From the Journal of Kalf Lionheart…lost somewhere in the hells..
As we cross Avernus a huge fireball streaks across the sky and slams into the ground before us. I leap in front of Sariya to protect her. I am burned by the flames and Aerandir notices that there is some sort of moving creature, a fire fungus growing in the blast site. It appears to be edible, but we choose to not eat it. We walk, it seems, forever. As tired as I am I cannot fall asleep.
After trying to rest, only the two rogues manage to get some sleep, we set out and soon spot a dust cloud. Our guide, Herfik, informs us we should find cover. We scramble to a crater. I fall on the slick obsidian stone and cut my knee on a jagged piece. We try to hide as a horde of devils pass by. A flying devil spots us and dives to attack. We battle and kill the flying devil.
Later, I try to scry for my brother using Aerandir’s mirror and summon a terrible that nearly kills us all.
We continue traveling until we encounter a ruined village, a wretched creature greets us and we offer food in return for a safe haven. It leads us to a basement of a crumbling building. I am so tired that I finally fall into a fitful sleep.
After resting we depart and leave the ruins behind. I am unsure of the day. It is aways light here in the hells. The first plane glows with a blood red light, though no sun, stars, or moons can be seen. We soon find ourselves the target of a hunt. A single flying devil driving a team of huge wolves comes upon us. We turn to face the beasts rather then flee. When we had slain them the flying devil applauds us and congratulates us on an excellent hunt. He bestows on us five emeralds. Later that day we pass through another blasted town.
We try to rest again and after some have regained their strength we set out. In the distance we can see the River Styx. It does not seem to be real this close. But before we get to it we come upon another ruined city. On the outskirts we encounter a small band of pitiful kobolds that have become lost while seeking their evil god. Phariss is the only one of us moved by their plight to offer assistance.
At the edge of the river we call the boatman, pay our tolls and take passage to the other side.
On the other side more barren plains await. Shortly we spit a group of jelly-like blobs being driven by spiky devils with barbed forks. We avoid them by circling around. We approach a huge crater. Herfik informs us that this the Maggot Pit. A vile devil appears and we most pay 2100 gold pieces for him to fly us across the pit.
He is good to his word and soon we are on the other side and find ourselves standing before the lair to Tiamat herself. Herfik explains that the gate to Dis lays just beyond Tiamat’s cave. First we pass tunnels leading to her consorts and then we come upon a huge set of iron doors. Next to the doors is the Cave of Greed, beckoning us toward it with a golden light that shines down its length. The two rogues disappear and discover later that they have tried to plunder the Cave of Greed. Brak, Farrokh, Sariya, Herfik, and I enter the iron doors and wait for Phariss and Aerendir. They don’t return so Sariya, Farrokh and Herfik head down the tunnel while Brak and I wait. Herfik and Sariya return dragging a lifeless Farrokh. Ah, how terrible he was killed by a poisonous bite from a spider. The spider had ambushed them in he dark hall and fallen upon Sariya, the cleric had died in his attempt to defend her. I decide to save Phariss and Aerandir from whatever fate has befallen them in the Cave of Greed.
I am not sure of the date anymore. Being in hell is beginning to take its toll on me. Lately my mind is addled from the experiences in the Cave of Greed. Phariss and I escaped the cave but Aerendir wouldn’t leave its golden temptations. We have entered into the second layer of hell. The sky is a smoky green color, the heat unbearable. We are following a white path constructed of skulls. Along the path we are bothered a second time by a being that wishes us to steal the “Eye of the Serpent” from Dispater. We finally entered the city of Dis. Its strange I can’t actually recall when we entered. It is a crazy here. Terrible devils are whipping lesser devils and wretched beings from our world, supplicants worshipping at their feet. We are led to a strange inn by Herfik. Brak arranges for us to meet with the “King”. We spend a few days and then meet up with Aerandir in the tavern. Somehow he escaped from the Cavern of Greed. We discuss trying to steal the Eye of the Serpent and decide that it is to dangerous. We decide that we will seek passage home to Tellus-Aboreah. We return to the King’s lair to ask about his job for passage when Phariss casts a spell to read minds and attracts a horrible devil. We do battle. It was a hard battle and we were gravely wounded but in the end we were victorious. We spend a long time speaking with the King and decide not to help steal the Eye. We return to the tavern and spend two days healing. On the second day the tavern and the outsiders district starts to be demolished. We follow the tavern keeper to the Kings abd then we follow the King trying to escape the city. Along the way we save a wretched creature named Rubio that claims to hail from the city of Wessex, we learn little about him before he is killed by a trio of devils.
It was the devils at the gates to Avernus that slayed Rubio and did battle with us. Both Phariss and I are brought down by a powerful poison and Brak is charmed. Sariya breaks the enchantment and she and Brak pay the ransom to allow us passage.
We rest one night in the tunnel between the first and second layers of hell. Progressing through the Lair of Tiamat we arrive at the Maggot Pit. Sariya pays our passage and the devil swindles us. We finally are across and begin the slow walk back to the portal that will take us to Rib Cage. In Rib Cage we meet up with Dermont Rigor and secure our passage back to Tellus-Aboreah and out of the hells!