4th 1st, 3241 (cont)
From the stage, we walked toward the Triangle. Jadenhar spotted something on the ground. It was Gilroy Terring. Though I’ve met several of the Terrings, I knew there was something of note about this one, but I didn’t recall what it was. In any case, he was wounded by a meteor.
We helped him to his feet and he said he had to get to the Terring manor. Jadenhar also left us. He wanted to go to the southern peninsula to check on his family.
As we approached my house, we could hear Jaden calling out “mother” in elven. I found my mother and felt a wash of relief run over me. She was trying to help our neighbors and I joined her in her efforts while Dazen went to the Jewel.
We pulled out a girl, her arm broken. And eventually we rescued the mother, the son, and even the father. I told my mom to take them to the church and make sure she gets seen as well, just in case. The father chose to stay and help.
With that task complete, I went to the Triangle. Though my townsfolk needed my help, they would need much more if Dazen’s wish hadn’t been fully granted.
And indeed it was. I found Arius glowing violet in the midst of a bunch of rubble, the remains of the dais. I spotted something shining in the rubble but I couldn’t find it at first. We thought it might be the staff since there was so much debris.
Oddly enough, Gilroy then passed through the Triangle. He said there are more injured across the square that need tending and we should help. He also clearly didn’t trust Arius, but that’s nothing new. Nobody trusts him at first.
After we gave up on the shining object for, we went to the Jewel to help. Than and Gilroy were moving heavy boards off of the injured. Gilroy also seemed to have some skill with bandages. Arius unfortunately, or perhaps fortunately, couldn’t resist helping with his powers. He didn’t have the strength to move boards on his own so he moved them with his mind. Gilroy left with an injured girl; Arius and I helped a few more people in need when Dazen arrived on horseback with his parents.
Arius and I went back to the Triangle to continue our search when we hear the telltale sound of the tsunami. We were nervous with anticipation, but a blue light appeared, signaling that Seesha was holding up to her part of the bargain. Only an inch of water washed over the town, putting out many of the fires. At the Triangle, it happened again.
Dazen joined us in the Triangle shortly after we arrived. Just then, all three of us were overcome with exhaustion, as if our energy was being sapped. I believe mine was being channeled through Daemon’s Death. I could see a massive tsunami over the treeline, ready to destroy our town once again. A golden light appeared behind us, splitting the sky. Seesha’s blue light wavered, but the golden light got even stronger and the tsunami was put down just like the others.
Dazen immediately went out in search of the source of the golden light. I could sense Arius’s eagerness to get the staff so we set about searching. Eventually we realized the only shiny things in the rubble were shards of smokestone. We each took some and headed for the golden light source.
A short walk away we found Dazen and Gilroy. His birthmark was much more pronounced, swirls of gold and black around his left eye. Arius used his rainbow power but got nothing. Gilroy was perhaps the source of the golden light, but what did that mean? It seemed like Dazen and Gilroy had things under control so we went to the stage.
Arius and I tried to activate it with many words, new and ancient, but none had any effect. So we went in search of Seesha and found her near Dazen’s house jumping in and out of the water. She didn’t know how to use the stage to get back and neither of us were interested in talking to her at the time so we headed all the way back to the church.
Everything was fine at the church and we finally got everybody back together when Dazen and Jaden showed up on horseback. Dazen healed Arius. That’s still going to take some getting used to. They explained the situation to us. We were still to be put on trial. Jaden mentioned the Chief’s druidic powers, as well as his own.
We knew we still had to get a branch. After passing Yllasys on the road north, we found Seesha in the water north of town. She offered to help us and had us step into the water. Dazen wasn’t good at swimming so she encased him in a bubble. I activated my sea powers I got from the ruins and found my hands and feet became webbed.
We swam our way north to the ruins with Seesha carrying Dazen. The cliff roses hundreds of feet to the base of the ruins with no way to climb. Seesha created a column of water that brought us all up to the tree and we stepped off.
We initially rushed to go in, but Dazen stopped Arius as retrieving his staff could cause the lights to show up again. Unable to come to a good conclusion, Dazen decided to see if Seesha can block the lights and jumped off the cliff. I got to work chopping the same branch I’d chopped off once before. Despite the fragile appearance of Daemon’s Death, it made quicker work of the branch than the woodman’s ax.
Over the next several hours, we retrieved Arius’s staff and tried to decipher the script covering the walls of the ruins, inside and out. We couldn’t get into the room that created the staff at first, but Dazen touched his book to the door and it opened.
We made three significant discoveries while we were there: 1) Dazen learned from Seesha has real name and how to call her. 2) I copied down much of the walls’ writings for later deciphering and found that they addressed three topics, one being the room, one being the arch, and the last being lost to time as the wall it was on collapsed long ago. 3) There are four of us now, but somewhere there is a fifth.