Out of the Abyss

Cut Scene: Drow Pursuit
The Gorge

Ilvara seethed with rage as she saw the prisoners escape across the gorge. "Incompetent fools! Worthless males! If you cannot capture a few slaves, what good are you!?!". She grabbed one of them by the back of the neck in her anger and hoisted him over the brink of the gorge.

She glared into the darkness of the gorge for a moment. "You two!" she yelled at the returning quaggoths, "fetch the bodies from the bottom and bring them to me. They may yet be able to serve." The shaggy monsters bowed their heads and did as she bade.

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When she had finished with them, she hadn't learned much, but she now knew where the prisoners were fleeing to. She emerged from her tent, cleaning her hands on a silken cloth. "They are going to the Kuo-Toa village. Foolish slaves!" she raged "They're likely to get themselves all killed. They are my property. If anyone is to kill them, it shall be I!" 

Jorlan Duskryn immediately stepped forward, trying his best to disguise his slight limp "My Priestess! Allow me to take a group ahead. I shall recover them for you!" Ilvara frowned at his hideous scar and regarded him with contempt. 

Field Commander Shoor Vandree stepped forward to protest "Surely, Priestess, if any is to have the honor of recovering your slaves, it should be I, not this…" Ilvara raised but a single finger and he fell immediately silent. With a gesture, she sent him stepping back to his place. She smiled inwardly. Perhaps it was good if her new lover didn't get too comfortable. After all, he was only a male. It was important to remind him of his place. 

"Very well" she purred with mocking sweetness to Jorlan "Let's see if you still have any bit of the man you once were under those scars. Take a squadron and recover my property. But make haste, Jorlan, my patience is thin, and I grow weary of failure."

Jorlan could not help but give a twisted smile as he bowed low, then turned to start gathering his warriors. 

"Oh, and Jorlan!" she called "The newcomers? The ones that aided them in escaping? They took what is mine. I want them. Dead or alive."

"Yes, my priestess." Jorlan's voice was hard, determined "It shall be done." 

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Adventure Log
Inside the dak place

While Daddy and I were walking in the dark we had to stop because there was a big wide gorge. I could hear voices and got so excited! We hadn't seen anyone for days. I jumped up and down and flew in circles, spinning around with delight until I was told to be quiet. I have to remember that not everyone is nice, or happy to see us. I cast my dancing lights out and saw an interesting group. Only a few looked scary, sometimes, scary looking things are the nicest things! There was a frog! I love frogs! I had to keep as quiet as I could though and whisper to Daddy that I wanted to meet them. He wasn't sure, before I could help myself I hollered "HI" across the gorge. I could see 8 or 9 of them, Daddy and I have fought off more than that so I wasn't scared. We helped them get across to us and learned they were running from an evil drow priestess and her soldiers. It was strange to me that one of the ones we helped looked just like them. I don't like him as much as the others. I think he's untrustworthy because the group was afraid for themselves. He didn't seem scared of them. Eldeth seems very nice and helpful, I like her pretty hair. Jimjar looks scary, he wants to protect everyone and he's big and strong. I like him. Valdomir seems to like me, he pet my hair a few times. I felt upset when he grabbed Daddy, I wished I was bigger. I hope that doesn't happen again. We need to stick together. There's a Prince! His name is Derrendil and he's fuzzy and warm. I think we have a lot in common since we both come from palaces and castles. I will ask him about his court when I get more time to talk to him. Stool is so cute! I just love his little feet, he doesn't even need to use words to talk! I can just hear him. I think he has a special magic. I hope that Sarith doesn't secretly wish him harm. I don't know how he could defend himself. Shushar is a fish and he won't fight at all. I've learned sometimes you have to, to protect what is important to you. We traveled a good distance and found a small cavern to rest in. Sadly, I couldn't gain the affection of the Prince, so I will settle for snuggling with Daddy. We had water and goodberries and got to rest. I had a bad dream though. This one was different than my usual ones. There were tentacles in scary water and bloody teeth. Oozing globs on the walls, a rotted ram head and a 2 headed creature in black water. It was a different kind of dream, not one that I'm used to and it was really strange because we all had the same one. We set out again after the nightmares. We found a mushroom forest! I learned that some are good and some are bad. I also saw that Sarith knows his way around, as if he is from here or has been here before. It seems like he is the leader, telling everyone where to go. Valdomir trusts him and said I shouldn't trust Daddy. I think he shouldn't trust Sarith because he is the same as the ones who are after us. I need to talk to him more. He has bad headaches and Daddy could help him, he refused help though. Maybe I can try to help him. We heard someone coming so we all climbed up on the zirkwood mushroom since it's tall. We saw Orcs, I remember them from a long time ago. They just went past and didn't see us.

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