We had decided to check out the crypt north of town as that seemed like a focus of more than a couple of the problems in the area.
I went to relax at the temple in town, enjoying watching the ladies coming and going at the temple, some prettier than others but all with the focus towards the temple.
The next day we headed out, Katyr Gresys (KIA) with Slim and venom, Bremner, , Jig the Great!, with Pat the bunny, Ariel Lionsblood and myself.
Venom sliding through the wilderness steadily and fast as the most elegant creature would. normally go,
I really have developed a fondness for Katyr’s friends Venom and Slim they are very skilled and nice to be around.
We spend a night out in the wild before we got to the crypt. When we got close to the crypt we found a Wagon with a mule hiding around the back of it. Katyr made friends with it. I fixed the wagon up so it would be useful.
The mule is apparently called Theo. At least that is what the collar said. Well Ariel and Theo set up to watch the horses as the rest of us made our way into the darkness.
We went into the crypt, Jig and I carried the torches as we went forth into the pit.
we found a room where we found a strange looking magical eye. We found the strange eye after we had lit the torches around the room. Shortly after this I heard a sound coming up the hall towards us, we were in a place we thought we could defend from most anything. Boy were we wrong.
The casters prepped us as as well as they could in the time allowed, Then the flaming rat swarm hit us, Slim was targeted first, he came out ok, then the swarm was on Venom, Katyr and myself, Katyr and I caught fire almost instantly Venom threw himself on the swarm trying to smother it out before it could hurt Katyr, I bashed at the swarm as did Slim, she tried to hurt the swarm by doing a hoof dance on it.
Katyr retreated to try to get the flames out as did I but when I saw how Slim and venom were working so hard to try to save Katyr I went right back after it, Venom caught on fire and stopped moving, then Mr. Shonin threw venom out of the swarm and I laid into it apparently causing enough damage that it started to leave. My heart went out to venom and slim that Katyr was on fire and venom had sacrificed himself to give Katyr a chance to recover. I hurriedly put the flames out on myself then rushed to aid Venom alas Katyr kept burning brighter and brighter like a shooting star.
With the ointment and leaves I was able to lather onto venom he appeared to have grown new skin were the old had burn off, likely his body making the leaves and ointment a part of it, shows how adaptable he is. After I got Venom settled I went to see if there was anything I could do for our friend Katyr, but Katyr wasn’t there anymore, he had burnt so badly that there was nothing left but a crisp corpse.
Apparently Katyr felt the call of the four paths as he had a premonition that the Crypt was trouble. He was right, even though Venom got pulled out of the fire Katyr shown like the light of the sun from the flames.
My heart breaks for venom, Slim, and Theo as he had a special connection with them, maybe one day I can be worthy of a connection like that.
We decided that we must take katyr back to town before we do anything else.
There is great sorrow in my heart tonight.
The only thing that could ease it some would be if I was able to aid Venom in being able to return to a healthy relationship. and maybe later doing the same for Slim as an attempt to show honor for the Ranger Katyr that we have lost today.