The day has been…interesting so far. I was woken up this morning by Pandora who had heard some noises. After listening to the noises I figured out that they were a cry from a goblin, asking for help. Curious as to why there was such crying at that ungodly hour, I grabbed my chain shirt and greatsword, and headed toward the direction of where the voice was coming from. Not long after I, along with Sebastian, Pariah, and Pandora, came across a goblin village and were greeted by all of the dead bodies. A goblin came out of a house and, after seeing us, immediately ran off into the village. Going to the center of the village, we came across a statue of the Dark One and a flying goblin that whizzed by us. Turning to the direction from which the goblin flew from and saw a man in shiny full plate with a large goliath warhammer. He said his name was Valence Goldsmith and that he was returning stolen holy symbols that were found in the village to the church in Talos and then departed.
On the way back to camp Pandora informed us that both Michel and Derek had left to take care of some business. We returned to camp and saw that some of our stuff had been stolen. Pandora and Cyrus had their bedrolls missing, Sebastian had his pack missing, Pariah was missing his katana, and I was missing my falchion. Pandora found some tracks leading away from the campsite and we followed then to an altar of the Dark One. We found a lever and the altar moved back revealing a staircase; following the stairs down we saw two guards and a door. After dealing with the guards we went inside and were in a room full of cages and a bookshelf. I went over to the bookshelf and flipped through some of what was there. The high priest seemed to be very intelligent and after shifting through more books I found a lever and pulled it, which revealed a trapdoor that Cyrus went down with no hesitation. Going down after him, we came in another room with more bookshelves, 2 doors, and 3 goblins. They weren’t much trouble. We searched the bookshelves and then all choose to go through the door on the left and search that area first. I’m not exactly sure what all Pandora found in those two rooms, but when she was finished we turned around and went through the other door. I led the way, and coming across a split in the path, I took the path going left and, after some walking, got shot in the shoulder with a crossbow bolt. We kept following the hallway until we came into this big room filled with about 6 or 7 goblins, a statue of the Dark One, an altar, an iron fence in the middle of the room, and a black swirling energy over the altar. They said something about how the ritual was already started and that we wouldn’t be able to stop it.
A fight ensued and my greataxe was broken to pieces, which pissed me off. After some difficulties, we killed most of them and tried to figure out a way to stop the swirling dark magic above the altar with no success. It was during this time I realized that it was dawn so I prayed and Kord, who sensed that there was about to be a challenge allowed me to gain my spells instantly, which was kind of him. I quickly began to buff the party and enlarged myself in order to try and have an advantage over what was coming at us. We were faced by three snakes, one of which was the legendary Manda, the pet of the Dark One. We struggled against these creatures. I was made helpless and unable to do anything. I didn’t think we were going to survive.
Suddenly, something happened to Cyrus. There was this massive energy wave from him, and the hue around him had changed to a red color. This thing came from him and wrapped itself around him. He became something I had never seen before. It knocked out Pandora as she tried to flee. I managed to escape Manda’s hold and proceeded to try and take care of him so that I could devote my attention to whatever had just happened to Cyrus. Cyrus came over and destroyed Manda. I shouted at Sebastian to grab Pandora and run while I tried to keep Cyrus, or whatever it was, busy. Pariah came up next to me and told me to rip off his ankh. I did so and the next thing I know is that Pariah was engulfed in this black sphere and all I could here was him telling me to get back. Cyrus unleashed some sort of blast and I went flying across the room, back up the hallway, and into the back wall. I gathered myself and went back to the room and saw whatever Cyrus had become fighting a vampiric Pariah.
I watched the fight for what had to be an hour. Cyrus had been decapitated and regrew a head, and Pariah had lost his arm but regrew like it was nothing. I was horrified. I was shaking. There was nothing I could do here. Finally, whatever had its hold on Cyrus receded and Cyrus dropped in front of Pariah. I rushed forth with the ankh and attempted to put in back on him. He put up a struggle and slashed my across my face, but I eventually managed to get it back around his neck. He dropped unconscious. The placed was crumbling around us, we had to get out. I grabbed Pariah and helped Cyrus out of the place before in collapsed on top of us.
There was a very tense moment after that in which Cyrus explained that he had found a ring in the challenge tower and put it on without checking it. It merged with his hand and was now apart of him. The thing we saw was the thing that lives in the ring. He has no idea how to stop it or undo it, and said he would only do that again if there was no alternative. Pariah woke up and explained that he has the soul of an elder vampire trapped within him and that the ankh suppresses it. He left shortly thereafter. Pandora then stabbed Cyrus for “attacking her” and knocking her out when she was trying to flee. Cyrus then tried to attack her back, but Sebastian stepped in and took the hit for her. Pandora took off. Next thing I know there is a small black portal and out popped the head of a strange looking creature whom Sebastian yanked up by the creature’s scarf. He said he would help us dig up our stuff if Sebastian would put him down, and not too much later we have our stuff back and are at the camp once again waiting on Derek and Michel.
I don’t like this. Whatever is in Cyrus, it can’t be good. It has to be stopped. I don’t think I’ve ever been that scared in all of my life. Kord help us….