Macendamandel 29, Year 887 (New Imperial Calendar)

Unsurprisingly Erist is turning out to be a real stick in the mud in terms of a traveling companion.  Thankfully his two friends are a little more lively.  Two half-elfen brothers, Dario and Delian are a bit on the unattractive side for fellows with elfen blood which isn’t helped by their various battlescars but they make up for it with a ready laugh and a garrulous nature.  While Erist fumed silently the three of us chatted away – they with their tales of traveling the byways of Cymrile County and beyond and me with a few choice tales of my own.  They endeared themselves to me quickly by rankling Erist off and on about recruiting them help him apprehend a “violent and dangerous criminal”. 

On this second day of travel several boats did pass us on the river but unless there’s a reason for haste the followers of Strider prefer to walk everywhere – further proof that this is not the deity for me – and I am content to stay with them so the barges passed on with just some shouted conversation across the waters.

My new friends had planned for us to stay overnight in the town of Fellstone but when we got there we found the village in the process of being renovated after what was clearly an attack.  We quickly ascertained that a few weeks ago a mixed band of tribesmen from the moors and orcs raided the village and made off with a store of old books, maps and journals.  The mayor gathered the militia and set off on their tracks only to find that they lead to the keep of the Lord Grace the Younger.  Knowing there was no way to bring the lord to justice the people of Fellstone sadly set to rebuilding.  My traveling companions seemed to accept this story but it made little sense to me.  I didn’t get the sense that any of the Fellstone villagers were lying to me – and not just because they’re simple countryfolk incapable of coming up with such a tale – but it made no sense.  Why would a Lord bother sending raiders to steal anything when he could legally just come and take it?

Clearly an investigation is in order. 

The village folk rolled out the barrels – literally – and there was a bit of a celebration with food and music and dancing.  In theory to celebrate our visit but surely it was just an excuse to have some merrymaking to rid the memory of the attack and those lost in it.  The four of us bedded down in the town square along with maybe a dozen villagers whose farms were far enough away they didn’t want to walk home in the dark while half-loaded.  I’m sure a few wives will be bending a few ears tomorrow morning. 

Pleasantly warm and buzzed I gazed at Erist who finally seemed to have lightened up a bit.

“Can’t your god just tell you what happened here?”

“It’s not that easy.”

“Of course not.  Did you use magic to find me or did your fellow priest just tell you I was heading south along the river.”

“Both, he spotted you and we used magic.”

“Why is it that everyone seems to be able to use magic to find me but whenever I want to find someone the magic people tell me they can’t do it?”

“Why do you want to find these people Ela?  Do you wish them ill?”

“Does it matter?”

He turned over to sleep “There’s your answer.”

Harrumph I say.  What is magic good for anyway?  As I gazed up at the night sky I wondered if my men (and women) had made it to Malgareth yet and if so what misadventures they’re getting up to – given how hapless they are when I’m around I shudder to think how they operate on their own. 

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Funds: 7312 gold

XP: 22,944

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)

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

Graltontown Buildings – Mill 

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