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Chapter 20 – Store Rooms


Both, Rheill and Karna, remove their, metal helmets as they grab their provisions to eat, that Sana had prepared a few minutes ago.
Next, they, start to get stuck, into their meals, “This, tastes actually good, when combined with the, Screamer Slices!
Now, let me start with my story about my past… since, Rheill, shared his, which was quite a shock to hear!”
She pauses, before continuing to speak, “When, Rheill, was doing those little things, to make me smile. It really, got me thinking about my mother; as I felt, a tingling feeling, close to my heart and she told me that’s how, you know you have found your, true partner, in life and you are in love!”
“Aww, Karna!” said, Sana, as a happy tear, runs down her right cheek, from her beautiful eye.
“Karna, I feel the same way, about you; but, you have, more to tell, right?”
“Yes, thank you… I lost my mother… when I was only, ten years old and I had also. lost my, father, five, years prior to this, I, do not even know, who my father is properly, as he was always, taking trips to distant lands!” She, pauses again and starts to cry, a little, as she misses her mother so much.
She, then continues, “The last day, I saw my father was, the day my mother, told me he had to go to protect the world, by finding a cure to this horrible disease that was spreading over a distant continent. You, all know that we, live on the continent called Aenas; However, there are lands that exist over the sea. Just it has, not been mapped fully yet, as you know how destructive, the sea can be with storms and typhoons. The distant land, which my mother said, he was constantly visiting, was called Eyos, and that he had found, rare herbs. He, used these herbs to brew, special potions, that could cure diseases; but, he never returned… so she, raised me alone, for the next, five years!”
“Karna, that is terrible… do you think, that he possibly, died?” said, Sana, comforting, Karna, wiping her tears away, as she was emotionally, telling the story of her troubled past.
“I, do not know, but my mother, told me to train hard and be strong, as one day; I, might have to defend, the village from other Villages; or evil, not from this world. She, also gave me a potion, which was, apparently from my father… that he gave to her, on the day of his last departure to Eyos. My, mother… also told me; he said to her, for myself to drink this, as it will make me the best fighter in the, land of Rune. I trusted, my mother and father, with my life and drunk it. Therefore, I noticed whilst, I was training and growing up… I, could do things, no other fighter in the village, could do; was my, father, preparing me, for the day Theron, came to Rune!”
Whatever, was in this potion, is simply, extraordinary and it cannot, fall into the hands of the wrong people, either.”

She, takes another bite, into her food, before continuing, her tragic story, “Suddenly, out of nowhere; we were contacted by a pigeon carrier, with a coded letter, wrapped around its, leg to our village, as my father had met already, with the people there. Once, my father heard of the dreaded news, he, wanted to use his medicine, to save those people; he, had such a kind heart, from the stories my mother, always used to read to me, at bedtime. I, honestly, do not think he abandoned me, or my mother, on purpose and something happened to him!”
Karna, pauses and clutches her heart, over her leather armour, and thinks to herself, ‘Mother, why didn’t you tell me the truth… before you died, now, I will never know’
Karna, then continues and shares, what she was just, thinking to, the rest of the group.
“I, think, my mother was hiding something from me and she was going to tell me… but, she died in an attack, by an army of Couatls, about ten, in total… they were much smaller, than the ones, we had fought in this dungeon, earlier. They, strayed, out of the inner, Montoya Jungle, situated to the east, towards the outskirts of Rune. They, killed all, of our men, but the warriors took down, most of them, before I took my sword and shield and defeated the last three, that remained, all by myself, which should have been, impossible for a 10-year-old, girl. We had no one to cure the poison, of the bit victims, so they all died a slow and painful death… Now, only the woman, remained in the village… I left Rune, in the hands of a woman called, Sonja; I trained her to be the new protector of the village, in my absence and here we are today!”
“Such, a moving story, Karna, now, I know why you are so driven… because, of that fateful day, twenty years ago!” said, Rheill, as he lets, Karna, rest on his chest, as he brushes, her, silky, black hair softly.
Next, he whispers into her ear, softly, “We, will find the answers, my love, but please, rest now!”
Karna, drifts, off to sleep slowly as she, keeps on thinking about her parents; but, she eventually is able, to get some shut-eye. The rest of the party sleeps, a lot easier than, Karna, and they, all wake up after, several hours of rest.

Karna, is up first, and she, looks glazed and tired in the, small lighting, which is lit up by, Sana’s, new Illuminant, amulet, “Karna, is everything okay, my love?” asked Rheill.
“Had, a horrible nightmare, of my past… seeing my mother, fall over to a Coautl bite… I was powerless to stop the venom and had to watch her die again, in the middle of my sleep. I, guess talking about it, triggered it again!” she, bursts into tears again, as she says, the last word, as she is unable to control her heart and emotions any longer.
Karna’s emotions were being held so deep, that she joined the quest, to escape from it all; but, she had none nothing of the sort, as it was just pushed aside and was like a volcano, waiting to erupt. So, she finally gives in and uses, Rheill’s love, as a shield, to comfort her and simply, leans against him, to have a good ole, cry.
Rheill, cuddles her tightly, “Let, it all out, Karna… we need you, I need you… you helped me become a better fighter!” he plays with her soft, black hair, to calm her down.
“Oh, what happened?” said a startled, Sana, who was awoken by, Karna’s loud crying.
“Karna, had a terrible nightmare; she, saw images of that dreadful day… twenty, years ago, again!”
“That is terrible, Rheill, please, look after, Karna! We need her, focused… however, it is good for her to let this all out now… she may have been enhanced, by that potion; but, she is a human-being, like all of us!” explained Sana as she wakes up, Isai, who slept despite having a terrible injury put, upon him yesterday.
“Wake up, sleepy!” said, Sana, as she shakes, Isai; he, finally wakes up from his, deep, slumber.
“Oh, is it time to get up, Sana?” he mumbled; meanwhile, Rheill gives, Karna, a kiss on her cheek, after wiping all her tears away.
“You, Know, Karna, you are the strongest woman, I have met. Other, people would have gone into depression, but you are still able to smile and move forwards. Also, you are still, extremely sexy, even, when you are sad!” declared, Rheill; as, he looks, into her eyes, and smiles at her.
Karna, is finally able, to smile again, despite having. lost two important people, in her life, as she is finally, able to realize, that she, has gained another. A, very special person, is now part of her life; it, is her new best friend and boyfriend, Rheill.
He, passes Karna, her Casque ’N Coif, headpiece; she, then places it back on her head. Rheill, then puts his full, basinet, helmet on and grabs his axe; whilst, Karna gets her trusty, sword and her small iron shield.
Isai, is now ready to venture fourth as well armed, with his new staff that he found yesterday and his bow on his back; he seems a lot, better mobility, wise today. Sana, then illuminates the area with her, Ful; rune, so they can see properly in the dark.

“So, we are taking the south, door… right, Karna?” asked, Rheill.
“Yes, dear… we are going clockwise, from the eastern, most door,” replied Karna.
Karna, moves into the front, to resume her duties, “Karna, please take it easy… as I, know it has been an emotional rollercoaster, for you, and you did not sleep very much last night,” said a concerned Isai, as he could tell, by the look, of her eyes.
“I will, be okay, I have all of you, to support me, right… Rheill, made me realize, when he was caressing me, to calm me down, I, don’t have to face this alone, anymore!” explained Karna.
“You, are damn, right, Karna… you, are not alone!” responded, Rheill, as he opens the, reinforced wooden door with the, button.
Next, the rattling of the door, opening vertically, is then heard throughout, the chamber, “A gold coin!” said, Sana, as she spots it, before the dungeon, turns to, the left.
Karna, moves past the, coin and scouts the corridor; she, sees that it, leads onwards, for a little bit and the path branches off, to the east. Rheill, takes the, gold coin, to look after it and places it safely, into his pouch, part of his backpack.
Meanwhile, Karna, approaches an empty, oblong-shaped, alcove, which was situated, just before the, turning to the east, “let’s, move as one, and check both areas quickly… to avoid any ambushes!” declared, Karna.
She, decides to, hastily move down the intersection, as it was a short, passageway and it lead, into an oddly shaped, chamber, with no, apparent exits.
“Hmm, empty, more than meets, the eye… I am sure, let’s check, the other area, Karna!” suggested Sana.
“Yes, Sana, I think, there might be some switches. Oh, there is some jewelry on the floor!” replied, Karna.
“Wait, there could be a trap… that, is just too easy, for us to obtain!” said Isai.
Rheill, starts to investigate the oddly, shaped room and finds no signs of anything unusual; Sana, then reminds, everyone, “There was a hidden, trigger, in the first main area, we explored… when that huge, Couatl, was released on, our way back!”
All of them, hear, the sounds of another. slimey-type, creature, moving about; Karna, tries to pin-point, the exact location, she moves closer to the, eastern wall. Next, she moves towards the, golden necklace, that is conveniently, lying on the ground and points her sword at the wall, “It, is coming from behind this wall; let’s, grab the necklace, quickly. Then, we can explore the other direction; before, we try to work out, how to release this creature and whatever, loot maybe, also contained, behind this wall!” explained, Karna.
Sana, takes, a look at the, golden necklace, which is lying on the floor and she, picks it up to examine, it closer. The, part that fits around the neck, is made from solid, gold. It, also has an opal, for a gem, in the middle of it; where, it would fit on front of the collar-bone. Engraved, into the black area, was some, very small, cryptic text, which only Sana could read, “Gem of Ages!”
“This necklace, contains some magical properties… Isai, you should take this necklace, it contains, healing arts, magical enhancements!” explained Sana, as she finishes scanning the necklace with her, light blue, eyes, that glowed, while she uses this technique.
“That is, so cool, Sana!” said Rheill, excited, by the way her eyes glowed, while identifying.
“It is, pretty, cool, isn’t it!” she replied, chuckling.

Karna, seems to be feeling, much better, as she resumes, her leadership, role. She, leads them down the long passageway, towards the south and it comes to a small, niche. The tunnel, then branches, into a small, rectangular chamber; Suddenly, Karna, shivers, as she spots the torture, manacles on the wall; inside of the niche, on the right, dungeon wall.
“Karna, are you cold?” asked Isai.
“No, look on the wall; I hope, Chaos. doesn’t torture, his victims… that, he had captured, inside of the mirrors, back at the, Hall of Champions. This, frightened, Sana, so much… she, could not sleep alone, at the start of our journey, through this labyrinth; hell, it even scared me, and I don’t get scared easily as other woman do… no disrespect, Sana!”
“None, taken, Karna!” replied Sana.
The, party notices another, lion-headed, water fountain, so they decide to refresh, their thirst, and then refill up, their water bottles, and place them back, inside of their, poaches.
“We, have a locked portcullis, here, it seems!” said, Rheill, as he explores the chamber; since, it was empty again from monsters.
“Watch out, there is toxic, slime on the, southern wall… there is also a new type of crack!” mentioned, Karna.
“I am going to check this, crack… to see if, there is… maybe a button, inside of it!” explained, Sana, being careful, not to get to close, to the slime, outlet, as the crack was situated, on left side of the, closed portcullis.
Sana, could not see, as the crack is, far too dark, within them the grey-scaled, dungeon wall. So, she decides to poke, inside of the hole, with her magical, wand; suddenly, a click happens and the portcullis, rattles open, giving them a lot of treasure.
“Yay, Sana, the best at solving, puzzles… soon she will be the Dungeon Master!” praised, Isai, trying to get past her friendzone, that, she put up only couple nights ago, until the quest, was over.

Karna, walks through, the archway, of the now, opened door and sees three objects, lying on the ground. The, three objects are, another beautiful, sparkling, Sapphire-colored, gem. The second object was a gold, necklace again, but this time it was, carved into the shape of a cross. It also has, shades of limestone, inside of the cross, part. The final item, looked to be, a weapon; after, examining it, more closely, they realize, it is, a mace. It is made from hardwood, with a grey diamond-shaped, metal head, to crush the skulls of opponents, with and it, can be wielded, in one hand.

“Another beautiful Gem… waits, for you say it’s not as beautiful as me again!” mocked, Karna, in a sarcastic tone of voice.
“I, never use the same flattery, lines twice, darling, I have, real game and last time… I, was only telling the truth, Darling!” replied Rheill, sticking his tongue out at her.
Karna, blushes red as a plum, as she is impressed at his prince, charming game; Rheill, then passes her the gem, for her to look after, as a kind gesture.
“Oh, thank you, Rheill!” she said, sweetly.
“Sana, please take my necklace… as I think the cross, would be a better fit?” asked Isai.
“Let me examine, it!” replied Sana, as she does that cool, thing with her eyes again.
“Oh, I missed this, last time!” said, Karna, astonished at the sight, of, Sana’s, glowing, light-blue eyes.
“The Necklace is, pretty much the same… as the one, you are wearing. Just this cross, seems to favor, higher level runes, more. So, this would indeed… be, much more useful, for you; especially, when we learn the runes, for more powerful, healing magic.
“Looks, like it is, your lucky day, Isai, you going to get two, pieces of loot!” said Rheill.
“I, swear to the gods, that’s all you ever think about!” said Karna, teasingly.
“No, I think about other stuff… that is more beautiful, than any, treasure or weapon. You, are going to just have to guess, what it is, Karna!” he replied, mockingly
‘Wow, he is, so charming… I, wish we was a lone right now!” thought, Karna, quietly to herself, as her heart was pounding, thinking about a certain, Barbarian.
“Are you, Okay!” Karna, whispered, Sana, as she moves away from the group… as she noticed, Karna, holding onto her heart.
“I am fine, I am, just smitting over, Rheill… because, he is so charming…” Whisper Karna, not wanting the guys to hear.
“You guys, are too much sometimes… I am going to give you the staff, Sana; unless, you want to use the wand instead?”
“Give, it to me anyway… I, can put it over my back; it, gives me chance to melee, anything that gets through, which rarely happens as, Karna, is brilliant at her job!”
“Aww, thank you, Sana!”
Isai, hands over, the staff to, Sana. He, then picks up the mace and wields as a crushing weapon; the party now, has a thrusting weapon, slashing and crushing for all types of foes.
They then decide to backtrack, back to strange room, where they could hear the movement of another, swamp slime slithering around behind one of the, grey-scaled, dungeon wall.

They, noticed another empty alcove, as they entered the room, “So, let’s examine the place a bit more closely!” suggested, Sana, in her infinite, wisdom.
Karna, starts searching the walls near, where they entered the chamber, “Nothing, here, any luck on other sides of the room?” asked Karna.
“Nothing over on the right side, either!” replied Isai.
“Also, nothing on this side either, it has, to be… near you, Sana!” said Rheill.
“Yes, here it is… another really, small crevice-type, crack that we saw in the Vault, this time I, just happened look in right area!” stated, Sana, to the others.
“Guys, going to push it, get your weapons out!” said, Sana, as she presses, the small crevice-type, button and suddenly the movement of the walls could be heard.
It shook the room, it was so loud, as the top most, western wall opened, up and one behind her; although, no monsters attacked, them as the slime, was still contained, inside the eastern wall.
Meanwhile, Karna is ready with her sword overhead, in her fighting stance, “Oh, I got all ready, to kick that swamp slimes ass, there has… to be, more switches inside, these concealed sections, we just opened up!” Suggested, Karna.
“Yes, there are two, new switches. I, do not know… which one, we should push first, one, could easily be a trap!” mentioned, Isai.
“We, have no way of knowing… there is no text!” butted in Rheill into the conversation.
“Screw it… I, am just going to push, the one behind me!” declared, Sana, as she pushes the, same small switch, behind her.
“Strange, I see no change at all!” said, Karna, getting a little annoyed, then remembers not get angry at small things and calms down, “I, will push the other, switch then!”
Suddenly, the thunderous, sound of the dungeon wall, opens, up next, to Karna; She, jumps in freight, for a second and swings her sword.
“Karna!” yelled Rheill and consoles her, “It is, just the wall, sweetie and lucky, none of us was, close!”
“I am… so sorry… it, scared me… I, could have killed one of you. I. am just scared of sudden, loud noises ever since my childhood!” explained, Karna.
“It, is okay, just be more careful, in the future, you are not alone here!” said Isai.

“You, can talk, Isai… you almost shot me with an arrow, yesterday in the head, I almost forgot to deal with you about that… Thanks for being rude to me. It really, jogged my memory… I did not get single apology, from you either, least I apologize when I screw up!” said, Karna, angrily.
“Wow, stop it… both of you, now!” shouted Rheill, he sees, Karna is fuming and grabs her by the shoulders, gently to calm her down, as he knows, she is very unstable right now.
“Time, to play peacekeeper, Isai, apologize to, Karna, for almost shooting her. Karna, then I want you to hug him, so we can move on, we don’t have time for petty squabbles… it, is exactly what, Chaos, would want, right now!” stressed Sana
“I, am sorry… you almost got hit by my arrow yesterday, Karna!”
“Apology accepted, come give me a big hug, it is your only chance, as my cuddles, belong to Rheill!” she replies, and embraces, Isai, closely, she smiles at him.
‘Why is, Karna, being so moody and then friendly… is it a love, and hate relationship?’ Isai, thought to himself.
“Thank you, Sana!” said Rheill.

“Rheill, it was nothing now… let’s get back to what, we were doing here. It, looks like the north-east part of the wall, opened as well!” said Sana.
“Let’s push the closest, button first and see what happens?” asked, Rheill.
“No, I think the other one, opens it, these are like a combination of buttons!” said, Sana.
“Please, explain more, Sana!” asked Karna.
“Okay, this puzzle works like this… only, one button opens the area, we are trying to, get into. Remember, when, I pushed the second switch, nothing happened. Why, do you think this is?” explained Sana.
“Hmm, the first switch toggled, two walls opened. So, Sana, you are saying that the wall must have been open so the switch, was an empty mechanism?” answered, Isai.
“Yes, that is exactly why, and I, think the last switch, was a toggle one, which opens the wall and if you press it again, it will close it. However, it seems very strange that, Chaos, would design it to have a toggle and an open switch-type. You, would think it would be a toggle and close version. It, was simply to make it look more complexed… than, it actually is!”
“Guys get ready for combat, Sana is a real genius!” praised, Karna.
Sana, Pushes the button in the North, west and a passageway opens, up to the east of the room, which took a sharp, ninety-degree turn to the right. Suddenly, the swamp slime, slithers around the corner; Karna, lets the Swamp, Slime come into main room and then engages it with her sword and small, Iron shield.

Karna, moves in and makes the, slime entity turn towards her, this forces it to change direction and look away from the others. Next, it lunges with a venomous bolt, but Karna, swerves her body to right in a sexy motion and it flies into wall, exploding.
Karna, see the particles and quickly jumps backwards; unfortunately, it now faces Sana, Rheill and Isai, “Spread out… It, will then only shoot at one person, then we can just chop it down!” explained Karna.
Rheill, approaches the creature with speed and malice, lifting his axe over his head and slashes down on the swamp slime; but, it somehow predicts him coming and moves out of the way and he strikes the ground. The impact, rocks Rheill and knocks him down making him vulnerable, “Rheill!” yelled, Karna, as she stands between him and the creature, “You, will not harm, him… you must go through me if you want to touch him!” In an angry voice, her hazels eye glow with fury, that the party has never seen.
“Isai, shoot him!” yelled Rheill as he gets back to his, feet!”
“I, freaking hate these, creatures as I, cannot do anything, to them magically as I only have poisonous runes. Although, I can do this!” shouted, Sana as she smacks it with the staff hitting from the right side.
The slimy minion, then turns its gaze towards, Sana; as, Isai, shoots it, in the back with a well-placed arrow. Rheill, returns to his vertical base, this time he, controls his barbarian rage, using the advice of his true love, Karna. Both, Karna, and Rheill, strike down the slimy monster as, Karna, strikes with a thrust to the back of the blue tentacles. With, Rheill, following, after her with a massive slashing attack, that takes off the blue tentacles completely forcing the monster to turn into nothing but a pile highly toxic slime; the magic of the dungeon floor prevents it from melting it.
The party stands victorious again, with, Karna, showing no fear when it comes to combat and she put her life on the line to save, Rheill.
He embraces her to say thank, you and no words were even needed as she rests her head on his shoulder, but she still utters these soft, words “I, will not lose you… I, already lost everything almost before!” she sobbed.

They, then follow the new path, as it traverses, into a square room, there is a dagger on the floor and some more mail aketon that they had seen before. However, Rheill, still needed the hosen, foot mail, “Rheill, we can now have matching boots!” said Karna, happily.
‘This journey, is going be interesting now, we have an unstable protector… one minute she is sad the next she is happy. She keeps on flirting with me… giving, me hugs and winks… this is not normal!’ thought Isai, again not being around woman half his life, just cannot read a woman at all.
Rheill, removes his black, leather boots and places the hosen, foot plate on each leg, one at a time, providing the added protection from, low attacks.
“Let’s head back to the main room… this was a bit disappointing after trying, to get in here… although, the mail was needed for Rheill, we did get 2 amulets, a mace, a golden coin and another gem. I, assume this gem… is needed again for something, or maybe it is just, treasure!” said Sana.

They, then head back to the main, room and get ready to tackle, the last two rooms.
“Next, room is, the western door… let’s, just rest for a few minutes. We, will eat after we explore this one, unless it takes long like the Couatl area.” declared Karna.
“Close that door also, before we head into the next one, we want this area secure!” stressed, Isai, as he presses the button to close the southern, door the main room of this level.
They, then head over to the western, reinforced wooden door; Karna opens it using her sword to press the button; to be smart and show her precision with a blade.
The dungeon, turns, sharply to the left, as they follow the corridor, it turns rights into a massive, chamber and they are amazed, at what they see in front of them.

All of them, see a load of vortexes; but, they don’t suck them in, like the very first teleporter, that they came across, on level two of the dungeon.
“Oh, now this is a puzzle we have never seen, before never seen anything like this in Magika!” said, Sana, excited at the site of all the blue haze teleporters.
“So, Sana what do we do here?” asked Isai.
“Why are you, asking me… I may have solved them in past… it does not mean I, know the answers for everything” replied, Sana.
“I, have experienced this, before, they are simply teleporters!” explained Karna.”
“So, let’s see where they go, and if we have go through lots… we, will use bread trails, we can break up one loaf of bread, we have more than enough food. It would be catastrophic if we got lost and could not get back out!” said Sana.
“Oh, gosh a horrible way to die… starvation, slow and painful!” stated Isai, Rheill remained quiet, just adoring, Karna’s, figure.
She, notices it and starts to flaunt her goods a little, bit and smiles at him; before, opening her mouth, “Well, let’s get started then, shall we… let, me go first?”

Karna, moves and thinks to herself, ‘hmm, going to choose right every, single time!’ as, she steps into the first vortex, she is teleported with a magical force, out of this world.
Karna, ends up in south, eastern part of the dungeon in between, three more, blue hazed, Vortexes.
She, spots another Mirror of dawn on the floor, and shouts, “I, found another Mirror… I, will take it and try to see… where else I, can go!”
Sana, “We, should never, split up… however, this is, a confusing, puzzle and we don’t want to injure people, teleporting on top of each other,” yelled, Sana, back at, Karna.
Karna, takes the right vortex again and appears in the north, western part of the large chamber surrounded by again, three more vortexes.
Karna, spots a dart, lying on the floor. She, then bends down to pick it up and places it in her backpack. Next, Karna, decides to choose right again as that what she thought about in her mind before she enter the first vortex.
“Oh, Karna you are back!” said, Rheill, startled as she appears, magically in front of him.

“It, seems I, chose a wrong vortex… after getting this, dart!” replied Karna, as she hands over the dart to Sana.
“I, think this is poisonous… we should use it maybe to weaken, living creatures that we may encounter deeper in the dungeon?” suggest Karna.
“I, will keep this. Although, I have rain clouds to use… we may need it… for a pressure-plate, type puzzle!” explained Sana.
“So, choosing right everytime did not work… it, was something I, just planned out of nowhere. There, has to be some kind of logic to this or we need to use bread trails, as you suggested earlier, Sana!” declared, Karna.
“Karna go the exact same way, but choose a different direction, on the one that returned you to us. Also, please place different size, bread crumbs in the areas you end up!”
“Okay, Sana, this will help, me figure out how to get us, to the other side… if, there is another side!” said, Karna, she takes the slice of bread, from, Sana, so she can easily create the crumbs.

Karna, then goes, straight back into the blue portals, and breaks part of the bread into different sizes; for, each part of the entrance. She, takes the right vortexes again, each time repeating the process, until she arrives back to where she got teleported back to everyone. Karna, decides to go with left, after she has bread crumbs, set up in each different way.
This time she does not, appear back with the others, and she appears in the north, eastern part of the room; as she turns left she notices a different exit for the first time.
“Well… these, bread crumbs are helping… I, made some progress. It looks like I, know exactly where, we need to go… but, it is finding the right portals to get there!” shouted, Karna, loudly as her voice echoes throughout, the chamber.
She, breaks more of the sliced-bread, ‘damn it… I, hate to waste food, but we have no choice’ she thought to herself as she places it in different shapes again, to keep her bearings. The compass that was found in the secret area; has become so valuable on solving this puzzle. She messes up twice and has repeat from start again, both times, she growls, ‘Grrr, have to keep restarting… This is freaking annoying… I, hate repeating stuff, I know I need to work on my patience, but this is not the time for it!’
She finally, picks the correct way, by going south and she appears in the centre of the room; the others now can see her and wave, “Oh… hi there!” she said and then speaks again, “So I have four choices… I, may have restart, three more times!” she said shrugging as she sprinkles more crumbs, to help her remember the incorrect portals.
“Come on Karna… you are doing well, keep your anger under control, like I, you been teaching me!” said Rheill.
Rheill’s, words sunk into her heart… and she stays as calm as the sea, with no gales, as she messes up three times.
Karna, is, able to remember, as she has a good memory of visual stuff. She, finally arrives at the top most, western part, but diagonally to the other side she had been to. So, she instantly knew, there was only two directions; It, could possibly be.
She puts her right hand onto her busty chest… to, feel her heart beat and choose the way for her; which, was the eastern portal and she appears in the room.
“Yes, I solved it now to go back and get them to follow!”
Karna, returns to the party and gets them to follow as they all arrive inside of the, new room.

“Let’s take a, two-minute break, for you to rest your feet, Karna. Plus, there is water here!” as Sana spots the lion-headed, water fountain, perfectly carved into the south, western, corner of the weirdly, shaped-oblong room. There is also a portcullis, situated on eastern, wall as Karna swiftly draws her sword as she sees; yet another Couatl, on the other side of the square-holed door.
“Isai, use your bow, through the holes of the door. I, know earlier… I, said last time we should fight like men, and you got angry Karna. These, are very dangerous and we have an easier way of dispatching it!” said, Rheill.
“I, let it slide remember… but, I am going stab him through the bars as well from right side… shoot, your arrows from the left!” replied Karna.
“Well, Karna, I can use melee range as well… as, it will be a lot easier to get my arrows through the holes, this way. There is absolute, no chance it can bite us, through these holes… but, we need to beware… it can grab us, while trying hit it on the other side!” explained Isai, in response to, Karna’s, plan.

Karna and Isai move in on their, assigned sides; the Couatl, shrieks at, Karna… she, shows no fear as she knows how to defeat them much better now and she is the Couatl’s worst nightmare, thanks to that dreadful day.
She watches, the Couatl’s movements closely; as Isai, draws back his bow and lets, loose an arrow that connects into neck area of the scaly, Coautl. The arrow sticks through it, it screams in pain as, Karna tries to stab it through the door, it moves backwards out of her reach, “Fire another, Isai… it is hurt!” Karna then moves out of the way allowing, Sana to move instead and she channels a poisonous rain cloud that prevents it moving east… though this made it more difficult for Isai to shoot the Coautl. Sana, was unable to get angle to place it south locking its position behind the, portcullis.
“Damn it… I, was trying keep, it close to the door,” said, Sana.
Isai, is able hit it in the mouth. However, shockingly it had enough strength to catch it and it spits arrow on the floor, “Screw, this!” yelled Karna as she opens the door and goes into melee range away from venom pouring down at the eastern wall.
The Coautl lunges at the shield maiden of Rune, she blocks his attack and the shield slams it in injured neck, “how is it still breathing, that arrow went right through it is windpipe!” said Sana in despair.
“Karna move to right!” yelled Rheill as he shows, unimaginable power as she throws his two-handed, axe right into the yellow, scaly body and the Coautl is hurt.
“Don’t take this personal… but, I hate your type, now… after what you did twenty years, ago and injuring, Isai. Your, kind will not do it again… not on my watch, time to simply die!” as Karna, swings her sword with all might she could muster, chopping the injured neck, in half. The Couatl’s, head lies motionless on the stony, ground, as the body slithers down beside it; meanwhile, Sana stops channeling her toxic, rain cloud.

She, then goes to stab it repeatedly, as she sees flashbacks of her childhood. Rheill quickly grabs her and shakes her by her shoulders forcing her drop her sword, and weep again.
“Karna, its, okay now… we do not blame you for acting this way, they killed half your village and your mother!”
“I am so sorry… I, am having a hard time, controlling my emotions around these serpents!” as she clutches onto Rheill tightly and then picks up her sword and sheathes it away.
“Look, a deep pit… blocks our exit from this room and there is no way across it!” said Isai.
“Isai, there is a freaking lever here… you, numbskull!” replied Sana.
“Wait, Sana… I, see a pressure pad as well on the other side, but it’s in a weird spot… as we can easily throw the object over the top of it!” explained, Karna.
“Okay… let’s not waste, more time… push the lever its right here, and see what happens!” said Rheill to Sana.
“It is too easy… but, logic tells me this is in reach the other mechanism. is not.” replied Sana and then both, Karna and Isai, node in agreement.
Sana, presses down the lever and it closes the pit, allowing them to progress further south; some cryptic text, is on the right dungeon wall, that could faintly be seen in the distance.
“Before you, step on that pressure, plate… make sure everyone is across!” demanded, Karna.

Karna’s instincts, could not have been more spot on, “Don’t step backwards, or look… Karna, I know you are afraid of heights!”
“Oh, gosh!” replied, Karna as she moves ahead for her own well, being.

They come to a junction with two wooden doors; the one on the eastern direction, has a square button, to operate it. The door on the western route has no button and can only be cut through with an axe or sword… or, opened via a mechanism.
“What, does the text, say!” asked Isai.
Sana, reads the text out aloud, ‘Store, Rooms!’
“So, this must be the main store rooms of the treasure Stores!” said Rheill getting excited for treasures again and Karna, zips his lips with her finger
Sana, chuckles as, Rheill moves, Karna’s, finger away and looks at her and simply smiles; he, then opens his mouth to speak again, “We should go through the button, operated door first!” suggested Sana.
“I agree as we won’t be able to close them again if there are any monsters concealed inside this door!” replied Karna.

Karna opens the wooden door, she enters through it in combat stance; they, arrive in a junction, and the right direction lead to a dead end. The entourage follows the corridor and finds another niche to the right, as they walk north. All of them continue onwards, then then come to an intersection to the right and a small turning to the left that did not go anywhere, but they come in, contact with another swamp slime.

“The hell… it, was in the dead-end… waiting for us!” Karna, shoves everyone out the way and rolls out the way as it tries to grab her with its light, blue tentacles. Karna, rolls backwards and back onto her feet, as it shoots a bunch of toxic bolts… at, her as she lied on the ground, and the venom, almost splashes onto her leather. The horrific sound of it burning the stony floor could be heard; yet the ground remained un-melted.
“Damn, that was close… great reactions, Karna!” said Isai.
“We, are not out of the woods yet, we have very little space this time!” said Karna.
“Karna, we have to check what’s behind those, wooden doors… so, let’s just run back there and see what is inside… while, it chases us!”
“Yes, Sana, a great idea we can shut the slime out and clear the room if anything is there!” replied Karna.
The, slime moves slowly towards them, as they have no choice but to wait patiently as they did not want to risk being melted, or poisoned by the venom. Rheill, cuts through the door; whilst, Karna, lies in wait around the corner.
“The room is empty let’s use the first storeroom as our battleground!” said Rheill as he motions Karna and everyone to hide behind, the walls as the door contained a small, rectangular room.
The slime comes through the door and Rheill and Karna hit a perfect grand cross, preemptive strike. Sana and Isai, add even more devastation to the attack, as they follow up with an arrow from Isais bow. Next, Sana grabs a dagger from her quiver and throws it at the slimey, fiend as Karna and Rheill side step to the left avoiding the projectiles; the Swamp, Slime did not stand a chance.

“Nice Work, Rheill!” praised Karna, as he saw he put this plan together.
“Now leave the stuff here and check, the rest of that corridor first, as the treasure or items are not going anywhere!” said Isai.
“Good point, Isai!” replied Karna as she leads them back to where they were surprised more than an ambush.
They, follow the corridor to the east, and it turns to the north; no scenery, but the grey-scaled walls could be seen. The dungeon, then takes a turn to left leading to an intersection to the right and another dead end, similar, to the one that they found, the Swamp Slime in.
“Nothing… but, two dead-ends!” said Karna, frustratingly.
“Yeah, Karna… a waste of time… but, better to check all the dungeon for upgrades!” said Rheill.
“Let’s head back and see what goodies are, in that room!” replied Isai.
They, arrive back at the room that looks to be a store room as they find several items, lying on the floor.

There is, another shiny, golden coin laying on the floor, next to rabbit’s foot, “Rabbits feet are meant to provide luck… but, it’s just a superstitious, story my mother… used, to tell me back, in Magika!” explained Sana as she takes it and places it inside of her backpack.
“On that note… I, will explain more about my lifestyle, as Isai only asked me about my problem solving… now it is time to tell you everything as Karna, shed tears about hers. Mine is not as sad or tragic… if, not the opposite… I, just want to protect my people as well, like Rheill and Karna.
“I will tell you more as well, when we eat… as, you were training when I told, only Sana!” replied Isai.
“Take, the golden coin… Karna, you have the other one, right?” asked Sana.
Karna nods her head up and down, as she picks the coin up. Both Andy and Karna then chop through the second wooden door that was situated on the western side, of the room; it was same door as the other one.
They, come to another storeroom, which had another blue sparkling gem, in the colour of a sapphire. They see more blue, poisonous darts, which were short and had blue flights carved into the top of them. There was another full, helmet, also lying on the floor; although, the party had no need for it as they had two, powerful helmets already.
“Rheill, take the other gem, since you love treasure!” said Karna mockingly.
“I, will take the darts and use these for ranged fights, until I find better magic than this, or maybe on the next floor there are monsters I can channel, my stronger poison bolts at!” explained Sana.
“So, now let’s go make camp… back, in the main room and we will have some bread slices, mixed in with Cheese, apple and corn, with some screamer slice juice, like first fruity meal we shared together!” explained, Sana
“Makes sense we opened that bread to get here, least heading back will be much faster!” replied, Karna.
“Yeah… and I, am very eager… to hear your story, as I missed most of it, last time!” said Rheill.
The party, all make it back to middle room, as they see it is the hub of the floor and Sana, prepares the food she talked about earlier.

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2 responses to “Book 1 – Journey to Tomb of the Firestaff, – Chapter 20”

  1. Chris R. says:

    Great work! Chapters 19 and 20 were my favourites so far. The change from the action scene with the coutal, the blossoming romance between Karna and Rheill, and then the discussion of Karna’s back story…I loved the mix of content, it is really drawing me in to the dungeon!

    Actually I started reading this a long time ago, but I got as far as you had written and then I think you took a short break? No problem of course, I’m happy to wait for updates, I know they take time!

    • Natasha says:

      I am writing more soon, I had little bit of writers block, but i know what I want from chapter 21 now. I also didn’t want give away too much back story early because this will be more than one book so I need be little careful with that. I may leak a little more on second draft earlier, but keeping the details minor, just to keep reader to feel for characters more.my goal is finish book, by next year.

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