Temple of Embers

Temple of Ehmbyr
Puc's Chronicle

So i’ve been following these shmucks around for the past…what? Two days? Weeks now? I have lost all sense of time down here. But we found Oret Tavia’s crypt, we even talked to the dead bitch…lot of nothing she gave us except telling us where the library is. Oh yeah, that’s right. We went back up to the surface and talked to Cardinal Berenzia. I accidently let slip that I was hired to basically plunder the temple below, but I got off the hook after telling him I would find Tavia’s library with the others. Oh well, we’re on the move again…looks like this room has a bunch of coffins in it…I hope there’s nothing in them….

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In the sands- day 5
Jera's Journal

This is my fifth night in the desert, I had tried traveling at night since its slightly cooler. Quickly realized that was a bad idea. You hear things at night, scuttling, shuffling, snapping and groaning in the dark. Would rather be in one place, then out amongst that. I have taken to digging a hole just big enough for myself and my gear and throwing my hide tent over me. If you were to look in the distance in my direction, i would be invisible. No fires either to announce my location. Its creepy and lonely out here. Last night while huddled in my hole I hear a loud scuttly clicky sound. I peeked out from my hole and saw an insect the size of a mule 5 feet to my left. I lowered the hide and gripped my sword. It hung around for what seemed like forever before finally moving off into the night.

I cant get to this Shard fast enough! Please let me be able to keep my promise to Da…..

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On the edge of the Sands
Jera's Journal

Its Winter now…well technically winter. I am sweating as sit sit here and write. This is a land without snow! Before me is a small fire, lit only for light and cooking the small groundhog I killed earlier in the day. Chewy and tough if you were wondering! And just beyond the flickering glow of the fire lays the sand. Miles and endless miles of it.

I stopped at the last town before the sparse grasses gave away to rolling, windswept dunes a few days back. There I traded Misery to a nice lady at an Inn. She ran it with her husband. In turn she gave me rations; bread, hard cheese and jerky, enough for several days. I also purchased two extra waterskins. He husband told me how to find water in the sparse plants throughout the desert and to beware of the creatures. He said there were vampires in the sands. Really? VAMPIRES?! I mean I would expect someone to say “Scorpions the size of horses” or “Lizards the size of houses” but VAMPIRES?! OKay…we’ll see. He handed me a bulb of garlic and told me I would thank him one day…if i didn’t die that is. He walked away mumbling about stupid women and minding their places. What a snot he is! I will say tho, the clove of garlic I peeled off the bulb rather helped the flavor of the groundhog.

15 days due West to a city named Shard…15 days of nothing but scorching heat and blinding sun…and sand that I am sure will make its way uncomfortably into my armor. Lets hope this place is worth it!!!

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misc pages
Jera's Journal

10 pages in a row illegible due to massive blood stains….last page of stains the only legible words state:

…..By the GODS I hate orcs!!

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Spring- I found my journal!
Jera's Journal

So yeah…I had left my journal at the small inn in a village called Saraati on the outskirts of the Gnomish lands. I did stay that winter at the Anvil. Spring and Summer too. I realized after talking with Ruudgar that my trip to the ‘Sand Sea’ would be pricey, so I did odd jobs here and there, went with the traders on many trips to gather a small ‘fortune’ for my venture Westward.

Once I left there I ended up in a human city that welcomed other races, I mostly fit in thanks to my mother being human. I stayed there a couple of years working in the City Guard. Mostly pleasant, not really any threats to the city there. The city was surrounded on all sides by farmland and rolling plains. Since my Captain knew I had traveled in the East there was a mission to escort some nobles to the Gnome lands for some political something or other. He had me lead the expedition since I knew the way. So when we arrived, young Snizit, the innkeep’s son ran up to me and hugged me. He is a sweet child- OH how he had grown. I would play Stones with him when I last stayed in Saraati. He took me by the hand and dragged me into the inn shouting for his mother. She flew out of the kitchen as if the place was on fire! “MOTHER! Jera is back! Give her the book!” he exclaimed then dashed up the stairs. She smiled warmly at me and went behind the bar and pulled out a large…well large for a gnome, lockbox. She opened it and withdrew my journal and handed it to me as Snizit came down the stairs with his stones board. I laughed and told him he would have to wait, that I was here on a job and would return that evening.

My stay in Saraati was short, but enjoyable. Soon we were on the road again back to return home. Nobles safe and sound. My first night back I reread my journal and longed to travel again. I gave my Captain my notice. I told him I would stay on until Spring, then I was leaving for the open road again.

So here I am…late Spring and the road lays before me, calling to me. I was told the trip to the Sand Sea would take almost a year on foot. My Captain gave me a horse to expedite my trip. She is an older mare and said that before I set foot into the desert to trade her for supplies. That she wouldnt make it across the sands. I agreed. So Misery and I have been together for weeks now and despite her name, she is a agreeable traveling companion.

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My second Fall away
Jera's Journal

So I left the beach and headed West. Traveling has been slow and uneventful thus far. Stayed here and there with other people traveling West just for the conversation. Its lonely on the road sometimes. I hope to hit Markai and stay at the Anvil over the winter with Ruudgar and Egana. Then I will head out when the spring arrives again. Hardtack for dinner again…..

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Traps and Parties
Puc's Chronicle

So, as I was walking around…I stepped on a trap. I heard a noise and jumped…on a trap. I was hanging from the ceiling wrapped up in rope for a while before an Orc wearing a sharp shooter outfit came in. I yelled at him and told him that he should watch out for the trap, but before I could get it out…he got trapped too. Then all of a sudden these big dogs there were drooling lava and on fire came out of a door that I didn’t see! They were ferocious and terrifying! They immediately saw us and started jumping at us, nipping and biting chunks of flesh out of our legs and arms or whatever they could get to! It was terrible!

It was a little while later before a red headed half elf entered the room. She was followed by a man with a large book, a woman cleric and a fat-ass that looked like if he even took another step he was going to fall on the floor and just melt through it! This…was our rescue party. They fought off the hell hounds, broke us free and told us their names. The half elf is named Jera, The woman cleric goes by “sister clamshell” but is named Sister Varenia, The orc is named Gorag “the loud” even though he is pretty quiet and the fat butterball is named coal. Oh and the guy with the big book is called Verse. I asked them If I could tag along for a while, because I obviously could not venture anymore of this place by myself. They agreed and i’ve been traveling with them ever since.

The fat man, Coal, told me the woman from the statues is his god Ehmbyr. He talks about her all the time and even has flames on his head where his hair should be! It’s pretty interesting. I think i’m going to like venturing with these people. Doesn’t mean I have to trust them though…

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Down into the temple
Puc's Chronicle

So I’ve been in this stupid temple for, i’m guessing about three days now. I hope the innkeeper kept his word and is checking on Burvir for me…but i’m not going to keep my hopes up. Burvir’s a smart dog, he can ration his food if need be. I’ve been opening puzzles and shit in this spooky ass temple for what seems for forever. I stopped to rest because just ahead is a funny looking door with symbols on it. I’m going to go through there next, but I thought I heard shuffling around through there earlier…

On the other hand the temple is beautiful. There’s writing everywhere and there’s statues of a beautiful woman with fiery hair all over the place. There are bowls full of fire that act as braziers everywhere as well. Very unique! She’s also holding a branch of some sort in one hand and a sword in the other. If I ever get out of here alive, i’m going to read up about religions. I’m starting to take an interest.

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Shard city
Puc's Chronicle

I did it! I made it to the city of Shard! It’s true, it is a wondrous place! There’s a big temple in the middle of the city, there are vendors and sellers galore all over the streets and this place is huge! I wandered around for hours with Burvir just looking at everything. Everyone had bowls with flames in front of their shops or in their shops. I wonder what they’re for? I found a nice looking in and got a room for about 3 days. The innkeeper was nice and the meals were hot and delicious! I think I found my new favorite town.

The next day after waking up a bit late I went down to the bar. While I was having a hot meal a strange man came up to me and asked if I was looking for work. I really couldn’t say that I HAD been looking, but I liked Shard. I wanted to stay here for as long as I could.

“yes, I am” I replied to his question. He just smiled at me.

“good, here’s what I need you to do” he sat down and told me the details, or lack thereof about this mission he was sending me on. All I got from it before he disappeared into the hustle and bustle of the city was that he needed me to go down into some temple and get an artifact for him. I could do that…I think?

After my breakfast I let Burvir into the room and left him some food. I didn’t know how long this was going to take so I informed the innkeeper of my plan and my last disaster where Burvir was kidnapped. He told me that he wouldn’t let anything happen to him and I payed up my room for the next three weeks. I left immediately and it really wasn’t hard to find this temple he was talking about. I found the temple and the entrance quite easily because he was standing by it. He opened it for me and wished me good luck.

I wonder what i’m getting myself into…

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Onwards to Shard!
Puc's Chronicle

So we hit the last town last night at around four in the morning. Burvir and I were dead tired and slept until 6 this evening. The innkeepers wife took pity on me and gave me a free dinner. The innkeeper wasn’t too happy, but the woman was nice. We conversed for a little bit before getting onto the topic of the Sand sea. She told me that the city in the middle of the desert was called Shard and it was supposed to be a mystical, wondrous place. Her husband told me that only a fool would travel through the red desert to get there. He got a smack from his wife who sent him grumbling back into the kitchen.

She offered me a job there for a month or so and I gladly accepted. She paid me for busing tables, bring patrons their food and cleaning the rooms out. I also did their personal errands as well. Burvir helped out by letting out a loud, ear piercing bark when it was cut off time for the bar portion of the Inn. He also served as a body guard whenever some drunk hooligan wanted to sass the misses. We were a pretty good team and she was glad to have us there, I know she was because she showed it. She was the only human as of right now that I trusted. Her husband on the other hand I could’ve done cruel things to and wouldn’t have cared.

The night before we left she graced me with seventy five gold and a huge sack of rations. She even gave me Burvir his own water skin! She told me she was sad that I was leaving, but she told me that I had a free room and free meal if I ever stopped in. She also told me that even though i’m small and the world had been cruel, that I was the only one I could truly depend on. She also said that I would become a very powerful mage one day and that I was going to have to come back and show her a few tricks.

The morning I left her husband told me to watch out for monsters like Vampires, scorpions (big ones!) and basilisks. I was scared. I had never encountered any of those creatures before and even though I could take on a few humans by myself, I was absolutely 100 percent sure I couldn’t take on any of those things by myself! We trekked through the rolling hills until they evened out and the grass started getting sandy patches here and there. Once we hit the edge of the dessert (more or less) we stopped for the night.

That night I heard things skittering through the sands off in the distance and strange noises I had never heard before. Burvir cuddled up almost on top of me because he was afraid too. I don’t think we slept very good that night.

I think this is going to be the last of my entries until I get to shard. I need to be on my toes and make sure I get there in one piece!

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