Roll for Salsa

The Lost World

Missing links and new clues

Kyrrox reports having strange dreams as the party breaks camp and gets underway. A few hours pass before the silence is broken by a rumbling sound. As the sound grows, KC realize a stampede is headed in their direction. The party halts behind a rocky snowbank. A herd of large herbivorous beasts thunders past the party, chased by a giant bipedal dinosaur. Several flying reptiles follow close behind. KC notice the Gigantosaur and the Pterosaurs bear riders, lizardmen of some sort, unlike any they’d ever seen.

Kyrrox sees her opportunity and unhitches Griffy. She flies up and attempts a leap onto the Gigantosaur, but falls. Griffy is able to swoop down to catch her. Pterosaurs and riders pursue her while the rest of the party flees into the wooded area nearby. Mialee guides her riding horse close to Zed, who grabs Mialee’s extended hand and hoists himself up. She turns north and hide amongst the underbursh. Drawn Ka’Gar and Ralts take control of the party cart and drive the horses away from the direction Mialee headed and find a boulder to obscure the carriage. Drawn dismounts and positions himeself behind a large tree nearby.

The Gigantosaur and one of the pterosaurs turn away from Kyrrox’s antics to investigate the noise from the woods. The riders seems to control their beast mounts somehow. The remaining pterosaurs and their riders continue to follow Kyrrox and Griffy. The pterosaur spots Ralts and swoops down. Ralts leaps up and knocks the rider from his flying mount. Drawn runs in to aid Ralts in dealing with the fallen lizardman. Meanwhile, Kyrrox executes a flying clothesline, knocking two riders from their pterosaurs.

Drawn and Ralts attack the grounded lizardman and soon enough Kyrrox and Griffy join them, having freed themselves from pursuit. Once the lizardman is bloody and well beaten, Zedra approaches wishing to extract information from the creature. Before so much as a question can be asked, six arrows hit the lizardman and kill him. He topples to the ground while KC look around in surprise.

Zed searches the body but finds nothing of interest. The faint smell of poppies, faint but noticeable, taints the air as KC turn to seek out the source of the arrows. In short order the party starts to feel drowsy and disoriented. Ralts shakes off the effect and Kyrrox takes a potion of sobriety.

Twelve apelike men approach. They do not respond to any language KC know, and do not speak. Zedra tries to assert his power by using prestidigitation, but he apemen are not impressed with any of his tricks. They instead concentrate their attention on the dead lizardman. They skin it and proceed to do some other preparations to the corpse. The Lizardman sits upright.

Kyrrox is infuriated at this disrespect for death. Zedra, fascinated, recognizes a crude form of the Raise Dead ritual. The Apemen seem to want to communicate with, or interrogate, the reanimate lizardman. Zed observes with rapt attention. The lizardman grunts and hisses a bit, and after a few unfruitful minutes, the apemen release the corpse.

As the apemen finish their ritual, a large quadrupedal creature lumbers toward the group. It is not hostile and stands still as one of the apemen approaches and gestures at it. A panel drops open and more apemen exit the beast’s underbelly. The beast is hollow inside and upon closer inspection, KC realize it too is reanimated dead. Zed shows the apemen the Ingvar Heresay symbol on one of his books. The apemen become very excited and friendly. Though even after he attempts a Comprehend Language ritual, Zed can only understand the apemen – not communicate with them. They beckon towards the undead tanklike beast. He relays that the apemen want KC’s help in fighting the lizardmen. The party agrees to travel with them and Zedra, Ralts, Mialee, and Drawn enter the tankbeast. Kyrrox refuses to ride inside the abomination and follows behind on Griffy, guiding the horses and carriages.

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