We had one last item on our adventure list left to check off, and so we headed to the mysterious bridge. Made of stone, the bridge stretched from one small island of land to another, a windmill and beautiful trees waiting on the other side.
Careful and slow (very unlike us) we started across the bridge. About halfway across a gruff but friendly voice called for us to stop and wait. A dwarf eventually came walking down the path toward us. He paused at the edge of the bridge and spoke quietly to the trees, then motioned us forward.
Ellesgrim is an introverted druid who tends the little island now. As a member of The Verdant Chorus he and his circle seek to reclaim the wild places for nature. He carefully walks that line between trees are his friends, and he turns his friends into trees. We discussed some of our previous adventures with him and he even had some thoughts to add.
The thing that tried to eat our memories was likely an oblex, an ooze. He also gave us a pot of dried spores to use to try to heal any planer tears we might run into. He and Zeno have decided to become bird pen pals. That should be cute and interesting.
He also gave us some information on a cave we should check out, so after an awkward good-bye we headed off to the cave. Ellesgrim had said to expect an earth fae, but that was not what met us. A large chittering creature and her many and annoying little babies attacked us. There was lots of running around and screaming, and eventually the thing tried to tunnel away. However, Zeno and Jade Slipper leapt, screaming, after it and killed it dead.
Moments after that, crazy yelling came from the other end of the cave system, demanding to know who was causing so much of a racket. That’s when we finally found the Korred. He was gross, a squat little hairy thing, armed with a giant club and a lasso made from his own matted hair. Gross! Even grosser, he had pet Xorn with him.
The Xorn spent most of the fight scratching ineffectually at Zeno as the rest of us danced around to fight with the Korred. Once that was taken care of, we took a well deserved rest before venturing into the deeper tunnel from which the Korred had emerged.
The tunnels below were pitch black, and so I cast a Light spell on my quill and tucked it behind my ear. It was so cute! As we explored, eventually finding a little sleeping room, we heard a noise behind us. I turned to see a giant umberhulk lumbering our way. Armed with arcane prowess and quick tactical thinking, I greased the small hallway as i retreated to safety behind the others. Despite the confusing nature of the umberhulk’s presence, we were able to defeat it, Jade Slipper zipping around like the graceful creature she is. She ran up walls and around corners, all the wall the umberhulk kept falling, flailing, onto it’s back.
Once that thing was taken care of, we continued our investigations. That’s when we found an interesting stone portal. As I took the time to examine it, the others fought off a bulette. Closer inspection of the portal told me that it was a gateway to the plane of earth, but that I could not close it myself as it was a permanent portal and not a simple tear.
Wrapping up the last of our explorations, we ran into little rock men. They were ugly and awful. They were mean, and hit me. I did not like it. I do not like rocks anymore. I hate rocks. They are the worst.
As we left, we sent Snow to tell Ellesgrim what we found. Just before we arrived home, a bird came flying in and said in the gruffest voice, “Did you try the spores?”
I hate rocks.