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Flamerule 1, 1489 DR through Flamerule 14, 1489 DR
5 “Adventurers” (fakes)
Group of Blood Eels (assassins of renown)
Fields of the Dead
(Using milestone advancement)
Most of us having been hired on to guard/manage soldiers, the wagon train set out on our way on Flamerule 1st towards Water Deep, going through the Fields of the Dead. Canis, though I wish I could help him because of our Emerald Enclave ties, did not get hired. He was still allowed to travel with the party, so maybe luck will find a way. Our party got to know various travelling companions and employers. My main man, Lai Angesstun, seems to be an alright fellow. And THANK THE GODS that we are in such a nice smelling wagon with various perfumes. I couldn’t imagine being Alreg with that pile of stench up front.
We continued this way with little to note until Flamerule 4th in the afternoon, when we came across five “adventurers.” They were boasting of having slayed a Lich who was trying to take over Darkhold, and we seemed to think they all were alright people. They joined our travels.
On Flamerule 5th, Osier, Caelynn, and Alreg got fired. The new “adventurers” were hired in their place, as everyone seemed to think they were greater warriors/more competent than our crew. My luck continued to hold out with Lai not firing me. I noticed one of the adventurers was an archer, and thinking to put her to shame/help one of my companions at least, I challenged her to a long-distance shooting competition. Out of nowhere she drew her bow and shot a haphazard-looking shot towards the sky and out of sight. From what I could tell, a hawk with an arrow in it then fell near us. It was my defeat. Towards dusk, we came across a merchant, wagon, and a few guards under attack from some Urshani hobgoblins. While I was trying to decide what to do by asking Lai, all the “adventurers” rushed forward. What a brave group! However…isn’t it a bit odd that they abandoned their employers? Hmm…whatever, they seem to have quite the bravado. Guess their stories about the Lich weren’t all show. The members of our group who were fired, and those who weren’t hired to begin with, rushed forward to attack and prove their worth. Lai told me that the matter didn’t concern us, so I just stood at the ready with my bow drawn.
Sithik, Alreg’s winged little companion, flew above the adventurers to observe. Good call, Alreg. The “adventurers” move forward towards the fight, but have not yet reached the hobgoblins. Alreg marches up to the “adventurers”, and I notice he is very upset and having words with them after some spells shot from his hand. Travok gets to the “adventurers”, and it is discovered that their weapons are fakes! Gasp! Travok and Alreg get furious, and the “adventurers” are persuaded not to join the fray.
Canis summons wolves and sits back to relax. I would not want to be on the receiving end of eight wolves. Pretty scary, even from here. Lai again tells me that I should remain by his side. I dismount my horse and inform Lai that I have to do something to get revenge on that archer. I shoot her bow fingers off. Ahhhhh, sweet revenge. I then resume watching Lai and guarding, after sending a wink to Sulsedeg the Pole farther back behind me.
The hobgoblins are eventually defeated by our Cleric/Fighter/Warlock/Bard team. The merchant leaves the wagon with the guards and joins us to head to the nearest available horse rental. All of our people get hired back. The “adventurers” are not-so-kindly told to depart from our wagon train.
On Flamerule 7th, we spend the day resting at a roadside inn. Resting is also part of a true adventurer’s job, so we all enjoy ourselves to the fullest.
Flamerule 8th is a day full of rain.
We continue on our way, in harsh weather, until we found an inn to rest at on Flamerule 11th. This was due to the freezing cold that had developed. Many of our wagons had goods that could not be left outside in this weather. After Alreg and Achreny entered to procure rooms…it started to get strange. No rooms were available, apparently. The lights went out all at once. This was odd, so I approached one of the windows to get a better look. After some light returned, my companions were in battle! From their outfits and armaments, they seemed to be assassins. All the guards of the wagon train prepared to join in the fray. Sulsedeg kindly knocked the pane out of the window to allow me to shoot. What a nice man! Though the fight was filled with ups and downs, thanks to addition of several wolves, we managed to overcome the assassins. Those wolves sure are handy, I have to admit. After we confirmed the dead, we got a free night at the inn! Our group enjoys free things quite a bit.
We continued on our journey the next day and traveled until Flamerule 14th, when we needed to take another rest…
by Oriana Rieta a.k.a. Chad Barrett
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