Day 230 of the Blue Moon, Year 444, Andris
I had reached Andris Bridge and sat down on the beach, gazing at the waves. My stroll had been a long one and I could feel my eyes closing. Not the ideal place to rest if one had any sense, a Gaper could get curious and play tricks on you. I shuddered at the thought, as Sea Serpents like swimming in the proximity, and got up on my feet, ready to return to town. I chose to travel below the path and feel the soft grass under my feet. Still immersed in my thoughts, I progressed in my journey at a slow pace, until I felt a change in the air - this seemed to be getting warmer and warmer, then the wind got stronger. Dismayed, I witnessed a tempest of fire heading towards me - could the Volcano have erupted with such intensity?
Now it was a matter of life and death for me, as I fought the angry elements that kept pouring forth. When the storm abated, I cautiously continued my journey, not knowing what might hit me next. With the corner of my eye, I thought I saw a figure of fire below me. Fight or flight? I stood there, with my feet well planted on the ground, in defiance, but the creature did not advance towards me - it did not take me long to figure out that it must have been contained by some barrier.
Exhausted by the long struggle with the elements of fire, I reached the city and sought my niece and her husband, begging them to investigate. The two made the necessary preparations and departed. At my suggestion, they approached the area from the beach below the portal. I desperately needed some sleep but my anxiety was great and I sat at the inn, eagerly awaiting (and praying for) their return.
Gawr and Rosina reported of a long struggle against creatures of the Volcano - Lava Spiders, Rust Beasts and Fire Elementals had invaded that part of the usually sleepy Andris countryside south west of the last mountainous outcrop before the bridge. After fighting hordes of the alien attackers, their steps led them to a camp protected by huge fires and two Brackens. Within the camp, they saw some Hell Mages.
A messenger was dispatched to Mirith and reinforcements arrived quickly. A strategy was planned by Hayate and carried out by the little party. The camp was soon cleared and the group stood aghast as, upon inspection, they realised this was a Blood Crusade teleportation area. Andris was not going to be safe from Elphina's evil claws.