It's been a few hours since my last post. I'm in a lot of pain as I type this up. I just had an encounter with what looked like the Skin Taker. I'm pretty sure based on what happened that it wasn't really him, just this place messing with me again but the after effects are all too real.
I was hiking up the slope when he dropped down from the trees on his strings and laughed. He said there was no way I'd be able to save Janice, I didn't stand a chance against him, hell even Percy could take me in a fight he said. He said that he was just going to kill me now and save me the trouble of making the trip. I barely got my own blade up in time to block his cutlas. Good thing I fenced in college I guess. Have you ever tried to fight a skeleton with a sword? You stab or slash and half the time it either just bounces off or slides through a gap in the bones. That second is what got me in trouble. My blade wound up trapped between his radius and ulna and before I could get it out he slashed across my face. He took my left eye. I thought I was going to pass out from the pain but then I had a surge of adrenalin and got my sword out of his arm and brought the blade down on his skull. I took a big chunk out of it and there was a face underneath. My face. I took another swing and managed to sever his vertebrae taking his head clean off. After that he faded away. I cleaned up what was left of my eye and made an eye patch out of some gauze in the first aid kit. Heh, between that and the cutlas I'm starting to look like a regular pirate. Surprisingly it looks like the terrain is leveling off. I'm going to move on a bit further and see if there's a spot flat enough to lay out my sleeping bag. I'm tired and I hurt and I just want this to be over.