PUZZLE

KU-RO's Journal, Book II, Entry One : Day One, Part One

In which is recounted the events of first part of the first day comprising passing through the window, discovering a new city in a new land, with giant fauna

In the NAME of BLESSED MORADIN,
The Most Staunch, the Most Hardy,

I, KU-RO,
Invoker of the HOLY NAME of MORADIN,
Recount the tale of my journeys:

We, the Party under contract with HOUSE EVERGREEN,
Have after Six Months of training and preparation,
Departed to unknown parts of the TOWER,
Which is the term for this Cosmos,
Unknown as it were even to BLESSED MORADIN
and the other honourable GODS.

We have undertaken a mission twofold:

FIRST,
To uncover the whereabouts of the “HIDDEN CUBE”,
Presumably an artifact sought by HOUSE EVERGREEN,
And spoken of in their treasured scroll,
Left to them by their founder.

And SECOND,
To erstwhile locate the missing members
Of the ship “LA BUZZA MAGICA
Who are the companions
Of the one known to us as “D.A.”,
Who is the original owner of the many artifacts in our possession, including

THE CELESTIAL TIMEPIECE,
THE SUNROD THAT SHEDS NO LIGHT BUT REVEALS HIDDEN MARKS,
THE OPENING-PANEL OF A MAGICAL VAULT,
and several other objects.

This is a record of our expedition,
Began on ___ day of ____ month of _____ year
according to the reckoning of the Temple of Moradin.

After departing SIR WOLFERS, SIR GUNTHER, SIR QUARTERMASTER,
and the rest of HOUSE EVERGREEN,
We ascended the stairs to GRAND CARDINAL HALL,
Where we were advised by D.A.,
via the communication function of the Celestial Timepiece,
Held by KYU LATARI,
That it was safe to proceed,
And that indeed that it would be most optimal to proceed expeditiously,
According to her RESEARCH.

From this point we did not stay in contact with D.A.,
And instead focused our efforts navigating the stairways,
Above Grand Cardinal Hall,
Insofar as it may qualify as “above” or “below”,
And within approximately half-an-hour we arrived,
And found ourselves facing another large window,
Similar in design to the windows of GRAND CARDINAL HALL.

KYU determined,
Based on his knowledge of artwork,
That the depicted image in the window
Represented the virtue of Charity.

However the portal of this window seemed inactive,
And seeing no other further place to pass,
I, KU-RO, Invoker of the BLESSED NAME of MORADIN,
Endeavored to ask the HAND OF FATE for advice.

While I performed the artisanal summoning ritual,
KYU did attempt to employ a Knock spell,
Which resulted in a metal grate,
Seemingly of the type found only in this Tower,
With nearly unlimited hardness and durability,
To close off the stairway
Which had functioned as our entrance.

After a series of questions,
The HAND finally yielded a clue,
Allowing THE STRANGER to ascertain a method
of entering the window,
which was by approaching the window
while walking backwards.

Immediately we found ourselves
On the corresponding other side of the window,
In the cellar hewn into the rock,
That as we ascended,
Seemed part of a ruined watchtower,
Of fine, and ancient construction.

Leaving the watchtower’s base,
We found ourselves on a hill,
Overlooking a city on a large lake.

We hurried along the closest road to the city gates,
And were immediately approached by an individual,
Whose features we did not note clearly at the time,
But who in eagerness asked us, the Party,
To deliver a wagon,
Apparently full of bees,
To the “GUILD”,
And we were left to complete the task,
Without further reference.

We consulted nearby individuals,
To little avail,
Since, upon seeing the wagon, most averted their eyes,
Until we met a youth with the name of EVER.

With the assistance of EVER,
We navigated the city with the wagon,
Carrying one corner of the wagon,
As two diagonally opposed wheels were missing,
To the ODDS AND ENDS GUILD.

At the GUILD a Goliath,
GUILDMASTER GIOMUSTACIO,
Welcomed us, and received the BEES
in the wagon we had transported.

At this point, for reasons I, KU-RO,
Do not fully recall,
We were asked to assist in the gathering
Of “Giant’s Ears” at a place known as BIG FIELD.

Again, guided by the Youth, EVER
We made our way out of the city to the forest,
Which then gave way a place
Filled with gargantuan marigolds,
Spaced intentionally.

We spotted a colossal figure,
And prepared to either
ONE, engage in battle
Or,
TWO, flee the scene.

It soon became apparent, however,
That the colossal figure,
Whom we would later come to know as DAVID,
Was under some sort of frenzied condition,
Brought on by “allergies”,
Causing him to simulate hostility.

At this point we changed our strategy,
in order to help this individual in need.

THE STRANGER,
While employing his technique for inventory readying,
Managed to bring the troubled individual to the ground.

EVER, the Youth,
Proceeded to immobilize the giant with a large mass of Vines,

I, KU-RO,
Prepared the use of Anti-Venom
To negate the effects of any toxins.

I was able to grab hold of the colossal individual,
Even as he began to shake off his immobilization.

KYU,
With his FLOATING DISC,
Proceeded with EVER to deliver a further dose
of Anti Venom to the mouth of the colossal individual.

The final measure delivered by THE STRANGER,
Who flew and exploded some kind of bottled concoction,
Labeled “Nasal Spray”,
Which did finally return DAVID to a healthy state.

During this excellent teamwork, EROSS regrettably panicked,
The threat likely triggering traumatic emotions,
And he fired several crossbow bolts,
And placed himself into a position where he sustained damage,
Though fortunately no one was seriously injured.

Meeting with another member of the ODDS AND ENDS GUILD,
We accompanied DAVID as he picked the Giant’s Ears,
Which were giant ears of corn.

At this point DAVID issued us a warning,
That it was important that we keep quiet,
Or “They will attack.”

At that point we did not understand his warning,
So what happened next was unexpected,
And thus shall be the subject of my next entry.

In the NAME of BLESSED MORADIN,
The Most Robust, the Most Artisanal.

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