Castle Keep

The Plane of Fire

shit gets real

Watching Neka fall into the fires of this realm had been quite alarming, but there was no time to dwell on our losses; we had to keep moving forward and get back to the mansion. After fighting some fire elementals and mephits, Din-Tei and I continued forward past the obsidian rocks until we reached the entrance of a large cave. As we entered the cave we both caught sight of a shining, red diamond resting on a tall pedestal in front of us. On both sides of the pedestal stood two large vases, but those hardly caught our attention. Din-Tei ordered me to take out my bow and stay behind while he ventured forth to investigate the diamond. I wasn’t complaining since the chances of something bad happening once the diamond was touched were extremely high at this point. If the man wanted to take the first try at it by all means I should let him. Instead of picking it up like any normal person would have, he decided to kick the diamond off its perch (because doing anything normally seems beyond this man’s capacity).

Of course, our disturbance did not go unnoticed for from within the vases arose two very peeved looking fire creatures. Obviously they weren’t particularly pleased by Din-Tei kicking their precious diamond off its pedestal and began to charge straight towards him, ignoring my presence completely. Din-Tei has thankfully taken advantage of what little time he had before the creatures began their attack to put the diamond away into his backpack. Since the monster’s attention was focused on getting the diamond back from Din-Tei that made attacking from afar much easier for me. After all the bad luck I’d been having so far in our previous fights, I very pleased with myself when I managed to take down the first fire creature with only three arrows. On the last hit from my arrow the creature exploded into a heap of lava onto the floor where it stood. Sadly, that victory was the end of my perfect shooting streak. I continued shooting my arrows from where I stood but my aim seemed to be getting worse by the second. In a moment of purely unfocused shooting one of my arrows not only missed the monster completely but also hit Din-Tei in the arm instead. Needless to say, I am not proud of that moment at all and even though Din-Tei can be quiet strange and hard to understand, hitting him with one of my arrows was never my intent… not unless he actually deserved it.

Things continued to go from bad to worse and before I knew it, the monster had knocked Din-Tei unconscious. As the monster searched through his backpack, I ran as quickly as I could to their side of the cave. Before I was able to reach them the monster had already reclaimed the diamond, brought the diamond back to its rightful place on the pedestal, and descended back into its respective vase. “At least it’s gone for now,” I thought to myself. Finally by Din-Tei’s side, I gave him a firm shake to see if he would wake up. No such luck. “Looks like I have no other option,” I said to myself as I placed my hands on his chest. I muttered the incantation for the cure moderate wounds spell and within a few moments I could see Nathan regaining consciousness. “Mother…?” he whispered as he awoke. “U-uh…no, it’s Niteliel…” I sputtered out, completely thrown off by his response. Din-Tei sat up and stared at me for a while before responding again. “Did they take back the diamond?” I nodded. “I see…”

I helped Din-Tei back onto his feet and we walked back to the front of the cave. I refused to have gone this far without claiming that diamond and since the monster from before had been weakened defeating him wouldn’t be too hard. “Stay back and I’ll get the diamond this time.” I told Din-Tei as I began my advance towards the diamond. As I reached out for it I began to feet immense heat against my hand but once I had grasped it, all of the heat suddenly vanished. Just like before, the flame beast erupted from its vase, still looking furious. This time I was ready for it. Having first secured the diamond in my pouch, I drew my sword for attack. Remember how I said after my first successful attacks my luck had run out? Yeah, that was still a pretty accurate sentiment for the rest of this battle. In an attempt to strike down the monster with my sword I rolled a one got my sword stuck in the ground beneath me. Super. Of course the monster took advantage of my situation to grab my bag and try to take reclaim diamond. With my sword stuck in the ground, there wasn’t much I could really do other than struggle to keep the creature out of my bag (and hope I didn’t damaged too badly in the process). Din-Tei tried shooting at the creature with him arrows but in the process hit me with one of them. “Honestly, I feel like I deserved that,” I thought to myself bitterly. The creature looked like it was weakening when I heard Din-Tei let out a loud yell. From behind the monster he charged forward and punched straight through monster’s torso and summersaulted forward before landing back on the ground. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t impressed with his finishing blow.

There wasn’t much time for celebrating because within seconds the whole cave began to shake violently. Din-Tei and I ran as quickly as we can out of the cave and began leaping across the rock trail to return to where we arrived. I suddenly heard a yell and looked back to see Din-Tei had missed his last jump and was now falling as Neka had before. From where I stood I could tell that he was already too far for me to help him and as badly as I felt about it, I had to keep going. The giant rock we had arrived in front of was right before me and without thinking, I leaped right into it. I had thankfully made the right decision in doing that for as I passed through the rock I now found myself back in front of the fireplace. I let out a sigh of relief that was quickly replaced by a surprised yell as the other two flew out of the fire place and landed right on top of me. “O-ouch…”



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