Prepare yourself! This is the story of the lone wanderer: Kai The Avalanche!
So get this: I run into this guy who goes by Terrance Red in a little fishing town back in Tian-Xia. The guy is obviously foreign and is throwing around some serious coin. He was asking for trouble, so I decide to tag a long with a little for some fun, after all I can’t see Renzin complaining about beating up some thugs to protect a naive foreigner. A little violence can be a good thing after all. Sure enough within five minutes of trailing the guy, at least seven or eight of the local riff raff try to jump him. After they were dealt with, the guy says he wants to treat me to a meal. So we get to chatting and it turns out he’s from Garund. He was on some kind big game hunting expedition or something in a place he called “The Migwani Expanse”. I had been looking to get out of Tian-Xia for a while but never had any thoughts on where to go to but this place sounded great. Giant spiders, dinos, ancient temples and even the Osirion desert! Sounded good to me. So I jumped on a small boat bound for the city of Katapesh and was on my way within an hour.
Anyway I’m just off the boat and feeling a little cooped up so I decide to look for some recreational activity. I ask this bird lady if she knows about a sparing ring in town… she doesn’t. So next thing I know this shading looking guy is in my face about fighting him. Now I was just looking to watch a fight or two and besides: I don’t start fights. I start to walk away and next thing I know, this guy picked a fight with that clueless bird lady and she sicked her giant ass bird him. He’s a bout to get torn to pieces so I tackle him to the ground.
Hold on to your hats lady’s and gentlemen cause this is where things got weird. So after I hit the ground I realized that what should have been wood planks on a dock, was a dry sandstone road. I stood up to find myself standing in middle of a desert city. The sun was bright as hell and it looked like it was about noon. Interesting only because it had be nine in the morning a few seconds ago. All the buildings look like shit; like there was a war or everyone went on vacation for the past couple of years. On top of that the first people I came across turned out to be cannibals. Now most people might be a little concerned over all this. The Kai the Avalanche though.
After a minute or two, that lady from the dock pops into the middle of the street. Says her name is Robbin and that guy I tackled sent us here. She’s rocking a a pretty wicked looking sword and her companion is a Roc. We head down the street to a restaurant that those cannibals I met mentioned. Come to think of it, I might not have taken their advice on where to eat, if I had known at the time they were cannibals. Anyway, the barkeeper as the place points us towards a little sack across the street where some group going by “the resistance” has set up and says they might be able to fill in some blanks. Who the hell knows what exactly they’re resisting.
Security at the resistance HQ sucked. I managed to guess the secret know on my first try. Anyway in exchange for helping them out they said we could crash at their place with some other dudes. Oh also I guess I should mention that an extra dimensional sliver of hell surrounded the perimeter of the city making leaving impossible. I wasn’t planning on leaving anyway because this place was way more interesting than fighting Dinosaurs.
These resistance guys don’t seem to know what they’re doing. They say it’s been nine months since anyone has left the city and the sun hasn’t set either. They have no clue what’s causing it other than possibly these for bad asses who’s names I forget. They did tell me that the guy who sent us here is probably a local pest named Zoka, so they aren’t all bad. I’ll have to pay Zoka a visit but first there’s this other guy named Sisyfus. I guess he’s supposed to be some kind of badass but he’s recruiting local children as part of his army and he sounds like a pussy to me.
After they told us what they knew and set us up with a place to stay, they sent us off to explore an abandoned zoo. a few miles from their base. It’s weird because everyone in the city is starving so I would have thought that zoo animals would be the first to go but when we got there it looked like it had been left alone. Not only that but a huge lush jungle was growing there. After a little looking around we found that someone had freed the animals. We also found a set of human tracks along side some drag marks. Before we could follow them though Robbins bird found something living in the jungle and we ran to investigate only to get attacked by a rabid bear. I’ve never fought a bear before but having done I can honestly say I had been missing out. Robbin seems like an okay person too; she made no attempt to kill the bear, only knock it out.
The bear successfully pacified, I left to investigate the tracks. After tracking them a bit I realized Robbin wasn’t with me and headed back to the bear to see if she had gotten eaten by lions or something, only to run headlong into a gnome and her seven foot tall praying mantis. She was grateful for my not killing the bear. The whole scene would have warmed Renzin heart to hear about, the old bastard.
The carrot colored little sprite told us that she was the one who was maintaining the jungle and the one who had released the animals. Also mentioned that someone had been taking animals. She offered to make us both dinner and give us a place to rest. It’s just after dinner now and I set up a rope hammock in a tree. Kinda sunny out but there’s some shade from the trees. A sloth has been making its way toward me for the better part of an hour so I guess I’ve got a hammock mate.