I've stupidly went on patrol to the sewers alone. Invisibility spell failed unexpectedly, and was surrounded by cultists and their grey goo. Paralyzed and dead, ended up here in fugue plane... i understood after a while of a hazy dream.
I do not know when i leave this place and into which direction (either back on Toril, or to Realms Beyond).
i've dared to venture past energy barrier and face new challenges.
Undead were easy. Zombies very tough, so two handed sword was weapon for them. Against skeleton, holy water sprinkler did it's due.
Then scavenger infested battlefield... Too easy opponents for skilled fighter, even if they sneak and backstab. They tried to parry, but strong attack is also a skill. I know few acrobatic tumble maneuvers so i could disengage with ease, thus i had maneuverability advantage.
Maneuverability, external weapons, unarmed martial arts, and more. Thus carrion crawlers and carrion swarms were also very easy to get rid of.
I'll work on parrying, it's not perfect but still can be useful.
Demon spawn in under tunnels almost killed me, when two of them cut my way out, and thrid blocked way in. I've escaped somehow. I had 'the' discipline to resist their energy point attacks aimed to make my arms weaker. Perhaps Chea is winning. I'll see if she is well...
With proper team we could even kill few or more, i think.
Way back was easy, even if i was injured.
i've met chea near Shady Varr's merchant wagon, she is well.
It's often good idea to conserve spells, relying on team, and to use simpler weapons against lesser opponents.
This way, spell reserve can be useful against more dangerous opponents and to secure way back through enemy territory. Never know when it's needed.
That's one of reasons of why i need to learn 'Flame Weapon' spell. To support team with it, and with flaming arrows... and not to be useless on the way to destination.
-- Yours, Chea Allin, Cerulean Star 1st.
P.S. If i conserve spells, our team can push further into enemy territory, before the need for camp and meditation for spells arises.
P.S.S. It takes strong character to keep such reserve during fight... Even if i won't use spells and simple weapons, i can be still very useful guarding team fighting so they are not flanked. Usually my role is to scout and provide extra firepower when neccessary.
We (i, Rasuil and Vash't) have helped young adventurers, who ventured behind 'The Energy Barrier' to test their skills on Jiyyd battlefield full of 'Undead', and wealth-hungry 'Scavengers'. Probably in the name of Tempus. Then we have ventured further to the tunnels below Jiyyd, to scout and fight 'Demon Spawn' until our spells ran out. It was success, no one died. And i've killed one of the 'Demon Spawns' with 'Phantasmal Killer' spell.
Then we've met Gnarl with some kind of gnome mage. Nothing special except for mention of 'Djinn' who sent his team to the transitory plane of death, 'Fugue', from which they had returned due to courtesy of being he called 'Angel'.
And soon after i've left the team and returned to Peltarch.
-- Yours, Chea Allin.
Fighting 'Demon Spawns'.
P.S. Jiyyd was pious farming town, northeast of Norwick, but during recent war with N'Jast it was taken over by Demons. Some adventurers used Old Narfell war artifact. They seriously weakened enemy, but brought Demons into this plane of existence, who destroyed this town and and haunt it to this day.
I've met young ranger, Delawen, whom i took for little reconaissance and training. Perhaps i'll hire her later.
Then i stumbled in Peltarch Commons upon someone who called himself 'Cleric of Silvanus, Oakfather'. He revealed his name when asked, it's 'Lector'.
It's not very wise to mess with 'Silvanus' if you plan to travel in woods, so i've decided to respect him. When asked about details, Lector told me to plant trees and respect nature as a step in the right direction. Asked for more, he used analogy to finding apple tree, biting a little then planting seeds nearby. He did not accept coin for this teaching, keeping to his old, trusted, planting ways.
Then Delawen appeared nearly dead, he healed her. After few pleasantries, i left wishing him to not to die, in good spirit... at least not too soon, i should add, for eternal life is worse than reincarnation in my opinion.
We (Nade and i) have dared Kobolds Cave. There was one kobold assassin, or 'Silencer' as they are called commonly. Nade found him (she can sniff), wounded, and forced to flee. Rest of them were easy picks.
Entropic Shield Scroll,
Paralytic Crossbow Bolt,
Cure Light Wounds Balm,
and few more little valuables.
Chea in her 'Black Outfit' in the 'Dancing Mermaid Inn'.
Something told me to buy 'Improved Dark Studded Leather', 'Potion of See Invisibility' and 'Potion of Speed' ('Haste' spell equivalent, cast at 5th experience level).
It's very expensive, cost me over 1000 gold pieces. And weighs a lot.
I'll put equipment that is unneccessary for now, to our chest in Cerulean HQ. Hopefully it won't be taken.
I'll practice 'still' and 'silent' spellcasting. Can't do both at once though.
Without gestures there's no risk for spell failure in armour, but at increased energy cost (i can't cast 'Phantasmal Killer' spell this way, yet).
Without words, i cannot be heard while spellcasting, so it works fine with invisibility.
-- Yours, Chea Allin.
'Ghosts' in 'Black Outfits'.
P.S. At Cerulean HQ i've found 'Cloud Leather', very light and bardishly useful. I'll use it for a while, and in worst case of being lost, i'll replace it with new one for her owner: Cerulean Star, Kamilah.
Mere look at this leather armour makes me muse on what they do at this 'Bardic College' at Nights. And i do not mean this 'Vampiric Attack' that happened fairly recently.
Chea in Kamilah's 'Cloud Leather', in 'Cerulean HQ' / 'Storage Room'.
I've checked Nade and she seemed fine, for poison's sympoms passed. We went to swamp and she got bitten by 'Stirge' again, and poison returned despite protective spells i cast on her. We returned immediately and i fed her with more such herbs that helped her before.
I'll let her rest for a while, until i find her truly cured.
This reminds me somehow about Attentus, and his first true love, Ruri Hasegawa. At some point she contracted something that was considered magical poison at first and crippled them immensely. She suffered, he tried to help but was next to helpless.
He went to terrible lengths to save her, but in the end he was caught in demonic plot and had to kill her to save her from being turned into terrible creature that would suffers for eternity, or he thought such way. He wished for early death after this but was denied such by her wish. I'll write more later if i can. I'll only mention that she ended as 'keeper of the afterlife' as she said to him when she appeared to him once after her death.
He suffered till end of his years, but there was someone who lessened this pain.