Aethen showed he isn’t as clueless as all that by not jumping through that portal. Just as well as judging by the tracks we found when we got the key there was a whole heap of big lizard things over the other side waiting.
Strange place, though, we got to. All boggy sort of ground in a valley between mountains somewhere in the Outlands. Odd place, made even more so by this Illithid berk that splutters his last as we meet him. Another lies inside a sinking kip, and we’re just in time to hear him gasp that his God is dead or some such. Whatever you say, tentacle face. His head caves in on itself and I can’t say I’m too cut up about that.
Behind him we find another portal and this one is even odder. Every time me and the guys head through we find nothing but solid dark. And here’s the odd part of the chant: we get this strange information in our bone-boxes every time we cross through to the black. For me, I suddenly know that Madarn is against killing the big cat. Well, thanks for that, strange portal! A cutter I’ve never heard of might not want to attack a lion. Just what I needed to know.
Anyway, we leave this odd little building but I spies a nasty Eye Tyrant heading straight for us. Eep. Not good news, those beholder berks. We give him the laugh and sneak back in to the portal but sure enough the floating orb follows us in and damn near pens us all in the dead book. Somehow, we kill him first with not even a casualty. Lucky is sometimes better than skilled!
Better watch out in this place as we follow the lizardy trails north…