Symbaroum - Descent into Ambria

Lost Girl - Entry 8

The new and improved personal Journals of Saraethia the Changling

Reading the logs of the people on that ship have made me think I should probably write more, especially given the fact that things keep happening to us. It would be too easy for someone to come stumbling along on this and not have clue one what happened to us.

We got to the port city. It was… it should have been everything we’d hoped for until Glennis realized that their fire elementals were slaves. I get it, no one should be a slave, but there were thousands of them, this isn’t like convincing farmers not to scrape dust from the wings of moths. This is a whole city of people learning to do things all over because they’ve had other things to do it for them.

They called a trial basically to decide how and why we believed this, then they questioned us separately and asked so many questions about who we are and what we believe and think about things. I probably only made them trust us less. I can’t blame them, I mean I don’t trust them either. Trusting strangers is how you get dead.

After all of that they decided we were right and ordered the wizards to release their elementals. That’s after one of them tried to enslave Glennis’s friend. Oh hell no, he saved my life by fighting back Bertolin when he had me in that tree.

They pulled us all apart and then everyone was dismissed from the meeting area, and we went to bed. I was talking to my Uncle, who agreed to watch my Father’s wife, and move to a safer location. I suggested the capitol because at very least he could keep an eye on my… sister… still reeling from that little tidbit of news. I don’t know if I’m going to even try to meet her, I mean what the hell would I know about any of that.

Anyway, we were talking when we heard a loud crash, everyone stirred from their beds and we found that the wizards (go figure) had decided that they’d rather keep slaves and attacked the city. We made it to the library, thinking that they wouldn’t burn it down and we could ride this shit out. It wasn’t our place, and they had done everything they could to prove that we weren’t trusted or wanted.

The woman that had helped us through that “process” put guards on the library after we had climbed into the shelves. I couldn’t help but laugh after the guards seemed so confused. Anyway, my laughing alerted her to our presence and she asked for help. Glennis called her friend back, and he brought some of his others, who attacked the wizards and set their people free. That being said, there was hell to pay afterwards. We also tried to put Access in the machine that makes the power… she tried to install herself there but something went wrong and she had to power — off? Down? Something. She said she needed to go back to where she came from, which means we are going the long way round from this way forward.

No more number 9 for us, and good riddance to that. It’s fast but being in that floaty one nearly killed Telk, and I’m sorry but going faster isn’t worth that to me. It took four days to clean up the mess in that city though, and in the meantime the elementals were getting more and more angry at what had been done to them. They killed the man that led the city and branded the woman who’d helped us so that they could keep an eye on them.

In the end, they surrendered to the elementals. Life there would be changed forever, and maybe that was a good thing. They’d been living on the backs of others for hundreds of years, and it was time they did things for themselves. I did get a book from their library though, it has information on just about everything I needed to know for how to fix Telk, but it’s going to take some time for me to be able to do it. Theurgy is kind of different compared to witchcraft.

Having a focus has helped though. Oh, that and we have a boat. It’s got a crew of elementals that have agreed to help us because we saved them. That’s where things get interesting. So I hate sailing. I’d never been before so I didn’t know, but I hate it. It makes me sick, and Telk is sick and so is Kibbles. I hate it.

Now that that is clear, we found a port where we waited for a storm to pass. There was a boat just moored in the harbour but when we found it, there was no one on board. It was full of supplies but there was no sign of anything wrong on board, except that they’d just left their stuff and went. After a bit of arguing we decided to go after the crew on land. Half we found cooked and being eaten by abominations. We handled that and found one left, Mahera healed him and Kibbles took him back to the ship where the others were waiting for us to come back.

The other trail was bad… we found someone half dead crawling behind the others, He knocked him out after we realized that he was being compelled and couldn’t stop. The rest… well they were already dead. Zombies. Glennis destroyed the leader, he’d been wearing a necklace that looked exactly like one of the ones we’d found in Bertolin’s stuff. Which probably means they were heading towards the cave where he knew we were. The good news is it will take him a while to realize that something went wrong.

The bad news is that we’ll have to watch our backs in every port from here to Ambria. There’s no choice though, we’ll have to stop eventually. We’ll need to eat and get clean water.

For now the two from the other crew that were left alive have been showing us how to use the ship, the elementals have been teaching us a thing or two while they can be here, so that we don’t have to stop moving when it rains.

So that’s where we are, we’re on a boat, in the middle of the sea, with nothing but time. I’ll get reading, that is if I can focus with all this sloshing… I think I’m going to be sick again…


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