After assaulting the mining camp’s entrance and defeating some troglodytes, my newfound “allies” searched the camp and entered the mines. After another tense, but brief, battle in which I nearly died (I swear that might be a boon with the folk I’m traveling with nowadays!), we followed the most trafficked mine shaft to determine what the troglodyte’s are doing here. Strangely enough, it appears they were working with both a tiefling cultist and a dragonborn cultist to open some sort of portal. Luckily, we were able to defeat them and close the portal (not before a demon stepped through though), but we lost Flavius in the process (not that one less vampire in the world is necessarily a bad thing though, but he was useful in a fight).
Of course, with this group of people, no one can ever just pass normally. From Flavius’ ashes, a revenant named Nomad appeared and assumed Flavius’ role (and it’s just want we needed, another revenant in the group — and yes, Eson Gax, I am using sarcasm in my own “therapeutic” travel log. I don’t know why I listen to Myshka sometimes, this thing is bordering on insane and useless). After a brief round of introductions and some much needed rest, we headed back to Redwood to report about my travels.
I feel bad that this was the only group I could get to help our village. They do seem like a hardy group however. After checking in with the heads of our respective churches (Myshka of Eson Gax, and Durant of the Raven Queen), Malick met up with us and told us that the village has managed to continue to fend off minor groups of skirmishers (consisting of mixed groups of Byssal and humans) but that the attacks are coming more frequently. If we don’t do something soon, the village may have to be abandoned. He did provide us with a lead however,
Apparently, a large number of Byssal have been traveling through a cavern system in the nearby mountains. Checking it out, my compatriots (minus Goblin, who stayed behind to help with the village’s defenses) and I fought off a couple of hook horrors at the cave’s entrance. Some sort of magical collars seemed to controlling them to protect the cave entrance. We traveled through the cave system and emerged from another cave overlooking a valley. Within the valley is a fortified encampment of some sort. Being the explorers that we are, we tried to slip through the sewers into the fort when we were attacked by gargoyles. Hopefully, nobody nearby heard us defeat them (yeah, right!).