Well today, I must seek out Oleg and ask about my small fires and mixing. He suggests that it might scare some of the others and could get me killed. So perhaps I should ask Vladimir to help me scout out a location away from Oleg’s but not too far away. After our next adventure seems to be a better time to ask for his service as he needs to rest from his fighting and recover from the illness that plagues him. The others are busy with group tasks that perhaps I can be involved with as well.
In the mean time until my assistance is requested I will continue to speak with my faithful companion Walter as we investigate mixtures for our latest concoction. Walter and I have been speaking about this brew that would allow for numerous spiders to spew forth upon vomiting. These spiders would then attack a threatening creature inflicting damage. We have heard tale of this and hope that we can find the right combination of spider parts to be successful. Based on Walter’s suggestion, we intend to use parts from various spiders and ale with this attempt.
So it seems that my time with Walter was uninterrupted and we were able to make his suggested brew…now to let it settle while we depart on yet another adventure into the plains.
Several days out once we finally ride into some forest, two very large nests are discovered high in the trees. It seems that we must investigate these large nests with hope of finding large eggs that I can perhaps relocate into my pouch. No eggs – just some fey like creatures that are quite annoying. As most fey, they like to play tricks and Trixie seems as though she is playing along with them <sigh>. Outside of their annoying antics, there are some interesting traits that I would like to learn from their type. As tricky as these two creatures seem to be, they have supplied us with details of the surrounding area and warned us of animal traps that have been set in the area. With this information we continue on our adventure – also light some ale and candied fruit.
So once again, I forgot to consult the bones and it happened…we were attacked. An Owlbear I believe, it was a large creature with the head of an owl and the body of a bear. Vladimir went down several times. The fight was intense, Ookami, Yuri and I were able to work as a group bringing the beast to its demise. Thank goodness we have the healing that we do share among or talents. Although the fight could have ended poorly, I am glad to encounter such a beast. This beast supplied feathers, claws and a beak. I am not sure that Walter approved of taking such items but I assured him that the beast was not really of his breed and that we would cleanse it of its pain before we departed.
Several days upon my beast of burden and a pain in my rear, we descended upon the temple that the man of the cloth told us about at Oleg’s. Bones do not lie…with their direction, I knew that gentleman was on a definite mission being told to him in his slumber. While Vladimir, Yuri, Trixie and Ookami investigated from a distance, I wanted to use this opportunity to look for some items in the forest as these surrounds may not last for long. Searching the forest revealed berries blue in color these are not the type of blue berry that is used for jam or pies rather some other type. The others short investigation of the temple allowed for me to collect only one hand full however there are surely more in these woods.
While we continued on our path, a large beast lunged out and attacked Vladimir’s horse. It screeched in pain. This must be Tuskgutter, we have been commissioned to locate this beast of a Boar and return with his head. After a very long intense battle, Yuri suggested the blow that finally brought the beast to an end. We had a great meal of wild pork that evening and I was able to collect a large amount of Boar hair as well as two very nice tusks (I hope those are not required for the reward). That tusk will sure look good hanging from my staff.
In the distance, hills began to rise into the horizon. Here is were we located the Fangberries that Bokken asked us to collect for him. Ookami finally relived Vladimir of his berry picking as he was having problems with all of the thorns. She was able to collect enough berries to create one additional potion more than what Bokken required. Due to the haste of the party, I was unable to add any of these to my collection – perhaps next time.
Crossing the river, we located the Kobolds lair. A old abandoned mine, oh what a surprise <rolls>. The social one Trixie was joined by Yuri and they proceeded to the opening of the mine to speak with the Kobolds. The bones indicate that this is not a wise idea. Hum, it seems that maybe the bones were wrong??? How could this be, maybe I need to aquire a new set as these do not work so far away from home. Just then, a screaming Yuri came rushing from the cave yelling something. Seems that Trixie is in trouble and needed help…she was down and in grave danger.
As all of us continued to lay damage to the creatures, the badly damaged shaman made his escape. The chieftain blocked our chase and let the shaman escape. Seems that the Kobolds believed that they were under some curse or something that the shaman laid upon them. In the end though our near death experience gained the trust of the remaining Kobolds and they allowed us to search the shamans area. The others later described the area and mentioned they located several items that would need to be investigated to learn of their value. Within that area was the biggest, dirtiest cauldron that I have ever laid my eyes upon…I was in a trance. Upon closer investigation of this beauty, I discovered it was full of some type of sticky substance. That fool of a shaman could have ruined it. In my anger, I took all of his things that the party did not take and pushed them into the substance.
We traveled back to Oleg’s the whole time all I could think about was that huge cauldron…oh the things that I could do with it. All the cooking I could do, the fun that Walter and I would have with it. The threats that I could make – oh my mind wondered. If only there was a way to get it back to Oleg’s and he would agree to store it for me. Finally we arrived to safety, although I could not tell you when.