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Firestorm Peak, Letter 14
One of Five is sure interesting to talk to. I keep trying to
understand how he eats. He doesn't have a mouth. I asked him if he eats
like Slurpy (I had to explain how Slurpy ate first). It turns out he just
stands on some dirt and... well, I'm not quite sure what happens next.
One of Five said that some dirt was better than other dirt. He said that
we would make good dirt, but I wasn't sure what he meant. I decided not
to ask any more.
So now we had to figure out how to get past those two traps. None
of us wanted to deal with those spores again, but One of Five said he had
an idea. He set off the spore trap like Canliss had, but he broke all the
webby things that made the trap go off. So all we had to do was wait
until the spores settled, and we just walked through. But now we had to
go back through the bug room.
It was just as bad as the last time. It was just as dark, and the
bugs were just as loud. Kariya said she saw these big troll-things by
where all the bugs were. They were just scooping up big handfuls of bugs
and shoving them in their mouths. One of Five said that the troll-things
make the best soil. I asked him how they keep the troll-things soil--
don't they heal after they get hurt? It was a bit better talking-- it
took my mind off it being dark and full of bugs, but Nikita said we
shouldn't talk about soil anymore. I guess it isn't very interesting to
hear people talking about soil, but I couldn't think of anything else to
We were waiting for the trolls to go away. Kariya kept checking
to see if the trolls had gone away, but I guess bugs aren't very filling
because they were there for a while. Finally, they were gone and we could
go ahead. So Nikita showed us the way around to the other tunnel. All of
a sudden, it was quiet and we couldn't hear the bugs anymore. Then it
felt cold and Kariya said she had put an ice wall up. To protect us from
the spider (not Slurpy). Oh.
That meant we could turn the light back on, which made me feel
much better. I'm so glad I got that Drugdear helmet. It was so bad when
we didn't have light at all, and for a while we only had the one light--
it's so nice that I have a light of my own.
Well, I thought we were bad off, but then we came upon some
drugdear. There was two of them-- one was really hurt, and the other one
was taking care of him. The weird thing was, the drugdear didn't get all
big and attack us. Which was nice, because it would have made me feel bad
to kill them-- they looked so bad off.
I guess since the drugdear were sort of our friends now, it was
okay for us to help them. Rhavin gave them some water, and Nikita healed
the sick one. I asked One of Five if he could talk with them, like he
talked with us. The drugdear said they were trying to go back home--
which I could understand. We were talking about whether to send them back
to the rest of the drugdear, or pick them up on our way back from killing
Madreus, or maybe even taking them with us. Canliss thought they might be
good guides. I guess Nikita and Jven thought that was a bad idea, because
they got really mad at Canliss and tried to kill him.
I think Nikita-- and now Jven, I guess-- getting so mad might be
one of those 'perversions of nature' that are supposed to happen with the
fall of night. Nikita has been teaching me all about the prophecy, so it
kind of makes sense. But I can't wait for night to stop falling and us to
stop attacking one another.
I grabbed Nikita as gently as I could, and tried to hand her to
Kariya or Rhavin. I didn't know how I was supposed to stop Jven from
attacking Canliss with her on Slurpy, but all of a sudden, she stopped
moving. I hoped she wouldn't be as mad when she could move again.
Rhavin was talking to Nikita, when all of a sudden she got mad
(only a little this time) and walked off down the hall. Rhavin followed
her, to try and make her come back. The drugdear said something, and One
of Five told us that there was something down that way that they were
really frightened of. That sounded really bad-- Nikita and Rhavin all
alone going towards who knows what. One of Five said more, but I was
already off, yelling for them to stop.
I wasn't sure what the drugdear would be scared of-- they didn't
look too tough, so maybe it wasn't much but it turned out to be pretty
scary. There was this big wall made of zombie parts with this beautiful
woman in the middle calling for help. Nikita and Rhavin were at the wall
already, so Nikita tried to help-- but then the woman tried to pull Nikita
into the wall!
That didn't seem right. Rhavin was able to grab Nikita and pull
her away. He detected for evil and I guess it must have been because he
yelled and fell down. Well, of course the wall was evil-- it had tried to
Everyone else had caught up with me, and I saw magic missiles
coming from behind to hit the wall. Nikita looked like she was going to
cast a spell, but all of the sudden she stopped moving and just stood
there. Which was bad, because all these arms came out of the wall and
started hitting us. Rhavin and I pulled Nikita to safety, as Kariya hit
the wall with lightning. But then the wall hit her back with lightning!
It was definitely time to kick some ass. One of Five and I went
up to attack the wall-- I figured I'd explain how to kick ass later. I
got in a few good hits, but One of Five was hurt pretty bad and had to go
get a healing pod. I chopped up that wall good, and I could see what was
behind it-- a room with blue goo on the floor and all these white lumps
moving around on the walls. Didn't seem like a very special thing to put
a wall in front of, but I'm not as smart as Madreus.
All of a sudden, I wanted to hug the woman. She was trapped in
the wall, and just needed a hug. I remember her pulling me into the wall,
and Rhavin pulling me out, but still wanting to go hug her. Then I
stopped wanting to hug her. That HURT! I was going to get her but good,
as soon as I got Hilt again. I was going up to get Hilt, and saw Rhavin
running away in the corner of my eye (I wonder where he was going?). Then
a few more missiles hit the last bits of the wall and it died. The woman
fell down-- all her insides had been eaten out by the wall and she was
dying. I guess she didn't mean to try and kill us, because she said
"forgive me" as she died.
I felt really sorry for her. I wrapped her up in my cloak and
went to go find the others, who were back where the drugdear were. Kariya
said that the woman was one of the people in her dad's party. She was a
Soltanite and her name was Quaren. We buried her and put rocks on top of
her. I hope if something bad happens to one of us, that it doesn't take
27 years for someone to find us and us be in some evil zombie wall all
Nikita was still not talking, and now Canliss was staring at
things. After about ten minutes, he said he was seeing lumps all around
us-- like those things that popped out of thin air a couple of times
except they were alive.
Finally, Jven cast a spell that brought Nikita back. She said she
had read Quaren's mind, and that Madreus had put her in the evil zombie
wall and made her attack things. I'm going to kill Madreus extra hard for
that. Rhavin hugged Nikita a lot-- reading someone's mind who's been in a
evil zombie wall for 27 years sounds like no fun.
We left the drugdear with some water and some of those funny food
bracelets we had found a long time ago. Well, like two weeks, but it
seemed longer. We napped, because we were all tired and hurt. Nikita
taught me some more reading-- she helped me read the story of thunder. I
always liked that story but I wish Skaa had found someone to like him,
We had to cross the goo. Rhavin and Nikita crossed in Canliss's
tenser-disc, but goo dripped on them anyway. Since they seemed messy but
ok, I just walked across, poking ahead with hilt. That goo was really
gooey. It smelled bad too.
After the goo, there was a room with these weird plants-- well,
One of Five said they were plants. They moved kinda, all together, and
they had big pointy yellow leaves. Since One of Five was talking again, I
asked him if he could talk to Slurpy like he talked to the drugdear, or
Ulfie. He said that Slurpy wasn't smart enough to have much to say, and
Ulfie was mostly just happy all the time.
Then another one of those lumpy-slimy things popped out of thin
air at us. I tried to throw some at the plants, to see what they would
do, but it was too slimy to pick up. Nikita was smarter, and she just
threw a coin at the plants. They all kind of moved where she threw it,
and made this yellow cloud. It seemed kind of dangerous, so we tried the
The next room was all slimy tunnels with this swirly stuff all
over the floors and walls and ceiling. There were clicking sounds coming
from it. That didn't sound too good either. Rhavin went ahead and looked
at the third way to go-- through more of the goo. Unfortunately, the goo
just got deeper, and it looked like there might have been something living
in the goo-- something big.
So the clicky, slimy, whirly tunnel it was. It was smelly too,
like vinegar. Not only that, but there was a Big Nasty that lived in the
tunnel, and it attacked us right away. Rhavin fell on the slippy floor,
and the thing wrapped it's mouth-parts around his leg. I hit it a couple
times, but it was hard not to fall on the slippy floor. Jven threw
something on the floor that made it not slippy, so now the big nasty and
me were even. Take THAT, you Big Nasty! The big nasty spat slime all
over me, and it started burning. But I couldn't stop whacking it,
otherwise I'd just get worse. It was kinda hard to concentrate, but I
figured if Rhavin could dive down into a pool of acid, then I could deal
with a little burning slime until we were safe.
A few more good hits, and the Big Nasty was dead, spewing out more
of its burning slime for good measure. Canliss cleaned me up as soon as
he could, but I lost some of my armor. My skin still kind of hurt from
where the burning slime had touched it, but I knew Nikita or Jven could
heal me. I knew I couldn't get any more armor down here, and that was
what stood between me and getting even more hurt than I usually did.
I hope we're close to Madreus.