Skulls & Bones

&*^#@ god!

We found some armor and weapons – one human-sized and one halfling – then swam back with no difficulty, because we threw the body of one of the ugly fish into the water on the other side of the island.

As we kept exploring, we got attacked by this giant carpet-plant creature. Because of course it was. It landed on me and crushed me some. We slept after that, but when I woke up, I was sick and weak. Gimble cast a couple of spells on me over the next two days, though, and that seems to have fixed me. I wasn’t crazy about sitting still and letting a magic-user cast stuff on me, but at least he’s a cleric and not a wizard.

Diakrine 3, 2011

Since the caves have been mostly cleaned out, we checked out another spot on the map. The things attacking us are gettin weirder and weirder. This one was some kind of deer/badger cross, and it messed with our heads. Made me and Bach think it was our friend. I’m glad it’s dead. (And not just because the sucker bit so hard. The last thing I need in this life is false trust.) There was treasure in its cave. Artwork and coins, and still nowhere to spend it. Also there was the remains of a camp near the water past the cave. It was very fresh, only about a month old. They’ve been here on this island the same time we have. They’re hiding, though. They never lit a fire. We dragged the deer/badger body over by their camp, in case it’s that thing and not us they’re hiding from.

Another day, another spot on the map to check out. This time it was giant plant mounds trying to entangle us. I really hope that whatever god is messing with us like this is getting all the yucks out of his system.

We all went back to the lightning lizard place. We circled around them this time and found them separately in the woods. They went down really easy. So strange after they just about handed me and Bach our heads last time.

Diakrine 6, 1011

Okay, enough weirdness. That’s just enough. Now we’ve met some tree guardian lady, named Arbella. She seemed just sad and nonthreatening. I mean, it was pretty clear she could take us all down if she wanted to, but she just wanted to make sure we treat the trees right. Which, now that I’m away from her, is pretty creepy. We are gonna need to chop down some trees for the ship so we can get off this island. We ended up with a deal. She’ll tell us which trees we can take if we’ll stop some (weird) spider-people from summoning their super-monster-god-thing. Yay.

Hobgoblin Cave

After that battle, we found a rapier for me and a two-headed orc axe for Bach. I feel a lot better with decent weapons.

We decided to just clean out this whole place and then use it as or base. After scaring some kids (which we’ll only have to kill later, so I don’t know why Bob’s all upset that I killed one now) we found a room with an alter that had a golden goat. Seriously, a goat. The cleric was no joke, though. He downed most of us.

We got to the bottom of this place, and there’s a huge lake here with an island in the middle. We went to check out the island, but we got attacked by big, ugly fish. I am not making this up. Apparently they drown their prey. They kept missing me for some reason. I would think I just swim that well, but they got Bach and he’s just as good as me. Makes up for yesterday when I kept getting hit by the stupid hobgoblins.

Dear Mother (whoever you are)

So, obviously things have been going too well. Bach and I got back to the market place, and everyone, I mean everyone, was gone. I know Gregor paid the bribe in time, because I was the messenger. It went like it has a hundred times.

Ferine 1, 1011

A couple of days later, we got word of a message from Gregor. All we had to do was get a group of people and stick our head in a noose … I mean show up at the Crow’s Nest. We grabbed some losers, showed up, and talked to some weird old guy, named Angel. He said the losers wouldn’t cut it for the mission. Mission? Yeah, apparently we need to deliver some box. We saw some guys on the docks that looked like they could handle themselves, but before I could say anything, Bach admitted how much money there was in it. Damn.

Details aside, we got on the ship on Ferine 4, 1011 and headed to our destination, when we were interrupted by a storm. Big storm. Huge storm. No-more-ship kind of storm. Bach and I made it through the waves, found each other (and some of the group we “hired”) and, after drifting for over a week, we got to an island on Ferine 15, 1011. After a couple days of eating and sleeping, we counted heads. Bach, me, Bob the Bard, Pasha the Halfling, Gimble the Dwarf, and Gary, one of the ship’s cooks. Weird how all the other adventurers made it here. I would think there’s something going on, but unless one of the gods has a twisted sense of humor …. Yeah, that’s probably it.

Lovely island. We found what used to be shelter, and managed to fix it up. In the meantime, we fought and killed a boar (dinner!), a dire wolverine, a giant crab and a swarm of regular crabs, a snake and a giant spider. That attacked us. Within a span of two to three days.

Ferine 27, 1011

We finally cleaned out the zombies on the ship in the harbor. There was more gold and silver coins than I have ever seen in my life. Too bad there’s nothing to buy here. Definitely a god with a sense of humor. Bastard. We also found the tools and supplies to eventually get it sea-worthy again. Turns out Gary is really a carpenter and not a cook. Although we knew he wasn’t really a cook. Man could burn water. Hope he’s a better carpenter.

Diakrine 1, 1011

We are sick of all the surprises, so we decided to go exploring. We went up one of the hills and found a cave. We encountered some hobgoblins and found a stairway built into the rock. At the bottom were some more hobgoblins. Then there were even more hobgoblins and goblin dogs and some big dude. He thought we were funny. At first. It was kinda cool, though, with spells going off, the bard singing, Bach and me swinging. Bach went down a couple of times, and that was less cool.

We’re going to check out more of this place. I’ll fill you in when I have more time (and am feeling delusional, like I’m ever going to know anything about you.)


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