
We would now have a back door to defeat the
ogres. Once we were rested, we could then recover the barbarians'
possessions that the creatures had stolen.