Journey through Madness

Secret of the Ooze

A group of misfits forms, wins the trust of Durnan, and descends into the abyss!

You must be a brave man, cracking open Ebony’s diary.

8/ Kythorn/1392 DR

The priests had all been very kind to me, but I had healed, and it was time to move on. I’m still not sure about who it was that attacked me, but for now, I need to get out of Waterdeep. Oddly enough, during my fevered rest, I had a strange dream about a place I’ve never been to before. From my asking around, this place can only be Undermountain. It’s a dangerous place, but I need answers, and I feel oddly confident that Undermountain will give them to me.

The only remaining entrance to Undermountain was in The Yawning Portal. While a scummy den of profiteers, it was the only entrance, and word on the streets was that adventurers were gathering here. Ghesh was the first I met – he stuck out like a sore thumb, though, oddly enough, all my companions did. While naive and overconfident, he seems a truly noble sort, and should prove a reliable ally and a combat powerhouse. Most of the others were gathered around his table – Thatari, who seems a slightly strange priest – but I find him a very likeable sort, and Sankisch, who, in a moment of stupidity, I referred to as a Bullywag. Sankisch seems to be the leader of the group, and his mastery of the spell-sword should come in handy. We then approached Kraven, who I had learned was a very talented assassin. With my natural persuasive talent, I was able to convince him to join us, though I’m sure he has an angle of his own for coming along.

With our team together, Durnan the 6th approached us and offered us a job. I know enough about him to be wary of him, but he seems reliable so long as there’s money in it for him. He asked us to clear the cavern beneath the well – something down there was killing adventurers by the score, meaning he wasn’t making any money on the bets so popular in this establishment. He went so far as to offer us a magic ring up front as a “token of good will”. While useful, I’m nervous about why he offered it. Has he taken a genuine shining to Ghesh or does he have something else planned?

The cavern below the well smelled like a thousand rotting bodies, and most of the cavern was covered in a waist-deep black sludge. The sludge seemed harmless, but it slowed our movement substantially. Roughly a third of the way to the door on the other end, we were ambushed by a swarm of ooze creatures, though they proved no match for our team. Perhaps most interesting was that Ghesh‘s axe was engulfed in a grey light during our battle and has become something… other. I don’t know anything about it, but the light seemed very faintly familiar.

We rest for now, but next I imagine we will speak with Durnan again and move deeper into Undermountain.



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