An Unexpected Change
Pallex Quan had risen before the sunrise as normal and was getting ready for guard duty when there was a knock on his door. Upon opening it a messenger greeted him and informed him that Funtt Dufononur had assigned him to special duties today and that he was to report to Rhorn Kodex at the western lift at one hour after sunrise. Curious, Pallex finished getting ready and headed off to the lift.
Arriving at the lift early, Pallex was soon joined by Illin and Trinsk who proceeded to fill him in about the previous day’s adventure while they waited for Rhorn to arrive. However Rhorn was late, which was completely unlike him, so after half an hour Pallex spoke to one of the nearby barracks messengers to head to the Earth Temple to see if they could find out where Rhorn was. Twenty minutes later the messenger returned stating that there was no sign of Rhorn and no-one knew where he was.
This was quite a surprise, but the trio decided that they needed to head back out again and continue their investigation, even without Rhorn. So they headed over to the lift, where Illin needed to do a bit of convincing to reassure the lift warden that they did indeed have permission to use the lift despite Rhorn’s absence. It worked and they got outside the wall and headed off to the field.
Into the Forest
Arriving at the field they find it empty and Illin heads over to the spot where the blob was sitting the previous day. He finds a concentrated patch of animal footprints and many of the odd straight lines, but more concerning from Illin’s perspective is the fact that a Fanged Monkey is sitting on a nearby branch watching him. He points this out to Pallex and, once they can get his attention, Trinsk. Upon looking Trinsk can see the same strange yellow ethereal glow around the monkey’s head which was around the farmers. They decide to attack the monkey.
Pallex grabs the initiative, firing his crossbow, but it misses the monkey and instantly the monkey is running amongst the branches into the trees. Trinsk and Pallex lose sight of it straight away, however Trinsk thinks he can see another monkey nearby and starts investigating. Illin however runs after it, using his incredible agility to run through the forest and shoot arrows at the fleeing monkey. He fails to hit it though and his concentration falters, causing him to trip and go sprawling face down in the dirt. The monkey gets away.
There doesn’t seem to any sign of the second monkey and the trio regroups at the blob spot and decide to follow the lines into the forest once again. Illin finds a trace of the tracks and they start heading between the trees in the direction of the Snowy Peaks.
Following the tracks through the trees, Illin has his eyes searching the ground, while Pallex is keeping watch. Trinsk is being inattentive as usual. Despite Pallex’s watch, everyone is taken completely by surprise when a large pack of Fanged Monkeys launch themselves from the trees directly onto them. Pallex manages to shrug the flying tackles and keep his feet, but both Illin and Trinsk are knocked to the ground, monkeys atop them.
A vicious fight for survival breaks out as the monkeys attack and while Pallex starts dispatching them with powerful attacks from his glaive, Illin and Trinsk are not faring so well. Illin has his sword knocked away by one of the monkeys and resorts to breaking an arrow into a monkeys face to try and get them off him. Trinsk is finding that the monkeys attacking him are inhibiting his ability to use his attacks and things get even worse when one manages to sink its fangs into his throat and tear a chunk out, severely impairing him.
Pallex comes to the rescue as with a deft move he chops a monkey in half and then flicks Illin’s sword back over to him. The combat starts taking its toll on Pallex though as he starts hearing the dead monkeys talk to him and he becomes stunned by the ferocity of the screaming dead monkeys. He shakes this off though and sweeps a group of them to the ground and continues killing. Illin has gained his feet by this time and started killing too and goes to Trink’s aid. With all three fighting it doesn’t take much longer before the monkeys are all dead.
The heroes all pause to rest and react. Illin finds the monkeys which still have decent pelts and skins six of them, while Trinsk search the corpses and finds three parts which have concentrated into charms for them to take. While Illin is busy elsewhere Pallex attempts to speak to one of the dead monkeys, however it appears they can’t actually speak and so his attempt is futile as he can’t understand the screeches he gets.
The Rocky Outcrop
Continuing onward, with a pause for lunch, it isn’t much longer until they see a rocky outcrop in a clearing up ahead. It is well illuminated as there are no trees in the outcrop, so Illin climbs a tree on the edge of the clearing to gain a view. Seeing nothing but a path winding inwards, the group heads in. They are surprised as they round a bend and a multicoloured blob sits on a rock next to a cave entrance. They dash backwards behind the rocks and form a plan to attack it.
Charging quickly around the corner, Pallex reaches it first but misjudges the space and manages to send his glaive flying out of his hands after hitting a rock. Undeterred he slashes it with his dagger, while Illin comes and stabs it with his sword. The blob unleashes a mental blast at them and Illin decides to put his sack over the blob. They pause to see what will happen and Pallex collects his glaive. But the blob is unaffected by the sack and blasts them again. With a flurry of more attacks, and despite Pallex sending his glaive flying out of his hands again, then blob is killed and drops to the ground. Illin picks it up and puts it in his sack.
The Dark Cave
Pallex and Trinsk each light a torch and they head into the cave. The passage isn’t overly long but it twists about a fair bit. Rounding a final bend, the cave opens into a dome-like circular chamber with a large pile of bones heaped in the middle. Fascinated by the bones, all three head into the middle of the chamber to start inspecting them, seeing human skulls mixed amongst a varied range. However the focus on the bones allows them to be surprised as a trio of blobs unleashed a barrage of mental blasts at them.
Pallex is stunned by the inital assault, but Illin and Trinsk respond quickly and decisively taking down one of the blobs. The other two continue with the mental blasts and Illin suffers the worsem becoming impaired from the constant damage and briefly stunned out of combat. It doesn’t matter though as Pallex starts dealing out executioner like blows, destroying the last two blobs in short order.
All three are feeling quite significantly injured at this point and the day is slightly over half gone, so they decided to head back to the city. Thankfully it is an uneventful return journey and they arrive back at the walls as the sun is setting. Back inside Torphalos, Illin takes his new blob to the same Water Temple library before catching up to the others on their way to report the days findings to Funtt.