Portland 1889

Living in interesting times...

Old taoist proverb : Rock vs Man : rock wins.

After taking over the tower and clearing the basement from snakes, we decided to follow the tunnel leading toward the mines. The old Chinese engineer we had captured explained there was quite a network down there and that he could lead us where we wanted. Could we trust this man that betrayed his own people for his own comfort ? This place was quite strange, a mix of natural and excavated tunnels, twisting and turning many times. Having this reluctant guide was almost a relief…

We came across a small subterranean lake (more of a pond actually) that blocked our passage. As Javier volunteered to cross, a giant albino lizard grabbed him and tried to bring him underwater. Luckily, the agile Spaniard managed to slip out of its iron grip with a very stylish “OLE !!”. Father D. used his rifle and we discovered that using these loud and smelly devices underground was a bad idea, as the racket stunned a couple of us, but did not harm the heavily scaled beast. Most of us jumped into the fray and made short work of the reptile.

The next encounter was peaceful but odd : As Chon Wang was scouting ahead of the group, he encountered a short man carrying a huge haversack. We discovered that this man was an geologist who used to work for the mining outfit and had left because of a “difference of opinion” about these awful people’s management methods. He explained they were digging for Ghost Rock. He gave us some directions to help us find our way, and even drew a map indicating a few possible obstacles. Obviously, the old Chinese man was trying to misguide us… One of the points of interest was a “Wizard”…

As we kept exploring the underground network, we came upon several afflicted Chinese miners, who had decayed into the last stage of the disease we’d heard about. The poor men had lost their mind entirely, and seemed drawn to and angered by our light sources. We managed to escape by turning these lights off and following the walls to pass by them unharmed.

Further along, we followed what looked like an underground canyon when the earth started shaking violently. The tremor was rattling our senses and our bones, but we managed to all climb on top of a ledge before the walls could close on us. We are indeed living in interesting times…

We kept going and realized that the temperature was increasing as we were getting closer to the mines. I finally came upon what may be the Wizard, standing in the middle of the passage, its arms wide opened… I threw a pebble toward the group to warn them and started sneaking toward him. Alas, Father D. misunderstood my sign and started charging the wizard before I could tell him… that it was just a huge stalagmite. Rock 1 – Father D 0.

Finally, we had to cross an area that seemed to have recently caved in and still seemed unstable. As we cautiously climbed the rubble one by one, our Chinese prisoner managed to escape. We needed to hurry up, as I am sure that the old traitor is going to warn his evil masters…

Comments

Laugh out loud, great stuff. Thanks honorable Chon Wang!

Living in interesting times...
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