2nd 9th Day, Mirtul
I don’t understand. This entire trip has been bewildering, and I feel I’ve gone insane.
The trip went well. A nice hike, and then we set up camp. Aaron, Tavion and myself went into the woods as we usually would, bringing Iona with us. Before long we came across a deer, and using a pretty unconventional method, as we were low on time, I flushed it into a trap. Iona finished it off, and we carried it back to camp, where we had a good time.
Then things went strange, and I’m not sure that the meat wasn’t tainted.
I lay awake with Kara, talking, when she saw something outside. I went and took a look, only to be attacked by goblins. Goblins, here, in the Baemore Woods. After a brief skirmish, we (read: Kara) decided we should make sure there weren’t any more lurking about, so we stumbled off into a cave, which proceeded to have not only goblins, but shambling skeletons.
Further in, a few scrapes down the path, we came across a giant glowing rune. It seemed to react to me, and as I got closer it… pulsed, like a heartbeat, faster and faster. As I hit the centre I was overcome by a wave of… I’m not sure. I just remember colours, and a sensation.
We went further into the cave. I felt driven at this point. I wanted to turn back, but I didn’t, and I almost feel I couldn’t have if I’d tried.
We soon discovered what may have been why.
We came across a crystal blocking the path, humming with energy. Out of it spoke someone claiming to be one of the heroes of the Nameless War, Kerin Underbough. She said something about magic, and somehow imparted all us with some of her power. Afterwards I felt energy surge through me, and I was able to somehow, sometimes, harness… something. A power, surging through, and out of. my fist. It was scary, and enticing. I see now why the mages were so upset to lose it, even if I don’t understand it fully.
Unfortunately, we were also told of a nemesis in the cave, that the Nameless hero wanted us to deal with, so I had to put that power to the test. I fear I wasn’t of much use myself, giving little more than candle wisps to anyone I tried to attack, but the adrenaline of having the energy was amazing. The others quickly dispatched the… I guess wizard, of some kind. He was animating bodies, so I guess another who somehow has managed to harness energies, despite the Gods abandonment.
After we left this place, I was unable to conjure like I had in a cave, despite my attempts, which was welcome. I was longing for a return to normal. However, it was not to be.
Before we left, we decided to go for a walk, still, when we met… Something. He claimed to be a “frog pixie,” and harassed me for stealing his acorn. Unaware I’d done so, I tried to return it to him, when he refused, saying he then had to pay me. In return for his acorn, I got a… stick, of some kind. He called it a focus, and said it would allow me to control the powers I had in the cave anywhere.
I’d hoped to wake at home and find the trip a bad dream, but when we arrived in town Kara carted me off to see Ms Lyne. In trying to settle me, I’m not sure if she did more harm or good. Confirming that I may somehow be able to control these elements terrifies me more than if I wasn’t able to. I haven’t tried them since the frog-pixie gave me the stick, but I don’t think I want to. I am afraid.
From here, I know not what the future brings, but I know that I fear it. Zia, ever the helpful one, suggested I don’t tell the rest of the family what I can do. I doubt they’d pay any attention anyway, but I believe she’s right.
Ehlonna forbid that they find this diary, and find out what I can do.
Ehlonna forbid that I can actually do what I can do.