The day had only just begun and my companions had already insisted on going to the very top levels of this city of dust and rock, the mage lives up there so I could not follow. Even though I wouldn’t have wished to because it suits me fine here with Krogg I think I could have helped if I was there for information gathering…
I reread my paragraphs and come across new threads I seem to have lost a hold of, the mage, I speak of him so easily and yet haven’t made recompense or any attempt to, I wonder if I should just visit his shop and take whatever beration that should be handed to me? At the very least I need to return his scroll.
Himo and our new Gnome friend have gone to the docks to try and find a way out of the city and how much that way out would cost I spend the time they were gone wondering how much it’d be, our gold supplies continue to be not nearly enough so lets hope the massive cost of 25g doesn’t cripple us.
I saw Alunys pop back into the Inn and walk out with a bottle of wine and a smile on her face and I had no idea what was with her at that point, she told when she was back that she’d made a deal with the captain( Vola the Iron Backed) and got herself a bit of a deal on her journey costs, maybe I can do the same if I bring some ale?
Our bear spent his time wandering around the dock, he spooled an absolutely insane amount of numbers and measurements on how much of his wood was in this dock though I think that maybe even he didn’t understand what he was saying.
Note:Vik came in two days before and told us to ‘relinquish a shipment from the Dunmathoin Diggers’
Me and Piandao spent a few hours visiting one of the hold outs of the Dumathoin Diggers, in a doorknob shop, hoping to determine what would be in the cart, we managed to squeeze our way in with frankly no trouble at all despite not being even Dwarves let alone wearing their uniform. I think my ability to think and plan ahead helped us; Piandaos incredible senses certainly made the task much easier. His attempt to gain entry was a bit haphazard however, I think he ended up asking if they sold sugar?
We started with scouting the area they would be going along and determining based on all the intel we had of what would be used to move the cart and who would be guarding if it would be guarded at all. We thought it was just coins which they were making in the hide out, we were wrong.
Our plan was to get our resident druid to stop the horses or whatever was pulling, me to walk out and demand to see the goods and the others to be spread around for the ambush. This all went wrong when we saw them.
This humongous warlord and his lackeys stood guard of the carriage which held our prize, a mighty jawed beast, like Asik’th but only more brutal and vile, I have never seen nor heard anything like it or its master.
They came, but the beast didn’t stop until I stood directly in front of it, I know not why, maybe its immune to the twitterings of a bird in its ear. Alunys said she didnt see or hear Jhon speak in any tongue, I’ll have to confront on this later, I managed to stop the creature I confronted the master but our plan had failed he simple demanded we move aside then Jhon charged out! Hands and mouth all in motion the moon shone from the sky with such intensity and the battle begun.
We slogged and smashed away these creatures taking heavy hits left and right, Our master monk decided to do an incredibly clever thing and blast what we believed to be the main threat off the side of the cliff edge and saved us for a short time until he clambered up. The warlord himself hit me with such strength it was unreal how much force was behind it, i was buffeted to one knee with one blow. I sensed my friends dashing around me, I heard blows of thunder and arrows streaking through the arrow while I struggled on to keep this creature off of them. I looked over my shield to see I had not even scratched it when Alunys and Jhon came charging, flurrying him with staffs and hands, I have never been more proud of them and I have never been more happy to have ran into them in that little bar.
They struck and crushed his armor while I took his blows on my shield and armor, Mine didn’t buckle, I’m glad Tritherion gave me strength and he gave me the strength to end this barbarians chances, I slashed forth my blade engorged with light, his arm fell and shortly after so did he, his companions already littering the path around him.
We decided to exit the scene before the guards appeared on the scene, I ran ahead to prepare the way and help Krogg get our captive, the book keeper and accountant of the Dunmathoin diggers, in a back way so as not to alert too much attention but that didn’t work as we ran straight into a beast and it’s savage looking rider.
Needless to say we crushed him but we decided that we should wait it out in a nearby inn before we returned to our base of operations, I however had a plan.
I ran back to the scene of our ‘relinquishment’ because I remembered that blade the warlord had as I felt my wounds in the skirmish with just one of them and decided I wanted to grab it. So I walked back keeping my eyes peeled all the while when a certain little monk ran into my back, she obviously wanted to look after me and I’m glad she came.
We heard noises of screeching and saw a bird overhead but little did we know what it was doing there until later. We grabbed things from the guards of our treasure, potions, horns and blades. We decided to make a valiant leap down a few levels in Valgate when a couple of riders of the beasts fired at us with bows.
This vast magical EAGLE is what I can only assume it was grabbed us in its talons as we glided, we tried to free ourselves from its grasp but it did a high dive and flicked us off with a rapid decreases in speed into a shop. Alunys pulled out some magical space patches she had and chucked them to the floor, potions, scrolls and puffs of smoke appeared. We charged again over the horizon into the talons of the giant winged creature, it did hurt a little because those talons sure were sharp.
It rose and fell like a leaf in the wind, shaking us any which way, we held on for dear life. Alunys mustered up the courage to try and cry up its feathery leg as it made an incredible maneuver to try and shake us off, she got half way up its leg before we looked each other in the eyes and decided enough is enough, while the bird was close to the ground we hopped off and managed to set it free from its masters bonds with a ‘scroll of suggestion’. We jumped once again over the precipice as arrows dashed past us and we made our way back to our home inn where our friends met us after a safe time.
We traded our ‘merchandise’ for money and the possibility of more wages in the future.
I found a missive in my palm passed to me by a bird of friendly and delightful colour that asked me to come and see my naturist friend. Walking in I saw only an anxious look and a calm wolf as Asik’th took his normal place by the pool and the Dryad stared deep into my eyes.
I noticed only a few words in her sentences as I struggled to concentrate after she gestured to my tree and said it was ill , ‘corruption’, take it to elves she muttered in her dulcet tones, I could only nod along as I saw a darkened black band around it’s trunk, I knew this was my fault, and I will NOT stop until I have saved this tree for it is my doing.