We land at this cliff side in what we hope is Dregordia. After what happened last time, I had a right to have some doubts. I assume we made it because of the smell of the salty sea air coming off the sea ahead of us. We look around and see this giant limestone wall that curves around and juts inward to what could be an opening. There’s a path that leads into the direction of the wall, BUT I don’t have to do that anymore! I will out my new wings and follow Hazelf around the cliff side to see this giant, dome shaped opening to a cavern. We land inside and wait for the others. We notice two paths that lead into a court yard in front of a giant Dregordian structure Hazelf reveals as a temple to Illiana. As soon as I hear the name, I instantly remember the challenge that nearly got me killed. If this quest has anything to do with that challenge, I know I’ll have to keep a level head.
Everyone meets up in front of this court yard….well most everyone. Renn is missing. How did Tiny not notice this? Hazzy and I fly around to see if he somehow fell off the cliff side without anyone knowing. I look around and I see this purple glow. I call for Hazelf, and we see that it’s the medallion. He noticed some footprints that looked Renn sized, but stopped once they reached the medallion. Did Renn just bail on us?? Our leader just up and left us without a reason or even a good bye. I was really confused and even a little upset. We take it back to Tiny, and she just snatches it from Hazlef and looks at it. She tells us that she can’t do this right now and appoints Hazelf in charge. So not only does our leader leave us, but now our next in command just checks out. I’m sorry, but that’s not how this works. You don’t just do that to your team. Now, more than ever is when we need to stick together and finish what we came here to do. I repress my anger for now, because I know we still have a job to do, and dammit I’m going to finish it.
We make our way to the temple entrance, and it’s HUGE. I can sense magic all around, very powerful magic. This had to be ascended magic. It’s really dark in there. We need a torch or a lantern to help light the path. I look at the Hilt of the Warrior and ask myself, “A torch can be a weapon right?” I try to summon a torch from the hilt, but I end up getting a war hammer. It has a bit of a purple glow to it, bit not enough to light the way. Hazelf, think a lot more than I just did, uses his magic to summon a lantern bearer. He tells the light bearing spirit boy to lead us into the temple, and we follow this kid into a large room. We see in the room four pedestals in front of a set of stairs that go up to another pedestal. I walk up to one of the four lower pedestals and see an urn full of water. On the urn is a picture of a cloud with lightning and rain coming from it. I look over and see Riley drinking out of another urn. I thought I should do the same, but before I do, Sage calls us up the stairs and we see an empty bowl.
Hazelf, Riley, Lycore, and I each have an urn full of water, so we decide to pour the water in at the same time. Once the bowl is full, the water level starts to recede in the bowl until there’s nothing left. Suddenly, the room starts to shake, and water starts filling up the room. The room fills to the top of the lower four pedestals. We look into our urns and see that they are full of water. So it’s a puzzle, but how in the world do we solve it. Hazelf looks at our urns and see that they all have an image on the side. After a LOT of thinking and bickering among the group, we finally decide to pour the urns in an order that goes along with the pictures on the side. First goes me, then Hazzy, Lycore, and Riley. The bowl fills up with the water, then it drains, splits in half, and another urn pops up from within the pedestal. Hazelf picks it up and says that it is an elixir that is able to heal someone.
We also notice a door opening over to the side that must be where we need to go next. We follow the light boy down a corridor into another large room. This room has a huge pool of water with a series of stones floating atop in the middle of it. Hazelf goes to investigate the stones and I see him land on top of one. We go over and see that the stone has two images on them. One is a set of 3 jagged lines, and the other is a large oval with a smaller oval inside of it, and a much smaller one inside of that one, which Hazzy is standing on. I look across this large pond and see that the stones get further apart as they keep going, and I am no jumper. Hazelf and I fly over to the other side. He asks me for my cloak to fly the others over with, and I hand it to him. As I see him fly back to the rest of the team, I see Riley jumping from stone to stone using her far superior jumping skills. Later Hazelf returns with Tiny using my cloak and flies back for Sage and then Lycore. I can’t stand to look at Tiny right now knowing that all she is thinking about right now is Renn. I see Riley look a little concerned about jumping to the next stone. They dip their foot into the water and immediately pulls it back out grabbing it. From what I could tell, the water must have burned them. They manage to jump to the last couple of stones and make it back to us.
We look and see the light boy still on the other side of the room. Hazelf just sends him off and summons another light boy on our side to light our path. We make our way into yet another room, and the only thing I can see are these three doors with what looks like Crysarium crystals above each door. Hazelf and I try to project our essence into the room to see if anything happens, but we get nothing. We pick to go down the door on the right to see where it goes, and we find ourselves in a room with three doors. Wait is this the same room??? I go back up the door we came in through and when I get to the entrance, sure enough I see the rest of the team at the door we just came out of. We decide to all go down the center one, and we come back to the same room AGAIN! So we’re like, “Ok, it must be the left door.” WRONG!!! We still find ourselves in the same exact room. We even split up to cover multiple doors at the same time, but we kept getting the same result. We look at the crystals, and think that the passage must have something to do with them. Hazzy, Lycore, and I each go to a crystal on a door and we try to magic our way through, but the crystals end up shooting our energy back at us. I guess I must have put too much juice into it, because I got hit HARD. Hazelf gives me a sip of the water from the urn and I heal in an instant. Riley then tries to shoot it to which the arrow shot back at them. Finally Sage turns around and sees another blue crystal above that door and says that we should go back through it. Sure enough, we travel through this long passage way to ANOTHER large room, but at east it’s a new room we haven’t been through.
This was by far the largest room that we’ve been to in this temple. In the room was a large set of stairs that went up to this pedestal. There was a large opening of light coming from the ceiling in this room as well. We make our way to the stairs, and Hazelf starts to kneel down and study these stairs intently. I’m not really sure what is going on in his mind right now, so I go to him and ask if he has found something, to which his reply was, “No. These are just really beautiful stairs.” ……………Anyway, we make our way up the stairs and see this elaborate suit of scale armor. Hazelf goes to look at it, and as soon as he picks it up, water began to fill up the room, and it wasn’t stopping this time. We had to think of a way out fast. Hazelf and I look up and see the opening where the light was coming through and decided to fly up to it and see if there was a way out. As we fly into this opening, we see a barrier of water above us and fly in. I wasn’t able to see if there was an end to the water, but it was clear so there had to be something above. Hazelf motions down to me and we come back to get our best swimmer Sage. We manage to grab Sage in the heavy scale armor, and get her to swim towards the top of the water above us. At this time everyone is close behind us in the water below probably about fifteen feet between the two bodies of water. We all take one final breath and allow the remaining space we had to be completely filled with water. I try to keep calm so I don’t have a repeat of last time, and I feel a current of water push me above water to the lagoon that we were standing outside of hours ago.
The rest of the team is all here, and as I look around, I see this man in full armor and helm, holding a sword and shield at his side. Something about this man seemed familiar, but I couldn’t quite put my finger on it. Riley shouts out “hi” but the man does not answer. We exit the lagoon and approach the man. A closer look reveals that it is Mayor Reinhart, but it couldn’t be. We were told that Reinhart was killed helping us to escape Kal-Dol-Rhag. Hazelf steps closer, and all of a sudden, Mayor Reinhart snarls and attacks Hazelf. Hazzy tries to fly away, but one of his wings must have been broken from being under water for a long time. I try to fire a bolt at the undead mayor, but nothing. Riley lands an arrow into him while Hazelf surrounds him with four of his celestial guardians. As soon as they appear, one of them gets blasted by a dark bolt coming from nowhere. Riley moves around to see if they can find the source of the bolt and tells us that they saw a dark creature with a long black scythe. REAPER! How did the freaking reaper know we were here??? They mentioned that their arrows seemed to go through the body without harming it.
This not good. It’s the mountain all over again, except this time, we have no Renn and a hollow shell that used to be Tiny. Hopefully these magical items that we’ve been accumulating will be able to do some damage to the reaper. Riley focuses their attention on the zombie mayor and kills him with a head shot. However, the reaper doesn’t take his sights off of Riley and charges towards them. I see Lycore jump in front of Riley firing arrow angrily at the reaper, but they all go through him like he’s a ghost. The reaper suddenly disappears, just like he did last time before he made the team drop like flies. Meanwhile, Sage calls upon this barrier of water and seals herself inside. Not really sure what that does, but hopefully it may keep her safe. Riley runs for the lagoon again and jumps in. I guess she thinks that this is a losing battle, and that it’s not worth fighting. I’m starting to get tired of people checking out and running away when the going gets tough. The rest of us try to see if we can find any trace of the reaper. Lycore manages to get a few arrows in the reaper’s chest, and they glow too. This is good. Now we have something to attack. I fire a bolt at it, but it misses drumming up the sand it was standing in. Reaper used this opportunity to pull the arrows out and flee where he was standing. Well shit, look what I just did.
In the distance I hear Riley shout. Hazelf says something about a fin in the lagoon with them and tells me to go help them out. I fly over and see Riley and this large dark shadow in the water. I try to scare the creature off with a bolt, but I wasn’t too sure if it actually worked. I try to pull Riley up, but clamped on their leg is a large shark like one we saw at Nazatir. I manage to lift both Riley and the shark out of the water, and it finally lets go of their leg leaving a tooth wedged inside. We make it back to the battle field and I’m hit by this blow and I can fell energy getting sucked out of me. I manage to shake it off, but Hazelf seems to be hit hard. Sage, who at this time wasn’t surrounded by water, summons another barrier and puts herself and Hazzy inside. Hopefully he can heal himself while the barrier protects them. I hear someone say that the reaper is right in front of the barrier, and I fire another large bolt in that area, this time connecting with my intended target. The barrier comes down and Hazelf lunges with the Blade of Banishment right into the area I just fired at. It seemed to have worked, because the reaper appears and the blade is going right though him (but in the way we want to this time).
Did we do it? Is the reaper actually dead? I don’t believe what I see right now. The reaper falls over limp with the sword still inside of it. I see Riley come over and kiss Hazelf right on the lips. It looks like he is even returning the favor too. After their embrace Hazzy goes to check on the reaper to make sure it’s actually dead. He goes to grab his sword, and suddenly the reaper sits up and fires a blast of energy right at Hazelf and vanishes before anyone could do anything. Riley screams and searches through Hazelf’s potions to find one of only minor healing. She gives it to him and the bleeding stops, but Hazelf is still out. I’m very angry with myself. I knew I shouldn’t have let my guard down that easy against the reaper. We need to get Hazelf to a greater healer NOW, but we can’t according to Tiny, we still have some time before the crystal is recharged. All we can do is wait. I don’t deal much with Archanon, but I pray to him anyway for Hazelf to make it though this. Couldn’t hurt to try at least. The reaper will pay for this. I don’t care about anyone’s personal vendetta anymore. I have lived too long watching people suffer and die, and I’m not about to let someone I care about die again.