Schism

Disturbing dream

The next morning, the elves woke up and gathered.

Alonna was shaken, and explained the dream she had.

Alonna was walking, and ended up in a cave. She was walking in a river of snakes. She found her parents, looking deathly ill. There was a hyena laughing. She turned and saw an orc. The orc was not in the cave, but Alonna was looking at him while she was in the cave. Alonna used a snake as an arrow and shot at the orc. He threw a snake at her parents, who caught it and threw it back at Alonna. The snake bit Alonna on the neck. She woke with a start.

It felt so real, that is must be a prophetic dream. Her parents must be in danger.

Jay listened, and determined that this dream was magical in origin, and that her parents were not strong enough magic users to send this dream to her. It is a trap of some kind, and she determined that is better to walk in knowing it is a trap than to go in blindly.

The group headed to the mountain that Alonna’s parents often live to check on them.

Once they arrive, they check their normal “home” and find that it looks as if nobody has been here for months.

Alonna thought to go check a cave that they usually go to that has a well in it.

Checking on the well, they find that it is missing. It looks crushed in and covered with rocks. If you didn’t know a well was there, it would look like part of the cave had fallen into a pile.

Arctis uncovers the well, and looks into the darkness. They attached a rope to the top, and Arctis climbed down, his flail glowing thanks to Jay’s magic. Down below the surface, there is a large cave with water well below the surface. He looks all around and doesn’t see anything of consequence.

He climbs out of the hole, and lets Alonna climb down. Before Alonna gets to the cave, something catches her eye. She sees a sparkle. Reaching for it, she finds that there is a hidden cave. She squeezes in, and finds another cave. Turning a corner, she sees lights in the distance. She calls back for the others to climb down.

Once all three are in the cave, they begin exploring. They come to a doorway which has Dwarven runes inscribed. They find lit torches, and find that they are magically powered. They come to a doorway. It leads down some stairs, into darkness. The path they are on keeps heading forward and curves out of sight.

Alonna suddenly remembers her dream, and that Canyon would not follow her in her dream, and he was unable to get down the well. She becomes determined to not be separated from him.

Arctis climbs back up, and tries to tie Canyon to lower him into the cave, but Canyon stubbornly refuses, and runs away, cutting part of the rope with his claws.

They all climb up, pull up the rope, and venture after Canyon, who has run off deeper into the cave.

The cave does not branch off, so it is easy to follow where Canyon must have gone. Instead of using magic, they are using torches.

They come up to a larger cave room. Something fell onto Jay’s shoulder. She reached up and grabbed a rat. She threw it across the room. Everyone looked around disgusted because the walls were swelling with rats.

The trio fought off the hoard as best they could. Jay trying to frighten them away with light. Arctis killing them with his flail. Alonna picking them off with her bow. Alonna is calling for Canyon to help the whole while. The rats are going right for Arctis, and begin chewing on his armor. Canyon burst into the room, and begins killing rats as well. They all back out of the opening, and Jay lets out another Magic Missile. It erupts in the room, and strikes all over. The remaining rats flee in terror.

The group heads back to the well, and when they arrive, they find rope hanging down into the hole.

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