751. June 1st (cont)
Another treasure found was a wooden snarling lion. It’s a holy symbol of Sekmet, the warrior cat goddess of the Akiri pantheon. She is worshipped in Har’Akir, part of the Amber Wastes for the past few years. If the creature in the market and this ruin in the bluff is any indication, it may be worth learning some of the Akiri tongue.
The items found on the dead bodies are expensive and quite useful. I took a few scrolls and a headband that increases my capacity for learning information and spells. There are also some items that would certainly get us trouble with the Lawgiver church and I hope my companions use discretion next time we are in Liara. Overall, our find will be a tremendous boon to us.
Beyond the rubble at the end of the main corridor is one of the most interesting parts of these chambers. There were two statues, one of which told everyone to leave since it believed us thieves. It spoke Vaasi, revealing it to likely be put there by Berror. A true guardian of this place would speak Akiri, I suspect.
There are also wheelbarrows so it seems there is still more work to do digging out this place. All over are collapsed corridors. One has to wonder what mysteries and treasures (and dangers) lie beyond.
The statues guarded a giant book made of metal and stone. It’s a spellbook, locked by one of Berror’s keys. I was able to decipher several of the spells in the book and I’ll decipher the rest tomorrow. It was trapped and thankfully my friends braved the danger before me.
They also found a book written in Darkonese that simply describes the many things found in the ruins.
Lily took the new cloak we found and I took on the ratty goblin cloak she was wearing. I won’t wear it all the time but I will carry it with me.
I put the gate back in place, mostly. It will serve its purpose and keep us safe through the night.
Before we could all go to sleep, Lily told us about the things she read in Gregorian’s notes. With my current condition, I had no interest in the contents. Lily told us about the nightmare court and its various members. She talked about how horrible everything was and how reading it would drive you insane. This is, of course, after she herself read it. She refused to let anyone else read it.
The notes do speak true on some things unknown to most. The Nocturnal Sea was not always east of Nova Vaasa. Not long ago it was mists and before that it was the Nightmare Lands. That I know to be true. It was a twisted, shifting landscape. Some say it was built of people’s nightmares. But that doesn’t stop it from being a physical place. And it also doesn’t help us decide what to do about the notes.
Lily thinks we may find ourselves, especially Krajkah, attacked by the nightmare court. Most likely in our dreams. She even thinks it may be tonight. She tried to get us to remember details of people, to see if we had come across a member of the court in our waking life. I can barely think right now and the others didn’t have luck either. But I see the looks in the their eyes. Their trust for Lily is fading.
We’ve been dealing with dreams and nightmares the entire time we’ve been together. They aren’t all clear. Our experiences aren’t all real. But they happened. The plays of Lemot were mere fantasies. A series of horrific scenes meant to crush our spirits and pollute our minds. They were real, but also not. Rima used dream spiders to stop spirits from invading her sleep. I died and experienced a reality both stronger and yet duller than our own. In a split second, I had dreams that lasted for ages. Krajkah now experiences homicidal sleepwalking. It seems we’ve never been without dreams interfering with our reality. But one thing we’ve always been is open about those experiences. That time seems to have ended and it is the fault of those notes.
I now know that I must [THIS SECTION OMITTED]. I pray that we make it through the night.