A quiet day on the river, nothing much to report. I spent some time reading Humperdinck’s memoirs – I have no idea if any of these alleged heroics are true but it’s well written. I think that man missed his true calling trying to be a knight.
I spent the rest of the day chatting with two of my girls – Mary and Eormon. I’ve been thinking a lot about revenge lately and I was curious to hear their tales. Eormon claimed to have once been a noblewoman – I’m pretty sure was a well to do merchant in truth based on her low manner of speaking – who’s family was ruined when her father was framed for providing debased precious metals to the Mendev family who do all the coin minting for the county. She claims this was the work of the Mendev’s themselves who wanted to take over her family’s mining concerns. Realistically her father probably really was passing off debased metals.
Mary’s tale was a little more plausible – she wants revenge on her sister. They ran a business together, several actually, and after years discovered that her sister had been embezzling and robbing her blind. The sister found out that she found out and before Mary could speak to the guard the sister accused her of devil-worship and she barely got out of town before being burned alive. I clucked my tongue, what kind of monster would make a false accusation of that nature?
After they went about their duties the captain of his fine vessel, who is clearly not a river-pirate at all, decided to chime in while coiling a rope of whatever it is boat-people do.
“Have you ever heard the adage that if you set out on journey of revenge you should dig two graves?”
“I have, I assume because after you kill the object of your ire their wife or husband will die of grief – hence the two graves. I don’t dig graves anyway – there are people for that. Rough hand sorts.”
“Ah of course” he nodded “How about ‘Only a fool thinks revenge is sweeter than life’”.
“Oh yes, that’s definitely true.”
“So you wouldn’t trade your life to get revenge?”
“My life? Certainly not. I can imagine little that would be more pointless. They say living well is the best revenge, and by that they mean living well after killing your enemies – and I fully intend on living well. Revenge is one thing but what’s really important in life is making sure that after my looks go and I get fat that I’m rich and powerful enough that people are still lining up to grovel at my feet.”
“Is there a long line for that now?”
“Things will pick up.”
He smiled faintly “I’m sure they will.”
Funds: 5232 gold
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 (6 uses), Domiel family ring, walking stick, aquamarine, masterwork playing cards , +2 Studded Leather Armor, +2 Light Steel Shield, +1 Keen Shortspear, hematite armbands (2), mithril hair clasps (3), Sir Humperdinck memoir, Mazzmus’ Wand (unidentified), Brooch of Shielding, Potion of Invisibility (3), Oil of Animate Dead, Potion of Cure Moderate Wounds (2), spinel and peridot holy symbol of Kralten, platinum necklace, Pouch of Magic Stones, flask of acid (2), alchemist’s fire (2), giant wasp venom (10), oil of taggit (2), alchemist’s kit, formula book
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, mother
Hurk, Mazzmus Parmalee
Rumors : Exiled noblewoman (Reoccurring), vigilante “Litheria”(Reoccurring), murderous Halfling (Reoccurring)
Souls Damned to the Thirteen Hells – 9/10 (15 days remain)
Teams – Labors, Brute Squad (Robbers and two teams of Soldiers)
Graltontown Buildings – Mill