I seem to be past the worst stages of this disease so it is time to do some more exploring. Two more “jobs” have been posted over the week. The first is a reward for killing a very large, tusked boar. A farmer, who lost a leg to this creature, is willing to pay to see it meet it’s death. The second is by Oleg. He wants to decorate his Trading Post with the head of a giant worm creature. I think it is called a Tatlwyrm. They are rare but know to be in this region.
Pandora, Silvermist (a very small fairy caster who has arrived at the post), Ookami and myself decided to try and finish off the northeast corner of the map. It looks to be mostly plains and we should not have to worry about encountering the main bandit camp or the kobolds. We started at Oleg’s and worked our way around the eastern edge of the forest.
On the second day, we were attacked by a very large spider. It has made a trap door in the ground and jumps out at potential prey. Once again I managed to become injected with venom. Luckily, the fight was short. Upon inspection of the hole, we found what looked to be human sized remains at the bottom. Using a rope, I was lowered down and searched for signs of identification or useful gear. We decided it would be easier to raise the most recent victim out of the hole for a better search. He is dressed like the bandits. He also had a map of sorts that has an “x” marking a location. We will keep our eyes open for a dead, pitchfork looking tree on a hill as we explore.
The next day found an unusual discovery. Inside a hill larger than the others in the area, we found a crevice that led to a large chamber. While it doesn’t look to be inhabited, it did have some nice rock formations and something that shined in the light. One day we should come back and see if it has any value besides a rain shelter.
The next day we had yet another discovery. The map from the dead bandit did lead to a hidden treasure. Wrapped inside a cloak at the base of the hill was a wand, silver ring, very nice dagger and a book of spells. We shall have to see what use we can make of these items. Pandora and Silvermist were not able to discern the use of the wand but may be able to use some of the spells.
Not much noteworthy occurred until a couple days later where Pandora was attacked by a monstrous centipede. It had to be 15 feet in length and knocked her off her horse in one bite. It also seemed to swipe Ookami from her horse as well. Having seen the venom dripping from it’s open maw, I knew it would only be a matter of time before it bit me. The fight lasted a little while with Ookami and her wolf delivering blows while Silvermist healed both Pandora and myself…of course, I was bitten. I was lucky enough to place a severe blow with an arrow and Ookami’s wolf finished off the beast. We continued to travel but made an early camp.
The same night as the centipede attack, Pandora was attacked by a worg during her watch. She was close to death before we were able to defeat the creature. Unlike the first one we encountered, the hide from this worg was ruined with cuts and blood so nothing was salvaged from the carcass. We are nearing the end of our exploration area and I am looking forward to a hot meal at Oleg’s.
We were on the plains headed west to Oleg’s when we encountered a man traveling the same direction. He said his name was Eric and he was going to visit a friend who makes potions for him. Eric has a farm to the east and so after making introductions and doing business at Bocken’s, the alchemist, he started his return trip so that he could get home before dark. Bocken was polite but somewhat hard to follow in a conversation. He never really finished his thought before beginning a new one. Pandora was very interested in his work though and I believe she will want to spend some time learning about his craft. Luckily, he is close to Oleg and so visits will be easy. We bought a couple healing draughts and then raced darkness to Oleg’s.
All in all, it was a good outing. Even though we did not complete any of the posted jobs, we finished off the northeast section of the area and that should free us up to delve deeper into the unknown region. We even received another task. Bocken would like us to find Fangberries. They are about 55 miles to the southwest of Oleg’s. He says that he can make some useful potions with them. I’ll be glad to complete a few of these jobs so that the word can spread about our company. For now, I’ll enjoy a good meal at the Post and discuss our next foray.