10th March 2019
The 10th of March was a Sunday and our 50 Fathoms session clashed with some pesky half marathon or something that shut off a load of roads in Woking and made life hard for Ares and Mark trying to get to 'The Sovereigns'.
So after a bit of a delay we kicked off session 6.
Location: Base of a volcano, Torath Ka.
Our objective is to secure some elemental fire from somewhere within the volcano!
We begin our ascent and encounter a large monkey-type creature (I think we encountered something similar when we were shipwrecked a while back). The monkey attacked us with a rock and then fled!
We press onwards and upwards! Soon we discover a cave and explore, find a tunnel within. Entering we find the floor to be quite peculiar and ascertain that the tunnel is a 'lava tube'; a natural occurrence in a volcano that allows it to vent lava during volcanic activity. Does this mean that the tube will lead to a source of volcanic activity? Hopefully so.
The volcano is not particularly active right now, so it's safe to proceed through the tunnel? I guess so? Right?
Continuing along, we come across another peculiarity. A perfectly rectangular room! Obviously this is something artificial and piques our curiosity. Inside the room is a table with 8 chairs, the chair at the head of the table is elaborately decorated. Obviously the seat of someone important?
We wonder who would use this room, or why they would put such a room in a volcano? Unable to find any answers we leave the room behind and continue along the tunnel.
Soon we arrive at a pool of lava, things are looking good. But then, strange fiery lizard things emerge from the lava and attack!
We realise that these are 'salamanders'. At battle ensues and we defeat them.
We are then left staring at the lava lake, pondering on how we are to gather and carry some of the lava. It then occurs to us that the salamanders that attacked us were brandishing swords - swords that could resist the terrific heat of the volcano. We collect some of these swords.
We search along the edge of the lava lake and we come across the salamander's camp. Searching the camp we find a container. If it's like the swords, it'll be resistant to the heat.
We fill the container with lava and it holds!.
We begin our return journey.
As we head back along the lava tube we pass the rectangular room again. Passing by we notice something has changed in the room. One of the chairs around the table had been overturned when we first came across the room.
Now it's upright...
Anyway we press on and as we leave the tunnels and we feel relieved, strangely relieved?
Before we depart, we name the volcano 'Mount Sal'.
The return journey will take 4 days. For the first day we descended the volcano. During the night we spot glinting, upon investigating we find another diamond, this time polished and estimate its value to be 5,000 pieces o' eight!
The next day passes without incident, we are now well and truly back in the jungle as we descend further.
On the morning of the 3rd day we wake up sweating. The temperature has risen dramatically. The day's travel is hellish as waves of heat punishes us. Those of us more attuned to life in the seas suffer the most. Otherwise the day is uneventful. Perhaps anything that might wish us harm has wisely decided to sit the day out resting in the shade.
On the next we day we continue our descent. Mercifully the heat has subsided. By the day's end we have arrived back at the cliffs. One final descent down the cliff path and we are back at the Delilah!
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