To the monastery. Heading in the direction of Cantilever.
Unrest to the west of the city. Strange occurrences are causing some of the more rural gnomes to leave their homes and farms for the safety of the city.
Gnomes taken by raiding parties into slavery. Parties disappearing without a trace somewhere outside the city.
There is a lowlands research facility at the edge of The Tear within the city of Cantilever. Sounds like it may be of interest to people seeking a way down.
There is also a monastery of monks who are rumored to have discovered a viable path down from the cliffs to the lands below. They are located by the termination of the river at The Tear. They must be very popular, as most of the people who climb the hill to become initiates never return.
3 day walk to Cantilever. On day 2: Found dead horses. While investigating old ambush, we are caught in an ambush.
By something that appear to be related to bearded devils. Flying spine shooting assholes.
They make a call for help, hear gears grinding. A devil automata comes over the hill to help the devils.
Other side of the hill from the ambush, found summoning circle with gnomes tied up. Unlit candles.
Light candles? Let us go?
We don’t activate the circle. Continuing on toward monastery. Monastery of Diving Eagles.
Heading up a path between to hills. Apparently open space beyond.
Ran into millataurs that gave themselves
- REMIND MIKE TO ROLL TREASURE FROM MILLATUARS **
Arrive at Monastery of Diving Eagles. Brother Seagul. Brother Albatross.
We profess that we’re interesed in hearing about the time share.
Plank extended at edge of cliff. Plunge pool is not visible, and is “just a bit out, but not too far”
As you enter the grounds of the monastery you are greeted by one of the monks, “are you interested in becoming initiates?”
If yes: Excellent, I’m brother seagull. Let’s take you to our initiation area, you can meet the other member of our order, brother albatross.
You walk toward the edge of a cliff and see what appears to be a plank extended over the edge. Anybody brave enough to walk to the edge and look over can watch the river rushing over the edge, falling down and down and down before dispersing into the air below. You see no sign of the bottom through the mist.
“Alright, so the plunge pool is out a little ways, so you have to project yourself out a bit, but not too much. Really, you want just enough, there’s not a whole lot of latitude for mistakes. But if you survive the fall and can climb back up the cliff face we’ll be back up to three members of the order…Oh, there’s brother albatross now.”
As he points you see an arm reach over the edge of the cliff from below the ledge. There is profuse swearing and a skinny older man heaves himself up onto the grass. He rolls to his back, staring at the sky. “Looks like no new members this time, I told them and told them, “ and theyboth chorus together, “GO LOOSE.” Brother albatross continues, “yeah, but they always tense up right at the end. Anyway, the plunge pool is getting a little shallow, it’s just been so dry up here lately. I recommend flopping.”
Brother seagull walks to the edge, “thank you brother albatross”, he addresses you guys, “well, as they say, we like to dive right in. Remember, “GO LOOSE”, they both shout, and brother seagull steps off the side, making a big seagull sound.
Arc’terix jumps off with fly spell. Uses two fly spells to get back up. Becomes a monk of the diving eagles.
Question of how monks make it to the bottom is answered. Not particularly useful, but now we know.