The Day of Justice, 8th day of the month of Trellor's Founding, year 533
I am nearing the apex of my profession and my Clan Leader, Ferinoi, has taken
note of this. It's time for me to learn of the horrors that exist beneath the
crust of the earth in the Catacombs. I have heard of this place in passing,
often whispered and rarely entered with anything approaching good cheer. I
meet Ferinoi at Castle Square in the City of Medievia and he takes me with him
up into the castle. As we travel he tells me that all Medievians must face the
challenges of the Catacombs and he will help me to learn their terrors.
We reach the Wizard Marious in the War-Room and Ferinoi asks as to the location
of the entrance to the Catacombs - apparantly they move on an infrequent
basis. It turns out they are in the Forbidden Forest just to the west of the
City and we must make haste, for many others will be making their way there as
well. He incants a spell and we move faster than we would normally be able to
- we move down the streets of the City at an astonishing rate and soon find
ourselves in the Forest itself.
The trees begin to become more numerous here. North leads you deeper into the
forest, while to the south the forest thins out. More forest can be seen to the
west, and the ground becomes softer as you go east. Soft green ferns cover the
lush, verdant ground here.
The entrance to the Catacombs is just a hole in the ground, and we pause as
Ferinoi prepares us both with spells that will last a long while. Then we
descend into darkness. Ferinoi weaves a mantle of invisibility about us both
and we begin to search this stygian abyss.
The water falls down and below here with such power that the whole place
vibrates from it. The whole water pool of Medievia must sink down to the
Strange tunnels and wierd caverns combine with lakes and underwater passages.
Shadows cast on the walls and noises come from everywhere.
You say, ' this place is wierdwierd wierd wierd.... . .'.
Ferinoi grins evilly at you.
Ferinoi says, ' love those echoesechoes echoes echoes.... . .'.
Soon we come across a pulsating mass of blood-red vines, blocking the
passageway. Ferinoi prepares us with the sanctuary spell and we attack.
Tendrils lash at us as we slice at it with our weapons - our attacks augmented
by Ferinoi's spells. It took a few minutes but we emerged victorious. Before
Ferinoi could weave the invisibility around us again, though, a giant bear
lumbered into the tunnel.
This time the fight was much longer and I was severely wounded by the end of
it, for my white aura had dissipated. Ferinoi gasped for breath by the end of
it but had enough strength to heal my wounds. A brief search of the corpses
netted us several eggs which I stored in my pouch at Ferinoi's command. We
continued on into the darkness.
We passed an old man, blinded and searching the walls for a route. Ferinoi
briefly looked at him and shook his head silently - too much trouble to
attack. A pattering of many feet alerted his senses and he grinned heartily.
Ferinoi tells everyone, "You'll love this, we'll just have to be careful."
A massive centipede followed its feelers into the room and we attacked. I
couldn't undestand why Ferinoi had warned me to be careful as it was suffering
our damage. It died noisily and Ferinoi did not waver from his fighting stance
- I wondered at this and nearly died with shock as its corpse split into two
fresh sections. We renewed our assaults and the pieces split once more.
Ferinoi sent blast after blast of acid at the many segments - it felt like we
were fighting a legion of foes. We survived the assaults and eventually the
smallest pieces fell to the floor, dead. Sorely bruised I sank to the floor -
this was an interesting definition of "You'll love this."
We ventured along many tunnels, gathering more and more eggs as we went.
Occasionally I saw purple marks glowing in the air - Ferinoi pointed these out
as being the passagemarks of other adventurers. My head becomes bruised from
the continual barriers of stalactites that I encounter
Eventually I could hold no more eggs and Ferinoi nodded. He incanted a spell
that drained his vigor terribly and formed a portal to the upper world. To my
surprise we ended up in the War Room again. I followed Ferinoi's instructions
[CLAN] Lavidius has turned in 143 eggs!
My clannies celebrated and I thanked Ferinoi heartily. He told me that we had
only touched the upper levels of the Catacombs and that we would have to
penetrate deeper on many occasions to get the eggs that I would need. Greater
horrors of a much more dangerous nature awaited us and I quailed at the thought.
You cringe in terror.
Ferinoi tells everyone, "Don't worry, lad. I'll help when I can - that's what
clannies are there for."
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