Ardhon

In the Wilderness

After defeating all the goblins, our group decided to loot what treasure the goblins had in their cave and spend the night to heal their wounds. Most of the night passed quietly except Kadren’s watch where he briefly fell asleep, but nothing seemed disturbed when he awoke other than a fox running past the entrance. Upon waking in the morning everyone found that their injuries had miraculously healed overnight. While this was curious, they didn’t look too much into it. They also met a new companion, a man by the name of Tashe Goldkin who was also looking to kill the goblins from the bounty. As usual they were hesitant to trust him, but after an interrogation on his views on the sun, elves and drinking, the group accepted him into their little band.
Leoroar expertly lead the group south where they believed the witch lived and soon found a path that looked like it had been traversed by both a humanoid and a fox. However they were attacked by a pair of viscous wolves who seemed to not like trespassers in their territory. The first was quickly dispatched, but Tashe decided to knock the second out for Leoroar to have as a pet. The wolf was not fond of this idea, and though bound, tried desperately to escape. He seemed oblivious to the ranger’s attempts at calming him and kept running to the east. He soon led them back to the den where the final member of the pack was waiting and the group was forced to kill both.
Upon investigation inside, Leoroar found three wolf puppies and decided to keep them. Tashe convinced Kadren to put a deer skull they found on his head and run outside to scare the two waiting outside. Unfortunately a trained warrior reacts to being startled by attacking what scared them and Alexzis nearly killed Kadren with a thrust close to his heart. She promptly ran off and hid while Slaybright healed his friend now that the danger had passed. After some debate about who was at fault they decided to stay in the den for the night to heal wounds and cook the meat off the three wolves they had killed.
Again on his watch Kadren fell asleep briefly and woke up with his wounds mysteriously healed. Again deciding not to tell his friends about his newly developed narcolepsy, he shrugged it off. Alexzis also fell asleep briefly and woke up with a compass and a note with directions out of the woods next to her. They decided this must be the witch thinking they were lost and helping them. The only trace they found were a set of fox prints that led off a short ways and disappeared in a stream. They decided to stay another night at the wolf den and leave a note for the witch in case she came again.
Alas she did not take the note and the night passed quietly. So in the morning they all set off to follow the stream south in search of more fox prints. True to the note, in just over three hours they came to the road leading from Algoran through the forest. Fortunately they remembered that there was supposed to be a path to the witch’s house somewhere off this road and they set off to find it. Finding the path from this direction turned out to be easy as it was not well hidden. Leoroar spotted some tracks, both humanoid and hooves, but none fresher than 2-3 weeks old.
Following the path they easily found a log cabin in the woods that could only be the witch’s house. However, they arrived after nightfall and the house seemed dark and empty. Tashe did note some magical auras coming from inside. The garden out back looked as though no one had been tending it for a week or two. After some discussion about camping outside so as not to trespass, Kadren decided to check out the house anyway and was rewarded with an arrow to the shoulder for trespassing.

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Day 3

Dear Dwarven Diary,

I must have missed it yesterday evening, which is understandable given my temporarily impaired vision, but When I woke this morning, one of the fellows pointed out the blatant signs of Sun Worshipers in the goblin’s cave. I wasn’t aware goblins had the wits about them to worship anything beyond chaos and mischief. I’ll have to investigate this next time I’m at a library and see if there’s perhaps a possibility of sun worship amongst the beings of lesser intelligence. 

We all rested well, even Kadren, who had the foolish idea of eating goblin meat for dinner. I’ll wager he regretted that choice as he puked into the corner shortly afterwards. Eating goblin… humans can be truly daft when the mood strikes them… Anyways, I woke feeling very well, more-so than I expected after the hard time those goblins gave us. I’ve always said a cave is the best place to sleep.

As we prepared to leave, we were actually confronted by a single fool mercenary who came to the cave on his own to slay those goblins. A sorcerer, no less. Not a lick of armor on him, and he expected to handle nearly a score of goblins. Who know there could be so many fools? I’ve no doubt he’s got some power to him, but flesh and bone still a man makes, or in his case, a half-man. Poor sap has some Sun Elf in him, or at least his mother did. ( Amirite? ;D ) Or perhaps it was his father that made the contribution. I haven’t had those details from him yet. As long as he doesn’t worship the sun or make slaves of any conscious race, he’ll be alright by me.

We made towards the witch’s woods, our new magician tagging along. Part way there, we noticed a fox following far behind us. Kadren(?) said he’d seen a similar beast for a fleeting moment during his shift last night, but I’m sure there’s more than one wandering the area, and no doubt it’s caught wind of our rations and seeks an easy meal later. Unfortunately, those weren’t the only dogs we were to encounter on this mission. With only the warning of Tashe (the new guy) and Alexzis’ keen eyes, we were set upon by a pair of wolves! With no provocation they came at us from the woods. Quick bastards, I couldn’t land a hit, and had my leg bit. After a bit of work, one was slain and the other was knocked senseless. It seems Tashe and Leoroar had the idea (This’ll end well! No, really!) to tame the beast as a pet. We managed to restrain it, but I doubt it wanted to eat us any less.

Eventually, Leoroar lead us directly to the wolf’s den. Whether by happenstance or intent, I can’t say. What I can say is that the other wolf that emerged from it had no kinder feelings for us, and in the end we had to put both beasts down. To his credit, Kadren had the sense to put their deaths to some use, salvaging some pelts and meat for later. While the rest went to search the den for pups, still stuck on the silly taming idea, Alexzis and I stood watch outside.

I’m not sure who’s idiotic brain formulated the idea, but I hope they regret it for many a year. When Kadren came bursting from the den at our backs, growling and dressed as some horrific skeletal beast, It was pure instinct that swung my hammer, and thrust Alexzis’ rapier. Thank Torag my hammer missed it’s mark! I fear that if a shattered skull had been added to the pierced heart Alexzis had struck, I may not have been able to bring him back. It was by Torag’s will alone that Kadren made it back from the brink of death this day. I truly hope that reality is not lost to him.

Tonight we spent sheltered in the den. We’ve still some wounds to lick, and a witch to find in the morning. I do hope Leoroar can keep those wolf pups quiet through the night.

Day 4

Dear Dwarven Diary,

A solid night’s rest has treated us well again, and we all feel ready to take on another day. Kadren thinks himself a clever artist, scrawling blasphemous graffiti in the dirt to irk me. He’s not changed much since our days of training together. More importantly, it seems that while Alexzis nodded off during her watch, some one or thing left us the means and direction to make our way back to town. The tracks Leoroar discovered seems to confirm that we are haunted by what must be a servant of the witch in the form of a fox. Of course, we are not seeking to return to town just yet, and My suggestion was that if the witch is aware of us, we should stay put and do what we can to make our intent known. We spent the day resting, and have crafted a message conveying our interests to the witch. We left it in the open, and sleep unguarded to show our trust.

Day 5

Dear Dwarven Diary,

There’s no evidence that our message was seen or acknowledged. We’ve decided to follow the fox’s tracks as far as they’ll take us, and can only speculate on the rest. With any luck, we’ll find the witch’s home and make contact.

We’ve made our way onto a road that is known to us, and are heading back to the Northwest, towards town. I recall that there’s another road that splits off of this one between here and town. It’s said that the road leads to the witch. Our path is clear before us.

-Not yet recorded, as opportunity/rest has not yet happened.-

At the end of the side-road, we came upon a seemingly abandoned hut. The garden looked untented, and our calls went unanswered. Tashe detected an aura of several magics from within, but still our calls seemed ignored. Kadren decided to enter uninvited, despite my advise. It cost him an arrow to the shoulder from a trap Alexzis was unable to spot…

In the Wilderness
 

Day 3

Dear Dwarven Diary,

I must have missed it yesterday evening, which is understandable given my temporarily impaired vision, but When I woke this morning, one of the fellows pointed out the blatant signs of Sun Worshipers in the goblin’s cave. I wasn’t aware goblins had the wits about them to worship anything beyond chaos and mischief. I’ll have to investigate this next time I’m at a library and see if there’s perhaps a possibility of sun worship amongst the beings of lesser intelligence. 

We all rested well, even Kadren, who had the foolish idea of eating goblin meat for dinner. I’ll wager he regretted that choice as he puked into the corner shortly afterwards. Eating goblin… humans can be truly daft when the mood strikes them… Anyways, I woke feeling very well, more-so than I expected after the hard time those goblins gave us. I’ve always said a cave is the best place to sleep.

As we prepared to leave, we were actually confronted by a single fool mercenary who came to the cave on his own to slay those goblins. A sorcerer, no less. Not a lick of armor on him, and he expected to handle nearly a score of goblins. Who know there could be so many fools? I’ve no doubt he’s got some power to him, but flesh and bone still a man makes, or in his case, a half-man. Poor sap has some Sun Elf in him, or at least his mother did. ( Amirite? ;D ) Or perhaps it was his father that made the contribution. I haven’t had those details from him yet. As long as he doesn’t worship the sun or make slaves of any conscious race, he’ll be alright by me.

We made towards the witch’s woods, our new magician tagging along. Part way there, we noticed a fox following far behind us. Kadren(?) said he’d seen a similar beast for a fleeting moment during his shift last night, but I’m sure there’s more than one wandering the area, and no doubt it’s caught wind of our rations and seeks an easy meal later. Unfortunately, those weren’t the only dogs we were to encounter on this mission. With only the warning of Tashe (the new guy) and Alexzis’ keen eyes, we were set upon by a pair of wolves! With no provocation they came at us from the woods. Quick bastards, I couldn’t land a hit, and had my leg bit. After a bit of work, one was slain and the other was knocked senseless. It seems Tashe and Leoroar had the idea (This’ll end well! No, really!) to tame the beast as a pet. We managed to restrain it, but I doubt it wanted to eat us any less.

Eventually, Leoroar lead us directly to the wolf’s den. Whether by happenstance or intent, I can’t say. What I can say is that the other wolf that emerged from it had no kinder feelings for us, and in the end we had to put both beasts down. To his credit, Kadren had the sense to put their deaths to some use, salvaging some pelts and meat for later. While the rest went to search the den for pups, still stuck on the silly taming idea, Alexzis and I stood watch outside.

I’m not sure who’s idiotic brain formulated the idea, but I hope they regret it for many a year. When Kadren came bursting from the den at our backs, growling and dressed as some horrific skeletal beast, It was pure instinct that swung my hammer, and thrust Alexzis’ rapier. Thank Torag my hammer missed it’s mark! I fear that if a shattered skull had been added to the pierced heart Alexzis had struck, I may not have been able to bring him back. It was by Torag’s will alone that Kadren made it back from the brink of death this day. I truly hope that reality is not lost to him.

Tonight we spent sheltered in the den. We’ve still some wounds to lick, and a witch to find in the morning. I do hope Leoroar can keep those wolf pups quiet through the night.

Day 4

Dear Dwarven Diary,

A solid night’s rest has treated us well again, and we all feel ready to take on another day. Kadren thinks himself a clever artist, scrawling blasphemous graffiti in the dirt to irk me. He’s not changed much since our days of training together. More importantly, it seems that while Alexzis nodded off during her watch, some one or thing left us the means and direction to make our way back to town. The tracks Leoroar discovered seems to confirm that we are haunted by what must be a servant of the witch in the form of a fox. Of course, we are not seeking to return to town just yet, and My suggestion was that if the witch is aware of us, we should stay put and do what we can to make our intent known. We spent the day resting, and have crafted a message conveying our interests to the witch. We left it in the open, and sleep unguarded to show our trust.

Day 5

Dear Dwarven Diary,

There’s no evidence that our message was seen or acknowledged. We’ve decided to follow the fox’s tracks as far as they’ll take us, and can only speculate on the rest. With any luck, we’ll find the witch’s home and make contact.

We’ve made our way onto a road that is known to us, and are heading back to the Northwest, towards town. I recall that there’s another road that splits off of this one between here and town. It’s said that the road leads to the witch. Our path is clear before us.

-Not yet recorded, as opportunity/rest has not yet happened.-

At the end of the side-road, we came upon a seemingly abandoned hut. The garden looked untented, and our calls went unanswered. Tashe detected an aura of several magics from within, but still our calls seemed ignored. Kadren decided to enter uninvited, despite my advise. It cost him an arrow to the shoulder from a trap Alexzis was unable to spot…

In the Wilderness
 

Journal of Alexzis Fear

Day 3

Dear Diary
I had to do swift tonight but I was well rested so it didn’t really matter, weird those I awoke fully healed! Either something is up or Slaybright is a better healer than I originally thought. I choose to ignore it for now. Everyone else awoke with the same thing, nobody was hurt no more. Curious! We were getting breakfast ready, Kadren in his infinite wisdom choose to eat some Goblin flesh. Guess what… he threw up.

Sadly the piece didn’t last as everyone was getting ready we heard the bones we set up rattle. My team being full of geniuses they called out to the stranger. And much to my surprise the fool called out as well. They were yelling at each other they are giving me a headache I just strolled out. The man was a bloody Half-Elf I think I felt the puke in the back of my throat. Not only that hes part Sun Elf and he dare glare at me. I thought my team was going to shun them like most do to me… They accepted him quickly. This thing it calls itself Tashe his parents must have hated him. It talk as if it could have killed the entire horde of Goblins that took all 4 of us. It was only in regular clothing it was kind of sad really.This Tashe supposedly is a wizard and Kadren seems to be happy about this and I watch them train a bit… I’m starting to believe this Half-Elf might be pulling his leg but he seem happy so I didn’t really say anything. After we had our little introductions (Don’t think Tashe likes me, well the feeling is Mutual) we all went off in search of this witch and to be blunt I rather get our reward I hate dealing in the land of magic.

We went out into the forest and I swear there a fox following us. Kadren said their was one last night on his shift running by our camp. I didn’t really converse with anyone and maybe that was a good thing because of that I was able to see a wolf coming at us. The humans in front couldn’t hit it for their lives so I was able to get it twice but then Kadren killed it and took credit for my hard work. (Asshole!) I didn’t even notice the wolf behind us attack Slaybright and Tashe. i went to help them. Then Tashe order us not to kill it and try to knock it out. Well I thought screw him I’m not going to be order by a Half-Elf. I tried to kill it but I knock it out than Tashe said it was a gift to Leoroar.

OK we just murder it’s what I assume mate and injured it, let alone it was a adult who is wild. I truly don’t see Tashe’s logic here. This can’t end well, it really can’t! Shockingly Kadren was able to be useful and pelt the wolf. (The other wolf didn’t appreciate that part). Well they tied up the wolf and we followed it. Guess what it lead us to a den. GO Figure! Another came out and I notice the one we caught leap on Leoroar so i killed it. It however land on Leoroar but I was to busy to help him. What not like they would have help me in the same situation.

Then they continue this hair brain idea of training a wolf and Tashe, Leoraor and Kadren went into the den and looking for what I can assume is the wolfs puppies. Slaybright and I sat outside at the ready and we talk about how foolish the ideal was and us talking actually brighten up my day. I’m still not entirely sure what really happen or what went through they’re minds but Kadren ran out with a skull on his head scaring the shit out of us. Slaybright miss I didn’t. I stab him right in the heart. He drop I thought he was dead my heart drop I ran and hid. I swear I was going to cry.

He lucky stabilize I am going to murder him. When I walk out I heard one of them said it was the Half-Elf idea. I taught him a listen with a good kick to his hybrid jewels. But then Kadren started to yell a me for defending myself. I gave him a piece of my mind.

You think almost dying would have taught him a lesson.

Day 4

Dear Diary
I had watch last night yet again and… I fell asleep I swear it was only for a few moments and when I awoke I found a note and a compass. Apparently she believes we are lost which we kind of were at this point. They had another hair brain idea by staying at the den for another day. They wrote a note telling her we like a meeting. I told them it was a stupid idea no one listen to me. I kind of felt like no one wanted to talk to me. I felt like the villain for some reason I am staying to myself and writing in my diary. Why is that freaking Half Elf everyone friend and yet I get treated like shit. I feel that my acting depression is kicking back in. No one was taking swift tonight good cause I need to sleep.

Day 5

Dear Diary
guess what the note is still there, told them it was not going to work but no one ever listen to me! We then follow that fox’s tracks that we believe to be the witch’s familiar or it could actually be the witch. They apparently knew where she was and forgot much to my annoyance but I let it side for now. I still say we let this go and get that Goblin reward but yet again I’m ignored. Well the witch’s directions were correct.

We found the witches house and trust me I did not like it. We search around that house and we found nothing but a unintended garden. I made a slight joke about slavery to Kadren when he started picking the garden. He as no sense of humor! Humans can’t live with them. Tashe I’m starting to believe he is pulling Kadren leg. I didn’t seem to see a trap at the door and Kadren was hit in the shoulder with a arrow.

We decided to stay the night outside. Next to a witch’s house, who may or may not be dead.

It’s time like this when i wish I didn’t lose my teddy bear in the fire.

In the Wilderness
 

After we defeated the goblin group. we decided to camp in the cave for the night. There wasen’t much of value on the goblins, but then it dawned on me. What if goblin was edible? (as it turns out, the answer to that question is no :() I had the first watch of the night, but unfortunatly i dozed off at some point. When I woke up, I saw a fox run by, but nothing else happened. In the morning, we somehow all discovered we had all been cured of our wounds, like some spell had been cast. Slaybright was a little worried when he awoke (unbeknownst to him, a carved a sun symbol above his sleeping form to prank him overnight.) Some guy who calls himself Tashe found our pile of goblin corpses outside the cave, and ended up joining us. this is extremely fortunate for me, as it turns out he has knowledge of magic. This means I have somebody who can teach me as we go.
Leo guided us through the Witch’s woods, were we found humanoid and fox trails. Upon following the trails, a pair of wolves attacked us!. We killed one of them easily, but Tashe and Leo knocked out the other one in order to try and tame it. I skinned the other one for its fur and its meat. (This probably did not help Leo in his taming attempts.) Unfortunately we found the wolves den and we killed the rest of the adult wolves, including the captive.
We found some baby wolves inside, along with a deer skull. Tashe had the bright idea to tie it to my head and have me run out of the cave in order to scare Alex and slaybright. bad idea. Alex proved to have lighting reflex and an even faster blade. my life flashed before my eyes as i crumpled to the ground nearly dead. It’s a good thing slaybright is trained in healing arts, or this entry would never be written. We stayed the night in the wolf den (what is it with us and caves?) and i cooked some more wolf meat.
Not suprisingly, I crashed on watch again. Alex apparently received a compass and directions on how to leave the woods. We decided if we stayed another night and left a note in return the witch might respond. She didn’t.
The next day we followed the fox trail we found. It took us out of the woods. We went back in, remembering this time where we were told we would find her house. we found the path to her house with little trouble.
We arrived at her old cabin at nightfall. Tashe said he sensed magic inside the house. The garden was poorly tended to (and I learned i’m a poor gardener.) We decided to camp here for the night, however curiosity got the better of me. I have to find out whats inside. Bad move #2 was rewarded with a painful arrow.

In the Wilderness
Scirocco

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