Macendamandel 15, Year 887 (New Imperial Calendar)

Day one on the “road” to Heathgrove.  Setting out this morning, with a very reluctant Kellgale and a couple wagons, for a moment I had a frightening flashback of the disaster of the caravan to Three Rivers.  But this should be different – we’ve got only twenty armed men here.  And, one assumes, no greed nobleman with an agenda out for blood.

Kellgale was skittish at first but I assured her that my only goal here was to get out of town and buy some souls in Heathgrove.  I think she thought I was kidding about the second part.  I asked her about our gladiator and she said that we had invested in a half-elf who called herself Bellflower.  Great, a woman gladiator!  Say goodbye to that money.  I asked her what possessed a successfully con-artist and perfumer like herself to get mixed up in the business of bloodsports and she had a long and not very interesting story.  Short answer – she’s not all that successful. 

When we stopped for lunch she nervously asked me if we were “even” on account of I had stolen some of her money and, bracing myself for the shooting pain, I assured her we were square.  When I doubled over in agony she asked what was wrong.  “Lady issues” I forced out through gritted teeth.  She had something for that – opium.  And let me tell you that stuff works great!

Later in the afternoon we came upon a gelded stallion and two mares – not wild obviously but clearly had been on their own out here in the plains for a while.  They were skittish but still docile enough that I was able to coax them into our little band.  I know this is anthropomorphizing on my part but they seemed relieved when they joined our wagon-horses.  I suppose there’s such a thing as too much freedom.  

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Funds: 820 gold

XP: 17,144

Inventory: Peasant outfit, wooden box, Signet ring, Ring of Many Garments, thieves’ tools, land deed, Bag of Tricks (rust), gold ring, Cap of Disguise, Secure Pocket, candlerod (9), masterwork dagger, succubi carving, Disguise kit (8 uses), Domiel family ring, walking stick

Revenge List: Duke Eaglevane, Piltis Swine, Rince Electrum, watchman Gridley, White-Muzzle the worg, Percy Ringle the butler , Alice Kinsey , “Patch”, Heroes of the Lost Sword, Claire Conrad, Erist priest of Strider, Riselda owner of the Sage Mirror, Eedraxis,  Skin-Taker tribe, Kartak, Królewna & Bonifacja Trading Company, Hurmont Family, Androni Titus, Greasy dreadlocks woman, Lodestone Security, Kellgale Nickoslander, Beltian Kruin the Splithog Pauper, The King of Spiders, Auraluna Domiel

Rumors : Exiled noblewoman (Reoccurring), vigilante “Litheria”(Reoccurring), murderous Halfling (Reoccurring)

Souls Damned to the Thirteen Hells – 3/10 (25 days remain)

Teams – Labors, Brute Squad (Robbers and two teams of Soldiers)

Buildings – Mill (repair time 7 days)

Managers – Master Smith (paid for next 7 days)

Behind the curtain : I rolled an encounter and got three horses, Ela made her Handle Animal check to “defeat” them.  Miraculously Ela made her save to avoid becoming addicted to opium.