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Legend of The Firestaff – Book 1 – Chapter 19
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Chapter 19 – Ambush of the Deadly Couatl!


The creature is coloured yellow along its scaly body; but, the head appears to be dark green. The entity has shades of emerald on its tail, and it has two large blue tinted-wings as well. It is a cross-breed of a dragonfly and a massive king cobra, but it is a much bigger size of a serpent. The reptile has an extremely extended mouth, which was vast enough to chew off a limb; Karna tries to intercept it with her iron shield, but it was much too fast for her. It lunges with its jaws and grabs Isai by his left leg, and then starts dragging him away from the party along the floor.
“GET IT OFF OF ME, KARNA AND RHEILL!” Yelled Isai in total fright and pain as the monster started gnawing on his leg.
Karna quickly catches up and stabs the creature in the side of the serpent’s throat, forcing it against the right-handed dungeon wall, “Drop him now, minion of the Aztec god, Quetzalcoatl!”
It forces the monster to drop him momentarily onto the floor, Sana, quickly pulls Isai out of harm’s way, and Isai has a massive hole in his leg; blood squirts on her face.
“Isai, I don’t mean to make you worry more, but blood is going everywhere!” Screamed Sana in desperation.
Next, Sana wipes the blood from her face with her free hand and reaches for her dagger; she cuts off strips of his leather jerkin. Rheill, sees Sana helping him and shouts, “Conceal his wound and move him behind the teleporter, to where he cannot get you, me and Karna will finish this new devastating, beast off!”
Sana looks at him in disbelief as she wants to help after patching him up.
“SANA, DON’T ARGUE WITH RHEILL, JUST DO IT!” Screamed Karna, she then lowers her voice a little bit, “He is the only one that can heal. This thing is poisonous give him the antidote, ASAP!”
The evil reptile pushes Karna with massive force to the floor as it frees itself from her blade, but it is bleeding heavily; it then tries to bite Karna. Nonetheless, she blocks it with her shield while lying on her vertebrate. The creature takes her defensive-guard into its mouth, and as this happens, Rheill shouts “Karna roll, out of the way!”
Rheill comes crashing down with his, two-handed Axe, and chops the serpents, head right off, in the same spot, Karna, injured it with the blade of her sword. After slashing right through the serpent’s neck, the axe then strikes the ground violently; he didn’t want to damage her shield or well-being, “Thank you, Rheill, for warning me!” said a thankful, Karna.
Meanwhile, the fight was going on; Sana reaches for the only Anti-venom potion that was left. This creature seemed to have a less toxic venom than the Magenta Worms; but, Sana followed Karna’s instructions to be safe. She gets Isai stable and stops the bleeding and hands him an empty flask, “When you have the strength… try to make another VI healing potion!”
“Please, hold the flask for me as this pain is unbearable!” Cried, Isai.
Sana comforts him and holds the empty-transparent glassed-flask in her right hand. Isai is now able to channel his magical energy into the flask creating another VI healing potion, “Let me help you drink… open your mouth, darling!” Said Sana for the first time, showing her true feelings towards him as Isai finally is released of the pain from that gruesome bite.
‘I need to tell him and show my honest emotions and feeling towards him, but only after the quest is over,’ thought Sana silently to herself.
Back where Karna and Rheill are, both of them poke the dead beast with their weapons, and they see there is no way the creature is edible; as all that is left is its wings and snake-skinned scaly-body. They return to Sana and Isai back inside the chamber moments later.

“Rheill managed to slay the Couatl… it was the minion of the Aztec god. There are smaller versions of this particular serpent near rune, and they live in warm environments, much like forests and jungles. It is how I knew about that snake earlier, and they also live in the Montoya Jungle, which is situated east of my village!” Explained Karna to the group.
“You have to deal with serpents that big!” Asked Rheill curiously.
“No, never this big, they are usually the size of a normal King cobra. However, this thing was faster than even myself, so sorry you got hurt Isai, I feel I failed as a protector here!”
Karna knows deep down; she needs to improve, and she thinks to herself, ‘I will practise tonight when they rest as we should stop now before we continue to allow Isai to rest!’
“Let’s go back to the main room and seal this area for the minute, Isai is hurt, and we should rest. If there are more, large Couatls; we need to tread a lot more carefully, and I will learn how to defend them better!” Suggested Karna.
“Yes, Karna… Isai is in no condition to fight. We need him to make more healing potions. We were completely unprepared for this ambush!” Explained Sana.
“I will make two antidotes and four healing potions after we have rested. I will now smarten this leather concealment you made Sana. For someone not skilled in this profession you did very well!” Explained and praised Isai.
“Would you, peeps, like drumstick meat; if we cut it up one should be enough for all four of us. I still wonder what type of beast this is from it looks like a mammal!” explained Sana.
“Please, Sana. We have munched on soo many awful worm rounds as of late, and the Screamer-slices do taste a lot better to eat. We need a break from them once in a while, and the meat sounds too tempting of an offer to pass up on!” Replied Rheill.
All this chat about food took place as they walked back through the opened reinforced wooden door, “Oh, please don’t leave doors open. Here was okay because they had to come through us!” Explained Karna.
“Yes, that was especially bad of us, we usually always close doors… I know it sometimes hinders our retreat, but better than getting caught in a backstabbing/pincer styled ambush!” Said Rheill.
“Anyways, let’s just chat and eat!” Ordered Rheill as Sana cut up the one drumstick they had found into four pieces of enormous meat; she hands them out to the group.

“So, Sana, how are you so intelligent?” asked Isai; trying to get to know her a little better.
“Back in Magika, we were always given puzzles & riddles to try and solve as part of our magical training. Therefore, you see it didn’t just come in the form of learning to use the elements of fire, water, earth and air. We additionally were taught never to use the fire element inside the building as you can imagine it could cause such destruction to the structure. However, here in this dungeon, only certain spells work that I have learnt so far. For example the lighting of the torch, the poison bolt, and the venomous rain-cloud. I wish I could discover some more destructive magic to help in fights more. Also Isai, we need to find you a better mace. So, you can help out in melee more!” Explained Sana.
“Sounds interesting… the training is helping us out a lot, and thank you Sana. It helps take my mind off of this deep wound I suffered. I was lucky to keep my leg, and mobility is going to be tough for a while. I am hoping this potion helps me with that, or at least the pain is gone now!” Responded Isai.
Sana, then asks Isai, some questions, “So, you said you were from Curan Abbey. Please tell me more about yourself, since I, explained a lot about myself!”
“Sure, as you know I went down the path of becoming a monk. It is a cleric, but with some hand to hand combat training with the use of crushing weapons. My order taught me to never show disrespect towards a woman or a man both verbally or physically. To always be honest and faithful as well. In fact, we are not meant to date at all, but I don’t agree with the non-dating part of our training, not the slightest bit!” Explained Isai.
“Are you not scared of going against the rules of your order then?” Queried, Sana.
“No, I left the order, once my training got completed. You could say I went rogue!”
If it makes you happy and I really see you like me a lot and we both get on really, well. Maybe not quite as good as Karna and Rheill. Although we are getting there, I think we should be just friends until after the quest. I like you a lot Isai… so please let’s not ruin anything or cause any drama that could mess the restoring of the balance to the universe!” Explained Sana.
Isai appeared slightly happy as he likes her a lot as well, but he wanted things to move a lot faster than this. However, Isai then smiles and says, “If that is what you want, Sana… on a side note, it could have caused complications!”
‘Damn, I guess I will have to wait before Sana, will let me go further with her.’ he thought to himself, as earlier he put on a fake smile to make Sana seem good about herself.
After Karna, had finished eating, she moved to the middle of the room and started practising her interception skills.
“Wow Karna, come and rest, honey!” Said Rheill.
“No, Actually Rheill come and train with me… I want you to charge at me, several times and attack me, like that snake. I would like you to teach me some of your offensive moves as well!” Asked Karna, pleading with him almost; as she wants to mould herself into the perfect fighting woman that Crom, has ever known.
For least half an hour Karna and Rheill Sparred with each other in close combat; she started teaching Rheill her defensive arts. Rheill then stood behind her. He then introduced Karna on how to take the form of his style of stances and perform the offensive attacks; he then subsequently sneaks in some stealthy kisses on top of her shoulder over the fabric of her leather armour.
“Miss Karna, now what would that be?” He replied as he chuckles at her. Rheil knew precisely, what she meant by her previous comment, as he removes his helmet from over his head.
He then pulls her down on top of him as they both fall to the ground gently. She rests her chest on top of his Mail armour, and she starts to explore his mouth with her luscious lips; they both kiss passionately for at least five minutes.
Isai and Sana notice them snogging from a distance, “Oh damn, these two are getting it on maybe we should leave this room so they can make love!” Said Isai.
“No, if I know Karna, and being a woman myself… she will want her first time to be special and in the comfort of her or his bed, or in a more romantic setting!” Explained Sana as she tries to soothe him with a scalp massage to relax Isai for sleep.
Karna and Rheill finish their make-out session and rejoin the group for some sleep. They keep their helmets off until the morning, “Thank you, Rheill for not taking advantage of me like most guys probably would have. You stuck to kissing and being patient!” Said Karna to him as she rests her head on his chest, letting her black, and silky hair flow over him.
“Karna, I would love to see that sexy body of yours, but there is a place, and time for it. I do want to do lots of nice things with you, darling… so, let’s finish this quest and save the world so we can be together for all eternity!” He replied as he played with her black and silky hair; as he knows Karna likes that very much.
Next, the party decides to sleep now that everyone is more relaxed from the terrifying end of the day; they wake up after several hours of sleep.

Sana illuminates the dungeon as both Karna and Rheill place their helmets back on top of their heads, so they are armoured and ready for combat once again. The party of four quickly return to the place where they met the giant Couatl. They traverse the corridor, and follow it, they see another lion-headed fountain on the right wall, and two objects lying on the floor.
“Do not touch the fountain… we can drink later. The area is unsecured, and there could be more of those large Couatls!” Stressed Karna in her leader tone of voice.
The party moves closer towards the objects, and they see a familiar one as it was a piece of corn. Isai slowly takes the corn and puts it in his backpack as Sana’s rucksack is full of organised rations. The next item is some form of a necklace. It is tinted black around the outside of it and in the middle where it would fit around someone’s neck. It also appears decorated with a dark-blue colour.
Karna takes the necklace without asking the others and puts it in her backpack, “We will sort out who should have this later, as there are no doors so far concealing monsters!” Demanded Karna.
“Karna, watched out there is toxic slime behind you!” shouted Rheill as he pulls her out of the way.
“Thank you, Rheill, always looking out for me!” Said Karna, as she smiles underneath her full-plated helmet.
Karna motions them onwards as the passage turned to its left; it is a long corridor, that heads in a straight direction until it hits another right-handed turn. They travel down the tunnel and turn the corner to see another circular-hole of toxic slime on the dungeon wall to the left; right, where the dungeon takes another turn to the east.
“Watch for the slime, Karna!” chuckled, Rheill, teasing her, she makes a frown under her helmet; luckily, Rheill could not see that her eyes, had evil intentions.
“Don’t think you have won here, Mr Rheill!” Replied Karna in a tone of voice that sounded like, I will get you back later when you least expect it.
“Stop messing about as usual!” Exclaimed Isai, as he walks about on his injured leg.
Isai is your leg bothering you?” Asked Sana as she saw he was getting little annoyed.
“Not pain just finding it hard move about a bit… so sorry if I am snappy lately!” replied Isai.
Karna merely ignores him as she is used to it by now and motions the entourage onwards. The dungeon then winds to the left and then to the right, and an empty alcove appears situated on the right.
“Stop, I can hear a sound, but cannot see anything yet!” Whispered Rheill.
“We will continue exploring, but if the passageway branches again we will lure our enemies back here,” Explained Sana as she said that.
she noticed the passageway branched to the left, as well as continuing onwards to the east.
Suddenly, two tentacled-slimed entities, slither around the corner, “Slimes and there is freaking two of them!” Said Karna quietly.
“Duck… two poison bolts heading this way!” Yelled Sana, as Isai begins to draw an arrow.
He is still ready to fire at one of the slimes, as he ducks keeping his arrow pulled back against the string of the wooden bow, and prepares to shoot at both of the creatures.
Karna draws her sword as she ducks and Rheill always has his axe out unless he is resting as he drapes that across the back of his chainmail, armour, “I need to know where that passage goes to see If I can position myself there. The two slimes won’t be able to fire at the rest of you unless they turn on you.” Explained Karna as she quickly moves to the intersection, which branched off to the left.
“It is a dead end, and this will work perfectly, but I might get trapped. However, there is quite a lot of room between me and the end of the corridor. So as long as they cannot hit me. It gives all of us a better fighting chance!” Said, Karna, explaining her battle-plan.

Karna moves into the corridor that was at least fifty-paces long, and the Triffid slimy-entities start to follow her. Next, the creatures both shoot two large venomous projectiles at Karna, and she weaves her body from the left to the right walls within the dead-end.
The protector avoids both of the bolts, but one of the slimy-monsters spells almost connects to the right side of her body, “Karna!” Yelled Rheill.
After he yelled at her worryingly; next, he moves in with his two-handed, axe and slices down the back of the left swampy-creature. It screams out in its foreign language of pain and then collapses into a puddle of toxic slime.
Karna jumps back to avoid the acid on the ground; however, the other one turns towards, Rheill, as the creature, witnessed its friend getting cut down and tries to take revenge upon, Rheill.
Suddenly, the Slimy-minion shoots its giant poisonous projectile at Rheill and the group, “Duck!” As they roll on the floor out of the way, and just in time, thanks to Sana’s verbalised warning.
“Damn, I have no spells I can use against this fiend. The poison cloud and the poison bolt will not work, the monster nothing but toxic slime, which for some reason we can cut with steel!” Stressed Sana, with a disappointed look on her face.
Karna rushes at the creature from behind and stabs it in the blue tentacles with her sword as it was vulnerable; it had forgotten all about her to take revenge on the rest of the party.
“Don’t worry I got your backs!” Said Karna ferociously as she takes care of the second Swampy-Slime. The first creatures toxic waste had dissipated; although, the new one had a massive puddle of acidic slime between, Karna and the others.
“Don’t move, let the slime evaporate, enough so you can get past!” Demanded Sana.
“Well, that’s those creatures taken care of!” Declared, Rheill.
“I guess, we should move on?” Asked, Karna softly.
“Yeah, but which way… It looks like the dungeon branches off in two different directions?” Suggested Isai; he had been quiet until now.
“Both paths, we cannot see much of, so let’s move forward in this square-shaped room!”

The party started moving forwards, and they then see that the dungeon goes straight now until a ninety-degree turning to the left. The other passage heads out of the small-squared room to the north and takes another sharp turn to the left.
The champions decide to check out the passage to the right and peek around the corner only to see that it stretches a long distance to the north.
“Let’s check the other passage, this looks like it goes a long way ahead, and it might save some backtracking time if we check the other passage!” Suggested. Sana using her infinite Wisdom.
“Good idea, Sana!” Replied Karna, smiling at her warmly.
Next, Karna leads the band of adventurers all the way back to the other northern passageway in the room after the dead end. Next, they then take the turning only to come to a dead end; however, fortune is on their side as they find a helmet lying on the ground, “Hmm, this is a unique design, not seen a helmet like this from Rune, what about you, Rheill, from your village?”

I just realised I been quite rude back when all of you had talked about your village names. So I will answer your question in a little bit. Please let me tell you more about my hometown.
“Yes, we can spare a couple of minutes, and I would love that from the bottom of my heart!” Said, Karna wanting to know more about her lover’s heritage.
“Is it okay with you two?” Asked Karna as she spoke again to the group.
“Yes, we would love to hear about it, and all of us are in this quest together. We cannot let Chaos destroy our homes. We must stop the Dark Lord and friendship is what bonds us!” Said Isai.
“I never told you the name of my village. I am from the south and lived in a kingdom called Thornwood. It is a lovely village on the outskirt of a palace ruled by King Drogo. Twenty years ago it was at war with another kingdom called Sevama. It was a stupid war, and both kings ended up dying, which ended the war. The other king’s name was Emperor Triston, and they were fighting over a ring called the Storm ring. The ring was meant to harness the power of lightning, or least what Emperor Tristan’s so-called seer and advisors said. It was not magical at all. It was simply our ancestral-token of our family’s bloodline that has been handed down to the reigning successor over and over. This next part I am about to say, or you probably guessed when I said about my bloodline, I am the reigning king of Thornwood. Sorry, I could not have told you this earlier. It had to be kept secret for this mission as the quest was initially to protect my people and to prevent any further wars from happening!”
“Rheill, your past doesn’t change anything. I only judge people on what they do after they are with me in a relationship, and this quest is far more important than any war. The fate of the whole world is at risk!”
Karna then cuddles him.
“Thank you, Karna, for understanding it means a lot to me. I was going to tell you this after the snake. You wanted me to help you to train. You are so driven and is one of the things I love you for!”
Karna smiles warmly after hearing him say those sweet words to her. He then speaks again, “Now to your question Karna… yes, we use this helmet for our archers it offers good protection and its lighter than most helmets. However, the front lines use armet-plate helms. We are most likely a bit more technically advanced due to the old war than you in Rune. We call this helmet the Casque, N, Coif, please take it. The helmet will help you see better. Also, you like your armour lighter, and I’ll make use of your Basinet helm that you found on the worm floor!”
“Thank you, Rheill, you are so kind to me!”
Karna kneels down and picks up the helmet from the stony ground. Next, she takes off her headpiece and lets her black and silky hair free for just a moment before placing the new plated-mask over her head. The Casque, N, Coif doesn’t shield the face so much, but its armour is much thicker than the Basinet, but Karna was very impressed with how light and better vision it provided for her. She then passes the Basinet to Rheill. He then takes off his full helmet and places the Basinet over his head; this hides his brown hair again and most of his face. He did not care as it gave him better protection to his skull, they then backtrack to the long northern passageway.
“Rheill, you said you were more advanced than us, maybe in plate armour and that helm, but when it comes to body chainmail and legs, there is no material tougher than Mithril; if we find any I will show you how light and sturdy it is!” Explained Karna as they walk down the corridor with her, as she leads the party as usual.

The party sees at the end of the corridor that there is a deep puddle of water on the ground and the passageway completes another turn to its left. Suddenly, another Coautl comes from around the corner; however, Karna this time is prepared for it; as she withdraws her sword, and also holds up her shield ready to oppose it. The reptile tries slithering quickly towards Isai; as it notices the bandages on his leg, “Oh, by the gods, Couatls, are not typically this intelligent… you will not get past my defences, I will not allow it, this time!” Roared Karna with passion and the desire to protect her friends.
She jumps in front of it, and the head of the serpent bounces off the small iron shield, which she is wielding. Karna, then shield-slams it in the face, it stuns & shrieks and shows its vile malice towards Karna. Next, Isai raises his bow and arrow as he then pulls back on it and shoots a quarrel over Karna’s head; which barely misses her, but lands right in the throat of the enormous dragon-flied snake.
“Isai what was you thinking, that was a dangerous shot to take!” Yelled, Rheill, as he saw the arrow almost hit Karna in the head.
“Focus, this thing is far from dead, Chaos has enhanced these somehow! We will talk about this later, Isai!” Declared, Karna angrily.
“My magic might work against the Coautl… it does affect the Magenta Worms. I am now going to invoke a venomous rain cloud between us and the creature. Rheill go ahead and help, Karna!” Explained Sana as she begins to channel her magic, causing a deadly rain-cloud to appear.
Rheill does not need a second invitation to protect the new love of his life, Karna.
Karna strikes relentlessly at the Couatl, but she cannot seem to hit it, “Karna, Switch!”
She knew precisely, what Rheill meant. Karna then shifts her position to the side of the creature and strikes the serpent’s the head from a pincer angle.
“Finish it, Rheill!” Yelled Karna.
Rheill, quickly drives his axe, separating the Couatl’s head from its scaly body and the dragon-serpent falls dead instantly; both, Karna and Rheill cross their forearms against each other in a victory gesture; which proved there is no foe that they cannot defeat if they work together.
“Well done, you two!” You kept me and Isai safe, and I didn’t even need the cloud, but it was more of a precaution to protect Isai. He is still hurt!” stressed Sana.
“No, that is good, Sana. Thank you for looking out for me!” Replied Isai happily.
Isai takes the arrow out of the dead Couatl’s neck; he then puts it back in his quiver.
Isai takes the arrow out of the dead, Couatl’s neck; he then puts it back in his quiver.
“Now, that we are no longer rudely interrupted by the dragon-fly snake… we can continue exploring!” Said Rheill.
“It is called a Coautl!” Said Karna, mockingly.
“Whatever, Karna!” Karna laughed at him because he makes her laugh; it is the little things they do each day that make them such a great couple, but will it last, only time will tell.

The champions continue treading down the long passageway. Karna decides to keep herself equip with her sword and shield raised to be protected and to keep the party safer; since that entity came around the corner so swiftly. The adventurers traverse around an L-shaped double corner, which branched off to the left. The party has no choice, but to follow this winding tunnel. Eventually, they come to another right-handed turning in the passageway; It then leads to a junction. It gives the party yet again another choice, “Which way do we go?” Asked Karna.
“We will follow you, choose either way! We are going to explore all of this place for equipment, as the monsters are getting more dangerous now!” Suggested Isai.
Karna nods agreeing with him, and she winks at him too with her radiating brown hazel eyes, which were visible through her newly armoured-headpiece.
Isai thinks to himself quietly, ‘Was she flirting with me?’
Sana watched what just took place, but knew Karna was merely acting friendly to Isai and didn’t question her last action, not a single bit.
“Hopefully, we can finish exploring this place!” said Sana, wearily as the fatigue starts setting in after channelling her spells and practising them as they explore.
“We can go back to the room, if you need to rest, Sana?” Asked Karna.
“No, it will be fine, but if we have to go too far… we should. There is nowhere to safely rest here, as we have not found any more concealed doors!” Replied Sana to Karna.
“Well, please let’s go right! I see another intersection towards the right and its down the left corridor!” Explained Karna.
“lead on darling!” Said Rheill, which brings another smile across Karna’s face; she feels her heart pump again as she tingles with a warm fuzzy feeling, as she heads towards the right.
‘So, this is what true love feels like; my mother always said, ‘you will have that fuzzy feeling when you find it!’ Memorising images of her childhood when she asked her that question, how will I know if I find it.
“Karna, is everything, okay!”
“Rheill, I’ll tell you about it when we rest, okay; it’s just a childhood memory? After I deal with Isai’s recklessness,” She Replied.
“Okay, looks like you are going feel Karna’s wrath later, Isai!” Isai shivers as he knows how angry Karna can get when people do stupid things.
“Please, don’t be too hard on Isai, Karna… he was still hurt, and he was doing his best to aid you!” Suggested Sana.
Karna then naturally places her hand on her shoulder to tell her not to worry.
They pass two lion-headed water fountains, and for some reason, both were adjacent to each other.
“Stop a second! Let’s take a drink, and we can do it quickly with the two fountains, being here!” Said Sana loudly, so they all hear her.
“Stop a second; let’s take a drink, and we can do it quickly, with the two fountains, being here!” said Sana loudly, so they all hear her.
“Don’t make us jump like that!” Replied Isai.
Sorry!” whispered Sana, but she chuckles to herself.
All of them drink from the fountain and then pair up to fill up their water bottles, “Having one each is so much better for rationing!” Said Sana again before the party continued onwards.
The party finally comes to a dead end; although they find an object lying on the floor. It is at least three foot long and looks to be a staff. It is coloured brown and created from hardwood making it a very sturdy quarterstaff. The weapon also had a yellow colouring string on the top to hold it; this was to avoid getting splinters on the user’s hand, most likely.
Karna then begins to speak, “Isai, a walking stick for you and your bad leg!” Mocked Karna.
“Karna that wasn’t very nice!” Replied Rheill, trying not to laugh at her joke.
Sana chuckled at Karna’s small joke, and Isai utterly gave Karna and Sana a dirty look.
“Aww, don’t be so serious all the time!” Said Sana as she cuddled him to cheer him up in a friendly manner.
“I am sorry, training to become a monk got me brought up this way, but I am trying to get away from it all and lighten up, so thank you, Karna and Sana!” Replied Isai.
Rheill passes him the staff, “Here Isai now you can help us in Melee when your leg is a bit, better!”
Suddenly, Isai creates another VI healing potion; as he feels the wound needed curing better. Both Karna and Sana injuries to their bodies were not as comprehensive as Isai’s bite from Couatl on his leg.
“Oh, now I feel better… but, I still can’t move very fast. I hope there are no speed puzzles for a couple of days!” Exclaimed, Isai.
“Time to back-track, glad we found this though!” Explained, Karna.
As they make their way back to the junction and find the intersection that Karna mentioned earlier. The party sees some nasty slime flowing out of the dungeon walls. One is situated in an intersection turning, and the other is on the southern wall to where the corridor leads to the west some more. Also, at the very far wall is some more slime at the bottom of the wall; Karna, hastily moves into the intersection and says, “Dead-end, go left!”

The party is then forced to go left and around the corner to the south into another turn to the left. The corridor traverses around two right turns and comes to another dead end. Karna moves all the way to the dead end to double check, as no objects or anything was found.
“Let’s head back to the main room, as we cannot do anything more here!” Said, Karna.
“Yes, Karna, I cannot see any switches here, either!” Replied Sana.
They walk all the way back using Karna’s compass that she still has in her pouch; she pulls it out every time she needs it.
It is a long way back, but mid-way during the journey they hear a sound of a creature, it sounds familiar.
“Another, Coautl, this one sounds larger, but this is impossible we shut the, reinforced door before we entered here!” Said Karna in a worried tone.
“Maybe, in that dead end, you triggered a hidden mechanism and opened a wall up?” Suggested Sana.
“Could be, but if this is larger than the others… we could be in trouble. Nonetheless, at least Isai can defend himself better now. Although I promise, I will protect every one of you until the day I die, that is a job of a protector!” Declared Karna, with strong words.
“This is not good, Karna, we had them in corridors, before. If we fight in the smaller room, it will be able to outmanoeuvre us!” Explained Rheill
“Sana, channel your spell before the small room, do not let it enter it!” Said Karna only just realising what Rheill meant.
“I don’t know how long I can channel; I used a lot of spells earlier, but I think I can do it once more without collapsing!”
Next, Sana begins channelling her cloud spell, sadly it didn’t work as the extremely, large Couatl, flew over the top of the cloud.
These things are not meant to be able to fly!” Screamed Karna.
It dives onto Karna knocking her over and onto her back; but, she shields herself from the bite.
Karna!” yelled Isai, as he knows how much their bites hurt, and he smashes his staff into its head; although, it is unaffected. The large minion strikes relentlessly with such malice and cruelty, as it keeps gnawing away at Karna. However, she is just too good; even on her back, it cannot get a single bite past her iron shield or sword.
“Karna forgive me!” Says Sana, as she begins to channel a massive toxic cloud on top of her and the evil creature. The rain-cloud is enormous, Luckily Rheill is so strong and moves Karna out of the way; the rainfall starts to hurt the reptile a lot, and it shrieks in pain and agony.
“SANA!” Yelled Isai, as Sana collapses after casting it as it took too much energy to maintain; she hadn’t mastered the spell at that density yet, and she had expended her mana for the day. Luckily, she remained conscious, or the area would have turned into a profound-darkness.
“We will finish this, like last time!” She nods at Rheill.
“Time for our Grand cross, finishing move!” Yelled Karna as she has flashbacks from their training the other day together, learning from each other.
Rheill slams the axe down, but misses; his purpose was to stop Sana or Isai getting bitten, as Karna somersaults with a downward-spiral slash. It separates the serpents massive head from its body in one vile-swoop.
The snake twitches as it gradually dies, from the loss of blood; Karna holds her sword in the air in her victory pose.

“Dear Lord, what a move, Karna!” Said Sana in amazement.
“I knew you were athletic, but come on that was ridiculous… you are gifted, by something from the ancients!”
“Yes, Karna, you are special!” added Isai.
“Guys, I am just a woman, I got knocked down, but defence is my life… I will tell you all the story tonight when we make camp in the big room!”
They carry on over the dead remains of the biggest Couatl that Karna has yet to see in her life. She then notices the passage that was not there before in the starting corridor after the magical room, which prevented them from crossing, except on the left side.
“Sana, this passage wasn’t there!”
“Karna, my light spell is fading, we need to get back to the big room!”
“let’s quickly, check this small niche it can’t go anywhere, but right, because the passage we just came through is behind it!” Explained Rheill, showing great navigation skills for a Barbarian, which we now know he is the king of the barbarians.
There is a strange, amulet/trinket laying on the floor; it is coloured a dark grey in a large stone; with the chain getting made from a greyish silver material. Suddenly, Sana spots it and yells “There is an Ilumulet on the floor here!” Said Sana as she takes it quickly, and puts it around her neck, making the area light just enough to see a few feet in front of the party.
“I studied these amulets before. They appear to do nothing, but the trinkets get greatly enchanted with hidden magical properties. The choker you are holding in your backpack, you should wear it for physical defence. It has no magical properties, but this necklace does. It is a small light source, and we can use this to see in the dark without candles back in Magika. Let’s find more trinkets to aid us, just like this!” Explained Sana.
“Follow me closely please, as this is the only source of light we have until I rest!” Said Sana softly as she guides them back to the large room.
On the way back, Karna takes the Choker-type necklace out of her backpack. She then places it around her neck and clips it together; this allows her to have extra protection around her soft and well looked after skin in the neck and collarbone region of her body.
The party then sets up camp while Karna gets ready to tell her story in further detail; Sana hands some Worm Rounds combined with Screamer slices, so the worm rounds are bearable to eat.

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