24/01/04: Aseir & Ehlixer

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05/03/24

24th of Kythorn, 1491 DR

Aseir stands in the old mages tower with the sea elven archmage Ulidor; he is going to Candlekeep alone. The elven wizard draws the power arcane about him says, "Candlekeep" followed by words of power as he touches Aseir.

One blink and the world shifted... but this isn't Candlekeep. 

Looking around he finds himself in the middle of a graveyard; headstones and other trappings easily reveal to him that this is a place made by humans. It is ancient graveyard, at least in the part of it he is in. The headstones have seen many seasons and there are several mausoleums. Overhead, dark clouds appear to be moving in; nothing necessarily magical in nature, but definitely looks as though a violent storm is incoming and soon. He considers where to go and whether or not to send Nyx scouting when he sees movement of something a dozen rows away. Then a second something about the same distance and 30 degrees over. He is not alone and the skies are quickly darkening as the storm builds. Then a bolt of lightning strikes perhaps a mile away on the edge of the storm.

There are no good options. Lighting and... was that a damn ghoul? Shit. yes. Ghouls. He could fight them, but if just one claws him it could paralyze him... and then even with Nyx and Samira would he survive that if they have too many hungry buddies.

Nyx makes for one of mausoleums with a door ajar. It is not large, nor large inside, but it looks solid and the door is banded. Nyx gives an all clear and the two dart inside and three ghouls are racing towards them. Inside he finds the unexpected: a board to bar the door closed from the inside. He gets it closed and barred just in time for the first ghoul to slam into it. Stepped back as the racked begins, he wonders just what went wrong.

Then a whip snaps out wrapping around his waist. Given that the mausoleum is not more than 15' deep he is unclear just where it came from. Whipping his head around, he sees shadows in the room his Raven Queen vision cannot penetrate and he knows fear. Perhaps the ghouls would be the easier path.

He turns to grab for the door and he is pulled toward the shadows. Suddenly something slams against the door. Something big. Something powerful. Something that shakes the stone mausoleum like wooden outhouse struck by warhammer. Options just got worse.

Then a voice from the shadows rasps, "stop resisting fool!" Fear drains away as anger begins to well up, though mixed with curiosity.... and one final lurch pulls him into the shadows... and out the other side.

The landscape around him is a black and white mirror of the graveyard. The landscape has an oppressing depression. A trio of shadar-kai each with the sigil of a raven stand nearby. In the center is a muscular bald shadar-kai, elf, heavily tattooed, with a whip and a breast plate. A man and human, both human shadar-kai stand on either side of him looking outward.

The woman turns to the man in the center "Denarin. They are coming.

The one, Denarin, shakes his whip and it releases Aseir and says, "Aseir. We must go-" and sensing you about to ask a question, "- and we have no time for questions." he turns to the other male. "Ehlixer. Fireball." as he points to an approaching group of undead. The man releases a fireball on command. The man and women then, as if on queue, each place a hand on the leader's shoulder. They look to Aseir, who tentatively reaches out a hand to do the same.

Denarin begins to walk, then jog, each of the three building speed to keep pace. There travel becomes a literal blur and it seems that miles pass in minutes. Strangely, as the miles pass colors come and go from the landscape. One moment there is no color, the next, fields are brown and green, leaves green. All in shadowed, but with color. The next moment the landscape is just shades of black.

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