Though I have only a little while to write and with frozen hands, I must record the exhilaration of what I have just experienced. We ventured into the snowy realm seeking the fourth “key” to this “layer,” to use the terms used by the creator of this hellish menagerie. We could hardly see as we traversed the rocky terrain, but eventually we were attacked. Anduin and I dealt swiftly with some ice creatures, and I gather that Juniper did the same separately. Seeking more foes nearby, I attempted to climb a ridge and was cast down by a rock.
Anduin cast a spell on us both that allowed us to fly! At the top of the mountain we found a great blue man who hurled a rock at me. I engaged, and the thrill of striking at such a creature while in flight is something indescribable I hope to experience again. It was like I was a hero from the stories of old.
As the giant and I traded blows, Anduin’s voice shook me from the battle trance. Though he and Junipers flames had badly burned it, it’s many powerful blows had greatly wounded me. He enticed me to flee by air and I escaped, finding as my rage subsided that I was near unconsciousness. Juniper tells me now that I would have fallen to earlier blows if not for her healing me. With me out of reach, the giant turned upon Juniper and in the storm I couldn’t see how his blows landed. I learned later they felled her, which must be why her flames faded.
In the moment I considered rushing to pull her away or going to heal her, or healing myself to re-engage, but there was still a sense of urgency to fell the giant. Anduin struck it with another fireball and I calmed my mind enough to cast a Sleep spell. The giant fell, unconscious, and I descended to revive Juniper. Between the three of us we coordinated an attack upon the sleeping giant, before my pulse could slow and the killing be in cold blood. We attacked, and Anduin’s fireball defeated it.
That is an odd thing. In all other places of this “layer” we have found that the casting of spells transported us between planes, but here it did not. The loss of this tactic hindered us greatly, but we managed nonetheless. After the battle, Anduin scouted and retrieved two chests of further treasure. Some of the ice creatures guarded one. We will have to return and destroy them, I believe, but it should prove simple enough work when we are somewhat rested. Then we will be able to return to the temple plane with all of the “keys” destroyed. What awaits?
These journal entries are going to be in-character play reports from ByW’s campaign, which we are going to alternate playing with the Tyranny of Mundanity campaign. My character, Raglan “the Light”, admires RiH’s character, Anduin Damian and follows him believing his place in history will be as a companion of the royal adventurer. He is impressed with their elven companion (played by BiW), but does not know her well.