The Sundering

Going to the Library
Some things shouldn't be checked out...

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.

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And Neil's vacation continues
Brace yourself, Winter is coming

From Kerian’s journal.

Events in the South have taken quite a turn.

Neil has gone ahead and decided that the people here are a bunch of screwups and well, being Neil… decided that he can do better. And since that fateful decision he has:

1) Butted heads with the tower wizards.
2) Found the white witch (and didn’t tell me right away, I’m still bitter about that one!)
3) Bought property.
4) Trained a Takadean in swordwork, yep.
5) Purchased property.
6) Purchased a second property.
7) Fixed a magical fountain.
8) Flooded an arena.
9) Become leader of the council.
10) Killed a Dowskil priest in our home.
11) Hired bandits to protect our newest home.
12) Pissed off the wizards again, and again. (Yeah, that’s gonna go well…)

Ohh there will be stories. And I’m not sure we’re done yet. He’s got plans for the newest property, turning it into some sort of outpost or city.

And now we’ve gone to recruit priests for the new property. Why? Yeah, WHY? Because we need them to bless the graveyard that was there – it had a problem with people leaving without permission from there.

Then we need a cleric to teach them to read and write. Reports and all that.

Then Tynerion is going to come out and teach ’em to defend themselves from bandits/undead/anything else going bump in the (k)night.

So yep, I’m going to be avoiding that place. Makes it easier since the bastard that sold it to us failed to mention that it had been burned to the ground.

Talking to clerics is as bad as talking to wizards. Apparently there’s been enough stuff going on in town between the White Witch, sorry Valus, Nyx (Yep, we found ANOTHER dragon. Don’t get me wrong, I like Em, and CC, but feels like we’re following them around instead of us doing what we want.) But with that, and then Carreg, in town, and finding an ancient library. Oh yeah, we found an ancient library – that was where Nyx was hiding. It apparently was too much for Forge to resist and either Carreg needed help or was lax in doing something about it. Either way, I’m staying out of that one too!

So we found an angel of Forge. She’s talking history and secrets and hidden stuff, and how the stories are not really stories. Imagine that, the stories that Artemir puts out there are not completely truthful. Imagine my surprise.

So we DID find out something useful though… apparently the raising of the new gods wasn’t some random chance thing, or something that Acyth engineered; or directly anyways. Apparently there was something about the evil gods coming back, and they either couldn’t, or didn’t want to bring back Pyrran or give the others more power. Makes sense I guess – after all Pyrran was blasted into parts, Rivaldess was thought dead, as was the White, ahem, Valus. It would have meant lining up behind Bast, Hemdal, and Tynerion – maybe the Traveler, while other evil gods were appearing too.

Dunno what decision I would have made, glad I didn’t have to.

But apparently Forge and them decided that they didn’t want to resurrect Pyrran at that time, they’d do something else. And that leads up to the latest thing the clerics/wizards have done that has made my head hurt.

We apparently have a choice . Ahh great! We can go and live our lives and attempt to protect our little corner of the world, or do something about it. Whatever that means. I think she wants us to be gods or something.

Not this cat, thank you! Her and Carreg were talking about it. I started counting the pen tips that were in the ceiling, that bored. I wonder if they could send a nivolk to take them out. :)

So we’re likely to be attacked by a dragon of some sort, and then have to figure out a way to do something that gods would do, and maybe have Carreg or Neil become a god. I don’t think dragons can, so there’s that.

Oh yeah, forgot about the dragons. Apparently there is some sort of dragons that are attacking around the city and collecting money and stuff, and burninating people it doesn’t like. Almost all of ’em have been outside the city, and we kinda, sorta, expect it to attack us. Because of the scary sage lady.

Scary sage lady is like Gato’s opposite. Everything that he’d miss – she won’t. She’s already onto Nyx. Better him than me! He goofed about apples somehow. She was retired, and now the Forge angel lady convinced her that she should come out of retirement to make sure the sages are ready for something.

So what’s next. We get to interview clerics. Mellus, Tynerion, Vanir & Freya, and Forge, and then hire a steward for the properties too.

And I got volunteered for the Mellus folk. For that I’m thinking I might pick a kitra or something for Neil. He might just deserve that. :) He hasn’t heard anything till he’s heard one of Bast’s ballads.

And then finally we can prepare for the goblins and orcs to come and raid the property and city, and Neil think’s that should be in front of the undead.

I’m just glad he hasn’t realized the best way to find that out is to leave one of us out there. I’m a simple cat, really. I fight, I whittle, and I like a good meal and a comfortable bed. I’d rather stay in the place we’ve got in the city, or if not there, the one to the west.

Yawn. Damn, must be tired, I just wrote yawn. Hmm… wonder if Carreg’s journals look anything like this. Doubt it.

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Life of Neil
probably another bad idea

ok. i need neutral ground. i want to facilitate a meeting between a cleric of tynerian and a cleric of artemir. Hopefully there is one in town. i need their help. i think this will work anyway.
i want the two groups to work together to help this town and me. the idea is that they help me get the cloak of pyrin that the cleric of bestelle is wearing and open another compartment in this box. once the box is open, i will turn over to them control of the warehouse/tree or whatever that has the food supplies. they are to give any seed corn to the peasant farmers to start a crop first thing in the spring. in exchange they will primarily sell it to the guild. the tynerian people will help the farmers keep the nobility and the foreign powers away from the crops so that they don’t gain control of the area.
tynerian can use their contacts with the nobility to help the guild set up the vallorean and the arleans to fight each other with the help of the coin.
once that is done, i want to go through a “door” back to leigha. i set out to help my people. i need to use the sword to unlock the box in either strata or brokensword. i have helped out some of the worst here in the six cities, now it is time to help out at home.
once that is done, if there is still some items left we can cause some chaos in vallor :).

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Life of Neil - VI
litch meets death

Well, we found a tower of the undead. Fire is most definitely our friend.

Oh, but first…MOLLY DISAPPEARED! She just vanished when she went to walk into the tower. We went inside and she wasn’t there.

We did find a vampire, skeletons, and a demon, Oh My. We went through the tower looting and fighting as we went. It was great fun really. Then we found the guy who lived in the tower. The dwarf said he was a litch.

He looked at us and didn’t want to waste his time fighting us himself, so he decided to summon Death. So Death pops up next to me, looks around our group, and lingers over the kid. Then the damnedest thing happened…he grabs and kills the litch.

Evidently Death doesn’t take kindly to “people” who cheat him.

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Life of Neil - V
prince

Why me?

Today I come back from breakfast, and there is this kid in my room. Only I recognize this kid. It is one of the king’s sons. WTF. How did he end up in MY room, in the six cities?

He tells this story of his hunting party being attacked outside of Strata and then the next thing he knows he is waking up in my bed. He has lost a month of time, but he seems ok otherwise. Then we see his necklace change. it originally had 3 pearl like gems hanging from it. As we watch, one of them crumbles and the necklace reforms with the remaining two.

The prince goes on to relate the story of how he got the necklace. Basically he was some old lady’s knight in shining armor, literally, and saves her from a bear attack. She gives him the necklace and tell him it will keep him safe. Giving him a second chance on life is great and all, but why is he in my bed?

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Life of Neil? - IV

Ok, I think I figured out why the gods may not like me very much.

Yesterday I went to the Temple of Forge/Tynerion, stole a journal of the Traveler and may have blamed the Temple of Artemir for it. Oops.

Now that isn’t what I had planned on doing, it just sorta happened. You see I had this Tynerian knight in training helping me out in the library researching demons. It was really kind of amusing. You see Emily cast a spell on me so that I could talk and understand the local language, but I still couldn’t read it. Therefore the poor kid had to do my reading and summarize things for me. Oh you should have seen his face when I told him he needed to read it for me. HILARIOUS.

Anyway, the modern information didn’t seem quite right so I told him to find me some OLD sources. He comes back with this book of Tynerian that finally seems to have some good info. Anyway as we go along he starts to assume that I am a priest of Artemir. I try to tell him otherwise, but everything I do seems to convince him otherwise. He makes this comment about Artemir always lies and I had to open my big mouth and say, “No, Artemir brings the truth. The Traveler is the one who lies.” So, he disappears and comes back with this journal sized book about the Traveler. I grab ahold to glance at it and the words inside start moving and reforming into my native language. Oh Crap!

Anyway, one thing led to another, the kid went to get the head cleric to tell him about what the book was doing and I bolted. With the book.

“Why take the book?” you ask. Well, there are a few reasons. Firstly, I really did want to look at it, especially after what happened at dinner last night. That is another story, which I will not be telling you until I am well and truly inebriated. Secondly, I did NOT want to be answering a whole bunch of questions. Most of which I probably won’t know the answer to. Also, what if Emily’s spell ended while they were talking to me, I don’t know how to explain that in any language. Then there is the fact that Forge won’t let you borrow books and I have a feeling this book would lose a lot if transcribed. Especially if I had them translate it as well.

Also, I panicked. There are you happy? I said it.

I have decided a few things too. One, I am never leaving my staff behind ever again. While I seemed to get away OK this time, I can’t guarantee that I wasn’t followed. I would feel better if I would’ve had my staff with me when I was running away. Two, I am changing my hair again. Three, screw the scimitars. I am going back to my sabre. If my neck is on the line I want to use the weapon I am better with. Four, I am not leaving my room until it is time to go. Not going to happen.

Maybe I should just forget about becoming Liam, and just embrace my inner Neil. I think I will feel better if I do.

My companions should know better by now than to let me run amok in a city by myself.

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Life of Ne...ah...Riv...ah...Liam. Yeah, Liam that’s it - III

So….once again people want me dead. What god did I anger to have this many people want me dead?

You see there is a new King in Liaha, Tanent. And well, I am pretty sure that he was one of the heads of the Thieves’ Guild in Strata. I never saw his face, but I recognize the voice. The day after he got the throne, my name was on the list of people that needed to be gathered up by the city guards. Needless to say I decided it was time to leave town. Hell, I’m leaving the kingdom until things cool down a little.

I left a note for Ormyr in one of the backpacks in the Traveling God’s shrines. Not sure if it will actually get to him or not, but I wasn’t sure how else to send him word without it putting someone on our track. It basically just said that I was OK and that he should maybe check on T.

So anyway, we trek through the woods to Tridrake shudder and I have a new name for the new place. Liam. Nice strong name. I like it. I’ll have to work on Liam’s personality. I think I’m going to go for being the strong, silent type. That is a lot easier to pull off since I don’t speak the damn language! I’m going to learn a new weapon while I am at it as well.

With all of these people trying to kill me, I thought maybe I should get into the good graces of a couple gods. I have been leaving things at the Traveling God shrines and even started a new one. Then I donated an elvish flute to the Temple of Melus here in Tridrake. They were ecstatic with it and invited me to dinner and offered to give me some language lessons for free. Now we are getting somewhere. The gods are finally on my side.

I walk into the dinner and out of nowhere I hear “Rivan!” Ah, crap. A priestess. From my hometown. Who knows my REAL name.

I ask again, which god did I anger?

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Life of Neil - II

And the “I want Neil dead” fanclub continues on.

Alis has managed to get back into the Thieves’ guild and now I am basically banned from Hilltop upon pain of death. Great.

I think that the red eyed skeleton is dead though. I’m not positive, but I took something out. Keep your fingers crossed.

Galena, who by the way is a DRAGON, informs me that the King’s Steward is looking for someone to kill me. Great. I was hoping that he forgot about me.

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Life of Neil

What is up with everyone trying to kill me nowadays. Just six months ago no one knew who I was. Now I can’t seem to step outside without someone trying to seperate my head from my body.

In Strata, I was hunted by the Captain of the Guards at the bequest of the King’s Steward. All for delivering a package. I thought you weren’t supposed to kill the messanger? I understand the steward was upset when the box burned him, but that isn’t my fault. With the captain of the guard now dead maybe I’ll be ok? Maybe? I guess I’ll find out soon.

Then I have Alis trying to kill me so that she can get back into the thieve’s guild. Thankfully I dyed my hair platinum blond and wore different clothes to that party. I should have just dealt with her right away instead of letting her go. I’m starting to understand why Rauker kills all the loose ends. Maybe I should take a lesson from him?

Then I have this stupid red eyed guardian skeleton chasing me around handing out my description. I really need to take care of him. Hopefully he will be dead again soon. With my now dyed hair maybe I can ambush him.

Then there is Rauker doing who knows what and giving them my name. Who knows who he has pissed off and that are now looking for me.

Sigh.

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A Random Encounter Part V

As we pick up with our intrepid adventurers again they have left the capital and are making a few last trips before settling down for the winter.

Our group has split up and some are returning to the city of Hilltop to recover a stolen necklace.

After a slight misunderstanding with the carriage master and something about skeletons right outside of the capital the group again starts out. The travel is chilly, and this time boring as the landscape slides past as they sit in their carriage.

Arriving into Hilltop they’ve gone ahead and secured lodging and begin to scout the city and their target.

A couple of days are spent finding out about a Lady Tisa who had stolen a necklace from our adventurers’ employer. She’s looking to move the necklace with a fence and so far has been unable to do so, she has also had difficulty of resuming her position in the local thieves guild.

A meeting is prepped for, arranged, and at an after dinner meeting in the Dew Drop Inn Lady Tisa and Neil meet for the first time.

Neil places a small box filled with coin on the table. Playing the role of fence to keep Lady Tisa from suspecting anything amiss is going on. Lady Tisa places a small chest on the table, unlocks both of the locks and opens the chest towards Neil.

The box is lined with a black velvet, and, um, yeah, empty save for a small note rolled up and tied with a small red ribbon.

Lady Tisa reads the note and starts to break down. The note falls to the floor reading “You are done Anis – L.”

Now boys and girls, the moral of the story could be something along the lines of even the best plans go awry, or nothing ever goes to plan, or some such. But it isn’t. Instead it is this. Even your enemies will have enemies, but it is still bound to frack with YOUR plans.

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