After they awake Karna, rubs her hand over Rheill’s forehead to check he is okay and does not have a fever or any side effects from the anti-venom potion, “Are you okay now, Rheill?” asked Karna afterwards.
“Yes, thank you, honey,” replied Rheill as he gives her a good morning kiss not caring about Sana and Isai watching; Karna kisses him back and says, “I will bring my awareness up to an even greater feat, today!” explained Karna.
“No, Karna, you were already holding off two worms already. It was just that two new ones came and this is where we need to help you; you cannot see everything that goes on all the time!” replied Rheill.
“You are too sweet, Rheill, but maybe you are right!” answered Karna.
“Yes, we will try to warn you also from the back, since we can see more being at a ranged perspective,” said Sana as she illuminates the area with her Ful Rune.
“We have these four worms lying here. Maybe we can use these as a source of food?” asked Isai.
“Hmm, let’s try cutting them up. Sana, your dagger is still sticking in the side of one of them, here you go,” said Karna as she passes the dagger back to her.
Next, Karna and Rheill chop the worms up into Worm rounds and they pack it inside Isai’s backpack as Sana’s is still full of Screamer slices, “Okay, let me taste a little bit of these Magenta Worm rounds to check it is okay to eat; also, Isai please prepare me an anti-venom potion in case their bodies are poisonous as a precaution,” suggested Karna in a gentle tone.
“Here you go, Karna, I can make this as many times as I want as longs as we have empty flasks and we have three of them so far. Let us hope that we can find more and I can prepare these in advance, before very dangerous and large encounters. I will always have two anti-venom potions made and ready from now on; that way if you or Rheill do get hit again by the Magenta worms you can quickly drink the antidote,” explained Isai.
Karna checks her arm and she sees the scar is slowly healing up, but she is unaware if it was natural or from VI, cure wounds potion.
“I am taking a bite now from the Worm rounds to see if it is okay, but I do highly suggest we use the older Screamer slices first as the food is older and we do not want it to rot and go to waste.” said Karna as she takes a bite into one of them,
Nothing happens to Karna so they leave the anti-venom potions alone and keep them ready for more Magenta Worms, “Seems the food is not poisonous, but it tastes horrible, but we will have no choice once the Screamer slices do run out and all the other food that we have in our possession. I will keep this Worm round since I already ate most of it, I will have this as my meal give the rest Screamer Slices please, Sana,” said Karna softly.
“Sure, Karna, and you are brave to eat something you do not like, ha, ha,” said Sana.
“Well you guys, might like them it’s just too sour for me, ha, ha!” said Karna laughing back.
“We have four water bottles everyone take a drink from it, but do not drink too much I have not seen a single water source on this level so far,” said Isai.
Rheill is quiet and just eats his food as he thinks about Karna and their special three kisses that they shared over the last eight hours. Meanwhile Karna answers Isai, “Yes, we need to be careful with that, hopefully the next level has more of those lion-headed fountains!”
All of them finish eating their Screamer slices and take some swigs from their water bottles and place them back inside their backpacks and get up, “Follow me guys and girls to the door, I think I can remember the way,” declared Karna.
Karna leads the way back to the wooden door with the semi-circular widow on the top, which had the small button etched into the right of it, “This is as far as me and Isai got yesterday,” stated Karna.
“Let us open it up and see what is inside, I guess,” Asked Rheill.
Karna presses the button and the door opens, up automatically as usual and they see a small room, which is squared, but with a little niche to the south. Inside of the room there are two old, dusty yellow scrolls laying on the ground in the north-eastern corner of the room, “Two scrolls here!” said Rheill.
Before they pick them up; they check the room further and see another door that looks exactly, the same as the one that they had just entered through.
“Close the door we came in and we have a nice safe area for the time being,” mentioned Isai.
Rheill presses the button on the door that they came into this small room and it closes sealing the party inside. Sana reads the first scroll out loud to the group, “The Runes (Oh) and (Ven), will allow the magic-user to cast a cloud of poison. This will take me some time as it is two new runes to learn instead of just the one; Isai this second scroll is for you, I will let you read it.”
Sana passes Isai the second scroll, which he takes and opens it up and starts reading it to everyone, “The two Runes, (Ya) and (Bro), will create a magical shield potion. This will not take me long to master it as I already know these two Runes; it is simply a different combination as the anti-venom potion is VI and Bro.”
“Well, we should open this door and continue or would you like some time to learn this Poison cloud spell, Sana?” asked Karna.
“No, it is fine to continue; I will learn as we explore,”
“I will open up the door then, be ready,” declared Rheill.
Rheill pushes the button and the door opens, up and the pathway further into the level is now revealed. However, they could not see much as the passage took a twist to the right so that they could only see the wall, the passage then turns to the left after that. They enter it and then they see an empty alcove on the wall directly in front of them after taking the right-handed turn. The corridor then takes another turn to the left and leads to a passageway that is about fifty paces long. The pathway then turns again to their left, but the entourage cannot see any more without moving forwards and investigating the long passageway. All of them walk forwards down the corridor and look around the left turning and see that there is a larger area, a chamber. After entering. into the chamber, there is some grass, which is somehow growing in ground in a section of the chamber that is on left wall near a turning that heads off to the west. There is also a passageway that leads to the right and looks like it turns to the left. Also, a pathway leading directly in front of them; this appears a long way into the distance as they are all standing in the southern area of the chamber, “How can grass even grow on this stony floor? ” asked Sana.
“It is much like the green house area we found on level 2?” replied Isai.
“Karna, did you see something move?” asked Rheill.
“No, Rheill, you must be seeing a ghost, ha, ha!” replied Karna teasingly.
“Something is here, Karna, look it is a green figure it is very feint!” shouted Rheill.
Rheill was indeed right as when he shouted he attracted a green, sparkling figure. The sparkling, green figure slowly hovers towards them; it moves without even walking it has bright crimson, red eyes and it starts to glow. It moves silently not making a single sound as it gets closer to them.
“It is a Ghost!” yelled Sana.
“How do you know, Sana?” asked Rheill.
“Remember I was trying to explain this before when we found that spell that should defeat them, but I have not mastered the EW Rune properly so I do not know if it will work!” explained Sana.
Karna moves in and wields her sword and wooden shield; she thinks to herself, ‘if it can touch us then we can destroy it.’ Alas, this was not the case at all as Rheill moves in and tries to strike it from behind, his Axe goes right through it; he quickly sees this and shouts at Karna before he nearly kills her by chopping her with his axe, “KARNA! BLOCK NOW!”
Luckily, she has reflexes like a viper and already saw the axe coming and held her shield up and blocks Rheill’s axe with ease and Rheill damages her wooden shield.
However, she was not impressed, “Rheill What the hell!?” Screamed Karna, angrily in the heat of the moment, not realizing his strike went right through the Green Ghost.
“Sorry, Karna, it went right through it; we are in serious trouble… we need to retreat back to the room and shut the door until we can think of a solution; or a way to stop this damn thing!” replied Rheill.
“I agree, I need to practise this Rune,” declared Sana.
The green Ghost’s eyes suddenly begin to glow, although, Karna holds her shield in front of her face up preventing whatever it was trying to do, as she walks backwards, “Run everyone, it is trying to do something with its eyes, and I am not risking it by looking into its, red ember-like eyes!” declared Karna, firmly.
She then runs back with the rest of party as Rheill shuts the door behind her.
“Okay, I am practising the rune right now!” explained Sana.
Suddenly, the sparkling, green Ghost moves through the door; it is like the Ghost is not of this world, but it is truly an ethereal entity.
“The ghost has come through the door! Watch out for it’s red eyes, do not look at it!” said Karna forcefully to the rest of them.
Next, Karna stands her ground and moves in front of the party and holds up her shield protecting them from the ghosts’ gaze.
“Sana cast the spell now!”
Sana mumbles the words of the EW Rune. After the words were spoken she lets loose a purple, magical projectile, which flies through, the air and it strikes the green, ghostly figure and then the ghost suddenly vanishes in a small puff of grey, coloured smoke.
“Great job, Sana!” said Karna praisingly as she then gives her a friendly hug.
“Thank you, Karna, which was very sweet of you. We now know how to defeat these green, sparkling Ghosts as well; this spell is the only method so far, but we could find other means later possibly?” queried Sana.
“That is possible, Sana,” replied Isai jumping into the conversation.
“Sana, we will use your method until then. I am sure you will get better at it; also, how well are you doing with the poison cloud spell?” asked Rheill.
“Pretty, well, I should be able cast it very soon, hopefully by our next battle,” replied Sana.
“Shall we move on?” suggested Karna.
They all nod in agreement to Karna’s suggestion and they decide to leave the room again, shutting the door behind them. They soon arrive back at the spot where they had met the Ghost, “Which way do we go? I think the area to the north is like the area we fought the Screamers earlier on this floor where it goes around in a circle. So, let us check this way first,” asked Isai.
“Okay, sounds good,” replied Karna.
They head directly north and see a crack on the ground, but that is all it was. The grey-scaled walls then take a turn to the right and indeed it did go around in circle; Isai’s memory is serving to be very helpful asset to the party as he remembers a lot more than the others do. There was another floor grating on the ground at the end of the right side of the squared-circled area that went around the single column.
“Looks like we have to traverse to the left and continue on that way,” said Rheill.
“Yes, dear, let’s make haste so we can cover a lot of ground, before we have to eat and drink again. We still have not seen another water fountain on this level; it is too far to backtrack to the second level now. So, we have, to make sure this water lasts and pray there are more fountains on the next level,” explained Karna.
“Yes, Karna, we have travelled far it would take several hours to just get back to the water fountain and fill our water-bottles back up; not to mention, we will then waste the same amount of time just getting back to this spot,” declared Sana.
They now set off down the only other way, which they have yet to explore. They then come to more empty alcoves, which kind of annoys Rheill as he speaks, “What is with these empty alcoves; is Chaos mocking us again?” said an angry, Rheill.
“Calm down, Rheill, do not fall into his hands and become unfocused,” replied Karna.
Karna’s words then soothe his anger and they move on around the corner and come to a right-handed intersection.
“Leave the intersection for now, there is a small way that lies straight ahead; it looks like another squared room that goes nowhere. Hmm, although, it could contain something inside for us; like food or weapons?” queried Isai.
“Okay, Isai, we can always come back anyway; if that way is the correct way,” replied Sana.
Karna makes eye contact with Sana and smiles in agreement. The party, then heads straight on ignoring the intersection for now. Isai was spot on with his description; it was a squared-room that leads to absolutely, nowhere. There were also no objects or anything laying around on the floor.
“Back we go then to the intersection,” said Karna.
Karna takes point and leads them back and they then traverse the passageway, which then takes a ninety-degree turn to the right. They take the turning and then realize the corridor breaks away into a larger chamber that has one exit to the right, but two small sections to their left. There is nothing in here other than the normal dull grey-scaled walls and ceiling of the dungeon.
“Let’s keep going… it sure has been quiet up until this part, not a single monster, this is very strange,” mentioned Sana being cautious.
“Agreed Sana,” replied Isai.
“Yes, especially as the start of this level had Screamers, Rock-piles, a Giant wasp and four Magenta Worms in very close, vicinity together,” responded Karna.
They follow the chamber towards the exit, which was to the right of it. There was a horrid odour as two of the walls had slime leaking out of it; they all hold their noses and move past it as hastily as they could. Next, they all come to a left-handed turn and they follow it round into another small area; this time there is a similar face of some, kind of demon on the wall.
It scares Sana who screams suddenly, when she sees it; Isai quickly comforts her with his arms and words, “It is only a face on the wall, Sana it cannot hurt you!”
“Thank you, Isai it just startled me that is all,” replied Sana.
“Come on, you two, let get a move on,” said Rheill.
Karna directs them with hand signals as they move out of the chamber to their left and they then come to an area with many different paths. One pathway leads to the right and past a left turning shortly after the dungeon wall, which they are looking at. The left path leads to a turning that turns to the right.
“Hmm, this could be one of those singular-type of column walls again and the passageway going to the right is simply the way out; unless there is a pathway round the other side. It is hard to see from here,” suggested Isai.
“Yes, let’s just check all, of the pathways anyway and remember this spot here; it is a nice spot to retreat to if we meet any hostile forces,” replied Sana.
Rheill marks the wall with an X with his axe so they remember this spot, Karna begins to speak, “Well, shall we go left then?”
“Whatever you choose, I will follow,” replied Rheill.
Karna simply smiles at Rheill and looks at the others for approval.
“Karna. look to your heart and let it choose the way,” stated Sana.
“Okay, my heart says to go this way, so it is decided,” replied Karna
They follow Karna, behind closely, they see that the passage leads to a left turning and, also it leads back around to the right around the wall in the middle so it was a single grey-scaled wall.
The entourage continue onwards to the left and follow the passage around a right-handed turn that turned ninety-degrees it comes to a dead end; however, there is small intersection to the left.
All of them move up towards the right turning and see it is a small niche. Although, inside it a small shield laying on the ground. This shield is smaller than Karna’s wooden shield and it is slightly larger than the wooden buckler they found though; it is made out, of metal and offers more protection. However, her wooden shield is also a little bit damaged; she decides to take the new, small shield as her new shield and disregards her old and damaged wooden shield.
“let’s head back and take the other passageway, your heart was right to choose this way you got a nice, new shield!” said Sana.
Finally, they make it back to that spot and traverse their way through it and see a golden lock on the wall and some encrypted text to the right of it. Sana, deciphers it and reads it out aloud, “Short Cut!”
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