The Forest of Spirits (Alpha Group)

Roux: An Abundance of Explosions

Well, we have now emerged out of the extremely bitter cold into the merely rather bitter cold. I am fortunate in that Suishen-tzu shields me from the worst of it. It is not the least of his favors; I confess that I will be a bit melancholy when I am obliged to return him to Ameiko-ren. Apart from anything else, his conversation is most intriguing.

We have fought the woman who claimed ownership of the tower and the presumed cause of the harsh storms, and prevailed, though it was a difficult battle. She had an extremely powerful lightning spell that I shall have to study in greater depth. Though I prefer to utilize a mixture of magic and swordplay in my own endeavors, there are times when getting close to an enemy is impossible or unwise. I shall have to learn more spells that function at range.

We also discovered some chrysmals, peculiar creatures that appeared to be some sort of scorpion made out of crystal. What they were doing in the tower, we have no idea. They only spoke Terran, and we were unable to inquire as to their purpose. They were not unfriendly, however, until Zee-rhua made the unwise decision to take one of their crystals from them. Curiosity is entirely understandable, but one cannot simply take things from others (unless of course those others have been hostile and duly defeated). The chrysmals went after him, and he ran away with his ill-gotten gains. When we emerged from the tower, they had roughed him up quite a bit. Though it was entirely deserved, I gave him a potion anyway.

We traveled onward, but were interrupted by an enormous horde of undead. I was able to utilize some spells that I do not yet entirely understand; it took a great deal of study to understand the basics. It is fortunate that fire is most effective against these types of creatures. The caravan was also attacked during the fight, but mostly escaped unscathed. I am worried about her.

It seems we are on our way to a nation called Hongal, where we will be able to resupply somewhat. I should attempt to study the language before our arrival. Things have calmed down slightly; I had a chance to speak with Nanuuaq-tzu. We had a most intriguing chat.

I have been learning a great deal, but it is nice to have some quiet time. I have not had the chance for much reading lately.



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