Forest of Glowing Stones

Vana'diel date: 886/6/29
Posted on 01 Jun 2012 17:57

Upon our return from Elshimo Island not too long ago, we made the decision to go hunt for cockatrices in Meriphataud Mountains. The area being only superficially familiar to us from several trips to gather various items needed and numerous passings on chocobo-back on the way to Jeuno, we decided to look around the more remote parts of the region in order to familiarize ourselves with it a bit more. Not to mention that while we had heard cockatrices were present in the area, we hadn't heard where exactly to find these creatures. So we took it upon ourselves to head north.

This proved easier said than done, for high mountain ridges were facing us in most every direction. But luck was with us, for upon reaching the very eastern parts of the area we managed to find a pass north. What was before us I could not have imagined. It was a wondrous forest full of ancient trees - some wider than a house at their base - and mysterious stone or crystal formations gently glowing purple at their tips. I wonder what stone exactly they are, they seem like they could be very valuable. Not that any decent being would have the heart to cut out these stones, they are truly magnificent.
The forest was not only home to magnificent natural phenomena, but strong monsters. Coming into the forest from Meriphataud it did not seem too bad, but upon encountering a peculiar species of blue leech and a being that I later identified as a golem, we made the decision to turn back and head to Jeuno to find more information, both about cockatrices and about this mysterious forest we ended up in. I think this was a wise decision. Looking through maps upon our return I discovered that the area we ended up in is called the Sanctuary of Zi'Tah, and it is relatively famous among scholars for housing incredibly ancient constructs and dangerous monsters the like of which cannot be found elsewhere on Mindartia. In this light, turning back was a wise decision indeed.

Having returned from our unplanned trip to Zi'Tah, we encountered a most curious hume who pushed upon us a task of advertising for his company from Aht Urhgan, the Salaheem's Sentinels. Why all this talk about Aht Urhgan recently?
He did not really give us a chance to refuse his request, so somehow we ended up walking all over Jeuno, advertising this company we knew nothing about. For our troubles, we only both obtained reference cards to the company headquarters in the - or rather, a - capital of Aht Urhgan. I suppose I should be thankful he was willing to reward us even with such an apparently useless thing.

Title Date
The Twins 886/7/5
Birds and Undead 886/7/4
Forest of Glowing Stones 886/6/29
Jungles of the Mithra-kind 886/6/25
Capital of the Dead 886/6/20
Physical Matters 886/6/14
Vicious Ghosts 886/6/5
A Pest Problem 886/5/30
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