Where to begin? The recent days have been chaotic to say the least.
I left off with our journey to the caves that the treasure map had indicated. We had arrived and delved into the caves. We had a few encounters with some goblins and hobgoblins. They were easily enough dispatched.
After a short time in the caves Mademoiselle stated that she needed some air and wanted to step back out of the caves. Xavier went with her. We decided to press on ahead. There were more hobgoblins and goblins. Eventually we came upon some of the vile creatures and some human captives. While we were dealing with the hobgoblins the captives managed to free themselves. The larger of the men picked up a weapon and came to the fight. He is apparently a magus. One who is as adept with magic as they are the sword.
This man is of an age with Tristram. However he is much more physically imposing. He is also much more intelligent than his appearance would suggest. His name is Alcien, and he is trying to gain experience and power to look for and reclaim his family that was taken from him.
We finally dispatched the last of the goblinoids, including their leader, a rather large and particularly ugly bugbear. We found some useful items with this group, including a pretty nice pair of boots.
Moving further into the cave system we find a strange plant that seems to have made zombies of some hobgoblins. When trying to fight with these creatures I discovered that I need some new weapons so I can deal with various situations that a fist alone cannot solve.
After finding nothing else of value in the caves we head back to camp. When we get there we find Xavier unconscious and Mademoiselle missing. At first expecting foul play, we looked for her for a bit until we noticed that all of her gear was gone as well. I suspect that she did not want to be tied down with a group. However she should have had the grace to let us know she was leaving. It appears that she used her charms on Xavier and tricked him into drinking something that she had drugged.
As much as I miss my friend, I wish her the best. I hope that she finds the peace and balance that her life desperately needs and that she is so intensely looking for. I hope she is safe and want her to know she is in my thoughts. If she ever needs my help all she has to do is send word.
We returned to the town of Knorst where I used some of the money that we acquired and purchased some new weapons. Unfortunately the weapon smiths here do not know how to make the weapons of my homeland. It took four days and three smiths to make the weapons as I had to instruct them. I picked up a crossbow, for long distance. For other scenarios I picked up a shéng biāo (rope dart), a Jiujiebian (nine-section whip),
a Sansetsukon (three-section staff), and a Nine-ring Dao (nine ring broadsword). I did draw some strange looks from the rest of the group when I met them on the ship that had hired us for protection.
We set sail for the kingdom of Alya. The captain wanted us to be on the lookout for the pirates that have been harassing the ships lately. As she predicted we were soon set upon by said pirates. Try as they might we managed to defeat them. We also captured their ship.
We freed the slaves that were rowing the boat. They still had to row to shore. We considered keeping the ship but I would rather have sold it as I did not wish to own a ship that was used for slavery and piracy. The captain of the ship that hired us decided that they would take the ship and paid us for half of the ship.
When we arrived in Alya, we were notified that Brother Oliver had a note from Rishin to give to the Queen. We were granted an audience, after getting some new clothes and leaving our weapons behind.
Only Brother Oliver and I attended the meeting. Queen Agatha Alya is a gracious host. She is quite pretty and she has an aura about her that commands attention. Although I think that this has something to do with her station as Queen than with her alone.
After delivering the message we were left to our own devices. I am not sure what we are doing now. I feel lost on my own so I will travel with this group for a while. However it seems like we do not have a direction and with out one we will fall apart. If I cannot find a direction with this group soon I might try to find Mademoiselle and see if we can find warmer climates.