Journal of Miyara Kyosuke (83)
We are headed for the hole in the sky.
When we get there, I mo9ve out to look to see if
Slurk is around. I don't see hium anywhere.
Goru thinks the hole is bigger. We discuss the
visions that we had when the crystals came together. Rabena's
seems very definite that the crystals should go through the hole.
The other visions mainly show that we are collectively and individually
going to end the world by joining the crystals.
Goru wants us to will the stone through the
hole. I say that's a really bad idea. We should not use the
stone in any way to dispose of it. Hosei can fly himself up
there, of course, if he has an eagle feather or hawk feather.
Rabena insists she can go now, but I insist in return that she must not
use the stone to do it, and her vision says she fails. Hosei
insists he is the one who must save the world, and says he even can fly
without the feather.
We stand in front of the waterfall and argue about
Hosei tries to fly without a feather. He takes
his time to prepare, and with great exuberance casts his spell.
He flies up into the air. He calls for the stone and it comes to
his hand. He seems surprised that he's flying faster than normal.
He has to be using the stone. I tell him to
come back, but he goes up for 30 seconds and arcs back down.
I call the stone to my hand, right as Hosei's flying
spell cuts in. He returns angry.
Miyara says we need a non-magical way of getting up
there. She is correct, and I pass the sogin roku to her.
She says we need a really big friendly bird.
Goru has a vision. Images of violence and
destruction, his home village in flames, his family roasting over the
fires. Beastmen rampage. Then he is sitting on a throne as
the beastmen bow in front of him in his role as avatar of
chaos. But he can't move from the throne, he is trapped in
a mass of entrails and blood vessels weaving into the stone. Then
he sees two birds, first a finch points to a spot in the
distance. Goru can't see what he's pointing at, but he knows it
is away from this fate. The other bird, a vulture, beckons him to
the same spot.
That's Slurk's heads. I thnk we should get him
to take it up there, but the rest of them disagree strongly.
Goru says he does not want to be built into a
throne. I say that he must not ignore the birds, and therefore
I raise my hand and with the power of the stone call
Slurk to us. Lightning flashes from my hand to the swirling eye
of the hole. I try again and nothing happens. I try a third
time. I become aware that the crystals cannot bring Slurk to me,
but show me which way he is.
I suggest we use the stone to build a stone
staircase to the hole.
Miyara says that considering Slurk is taking the two
birds a little too literally.
I point in the direction of Slurk and tell them
that's where he is.
Magic clearly is not a good way. Even though I
now know that Hosei was using magic and not the stone, it still wasn't
Goru is concerned about being part of a
throne. I point again to where Slurk is, and tell him that's
where the birds and the way out. I say (and sense) that he's
about a day's travel away.
Ashu has tried to call a finch and vulture, at
Goru's suggestion. A crow-sized bird arrives and bows to
Ashu. Hosei says to tell the bird to tell Slurk to come
back. Ashu can't get the bird to understand. It preens and
drops a feather.
I say Hosei should try with this feather. He
says it won't work.
The others start to build the tower, all those with
strong wills. They just feel dirty and dusty, but nothing
happens. They try again, and up out of the ground push a large
number of small earth elementals, and the people feel really dirty,
like they need a bath. They try again, and the elementals start
piling together dirt. It's starting to build into the tower.
Clearly the elementals are taking apart part of the
cliff to make the tower, and have started it up there and are cutting a
staircase down to us. At 200 feet it is certainly impressive, and
keeps building. 950 feet.
I walk away out of range of where the tower might
fall. I watch from a distance as it reaches 1000 feet.
It stops at 1000 feet. Baraku enters and
starts walking up the stairs inside.
Rabena dismisses the earth elementals.
I return to the waterfall. As Hosei says, all
the enchanted people must climb up. That's everyone except Pito
Popo, but rather than be left alone he comes too.
Several hours later, we arrive at the top very
tired. The staircase just opens into air in front of us.
The tower is solid rock, as if carved from the bedrock itself.
Hosei says the hole is sucking magic. It looks bigger.
Hosei asks who can throw it from here, and I say we
can't throw it. The visions shows it will fail.
We sit down to rest for a while. It starts to
snow and the wind starts blowing hard.
Hosei asks if we are ready, ignoring my "No", and
casts his spell. He goes up ten feet and it cuts out, and he
falls, crashing down onto the stairs. This is a strange
experience, he says, as if anything and everything can happen, like
spells stopping and starting randomly.
Rabena calls an air elemental, but it does not
come. Several join to try to call another, but get a metaphysical
"No" from the air elemental essence.
Bark takes one of his sticks and throws it straight
at the hole. It behaves no differently from normal.
Hosei insists that we should send the rock up there
with its power. I argue with him saying it will seal the fate of
the world if he does. He says he's older and wiser, and I point
out he is a barbarian and should know his place.
The barbarians come up with many other stupid
suggestions. Except Pito, who suggests waiting for the hole to
grow big enough to reach us. I think that's a brilliant
idea. They can do that while I fetch Slurk. Hosei agrees
too readily, and of course plans to wish it in as soon as I am out of
the way. When I say I should take the rock, Miyara says it should
I am going to get Slurk. I fly with the power
of the rock. Instead of going for Slurk right away I head for the
hole. I begin falling. I call on the power of the rock and
continue falling, past the top of the tower. I keep calling, and
I'm now flying again. I reach the top of the tower.
I land and say to Hosei, "See, you cannot fly up
there, therefore the rock will not be sent there. Come up with a
better idea, if you're going to save the world like you say."
I take off again and try to get to the hole, but
fall again. I catch myself before I hit the ground, and head as
fast as possible towards Slurk. I am soon out of sight of the
After a while I get an itch in my back, and after an
hour or so I am started to grow vestigial wings. Another hour or
so and they are real wings, and so I fly back towards the tower.
I may be able to fly up to the tower under my own efforts now.
((While waiting, Hosei pulls out some fish and they
make a fire and cook it. They sit at the top of the tower, eating
mackeral, five hundred feet below a Chaos Gate. It's still
snowing, and occasionally a fish falls out of the sky. The fish
fall down more frequently. Hosei starts thinking about mugs of
beer, and one obligingly crashes into the top of the stairs.
Hosei then wishes for wings.))
I arrive back at the tower and land on the stairs on
my second attempt.
Miyara says it will be really hard to explain the
wings to my uncle.
I say it won't matter. I will fly up there.
Miyara wants to see if I can get up there first, but
then thinks that it best to take the stone in case I'm stuck.
She gives me the stone. I ask also for a
dagger, and I am given the magical dagger.
I fly up there using my wings carrying the stone and