Last night we witnessed a Light Swarm. It was absolutely breathtaking! One moment the village was dark and the next it was as bright as day. Small globes of blue light danced across the sky. They soared and wove through the village in a pattern both inspiring and unimaginable. It was truly a wonder to behold.
We learned a bit about them as well. Zhule studied the swarm closely as they danced and discovered that the light swarm is actually a transition phase for some unknown creature. He noted several small larvae burst through the globes and crawled into the forest surrounding the village. I know Zhule grabbed a few specimens for himself as well.
The rest of the day was rather uneventful. We began our trek down to the Cylion Basin. At the moment we’ve made camp and are resting in a rather spartan Mouth Cairn. There is another group of three here. Looks like a family. They’re keeping to themselves though. A single man is sleeping far from the rest of us. He definitely wants to be left alone. Tomorrow we’ll reach the Basin. Then we’ll find Seria and Patel. And finally we will start to figure out what is causing all this insanity.
Holy hell there aren’t any bandits in the region after all! Instead the “roving bandits” were actually one creature! Zhule called it a Zaelem. It was ugly, and quiet. So quiet. Long and flat, the creature had nearly a dozen six foot tall calcium deposits shaped vaguely like humans on horseback. Well, from a distance anyways. Up close it was just a mess of bone, flesh, rock, numenera, and anything else the creature ate. And it ate everything!
Last night it slithered quietly into camp and swallowed that solitary guy whole! It climbed over him, smothering him and then when it passed the guy and all his stuff were gone. Then it came for us. The creature reared up trying to smother PRIS but she was strong and held it aloft, revealing a toothy mouth underneath. The other quickly dispatched it, now able to easily strike at it’s weak underbelly.
We scavenged some cyphers and various useful parts from the calcified pillars on the Zaelem. Mario accidentally triggered a gas bomb and nearly knocked himself out, but he was okay. The other family was a lot more friendly to us after that.
Cylion Basin was quiet a unique place. Large, multicolored pools lined the main thoroughfare. People were bathing and splashing in the pools, which seemed to heal minor cuts, bruises and illnesses. All around us were shops, carts, kiosks and other stands with various healing goods upon them. Scented candles, healing oils, potions, herbs, teas, and more. Yet each shop looked like it was low on stock. The vendors were extremely friendly and eager to sell us things to help heal our sick friends.
Max was clearly getting agitated at the vendors for pushing their wares instead of giving him straight answers to his questions. It seemed odd but then I remember that Max is rather antisocial and spends a lot of time alone in the wild. His social skills are a bit lacking. Eventually Mario got one of the vendors to tell us where to find Seria by simply giving in and buying a candle. He smiled, thanked us and then pointed us directly to the shop of a woman named Darvin who specialized in the brain.
Her shop was a crazy rewiring of several pieces of numenera as well as strange contraptions that could only be custom built. Lying on a nearby bed was Seria. She looked terrible. She writhed gently against the covers, trapped it seemed in some nightmare she couldn’t wake from. She was slightly wounded and more ominously, she was alone. Patel was nowhere to be seen and Darvin told us he never arrived with her.
Marla sat next to Seria and used her psychic abilities to try to reach into the young girl’s mind. What she saw inside was jumbled and broken. She saw the image of a man, his skin dark and heavily scarred. She saw Seria’s brother scream at her to run, and she saw blood. So much blood. The telepathic link left Marla tired, and a whispering took hold inside her mind.
Darvin informed everyone that she could help Seria but she would need some things from the Basin’s synth garden. The garden was just outside of town and grew all the synth plants that were used by the vendors in the region. Unfortunately a pack of broken hounds has become extremely aggressive and has taken over the garden. To help Seria we have to kill the hounds, scatter the pack and clear the garden.
We made an enemy today. His name is Dakon. The broken hounds were in the garden just like Darvin said. They weren’t really a threat, though they did take a bit of a bite out of Zhule. He’ll be okay though. We were looking for the red metal leaves and the golden pear that Darvin requested when a man walked into the greenhouse. His skin was ebony and heavily scarred. He was equipped for travel and was wearing what appeared to be a thin, highly adaptable bio-armor. It was black but sometimes sections of it would appear to glow green, almost like blood lines. But they would fade so quickly you were never sure you saw anything. And the greatsword he had strapped to his back, just the sight of it gave me chills. There were several gems in the hilt and pommel, and they glowed this eerie blue grey color like the mist in moonlight.
He was terrifying. And yet he spoke with such a gentle tone. I think that made him even more terrifying. With every polite phrase that left his mouth I could feel my skin crawl. Every primal sense was telling me danger. Flee. He wanted Seria. He knew we knew her. He knew our movements, he had clearly tracked us. How long had he been watching us? The others wouldn’t give him Seria’s location. He tried bribing us. Marla told Dakon that Seria was dead and left on the side of the road. She said she could show him. At the time all I saw was Marla gasp and then Dakon politely say he will wait for us outside, then excused himself. What happened was that Marla discovered that Dakon was a telepath when he probed her mind and stole Seria’s location from her. We all knew that he was already on route to retrieve her.
As we chased after him I recalled the symbol I saw on his collar, he was a member of the Convergence. Zhule had heard of them. They were an order much like the Order of Truth, but where the Order of Truth use their knowledge for the benefit of all the Steadfast, the Convergence use it for their own personal gain. No doubt he wanted Seria for some experiment he or his master was conducting.
Dakon threw a web grenade at us to slow us down but it did little to effect us. Max, Zhule and Marla tried to attack him at a distance but their attacks bounced harmlessly off his armor. PRIS managed to engage him in melee and discovered first hand how horrific his sword was. With a single blow it sliced through her armor like it was not there and as it cut into her she could feel it drain her life energy away. Undaunted, she retaliated and smashed Dakon in the jaw. The crack was audible as her fist broke his face. Dakon stumbled back, pulled out a small device and vanished. We haven’t seen the last of him.
Seria is doing much better now. She’s sporting some fancy new implants along her eyes and cheek thanks to Darvin. She told us that Dakon had lured her and Patel into a trap and then tried to steal from Seria’s mind. Patel defended her and told her to run. Then he stayed behind to keep Dakon from following. She heard him scream.
Seria said that something was alive and touching her mind. Something in the northwest near the Embered Peaks. It was driving the animals mad and it was giving her nightmares. The creature was afraid, but it was also cruel. Whatever it is, it has to be stopped.
Seria said that she had to find Patel’s body and return him to her family. She said she would take precautions and bring the remaining broken hounds with her as protection. Besides, Dakon is likely going to be more focused on the thing in the Embered Peaks. And on getting revenge on us. I am not looking forward to meeting him again.
We decided to head to the peaks in the morning. But in the night things got so much worse.
- Gained 1XP for learning about the gestation cycles of the Light Swarm
- Gained 1XP for taking the time to learn what each pool in the Cylion Basin heals and how it uses the nanotechnology. Cataloged for use by the Order of Truth
- Learned about rival organization; the Convergence
- Met Convergence member Dakon and made an enemy
- Learned that Dakon killed Patel
- Learned that some sort of psychic thing is buried somewhere in the Embered Peaks and that this thing is causing animals to become aggressive