Weds., 5/20 Interviewed slave dwarf, Moli, and found out that Moonhammer is in charge of Orcs, that the other base is the “X” on the party map, that he doesn’t know PR III, and that he thinks the Blood Arm is the name of a group.
Thurs., 5/21 Party rested and patrolled. Elios is conscious again!
Fri., 5/22 Party rested and patrolled.
Sat., 5/23 Party rested and patrolled.
Sun., 5/24 At night – “clip-clop.” The Scarlet Guard messenger arrived to tell the party it will take an extra week before they arrive (now planned to arrive on 6/4). Ja’Elle heard rumors around town while he trained including:
1. Scarlet Guard are not all loyal
2. Evil originates from Mar-Dir
3. a savior will come (long-descendant of King Chanceli)
4. Hard-backed creatures are in the Eastern Foothills 5. A drunk said he was imprisoned “unfairly.”
Tues., 5/26 The party arrives in Standhall. We identify items (1 ring of protection +1 to Elios, Hayg’s dagger is +1. It goes to Ja’Elle). Many party members upgrade equipment. Rowena pays for “familiar” materials.
Weds., 5/27 The Lambasan Crow will perform. His posters show his piercing eyes. 7:30 show: Jennifer “the Great” from Standhall opens for the Lambasan Crow. She sings 3 songs including one about the PC’s. The Lambasan Crow’s first song is about how King Goodwell united peoples. His second song tells about how King Chanceli ruled Terkent. His third song is about towns destroyed by the red dragon (Rhondora, Rhomawyr, and Rirakoth) before the dragon headed west and people feared that he headed to the King’s Mountains. His fourth song was about before the Great Journey in the year 0. It included the following timeline:
41 BGJ- Anti Magic Wars begin in Bala dul. Magic viewed by the populace as suspicious and attracting evil into the land. After outlawing magic use three years earlier, the leadership of the land sought to do away with magic use once and for all by identifying and destroying all forms of magic. Many leaders were suspected of corruption and attacked by barbarian tribes. Strange alliances were made between good and evil. (Told to Adreus by his parents and other clan elders.)
29 BGJ- Elven race identified by many Baladul overnments as defenders of magic.
28 BGJ- Program to eliminate all elves begins in many Bala dul states. 4 states seen as rebellious because they protect elves.
24 BGJ- Civil war heightens as 3 remaining elven protectorate states defend themselves against the rest of the county.
23 BGJ- Elven leaders begin 3 plans to help resolve this conflict. One plan is to construct enough ships to leave Bala dul together forever.
21 BGJ- Scout ships sent. None return. Later, the elves discover that the ships were destroyed by a blockade.
7 BGJ- 2 states continue to protect the elves. The elves decide to leave Bala dul together forever. They begin the process of building many carrier ships and a stronger navy while fighting off warring peoples.
Thurs., 5/28 Tyzzer has his date with the Crow. The Crow will ride with the party to Station 1 to check out the hard-backs. The party buys horses and equipment for the horses. (heavy horses & equipment cost 216 g.p. each. The light horse and equipment costs 91 g.p. All horses cost 5 SP per day for stabling.)
Fri., 5/29 The party rides out to the foothills with the Crow. We arrive at Station 1 at night. During her night watch, Rowena hears rustling. She wakes up the others. Elios and Ja’Elle move out of the light of the lantern. For a second Atli detects evil southeast of the party. It goes away and he does not sense evil for the rest of the night. Elios sees shadows passing near him and hears rustling behind him as he slowly backs towards the party. With the help of Tyzzer, Elios makes it back to the party without incident. Ja’Elle is frightened by shadows and rustling and runs back to the party. Lighted sticks come in from all sides. The Crow throws one back. Others follow. Clouds move quickly from the west to the east, soon covering the whole sky. “Lighted” clouds engulf the sky and night becomes day. The party is surrounded by flickering lights. We hear booming laughter. After becoming very frightened, the party decides to make a break for it and jumps on the horses. Ja’Elle rides ahead. A 150’-long wall of flame separates the party from Ja’Elle. The party disbelieves the wall of flame and it disappears. It must have been an illusion. The horses don’t overcome the illusion as quickly as the party members. Eventually, it becomes night again and the clouds are gone. Nothing else happens this night.
Sat., 5/30 Nothing happens during the day. Night comes. On Derezim’s watch, he smells a foul odor (sewage). Fog rises from the ground. He wakes the party. When the fog covers the party, they distinctly taste something like mint. The party joins hands. The rogues realize that they are holding the hands of someone not from the party. The fog rises slowly. The man is dressed in all black (boots, pants, belt, shirt with hood). He has brown hair and brown eyes. The party tries to talk with him. He does not respond. Ja’Elle blows his whistle behind him. He does not respond. Derezim pulls his hood off. He looks normal. The party offers him food. He eats some. The party offers him water. He puts the water in his hand and drinks it. He offers the party bread. The party eats it. The sewage smell and mint taste disappears. The stranger seems to be unable to hear, but after we eat the bread, he talks with the party. He says, “friendship follows.” He has wandered the continent and recently in the foothills. He hasn’t made friends, except for the hardbacks in a while. He said there was confusion when the hardbacks and the humans at Station 1 fought. The hardbacks were attacked by other humans just before this and fled towards Station 1. Both sides started fighting thinking the other side was unfriendly. He said the hardbacks were being hunted by the other human group. He said he doesn’t control the fog. He said the bread represents friendship. He said only 2 hardbacks exist now in Terkent. His final “gifts” to the party were: saying that “Power corrupts” (find out who is in power – both evil and good, including who sent you out); and he gives the party a very small vial of water that he says will make any liquid into water. We name him Friend
Sun., 5/31 There were no events during the day or night.
Mon., 6/1 Rowena gets her familiar, a raven.
Tues., 6/2 There were no events during the day or night.
Weds., 6/3 There were no events.
Thurs., 6/4 The Scarlet Guard returned with their full troupe. The Crow agrees not to tell the Scarlet Guard about Friend for now. Romak is now in charge of Station 1. Atli did not detect any evil from the Scarlet Guard. The party questioned the Scarlet Guard about their previous encounter with the hard-backs. Romak said he heard the sound of the horn to flee. He saw the hard-backs kill Captain Quohann. He followed orders and took off. The party heads back to Standhall on their horses and with the raven. On the way the see dancing lights in the figure of a human to the north of the road. As the party approaches, the lights grow brighter, so bright that they cannot look. After they call out to say “hello” and friend the figure begins to move away. Half of the lights disappear. The party continues to call out friend and the lights eventually all disappear. We continue back on the path to the west. The party arrives in Standhall later that night.
Fri., 6/5 The party begins training. The Crow leaves for more performances. NOTES: Derezim needs to level-up. Other party members are ready to roll. The party may write the Crow to ask him to rejoin them for future adventures (he is unsure if he will accept). The party discussed what to do next. After completing training, some options include: 1. clearing out any orcs left at the “X” cave (we expect that it is empty), 2. following the map clues to look for PR III, 3. watching Tyzzer fight kobalds while “hitting on” the Crow. 4. June 8-14 Festival of the 3 Kings in Wellby.