D&D 3.0: Tales from Mystara
The Secret Log of Flint
The Secret Log of Flint
( This log is kept in secret by Nathaniel J. Flint )
[GM Note: This information is secret. Players can read it but their characters will only know what the owner of the documents tells them. Each entry that is tied up to an adventure on the Adventure Log could be 25xp for the character]
Part I- A New Land
Chapter 1: Benedetto’s Con
After weeks of waiting for the draft day, Flint was feeling ready to get started with his new life. Upon arriving at the designated spot, he found himself not with a military unit but with a ragtag band of people fighting and arguing with a man who seemed arrogant. The man explained them the situation regarding Benedetto Difusallo and explain to the group the proper way of handling the situation within the confines of the law in Threshold.
Upon hearing this information a dwarf in the group started yelling at the man, only to have him reply in a very pompous manner to him. Then a you lady by the name Valora Venatti, as she introduced herself, proposed that they all joined forces to capture this man and bring him to justice.
Flint remained quiet in a corner chair listening as everybody in the room introduced themselves. It was a very varied group of people who had been tricked by this man. He did, however, noticed that there were 4 wizards within the entourage and it troubled him immensely. He could not allow a magical being to know whom he really is or it might mean being on the run again. So when the time came for him to make his introduction, he provided only his last name and made it very clear that he did not trust the magic-users. This in turn provoked the loud mouth dwarf and his well-dressed companion. Flint, however, did not care about them since to his eyes they were insignificant and he felt they proved no threat.
After all the introductions were done, the group decided to split up and look for Benedetto Difusallo around town. When they finally tracked him down, they decided to lay a trap for him in the place where he was staying. Flint, however, was sent on an information gathering dispatch to know what illness had befallen the man and if he had been cured of it. On his way to the church, Flint came across a fine establishment by the name Kittens Cabaret. Flint decided to stop for a drink, or two, or ten. Four hours into this and after having forgotten his initial job, Flint returned to the inn where the group was still waiting for him and Raizak Derek to finish their assigned jobs. Despite Flint not completing his task, the group was ready to move in and catch the elusive man that had conned all sixteen of them. Flint proceeded to use the skeleton key and open the door to the room where the man was. Upon entering the room, the group met Duh Torpeson, the town’s fool. By talking to him, they realized that Difussalo had also tricked him in order to avoid capture.
The group went downstairs and began pondering how they would resolve this issue and recover their gold. During this dialogue, Flint noticed the behavior and attitude of Troyus Bloodstone and decided that this was man worth talking to and maybe even working with. But just as he was about to talk to him, a Paladin bursts in and starts yelling to another soldier in the inn. Flint listens to their conversation and watches as the lady addresses the group and offers them an opportunity to work for the government and make money in a legal way. This was music to Flint’s ears and so he waited for the rest of the group to make up their minds, despite his being already made…
Chapter 2: The Dread Horde Part I
Ugh! I finally have time to sit down and jot down some things here. Yesterday was a horrible experience in every sense of the word. I guess in part it’s all due to that Elven Ranger’s inexperience. Note to self, never allow a party to be split and end up by yourself.
Flint wrote these thoughts as he reminded himself of the difficulties faced by not only himself but also his companions during the previous days’ encounter.
When we set out it was all going according to the agreed upon plan. We would seek out the Goblin party attacking the farms, capture one, recover the loot, get paid and be back home in time for dinner and a drink. But as we ventured out into the wild Helethil Bluebelleyes suggested that we split up to cover more ground. Seeing as I don’t trust a lot of people in this party, I went off on my own. To my eternal bad luck, I came a across a dire wolf. This creature would later come to represent not only problems to me but also to my group. You see it caught on to my scent and me being the great warrior that I am embraced the noblest of warrior traditions, which is to run to fight another day.
As I ran in zig zags through the forest, I found myself yelling in a very manly voice for aid from my companions. The call was answered by all of my party members, Yoshirou Nakajima, Daero of Alfmyr, Maiavel of Alfmyr and Helethil Bluebelleyes who all proceeded to try and climb to a tree and help me up in order to avoid what would be certain death if I failed.
Three of them manage to climb up but me, being a seaman and all had a tad of trouble getting up there. Luckily for me, I was not the only one and Helethil stayed down to help me out and create a diversion for the Dire wolf (or at least that is what I want to think she did), what a great companion huh? The wolf continued to attack and miss in its attacks thanks to our great dodging abilities and finally we proceeded to climb up the tree and wait out until the wolf got bored and left.
Raizak Derek, Joseph Alexander Xiloscient and Valora Venatti later joined us; they had gathered information regarding the Globin Horde that we had set out to catch. As it turns out we were on the right path all along and so we followed until we manage to get in distance to see them.
After a brief bickering amongst ourselves, Helethil Bluebelleyes suggested that we split into groups to maximize our chances at an ambush. In my party were the monk and the bard. As we approached the horde, Joseph Alexander Xiloscient, stepped on some bushes that caught the attention of the raid party. From there on the battle began. I decided that I would use my trusty crossbow to take several of them out and after six shots I finally managed to take out two of them (These goblins are quite skilled in evasion tactics).
Through the usage of magic (which I noticed were very powerful spells) we managed to beat the party plus the reinforcements. Among the loot that we got there was a particular parchment, which I personally can’t understand but I feel is highly important for our future endeavors. I also received my fair share of the bounty, which made me really happy considering that my luck is about to turn with this new job. I can’t, however, feel so relax knowing that there is yet another magician in the form of Valora Venatti. Hopefully we will continue working well alongside each other and they won’t prove as treacherous as the ones back home…
Chapter 3: The Dread Horde II
I can’t believe that after a full week of preparation and helping that kid, Raizak Derek and the elf Daero of Alfmyr, with the possible symbols of the map I missed the adventure."
Well in any case, I feel it was worth it, that hot little lady at the cabaret wasn’t going to take care of herself. I still wonder about the muscles though. Was she half-orc?…
Chapter 4: The Old Mill
It seems my investment on this fine rapier has paid off. I was beginning to worry that I would just be reduced to being a sidekick.
Flint began writing and reflecting about his last adventure with the Band of the Wolf.
I’m beginning to trust these people a little more. It’s been so long since I had comrades such as these. Granted that the little kid Raizak Derek is always dragging that dam donkey everywhere, and the lady the with the big boobs, Valora Venatti is always issuing orders, but still I can’t help but feel they are not the same type of magic users you find back home.
Flint trailed off in his thoughts as he remember the details of the past adventure and then began putting ink to paper yet again.
To think that we have been here a month an just now we are finding out about the people of this town. Oh Olidanmara! How many stories did that old lady had again!? Her granddaughter, however, seems like the kind of person that likes to have fun. Good thing Helethil Bluebelleyes is interested in making her acquaintance. That friendship is surely going to be my “in” into her pan…
Flint was interrupted as he wrote by the sudden entrance of that new guy that accompanied them in the adventure.
Oh there is that guy. What was his name again? Oh right, he is Dio! That guy can surely be useful. I can’t help feeling like his showing up here is just too convenient. Still I am glad he is here after all going about the town and on adventures could become easier with him around.
Flint took a sip of his mug and proceeded to continue writing.
I’m really glad that I got to talk and work with Yoshirou and Troyus. It’s clear that this group needs regular old folk like us to guide and serve as a moral compass to it, though I feel that Yoshirou is to naive sometimes. I just hope I can continue working alongside them, after all, there is an unlimited amount of strategies that the three of us could come up with using that whistle technique. Who knows, maybe one day we’ll be as great as the Gold Tri-Stars, obviously without the magic though, but we will make magic nonetheless said Flint while smirking. If it weren’t for us clearly we would be ant food right now.
Speaking of which that Old Mill prove to be a treasure trove for us, good thing I suggested raiding it, now we have our pockets a bit better off but we can’t rest, we still need to find that bilge rat Benedetto and get out gold back. I just hope that by the time we find him, I have found a way to get these people thinking more about the gold he might be harboring instead of his head on a plate…
Chapter 5: The Dread Horde Part III | The Dread Horde III
Its a sad day when you get stuck on guard duty away from all the action, but from what I hear from Troyus Bloodstone and Dio Stoutspark the assigment was a indeed rewarding for the group. I will definitely try my best to win rock, paper, scissors next time…
Chapter 6: Trinkets and Prowess
Back into action. This time around my outstanding skills where needed by the group. Good thing too, since the Baron Sherlane Halaran just ended our contract so we should start moving soon.
I was asked to appraise certain items by the group. I was only able to appraise one properly since my skills are a bit rusty (I should start practicing, so I don’t forget dad’s teachings). Also among the things they charged me to do, I had to visit this old geezer of a ranger, Colvis Nilenavi and try and find out information about his grandfather. He however, was less than cooperative and even hurt Maiavel of Alfmyr in the process as a warning to the group and me. Clearly he is mad at other stuff and is taking it out on us.
Late at night we met at the in and Raizak Derek came in asking us for money to solve the problem, that he believes I caused! Talk about audacity on the part of this kid. I paid my part and later the next day we received a great deal of dead animals, which we then decided to sell to make a profit. We, however, decided to keep a Dire-Wolf (Shit! I still get shivers) as a symbol of our group.
In the meeting in the afternoon we opted to leave the town making the towns people believe we left for another town in order to pursue a lead on the Caverns of Quasqueton that the trophy gave us. We had been walking for a day when all of a sudden it appeared!
It was my old nemesis the Dire Wolf. This time it wasn’t about to make us fall back. He attacked Maiavel (boy talk about bad luck) and sent us all into offensive mode. I offered a reward for its skin, since I want that over me, but then decided that it would make me to obvious and I need to avoid being noticed by anyone, since you never know how far Rupala’s agents might be willing to travel to get to me.
In the battle, I was once again able to communicate well with Dio and Troyus, which leads me to understand that our bonds can only grow stronger from here. For now, we continue on our journey and hopefully our destination will be rewarding enough for us to be able to star chasing down the fat con-man Benedetto…
Chapter 7: The Black Wood Path
Coming across that Satyr was truly a fortunate occurrence. I mean, aside from fighting the giants I think it all worked great for out party. I gotta admit that Troyus grip on him was a strong one. The harpy situation was distasteful, however. I think that he had every intention of letting us die there. I can’t believe I’ll say this, but I’m very glad that the wizards where here. Had it not been for them, we could have met our end dodging it out in the woods. The griffon was a test of our mettle as a team, and needless to say my rope tying skills have definitely improved since the old mill.
The important thing overall is that we made it to Quasqueton and not a moment to soon. The doors have been forced open and it worries me that the Satyr was so complacent and gave us information about the place that coincidentally looked like the skeletons that we saw through the door. It’s a good thing that the group decided to rest up and prepare for the battle. That extra day worked wonders for my constitution.
This day also gave me a good opportunity. I have come to like this people. I once thought trusting other might have been my undoing but these people have shown me otherwise little by little. I took Troyus aside and talked with him for a while. He reminds me of the guys back at the unit, with his wild personality and his desire for glory, just like the one I once had…. I told him my second name, James. He was surprised and mentioned that he had always thought that Flint was my name. I kept my first name a secret since I feel it will help me remain better protected from the Alphatian authorities. From there on I proceeded to tell him my story and how I came to be in Karamiekos. He seemed accepting of my background but more importantly; he showed no signs of judgment or of rancor at the fact that I came from an enemy nation, which is more than I can say from people of my own country. He asked me about my family and I told him where we were from specifically. One can never be to distrustful in this dangerous life and if something were to happen I would at least like my mom to know that I was happy and free, despite whatever circumstances led to my death. Troyus proved a great confidant and acknowledge me and that is definitely a step forward in the right direction to make some new friends.
On that note, I want to state this here just in case something were to happen to me in this adventure. I am to be given an Alphatian burial, despite the circumstance of my departure I still wish to honor my peoples’ rites.
To help my departed soul, fast and make a blood sacrifice during the first three days, there needs to be ritual offerings to fire and at the third night my cloths would be blessed so that I can start the journey to the next life. Food offerings would be consecrated for thirty days and then once every thirtieth day, till the end of the first year. All together there would be three blood sacrifices at the first year, with annual offerings for the next thirty years.
The rest of my possessions might be sold or split among the Band of the Wolf, but my Automated Foot Top will go to Troyus. I know that he will put it to good use. My rapier should go to one of the Shadow elves. I’m sure they can find use for it some how.
I know it might sound grim, but I wasn’t expecting Joseph Alexander Xiloscient to leave us and yet here we stand without him. I just hope that before I am taken from this world I am able to get my revenge and recover my honor after the con. If that happened, I think I could go happy into the next life…
Chapter 8: The Caverns of Quasqueton II
Unbelievable! I thought that having to scour the woods before entering the cave was a menial job, but catching up to the group only to lead my group into an ambush is a horrible feeling. These carnivore plants clearly wanted us dead. Plus the sight of Carceran did not do me any favors. Alas we were able to rescue him, but this place is proving more dangerous by the minute.
After what the other group told us, we need to start planning carefully our next move or else it could be the Band’s last…
Chapter 9: The Caverns of Quasqueton III
This venture into these caves is proving more troublesome by the day. So far we have found great treasures and, yes, some of them are definitely going to make our lives back at Threshold (or wherever we go to form here) easier but I can’t help the feeling that this venture is going to turn very ugly before it ends.
I mean right after those zombies and that weird looking undead thing, things can’t possibly be any friendlier the further we go down on these caves. Talk about strength on those zombies part. Breaking my trusty rope, which had held down even a griffon, that can’t be a good sign. Alas, I will continue with the group, I’ve notice that despite the mishaps some of them have really come to trust me and that leads me to believe that its only a matter of time before the rest do too. I can, honestly, says that even the kid Raizak and the weird elves, Daero and Maiavel have begun to grow on me. Truth be told, I am now sure that the things that happen back home with the Wizards might just be a unique thing to Alphatia. We still have ways to go, but I think that if this dungeon doesn’t kill any of us, our Band will reach a new level of exploring prowess…
Chapter 10: The Caverns of Quasqueton IV
We have spent days down here now and just know we are ready to clear the bottom level. Its been an evening of a lot of work since the group decided to follow my lead and build some walls to stop whatever is on the lower level of this place. For know we’ll rest, since the battles of today left us worn out and tomorrow we will begin exploring the lower levels, that is, if we don’t die when the doors open…
Chapter 11: Caverns of Quasqueton V
I had no Idea the human body could produce so much vomit. These Troglodytes, as Raizak told us they are called, really do have a pungent odor. I’ve had my share of seafaring and never had I undergone such a landlubber burst there. At the very least we are alive and well now. I was truly impressed by everyone. They all came together and faced up and cleared everything down there without much need of my assistance. This makes me glad, but at the same time worries me. I feel that I need to step up my game to be on par with that of the brothers Daero and Maiavel and, after seeing her combat prowess, even Helethil. Its going to be a long journey for me, since it seems that I didn’t learn all that was needed for adventuring with the 532nd.
After a few days, we cleared the dungeon and the remaining upper level. We have indeed stumbled upon a treasure trove with these caverns. The group has decided that we will not go back to Threshold and we will set forth towards the Barony of Highforge. This to me proves as great opportunity since Highforge, from what I hear, is a Dwarf run town and dwarves and I have one thing in common, our dislike for magic users. The only thing that worries me is the treatment we might receive considering that we are a band of mix races. In any case, we have treasure and no sensible dwarf can pass up the opportunity to gain money, so we’ll just have to see what awaits us at Highforge…
Chapter 12: The Goblin Woods Path
I can finally put feather to paper once again. After days of walking, Helethil ’s scouting leads us down the Dwarf path. Apparently this long forgotten road was used in the days of old for commerce. The road saved us various days. Despite the goblin encounters, which lead us to discover that a powerful sorcerer of the dread horde was tracking us, we finally made it to the gates of Highforge. The dwarf in charge, didn’t seemed to please with the fact that Yoshirou introduced us as merchants, which to me is ridiculous, since we did come with the desire to sell. Money should be money, no matter where it came from. Alas, I tried my very best to bluff him into letting us in, but these sentries are very seasoned and they saw right through me. We ended up arrested and awaiting the dwarves’ decisions.
Eventually we met Frolina Dragonshield the Captain of the Highforge Guard. She questioned us and took us to Dorfus Hilltopper, The Gnome King himself, and allowed us to plead our case. By this point it took the word and honesty of Dio to keep us from a bigger punishment. The other dwarf, Snorri Spanglehelm, in the room, did not seemed amused by the Baron’s decision.
We were given the freedom of the city, within the city! Since we are allowed to be here and live her but not leave when we want to. This at the moment is not a problem though. We got to sell our treasure, we divided the spoils and know we have a brief period of time for ourselves. I’ll talk Troyus later to see if he wishes to go with me in search for an “Adult Fun Parlor” in this city, but in the meantime, I’ll take to the streets to spend some hard earned money. I think it’s about time I begin representing the group in a more dignified way…
Chapter 13: The Highforge Market
I feel at ease now. Who would have thought that purchasing something in this city would be so difficult? I really have no idea how dad did it. This dwarves and gnomes are too obstinate for their own good. I, however, can see why though. Their race has endured many great deal of hardships from us humans and especially magical ones.
I wasn’t so lucky on my market journey though. Despite having the money for things, the dwarves refused to do business with me. To top it off, I wondered into an alley and these five dwarfs tried to jump me. It was a wrong move on their part seeing as they gave me a very rare and much welcome opportunity to let out some of my frustrations. I still feel the adrenaline rush from when I told their leader that he was ushering way to big words for a person of his stature. They were rattled. No doubt due to my intimidating demeanor.
Alas, I returned to the The Highforge Hostelry in order to eat something while I waited for someone of the group to return. It was there that I met Rolf Stronghollow. After a short conversation and negotiation, he agreed to purchase the things that I wanted from the market. I was indeed relieved, since I had no other means of approaching the merchants.
I went with him as he purchased the things and on my way back to the inn I saw it…a majestic Black Andalusian Horse, who is now my companion on this adventure, that I named Blackjack. While there I saw how the owner of the stables negotiated with Frutumal. I think he got less than what he thinks he got from the looks of the horse I saw they dragged out for him. Also there, was the young wizard Raizak Derek purchasing a war horse much like mine, but he was taking his time in picking which one. It seems he didn’t feel a connection at first sight like I did with Blackjack.
Upon returning to the hostelry, I bid my goodbyes to Rolf and proceeded to order food as the group started arriving. We chatted for a while and got introduced to several people, among them Worldcrafter. I proceeded to showoff my new garments and ring with the emblem to the group and some of them, like Troyus, Yoshirou, Dio, Frutumal, Raizak, and the brothers Daero and Maiavel where so hyped that they asked me where I got it. Seeing their enthusiasm I offered to buy them some, though some of them clearly saw through my idea and decided to pay half the price for a version on par with the quality of my own. In the end this really is unimportant since all I want is for people to start recognizing, respecting and fearing (when needed) the symbol of the band.
I asked Worldcrafter for the favor of securing these and asked for a special request for myself, since I plan on avoiding the dwarf market for a while. After he left, Yoshirou began telling us about his roommates at the The Iron-Axe. As it turns out these three men were the trio that were talking really loud the other day here. Apparently Freduk Flintstone, Barnik Flintstone and Dinouk are now staying in town because of the worms attacking the mine. This seems to be a true struck of luck since we are in need of goof influences in this town. The band took a vote and we decided that we would check up on the reports and information given to us. I just hope that Worldcrafter gets back with my parcel before we set out…
Chapter 14: Dalen Mine Worms
We met with the Flintstones at the Iron-Axe Inn. It was definitely something to behold. That poor man Dinouk didn’t have a chance and seeing as to how the bickered who would! First the two of them wouldn’t tell us what was happening in the mines. I had to bluff them into thinking that we were sent by Dragonshield and only then did their tongues loosen up. Secondly they couldn’t agree on what was going on in the mines, which was troublesome since it gave us very little information to prepare before venturing off into the mines. On the plus side this gave Wolrdcrafter time to return with my new whip, so in the long run it might have been all for the best. Though I think Raizak would agree that reading up on the possible monsters was a big help.
We finally headed towards the captain and asked for her permission travel to the mines. We manage to secure it but we were on our own there. That proved it would be dangerous and rewarding at the same time.
First we came across a Trapper. This huge beast proved very troublesome for our group. Though Maiavel was able to dodge his initial grapple, Troyus wasn’t as lucky. This seems to be happening a lot with him and Carceran lately, now that I think about the “magic” robe in Quasqueton. I think pretty soon we will have to have a team training session to learn to avoid these kinds of situations. On the plus side, my investment in the Highforge market paid off, I was the first to deal damage to this trapper thanks to one of my new whips. I can definitely get used to attacking from a far while keeping the pressure of my presence on the enemy.
After finishing off the Trapper, we came across a group of Giant Centipedes. These giant vermin made sure that fighting became difficult due to their poisonous bites. Thanks to Raizak, however, I was prepared for them with an anti-toxin and two bags of caltrops that helped Frutumal Huntinghawk and me make short work of one of them. Good thing too, since the rest of the group was busy fighting like 3 of those things and they left us the rear-guard to take care off.
After making short work of the Centipedes, we proceeded further into the mine only to find a pair of Thoqqua. This encounter became difficult to some members due to their bodies being filled with toxins, but it provided me even more time to practice with my new weapon. I got to say, I am far from proficient with this weapon, but I know that with time I’ll get the hang of it and become truly deadly. At least I did my part and was able to help the group in a fair way. No vomiting this time around, thank Olidammara.
Soon after we cleared the mine, we cleaned up and found quite a bit of gold, which we took with us as bonus for our efforts. From there it was a days travel back to Highforge and another surprise.
We found ourselves in the presence of Aleena Halaran, Dorfus Hilltopper, Frolina Dragonshield, and Snorri Spanglehelm. Inside the throne room the Threshold Captain spoke, only to be met with opposition by the Gnome King. It is curious how these people, despite being allies, seem to be at odds with each other. Nevertheless I am happy for this. We receive our papers back and a not so subtle reminder from lady Halaran that we are not welcomed in Threshold. Not that I mind much since my goal was never to be there from the beginning, but still this could prove as a good way to motivate the group to go to new places.
I use this time to write since we are setting of in a few days and I don’t know when I’ll be able to write again. All I know is that as a group we decided to follow up and help Frutumal in his quest and we will soon be heading out to Sulescu. We still need to prepare several things before we set out but for the time being, I’ll use our newly granted freedom and positive (better than before at least) vibe with the towns people to ask about the fat con-man Benedetto Difusallo, maybe someone here has seen or heard about him and that alone is worth checking into. I think I’ll start with the place where everyone is of loose tongues, the tavern…
Chapter 15: Days of Sulescus’ Past
I finally told my friends about my past. They seemed to take it well. Troyus seemed a bit bothered at this new revelation. It must be the fact that he is the only one I had trusted thus far and just finding out about this must have shook him. Nevertheless, he seemed eager to help me with what I asked of my friends.
I still can’t believe that man is here. I feel intrigued by the connection he might have with Rupala, but at the present time there is nothing besides their reactions that faithful day to indicate that there is a connection between them. For the time being, I’ll try to get him out of my mind and focus on helping Cliona or Raizak and the brothers in whichever way they seem fit, since they are all being very reasonable given the fact that I just dropped this information on them out of the blue. For the time being I will keep my first name a secret as I have so far. This might indeed protect them from any repercussions to them. My eyes will remain open just in case this man does cross my path again. He might not be connected but still might know something…
Chapter 16: The Path of Giants
Well I think this might be the last time I write in a while. Things have gotten a bit complicated for us and they are about to get even more so in the next few days. One would think that the world has had enough with the set of misfortunes I have made my friends go through. From a Dire Wolf, to a vomit shower it seems days with me in the group are never dull. This time around things might be more complicated than before.
We recently gathered information on the The FishSword. It appears all its documents are in order. This proved to be an inconvenience for us, since we where looking forward to catching Maiavel’s attacker. The search was a bust but not before we acquired information about the goals of the Fishsword’s crew. We learned that they were on land looking for money making opportunity and so it was left up to me to try and convince them let us into their group in order for us to make a profit as well. Our group split and this seemed like the opportunity for me to get information on the ships captain. I purchased a disguise kit and had a tailor fix my clothes, and then I created the persona of Hannibal Rivershore, an adventurer looking for contracts to pay his wandering mercenaries.
As I approached the captain and talked to him, I managed to pull my persona over him. I did, however, make a mistake. As a true Alphatian Duke, he disregarded me and proceeded to talk to Raizak and Carceran directly since they are wizards and no self-respecting Pure would bother with a lowly Cypri like me despite my disguise and excellent rhetoric. I didn’t mind this since it served as a distracting notion and allowed me to pass undetected. Raizak, however, felt insulted at the comments Tedup Zjiph made to them and if there is one thing I have learned in my time with the band is never piss off Raizak. The following chain of events led us to set out to out do the old wizard and let me tell you nothing says determination like paying people to lie for us.
We met up with the rest of the band who told us about the events that occurred in Castle Sulescu and we set out to hunt the giant. To my surprise our coordination and motivation was a great enhancer. Following Troyus‘ plan to the letter and thanks to Raizak’s childish gimmicks we where able to defeat the giant an be back before curfew.
Back at the inn we came in contact with the captain yet again. He wasn’t very please with us to say the least. Even more so after he was given instructions that he was to take us all the way to Specularum. In the end he accepted the contract and some in our group (those that don’t know him) were happy for the trip. The rest of us, however, have more pressing matters and worries in our minds. Will this wizard take its revenge on us when we are out of the boundaries of Sulescu, will my disguise hold long enough to make it to the capital and how will we handle things if the previously mentioned do not go our way. For the time being we have to prepare for anything and hopefully my persona will hold out, that is if I finally secure the papers needed that go with it…
Chapter 17: Silver Sword vs Wolfsbane Mace
Being a member of this group is truly a day-to-day adventure. I finally get finish what I was mentioning before. The papers are indeed important to us all. I talked to Raizak and he agreed to attempt the forgery, however, before we were able to set out for Specularum something incredible (and dangerous) happened.
The city guard came over to Evram Andriev. They were reporting that Kithkany Hunters had been seen pillaging the armory. After a short de-briefing and picking up some supplies we agreed to step out into the Hamlets and pursue the hunters without no rest whatsoever. Frutumal seemed eager to set out and I can understand him since this is the main reason he has journeyed so far away from his home.
We rode on our horses for about an hour, as we were ridding we noticed that a pack of wolves was running alongside us. When we stopped to look at them we realized that these were not wolves, but werewolves and that the pack was not just three or four but twelve of them. After a brief stare down, they continued unto the Hamlets and we chased after them. They proceeded to attack us and in the process we made it to the Hamlets. Upon reaching Abigail Farmsteads we noticed that the scene was direr than we thought. On one side of the battle the Kithkany Hunters were keeping the werewolves at bay and on the other we noticed this gigantic man with a silver sword protecting the villagers as they helped him in his fight with the werewolves.
We managed to eliminate the threat to our group and then proceed to split up. I know it sounds like a bad idea but when you have been by yourself in so many adventures with Troyus and Carceran, you only ask yourself what is the worst that can happen before actually setting out. As we reached the village the man dissipated in a storm of bats. We then met up with the rest of the group and after a brief exchange of postures, we agreed to help Kithkany and her hunters pursing this “evil” entity she claimed was the man with the sword.
We made it to the werewolf camp. At the camp the strategy made by the hunters kept the werewolves at bay while we prepared for combat. The War Priest Kithkany blessed Troyus with her god’s favor, though he would reject these claims if her ever heard me uttering them, she instructed him to keep the alpha busy while she handled the evil man. We each took it upon ourselves to try and eliminate as many werewolves as we could and then Carceran came up with the idea to use wolfsbane to make them flee. His strategy worked wonderfully for the most part, but Dio who had spent most of the battle reciting a prayer, all of the sudden yells out that the man in the armor is not evil. Just as the alpha fell to Troyus’ massive dagger stabs, Frtumal gets in between the man and Kithkany. He then proceeds to try and talk sense into Kithkany, but the fire of the field died out and the man disappeared into bat cloud yet again. This infuriated Kithkany, who attacked Frutumal and left him unconscious. The rest of us proceed to subdue her while Dio helped Frutumal. When we finally stopped her, the hunters tried to get in our way. Bad move on their part, I proceeded to intimidate them into submission by just saying, “Try it! This time around I won’t be just tripping people with this here whip. I’ll make you regret even coming here” The men quickly backed out and actually helped us pick up and carry the werewolves’ heads back to Sulescu.
When we reached Sulescu, Raizak received us and told us that we were ready to set out. The captain got into a quarrel with Frutumal. He talked his way into taking Kithkany with us but this required that we left immediately. As we boarded the ship I wondered if we would ever see Sulescu again anytime soon. That, however, might be a topic for another day. For the time being I’ll try and not write so much in order to not draw attention to myself. I’ll use this time to talk to the group and particularly Raizak about certain things from back home. I hear he has been helping out the group with certain trinkets he knows how to make. Now, I am no fan of anything magical, but I have come to trust the little guy and though I may have rejected his clothing offer in the beginning, I think its about time that I get with the program and allowed him to show me the ways of wizards outside of Alphatia…
Chapter 18: A Sulescu in Specularum
We are almost at Sulescu now and this last three days have truly been an ordeal. On the plus side my disguise has held up for the most part with the captain. This however was not the case with my third persona, but I’ll get to that later.
We arrived at Specularum three days ago in order to gather information about Canios Cassiador Sulescu. We got settled in on the The Black-Heart Lily and from there we decided up the city for the search. I remained behind for a bit to get some information on Master Rolahem of the Daggers Fencing School.
After a through search I found that the school had a shortage of equipment to work with. This proved difficult to address since it meant parting with quality gear that I had acquired over my journey. In the end it didn’t mattered, when I put the weight of the mission on the line the decision had already been made for me. The band must come first always.
I rode to the school and requested an audience with Master Rolahem. I introduced myself and told him of my desire to improve myself for the sake of my group. I presented him with my mighty masterwork whip for his school as a tribute in exchange for his tutelage and information regarding Canios. He summoned Master Sergam, introduced him and they both agreed to take me in for some lessons during the day as well as give me the information that I needed.
I gotta say, one thinks he knows a weapon until he learns from someone who actually knows it. The first lesson Rohalem gave to me came in the way of introspection. What was I fighting for, who was more important in a fight; me or the group, who can I really trust in this world? Now, the answers to these questions didn’t match his in a lot of ways but it got me thinking about a lot of things. I am currently fighting with no purpose other than one day clearing up my name. I did, however, realized that I hold the group more important than myself at times. Now this bit shocked me since this is not whom I was months ago when this started. Due to that fact, I think that, my last answer being the Band of the Wolf came as no surprise to him. This is when he intervened. He instructed me that a good fighter must always trust his weapon just as much as any other teammate. Weapons are an extension of yourself for the purpose of your group he said with a serene look on his face. I looked at the whip in my hand and I understood what he meant at that time. A wolf’s claw must be as strong as its howl and bite.
From there we moved into a sparring session, and what a session it was. He taught me various maneuvers and showed me many great uses with the whip in combat. I, of course, am very far from achieving these things, but with practice, patience and focus, I have no doubt that I will eventually achieve them. This went on for the better part of the morning and early afternoon.
After getting out I decided to put my howl to good use. I travelled to the Merchant District and later to the area known as The Nest and gathered information on both the The Veiled Society and Magda Marilenev and their movements inside the city. I found out very useful information about Radovan Ilonov, one of the leaders of the Veiled Society and Magda that put our mission into top priority and overdrive. From there I went to the inn a conveyed my information to the group. Raizak Derek came up with a plan to dwindle the Veils forces and my role in the plan would be to create a new persona that would move undetected in the city and search for Canios. With this, Billy Bones was born. He, however, had a short-lived role.
I went out early in the morning and proceeded with my part of the plan. I secured Canios and took him to a safe location. I went back to inform the group when all of the sudden I got jumped from behind. The next couple of hours are still a bit blurry in my mind but who could blame me.
Hush the assassin that was hired by the Veil to kill the Sulescu siblings and tried to take out Maiavel of Alfmyr saw right through my great disguise. He took me to a house in The Nest and began torturing me for hours. He lashed me with my own weapon, used a dagger to cut my back every time I refuse to reply, and he took a dagger and cut off my nipple; this is the last thing I remember before the band showing up to rescue me.
When I woke up the band had shown up to save me, their attention was focused on them, so I attempted to free myself, but to no avail. As the battle ensued, Frutumal Huntinghawk and Maiavel of Alfmyr managed to break through and set me free. I quickly grabbed my rapier and began fighting. Frutumal did his best to keep me alive while I fought. I shared the information on where Canios was in case things didn’t go as planned for me and eventually the numbers started shifting in our favor. Raizak set the house on fire with his fireballs and so I picked up my gear and proceeded to push forward towards the exit. Upon reaching the exit of the house I noticed that Hush was dead and that the Veiled Society Thugs where fleeing the scene. This gave me a sense of relief.
Upon returning to where Canios was housed, the band was instructed to leave while the siblings talked. I used this opportunity to go into the market and get some things before we head back to the Merchant District and purchased myself a new mighty masterwork whip. I figured since my gift was helpful to the school and learning from master Rolahem was truly an honor that will serve the band in the future, I figured I have earned the right to splurge on myself a bit.
Specularum was indeed an adventure. I feel I grew like never before and I hope everyone had the same opportunity I did. I’ve noticed Troyus speaking with a girl a lot, apparently he knows her from when he was a kid. I will talk to him later, maybe he has things he needs help with and I know it’s been a while since we have had a chat…
Chapter 19: Sulescus’ Heir
We made it to Sulescu in once piece. In the bay we were being waited on by a group of all to familiar faces. Vasil Andriev, Marcus Parathetos, Evram Andriev and Mikael Suaroski were more than happy (and strangely prepared) for our arrival.
We were taken to Castle Sulescu and were given time to prepare for the banquet in honor of Canios. I was finally able to get out of the Hannibal disguise. I will keep him in store for future uses. You never know when you need an alter ego to do things for you. I got bunked with Maiavel of Alfmyr since his brother needed to run some errands in town before coming to the castle.
We headed to the activity and the rich families of Sulescu brought forth their gifts to Canios. They weren’t opened there since they needed to be checked by the guard first which made the ceremony end earlier than expected. Back in our rooms, dead in the middle of the night we heard a scream coming from Casios room. When we arrived Cliona was there panicked with her brothers body laying 5 feet from her. I rapidly closed the door behind us and we began to search the room. We found that there was one of Leica’s toys among the gifts. We continued searching the room and found that it had a secret door. We went through it in hopes of catching the responsible for the heir’s death.
As we walked into the dungeon we found that there was a three way split so we separated to cover more ground. I went with Aranhil Thunderseeker and Yoshirou Nakajima down the left path. We managed to escape a pendulum trap with little trouble only to find ourselves fighting a werewolf. We disposed of it quickly and ran down the hall only to find Troyus’ group fighting an Alpha Werewolf. We joined the fray but not before more werewolves came out of the cage. I ran at full speed towards the open cage door and got scratched by a werewolf on the way. I jumped and pushed the door close and remained on my feet. While standing on the door a werewolf tried to climb out and I stepped on his claws, this deterred the ones in the cage from coming up anytime soon.
We cleaned up the remaining werewolves and continued down the corridor together. I opened the door at the end of the dungeon, only to find ourselves at the Guard’s office. Needless to say, we got arrested for being at the wrong place at the wrong time.
That morning we got released and we were filled in by everything that happened in Cliona’s, Raizak’s and Maiavel’s group. We developed a plan, with Vassil’s permission, to pass off Cliona as her twin brother. I quickly got to work and disguised her to the best of my abilities. In the morning we headed to the ceremony and watched as Lady Magda Marilenev stood as the representative of the council for the ring ceremony and how her whole scheme came crashing down thanks to us.
As the ceremony finished, all of us, save for Cliona, headed with Vassil to the Castle where he paid us for our services. When Cliona returned she gave us the news that we are supposed to leave and have no need to return to Sulescu.
We met up with the rest of the group near the docks only to find that the The FishSword had left the port. Vassil secured passage for our group to travel to Specularum. To our fortune, however, it would be a month before we could set out since no ships leave the city until the festival to Poseidon (or however he is called over there) is over. So we are to spend a month in the city before we set out to Ierendi for the Music and Arts festival. In the mean time, since this time I entered the city with my Flint papers, I’ll return to the Daggers Fencing School to talk to master Rolahem and explain to him the reason for my disguise the last time. Hopefully he’ll understand the nobility behind my actions and continue to train me so that I can become even more deadly with my weapon of choice. With a little luck this month might prove fruitful than expected…
Part II- An Archipelago of Adventure.
Chapter 1: The Journey begins.
I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since we came to Specularum. I feel that we have been living here for ages. I can honestly say that I have made the most of my time here and among the locals.
I was able to go back to school with Masters Rolahem Belmont and Sergam Constantin. They were both very gracious and accommodating with me given the circumstances of my original deception to their eyes. I think it might be because Master Belmont saw through my original disguise (though he probably won’t admit it to me). In this past month I have learned a great deal from the two of them. From skills all the way to battle techniques that I know will prove very useful in my journeys to come. I think, however, my most important new knowledge is the history behind the two masters. Karameikos (and maybe the world) it’s a strange land. To think there is a whole clan out there dedicated solely to the purpose of hunting the undead. These are truly noble individuals and despite the fact that my surname might not be the same I feel compelled to carry on this mission just as my Master did before me. Who knows maybe in my journeys I’ll come across another Belmont on the same noble journey as that of my master and I. Nevertheless I feel reinvigorated to carry on and help my friends at Band of the Wolf in all their journeys with my new acquisitions. Its good to know that I have been able to gain valuable knowledge about combat and maybe other countries have similar schools that can further my aptitudes and abilities.
I, however, didn’t spend my whole month training. In this city I ran into one of the noble men from Sulescu, Marcus Regan. Was this a struck of luck or what? This fellow seaman owns a shipping company and was in need of extra hands. Since my love of the sea can never be stopped. I offered him my services and he gladly accepted. Over the course of the month I got to travel to Sulescu several times, working alongside him on his boat. I can honestly say we have become good friends. He was telling me that he also does business in Ierendi but that it comes to a halt for this season due to the storms. To a certain degree this made me feel more comfortable since I now know that I might run into him once we are there. I gotta say that the man (despite his manners) is indeed a great business man and is always very good to have an associate that is well connected around the places that you travel. We said our good byes and the true reward for this endeavor is definitely his friendship.
Its just a couple of days now before we are able to set sail for Ierendi. I hear that the journey might take longer than the previously anticipated fifteen days due to lingering weather conditions. This doesn’t bother me much, since time on the ship means gold that I might make if the captain does enlist my aid on the trip. I should, however start to reconvene with Troyus Bloodstone and the other people in the group. Ever since Raizak Derek finished my parcel, I have not seen him, so I guess, I might ask around to see if he has heard or learned anything of interest from Ierendi. Its been years since I last visited the islands, and even when I went there with father, James Flint, I remember that Mr. Silver discouraged heavily (for lack saying stopped me) that I went ashore with the men. I guess this time around there won’t be anything to stop me and maybe I will finally be able to what these great islands have to offer…
Chapter 2: Arriving to The Great Port
Ierendi, a land of opportunity!! I can’t believe we finally made it. I mean save for the Mad Sea Druid incident, I think everything went fairly well. We managed to secure lodging in the The Blue Dolphin. I gotta say that Yoshirou and the new guys came through for us. Speaking of new guys we ran into one of the guys conned by Benedetto Difusallo, Merkel. I think that this time around he’ll stick with us for a longer period. We decided to split up to cover more ground. So I went with the two new guys Axetor Stonecutter and that other one whose name is hard to pronounce.
We made it to Ierendi Royal Postings and as fast as we made it, I noticed what I feared for such a long time. There it was my mug plastered over the postings in a wanted poster. I quickly snatched it before the others could see it, but I noticed the Ierendi Royal Guard didn’t certify this particular posting. Given how thing work here, that definitely means that someone is definitely looking for me.
We read all the posts on the wall and decided to walk back to meet the others. On the way started asking people about my father’s ship The Walrus. Seeing as how I was new to the town, people were less than eager to help me in the endeavor.
The next day, I woke up with a renewed spirit for seeking out the information. Little did I know, I was about to run into someone that could complicate things incredibly. As I walked through the market with Merkel, I asked around and surely and securely someone eventually replied. I had heard stories about him from my brothers, but I never thought I would get to meet him. Approaching Merkel and me was none other than Long John Silver. The minute I heard his voice I knew we might be in trouble.
He asked about where I was staying and my business in Ierendi. I tried my best to divert the question and turn it into something favorable for me. So I suggested a drink for us to chat. I noticed that Merkel walked slower and slower behind us until eventually he faded from sight. I eventually entered a bar with Silver where we began drinking. There I receive the information that I wanted and, although Merkel says otherwise, avoided the problem that could be Silver to us. I have found out that the Walrus should be docking in around thirty days. This will surely give me time to prepare to meet dad and hopefully know about mom and the girls back home.
The next day I went out and proceeded with the group’s plan. I don’t know if it was because of my incredible social skills or because people know that Silver knows me and they feel very cooperative, but I found out everything we needed about the postings the group are interested in. I used my spare time to inquire about Silver and it turns out he has been living here since parting with my father (apparently on not so good terms). He has no ship but he does have a lot of connections which right know worries me since the Walrus is twenty-eight days away and I don’t want to get the group anymore mixed up in my stuff than they have too. I will, however, tell them about the poster next we all meet. For know I need to focus in knowing more things about this place. I feel that I could be happy here, but this is without a doubt a dangerous place to lower one’s guard…
Chapter 3: The Tomb of Aloun Mattringle
God I hate third watch! It’s the middle of the night you are barely catching your sleep and then boom! You feel Axetor‘s rough hand waking you up and saying: Wake up, Time for your turn! Lucky for me, my turn is with Troyus and that means that we can catch up while we watch. Right now he is doing his rounds and pretty soon he’ll be here so I start doing mine, so in the meantime I’ll use this opportunity to reflect on the day, after all who knows what might await us considering what Yoshirou told us about the body he found.
All and all, I consider today was a productive day for the group. Sure, I spent half of it pulling people away from something, but still we managed to get a lot of things under control down here. For starters, I have never felt so indebted to a Wizard. This new armor that Raizak crafted for me was worth every penny. It helped me avoid a great deal of hurt that these creatures had in stored for us. One of the most curious things was that many of these creatures had cries and sounds that sounded strangely a lot like Dio’s name. Either way we came across some serious dangers here. Good thing we came prepared, else we could have been in trouble. Out of the things we faced, though, the black blob of acid was by far the scariest. For a moment I felt that we could have lost both Troyus and Raizak but luckily for them I have truly mastered my whips and now I am able to do amazing things with them, which range from pulling dwarfs from certain death and breaking monster grips on people. Pretty soon I know that there will be little to no thing I can’t hit with them and I can tell that and slowly learning how to make my regular whip hurt more than it should. Let’s see where my training takes me from here.
I can hear Troyus coming around the hall. Hopefully this night will end soon and we can continue to explore this place and I am sure that it will be a lucrative experience for us and even more so when we get out of here…
Chapter 4: The Tomb of King Greeg
Alas!! We made it out of that dungeon. It wasn’t a piece of cake but it was indeed a win for the group. Last I wrote Troyus was just coming back from his round and he wasn’t alone. A devilish monster that Raizak and Carceran identified as a Will o’ Wisp was right on his tail. We banded together and were able to trap it and dispose of it as a team, but it wasn’t easy. Seeing that we were all awake now, we continued exploring the dungeon and found that the way to the fifth and sixth level was shut by the tremors recently, so we proceeded to go down to the fourth level. Immediately we ran into what Yoshirou had seen the previous day. It was a Chain Golem as the wizards explained an with Carceran’s touch magic we were able to dispose of it, but this was a security measure for what we where about to find.
We continued down the dungeon and we ran into an Ettin that prove that you don’t have to be smart to hit hard, still by this point (and after Sulescu) we understand giants quite a bit and we where able to get the nuisance out of the way. But it was on the tomb of King Mad Greeg that our true challenge would come. You see this giant beast known as Chimera appeared and almost took us all out. Merkel was even knocked out by its breath. The thing is that Chimeras have three heads and Troyus did a wonderful job alongside Yoshirou keeping it at bay, while I slid underneath it and Daero of Alfmyr, who is amazingly apt at walking on walls, moved behind it to flank it. Raizak, however, seemed very nervous he kept yelling, get the goat, GET THE GOAT!! Who knew the little guy would be so afraid of a farm animal and not so much of the snake and lion. Troyus managed to cut off all three heads and kept one of them as a trophy. Its strange the things a fighter wants to keep, but who am I to judge.
We finished cleaning up the dungeon and we found quite a bit of coin and gems. We got everything into the Bag of Holding we prepared and we Raizak’s magic we hid everything in my boots in order to smuggle them out. Upon making it to the entrance the guards were surprised to see us. They called the captain and he admitted we did a good job. They searched us, kept their part, paid us and told us that from now on we would get priority on jobs to be done for the Ierendi Royal Guard.
As we made it to town we decided to separate in order to get the map checked, hopefully repaired too, and to sell our loot from the adventure. This is where things really got interesting for our group.
I went with Yoshirou, Merkel and Veitor to Benno Treasure Maps. There Vael Owleyes greeted us and he proceeded to examine both the map and the patch Yoshirou found in the dungeon. He then began calling for the owner of the store and to our surprise, when he showed, it was non other than the fat con man himself, Benedetto Difusallo. I proceeded to move behind him, Merkel stood in front of him and Yoshirou asked the halfling to return the patch to him. He clenched onto it and proceeded to utter an innuendo to Benedetto. Yoshirou tried to wrestle the patch back but failed. At this point I began to talk. I told Benedetto that his time was up, that we where the group that he conned in Threshold and it was time to pay the piper with interests. With this Vael gave up the patch and started to tell us about the day that Benedetto came back talking about us and how he warned him that he would not intervene the day we showed up. Given the fact that this was that day, he moved from the counter, began tying himself up, put a rag around his mouth and locked himself in a closet. Benedetto then tried to talk his way out of the situation but Yoshirou knocked him out. We then went to get the rest of the Band of the Wolf in order to interrogate Benedetto when he woke. Raizak decided to remain behind as a counter measure in case Benedetto tried something.
When he woke up, he saw all of us standing in his store he instantly started to try and trick us. I proceeded to stand near him and told him that we were all here for him and that this time around there was no talking his way out this one. I then stood up straight again a cracked my whip in his ear. This broke the man! He began telling us all his story and journeys. He even gave us a map that he has spent his life looking for. It was written in various languages. I’ll spare you the details, but this is indeed Mad Greeg’s map we are now one shop, a fat talkative slave, and step closer to finding it and reclaiming many times over the amount that was taken from us and made us come together as a group…
Chapter 4: Two Maps and Four Quests
I can’t believe him! Months on the run and when I finally find him this is what I get from him. This gesture is so like him. But before I get to that I can’t forget about all the progress that we made in our days here.
We split up into groups in order to get information about future endeavors that we might undertake for profit here in Ierendi. Merkel and I headed for the Ierendi Naval Quarters in order to get more information about the Royal postings and the problem between the Aleea Merfolks and the Takala Tritons. We got all the information we needed, as well as the warnings of the consequences of a failure. From there we headed back for the day to the Blue Dolphin.
When the group came back we all shared our information and determined to pay a visit to the lighthouse to see what might the descendant of Teak Bootleleg have that could help us in the Greeg Treasure hunt. Dio lent me his choker, which augmented by the power of Raizak made me more eloquent. I felt like I could sell a beard to a dwarf. Thanks to this we managed to score a compass that belonged to his ancestor and on our way back we noticed that we got more than a compass. Raizak in his curiosity broke the compass, which in turn revealed another piece of the puzzle to solve the riddle. Now we are just one key away from being able to pin point the location more accurately. This had the group in high spirits but then it happened.
When we made it to the inn, a young boy was waiting for us. He asked for me to accompany him to the docks on Silver’s instructions. When I asked him if I could be accompanied, he replied: Only you are under Silver’s protection.
This made me realize that all the while, I have been able to move about this city thanks to Silver. There is someone after me and apparently, Silver might be the one keeping them at bay. I decided to trust in Silver once more and made my way to the docks. There I saw it for the first time in more than a year. The Walrus, it was docked and going through the standard docking procedures. At the foot of the dock and with the officers, was my father, James Flint and in the helm of the ship John Silver waiting for procedure to be finished. When it was all set and done I approached the ship and dad noticed me. He came over and hugged me, as he scolded me for leaving without telling him anything. I tried to reply to him but then I saw them coming down the ship.
A group of Bugbears started coming down to port and one of them addressed dad. When dad replied I immediately knew who he was by the name my father mentioned. He was none other than The Ear of Bargle. I found myself wondering what dealings my father might have with them, but then I heard my father say that he would be in port 15 days, which meant that he was the way back for this group, where ever they where going after their business was concluded.
Dad returned to our conversation an asked me what I was doing here. I told him that we needed to speak somewhere else and he replied with another question that puzzled me even more. He asked: Have you run into Silver? I answered honestly and told him that Silver had been helping and looking out for me since I made it here. He then replied in an angry tone: You can’t trust Silver! After this thing got complicated. I have been so much time on the run that it’s difficult for someone to ambush me now. Some men came up behind me and started attacking me. I am my father’s son and I won’t go down easily but eventually more and more joined in and I passed out. When I came back to, I was tied up inside the hull of the Walrus. I could hear everyone talking outside, but this time around all I could think about was why the hell did I expect something different from dad. With each passing hour I grew madder and madder, but I knew that the Troyus and the rest of the Band of the Wolf where probably getting ready to come and get me. After all I didn’t come to sleep or to breakfast and that must have surely aroused suspicion.
After a couple of hours a big bulky man came to get me. When they took me outside, I saw how Raizak and the group where in a standoff with my dad. I saw Raizak’s hand pointed towards the ship, which meant he was ready to sink it. As I passed my dad, he talked to me once more and repeated, Don’t trust Silver. To this statement my reply was clear and obvious at the time, Forget about me and think of me, as dead from know on. They untied me and I walked to the group, everyone greeted me and Dio quickly took back his chocker. I had forgotten I had it, but I’m sure he wasn’t as worried about it as he was for my safety.
We walked back to the inn and I shared with the group the information about the Walrus’ cargo of visitors. Raizak seemed genuinely concerned and showed us a wanted poster he had of the Ear of Bargle. We all agreed that we should look into what they were doing in Ierendi and given how my father had treated me so far, I quickly suggested that we visit Silver in a couple of days to see if he can help us in these and other matters of concern. I can’t how ever shake the feeling from my father’s warning. I need to find out why did Silver part from the crew. I mean the day we were drinking he told me he and dad left things off in good terms, but dad’s tone doesn’t seem to be the same as his. I’ll keep a look out for anything suspicious, but I have to wonder why has Silver been so helpful where as dad held me hostage. Whoever is after me must have great influence even as far as Ierendi. Dad and Silver must know this, and so I am in a crossroad where a decision might mean life or death…
Chapter 5: Into the Aleea Reefs
Gotta say being an underwater creature must have its perks. We were away for for almost two weeks, but the first half of our trip felt more like a pleasure cruise than anything. You see, we had a busy week looking for information through the city. Troyus almost got us in trouble asking Silver about the wrong people. Silver advise me no to mess with the Iron Ring and that is exactly what I plan to do. I just hope Dio and Troyus have the same sense that I do.
In any case, we had a day to prepare before setting out to the Aleea Reefs. I decided on the equipment I was to be taking. Given the fact that much of my equipment was not useful down thereI decided to just take a couple of things in my boots, my regular whip and I headed for the market to make a much awaited upgrade. I sold my trusty rapier for a fraction of what she cost me, but she had brought me here so far and her replacement would take over from here. In the market I managed to find the most beautiful and classy blade to this point. I purchased an incredible silver rapier with an engraved holster. I had the weapon-smith write in the words Wolf Fang on the scabbard and the hilt of the blade.With this new master craft sword I am definitely ready to lay to rest even the most resilient of werewolves. The group decided on the purchase of gifts for the King and Queen respectively and Raizak took care of that parcel for us.
I took my things and I boarded the ship with the group. Cliona is finally back. She had spent a couple of days partying hard in Ierendi and who can blame here. She lost here brother and now she is by herself in this world. I know that feeling, though mother and my sisters are alive. I can’t trust father, my brothers are part of the army and I feel communicating with anyone could mean the end of me.
After almost three days of travel, we finally made it to the reefs. At this point I asked Dio if he could lend me his magical necklace. I know it sounds selfish, but if I was to convince these Merfolk of our intentions I needed an edge in my speaking prowess. He accepted and me and Yoshirou went down to talk to the guard after they had shown up. They agreed to take us to their queen and the band set out.
Upon diving underwater I noticed that some of my companions are less than apt in the life of a seafarer. We ran into a Kelp Angler and we quickly took to fight it. Troyus, Raizak and Daero had problems getting their bearings underwater, but eventually we were able to take the plant down.
We continued towards the Obsidian City. Upon our arrivals, the Aleea Merfolks seemed intrigued with us and followed us all the way to the theatron. In there we were met by Queen Maeyi. I proceeded to talk to her and present her with our gift and the Ierendi Seal. Sadly for us, the gift did nothing to impress the great queen, however, something else did. She felt entralled by my words and voice. She introduced us to Thelis her captain of the guard and gave us the leave of her Queendom for us to search for information before setting out to meet the Takala. I remained talking to the queen and I noticed that with every word her expression intensified in a positive way. Before setting out the she gave me a box with a feather. The feather was a means for us to await our transport on the surface, away from the dangers of the sea. Before leaving she touched my chest and gave me a puzzled look. I guess she noticed my battle scar…Chapter 6: Into the Takala Reefs
We proceeded to leave with Thalis and after a few hours of travel we stopped so he could get his bearings. While we waited, the Nyxies Viyno and Viyna showed up and charmed our menfolk companions. We held them down and when Thalis showed up, he was ready to cut off their legs and arms. I negotiated with him and we extracted information about the conflicts in the Red Coral Forest, we then received a magical promise from the Nyxies as a thank you and proceeded from there.
We made it to the Hermit’s Cottage and it was under attack by a group of Sughaim. We made quick work of them and proceeded to talk to the hermit. This time around Raizak and Yoshirou did the talking. Jomer of the Dawn seemed senile so Raizak casted fox cunning on him, only to make the old hermit more puzzling. From the hermit, Raizak received Sebastian, a hermit crab that took a liking to him. With nothing else to do, we continued on our way until we made it to the Ruins on Red Coral Forest.
In here we ran into a unit of Takala Tritotons and their King Fryeden. I managed to convince him to talk and presented him with our gift. This time around our efforts were welcomed and we gained an audience with Fryeden. We eventually noticed that both races believe the other started the conflict and we found out that what the Mad Sea Druid had taken was a box with the sacred Horn of the Tritons.
When Raizak revealed that the Druid had the horn, both, Thelis and Fryeden asked why hadn’t he returned them. It was with that question that everything the hermit said make sense to me. I began explaining only to be interrupted by a band of Merrows.
We quickly took to combat and Merkel casted some very powerful nature magic that I hadn’t seen since Valora was with us. I noticed during this encounter that Troyus is bit challenged when it comes to moving in water. I must help him overcome this challenge once we are back on land. That aside, I was able to make quick work of a lot of Merrows and keep the King safe. He started looking at me with admiration from this point on. I noticed this because even his tone changed when it came to addressing me.
With his magic Raizak noticed that the Merrow captain was being charmed by someone else and so, Thalis began tracking them while Fryeden and his troop scoured the forest for them. The two scouts traveled back to the Obsidian City at top speed and told queen Maeyi. We proceeded to help the search in the reefs.
Eventually we found the Suhagin and the Merrow captains speaking. We confronted they told us that she wouldn’t be happy, but before we could actually asked them anything “she” appeared. The leader of this bands was the notorious pirate Ursula. She had remained anonymous for ten years while she re built her forces and concocted the plan to turn the Takala and the Aleea against the surface dwellers to exact her revenge. After she revealed her plan, Sebastian crawled out of Raizak’s bag and transformed into the Mad Sea Druid.
What happened after that was to outlandish to comprehend. The two magicians went on a full offensive. Oktodik attacking from above and crabs attacking from below. We managed to take out the leaders of the Sugahim and the Merrow and then it happened. The sea pirate witch Ursula told the Druid she knew about The Circle and that he was a member of it. The Druid went on a rampage. Upon seeing this, Ursula told him, now I know it’s true. She then proceeded to teleport from the battle.
After these events, Queen Maeyi and King Fryeden showed up. As they approached I began telling them of the events that had transferred in the reef, but they ignored me and went over to the Druid to ask him. He proceeded to confirm my words, but not before lashing out some insults my way. This guy clearly has issues. He then had Oktodik give the chest back to the Tritons. The king and queen then proceeded to look at each other and make their peace. Then they both came over to me. Maeyi, looked at me and thank me for everything, she also invited me over to the Obsidian City whenever I please. With this she winked at me and caressed my chest once more. Then Fryden came close. He put his hand on my shoulder and while giving it a firm grasp told me: You are always welcome on the Takala Reef great warrior Flint. I would be very happy if next time you come down here, we are able to cross trident and blade together. He then smiled at me and swam off to the Druid.
Both rulers asked the Druid to take us to the surface. He agreed and quickly had Oktodik grab us. On our way up he had Oktodik stop and squish us very hard. He then moved me close to his face and said: I would really appreciated it if you would not tell anyone how they treat me down here or anything else that you heard from the witch. You see if I find out you mentioned it to anyone, you will truly understand why they call me Mad down here. With this the final words Jomer gave to us finally made sense to us all. He has been playing with the minds of surface dwellers all this time. I bluffed to the best of my abilities and the Druid order the octopus to continue. He left us and we were picked up by the navy a day later.
In the ship, Burnscar questioned us about what had happened. I proceeded to reply to her by telling her everything that happened with Ursula and the Druid. She asked if there was nothing else, and I replied that that was all. From there, we were dismissed and we could finally rest. I took my time to write this now, since after 36 hours without sleep, I very much doubt I’ll be doing anything else but sleeping on the journey back. I wonder how fruitful a visit to Maeyi and Fryden might be in the future…
Chapter 7: The Wrath of the Iron Ring
What a night! To think that we would be on the run as a group yet again. After the negotiations with Lady Halaran and Kenelas finished I thought that things were definitely improving on all ports. But no! It turns out Daero (and who knows if his brother) was part of the Iron Ring. I trusted the guy… and yet he stole from Dio. Oh! The betrayal is deeply felt by the group in my appreciation.
Either way he has come clean and at the very least he has remedied some of the damage he made. Additionally he has given us excellent information on the Iron Ring, which could provide useful for dealing with them as they strike little by little.
Speaking of striking last night was intense. Since the minute I saw Daero and the paleness of his face even more intensified I knew something was going to go awry. He asked for Raizak, Veitor and Dio to accompany him into the room and asked Cliona, Yoshirou and me to keep an eye on things inside the Blue Dolphin. Good thing too. I was able to give Tom a note for Silver asking him his advice on how to do some unsavory business here in Ierendi. I gave him a gold coin and he asked me to give it to him in silver coins. After I paid him, he swallowed 5 of the silver coins and left. This kid must have a rough life here in Ierendi City.
As Tom left, we notice a tall imposing figure entering the inn. He was covered with a cape and approached us asking, where was Dio. When I heard his voice I recognized him immediately.
Frutumal? I said in a low voice.
He removed his hood and looked at me saying where is he? At that same moment the rest of the group came and gave us a quick explanation of what was happening. They asked for ideas on what to do, and I suggested we head for Beverly Boulevard because it was close to the Army quarters but close enough for the Iron Ring to want to attack us. The plan was simple; we are to lure the Iron Ring into a position that allows authorities to step in and dismantle the organization because of their actions. Daero, said his goodbyes, handed Raizak all of his money and left in the cover of the night.
We stepped out on the edge ready for an attack at any moment. Two streets before the Boulevard it came. From the roofs and the streets a bunch of Iron Ring Thugs began appearing. We quickly organized into combat patterns and began disposing of the street thugs. I managed to destroy their flanking opportunities by showing them how a real fighter takes on people. Using my whip and began taking out those that Raizak, Cliona, and Frutumal left unable to defend themselves and moved in to help the others. The monks took to the ceilings to deal with the archers. While they did this Raizak put one of them under a spell and we learned that their current leader was Ygus the Little. When we manage to take out enough of them they fled. But know they were referring to us as a problem that needed remedy. In the next street we ran into twice the number of thugs, only this time The Remedy was in charge. We continued to fight but coordination was necessary know. I noticed that Veitor with his huge blade was taking care of the thugs at an alarming speed. I rolled and moved across the street and ended next to him.
We need to work together to get out of this. I’ll cover your back and weaken them so you may take them out in pairs.
He agreed and told me we should stand with Dio on this to protect him. As we move towards him, we noticed that Frutumal fell unconscious. We continued with the plan and decided to save him after all was done. As their numbers began to dwindle in the ceilings, The Remedy showed up. He decided to take on Yoshirou in one on one combat. Big mistake in my opinion. you see Yoshirou might be young in age but he is powerful in spirit. The battle continued and we manage to lower their numbers to the point Ygus the Little had to comeback to intervene. When the street was almost clear for us to leave Yoshirou and Cliona climbed down in order for us to high tail it out of there. Then it happened…
Raizak raised both his hands into the air and started glowing in a bright yellowish aura. Out of him came flying a mass of rays that looked like a pack of wolves made out of energy. They all headed towards The Remedy and struck him all over. He then raised his sword and began yelling something I can’t quite remember. It must have been something about Yoshirou’s mother because, he turned back jumped into the ceiling and hit the man so hard he killed him. We all watched in awe as Ochalean Monk stood over the body of one of the Iron Ring’s lieutenants. The boy had now become a man and a the Ring now knew that if the youngest of our group, Raizak and Yoshirou, were capable of these things we would not go gentle into this good night.
The Little order a full attack on us and we began running towards the boulevard. Upon reaching the edge of the street, Burnscar showed up. She shot out a gigantic fireball down the street destroying everything in its path. In the midst of the explosion, she preceded to teleport us out of there and said to us.
I was ready to leave and then Stormbreaker came to me. I can’t believe its you people again. Here are some disguises, he’ll be here in a few days to come get you. Oh! And tell Stormbreaker our debt is settled.
With that she teleported out of there and left us at the border of the Village of Tokraka. We remember that this was the village we got information for before talking to the Takala. It’s a resort/hiding place for fugitives. Inside the bags were disguises for women and men to look like tourists. Everyone in the group looked at Raizak since we knew he needed to be a woman in his disguise, he smiled a bit and then it hit me. He must have been thinking of looking at women in this resort from a safe place. Damn that kid is smart.
And so that is how we ended up here. I haven’t gone out yet and I don’t know how I am going to face this town dressed as a woman but I know that if Raizak can pull it off, I can too…
Chapter 8: Tokraka Paradise
I take this time to write what could be my last entry. We just arrived from Tokraka and I gotta say, I still believe that place is to good to be true. The people there are all a bunch of two-faced murderous hosts. Though I do enjoy when my possible killers, give me a good bit of action before killing me. Regardless of the sex and the alcohol something fishy is going on there and it’s not inside the kitchen.
They kept us under house arrest because we seemed to be looking for trouble. I mean who could blame us! We were on the run from the Iron Ring, which by the way is still trying to kill us. Those people are hiding something big and dark though. Their songs, their reactions and their overall concept of secrets is just plain scary and nasty business. With luck, we will never have to be there again while hiding from the Iron Ring.
But now into what has me thinking this could be my last entry. We are back in Ierendi and things seem tense. Stormbreaker has placed us under protection in a safe house. But he can’t guarantee that we will be safe beyond 48 hours. This gives us very little time to plan but enough to be able to gather information on this Redwig man.
I am about to meet the group and suggest to them a possible battle strategy. Once that is done, I’ll go meet Silver for a business proposition he might find interesting. I think it’s about time, I pay back to him all the help he has give the group and me in our time here. If things go as plan, both him and us will have our situations changed entirely in this city. While I am at it, I might as well look into the plan Daero was speaking off to us. The government and the tribunes might be in danger and the right piece of information might just save them.
If I should not return from the next few days and this log be found in my things. Know that my things should be sold and evenly distributed among the group. My new rapier should go to Maiavel when he returns. Please send my whips to Master Rolahem in Specularum and tell him that I am sorry I wasn’t able to live up to his legacy. Give Blackjack over to Merkel or Veitor, they have proven a good companions here in Ierendi and I know they will take care of my good friend. Last but not least make sure you send 1,000-gp from my gold pieces to my mother in the Kingdom of Stonewall, here name is Amestris Flint. This might just help her and my sisters survive in case something happens to my scumbag of a father. My funeral should still be carried over as I mentioned before on Raizk…shit, it’s starting to stick, on Quasqueton. To my companions thank you for everything. If this are my last actions, I hope they help you out in the future and know that I am grateful I was a part of this band…
Chapter 9: Ambush Near the Cemetery
All right the deed is done. Who would have thought, I made it out alive yet again. This situation with the Iron Ring is definitely getting out of hand. The good thing is that by this point if they don’t know we mean business they are in for a world of hurt.
I gotta say that planning came in handy. My masterful skill with disguises and my knowledge of the town paid off. I was able to guide the Iron Ring towards us and the Gaius Gang away, talk about skill right there. The problem, however, was dealing with The Little and The Muscle along with their underlings. Not that we were worried or anything, but we managed to prepare the hideout for any and all eventualities.
When they made it to the hideout, our ambush was set. We managed to catch them off guard, which forced the hand of the Muscle and Little. Though we never saw The Little until after Poison showed up, we did manage to hit where it hurts. I took out the Muscle. One would think a man like him would have put up a better fight. I mean, Troyus and Daero did hit him but clearly the strength of my whip was too much for him to handle. I managed to move up behind him and wrap my whip around his neck. The pain of the barbs in my whip and the profuse bleeding that my attack caused must been what took him down after just one attack.
After his fall, Poison showed up and tried to barter with us. Bad move on her part, we had the upper hand and so we went on the offensive, and we almost did her in, but then it happened. She teleported Dio away!
We continued taking down thugs and when we finally managed to rescue Dio, the Apollo box had already been taken. We managed to capture The Little, but at what cost. Now Hendriks has all he needs to carry out his plan. But he made one crucial mistake. We are still breathing and we are coming for him.
We took the loot to Silver for distribution and we’ll just have to see what Stormbreaker has to say to us about his house. Hopefully once he finishes, I’ll be able to talk to Silver and see how favorable things look for us in our enterprise to hurt Hendrik’s business. Either way, the time is almost here when I will have to show the Band just how far my training with Master Belmont took me…
Chapter 9: A Deadly Celebration
Olidammara! This past couple of days have been horrible. We have been on the run for the most part and just when we get a break to be on the chasing side things escalate real quickly.
We lost one of ours yesterday. Brother Cornelious said he would be back but still, its hard to acknowledge that we are all here a second and we can be gone the next. Yoshirou is a fine boy, but I’m sure this experience will definitely change him to a degree when he comes back.
Speaking of changed people. Raizak, what the hell! I spent hours looking for Firespitter and his friends with Troyus and when we finally make it into the streets, chaos! Veitor yelled at me that a man was hiding in the next building over, when I go there I run into The Gift. Now, this half-orc was no piece of cake. I hit him hard but hit even harder and then grabbed me to give me a gift in the alley. Good thing (if it can be called that) Raizak saw him and went after us. He held him down with his magic and began hitting him with the mini-wolf rays. After a couple of minutes, I managed to wriggle free of his petrified body. This was the moment that Raizak yelled to me. He is my kill. I am a man that respects that, had it been Troyus, that wouldn’t be the case like with the chimera in the Ierendi Castle Dungeon and, there would have been no understanding. What I could not have predicted is that my whip would hurt him to the point of death. So after a quick lash to let him know that we meant business, the weakling died!!!
Raizak took this as an insult. I have never seen the little guy so mad. I mean he went as far as to hold me down with magic and light fire under me. I don’t think I’ll ever get over this fact. I know this is all his desire to prove himself a great contributor to the group. In my opinion he already has, with all of his help and crafting, but I think the little man wants more. In any case, to me is no problem conceding him the spotlight next time he wants it, after all in more than one instance he has saved our lives and surely deserves some of the credit. I will, however, be wearier from now on. Glantrian wizards are clearly and possibly as bad as the ones in Alphatia and that is a problem for everyone if he ever throws a tantrum like this one again.
That incident aside we managed to help Dio fulfill his mission to his God and his Brother revived Stormbreaker, which got us even more favor here in Ierendi. Daero returned with Hendriks’ head and a notebook that essentially helped dismantle the Iron Ring here in Ierendi. Now we finally get some well-deserved rest. I think I’ll go check out the city for a while. After all, it’s been a while since I’ve been able to move about freely without fear for my life…
Chapter 10: The Black Pit Part 1
Things have interesting for us in the last couple of days. I finally managed to spend some time in the city and I gotta say that, training in the Adventurer Club was rewarding but bland in a sense. There wasn’t much I could learn from the Master there, but I was able to polish up some one my skills and that indeed showed its rewards on the days that came after that.
Two days into hour well-earned rest Stormbreaker, Ikako, and Silverstreak visited us. They filled us in on everything that Raizak had been investigating in the past couple of days. After a couple of hours in the planning table we resolved that we would travel to Tokraka (I was secretly hoping to see the twins in the forest after we finished) and help capture the Ear of Bargle as accorded with Silverstreak.
A couple of days passed and we where all but set to leave. On the eve of our departure, Raizak revealed his new form to us. Not without making a show of it. I was the center of the party in an all out roast of all my endeavors as seen from the perspective of the boy, well man now. We did a little back and forth and I even approached him to talk and offer him help. He doesn’t remember what happened in the alley or at least he pretends not to. I guess that when you tamper with magic for vanity reasons, maybe there could be side effects like memory loss, not that I know anything about those things though.
Just as we where about to set out for Tokraka, Raizak pulled me aside to talk for a bit. He gave me information on Silver he had from his conversations with Stormbreaker. Now I know that so far Silver has proven to be a friend, but this new information is making me question if dad was just trying to protect me in his own weird way. For the time being I’m not going to mention anything to the group and as longs as Raizak knows there is still a way for the group find out should something happen to me. Either way this diary will serve as a record of this if it where to happen.
We set out for Tokraka only to find out that the Bargle Bugbears had made other arrangements in order to avoid being ambushed in the Village. When we met with our contacts, we met Chorus, Rele and Seawolf. They were to be our guides through the pit. We ran into various lizard men and we made short work of them. We proceeded down the pit and when we got to the bottom, Daero told us that the body of Zarak was gone from the pit. We continued down the corridor and ran into several mishaps but the truly scary parts were the when part of the group got trapped in a room with crushing walls. Talk about luck on my part ending on the other side of the trap. With a little divine intervention the group was saved, but this was only the beginning turning the next corner we ran into a Nithian Scarab Swarm. This little pests, where truly a challenge, especially when Frutumal and Raizak fell. We finally managed to kill the swarm and then Dio and Frutumal proceeded to heal us. Go thing they did too because…
Chapter 11: The Black Pit Part 2
Right in the next room, Ear of Bargle had made it through the dungeon all the way to a room with a giant skull sitting on a throne with his two hostages Chola and Bargle the Detective. Here they made their last stand. Only seven of the Bugbears remained at this point and I made my best effort to disarm the magicians. It turns out that these Bugbears are not to bright when it comes to protecting themselves from a man as skilled in the whip as me.
After a few seconds, the Ear of Bargle grabbed Bargle and fled at the same time Yoshirou grabbed Chola and took her to Chorus, her husband. I was quick to follow the Ear, his wolf and one of his bugbears while the group continued fighting. Now that I now everything that transpired after I left, it has made me question my decision but alas things were done and I cannot turn back time.
As I continued down the hall I saw everything and my mind was blown. Ear of Bargle exposed Bargle to the Heartstone and he was split into two. Both of them began duking it out while he watched. I hid as best as I could and then Raizak showed up. He casted his magic and Ear of Bargle turned his attention to him. Sadly, his wolf noticed me hiding and began attacking me. I managed to slip through him, but not without sustaining damage. By this point the rest of the group was making it towards the hall accompanied by a giant bright lion that Raizak had summoned. I gotta say. I found it really weird that he would summon a lion instead of a wolf, but I won’t complain. The beast fought magnificently and this gave me the opportunity to leave the wolf’s grasp. I proceeded tumble past the Ear and attack him from the back. I noticed he was in pain since the lion had him pinned down. Sadly for me Raizak’s spell didn’t hold out enough and the last remaining Bugbear attacked me from the back.
The rest after this is blurry, but I woke up to the news that Dio had been killed. The group decided to send him with Raizak to be raised from the dead in Thyatis in his church. With this yet again another companion that visits death only to be brought back by magic. This is a truly outstanding thing about magic. No wonder wizards back at home live so long, but I guess these intricacies are should not be the concern of a Cypri like me and now that we have cleared our name in Threshold and we have proven ourselves yet again with the people of Ierendi all that is left for us is to destroy this accursed stone…
Chapter 12: Trip to Safari Island
Several things have transpired in the last couple of days. We finally made it to Safari Island a couple of days ago. In the trip we managed to solve the remaining parts of the Blackscar innuendo. This means that when we get back the group will probably decided to follow through on the map. I noticed that Carceran arrived from the map shop bruised and hurt. He went to talk to Raizak right away, so something probably happened on the way. I still remember when Aranhil went to Southshore by herself and she came back just as beat up, so this is probably Carceran’s case. The poor guy always seems to be getting hurt by things.
On Safari Island, however, hour luck seemed to favor us. We managed to expedite the process of the hydra hunt and we even had time to gather information on it. I went to talk to the Governor of the island, whom was a little less than helpful considering he has delegated this whole situation to the guards.
When we reconvened we received a visit from an Ochalean man, who offered to pay us in order to accompany us in the hunt and for us to allow him to keep the hydra hide. When we accepted the deal he and his followers left and we received a second visit. This time the visitor was none other than, Macala Krosan, the island’s creature expert. She offered us money for the hydra components for her to study. We also agreed. With this our venture had just tripled in profit. We where now missing what we came for.
Dio managed to barter for extra preparation days and during this period Raizak teleported back to Ierendi City to buy some magical rods that we would need for facing the hydra. While at that, we looked into the man that was buying the Teak Bootleg items. He then sent our way, Captain Hector Rushblood. He claimed to be a descendant of a sailor in Mad Greeg’s ship. He and his pet monkey, Elricus, bartered with us, over items and we ended up buying for pieces of jewelry from him in order not to attract attention to our venture.
With this we managed to accomplish our main goal here. Now it’s only a matter of surviving the hydra in the next few days. I think I’ll ask around to see if someone else knows something about this creature we are about to risk our lives trying to take down. Hopefully it will be less difficult than the things we face back at the capital…
Chapter 13: The Hydra of Safari Island
The trip to Safari Island was very fruitful for the group. We managed to deal with the contract and earn a contact on the process. Though at first things seemed dire, Raizak made sure that the stone giant fighting the young hydra saw things our way. It actually helped us dispose of the Hydra, but it did some damage in killing two of the rangers and hurting Daero before seeing things the raizway. In the process, I learned that I still have ways to go before my whip and I are one. Though I’m getting close to being a master with it, I dropped an acid flask on myself while trying to seal a hydra-severed head and that is proof enough that I still need more work using my whip.
Upon dealing with the youngling, it called out to it bigger and nastier mother. By this point I was out of flasks to seal heads, so my job shifted to severing heads. With everyone working together and the combination of the Ochalean Rakasta Fire Team we where able to take down the mother hydra, but now the challenged remained. How where we going to transport these beasts back? We agreed to set up a perimeter and hold off the monsters for a day, while Raizak teleported to Sindaba and brought back a cart big enough to carry all things back. The idiot, however, as Troyus pointed out forgot the horses. What he did next was marvelous nonetheless. He whistled and two horses appeared out of nothing in the jungle. With this I was able understand that the magic this man has can be of extraordinary uses, more so than a simple pair of gloves.
When we made it to the town, people where cheering his name. I realized quickly that in the day we where keeping things safe, he spend time, boasting about how he was the one that did everything and we where just the aid. This didn’t sit well with the group, especially with Yoshirou. But I guess that as long as the job gets done the band will always remain receptive to the memebers, though some of us don’t have problems with are memories as Raizak does after his transformation.
We earned an ally in the form of the ranger, Yama Orce, that guided us through the safari due to the fact that we allowed her to boost her reputation by helping us. We talked about what to do when we got back to Ierendi and the group decided that we should tell Silver that we would go into the dungeon and bring him back his share and at the same time negotiate with Stormbreaker for a contract to clean and close up the secret entrance. Raizak agreed to carry out the negotiations and asked for couple of gold pieces from the group. I assume it was to be able to get through Southshore safe and by himself after what happen to Carceran.
When we arrived at port he met us and gave us the news that both Silver and Stormbreaker agreed to our crusade. Raizak also met the group at port with their new items. This made me realize that the group is slowly getting more powerful and magic is a strong aspect of it. In the next couple of weeks I might have to visit Raizak to place an order of the most unusual nature. In the mean time, I’ll just rely on tonics and potions to contribute. I’ll go to the market and get some things. After all, the last time we went into the Ierendi Castle Dungeon things where not easy and I assume the deeper we go the tougher they’ll be…
Chapter 14: Return to the Ierendi Castle Dungeon I
A couple of days getting ready for this and all we barely make it out with our lives. We spent the better part of Moldain searching the clues of the map and deciphering it during the day and corroborating during the night. While we did this, Raizak came across a painter that has visions of events. Apparently he saw us a month before entering Quasqueton. This is a weird occurrence, but Raizak said he would keep tabs on him.
We managed to find the place but we needed to return at night, because from what I have learned on my days here and interacting with Silver one of the codes in the map indicated that we needed to return at night. My street knowledge was correct; we made it to a fountain of the Second King of Ierendi, which turned out to be the secret entrance. We ran into an inconvenience though. The entrance could only be opened from the outside. Because of this, the Band decided that we would contact Stormbreaker in order for him to help us with this, but this left me thinking about how this would mean a bit less gold for us after all the effort. In the end the word of the Band is law and so we contacted him and returned the next day on Nytdain with our escorts.
We made it into the dungeon and only a few steps in we run into an annoying construct of a bronze serpent. For a construct it was incredibly nimble and hitting it was very hard even for me. Maybe if Troyus hadn’t gone missing the day before we set out things would have been different. Frutumal and Dio used their spells to finally trap it and even out the fight. Eventually and after a lot of earth changing on the clerics part we managed to take it down.
As we proceeded down the hall, we heard a couple of voices calling out for the Death Kahuna. Daero and I moved closer to see, what the voices where about and then we saw them. A pair of Huge Skeletons in the middle of a big hall calling out for the Death Kahuna that summoned them. By my calculations the man must have been death for at least 50 years but here they were, still waiting on their master and protecting the dungeon as Stormbreaker had told us before we entered. These monsters unlike the bronze serpent were not hard to hit, but on the other hand my whip didn’t even dent them. I felt utterly useless but we rallied quickly. Daero took point on drawing their attention, while Raizak and Yoshirou bashed at the gigantic piles of bones. The rest of us proceeded to follow Daero’s plan, though a bit more clumsily than he did because of his magic. Through the battle I noticed that it wasn’t just my whip that was not harming them, but all weapons that slashed or pierced. This made me realize that I need to have all the possible options to adapt to the groups’ needs.
When we finished off the skeletons we cleaned up what treasures might have been laying around and we returned to the entrance to bunker up and rest. In here it’s where things got really rocky (no joke) the ground began to shake uncontrollably. Maybe the clerics spells weakened the integrity of the dungeon or maybe it was just a regular earthquake, but regardless of this, we took our things and ran to the entrance. There, Raizak sent a spell to Stormbreaker, who opened up the entrance for us and we were able to escape before things got worse. We turned in what we found to Stormbreaker and he gave us a percentage of what we found. Better than nothing I guess.
He then told us to give him some time to verify if the dungeon integrity had been compromised and then he would come get us to continue our job clearing it out. This proves great for me as it gives me the opportunity to go shopping for a way to be even more useful for the group. Sometimes whipping things into shape is not enough and when things don’t work out, just pummel the problem away…
Chapter 15: Treasure of Mad Greeg Part I
It feels like a lifetime since the last time I was able to put ink to paper without risking death. The last couple of weeks have truly been eventful. From treasure to visiting the gates of hell, there is never a time to take a breather when it comes to our next goal.
This all started right after Stormbreaker told us that it would be some time before we could go back to the dungeon, after the earthquake. The group decided to continue following up on Mad Greeg’s map. After several hours of work, we finally managed to decipher some of the clues but we also realized that the other clues needed to be faced head on while on the island.
In order to travel there without permits, we managed to secure the one of the shadiest and most frowned upon ships on the city, The Crowe. Captain Rushblood was our contact man and after some negotiations on how he would help us achieve our goal we boarded the Crowe ready for a treasure hunt. To my surprise on board the ship, I ran into Long John Silver working as the cook in the ship. As it turns out this was the ship and the friend he told me a couple of weeks ago. The group seemed puzzled at our conversation and from what I later heard from Dio, Raizak seemed a little on the edge about Silver being on board while we were out hunting treasure but in the end I knew this could turn out for the best in our favor.
On hour way to White Island, we ran intoGoldo Blacksoul and his ship the Crone. It turns out his reputation has been severely damaged after our crippling of the Iron Ring and this was his last stand to recover his reputation among the scourges of Ierendi City. We beat the little halfshit and to administer an even more devastating blow, Raizak flew up into the sky and fired a gigantic ball of fire. The group insisted that it was just a regular fireball, but I could have sworn that at some point it took on the form of Raizak’s face while it flew through the air and hit the ship.
We moved away towards the island and we saw the Crow burning and sinking on the distance, hopefully Goldo will learn better than to mess with us again.
Once we made it to the island we searched around and finally managed to solve another of the clues, Troyus’ simplicity in thinking came in handy this time around. Among the things that we learned the White Apes of this island don’t like being made fun off as Yoshirou evidenced with his pungent smell after being hit with a rotten fruit by one of them. After the incident we noticed that the sun was about to go down, so we returned to the ship to spend the night before reclaiming our prize tomorrow…
Chapter 16: Treasure of Mad Greeg Part II
We made it to the island for what we hope is our last visit to this mysterious place. We continued down the path we had found the previous day and we learned the hard way that Mad Greeg did not enjoy visitors or even desired them.
Puzzle by puzzle we managed to get through the cave. Eventually we realized that each clue was meant to indicate how to identify and what we needed to do. Once this was done we proceeded at an even faster pace through the dungeon.
We got by using what I like to call the wolf formation. Daero scounting for traps, Troyus ready to destroy anything, me lighting the way on the front, the magicians at the center to support, Axetor, and Yoshirou covering the rear end and protecting the magicians. All and all it has proven effective and one thing that I learned from dad on my days on the Walrus, if it works keep milking it till it won’t anymore.
We eventually made it to a large room decorated with a bunch of images of the wind. Even though we knew that there must have been a rational solution, we argued and bickered so much that we ended up triggering EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THE TRAPS on this area before we finally made it to the next phase. It would be here where Axetor’s lever pulling would save or doom us.
You see there where five animal drawings, and a series of levers. We decided on using the Gas of Whispering walls potion that we bought for the Ierendi Dungeon. With the questions we asked we managed to narrow down some of the aspects of the trap but that wasn’t enough. After several attempts to open and failing we were all literally staring into the abyss, only that this abyss was filled with lava rather than with darkness and despair, as you would imagine it would be. Axetor tried one last time and this time around the door opened. I can’t help but wonder if what made Greeg mad wasn’t his eccentricity when it came to traps but rather the dealing with people that were not clever enough to meet his intellect. Either way, I am sure Carceran’s bard friends could surely write a song with this lever and elephant trap later on.
In the next pahse of the cave we found a treasure chest that had five keyholes, each with a different sense. I argued in favor of the eye keyhole and in the end the group went with my decision and thus opening the coveted Mad Greeg chest.
We carried the chest back out the surface and we noticed that we were just a few minutes away from Rushblood leaving us in the island. We ran as fast as we could but in the end Troyus tripped and Veitor let go of his end, setting us behind and as such making us fall under the White Island sleep spell.
While sleeping I had a dream of a white island, upon reaching the island I decided to look around and I noticed that rather than an island this was a giant dead body. I decided to get out of there as soon as I could. When I woke, I found out that everyone that fell under the spell had the same dream and when piecing the dream’s together we realize that the bodies belonged to the long gone Nithian Inmortals. Carceran suggested that this might be what the Circle is dealing with but then again, I don’t want to mess with those people.
When we made it back to the ship, Silver called me over. I began talking to Rushblood and he was demanding that we hand over the treasure because it was his birthright. When I started to barter about it, he revealed the true nature of his ship and threathen us with death. At this point he also revealed that he brought Silver along to use him as food for his wraith crew. Dio stepped in and proceeded to offer removing the curse on the ship. The wraith leader agreed to Dio’s offer and killed Rushblood in the process. Now Dio was captain and we were all bound to the ship until the curse was removed or the wraiths feeding time came along. We talked it out amongst ourselves and we decided to visit the Death Kahuna in order to find a solution to this problem or better yet to find our lives back…
Chapter 17: The River of Death Part I
As we approached the port we noticed that the treatment we received was one of the elite. Dio and Raizak went down to port to visit the Death Kahuna and talk to him about this curse. After a couple of hours they returned and explained everything we needed to do. Dio decided that we should help the wraiths be freed from the curse rather than accept the Kahuna’s help with being free from this cursed ship. Dio is a great guy, but this time around I found myself questioning his judgment and his desire to keep the Band alive.
I went down to port with Raizak and Dio to gather information and I found that the Ear of Bargle were the grave robbers that were plaguing this island. I then returned to the ship and found my new Morningstar waiting for me alongside an oil of ghost touch. I felt ready to tackle the river of death.
We set sail the next day and eventually made hour way through the entrance and down the river. At the end of the channel we ran into a giant dragon skeleton and a giant’s skeleton lying on an island. Before we could dock, a giant undead octopus attacked the ship. Though we managed to defeat it, we realize that being so close to the gates of hell, the dead don’t stay dead. It was at this precise moment that Master Rolahem’s words came to my mind; “The dead are not smart, but if you give them a chance their stupidity will catch you off guard”. Truer words have never been spoken.
Upon striking the last blow to the octopus, we saw how the gate of hell proceeded to resurrect the octopus and summon even more undead skeletons to try and sink the ship. We quickly docked and began looking for the stone.
Daero and me tried and tried to find it but eventually the colossal skeletons became a problem not only to the ship but to us as well. Frutumal then came down to shore and worked his magic on us making us invisible to the undead, but time was running short and if we didn’t find the stone soon we would become permanent residents in this the river of the death…
Chapter 18: The River of Death Part II
I don’t know exactly how it happened and it was all so fast that I didn’t really care either. But apparently Dio met and healed the first captain of the ship. Raizak got a piece of parchment with the stone and ring on it. He then gave the drawing to Frutmal so that he could locate the stone. While all this happened the group continued to fight and Daero and me continued searching. Eventually Frutumal found the stone and told us. Daero rushed to the stone and I began to fight the undead to keep the ship alive while everyone boarded.
The zombie captain kept urging us to turn the skull around and it took us a few seconds to realize what we needed to do, but eventually we began fleeing from the islands. The three remaining skeletons got on the ship to attempt to sink it one last time but we managed to stop them. As we were leaving, we learned that the zombie captain was none other than Carrasco. Dio confronted him and we managed to get all the information on the Crowe, originally named The Broken Hand, the origin of the curse, and how to break it.
We know found ourselves in another dilemma. This ship belonged to the Death Kahuna and we were trying to destroy the curse that his predecessor Nula had place on it. After a big argument among the group Dio convinced to wraiths not to kill Carrasco and that visiting the current Kahuna was hour best bet to break the curse.
When we made it to Elegy Island, we noticed that once again the port stopped for us, but this time around the port was filled with all kinds undead, curiously all of which where forming a circle around the ship. When the Death Kahuna did finally showed up, Raizak realized that this was what Carrasco meant. It was a circle around the ship that only the Death Kahuna could see. He then told Dio and Daero this information as we were preparing to lower the treasure into land. Now Daero and Dio found themselves on a stare down. This decision could free the wraiths but also kill us due to the Death Kahuna’s anger. In the end, I don’t know what they talked about or agreed on, but I saw as Daero handed Dio the stone.
It was at this moment when my body and soul was filled with dread. Dio raised his mace and smashed the ring and the stone. The ship began sink slowly into the Nula bay, and now we where all on port with an offended and very powerful Necromancer that ruled all the undead around us. Dio’s judgment was clearly at fault, I would have considered our lives first rather than that of the wraiths that tried to kill us and cursed us, but these holy magic users are truly strange in instance.
Just as the Death Kahuna seemed like he was about to determined what kind of menial undead task we would be performing for the rest of our remaining days, a small man dressed in white showed up asking for Raizak. At first I thought he was a dwarf but then I realized he was just a really tiny human. After he talked with Nek-Ron and the Death Kahuna for a few minutes, the Death Kahuna signaled so that we left the island. The little man was named Herve and he showed us towards his ship. As we boarded I realize that coming back to Elegy Island is not doubt a grim sentence for us, but I can’t say it wasn’t a learning experience. I am now more convince than ever that Master Rolahem’s family mission needs to be continued. My next goal should be to get my whip and myself ready for fighting undead, but I believe this will have to wait a bit.
As we boarded the ship, its sails magically were raised and it turns out the sails were a peacock’s tail of colors. We looked at Herve and proceeded to listen to him as he spoke. He thanked us for accepting his master’s invitation to Dream Mannor. Raizak seemed very eager to arrive at Fletcher Island, but the rest of us were just relieved that we were alive after everything that had happened.
And that is how hour past weeks have been spent, we are almost at the Fletcher Island now and the group seems to be more calmed now. I guess when your life is at risk; it becomes easier to forget where your trust should be placed. I need to talk to Long John, I am sure that the loss of the Crowe and Hector Rushblood is definitely a blow to his dream that may require talking to a friend…
Chapter 19: Raizak in Fantasy Island
I have to say, Mr. Coarke was a very gracious host in our stay in his house. I don’t remember a lot of the details of what happened, but one thing I am sure of is that we had a great time.
We arrived, unlike in Elegy Island, and were greeted with all the fanfare that a group of our prestige deserves. From the port we were taken to villas and Coarke asked Raizak to accompany him. After that the rest is a huge blur but I could have sworn that I ran into Yama and that she was very interested in my stories and more importantly me. Next time I run into her, I’ll make sure to follow up so that I can bag up that sweet thing.
The next thing, I remember clearly is us getting back on board the ship to Ierendi City. I wonder if we will ever comeback to Fletcher Island but one thing is for sure, the place is a fantasy spot for anyone wanting to escape their day to day…