Lay of the land

New allies and moon radishes

Wealday 19th of Pharast – Continued

And so it became my turn to keep a journal on our progress for the time being. I also believe that to be for the best. While Jeremiah did capture the essence of our endeavours, his choice of words and disposition towards nicknames is… rather unique. As for Galliard and Zeth they seem to be more inclined to forget or burn the journal respectively, so I shall try to jot down memorable details as we rest or travel.

The rest of this day passed rather casually at the trading post. We traded the goods we found, made smalltalk with the new guests and then spent the evening doing our separate things.
Kressle noted, upon prodding, that when the Staglord, whom Jeremiah refuses to call anything but King Bambi, notices that their outpost have been looted, he will probably fortify himself within his main encampment. It should be well guarded and provisioned, and will require a password to enter unchallenged. I wager we have a few days left before he even notices, but we have elected to let him fortify while we become more familiar with the lay of the land.

- Agyen Nalita, Treesinger of Verduran

Oathday 20th of Pharast

During breakfast today, Svetlana noted that ‘tis the season for Moon Radish. She and Kressle talked quite highly of a soup made from these radishes, and we decided to gather up a few if we come across them. I have included a sketch of the radish made by Svetlana, but we are bringing Kressle along, so she should be able to point them out, should we come across them.
Svetlana also pointed out that Bokken would be stoping by the outpost soon. Appearently he is a potion maker who lives in the nearby lands, we should consider him if we find ourselves in need, as he may be open to commissions.

Today we also set out to properly map the lands surrounding the trading post, bringing 3 horses and the cart from earlier. We started out towards northwest. Jeremiah is having Kressle ride in the wagon so she can fashion him a dog’s collar whilst we travel. I find it hard to see the purpose of this as he does not have a dog, perhaps he wishes to gift it to Zeth to gain some good will?

Edit: I was wrong, Jeremiah intends for Kressle to wear it. She does not seem positively inclined, but she accepts that it is out of her hands. Jeremiah claims it is to hinder her escaping, but my guess is that this is some quirk of his. I am beginning to doubt the wisdom of us leaving Kressle as his “pet”.

I also found out today that Jeremiah is an excellent violin player, we have begun playing together. If we keep at this I might learn some more orthodox musical pieces.
Before we went to bed we tied Kressle to Brambles for the night, he should be able to hinder her escape, I am beginning to see the point of the leash.

- Agyen Nalita, Treesinger of Verduran

Fireday 21st of Pharast

Today we travel towards the southwest. Whilst travelling Jeremiah have been teaching me notes, although I do find the note names weird. Galliard spent the entire time mapping and making some sort of cartridge. When I inquired to their nature he simply mumbled something about “rapid fire explosions” and continued.

We set camp in the outskirts of the forest we will be exploring tomorrow. During dinner preparations, a bear was attracted by the smell, It was quickly put down and repurposed for food. The skin was exquisite too, but Galliard botched it completely, the imbecile!
More alarmingly is Zeth. I had guessed at his absession with fire from the way he seems to stare into the campfire whenever we set up camp, but today he nearly set the forest ablaze with fiery magic. I will have to keep an eye on him, he does not seem to respect the harmony of a forest at all.

- Agyen Nalita, Treesinger of Verduran

Starday 22nd of Pharast

Today was highly peculiar. We uprooted the camp and moved into the forest, and most of the day passed without any noteworthy events. In the late afternoon however, Kressle noted that she had found a patch of moon radishes. It was complicated, however, since 4 kobolds were resting with apparent tummy aches in the patch.

Rather than to just exterminate them, we chose diplomacy. Galliard is fluent in draconic, so we decided to let him try to reason with them. There was some shouting, but suddenly the kobolds swarmed him; not to attack him, but to worship him. For some reason they start harvesting radishes and hand them to him.

It turns out that he bluffed them into believing that he is a black dragon in disguise. When they saw me he told them that I was a blue dragon, also in disguise. As it stands, the kobolds seem to worship us.

Edit: The kobolds could not accept taking order from Jeremiah as he was no dragon. It was quicly setted with a duel, the kobold was lucky to survive. I still don’t know how they feel about Zeth.

We decided that that 2 of the kobolds should go and prepare their den for our arrival, while we finish exploring. When we have finished, we will return here so the remaining kobolds can guide us to the den.

I have also noted that Kressle seems to be rather pale this evening. I wonder if the is scared of the kobolds? Or perhaps they have contaminated the soil here, and the radishes made her sick? I will be keeping an eye on her condition tomorrow.

- Agyen Nalita, Treesinger of Verduran

Sunday 23rd of Pharast

Today we left the remaining kobolds and ventured onwards to the east. We have left the forest, and are now travelling in flatlands. Around noon we encountered a peculiar area. A circle, about 200 yards in radius, in which bones of various animals and even some humans lay scattered. Jeremiah used some telekinetic magic to poke around in the bones, and I swear I heard some rustling sound. We decided to not venture into the area just now, but we have noted it’s location on the map. We are considering bringing Whiny Happs back here and having him enter the area for us at a later date.

On another, slightly humorous note, I have found the source of Kressles unease. It seems she also fell for Galliards bluff yesterday, and believes that she is indeed held captive by dragons. While this is advantageous, I almost pity the poor woman by now.

- Agyen Nalita, Treesinger of Verduran

Moonday 24th of Pharast

Today we have traversed some marshy areas, but we have now completely mapped the area surrounding the trading post.

We encontered some frog-like creatures bathing in mud. I tried to be diplomatic, but they attacked me when we could not find a means of communication. They were effectively dispatched.

- Agyen Nalita, Treesinger of Verduran


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