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Firestorm Peak, Letter 13
Well, there we were with two traps between us and where we wanted
to go. There were some things that looked like zombies in the other room,
and boy were they stinky. But first we had to figure out how to get to
them before we could kill them. To get past them, I mean.
Since they looked like zombies, Rhavin went over one of the traps
with Canliss' floating Tenser-disc. He tried to turn them, but it was no
good-- instead of running away from him, they started to attack him. And
with all of us on the other side of the trap! Kariya cast a big web to
make the not-zombies not attack Rhavin. I was waiting for Canliss to send
the Tenser-disc back to I could help Rhavin.
All of a sudden, I felt a tickle in my boot. I was sure it was
one of those awful bugs we'd seen back there that crawled into my boot,
but thank goodness it was only Nikita. Usually she rides on Rhavin, so I
donut know what she was doing in my boot. But then Canliss sent the
Tenser-disc back, so I handed her to Kariya.
Unfortunately, I was so excited to help Rhavin kill things that I
jumped off the disc too early-- right into the trap! The floor gave away,
and I grabbed on to Rhavin with the hand I wasn't holding onto Hilt with.
I didn't know what to do-- if there were any crushing walls or spiky
things, I was done for. I couldn't climb without dropping Hilt, and I
felt like Id almost rather be crushed than lose Hilt.
Rhavin was able to pull me to the side where the real floor was.
I'm glad I didn't make him fall too, when I grabbed him, but I didn't know
what else to do. Now I was ready to go after some of these not-zombies--
But Nikita was on my boot again! She had held on when I fell into
the trap, and there was some poison that my boot got into. With her on my
boot. Rhavin got Nikita off my boot. He must have been afraid she was
dead, because he was so sad he started to cry. He called for Jven to come
cure the poison, and I watched the zombies. Jven cured the poison, and
Nikita looked much better.
Kariya cast a lightning bolt to take care of the not-zombies once
and for all. And it did, too, but rocks fell from the ceiling. It got
Kariya pretty bad, because she fell down and didn't get up. That made me
drop Hilt and run over to where she was. Unfortunately, there was still a
not-zombie left, and I had left Hilt behind me. I tried to hit it, but it
was faster than it looked. Canliss killed it-- I was so embarrassed.
Maybe I should practice more.
Behind me, Nikita changed back into Nikita again. Rhavin was so
happy, he was hugging her and Nikita was hugging and she was crying. I
guess it must have been pretty scary. Being on my dumb old boot and
falling into a trap and me not even knowing and then getting poisoned.
Rhavin would have taken better care of her.
We were hurt again, so we had to rest. Canliss tried to identify
Hilt again, but didn't get very far. But now I know how to turn off the
blade if I need to... I think it's just to turn it off when I donut need
it. But I'm not sure. And I'm still afraid that Hilt is the kind of
magic that runs out-- and then where will I be? A swordsman without a
sword. I was so worried I asked Nikita if she could find out for me, but
she has to save her spells for important things. I guess finding out
about Madreus and how we're going to save the world should come first.
Kariya says that I shouldn't worry. There's nothing we can do about it
So, while everyone was resting, Nikita taught me more how to read.
Maybe when we get out of Firestorm peak I'll be able to read by myself! I
tried to get someone to practice boxing with me, but everyone was busy.
So I just practiced with myself.
Off we went again. The passage was narrow, but tall enough so I
didn't have to stoop. We came to a big room with a big stone hill covered
with moss. On top of the hill, were bunch of mushrooms that looked like
people. Or people that looked like mushrooms. We decided not to bother
Then there was another room, with even more mushroom-people in it.
There was a really big one-- even bigger than me-- that was on a throne
kind of thing. Nikita and Rhavin went up to talk with them, and I didn't
know what they were saying. I was just trying to look peaceful-- which is
hard when you can't put your sword in a sheath. I just kind of carry it
like it's a big piece of sharp metal, and not a sword-- I suppose that's
the best anyone could do. I could have tried to make the blade disappear,
but I wasn't sure I could make it come back.
Then, all of a sudden, there was this big cloud like in the last
trap, coming out of the mushrooms. I tried to hold my breath, but I had
to breathe eventually. When I breathed, I could hear the big mushroom
talking in my head. And all the littler mushrooms, but mostly the big
one. They asked all sorts of questions-- like, what is Slurpy? What is
eating? It was hard to explain things to them, but I suppose if you were
growing in the middle of a mountain all your life you might need a few
things explained to you too.
It turned out the mushroom people didn't like Madreus either.
They really didn't like him so much that they wanted to help us. The
mushroom king asked one of his bodyguards to come with us, to help. It
felt good to be making a friend-- most things were trying to kill us or
making us pay for their destroyed bazaar or whatever.
The mushrooms had told Nikita about a 'field of corruption', which
didn't sound good at all. Like a desert of despair. It had something to
do with extra arms or something like that. She kept asking where it was
and what it looked like, but they couldn't explain it. So she cast a
spell to find out how we could stay out of it. The spell said that
healing could make the field. That made Nikita very unhappy-- we have to
heal all the time! She really didn't like her extra eye, and didn't want
anything else to happen like that. I like her eye-- I think it's kind of
neat, and I wouldn't mind an extra arm one bit. Which I suppose is just
as well-- I get healed an awful lot, so if this field of corruption
happens, it might as well happen to me.
I got to talk a bit with the bodyguard, after. That dust he
makes, that makes it so he can talk in our heads, lasts a while but he can
only make it so often. So I just talked with him while it was wearing
off. He said his name was One of Five (Kariya said we would NOT call him
'fivey'). I tried to tell him about the icky bugs in the canyon, but he
likes bugs because they make food for mushrooms. I told him I didn't feel
like being made food for mushrooms until I was good and ready-- maybe
he'll understand when he sees all the bugs.
I asked One of Five if he liked to box, but he didn't. Mushrooms
donut like fighting unless they have to. They are born knowing how, so
they donut even have to practice. Oh well, I guess I can keep
shadow-boxing by myself.