So, here we are, exploring a pre-cataclysm dwarven city with a bunch of crazy adventureres, looking for some bandits. Lets see, there's that wizard. Merlon? I think that's his name. Then there is the drunken priest Farnam. Next is the giant guy with a big sword, Andy-something? And finally, a crazy kid with a pet moose and a pet squirrel. They call him Rock. I think it's short for "Rocks-for-Brains". Actually, I don't think he's as dumb as he sometimes comes across, maybe just naive? Apparently they were part of a larger group, but some of them left. Those were probably the smart ones. By smart, I mean wise. The wizard and the priest seem fairly well learned, but really. Where is the sense of self-preservation?
Since we think our brother was looking for this same city, and we got captured by dark-skinned elves almost as soon as we got here, Lux thought it was a good idea to combine our searches. Maybe lil' bro got caught by the bandits? Maybe he is a bandit. I don't know. Never met the kid. Heh, I still have this image of a gangly teenager in my head whenever I think of him, but if he was born 8 years after I was, that would make him what? 56? Yeah. He's an old man. One of the few perks of my cursed bloodline: I get to live with the curse for ever. Yay me.
So, let's see. We ran into the cave elves. Then the adventurers, while they were fighting some giant scorpions. Joined them. I tried to keep Lux out of harms way, but got banged up a bit. I'm kinda used to that by now. Me and the moose-and-squirrel kid figured out how to open the doors to the old dwarf ruins. Really, I think it was the kid mostly. To be fair, they had a key, so… Anyway. Got swarmed by some mutant rats. Again tried to keep Lux from getting hurt, and took a few lumps for her, but she managed to get hurt a bit anyway. I wish she wouldn't try to get right into the fray like that. I may not be willing to fight, but I can take a hit a lot better than she can. I digress. We found a looong dead dwarf and some books. Looks like he got caught inside when the city was abandoned and locked up, eventually starved to death.
While the learned ones were translating old dwarvish notebooks, I noticed some tracks in the dust. Followed them back to the entrance, and figured out that whoever it was had followed us in, and snuck right past us. The boot tread looked like the same type issued to officers in the warlord Regar's army. Don't ask me how I know that; it's too long a story. Suffice it to say that it ends with me getting an extremely close view of said tread, and a pounding headache. I managed to convince everyone to NOT follow the tracks into an ambush, so we went the opposite way.
Met a mushroom-man. Turns out, he was a real fun guy. Get it? Fungi? Nevermind. It's pretty bad when you think your own jokes are awful. But yeah. Through a combination of pantomime, and the wizard's magic, we managed to talk to this guy. I'ma call him Mikey. He seemed to really like the idea of trading, so I traded my small cooking pot and a mirror (I don't need a reminder of what I look like, but it came in the kit Lux bought me for this trip) for a cask of oil and some candles. Lux traded him for a bag of metal bits, and asked him if he'd seen our, uh, uncle. Seems like he had, and trades with him on occasion. Interesting. Also, the wizard had a painting of one of those cave elves, and showed it to Mikey. He didn't like the cave elves. Me either. After Mikey left, we found some usable canvas, some small hammers, and a bunch of nails, so I made a bag and gathered a bunch of the nails in it, and took one of the hammers. All that stuff might come in handy at some point.
Moving on, and still avoiding the corridor our invisible friend took, we found some rooms with collapsed walls. I managed to find a way to crawl through to a lower chamber. We found what looked like a temple or chapel or something. Had some more dwarven writing scrawled on the wall and some broken statues. The bookish types puzzled over that, while I scouted around some more. About the time the big guy and the moose kid forced open a door, I had managed to unlock a door to the same room at the other end. Just in time to see some small, degenerate dwarves. They quickly readied their weapons. I felt my blood start to boil, and the backs of my forearms started aching, so I quickly shut my door, and let the others do the fighting. Merlon almost got killed, but that priest has some useful healing magic, and saved him before I had to pull him out of danger.
Afterwards, I kind of chewed Lux out for getting too close to the fight. She got mad at me for jumping into the doorway to the room to keep the dwarf-things from getting out, and that SHE was trying to keep ME from getting killed. Said I shouldn't be putting myself in danger if I wasn't going to fight back. That kind of pissed me off. I mean if she's going to jump in front of me when I jump in front of her, it kind of undoes what I just tried to accomplish. But she's right though. I really shouldn't let myself get that close to combat. It could end badly.