ME12 / S55 Cosday 4th Selenal, 88 AD (13/3/5, 1am, the Lair of Kethekya.
At Bignose’s feet: A pitiable beheaded minotaur
The monster’s only possessions seem to be a stone ring and a red shard of a horse head statue.
Invisible Taena reads to herself a message from the minotaur? of many names, his favorite being Kethekya, apparently given to him by Hurinon. Huh. Small world, isn’t it.
Bignose, standing at the doorway, hears the yips of a small dog coming from within the lair. Moving beams of multi-hued light fill the previously dark space. Bignose kicks the head of the slain Minotaur into the room, to no obvious effect. Zan and Ackpub investigate, hear the distant sound of a shrilly piped melody, and find a young puppy sitting within the left hand alcove. There are illuminating marks at the back of each alcove, which are eventually identified is the holy symbols of Cur, the Trickster, on the left alcove, and Emr, Monster Maker, on the right. .The still invisible Taena creates an illusion. And later tries countersign.
Corm flies in, and sees the barker is a young puppy with grey fur of indeterminate breed. The puppy jumps down and runs around excitedly. It cocks a leg and relieves itself. It sits, and before the assembled members eyes, grows into an adult coyote. Which speaks (in common?) laughing. Corm offers play to the coyote, saying “Who’s a big boy” and other canine interactions. It then grows further to almost Corm-sized, and says “Is this big enough?”. Among the things it discusses is that some sort of bet has been ruined, and identifies the group as ’The Headchoppers", and hails Corm as “Son of Yor” (the Destroyer). The Coyote seems alternately amused and maybe a teensy bit peeved. He ignores questions about his name.
The conversation is interrupted by the appearance of a small lizard, climbing around on the back of the right hand alcove. It drops to the floor of the alcove, and strides, as a biped, to the edge.. The Coyote seems to drop his attention of the party members, and addresses the lizard: “Well, we will never know, now, will we? Nothing to see here at his point, Gojira.” He leaps up into the alcove, shrinking to fit. He picks up the lizard in his mouth by its tail, and they both disappear. The lights and sounds vanish.
Zan looks at a number of the other book bindings on the shelf, and is disappointed to always find that they are empty, without any pages.
Taena drops her invisibility (which Corm seems to not have been aware of in the first place). She takes out a scroll that had been in the cylinder which had been atop to the large desk. (The cylinder had been inscribed with the markings, “For the Intended only.”) He reads it to the group. The writer seems aggrieved, blames some beings of great power. He also refers to “the Labrys”, someone named “Chukko”, and the “Hunger”.
The party leaves, stopping to slaughter, and behead, all the cows that had been penned up in the beginning of the passage into the mesa. They retrieve their horses, seemingly undisturbed. On the way back to Chantee, they are almost overtaken by a group of stampeding cattle. Zan and Ackpub are not totally able to control their mounts. Zan drops most of them with a backwards cast fireball. The remainder are taken care of by Corm and Bignose. Four that had been on the edges of the herd were noted to have unusually sharp (certainly not bovine) teeth. Much beheading of corpses ensues.
The party makes it back during the waning hours of the night. Bignose checks on Mello, who is sitting at the side of her brother, Arin, who seems to be sleeping peacefully. The party goes off and sleeps, Arising in the early afternoon, Zan is seized with arcane inspiration which he immediately works to add to his spell book. Zan has a short chinwag with the elvish druid.
Plans are made to depart for the north. There is a touching departure scene between Bignose and Mello (who has a heart of gold). (I’m actually not sure when the party wants to depart, as it will almost be evening by the time everyone’s up and Zan’s taken care of business.)
But just as the hit the edge of town, they are overtaken by a rider astride a beaten up nag.
This seems like a good place to stop.