OK, I’m not tired this time. I’ll give the journal thing another try.
So it has been a busy couple of days. We went and visited places, saw things, did things.
Lots of talking and meeting with people. If this is politics, bleh.
First it was the guard captain. Talked to him about how things were shaping up for city defenses. Seems like he’s got a hand on it. He wants to recruit Tynerion people to add to his own if things get bad. Can’t say I blame him, not a terrible plan.
Then it was going to talk with the king’s steward. I was the lucky one and got to stay outside. Not too much to tell. Neil and Carreg wanted to see what is going on outside the city and things. They left after the steward set up a meeting.
Then on the way home, we went to check out a cemetery. Because who doesn’t do that when they’re walking home? Turns out it was one that was some family thing. Family of Aldus or something… Neil was freaking out that he might be related to some Tynerion guy called Aldin or something. It’s easly a couple months of hard travel, I mean, what are the odds? Slim at best, right?
Finally get home, and shortly afterwards we get the King to visit. Um, yeah, that shouldn’t happen. The king talks about goblins and orcs and undead, rants a bit about the council stealing power from him, and his plans to use Neil to try and get it back.
He was really open and telling us pretty much everything that Neil wanted. We really need to verify what he’s telling us. Not that i don’t trust the guy, but, I don’t trust the guy.
He told us a story about how he became king too. Apparently his father and 3 older brothers were all killed at the same time. He wasn’t killed because people didn’t know about him, being a bastard and all. Council took a bunch of power, but he was able to become king, though didn’t seem like they wanted that.
Wonder who sets up a quadruple assassination, and then gets away with it. Did he have something to do with it? His mom? The council? Someone/something else? Things got screwy up at home, but um, wow. And we’re all getting dragged into politics, so if this is acceptable or common… Hmm, maybe I need to practice more.
King showed us maps, and talked a bit about the laws, etc. Apparently the country has kinda rule free zones between the cities, or something like that. I’m assuming it means the city laws don’t apply anymore, but the kings laws do. Either way, can get away with more outside of the city limits.
After the king left, had a chance to finally relax and get some sleep.
Woke up early the next day and made some treats. Hid ’em in a magic box that keeps them fresh, and at temperature too! Going to enjoy those later.
Carreg and I are going out into the city to check out a few sites. I need to watch his back, I’m not sure if I’m getting paranoid, or just convinced that travelling alone here isn’t a good idea. Neil’s going to stay back and train with CC. He’s expecting people to visit too, so that sounds like a great reason to head out.
We ended up walking towards the runs and finding a broken down building. Looked kinda like a library. Lots of bookshelves made out of stone, but not much else. The building had three walls kinda standing, and a bunch of empty stone shelves. Carreg and I (of course) went inside. Spend about half an hour or so inside, and he found something using that magic gear of his. Apparently down underneath was some sort of magic.
Moved around a few things and pushed over one of the bookcases. Underneath was a glowy red wall that I could kinda see through. We spend a couple of minutes as he fiddled with the magic stuff and got it open. Went down a stone staircase into the dark, and it was dark. Even with the light from that sword, things were kind of murky down there.
It was a small rectangular room. The stairs we went down on one of the longer walls. Probably about three or four paces wide, about 7 or 8 long. The far wall (the other long one) had a small bookshelf. The short wall to the left had a small shelf and a leather bedroll with a couple of straps around it. The short wall to the right had a square pedestal a couple of feet high, with a black box on top of it. Weird scrips on that thing. In the center of the room was a large box. About the length of a man, and about as wide. Lots of weird writing on that one too. At the center of the room hanging from a chain was a little oil lamp looking thing that instead of kicking out light, was putting out dark flows. Kinda like when cooling how oil and water mix, yeah looked like that.
Went and looked at the pedestal first. Carreg started reading it, chanting really. Then it made a “Hiss, pop” noise and could see through the box. Some weird statue thing. Looked like a guy, but with a squid for a head, and I swear when I looked away from it that it had a bunch of eyes. Creepy. Oh, Carreg said it talked to him too. Great!
Then looked at the coffin thing. And as Carreg started to read that one, something inside it started to move and make noises. It said it was some sort of nivolk and when Carreg told him he was in a coffin, he screamed. Opened it up, and inside was a half elf guy who has missed a few meals. He was talking like a Nivolk though. Weird.
Talked with Duxis (Dux) for a while – yeah that’s his name – while I kept my sword ready and Carreg pocketed all the books. (Big surprise, eh?)
And then Carreg put a turtle around the statue, we went upstairs and destroyed the stairs, dropped a couple of bookshelves on the whole and decided that we should go talk with someone. Ended up deciding to go to the temple of Forge.
On the way there ended up running into el Bastardo. They kinda growled at us, we growled back, and he said something about Neil getting his due sometime later. Then we kept going, and Dux now had a bunch of new stuff. Didn’t see him take any of it, but by time we ended up at the temple he had three coin pouches, a set of mismatched knives, and two sandwiches.
Went and talked to the Forgies inside, and we got a private room. Food was brought for Dux. He didn’t like the spicy stuff either. Heh. They got him some clothes and Carreg spilled on Dux and what happened. They were talking books and stuff, and slipped in bits about the demon looking thing below. The candidates for the cleric for the farm were selected, and Carreg and I told ‘em to just send them to Neil to take a look at. Never even met ’em. Wonder if we’ll get a nivolk there too?
Apparently Dux was some sort of nivolk hero who slayed a demon after the demon wars and we found him in the remains of his farm? Um, ok?
Ended up spending most of the day there, and Carreg took a look at Dux’s knife, and then we left.
While we were gone, sounds like Neil got to talk with some of his very close friends. Training with CC he got to talk with Valus, and then the scary sage lady and El Bastardo’s daughter. Trying to figure out stuff about more politics.
I’m still trying to figure out if I was lucky to go with Carreg and deal with a demon, or not. I would have been there for the politics stuff instead. Hmm…
We, finally, got home as Neil was working through interviewing people. Apparently he had interviewed the Forgies, and picked one. Sounds like we’re getting Hinla. She’s half elvin and a miller. Knows a thing or two about a couple of weapons. After the clerics he started with the stewards. The guard captain guy was there to help too.
First was Echque. Some Aerish guy who from the sounds of the kitchen people had a staff where the sun don’t shine. Neil didn’t like him. After him was Rakos, sounded like some woodsman/ranger type. Another half elvin guy. Knew about a bunch of stuff. Looked like he was in his mid 40’s. So probably a couple hundred years old. Sounds like Rakos will be going to the crappy place to try and set it up. After him was Enkle who kinda snuck in, she heard a couple of people talking about the jobs, and wanted a chance. The steward had a whole “Eww, girls, gross” vibe to him, but sounds like she knows how to run and manage an inn. Neil’s going to give her a chance at the better of the two places. And then there was Zineya (Zin) – dwaren, gruff, and someone I want to point at Rauker. Who knows how old he is. Dark beard guy who knows a bunch of weapons, stonework, some cooking, and wants to run one of our places. Neil is thinking of setting him up for our properties up North a bit.
Tomorrow get to talk to some of the others. I think the Tynerion, Vanir & Freya guys are coming next, and I get to talk to the Mellus people.
Friday Neil gets to have another council meeting, now with the public! Yeah!
Saturday we get to sneak away to the crummy property, and then who knows what next.