Rayne Entry 7

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I call upon… I call upon the Emerald Flame.

yes

We’re free of the tomb at last… we found a tunnel that leads back to the surface. Well, we will be free. We’re going to rest here before striking back out… I just wish it felt like better news. And there’s… wait, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself.

yes

I’ll back up. We finished off the golems, and Kikrik helped me to bring Les back around. I figured out how to join the disc halves together, then use them to open the gate that led out… I also found some gemstone trinkets. They should be worth something, if we ever get back to Tyr.

no

What do you mean? Do you… do you mean, when we get back to Tyr?

yes

Oh. Good. Anyway, it’ll be nice to have something to show for all this.

yes

Don’t I deserve that?

yes

They asked me to carry the trinkets. But you know, I found them on my own. And some old trade stones, too. I could have kept them all for myself. No one else had to know…

no

No, you’re right. Come to think of it… by sharing them with the others, when they know I could have kept them for myself, should make them trust me more. And I need their help, their trust, if I’m ever going to survive out here. And they did trust me to hold on to the treasures…

yesss

Umm… We encountered creatures called hejkin in the next room, which we defeated at some cost. Lesallai tended my wounds, singing the sweetest song… then she went to help Kikrik. The kreen refused her aid, but I’m pretty sure he appreciated the offer all the same. I think they might finally be coming to an understanding… While they talked, I went to have a look at the sarcophagus at one end of the room, and a spirit of wind appeared before me. I felt afraid when we faced undead before, but this one… it looked at me, spoke to me… and that positively terrified me.

yes

“You should not have come here,” he said. “The time is not yet right.” And spirits swarmed around us to attack… it was a desperate battle, Flame. Les had to revive Kikrik… then I had to save Les… again… luckily, Vrack and Hawk were brilliant, as always. When we finally destroyed the spirit of wind, two more spirits appeared before us. They asked us to redeem the Wastewalker… to work preserving magic, and not to defile…

no

Oh, I agree. I don’t know if we can redeem him, but we have to try. I want to know about the “elemental prophecies” they mentioned… I think they calmed Kikrik’s spirits, somehow… I certainly hope they did. Anyway, we’re free of the tomb. Free to find the Wastewalker… if he doesn’t find us first. I guess we’ll see what happens, then. But that’s not what worries me.

tell

Have you ever heard of an entity called… called the Devourer?

no

I have. My former master, Kavros, was obsessed with en entity called the Devourer… he tried to sacrifice me to it. One of the gemstone trinkets was carved in the Devourer’s likeness: a leering devil’s face, horned and bearded, with a black, gaping maw. I saw it once, sketched in one of Kavros’s notebooks. I didn’t know what it was, but I still see it in nightmares to this day.

yes

And when I showed it to Les, she told me that the Devourer’s legend was tied to a horrid tomb, a thing not of this world… Yet even that isn’t what worries me.

tell

It caused her unease to see its face. Great Shadow, it stirred at the darkness inside her… pulled at her twin… I can’t add to her pain, Emerald Flame. I’ve come to care for her, in our brief time together… I care very much. And… and I…

lust

…Yes. When she told me what she knew of the Devourer, Les came close, whispered it gently to me… I felt the heat of her breath on my ear… I felt weak in the knees, wanted to turn my head, find her lips with mine… I wanted to give myself to her.

lust

But I’ve only been with Kavros, and that… didn’t exactly work out very well. And I’ve never been with another woman. And I don’t know if she knows what she’s doing to me. If she feels the same way… or is she only seducing me? Should I let her? Flame, do I want to be with Les?

yeeesssss


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