26 Tera 1333 YS
I will keep it brief today my love. We indeed defeated the bugbears. It was a tough fight, and the villains pulled out all the stops. But in the end, we were victorious, in great thanks to Kumori and Izzy popping back out of the lamp. Dorak was a bit scary to me, for after we slew the bugbear, he flew into a rage, drew that evil dagger and proceeded to stab the villains until they were good and dead. I think maybe the dagger wanted their souls, which is a scary thought in and of itself.
This thing is worrying me, Calli. We need to get rid of it somehow, or neutralize its viciousness. I am afraid it will turn Dorak evil, and corrupt him, or worse, destroy his soul. The madness on his face gave me nightmares last night, and just being near the thing, that Gift Taker blade, unsettles me. It seems that whatever that blade is about, it is completely contrary to the doctrines of Mormekar. I will think on it, and of course, pray on it.
So we killed the thugs. But the town’s supplies and treasure was still 100 feet above us in the towering chimney’s cave. I stayed put on the ground with Izzy, where any sane person would find safety, and the rest of them climbed the sandy pillar (except Coatl who flew up there).
They used the ropes and rope ladder to make their way up, and to everyone’s surprise, the villains had laid some sort of fireball trap along the route up. The thing exploded and Smriti was nearly killed. She fell eighty feet and were it not for Izzy’s timely healing, Smriti would have died. She looked a ruin, but barely came through it alive. As for the others, it was a pure miracle that Kumori and Dorak were able to cling to the side of the tower, what that their ropes had been destroyed by the fire. Dorak swiftly climbed down, thanks to Coatl’s assistance, and Kumori climbed up. He climbed up!! Oh goodness I was so scared for them. I was useless in healing. I was spent. The only comfort was Mormekar’s blessing through me… if they died, I could tether their spirits to the bodies, and they would have an easier time being brought back. They wouldn’t lose a gift. But Smriti and Kumori (and Coatl) are non-believers. They do not have the blessing of the Maker’s gifts. We will have to have a talk about what they want done with their spirits, and bodies, if they might be slain. This is dangerous work, and I thank the Maker for his generous blessings.
The explosion caused the pillar of stone to collapse, but we were at least able to extract a magical rucksack, and we found it held most of the treasure stolen from Villa Vicosa. We took the treasures back, and the old mayor was very pleased. He rewarded us as best he could, which was not terrible. We kept most of the bugbear’s personal items, including a very dangerous spear.
It is morning, and we prepare for our journey to Alhambra. It should take a little more than a week, weather permitting. There are no significant settlements between here and there. The badlands are slowly turning into desert, and I am certainly happy it is still wintertime. I don’t think I could bear summer’s heat in this beautiful but forsaken place.
We have a destination now my love. I know I told you, but if you want to write, I would love to find a letter waiting for me when I get there. Our next destination is Bagharid, but I don’t think you should send anything there. Better to send me a letter and address it to the Explorer’s Guild in Oropus, Io. Yes, I will be once again traveling into that classical land, with its ancient gods and revered ways. We are hiking a mountain to find an oracle in the hopes that he/she can tell us where we are to go to find that mystic coffin Mormekar told me about in dream. I look forward to a letter. How I wish to be in your arms my love.