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    The morning sun perches low in the sky, still caught in Sharn's endless web of towers, and a chill spring breeze flickers through the dawn shadows as four figures converge on a building bearing the joint marks of House Ghallanda and House Thuranni. The blind seer and her mineral companion draw a few looks as they pass through the adjacent market district, but this close to Terminus, they do not stand out as much as they might elsewhere, and most of the passersby seem to consider them part of the scenery. The Sending that reached Daiya yesterday had seemed quite emphatic for a message that short, placing much importance on their presence. Well, needed they might indeed be, but no doubt more details would be welcome.

    Trunk's business in the city was but a few hours concluded when the offer reached him - an opportunity not only for earnings, but the hint of a chance to protect his adopted homeland. Surely it couldn't hurt to listen. And while Grimmgang's attempts to gain support for burying the Mournland's fallen had gathered plenty of sympathy, actual funds had been much harder to come by. At least the rewards for this supposed task were concrete.

    The smells of early morning in Cornerstone - grease and woodsmoke, mostly - drift through the air as you approach, nose and eyes alike guiding you to the cleanest building on the main street, where the scents are more appetizing, and accompanied by the faint strains of a lute. A perky young half-elf greets each of you cheerfully as you arrive, apparently recognizing you before you even introduce yourselves, and guides you to a second-floor room with a balcony overlooking the stage below. A varied assortment of fruits and pastries, along with a pitcher of chilled and heavily watered wine, sits atop a low table on one side of the room, and chairs are arranged near the balcony, from which the lute's player, a rather skilled halfling, can be seen in the gradually filling dining room below.

    The half-elf indicates the table with a nod as she lets the last of you in. "Please, help yourselves. The breakfast is already paid for, and your contact should be here shortly. If there's anything else you need, I'll be just downstairs." She flashes you a smile and a quick bow before returning to her duties, leaving you alone to enjoy your breakfast - and the possibly questionable company of your fellow seekers.

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    Shard gave a gentle squeeze to Daiya's hand. "Go ahead." it said indicating the sumptuous spread. She had long learned that it's kind did not eat or drink the way humanoids did.

    The newcomer was a sight to behold, softly glowing skin, as hard as diamond luminesced through it's equally crystaline baroque armor. A soft ringing that seemed to float in surround sound around the room accompanied it's movement. A small crstaline cross was perched on one shoulder on four spidery legs, moving to keep it's balance as it's master moved.

    An interesting bunch that had been summoned. Of course Shard was used to the odd looks and the occasional wrong kind of attention that accompanied the two wandering Knights errant. An elemental being of wood stood nearby and another of the smaller humanoids.

    With a tinkling in the air, Shard walks over and addresses the two of them.

    "Greetings Light. Cruciform smiles upon you. I am The Shard." it says. It had the build of a muscular man but a more androgynous face and it's voice was dual toned, both high and low at the same time. The way in which it spoke gave listeners the impression that Common was not an easy tongue for it to master.

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    Here is Shard's armor again. Every part you see that is darker or colored in is made of a deep red ruby. The parts that are light or clear are made of a clear qurartz. The only part of the body that can be seen is the face through the helmet guard, and it is made of a blue saphire like substance. Motes and pulses of light periodicly come from inside it's body and can be seen through the semi-trasparent armor, which glows red or blue where the armor is quartz. It is luminous.

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    His business done, Trunk sets off to answer the sending spell he recieved yesterday morning. Trunk had no idea who or what had called him, but the possibility of earning funds of favors to help his homeland was too good to pass up. He recieves no funny stares or awkward glances, indeed he appears to be like every other warforged. People assume he's currently off-shift, a condition so true for most of his stony cousins. With the war finished, his brethren have no purpose and so they take manual, repetitive jobs as they're more efficient than your average fleshforged worker.

    Entering into the establishment mentioned in the message, trunk nods gratefully at the half-elf and notices the food and drinks laid out for those who come. A thoughtful gesture, typical of a house famed for hopsitality, though Trunk needs no food or drink to continue functioning. He's thankful that he gains all the nutrients he needs from the sun and the earth itself.

    Noticing the interest of another soul invited by this mysterious patron, Trunk steps over to introduce himself. Greetings The Shard. You were called here to? And who is your friend here? My brothers call me Trunk, as is evident I'm sure. Trunk opens his arms wide and looks himself over, allowing others to see his makeup. Surely The Shard, you must be a cousin of mine with such a hard stony body. Is this another of our father's crazed experiments? I'm afraid I was formed with much simpler materials my friend.

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    Come on, I had to speak in green I'm trying to find an appropriate picture for myself as all 'forged pictures i've seen don't really cut it. I tried googling Ent, but that came up a little to tree-like. Regardless, Trunk's body is formed of fine woods, altered to be tough Ironwood. There is no one single colour of brown covering his body, it's more a mix and match of brown and green hues (though some of the green appears to be moss and lichen upon closer inspection.) His face appears soft and well intentioned, as though he could never wish violence on another being. Whilst his body was once smooth and uniform like most warforged, now it's chipped, worn, gnarled and appears to be growing in some places. Life in the wilderness, sleeping amongst the leaves and plants with the weather and erosion of time altering his form slightly. This doesn't really alter his fundamental makeup or form, for as one part grows another has chipped or broken off due to daily wear and tear. His arms appear to have small vines growing around them in a continuous helix, following the joints and lines of his arms. The vines begin from somewhere deep inside the armpit and extend to the fingers, growing thinner and wiry, growing into gaps between wood fibres and knots. Over time you could notice that these vines are never in the same position each day and slowly shift to follow the sun during the day if possible.
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    Daiya nods without turning to her companion, then sits down in a chair and begins to eat. Her clean appearance is somewhat offset by the rather bland color of her clothing. She has her head down, and does not look at the food, though she seems to have no problem locating the choicest dishes and helping herself.

    "His companion goes by the name Daiya." Daiya turns her head and pushes her hair back, blind eyes looking straight into the wooden warforged's artificial ones. "Daiya Milkeye."

    With that, Daiya returns to her eating.

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    Grimmgang paced to the building he'd been invited to, arriving at the exact time of the supposed meeting with military precision. The last months had been rough; his last raid into the Mournlands ended with a loss, both monetary and more importantly he also lost two of the few he had convinced to take the risk of entering the Mournlands. The rest of them soon disbanded afterward, and his usual gruff demeanor got darker still.
    Well, this thing here hopefully gets me some new money for another try, and hopefully a favour with the involved Houses as well. So far they're all talk and no action. Not that I'm surprised.
    He entered the room and when seeing his supposed company he mumbled "This better be good", under his breath, the perpetual frown on his face getting sharper for a moment. The rough edges of his face - at least what was visible under his dirty blond beard parted in the middle - showed no friendlyness when he approached the others. A dark grey cloak hid most of his other features, and a watchful eye might notice the cloak is of a reversible kind, green on the inside, clearly to provide camouflage for multiple kinds of terrain.
    "Name's Grimmgang", he simply said while taking a seat and helping himself to some food while studying the others from the corners of his eyes. The one - or two? - Warforged worried him; while he was used to their company from the War, after the Treaty of Thronehold most of his encounters with the Forged were of an unfriendly nature. The Lord of Blades was in conflict with house Cannith he worked for a while ago, and it seemed he got notice of Grimmgangs raids into his self-proclaimed territory, judging from the ambush they ran into last time. But these two seemed quite unusual for their kind.
    The human woman caught his eye next. She was obviously blind, but in his military days he had seen many humans stumble through the dark of night more or less skilled, and this woman was different, her movements betrayed and amazing awareness of her surroundings.
    Shoving a last morsel of food into his mouth, he said "So we be the people they contacted for a job? Must the something exotic, judging from this cabinet of curiosities."
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    Surveying the newcomer, Trunk was impressed. This Grimmgang seemed prepared for whatever lay before him, with such a wide array of items hanging from his body. However he possessed a tired look in his eye. The look of a man who's been playing the odds for too long, been flaunting death and living on the ragged edge but gaining very little in return. It saddens Trunk to see a soul this way. This was obviously someone who'd seen their share of hardships.

    The female human, Daiya, was much harder to get a feel for. She appeared to hav the milky eyes and blank stare of the blind, yet she moved with such precision. Was she a bat? Maybe she relied on some sorcery. Regardless, it was amazing the way she continued to function like any normal human. Trunk made a mental note to ask her about her condition some time.

    Greetings Daiya, Grimmgang. Have you seen anybody else that looks like the kind of person summoned to these occasions? If not then it looks like we have a highly specialised band of sorts. I'm sure we all have our own skills and talents. I for one am an emissary of Q'Barra, looking to protect from enemies from outside and within. But first and foremost I am an agent of nature herself, sent to reduce suffering and restore balance wherever I see the need.

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    Daiya is wearing a chain shirt, having just got in from the road.


    Daiya finishes her meal and sits up straight. "I don't remember. Shard, did the messenger mention how many people would be joining us?"

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    "I am a tracker and military scout, specializing in underground environments. I also know my way around a battlefield or skirmish", the dwarf answered Trunks question. It was no coincidence he chose these words instead of 'fight'; he still thought in military terms years after the war ended.
    "I hope you're not applying that whole 'reduce suffering' deal to everyone out there. Chances are, when they're looking for a band of sellswords things will get ugly. It always is."
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    The faint sound of footsteps in the hall outside alerts you to the approach of another, moments before the door opens again to admit a tall, middle-aged human. He wears a long, open coat of faded purple with silver buckles over a tailored outfit in muted tones, and carries himself with a clear sense of confidence and purpose. His dark hair is short and streaked with grey, but his neatly-trimmed goatee is still untouched by the colours of age. Although his expression is currently fairly cheerful, his features are somewhat severe.

    "Greetings! I am glad to see you have all responded to my invitation. I hope you are satisfied with my choice of meeting place; this hostel was recommended to me, but I have never visited."

    "Now, to business. My name is Sur'kil. I am what you might call an independent researcher, and I have recently uncovered hints and rumours of an ancient site dating back to the so-called Age of Demons. I would like to employ you to investigate this location, and to retrieve a relic that I believe might yet remain there."

    "This task is not without some degree of danger, which is why I require your services. You each possess skills and knowledge that will aid in this matter, and I believe that between the four of you, you will be quite capable of resolving the matter. The location, while nominally still in Khorvaire," he nods to Trunk, "is somewhat remote, and so I would like to procure your services for a period of at least four weeks. You will have free choice of any treasure found at the site with the exception of the relics I seek, for which you will be rewarded in full. I can offer you each a base fee of 250 gold pieces per week, and I will cover travel expenses. I will also provide some of the money up front, to help you prepare for the journey."

    "Now then," he adds, plucking a few berries from the breakfast table, "I'm sure you might have a few questions, so ask away."
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    250g a week! This man Sur'Kil must have some power to throw around. Trunk thinks for moment to gather his thoughts. Noticing the gesture, Trunk asks By nominally in Khorvaire do you mean Q'Barra? Or more specifically New Galifar? I come from that region and am familiar with it's people. I live in a small enclave just outside of Newthrone, the capital of the area. I haven't explored other towns and cities in the area but Newthrone is my home and I know it well.

    Remembering the task at hand, Trunk stops his rambling and steers back to the relic. So you'll provide transport for us, which is very generous, but will we have a map directing us to temple ruins or a cave system? Also we'll need more information about the Relics themselves so we don't accidently take it as our own amongst the other items and treasure.
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    "First, tell me what purpose these relics he wants serve. I'm not going to go rushing off to fetch an urn that'll summon a fiend. Second, what compensation besides travel expenses will we expect? You're willing to pay an awful lot to get us there. Whatever these relics are they're pretty important."

    Though it's starting to become familiar to the newcomers that Daiya generally doesn't look at the person she's talking too, it still comes across as unsettling.

    "If you answer these questions in a way that I find satisfactory, I will assure you that my...overeager companion does not take anything you wanted yourself."
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    So this 'ancient site' will be some kind of cave or underground base, that explains my presence. I wonder why the others are here, I still can't get a clear reading regarding their abilities.

    "Suppose you send us on an impossible goose chase. If the trinket you want isn't where you tell us it is - never was, destroyed or plundered by someone else long ago - what will our compensation be then?"
    After all other questions were answered, Grimmgang spoke up again. "And one more thing - this wouldn't be the first time someone sends me hunting for an artifact while another, powerful group is also looking for the same thing. So if there is such a group I'd prefer you tell us now to avoid nasty surprises. And if not, some intel what kind of dangers we run into would be helpful. Constructs, undead, goblins that took over the location we're searching - it makes a big difference in preparation."
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    Sur'kil nods. "The location is indeed in Q'Barra, and I will provide you with all you need to find it, but I would rather not speak of the specifics here; pleasant as these open balconies may be, I cannot discount the possibility that some itinerant treasure hunter may overhear. As far as I know, I am the only one that has discovered this location, so rival hunters should not be an issue as long as we are cautious."

    "The location itself is likely to be guarded by native tribes and wildlife, neither of which is expected to be friendly. The exact nature of the relics I expect to be present is uncertain; they could be tablets, works of art, or ancient symbols of rule, but their value is in the information they might reveal about the time; I do not expect them to hold any great power. The exact amount of your compensation will vary depending on what you find, but I have several thousand gold set aside for the acquisition of artifacts of this nature. If you find nothing, I will, of course, still pay you the agreed fee for your time, and you will still have whatever other treasure you manage to recover, but my research indicates that this site has lain undisturbed for a great period of time, and even the locals are unaware of its existence."
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    Shall we go somewhere mroe discreet to discuss the nature of our employment then? Trunk gestures at a side booth. Or do you have somewhere more private in mind? Still it troubles me you don't know the exact nature of what we're looking for, we could overlook it entirely. Atleast we know it's an item holding historical information, that narrows it down.

    Trunk shuffles momentarily, weary to say anything too aggressive or offensive. Still, Daiya's concerns have not yet been answered. We don't know if you're looking for information to summon or bind a demon or anything else of a sinister nature. Do you bear the seal and intent of a dragonmarked house? Thuranni or Phiarlan maybe. It's no secret amongst those in the know that they are trafickers of information at the very least.
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    "The only thing I wish to keep secret until we are well on our way is the exact location of the site. You need have no worries about being able to locate it. There will be other clues about the relics' nature; I believe I have uncovered evidence of the existence of a certain room which is likely to hold what you will be seeking."

    Sur'kil's expression grows solemn, and his voice softens slightly. "I am a member of no house; my research is wholly independent. I can give you only my word that I intend no harm to anyone by it."
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    Grimmgang nodded. "As far as I'm concerned, you got yourself a deal. Tell me more about those 'tribes' and when and by whom that site we're searching was built. I assume you chose me as tracker and pathfinder, so the more I know about the terrain we're entering the better."

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    Knowledge Dungeoneering to learn something about the nature of the place we're searching from what he tells me(building style, probable size, likely state and stability of the place given the time it has been unattended etc) (1d20+8)[10] seems I'm off to a good start
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    Daiya casts Detect Thoughts as we are walking and listens to the mans surface thoughts as he is speaking about the artifacts. This is to give a bonus on this Sense Motive roll: "Sense Motive" - (1d20+8)[16]


    "I'll hold you to that word, Sur'kil. If I find anything amiss with these relics," Daiya pauses for dramatic effect, "and believe me, I can find out a lot more than you'd think..." Daiya leaves the threat hanging, though she pointedly checks her sword grip.

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    Noticing the interest of another soul invited by this mysterious patron, Trunk steps over to introduce himself. Greetings The Shard. You were called here to? And who is your friend here? My brothers call me Trunk, as is evident I'm sure. Trunk opens his arms wide and looks himself over, allowing others to see his makeup. Surely The Shard, you must be a cousin of mine with such a hard stony body. Is this another of our father's crazed experiments? I'm afraid I was formed with much simpler materials my friend.
    "We are all cousins in this life and the next." Shard says crypticly in that beautiful yet unnerving dual-toned voice. It is from the Source that consciousness arises, and shall return to."

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    "I'll hold you to that word, Sur'kil. If I find anything amiss with these relics," Daiya pauses for dramatic effect, "and believe me, I can find out a lot more than you'd think..." Daiya leaves the threat hanging, though she pointedly checks her sword grip.
    The Shard rests a gentle reassuring palm upon it's companion's shoulder. Despite it's mineral makeup, it's diamond hard "skin" is warm to the touch, and where it touches her, motes of color and light move toward the point of contact within it's crystal body.

    "I trust Daiya's judgement in this matter. Please, do not take offense at her caution. We have had dealings in the past with less than..." it pauses, struggling to find the corect word. "Forthright...individuals. Please, Circle, tell us of how you have come into such secret knowledge, such that only you are aware of the site. Where did you discover the hints and whereabouts of it's location, and may we also see this information? What knowledge is it that you seek, specifically, and would you like to accompany us to the site directly? I am sure such worthy individuals will serve to keep you safe from the perils of the surface."
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    "The tribes are lizardfolk of the more aggressive varieties; blackscales and poison dusk. They are rarely friendly to outsiders, considering the settlers of New Galifar and the refugees to be intruders on their traditional holy places. I have additional information about the site itself and its builders, but I will give that to you once we are well underway. You will still have time to prepare, that I promise you."

    "I do not mind. Suspicion is a natural instinct. The trail that led me to the potential existence of this site was a long one, the product of several years of research, and even I could not tell you how the knowledge was eventually put together; too much conjecture was involved. The end result, however, seems to be sound. As to its secrecy, I do not know whether it was intentionally hidden or simply lost to time; the site is very, very old. If intact, even partially, I trust that whatever it holds will be worth the price of hiring you all."

    "I will accompany you as far as our destination port, and provide you with a pair of sending stones in the event that you need to contact me whilst at the site."


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    "We are all cousins in this life and the next." Shard says crypticly in that beautiful yet unnerving dual-toned voice. It is from the Source that consciousness arises, and shall return to."
    Happy to have another such as himself onboard, Trunk smiles. I thought you and I were brothers, this is a great day. But where were you born? Who did you serve under?

    Trunk listens intently to Sur'Kil, nodding at the mention of the lizardfolk. I have worked with the Lizardfolk before on behalf of New Galifar. Though diplomacy hasn't been reached with all the tribes of Q'Barra, i do carry the respect of many of the smaller tribes. It remains to be seen if I've made contact with any in the area.

    Nature has probably taken over the site by this time, as it cradles us all within it's embrace. Trunk bows his head for a moment, thinking. But You seem like the trustworthy sort, you're willing to come with us for most of our journey. I doubt any would be betrayer would place himself so close to those he attempts to double-cross, especially when he has knowingly hired those able to defend themselves.

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    Sur'kil smiles warmly. "Indeed. The blackscales and poison dusks have been very resistant so far to any overtures by the settlers, but I expect you will be able to avoid conflict with any of the other tribes in the area."

    Removing four heavy, nondescript pouches from his bag, Sur'kil hands one to each of you. "Two hundred gold up front, to allow you to make any additional preparations you feel necessary. If you are all satisfied with the current arrangement, we will leave on the lightning rail for Korranberg, where I have arranged for further transport, this afternoon."

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    Please, lead the way then. Trunk is satisfied that Sur'Kil is honest, however he'd rather keep him ahead in sight. And of course because Trunk doesn't know his way around Sharn.

    Just before leaving, Trunk thanks any nearby waiter/waitressand compliments them on their kind service. He leaves a few silvers in a bowl for donations and or tips.

    Sur'Kil, will you be needing to do any quick research in Korranberg or are we just passing through? I imagine the wealth of knowledge held there must be a boon to any researcher such as yourself.

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    "You have my services then." says Daiya, accepting her pouch. "Show us what you need to show us and we will be on our way."

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    Happy to have another such as himself onboard, Trunk smiles. I thought you and I were brothers, this is a great day. But where were you born? Who did you serve under?
    "I am of the Cruciform...a Shard of the Light. I was sent here from the Cathedral, from whence I emerged. I serve a greater purpose...though I do not as yet understand what that may be..."

    "It is good to be...brothers?"


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    Removing four heavy, nondescript pouches from his bag, Sur'kil hands one to each of you. "Two hundred gold up front, to allow you to make any additional preparations you feel necessary. If you are all satisfied with the current arrangement, we will leave on the lightning rail for Korranberg, where I have arranged for further transport, this afternoon."
    Shard allows Daiya to take his purse as well. Money means very little to it and she is usually the one purchasing food and supplies.

    "I have all I require, and now more, with new friends. Please show us the way Circle."
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    The journey to Adderport lasts just over a week. After the lightning rail leaves you in Korranberg, Sur'kil brings you to a Lyrandar galleon, and you set sail for Q'Barra. Once you are safely at sea, Sur'kil finally elaborates on your destination.

    "I apologize for leaving this for so long, but as Grimmgang said, competition for a site of potential treasure can be rather unpleasant. The location you will be surveying is in the jungles of the Q’barran peninsula, to the south of the great volcano of Haka’torvhak. From Adderport, you will have a five-day trek inland to the site of the Temple of Kha’shazul. This temple is your destination and the site of the relics you seek."

    "The temple is now used by a tribe of lizardfolk worshipers of some half-fiend dragon god. From what I understand, they demand tribute from other lizardfolk tribes in the region, so I would expect them to be armed and capable. However, the temple and its inhabitants are merely an obstacle. I believe that the Temple of Kha’shazul hides a deeper secret, one unknown even to the current inhabitants. My research indicates the temple occupies a place where an ancient demon was cast down. Such places were guarded, in legend, by half-dragon beasts. Somewhere beneath that temple, I believe that the crypt of one such ancient creature lies. That is where I expect you will find the relics."


    Sur'kil hands you a map indicating trails and landmarks you can use to make your way to the temple, along with a small box containing five vials and two inscribed stones. "These are antitoxin; the poison dusk lizardfolk frequently live up to their name, and I imagine you will find these quite useful. The others are sending stones; please use them to contact me once you have found the relics, or if you find yourselves unable to progress further."
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    "I hope you are sure those half-dragon guards and the demon are distinct from that fiend dragon the lizards worship. Things would get nasty if we try to disturb what they consider a holy site", Grimmgang said gravely.
    "Well, if they are unaware of the demon prison below it means that the entrance is either hidden, well secured or lost to a cave in. We should bring some spades and pick-axes just in case, given the age of the site natural obstacles aren't unlikely. I doubt is was kept in good repair the whole time.
    And since you picked us for our abilities, I hope one of us here knows how to deal with demons. If the entrance to the prison is hard to reach there may be a reason for that. I can deal with lizardfolk and many other things, but 'ancient demons' and 'half dragon beasts' weren't part of the deal. Legend or not, some truth there must be to it, otherwise you wouldn't bother looking for treasure here."
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    "Demons? Shard is an expert. And I know a thing or two myself. We'll be able to handle demons. And if it gets dark, well that's not a problem to me."

    Daiya chuckles.

    "We should be on our way as soon as possible then."

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    Demons! There have been foul demons and abominations in my home land for aeons and nobody knew. This must be stopped before anybody comes to harm.

    That's a very good idea Grimmgang, digging equipment would be useful. I understand you're quite competant underground, would you know how best to handle such tools? As far our resident demon, I had no idea such an evil lay beneath Q'Barra. This danger must be verified and checked out. I will not allow such a foul beast to reside within my borders. Also I have no need for the antitoxin, so it would go to much better use on others.

    Trunk looks at the looming silhouette of Adderport, anxious to get this journey underway and to protect his adopted homeland.
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    Sur'kil nods, gesturing toward the port as the galleon carries you toward the coast. "I wish you luck; I'm sure you will prevail. I will await news here in the port." Adderport is not an especially large town, but as the destination for much of Q'Barra's trade, it is rarely difficult to find what you seek, here, and you have no difficulty procuring the digging equipment and anything else you require.

    The journey to the temple takes you first along the coast toward Newthrone, but halfway there you turn into the jungle, and the travel becomes rather more unpleasant, at least for the non-Treeforged in the party. Whirling clouds of insects are common even at midday, lurking in the shade provided by the overgrown foliage, and the hot, humid air breeds a lethargic ambience that seems to infect even the birds. The non-insect wildlife, at least, does not seem especially hostile, and after a day and a half of walking, it is almost a welcome relief from tedium when you round yet another corner and find yourselves facing a well-armed lizardfolk standing somewhat surprised in the middle of the path. He eyes you warily, although you think you catch a slight flicker of uncertainty in his expression when Trunk rounds the corner, and motions to another half-dozen lizardfolk behind him. Two of the latter are wounded, but walking, and none of them make any move, seemingly waiting to find out what will happen.
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    Upon seeing the Lizardfolk react to Trunk, Shard comes closer and speaks softly.

    "You have relations with these mm...reptiles? If it should aid, please tell them I can heal."
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