Session 4 Report:
The unit took a day off, during which time Qumál hiGa'ánish (Dennis Sustare) taught Siónu hiTekkól (Beth Loubet), Váti Kítik Kírik (Sean Summers) and Chégukal hiGurúma (Talzhemir Mrr) the Alleviation spell, so they wouldn’t get caught with insufficient magic to deal with poisonous creatures again. Vrishtára hiZa'éra (Matt Sheffield) assisted the sorcerers in their studies by concocting some weak poisons on which to test their newly learned spells.
Haráku hiZuróme (Denis Loubet) took this opportunity to pursue his interest in brewing. He paid a visit to his clanhouse (Arch of Heaven) for assistance, and ran into Kámbe hiSorúna, the boatman who’d brought him down the Chaigáva river to Katalál from the forests of the Kúrt Hills.
They shared a meal and got caught up; Haráku saying what little he could about his OAL activities, and Kámbe telling him how much the clanfolk talk about his OAL posting, and asking him what it was like serving with filthy worm-lovers. He also told Haráku of grumblings among the hill people about the growth of the Durritlámish-oriented Legion of the The Slayers of Cities at Katalál. The hill people have a long-standing hatred of the followers of Sárku and his cohort!
Haráku returned to the OAL barracks with a couple of clan-boys carrying boxes of spare brewing equipment that he got from the Arch of Heaven clan, tipping them generously.
Qumál and Váti also visited the slave markets, where Váti acquired a former swordsman bravo with a sad tale of lost love – but who was cheap due to his numerous scars. Qumál decided to simply borrow a torch-bearer slave named 'Torch' from their OAL unit, rather than purchase his own.
Tirrikámu Okkúru hiTlakotáni (their NPC subaltern) expressed concern to Qumál about how slowly things were going, urging Qumál to put an end to the creature, whatever it is, as soon as possible. He also ordered Qumál to begin considering the matter of a secondary Semétl (troop) leader, suggesting that Siónu might be a good choice because of her prior OAL experience.
Returning to the sewers the next morning, our heroes explored several different rooms and passages. They discovered a forgotten (or at least disused) entrance into the Temple of Drá, and a place where the floor of the sewer had fallen away, perhaps due to Katalál’s last bungled Ditlána, spilling sewage down to a deeper level of the underworld. They spent some time and effort makeshifting a bridge over this chasm out of doors salvaged from previously explored rooms, but eventually the entire troop was able to cross.
They found a room containing several sewer barges in various states of repair, and well as workroom facilities. Qumál made sure to carefully scan the walls and floor before entering, but neglected to look up – and it was from that direction that a Káyi dropped its tendril net down upon Haráku moments after the group entered the room.
A fight ensued. Haráku was cut free before suffering much harm, but Qumál’s slave 'Torch' succumbed and had to be dragged from the room when they fell back to re-group. The creatures were incapable of pursuing them through the closed door. On their second attempt, Siónu proved that throwing lighted torches at the Káyi was most effective, and they proceeded to triumph without much difficulty.
In the room, they discovered tracks matching the Demon of the Dark’s description… but much smaller than expected, indicating a creature perhaps only ½ as tall as a man. What’s more the tracks indicated at least two of the creatures!
Qumál called for another strategic withdrawal, and commanded Váti to pull all-nighter in his Thúmis temple’s library to something to shed light on this new discovery. He also informed Okkúru of his decision to select Siónu as second in command of their troop.