Right no more Mr. Nice Guy
From the family archives of sherlockx
The log of Uriah the Unrepentant 1541
Location The Lassen Park region of Northern California (As it is now known)
Having been swept overboard from my ship during the worst storm I have ever encountered ( and that includes rounding
Cape Horn) I have made my way inland to a volcanic region.I have been made welcome by a people who call themselves
Maidu and these in particular are a spiritual group who are the source of shaman for the entire region (the Kuksu)
The chief's daughter Yototowi (an exceptional beauty)is very very friendly and I am having a very very very good
Trouble: I have offended their customs by my "friendship" with Yototowi.
The Ordeal: I was led up a volcanic peak, halfway up and shivering from the gale force wind and driving snow we
stopped and my " honour guard" of 20 men struggled to slide up in cut grooves a massive stone slab using stout poles
as levers.Once up it revealed the entrance to a cave or tunnelwhich we then entered.
The shaman told me this was the cave of the elements. We had walked in some 20 paces when we encountered an area of
roaring cold wind.Hurrying past it to where we could talk the shaman explained that was the first of the elements ,
the 4 holes the size of your skull 4 on each side of the passage at knee height lead a great distance up the side of
the volcano to conical depressions around the volcano so that no matter which way the wind blows the air will always
walking another 20 paces or so we came across a pool of clear water apparently spring fed and lapping over the edge
to drain down another small hole. This was obviously the second element. Some ten paces further and the floor was
covered by soil in which mushrooms were growing. The temperature here was quite mild. This is the fourth element,
earth, do not attempt to eat the mushrooms as they are very poisonous unless cooked with a special lichen which does
not grow in this cave the shaman explained.
Some 30 paces further and the temperature became unbearably hot due to a large well like hole at the bottom of which
was bubbling magma. Fire the fourth element the shaman mentioned.
Another 20 paces and we reached the end of the cave it was very warm but not unbearable. Four large drums stood by
the end wall 2 either side of a large gold plate set in the wall. This is the door out, legend says, it is a large
block of solid gold, you will see that the gap between the rock wall and the gold slab is less than the thickness of
a hair from your head. the secret of opening that door has been lost for many many generations but it is said that
the wealth of our ancestors lies behind it and a way out. If you can open it carry one of the four drums of the
elements to the chamber of wind and beat on it 100 times. A great feast will then await your return.
they then stripped me of all my clothes and belongings and the last I heard was the great stone slab being lowered to
seal the entrance.Rapping the "door" with my knuckes I ascertained it was indeed a very thick slab of solid gold.
Three days later I entered the village carrying a token from the ancestor's treasure.I told them I was the Fifth Element( wonder if that will go down in history)
Some months later I travelled down a river to the sea with my beautiful wife and a spare canoe packed with tourmalines and blue stones like a diamond or sapphire (Benitoite).
A little while later we hailed a ship and negotiated passage with its master João Rodrigues Cabrilho.
I escaped from the Cave of the elements by............
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