A strange, deep howl fills the cavern, You and your team approach cautiously, as you advance the darkness retreats, thanks being to the torches you brought along. It is quite cold within the tunnels, but it seems to get warm as you all advance into a room with a poisonous green glow with the sound of obnoxious bubbles. " Well, looks like these platforms here can be used to jump upon.." Said Leon, " Let's just take this nice and slow, so that no one falls into that pit of perilous peril. " concluded Leon.
You hop from platform to platform, nearly slipping off of one! " Careful! nice and slow..take a deep breath and continue on." Heeded Belial. You let out a sigh of relief as you all make it to the end. A ringing noise greets your ears..louder..louder and louder! You see that all of you are having the same same difficulty, but seems more used to it, Leon yells, " Blasted Terrors! Away!"
As he throws blessed salts which make the black apparitions dissipate into smoke. The ringing goes away instantly. " Terrors..I hate them, i truely do. Sadistic beings they are, from another world. It's theorized that they are all the suffering we feel accumulated into a twisted demonic form. They only exist in this world to terrorize the living. Hence being called 'Terrors'." Said Leon.
You and your crew decide to make camp in an open area within the cavern. Leon begins to pray, making some kind of holy aura, possibly to keep any manner of unholy beast out.
As your team eats their rations you feel your eyes getting heavy as you stare into the campfire, slowly nodding off to sleep. The flame seems to try and jump at you every now and then, te next time you open your eyes, it literally does jump at you and try to devour you!
You pass out into deep sleep
Dreams: The place of many Deaths
The skies are back and red, billowing violently. You can hear this evil, disembodied laughter in the midst ghostly moaning. You look around and see that you are in the stars, in space it seems. Red ectoplasmic clouds floating around, and occasionl claps of thunder.
The clouds look as though they are being sucks into this temple structure, you absent mindedly walk towards it, floating stones making a bridge as you walk over empty space. The entrance looks like a large demonic skull, adorned with spikes and horns, it's gullet open, ready to devour anything. You feel the hot wind being sucked into this maw,turning very cold as you enter.
The walls..they adorned with strange reliefs..Reliefs of strange horned beasts devouring men and ripping the heads off maidens.
You approach a short stairway leading to a gaint stone door, there's a gargoyle perching on the left and right. The two gargoyles jump into to life, their faces flashing a bright red as they growl and lift their heads, pointing to the large stone door.
The door quakes the whole chamber as it opens, you begin to hear the echoes of many people who are in pain. The stairway down is very steep, with many burnt trees and sall rivers of molten lava to you left and right.
It gets hotter as you descend down, but you begin to feel some rush, a burst of strength as you near the center of this odd dimension. There are many burning, upside down crosses, some with people pinned to them, they scream and beg for mercy as these little, knee high devils stab and torture them with large forks.
You make your way to the center of the burning forest, an ashen meadow, You notice a large stone, glowing stone, an eerie green permeates from it. As you stare you notice a shadow begin to get larger and come to life, It stops walking toward you as it encroaches the stone.
Now the creature's shadow splinters across the meadow right before you, the next thing you witness you simply cannot believeThe creature sinks into its on shadow and rises right before you. It's cold, black steel hands tae hold of your shoulder, you look up towards this.beast, the damn thing must be at least nine feet tall! The face of this beasts' helm spikes forward, the eye slots empty and souless.vacant. You are ushered to the strange stone. The way this beast speaks is odd..almost as if he says everything backwards..yet you know what he is saying.
" Do you want power, Mortal?" The beast said, in a deep voice that echoed within his helm, " Then be with this stone, be with us, be as one with the Legion. We will take the promised land together, we will take it for God, we will be rewarded for our conquest well, for we will bathe in His glory!"
You reach for the stne, feeling every hair stand on end as you reach for it, it is colder than ice, and you feel some stinging corruption in your arms, you see some black energy wriggling under your skinYou begin to feel the pain of transformationNoEvolution! You feel your nails grow to claws, and the weight of horns sprouting from your skull, your teeth becoming as daggers.
And then the beast says, " Awaken."
You wake up and tell Leon of this encounter, describing the area and the strange figure you met there.
".Tis none other than Hell you speak of! And that strange thing you met was no beast, but the foulest of all demons I shouldn't speak his name..but his name is Zepar, HellLord of change and suffering. We should keep you far away from him as possible, for he sees something in you." explained Leon.
I'm tired of typing now.
The rest of your way through the caverns are fought through, under siege from behind and the front, above you and from below you. No comfort but your allie's backs against yours, hearing thew constant nows of strange dark creatures, clikcing their three tongues within their throats.
Cecil in in center, spear in hand, he's the tallest and handles all the threats above our heads. Swashbuckling Leon is up front, bashing his foes with shield and slashing their throats with his keen blade. You and Belial are at the back, spears and tower shields in hand. Stabbing viciously at anything that attacks the rear.
You come into an opening within the cave, Your team disperses into a circular formation. You all turn as you here a massive beast get up, four red eyes gleaming in the darkness. You hear a loud war cry as flames encircle the entire area, the war cry shakes the cave itself with large stones falling from the ceiling.
" It is I, Andras, Ancient God of War, Who doth seek passage through here?"
Cecil steps forward and replies, " I Cecil, noble Knight of Ivandyl, seek passage with my comrades."
" Then you shall die." said Andras, as he drew a massive sword covered in flames, Andras let out a scream of glee as the fires arised to a peak height, smothering the ceiling and shaking the cave yet again!
Andras is gargantuan, his head that of an owl, his eyes orange, reflecting the fires of Hell, He is astride a big black wolf that vomits flaming magma.
Andras' wingspan almost touches the walls, his great wings begin to flap and fan the flames of Hell!
" Shields up!" Yelled Leon, you immediatley snap to and get behind your shield.
You feel your shield heat up, you feel hot air as whirls all around you!
Andras begins to let a demonic, howling laugh as his wings fold back on his back and the flames die down. You hear his wolf's gallop as he charges forth, Andras' massive sword scraping and charring the cave floor! You hear the scraping come for you, and you roll out of the way! You suffer minor burns.
Cecil lobs a spear at Andras' steed, but to no avail, the giant wolf vomits a ball of fire and burns the spear into nothing. Leon and Belial charge forth! They both leap a great height into the air and as Leon begins to lose momentum, Belial grabs Leon's hand and throws him towards Andras with great momentum! Leon flies towards Andras like a bullet, his sword being the head and pierces Andras in his chest!
Andras lets out another howl, a loud scream! The flames rise again, stronger than before, the heat literally cooking you as white smoke begins to fume from everyone's body! Andras smacks Leon off of him, Leon catches himself as he flips through the air and lands on his feet.
Cecil throws another spear, this time catching the wolf in it's left eye! The wolf, now lame, will be easily slain. The wolf is easily taken out with another spear, this time in the throat. The wolf lets out a last moan as it falls to the ground, blood gurgling from its mouth.
Andras gets off his fallen steed, his hand tensed on the hilt of his sword, the flames on the blade intensifying! His wings spread as the flames in the area stay at a constant burning. Molten ash and the dust of brimstone fill the air as Andras fans the flames.
A ring of fire encircles Cecil as Andras flies over to him.
" If it is my time to depart this realm, I will do so in honour!" Yelled Andras in a furious growl!
Cecil draws his zweihander as does Andras! A furious battle ensues, Andras and Cecil echanging and parrying blows with great speeds, sometimes with intermittent pauses in the middle of the action, as they stare into each other's eyes, sizing down each other, and then snap back into a vicious duel! Cecil scores a strike on Andras' forehead, although Cecil's strike doesn't do much damage!
Andras and Cecil leap back toward the edge of the flames, both getting into a ready stance, a flicker of energy rides down Cecil's blade and dissipates at the tip, the flames intensify on Andras' sword!
They then Jump forth at eachother, catchign eachother in mid air, as the slowly begin to float down towards the ground, parrying and exhanging blows at a hyper speed! This time the both of them fighting at full potential, with every other slash Andras makes sending a wave of flame, Cecil counters this by sending a wave of energy from his sword.
"So, you are the Cecil i heard of!", said Andras, breathing heavily he continues, " I've never met a swordsman of your prowess before!"
They both laugh, and they both take paces away from eachother, back to the edge of the flames. They then dash forth at eachother, and at the same time strike, passing eachother with the blow.
They pause for a second, which seems like an eternity, Andras laughs again, " I finally met my match, Cecil." Said Andras, " I hope to see you again in Hell, on my blessed river Styx, a beautiful place of everlasting fire and battle!" Andras let out his last earthly breath, and then bursted into flames.
The flames in the cavern die down to a low kindle. Cecil picks up Andras' sword and gives it to you, " Here you need a better weapon than that longsword you got there."
Cecil gives you the Hellfire!
I'm tired of typing, again.