An epic search for the Amethyst heptagon leads a party of fresh graduates through the northern reaches of Ustalav. Based in Karcau, the party visits places like the dark Castle Jarovich or the dangerous alleys of Carrion Hill.
"Johenric, your Celestial is so good! Thank you for your thoughtful suggestion. It has been so long since I have used that dark language that I think I was unconsciously trying to block it out of my mind. However, perhaps you are right. Let me try and speak to him with my own father's language.
Solaric speaks again to the Dark Creeper, this time in undercommon, the language of the darklands.
I am Solaric Zekkaran from House Zekkaran of Jadeberazzan. Tell me, Dark Creeper, what is your name? I wish to know what you were all doing here. Please explain to me why you are so near the surface."
Solaric stops briefly in his conversation to translate what has been discussed.
"My friends, this here is Kreek of the Freish clan. He was hired by a group of humans to protect Carrion Hill. They fled in here when the ceiling collapsed and they became barricaded inside the room. He says the humans survived and fled up to the city, but that the monster was still hunting them."
Solaric then turns back and asks the Dark Creeper another question.
"What did the humans do to provoke and awaken this monster? Were they mining in the darklands or something?"
Turning to his companions, he quickly translates, "He just told me that they drew strange circles and signs on the ground and then they cut themselves and sung some strange song and said weird words! Then suddenly the creature materialized. Whoever these humans were, I think they brought this creature upon everyone."
Turning back to the Dark Creeper, Solaric continues with his questioning.
"How did you meet the humans in the first place? Did they come to the darklands to find you? Did they tell you where they came from?"
"This might not be a good time to raise this question, but I have to consider the possibility that this creature is lying. Assuming someone wants to safe his life, this would be a good line...."
"I know I am hoping for answers, but I am not sure that lying about the humans or the monsters would serve any purpose. However, I will remain skeptical until we can back up what he says with further evidence."
"Now, he just mentioned that the humans came to the Darklands to hire them as guides and protectors and told them that they were from Carrion Hill. I am sure that we could easily corroborate that story with some witnesses."
Turning back to Kreek, Solaric asks the following.
"Did the humans tell you who they were? Did they give you their names? How many of them were there?"
"Kreek says there were five humans and that they had strange book with them called the Pnakotic Manuscripts! Johenric, have you heard of such a book? Kreek doesn't know their names, but he says that they called themselves the Keeper of the Old Ones."
Solaric continues to question the Dark Creeper.
"How long did you work for these humans? When did this all occur?"
"The old ones, eh. That doesn't sound good to my ears, Vic. Pitr, ma guess is that they are speakin' of things that dwell deep beneath the earth. Things that my people have held back in other parts of this world for eons. Ifin' they are tryin' ta bring the deep terrors to the surface we are gonna have our hands full."
Naga hisses fearfully as he explains the following
Sse manusscript iss about ssummoning something from sse Dark Tapestry, a realm between sse sstarss...a very very dreadful plane where cosmic horrorss and ancient godss dwell. From what I've heard and sse rune outsside, I think ssey ssummoned a Yog-Sothoth a dark god of planess, time, gatess, portalss and sspace.
"The manuscript is about summoning something from the Dark Tapestry, a realm between the stars...a very very dreadful plane where cosmic horrors and ancient gods dwell. I think they ssummoned a Yog-Sothoth, a dark god of planes, time, gates, portals and space. So not a demon or devil, not even an elemental... but something else again. Something even more evil."
"Demons, Devils, Cosmic Horrors...it's all the same to me. Don't these outerplane things usually have a weakness like garlic, silver, or soap or something? It sounded like the summoning was downstairs. Maybe we should check it out. and what are we going to do with dark and creepy here?"
"I think they summoned a Yog-Sothoth, a dark god of planes, time, gates, portals and space. So not a demon or devil, not even an elemental... but something else again. Something even more evil."
"Holy Iomedae, the evil that exists in this place is unbelievable! I suppose our next step is to try and find these humans and stop them from doing any more harm. Do you think there is a way to undo or send this fiend back?"
No, never do I get down there again. But I can describe you the way! Follow the stairs, it's a long way down, nearly 1000 feet. Down there is an old temple, there you will find the spot where they summoned the gruesome monster!
"Kreek has just given me directions to get to the site where the creature was summoned. He will not return there with us, but he has given me clear directions on how to get there. I think this Dark Creeper, Kreek, has served his purpose well and deserves our mercy. With no objections, I wish to grant him his liberty and allow him to return to the darklands and find his own people again."
Unless Solaric hears any strong objections, he will speak the following words to remaining Dark Creeper .
"You and your band have attacked us and this has cost two of your companions their lives. However, you have since given us valuable information, and I wish to grant you your liberty. You are free to return to your people in the darklands, but I want you to remember that a drow elf has now granted you your freedom. Think twice about this, before you return and fight the dark elves again. Good luck, Kreek!"
"Let us continue down these stairs. After about a thousand feet we will get to an old temple. It is there that we will find the spot where they summoned the Yog-Sothoth."
With everyone's agreement, Solaric leads the way down the stairs.
With disbelieving eyes the creeper nods and stammers
You drow lord good, thank creeper tell them will you good man, no fight!
While the creeper vanishes in the darkness you begin your descent down the stairs - the stairs taht are full of dry black smear, the same slime you encountered above. The creeper hadn't lied and you must surely be at least 200 hundred feet belows Carrion Hill when you reach an ancient temple. Stone pillars support a stone ceiling here and thick sheets of pale fungus and mold cake most surfaces. To the south, the hall has collapsed in rubble , but to the north it opens into a vast cave, at least that is what you guess with your limited vision.
"Wait, I have some gifts that were sent by my father to aid my comrades in our path to glory. I was hoping to share them at a celebration, perhaps some noble event... but what is more noble than our current course in service to our liege?"
Victoria pulls forth a pair of boots, a scarf, a sword, and a ring...
The rapier is a: Huntsman Rapier of Humanbane
Boots are: Sprinting acrobat's Boots
granting the wearer a bonus of +3 (competence) to all acrobatic checks, a +1 Enhancement bonus to dexterity and 5ft additional movement.
Ring is: Ring of Feather Falling
Eye patch is: Eye Patch of X-Ray Vision
Functions like the ring of the same name.
"These are for the group, should you wish to borrow them they are to be returned afterwards... they may help us now, however."
"I wouldn't mind giving that skewer a try," Kirk nods to the rapier. "Daggers work well, but sometimes a needle point is more effective." He straps the sword to his belt, drawing it and admiring the fine steel.
With favored enemy (human) and human bane, this sword is going to really mess up those cultists.