The good news is that I am no longer in hell. Actually in my current state there are very few things that could make this situation any better. For once I am actually safe and not bleeding to death. This is the first time in almost two years.
But as for how I got out of hell.
I had no idea how I was going to escape that place. I began taking odd jobs in the hopes that I could buy my way out eventually. The hardest job I took while down there was to steal a magical pike from some large demon. The good news was that the client wanted the target to know what was going on. Which is really good seeing as I have always favored the direct approach? After trying to scare the target into doing what I wanted, this did not work. I had Drake destroy the front of his shop. That led to the target kicking the crap out of me. I managed to escape, with the help of Drake of course, and double back steal the pike and fly away.
I would highly recommend Half-Dragon companions to anyone I know. While members of my party may think that Drake is simply an animal that I use for transportation it saddens me to admit that he is most likely my closest friend.
Back to the story. A made a fair amount of profit off of that job and Shamus, of all people, found a way to get us home. Using the money I had earned I purchased some new weapons. Just a note I would also highly recommend rapiers that shock the people you stab. Shamus had found a few people to aid him I guess. One is a woman named Larkin, a Halfling named Lute, and another Halfling whose name I cannot remember, I call him Bombaros. Anyway as it turns out the way to open a portal back is simply to use the ruby hand where we came in.
Shamus instructed me to destroy the hand when we returned. He also decided to stay behind. I have no idea why he would do that but at least I don’t have to worry about how he is going to get me killed now. After returning through the portal the ruby hand was nowhere to be seen. It must have been destroyed in transit or by its use.
After wandering in the unfortunately too familiar Yeth Woods for a while I had Drake fly me up a tree and after climbing up further I was able to get some bearings. That would be when I fell out of the tree. To be completely honest the goal was to catch a ride on Drake and land safely. He, however, must not have heard me because after breaking what felt like hundreds of branches I smashed into the ground safely.
I tried to get some sleep that night but Bombaros decided it best to set a tree on fire. Just so anyone who reads this in the future knows, Treants don’t like it when you set their kin on fire. After failing to reason with him, the large tree, Bombaros and I fought and eventually that large mass of wood let us pass safely through the forest. Now we sit on the edge of the forest. I can’t help but wonder is this all finally over?