Chronicles of Ascension

From the Journal of Drake Fel

Day 169 Y 902

I have put off my main quest, at least for the time being. To be honest, I wasn’t making much headway and, who knows, perhaps my new course of action will somehow bring me closer to my true objective. Regardless of whether it does or not, I have joined forces with an interesting group of people for the time being, in the hope that it will reward me with some quick cash.

Last night I met these men I am now travelling with at one of the Mouth Cairns. The first I met was Abel, a man who I had met years before. The experience was a painful one, though the injury he caused me was accidental and he seems like a decent enough of a person. However, whether or not he is trustworthy is yet to be seen, as his loyalties may be similar to mine.

In addition to Abel, I met someone else that I thought I recognized. This man is a former Aeon Priest who goes by the name of Chiron. He knew Cela Jin and I believe I must have seen him working with the elderly Priest at some time or another. Chiron appears good-natured and trustworthy, though he almost has this naive feel about him.

The other two members of our group are glaives and neither is overly outgoing, and thereby harder to read. There is Lumi, a strange man of few words. He is the most mysterious of the group in my opinion, as I cannot seem to get a good read on what his purpose on the Walk or our side-adventure might be.

Finally, Xudablu is a mountain of a man and an Angulan Knight, and he seems to be hell-bent on “saving the world” from anything and everything. I will admit that he and his mount will come in handy during a fight, though their quest to destroy everything “evil” will likely get us into battles than we need to be in.

In fact, he nearly got us into trouble last night, proposing that we take on a group of bandits that were supposedly roaming the area. I, for one, had no intentions of dying that night, nor did I want to see anyone else killed, so I tried to persuade him otherwise. The others I mentioned, however, decided to join him in this foolish task, so I decided that I had better go along just to ensure that everyone made it out alright. Luckily, in my opinion, we decided to postpone our hunt until the next day.

I did not sleep well that night and my dreams were haunted by strange sounds and images. I haven’t been feeling well the last few days and this merely added to this feeling.

I awoke to the sound of what turned out to be a scutimorph running towards us. The beast was ridden by two children, a boy and a girl, who hailed from a village called the False Woods. Apparently they had been attack by creatures that they called pallones. I had never heard of such a beast, though Chiron quickly informed me as to what they were. The sounded like nasty creatures, surely not ones that you would willingly pit yourself up against.

However, it seems like I was alone in this train of thought, as everyone else decided that we should aid this village. I debated about not joining them, but I figured that the village would reward us in some way. As such, I decided to join these men in their quest to help the children and their village.

Xudablu and Abel quickly came up with a way to reach the village; the Knight would ride his drake and Abel, tied to a rope behind the beast, would use his gravity powers that I know too well to keep himself afloat. The pair went on ahead of the rest of us, leaving myself, Chiron, and Lumi to walk the rest of the way. We left the children with some others who said that they would take them to the safety of the Cylion Basin.

As a side note, I felt like there was some sort of connection with the girl. I can’t quite put my finger on what it was, but once we have saved her village, I want to find her. It’s a strange feeling, but I feel like it something I have to do.

Along the way, Chiron and I talked about the Numenera, though his appreciation for the objects of the past is certainly more personal than my own. I find the objects interesting and useful, but more often than not they are just a way for me to pay for my next meal. He treats them as…well, as an Aeon Priest might, which is hardly surprising. We also discovered that Lumi has a some odd ice forming ability that can be transferred to Chiron. Both seem mystified by this fact, but I’ve seen stranger things in my adventures so I didn’t pay it too much heed.

As I am writing this, I believe we are finally close our destination. What we will find there…I do not know. Will it be the desolate remains of a town ravaged by these strange creatures? Will we find our two companions that we sent ahead alive or dead?

All I can say is that I have had a foreboding feeling that has been steadily growing over the past few days and this feeling is stronger than ever before. The strange connection with the girl, the nightmares, all of it at the same time seems almost too coincidental. Something odd is going on here, and it certainly isn’t good. I just hope I can figure it out before it’s too late…

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