Afternoon of the 23rd of Såningtid Year of Shaedow 1027
After some discussion about what to do with Noble Fire Elemental, it was decided that we must take it with us. We decided that the best way to get it out was to blast a hole in the wall of the inner keep. Svanir and Roaran went looking for explosive barrels while Hakkon took Ol' Gimpy to his mentor and the rest of the dwarves. Unfortunately, none of the dwarves could identify Ol' Gimpy.
Svanir and Roaran placed two barrels near a corner of the keep and set them off, but the explosion barely made a dent in the wall Seeing this, the drwarves decided that they can do much better. They got more than a few barrels, placed them against the wall and placed rubble over them to direct the blast inward. The barrels exploded and left an opening in the wall. The opening wasn't quite big enough for the box, so the dwarves placed a few more barrels in the opening. The explosion widens the opening enough for the box to pass.
While Gio and the Dwarves got the box out of the keep, Svanir and Roaran swim across the lake to get a ferry from the other side. The ferry's rope was gone, so they swam the boat back to the keep. Meanwhile, the ground shook and the Never starts to boil up out from the basement of the keep.
With a renewed urgency, the dwarves loaded the box on the ferry and the party started swimming. The box was so heavy that the ferry was nearly overloaded. The Never continued to consume the keep. Immediately after reaching the lake shore, the Never started to drain the lake as is continued to expand.
We continued to run away from the Never, but were intercepted by strange monsters from the Never. The dwarves continued running as we fought off the monsters. Narrowly avoiding being swallowed into the Never, the monster was defeated and the we continued running. We ran back through the city as the ground kept shaking and the Never kept expanding. Passing through the rubble that used to be the city gate where we first entered, it was obvious that the Lord of Fades and his army of monsters had broken out of the city.
Reaching the bottom of the stairs, we we once again ambushed. This time by a single large monster from the Never. He struck fear into the hearts of Svanir, Hakkon and Darr who took off running up the stairs. Roaran and Gio started fighting the monster. The monster opened more pockets of Never and Darr was sucked into one. The implosion of the pockets knocked the dwarves carrying the box off their feet and Svanir helped them to continue. The monster let out dreadful silent roar and Roaran took off running. Gio kept his resolve and continued fighting the monster, but he was weakening with every blow he landed. Now on the stair Roaran shot the monster with a bolt and it finally succumbed.
Running up the stairs, the party managed to get to the top of the cliff as the Never consumed the stairs below them. They crossed the threshold onto the Starlight Path, but the Never did not continue. Thoroughly exhausted, we all took a much needed rest just inside the Starlight Path.
24th of Såningtid Year of Shaedow 1027
When we awoke in the morning we noticed that the Never had advanced inside the Starlight Path a few inches. It seemed that the Starlight Path would not hold the Never back much longer. We reached the first waypoint after a day's walk and rested there.
25th of Såningtid Year of Shaedow 1027
We woke up and continued walking, fearful that the Never was close behind us. While we traveled we noticed that the path shook slightly once in a while. We reached the second waypoint at the end of the day and rested there.
26th of Såningtid Year of Shaedow 1027
Another day of walking, but this time the shaking of the path was slighly worse than the day before. At the end of a day's walk we saw light at the end of the tunnel, but we also saw the Never coming up behind us. Hurrying to escape, we made it to the exit of the Starlight Path and into the canyon just in time. As we exited to the canyon expecting fresh Spring air, we intead met with the cold breath of early winter.
27th of Såningtid Year of Shaedow 1027 Winter
A storm set upon us as we walked through the canyon. Svanir and Roaran started hunting for rations, and we managed to fortfy our equipment with some fur since we were woefully unprepared for winter weather. After a long cold day of walking we made it to the canyon's first waypoint and tried to keep warm while resting.
28th of Såningtid Year of Shaedow 1027 Winter
The storm had cleared in the night, so we awoke to better weather and a less miserable day of travelling. The day was mostly uneventful and we were glad to be back resting after the day's walk.
1st of Langelysetid Year of Shaedow 1027 Winter
We walked all day long with more hope, since we knew that we would reach the outpost at the falls at the end of the day. Reaching the outpost we warmed ourselves by the fire and had our first truly restful sleep in so many days.
2nd of Langelysetid Year of Shaedow 1027 Winter
After tending to some small comforts, we started discussing what to do. We discovered that the next section of the Starlight Path had also collapsed, so we would have to travel the long way around. We decided to stay in the outpost for a week so that we could make carts to carry the box and other equipment. Gio decided to attempt to communicate with the Noble Fire Elemental. After making a few minor precautions and rigging up a fail-safe, Gio opened the large box, but it was to hot for even him to touch for more than a brief moment. The Noble was indeed very powerful.