Gerastios 8th Dojups, 4 AR – The Year of Feathered Downs
The group returns to the colony after just over a week away. With a new ship full of supplies and a group of rescued survivors, they are in need of a little rest. After briefing Galon on what had happened and sharing their maps, Haned, Valerie, Erik and Crux take a week to rest, relax and get some gear upgrades. Likewise, Galon updates the team on what has been going on while they have been away. Khloe and a small group took the other rowboat to explore the other nearby island. A small pass that may lead out of the valley was discovered near the waterfall. After learning that Valerie’s condition is stable and not life threatening, it was decided that the next mission was to explore the possible passage.
The set out for the waterfall the next morning. After some searching, they found where the passage was. It was a good fifty to sixty feet wide, but due to the heavy foliage and canopy, it was extremely well hidden. The passageway was inclined and seemed to eventually get above the steep cliffs that surrounded the valley.
The travel was slow as the terrain was rocky and steep at times, however, after a few hours into the path, there was movement spotted nearby. With caution, they continued the trek … as did the mysterious creature. Finally, Crux decided to confront the threat and called them out. A pair, whom was also cautious, slowly stepped out of the trees. The pair appeared to be dinosaurs in nature, three horns on their plate-frilled head and roughly the size of Haned.
It appeared that the pair were trying to communicate using a series of grunts and groans. Crux used his magic to try and allow him to understand their language. Moments after he cast his spell, one of the creatures had done the same. Now the newcomers and this strange, new creature can communicate. While there was still magic being used, the communication was still rough. The creatures identified themselves as Nesyrm and Cadus. They, in turn, stated that they have never seen creatures like them … except for Haned. The centaur was referred to a “centaurus” and being an almost legendary race likened to the demigod Chiron.
The interaction between the two groups continued to be friendly as they learned of a nearby village … and another reference to the mysterious Night Mistress. “She who should not be named” is how these creatures referred to her, sharing the same message that if you were to speak her name, then it would bring about your death. They described their first encounter with the followers of the Night Mistress and it sounded eerily familiar to Haned’s encounter with the Batrachos.
The two creatures led the group out of the passageway and up onto a plateau that overlooked the valley. They could see the island they were just at a little over a week ago and the other island that Khloe went to investigate. However, they could not see the colony settlement. The tree canopy covered any sign that it was there. A short walk through a small stand of trees and the group could see the small village. With their heads spinning at the discovery of a new race, they made their way onward.