From the pages of the diary of Rinn Isisliel;
*I couldn't believe it. I'd heard of the rumors, of course, that the hedge wizard Polk had found an artifact that would allow us into the Maze of the Blue Medusa- I know I already wrote this, but I /couldn't believe it./ Polk has a reputation of being more of a pathetic sort of wizard, so it bears repearting one more time... the situation was a bit unlikely.
But just as he promised, the moon projected onto a odd sort of painting, and we were suddenly away. It was quite obvious that we were out of Polk's grimey tower and into a new world.
My companions and I.. wait, I totally forgot to mention my compatriots. Silly me! Wilrian the Paladin, an interesting sort of person, although a bit too... doting on the fairer sex. We had a dwarf with us, by the name of Ruckelford. I trusted him in battle a bit more than Wilrian, simply because he didn't lose blood any time a woman was in the room.
And my good friend Tasrek! He was the one to convince me to make the trip to this place. "There's a lot of magic in the maze! Maybe something we can use to defend Manifest!"
Or maybe something that would let me get back at a certain someone..
But I'm getting off track. We all had our reasons for being in the maze, and as we entered we found a naked woman, stabbed with a knife and surely dead. Wilrian went to examine the body, while Tasrek, Ruck, and my familiar Harvey looked around the room; eventually I spotted Wilrian... well, star struck. It slightly irked me, so I sicked Harvey on him. Apparently he was charmed, so I looked to be helping instead of punishing. Whoops! [shrug]
He eventually casted Lay on Hands, and it /brought her back to life./ By all honesty, I believed her to be dead; I think we all did, and I still think she was a threat of some kind to our party. She keep insisting that she needed help.. and I needed her out of the way. I was unnerved by her, to be honest- I had Harvey grab some blood and hair from her and I banished her from the Maze.
After allowing the party to gather their wits, we came across another female; what are the odds? This one, however, had scales over her body, horns off her head. Spoke in Draconic. Real creepy stuff! But she simply offered us payment for bringing her anything we should procure that would be, in her words, "interesting".
After scoping out the rooms ahead of us (logic puzzle of some kind..) and to the left (we heard squawking) We decided to take the right pathway, into a room that defies all rational properties of the world; altered gravity, stairways going left, right, upside down. Their were corpses hanging from the room, stabbed through with swords. Oh, and something that still baffles me... a man with a giant crescent moon for a head! I sent Harvey ahead to help us navigate safely and quickly, getting around the moon man quickly and into the next room...
...which was maybe a bad idea, since the moon man eventually followed us in. He was able to pin down Ruck with some sort of magical petrification. Meanwhile, Wilrian ran ahead to the next room, a dining hall. But I'm getting ahead of myself. The room we were in was covered in sand, hiding gears and blood. There were plants on the wall, that came to life.
We were split up. It was time to act.
I used my magical deck of illusions to conjure an image of some bandits, while I turned and BURNED THE PLANTS TO ASHES. Oh, it was great! The illusions gave Tasrek time to grab our dwarven friend and get him to safety; but the moon man cleaved through the illusions and threw his head as a weapon. It did hit Ruck, who, while we were able to get him across the gears in the room, but was still frozen. I was just able to free him with Dispel Magic, and we moved into the dining hall... for a second, I was busy, so I didn't really see what was going on until after; but I barred the door with the Knock spell. I turned around, and saw the room...
Filled with water. And a shark who enjoyed singing. And Wilrun and Tasrek were dancing and singing with him. A song about how it's better? Down where it's wetter? Damn, but sometimes bards get on my nerves. This entire room was just trying my nerve. Ruck shoved as much of the stuff on the table as he could, which ended up being worth a bit. But as we left, the shark man asked us to get the pixie in the next room to sing with him..
And we were running out of time, we were beginning to turn transparent.
The Pixie, Ysanne, asked us to free her, but she didn't know where the key was. The party began to look, but I knew time was of the essence, and I unlocked her gilded cage with Knock. She offered us knowledge on the items we seeked in the Maze, but only one of them..
We tried to bargain with her, but... and this is my fault, completely, but the shark from the previous room burst through the door, and was pissed. I should have locked the door! I blame my headache from the song and dance number, personally.
Meanwhile, from the other doorway in the room, a large crystal Lion walked in, and stared us down.
Pinned between two strong enemies. Ruck and Wilrian went after the Lion, while I made eye contact with Tasrek. He knew the gameplan. "Tasrek special?"
I polymorphed the shark into a seahorse. A SEAHORSE! I'd been wanting to do that since I saw Tasrek do it. Tasrek opened his bag of devouring and Harvey dove down, grabbed the seahorse, and pitched it into the bag. Wilrian and Ruck beat the living hell out of the Lion, breaking it into a thousand pieces... which I promptly took. I figured I'd be able to piece the lion back together, and give it life again. Wouldn't that be just awesome? A lion to protect me, an owl to scout for me, and me to rain fire from the heavens... ohohohohoho..
We managed to just make a deal with the pixie Ysanne, who has offered to guide us through the maze again, in exchange for finding and saving her brother, when we were whisked out of the maze. Apparently, it IS possible to get out! Just wait until the moonlight no longer hits the painting and you're automatically ejected from the maze.
In the real world, we made deals with Polk on some of the things we aquired in the maze, and for now we have parted ways. But I have a feeling I'll be back... real soon.. *
(ran out of steam there at the end, but! You get the picture..)