The adventure resumed outside of the underground den that was home to the pig-like creatures with rock backs.
While the group was resting up from their previous excursion underground, four individuals showed up; Brock, who caught a ride from the madello city back to New Ryn, Bollo, a madello that was interested in adventuring, a stuttering medicine-trained individual named Drexel, and a huntress that the group didn’t catch a name for.
Drexel spoke with the group briefly, indicating that he was knowledgeable with some healing remedies, and quickly got to work on trying to bring Duke back to consciousness.
The group then noticed that Filbur had somehow wandered off, and the huntress stated that she would find him and escort him back to New Ryn.
The group, now composed of Bollo, Brock, Elias, Naoli, and Natealia decided to reenter the underground complex to try to clear it completely of any dangers.
The group found one of the paths that they hadn’t previously explored, and discovered a long hallway that eventually led into a medium-sized room that featured a small hole in the ground.
The group carefully approached the hole, being ready for any dangers. The sound of many small shapes moving around in the hole caused Natealia to jump atop the hole, trying to seal it with her shield. Brock jumped atop Natealia to assist. Natealia felt numerous small pushes against her shield, but was able to keep the hole shut for a while.
Naoli approached the hole, dumped oil inside, and then lit the oil on fire. Shrieks of pain erupted from the hole, and the creatures began bashing against Natealia’s shield more strongly, and were eventually able to escape through the hole, and filled into the room in a flurry of small fury humanoids.
The group was able to defeat the creatures without too much difficulty, though Brock suffered a few lucky hits from the small critters.
The group then traveled back to areas they had already explored, and which point they discovered one room that they hadn’t fully explored. The room contained a large set of dark wood doors with a metal lock plate.
Elias attempted to unlock the door, but while using his tools to move the tumblers, he could feel the internal mechanics of the door lock working against him. Upon inspecting the door, small leaves were found etched into the metal plate.
Bollo suggested singing to the door, stating that some doors opened when you sung to them (after utilizing a solution that let her communicate with her companions.) The group attempted to sing the door, with a few absolutely atrocious results.
Each time someone sung at the door, the locking mechanism responded with either a terrible sound (for those that sung poorly) or a complementary sound (for those that sung well.) Bollo suggested Elias try picking the lock again while the door resounded with its complementary sound, but Elias didn’t think that would work.
After trying various other strategies, including trying to burn the door, stuffing leaves into the hole, etc., the group became frustrated and left the door for another time.
While continuing to explore the underground complex, Elias caught the faint sound of something mechanical in one of the large rooms. He investigated the room carefully, but was unable to discover anything. Still hearing the sound, he asked the group to enter come into the room and everyone search about.
Eventually Brock discovered a section of the wall that shifted down into the ground, revealing a strangely-carpeted hallway that stretched to the south before turning to the west. With the secret door opened, the mechanical sound was much louder.
The group entered, cautiously, trying to see what was inside. Elias entered enough into the hall that he spotted something that appeared dangerous, which he described as a golem.
The golems, or whatever they were, seemed to hear the group moving through the hall, and turned to attack.
Natealia tried to defend against the creature’s attacks, but due to a lucky strike, the creature dealt enough damage to knock Natealia out. Elias picked Natealia up and carried her out of the hallway and back into the main room, where she was healed.
The rest of the group tried to perform an orderly retreat, but that left Brock exposed, and one of the pursuing creatures was able to knock him out. The rest of the group members exited out of the complex, and after running a way, realized that Brock was no longer with them. The creatures did not seem to pursue the party, and so Elias decided to re-enter the complex to ascertain Brock’s fate.
Sneaking into the large room once again, Elias found Brock, but to his dismay, Brock was dead. Elias carried Brock out of the complex. The group then traveled back to New Ryn to rest and recuperate.
After arriving back in New Ryn, Natealia and Naoli delivered Brock’s body to his brother, Terry. Terry seemed in a state of shock, saying right away “I told him this was going to happen. I told him.” Brock’s body was left with Terry, and the Natealia and Naoli met up with the other members of the group.
The group then decided to spend an extended amount of time back in New Ryn, at which point some members decided to learn the madello language, (and Bollo learned common).
During this time, Richard the monk approached the group and declared his interest to travel with them.
Having completed their extended rest and relaxation, the group decided to strike off in exploration to the northeast.
After traveling for almost a full day, the group discovered a type of fort built up in the trees. The fort turned out to be abandoned, but would serve as a useful outpost or safe place to rest.
The group continued on, eventually running into a large river. While approaching the river, the group realized that the atmosphere was a bit different. While approaching the river, and noticing small glinting pieces of something that resembled dust moving through the water, the group noticed an attractive woman rise out of the water as if she was made of water herself.
The woman appraised the group, and the group tried interacting with her, including speaking with her, and while the woman spoke back, she spoke in an unknown language.
Naoli played his flute to her, and Bollo danced about. The woman in the water then somehow pulled a strange musical instrument from the water, and rested it atop the water. From there she began to play the instrument, which included small bars of water rising and falling to her movement.
Eventually Elias decided to swim out in the water, and while the woman initially moved a bit away from Elias, she eventually stopped and appraised him again. Much as the woman had, five more individuals arose from the water, appearing where nothing before had been.
They spoke amongst themselves, and seemed to be giddy about the visitors to their shores.
Richard also swam out into the river around this time, offering one of the sweet flowers he had previously acquired. The woman he offered it to seemed somewhat intrigued, but also apprehensive. The first woman the group saw seemed very interested in Elias, and began swirling around him, intertwining her watery body with his.
Bollo then used one of his concoctions in order to be able to understand what the individuals were saying, and was able to determine that the watery beings were very curious of the group, and wondered if they should invite them to a party.
Another watery being emerged from the water at this time, and while he didn’t look old, his eyes seemed full of wisdom.
He approached the group, and greeted Bollo in the madello language. The watery being expressed curiosity in the humans of the group, and after realizing that a few of them spoke the madello language, he asked Bollo if the madellos had created the humans.
After speaking with the group for a short period of time, the wise watery being invited the group to take a trip with him, and the group agreed. The wise watery being summoned a translucent chariot from the waters, and bed the group to climb aboard.
All did except Elias, who was being transported through the water by the female watery being that seemed enamored with him.
The group traveled up the river, where they decided to spend some time with the watery beings, which they discovered were called “Shireens.”