We entered the void one by one. Araris refused to where the amulet of Dahak and did not make it to the other side with us. When we arrived we managed to find Slate standing there in front of a statue to Dahak. We start talking with him and he revealed that his real name was Deevdrukifel.
Slate was kind enough to pay us for the gold that he cost us in leaving us holding the bag at the dragon horde. He gave each of us a chest that paid us to the coin the value we lost in losing Ras’s horde. He also invited us to join him in overthrowing the other dragon kind, thus forcing their gods to help him restore his race.
I told him we would have to think about it and he told us the next two places he would be going. He also mentioned that his employer had great means and that we would be compensated if we help him in his endeavors. With that he left us to focus on finding Araris.
I assumed that fastest way to find him would be to simply go through the void without a necklace as he did. Papa tried to liberate some of the gold in front of Dahak’s statue and a booking voice told him to put it back. Knowing the nature of my cohorts I decided to take my chances with the void rather than their greed. As I stepped into the void I had a sensation of falling. Suddently I was addressed by a voice in the neither saying “I smell brackish blood in you, Son of the Endless Sea.” I was flattered to receive such a greeting but was dedicated in my pursuit of finding Araris.
I noticed him in the distance and also noticed the others enter behind me…
Weyland was addressed as “I know what you are Man, not a Man. Your name is acceptable to me if only to watch where you might tread.” This may prove to explain why so many powerful beings are fascinated with him and why I cannot get a read on him. This warrants further investigation at a later time.
Captain Boniva was addressed as “How auspicious, Lucky Star?”. This was also curious as I did not thing there was anything exceptional about him aside from his proficiency with firearms. This could also warrant further investigation.
Papa was addressed as “I will not question your greatness Ancient One, but if your vessel records his name, you must not thwart my charge.” This is no shocker after he revealed to Araris and I about the voice in his head and his love of all things Aboleth.
Finally it addressed Carabas as “Know that not just any name will do for the Obelisk of Myth, Fox Spirit.” This may confirm my suspicion that she is a Kitsune as I have seen her use all of their abilities except shape shifting. This will also warrant investigation at a later time.
As we met on the ground Elliot’s eyes began glowing white and he began speaking with a voice that was not his. Elliot was possessed by the dragon god Apsu. He then started glowing and floating above an obelisk. Apsu told us to sign the obelisk and stop the Pakthryxl. Elliot then floated down and became himself again, unhurt.
We then began to sign our names on the Obelisk, I had Elliot sign as he has become a real asset to the team. As we were signing the Obelisk Carabas asked for privacy as she signed. Araris refused and watched her write her name, I went over afterwards and noticed that she had written her name in Tien.
Moments after we made our marks Boniva, Carabas and Papa dropped to their knees writhing in pain. Just then Elliot was repossessed and told us that we had a draconic gland growing inside us now and that it would aid us in our journey.
Suddenly we immerged at our ship with the time sequence seemingly out of whack as Balijan and Vila were just getting there and we left them at least 20 minutes prior. In the distance we saw Slate emerge from the void as well.
Araris drew and arrow and was about to fire it when I told him to wait a moment while I talked to him. Slate still thought we were his allies and if I gave no indication to the contrary we could ambush him from up close. That plan however would not come to fruition as many other things factored in that were out of our control.
As I Dimension Door’ed over to Slate to try and stall him and stop Slate from leaving he told me we could talk at the bottom and then jumped over the side of the island we were on falling into the atmosphere below heading back to our plane; starting his decent. I gave pursuit. Araris fired an improbable shot as he began his decent and struck a critical blow this served to anger Slate and make him come after me.
Slate turned around and attacked me, biting me with his massive jaws. Once he had me and noticed that I was not fighting him, instead trying to calm him down he flew away from everyone else with me and forced me to heal him.
I used this time to reason with him and get him to go to the ground to talk this out. I told him that we should not let one errant arrow breakup our longtime friendship. He obliged, for the moment. Slate agreed and grabbed me and began his decent again.
As we descended back to our plane Slate started acting more like his old self. Acting friendly towards me and even cracking a few jokes. Maybe it was my healing him or my words but his hostility seemed to dissipate.
As we were nearing the ground I noticed a funnel cloud engulfing the Maelstrom as they approached the water at an alarming rate. I pleaded with Slate to save the ship and he seemed to have little sympathy for my comrades so I tried to appeal to his dragon half breed side and told him of the dragon turtle onboard that was given to me to protect by Spike Back. This got his attention and he quickly made a turn to head towards the ship. He barked out a lightning bolt at the storm elemental that engulfed our vessel that caused it to react and retract. He then called out for them to use the Peril and they were able to activate it moments before they hit the water. This allowed the Maelstrom to corkscrew into the water and land safely, but heavily damaged from the trip.
At this point Araris attempted to grab me and Slate just let me go. We then made our way down to the ship while the Storm Elemental hovered overhead.
After talking to some of the crew I was told that the Storm Elemental had come up to the ship to inquire about the elemental imprisoned inside. He then communed with the ship and reemerged and asked everyone on deck a question that no one could remember, they only remembered the answer give. Carabas said “Because we will destroy you”. That is what prompted the elemental to attack.
In the attack we lost many good men, we lost half of the Hell Knight Brigade as well as half of Kaledith’s crew. When I got below decks to the lab I found Falath coddling Kia who had also died in the attack. Completely distraught I sought to comfort her and reassure her that she was at piece.
The remaining crew began to repair the ship in the underwater air bubble. The dead were taken overboard and the wounded treated. Falath and I prepared Kia’s body and we laid Kia to rest deep in the sea. Falath is distraught and wants vengeance for her sister and it is taking a lot for me to hold her back. She is not ready for an encounter like this and not in her current emotional state. But vengeance will be hers in time.