Into the Mine
The Crusaders attempted to start a mithral mine only to be betrayed.
We proceeded to Kuzud to meet up with Lilian and Dug the Dwarf. He was in a hurry so we went to the mine directly. We ascended north into the Iron Hills and eventually entered a green vale that led to a village. This was not any village but Helruhm where Yasuke the Forsaken that recently fought alongside Harada the Red at the Ambush of the Varangians. It seemed as if that village had finally fallen under the Rinthians and were slaves to them. We agreed that there was little we could do at that moment without numbers, information or preparation. It was not even certain that Helruhm was worse off under the Rinthians than they would have been under the latter’s rivals. We agreed that we would pass, observe and prepare ourselves if we would need to right any injustice.
Leaving Helruhm, we entered a box canyon and were ambushed by eight brigand orcs. As we had practiced, Marvin’s magic allowed Yasuke to rapidly climb the canyon walls like a spider while the others sought cover. The Crusaders dispatched them with magic, arrows and the relentless consequences of falling off a cliff to one’s doom. We looted the bodies and then buried them. We made the cave entrance by nightfall and camped at its entrance until morning.
At sunrise we found that Lilian had fled into the mine. We followed him in and made our way to the old mine hub. Inside there were six fallen miners and adventurers surrounded by floating parasites. Cautiously Wynter Stillwater searched the bodies and found Lilian and dragged him out of the room. Suddenly, a creature burst from Lilian’s chest the parasites attacked us. As we smashed them, they released poisonous spores. Shooting them from he cavern, we defeated them quickly. Investigating the scene we collected supplies and weapons, stockpiled the rest and proceeded deeper into the western portion of the mine.
Deeper in, it appeared that the mine had breached an ancient temple. Inside we found two red frogmen. They set out to eat us and so we were forced to kill them. Proceeding to the next chamber we found some kind of breeding chamber. Two people were trapped alive and asked for merciful deaths. Yasuke collected their names and clan tokens to notify their families after their passing.