Courtesy of Joe (Dominic)
The group had just finished the ritual with the Dragon-Man when suddenly the lights went out and the earth began shaking, shocking them all out of the reverie induced by their new power. They began to search for ways out of the cavern (except for Dr. Collins, who was fascinated by his new ability to make light), but found nothing but a lot of stone in the large domed cavern they found themselves in. There was absolutely nothing in there at all, actually. At least until the giant blade-meat-worm-beast appeared.
The beast burst out of the ground like an alien in a bad sci-fi movie, and immediately began attacking the group, who still had very little idea what was going on. Thankfully, Peter’s mind very quickly changed to its “kill” setting, and began to attempt to fight the beast despite being inside it. The rest of the group quickly followed suit, finding that they were much more effective at general combat than they used to be. Dominic and Dr. Collins in particular found that, while they didn’t appear to be much stronger physically than before, they were now capable of acts of what could only be called magic. As the group fought against the massive beast and a small number of its skeletal companions, they eventually emerged victorious. They followed the trail that the beast had left behind through the earth, eventually emerging above-ground again. Unfortunately, what they found wasn’t much better than what they had seen below ground.
The town was in ruins, apparently having been attacked by the bladed meat worms, and the church was completely rubble and one of the buildings that housed the wounded had collapsed. As they checked on everyone, it became apparent that most people had survived, though there were a few casualties. Unfortunately, there was no time to rest. Almost immediately, a shape was seen in the sky flying towards the settlement, and a Griffin crash-landed, carrying what seemed to be a bird-person whose language Peter, for some reason, could speak. They spoke for a little while, and the bird-person (Magperson?) informed Peter that something called a Bloodswarm was coming this way, and if they didn’t want to die, they all needed to leave NOW. Seeing no reason to not believe it, they ran back to town and began organizing the people to leave immediately. They had just about organized everything when Rodney noticed a terrible problem: there weren’t enough people to carry the wounded.
He informed Dominic of this problem, and Dominic knew that he had to decide who would get to live. There was a short period of terrible deliberation, then Dominic decided that the captain’s wife and son, Alan, Edward, and a single person of no real consequence would have to be left behind, due to the fact that that they were either fatally wounded, would be of no real use, or both. After Dominic told the bad news to the rest of the group, Dr. Collins, Rodney, and Peter saw the necessity of the action, while Father Langdon at first strongly objected, then finally relented, though he told Dominic that this was unforgivable. Dominic also informed his sister, who in turn informed him that she wished it was him who was dying, which Dominic couldn’t argue with. After sending most of the group off with a well-told lie, Dominic and Rodney disposed of the bodies of the unfortunate, then moved on to meet the rest of the group, praying that things would soon get better.