The past few days have been trying. The fresh confidence of a young man out of training has been replaced with the doubt of a young man who has finally seen battle. Twice in the last few days I have come close to breathing my last, and I am beginning to realize that these writings might be an obituary for all of us, instead of the war journal it was meant to be.
It is in this spirit I have decided to write of my companions, an introduction that will last here in these pages if tomorrow becomes our final day.
I have found my self thrown in with 6 others as we trek through the deep. I shall build upon my knowledge of them as we fight side by side, but I will take a moment to outline each one briefly here.
Kaladin- Claims he is related to Terendelev in some fashion. A quite capable warrior who can change his hands into claws. Seems to be versed in some sort of arcane tradition. By far the most skilled of us in war. His temper concerns me, but he’s shown himself to be a quite capable companion so far.
Lief- A fellow paladin dedicated to Iomadae. Willing to stand side by side with me as the first line of light against the darkness. His faith echos my own, and reminds me that I am not the only beacon of light in the darkness below.
Pavonna- A tiefling who is also versed in arcane knowledge in some way. She bears watching, but has kept her intentions thus far secret.
Ayumi- A kitsune (some sort of bipedal fox/humanoid hybrid, akin to a lycanthrope from what i understand). She is preoccupied with shinies, which has already led to some trouble. She eyes the wealthy noble Horgus as if she’s sizing up a mark. Her skills will come in handy, but i’ll keep a closer eye on my coin purse when she’s near.
Horgus Gwerm- A self serving wealthy noble who has promised us aid in our battle against the demons when we get him to the surface. Possibly the weakest member of our troupe in battle, but the most useful when it comes to the ongoing war. If only he were more pleasant to get along with.
Annevia Tirabade- A human scout who was hobbled during the fall. Seems a well meaning sort, although she has a desire to take the lead in situations. I have learned very little of her past, but I am curious to find out more.
Aravashnial- A riftwarden who was blinded during the fall. Has been summoning creatures to assist us in our battles. He seems the curious sort, and can throw caution to the wind when prying for knowledge.
We awoke in a temple to Torag, and were set upon by a few creatures that resembled a many-eyed-flying-squid. We were bruised, but not broken from the fight, and pressed on. It is here that I made a mistake. I allowed my pride to get ahead of me and walked us directly into an ambush. A dwarf blasted us with a lightning spell, Most of our party went down, including myself. It was my error, my hubris, that lead to this. I only hope to learn from these mistakes. Fortunately the dwarf was driven off by Ayumi and Pavonna, allowing them to revive the group and move forward.
It wsa after this encounter that things really took a turn for the strange. We met a couple of mongrel-men trying to rescue a friend from under some rubble. After assisting we were brought back to their camp and told their story. After the first crusade, their ancestors started having children with major birth defects. People of the time considered them demon-touched, when they were actually just cursed. Their forbears decided to strike out underground and make a life for themselves there. The village we have come across has aligned itself against the demonic forces that are threatening us all. Their leader, (to be added and edited when i remember wtf his name is), is a wise and caring man. He offered our party rest, and aid, for rescuing a member of his village. What’s more, a broach we had found right after our fall turned out to be a gift to his dead son! Unfortunately his son had passed, but at least he can rest easier knowing what truly happened instead of being left to wonder. Unfortunately the kitsune who held the broach refused to return it without charging an inflated price. It seems to have cooled some of the favor we received when we arrived, and raised my ire considerably towards Ayumi. She has put her desires above that of her party, and it makes her a possible threat to our well being. Hopefully I can lead her away from such a destructive path, and remind her that the benefit of the group is the benefit of us all. What good is gold if she’s dead?
Unfortunately, we have also learned that the mark of persecution has led other mongrel-men into the arms of the demon lords. I was saddened greatly to hear this news, as I know that it was the actions of my own ancestors that caused men to raise such a banner. Mongrels or no, they are potential allies against the world-wound. Now we must fight our way to the surface, through one of these demon worshiping mongrel clans.
Our first encounter with them has been trying, but hopefully we will be able to persevere.
In the name of the light of Saranrae, may we be blessed and granted favor.