Been about two days, haven’t had time for a journal entry, and I am only writing this one to keep myself calm; anyway let me speak of the past events.
There was some unexpected resistance at the Drow ruin, by of course Drow forces. Thankfully, the team managed to make it out in one piece with the Tome, which I now have in my possession. The book contains wondrous information, all sorts of secrets and methods on improving and possibly perfecting planar travel. I spent the better part of last night attempting to make conversions on my current Planar Travel ritual in order to access the Worlds beyond. Once I felt I was ready, I gathered the team and I opened the new portal and we all stepped through to the plane we’re on now – The Elemental Chaos.
Yes, I believe the ritual malfunctioned and took us to a known location, although I can’t be sure as I don’t know where exactly we were supposed to end up, and what’s worse is that I’m unable to open a portal back home, and none of the members of the team seem to be able to complete exploration rituals either. Thankfully, Hearth managed to use a Shelter ritual as it was getting dark. We were on our way to a nearby Air Genasi trading outpost, when we had to make a detour to avoid rivaling elemental, and now it is nightfall.
Traveling in certain parts of the Chaos at night (If there is even a sun to set in certain parts) can be safer than in other parts; we happen to be located in the latter. Just outside the cabin I can already see a band of shadow elementals. I haven’t told the party what I’ve seen, and only Hammond as well saw them. I don’t want to scare them, but I’ll have to tell them soon what I saw- in case we have to face them.
Some say shadow elementals don’t exist, because on the mortal plane they manfiest as a person’s shadow, and they are only capable of movement when they aren’t being observed. No one is capable of seeing other people’s shadow elementals. In the elemental chaos however, shadow elementals are able to manifest only at night, but because of that they are able to roam free, not restricted to the movement of the caster of their shadow. So during the day they remain dormant, only to hunt the caster of their shadow upon nightfall. This makes traveling in groups in certain parts of the Elemental Chaos like the one we are traveling in particularly dangerous, as shadow elementals are fully capable of hunting in groups.
It’s hard to understand what you are looking at if you actually see a Shadow Elemental, as in the darkness they have no tangible outline, only a pair of small red eyes darting through the night. It also makes being hunted by shadow elementals all the harder for if you are in darkness and they close their eyes, they are impossible to detect through natural senses, as they make no noise when moving. Needless to say they are far more dangerous than most of the foes the team has faced so far, I am hard pressed myself to think of scarier foes that even I have fought in my life. I can only hope we do not have to face them.