Campaign of the Month: December 2014
The Immortal Beast of Flaem and Ice
With the New Year near approaching, Salhadin expressed an interest in returning to Llhamsa for a celebration that was to take place there. It was said that during this celebration each year, stars fell to earth, and if one were fortunate enough, they might capture it. I was not sure whether or not this was believable, but I had seen and experienced so many things in this land, I was not ready to completely dismiss it. We made our preparations and Thaljun used spells to allow us to make the flight to Llhamsa. The day was relaxing, and enjoyable, with many different activities and things to do and see. The celebration continued late into the night. At midnight, bells began to ring, and all looked to the sky. As it was said, it appeared to me that the stars were actually falling from the sky. It was quite fascinating. One particular star fell closer and closer to us, and passed so close it seemed that I could reach out and touch it. As it passed, I felt a strange feeling come over me. I heard a loud explosion as the star slammed into a nearby mountain. With the conclusion of the sight, we all went to bed.
I was awakened the next morning, far earlier than I would have liked, by an excited Thaljun. He had determined to seek out the star and bring it back to Blofeld. Despite the early hour, we agreed, and began making preparations to head out toward the mountain. We were visited by a monk who indicated that the Great Saffron Mystic himself had invited us to come see him. I thought back on my last experience with the Great Mystic, in which we fought Ethengar to the death for medicine. I was wary, but agreed all the same. The Great Mystic met us, and began to describe an unexpected situation.
During the star shower the night before, the star that had passed so close to use impacted on the nearby holy mountain. As a result, a creature that had been entrapped for over one hundred years had been freed, and was now beginning to wreak havoc on the populace in the area. It was, he said, critical that the creature be resealed in the mountain before it could do even more damage, as it surely would. He felt that even Blofeld would be at risk should the beast remain unchecked. This naturally concerned us all, and so we agreed to set out to try to track and capture the creature. The Great Mystic pointed us in the direction we should go, and then we set out to pick up the track. Fortunately, Salhadin was well-versed in tracking, and so he was able to pick up the trail. After some time, we encountered a large creature, with snowy white fur and horrible glowing red eyes. The beast was formidable, with great slashing claws and sharp teeth. The beast lept upon me, and dug his razor claws into my flesh. We exchanged blows, and Thaljun was able to harm the beast severely with fire. Eventually, we won, but the battle was had fought.
We continued up the mountain, thinking now that this was likely not the creature we were looking for. Eventually we found a large tunnel in the ice, but elected to go rest and heal our wounds before venturing down into the place. We did, and the monks help tend to our wounds, healing them much faster than they would have otherwise. We also asked for more information on the Beast of Flaem and Ice. They could not offer us much, other than to tell us it was very powerful, and that it guarded a great hoard. Deciding that one day was enough to wait, we set back out to the cave once more. The cave was really more of a tunnel, as if ice melted and refroze. It seemed that it would be a tremendous challenge to navigate the tunnel. Thaljun enchanted us with spells to allow us to fly down. The tunnel seemed to extend on forever, leading down to enormous caverns. We stood in one of the caverns, which extended farther than the eye could see. The floor itself, made of thick ice, seemed to show that the caverns extended below us. I looked down, I thought I saw movement. I leaned over to get a closer look when something enormous smashed through the floor below, sending us flying. I looked up at the monster. Never had I seen such a thing. Moments before I had been bitterly cold, and now waves of immense heat cascaded over me. Its’ many legs clattered on the floor, and it raised its’ head and roared. Before Thaljun and I could do anything, the monster scooped us up in its’ maul, and swallowed us. Trying to fight the powerful muscles that now forced us down, and not get overwhelmed by the blistering heat, I drew forth my handaxe to cut our way out. Below us, I could only see glowing fire, and I knew if we could not get out we would burn. I tried to slash at the inside of the beast, and my axe simply melted. I was all but assured that we would be next, when I felt Thaljun’s hand on my shoulder. One blink of an eye, and we were gone.
We landed, somewhat roughly, on the floor of the tower in Blofeld. The air was cool and pleasant, and I felt the distinct sensation of someone who has cheated death. I looked at Thaljun. If this beast truly was a danger to Blofeld, we would have to find a much better way to combat it.