It was nice to finally get back on the open road and moving forward to our final objective. At least that’s what I thought until we came to the fork in the road. Go north and we have a longer, less treacherous hike. Go south, and take the shortcut, but be leary of of the ever present doom that permeates the area. So, of course, we took the quick route! Danger be damned.
We found a small cave off of the main rock road and decided to make camp. I was still pretty bad off from the previous encounter and need my rest so I slept first in the rotation. It was a good thing I did too because not long after Javyn started his watch I woke up trapped on a net, in the dark, and covered in dust. Lemuel had hurt himself in the fall and was a bit dazed. We started cutting and the rope netting trying to free ourselves. We managed to break free of the net,and down onto the floor. I threw my glowglobe down the corridor and noticed a few passageways carved out of the path. This must’ve attracted the monstrosity lurking in the leftmost corridor.
After our last encounter with the Cocksatins, I was done with giant insects for a while. The thing is, the bugs just weren’t done with us. Almost immediately Jayvon was hit by what I can only describe as a giant scarab/spider. The thing was nasty and quick. I snuck to the side of it, and took it by surprise. Direct hit! Followed by an arrow from Lemuel’s bow.
Now maybe it was the sleep I’d had, or maybe I was just lucky this night, but what happened next surprised even me. Bug brain decides he does not like me getting so close and personal with it. It takes a swipe at me, and I manage to riposte and do even more damage. Rinse and repeat. At this point, my only goal is to get this thing dead, and to keep Javyn alive. Lemuel managed to strike the final blow with an arrow through its ugly face.
With the creature defeated, and everyone a bit shaken, we realized that there was no way out of this cave except to swim and hope that we pop out of the other side. We managed to use our ropes, and rig a harness to keep us all together. We slowly waded into the rushing water and let the current take us. Luckily we landed on solid ground, outside of the cave.
Time to dry out and sharpen our swords. We are in a bad land.