We woke up in some strange place today. It was in de middle of a ruin with odd plants and crumbling walls all around us. In de middle of de place was a pool of water. However, I ignored dat for now. Water could be had after I had spoken to de ancestors and acquired my totems for de day. However, no matter how hard I tried I couldn’t speak to de souls. I couldn’t even close my eyes for longer den a moment or two before a vision dat I could not understand flashed before my eyes and forced dem to open. Try as I might I couldn’t contact dem in anyway so, after two hours, I gave up.
At dis point de rest of de party had awoken and already explored de direct area surrounding it. Dey found some sort of…feast outside wid a plethora of food on de table. And den I noticed I didn’t have my armor on. Instead, all of us were wearing dese strange white robes and nobody had dere weapons. When we went to taste de food on de table it was…bland. None of it had any taste and, when we ate it did not satiate our hunger at all. And den I remembered stepping over a goliath of some sorts at the top of the stairs. I felt as if I knew him, but could not recall him at all. It was like a strange déjà vu kind of moment dere. Regardless I went to wake him up…and den he started screaming and kicked me down the stairs of de ruins.
Eventually we calmed de Goliath down and he agreed to travel wid us. By looking to de Horizon we saw a large red storm surrounding de immediate area and, upon further looking, we saw a large tower to de north of us. I wanted to go towards the storm because it looked interesting…but den Tinkerson wanted to go towards de city and I ceded, as de rest to the group wanted to go towards de city. As we traveled I noticed dat I continued to get hungry and thirsty, but no amount of food or water would take it away.
Soon enuff we made it to de city and sprites was it boring. De buildings were all white or grey and nothing was open or even worth looking at. Until we turned a corner and, suddenly, dere was a shop filled to de brim wid weapons. I stood outside, not interested in de weapons in de shop while my companions went inside. Next ting I know dere are zombies outside rushing towards the front of the store. I quickly rushed inside to tell de rest of de party and lo and behold dere was a…machine shop-keeper with flesh falling of its body. Now, dat was strange but not more odd den ze zombies coming towards us.
We managed to dispatch dem quickly, wid our goliath friend taking a few out demselves. The strange part was when dey were killed de zombies disappeared. Dey didn’t scream, dey didn’t fall to the ground, dey just dissipated. It was…odd but de party moved on. I grabbed two daggers from de shop and slid dem up my sleeves just in case of more attacks from whatever may populate de city.
And den I saw a strange man on de corner of one of de streets. He…or she for I could not tell de gender of de person…was wearing a dark grey cloak and, as soon as I saw dem dey ran off down de street and, without a second thought I followed dem. As soon as I rounded de corner I no longer saw de person. Shrugging, I continued walking down de street and, down an alleyway I saw a strange driverless mechanized cart of some sorts. I ignored it, knowing that it was definitely not meant for me for I know not how to drive such an odd contraption. I was about halfway down de street when de rest of de party came around de corner and called for me. Getting nowhere in my own search I went back to dem to find dat dey had found some sort of shop with a bunch of gear.
And den dat cart I saw pulled around de corner and sat dere. Luna was excited to see it and, I suppose, perhaps she is de one dat wanted it to come for it stopped in front of her. We all packed into de carriage and started driving off towards de tower. We drove for what seemed like hours and never got closer to de tower in de middle. However, Luna wished outloud for some sort of library to appear and low and behold we happened to come upon a library on de street we were traveling on. Stopped de cart Luna and I went into de library while Tinkerson, Korah, and de goliath stayed outside.
Dis had to be de most useless library ever. Dere was nothing inside any of de books dere in de library and de librarian said nothing. At least, she said nothing until Luna and I tried to leave. De voice told us that “You must wake up”. And den she repeated it once more as we went outside the library. I got an idea however. We had been creating tings wid our minds supposedly, as we’d been thinking outloud when dese tings had happened. I went back inside and grabbed a book, hiding it inside my robes. As I was walking out for de second time de Librarian spoke to me once more. Dis time she said “Wake the dreamers”.
As I walked outside I immediately interrupted whatever argument was going on by telling dem de same information. Dey didn’t do…anyting really about it other than continue arguing and dats when tings got weird. All around us de same man dat I saw appeared. In alleyways, at de end of de streets, there was a man for every one of us, staring at us silently. We tried to get dem to approach us and dey just ran away.
And den de world shattered and we were falling but…not falling and when we “landed” we were faced wid a group of, perhaps, 20 people all standing dere. Dey spoke to us and said dey were in dere because de plague was still raging and dat de Council would free dem when de time was right. We tried explaining to dem dat the plague was over and dat dere council was likely dead but they repeated de same things.
So as per how our group dynamic works, we told dem to take us to de council. It took some convincing but den we were in some strange room wid odd knobs, levers, pipes, and a large window. After a few minutes de “council” came out of a door on de opposite side of de room and dats when I saw him. I saw de same drecker dat was wid my sister. I didn’t stop staring at him de entire time, no matter who I was talking to. We had a short exchange where I may or may not have told a “god” dat I did not believe in him and den I was hanging outside of a window. It took me a couple swings but I managed to shatter de window, roll, stand, and den de fighting started.
I got hit by a bolt of lightning from the eldest looking one of de group and felt de pain, but my clothes weren’t damaged and though I felt battered and in pain I didn’t see any damage. Dere was a constant pinging in my head, keeping me in constant pain during de entire battle but I was focused on only one thing. Dat man. I had to get to him and make him tell me who he was. It took me several seconds but eventually I managed to get over to him and grapple him and he refused to talk.
At dis point he did something and threw me back quite a far distance until I hit de wall and it hurt a lot. In any case, before I could get to de man again he disappeared and we seemed to have defeated de eldest or dere leader. Without a second though I approached him and dug one of my daggers into his skull in a fit of rage. Standing dere, looming over dis man’s body I knew I wouldn’t get de answers I sought but I wasn’t thinking straight.
And den Luna pulled a lever.
We were falling once again, but not falling in that same breath. It was an odd inky darkness where nothing was there, but you could hear that nothing. And den…
We woke up.
We stumbled out of dese containers, spitting water up, completely naked. In a pile on de floor was all of our clothes and gear. We managed to eventually collect all our of things and den started to explore de place we were at. We all went off in different directions and it seemed like dis was some sort of…warehouse full of dese containers with people in varying state of decay. All of dem were off.
Until I came upon a row of twenty dat were still on. De people in dem were old, decrepit, and barely living. Yet, I remember what de librarian told me. I had to free de dreamers. I opened up de first one, liquid spilled out, and de old man fell out. I caught him in my arms and, before he passed I heard him whisper to me. “Thank you…” They had been trapped there for sprites know how long feeling that same hunger we had felt for only a few hours that might have been weeks out here. I started to go down de line letting each person out, letting them die in my arms, and then setting them slowly to the floor. As I got to de fifth or sixth one Tinkerson found me and told me to stop, dat I was killing dem.
And an argument broke out. Tinkerson argued dat life was precious and dat I shouldn’t be killing dem, and I argued dat dere life was a prison and dat death was release for dem. I reminded him dat I was told to wake the dreamers and he continued to argue against me. As we argued I continued to open de pods one by one, letting each man and woman out of de pods and laying them on the ground. I would have no more of his bickering and toned him out as I did dis. I was in de right here.
Dese people have been trapped here since before de plague. All of dere friends and family had died in dere and dey knew dey were soon. Dey were trapped with immense hunger and thirst, unable to truly live and dat was a prison of de worst kind. Dey had to be freed, to be allowed de escape of death.
And den I spotted in de far corner of de row another tube dat was glowing softly, showing dat it was on. Without a word to Tinkerson I went to it and saw a girl, young and alive, in de tube. Without a thought I opened it.