Blugar's World

Missing Persons

Jax’s Journal
It’s been two weeks since our encounter with BoB and during that time Theno has assured me that the previous missing folks were all saved prior to being branded as slaves. Additionally, new year’s is quickly approaching – it is just a few short weeks away.

Lina Inverses’ reputation as a bandit killer proceeds her. Janice Su-Yu is looking for her brother Frank Su-Yu the pearl merchant whom left Wilkie 5 days ago on his horse and never made it to Southern Cross. Janice suspects bandits and asked Lina to investigate! Janice is actually not even sure if Frank made it to town.

Lina gathers the group minus Kevin and Margine – they were not around. As a group we decided our first course of action was to find out if Frank even made it to town. This entailed a lot of footwork. It literally took us all day. After visiting multiple inn’s in Southern Cross we found that approximately half a dozen individuals were missing. And those are ones that people noticed. Some inn keepers didn’t want to talk to us so I suspect there were yet more people missing. You know Asta actually impressed me – as a Cleric of Dixon she was able to impart knowledge to myself and other members of the party to assist our investigations.

We decided it was time to inform Theno the town mayor. Theno unfortunately was not available – she was out of town on business. Jerry Jenkin’s the vice-mayor of Southern Cross was left in charge. Jerry’s reputation proceeded him as that of a “rest-n-vest” individual. Getting his support in our missing persons investigation wouldn’t be easy. He claimed to have no knowledge of this and wasn’t going to assist us. He frustrated me. I went for the blunt and direct approach – I threatened him. Should anything bad happen in town on “Jerry’s watch” it would reflect poorly on his ability as the vice-mayor of Southern Cross. He bristled at that – but as all politicians he covered his ass. He wouldn’t “interfere” with our investigation nor would he endorse us. But if we were successful – then he’d take all the credit. Damn politicians…

We made it to the Guild Magic Store just as it was about to close – Barrett had some knowledge of a “seeker” spell that would allow us to find these missing people. Purchasing the spell we hung out in the lobby of town hall – as long as we were quite Jerry begrudgly allowed us to stay while Lina learned this new spell.

Around Midnight we were ready – Lina cast the seeker spell and had a lock on David the fishmonger one of the many missing folks. She lead us through town to a nondescript two story house. Forget the fact that its midnight – we’re adventurers fully armed for combat – we knock on the door anyway. A woman answers the door and tells us to come back in the morning. She slams the door on Kenzi before she could even get her foot in the door! She was fast – inhumanly fast! Kenzi and Asta started hacking on the door. Meanwhile Lina sensed David moving about on the second floor of the house. I sent Montra my familiar to monitor the back door in case anyone tried to make a quick escape. Barrett started scaling the house to the second story window.

By this time several shouts of bandits and thieves rang out up and down the street! This was taking too long! The door was still not open and the noise generated by hacking open a door echoed up and down the street. I used my knowledge of architecture and cast stone to water on the house – simultaneously the door finally gives and falls open. The window Barrett had been climbing to also opens – he jumps in! Crazy bard – everyone knows you don’t split the party!

Its dark in the house – very dark. Asta blindly rushes in while Kenzi evaluates the dark house lobby. Remember what I previously said about Asta – forget about that. As a group, we need to discuss what “splitting the party means”. Combat ensues – at one point Barrett yells out vampires. The postal clan appears – yells out to Barrett that she loves him…

If you are looking for a detailed blow by blow description of combat here you are going to be sorely disappointed. There were vampires in the house. The vampire minions, probably about dozen in all were subdued and beheaded. The lead vampire had a tussle with Asta and escaped out the back door. Montra followed the vampiress to the edge of town where she promptly scaled the town wall and disappeared into the woods.

I’m not sure what happen after this. Lina was unconscious and severely wounded. Healing her I helped her home.

I’m looking forward to see what Theno is going to do about this. Public awareness of vampires in town is bad for business. The politicians will “spin” this to their advantage however… or cover it up quickly. Who knows by the time the sun rises tomorrow i’m sure the ruckus we caused will be attributed to bandits or thieves.

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Adventuring 136 - Beginning Adventuring Seminar by Professor Asta Charles

Document recovered in site Beta 3-G8, square FG27 on day 204, year 1750. Partial transcript likely from Professor Charles’ seminar on day 312, year 1251:

- – and that’s how we defeated the vampires. OK, class what should you take away from this adventure? Yes, Karl.
Learn acrobatics well, and make sure to use acrobatic dodge against close-in opponents.
Good. Susan?
Splitting the party is awesome. Barret used it effectively to get a really great story taking on a roomful of vampires all by himself.
Right, but be careful doing it unless you’re as masterfully skilled and incredibly lucky as he is. Barret really seems to have taken the split-the-party mentality to heart; in any situation, it was just about the first thing he usually suggested or acted upon. I wonder if he’s been talking with my parents… Anyway, Jane?
Learn about the creatures you’re going up against.
Yes, that would have been nice if we had done that. Good answers, class! OK, any questions?
What was it like to get bitten by a vampire?
It was really cool! There’s a weird sucking sound and you can actually feel your life draining away! Vampires are wonderfully creepy bad guys! I wanted to calculate how many times it would take to kill a person from bites, but unfortunately, I only got bitten once and couldn’t figure it out from that limited data.
Why did Kenzie open a random door in the middle of the battle?
I was impressed when I heard about that! She seems so serious, and yet, she used the open-door-during-battle technique! My mother said doing that can result in even more great stories than the split-the-party technique, but you don’t hear about it as often because of the lack of survivors. I can’t wait to see what she does next!
Do you think you jinxed the group by talking about being surrounded by vampires with Barret the day before it actually happened?
I can only hope. I plan on talking with him about being surrounded by dragons next, so cross your fingers class!
How did you end up split from the party?
I’m still not sure what happened there. Time was of the essence and most of the group was literally right behind me trying to reach Barret and save what we thought were hostages before the bad guys had time to kill them. I figured I’d have time to evaluate the situation when we ran into bad guys, but suddenly I’m attacked by a vampire who I couldn’t see even though she was in plain sight, and I’m then alone with the leader in another room. Plus, then someone actually iced up the way back so I couldn’t safely return to the party, especially while battling fast creatures that can evade the ice and cling to walls. (Note to self: learn ice skating.) It was a great experience, even if I didn’t get as good a story as Barret out of it this time.
What about the vampire leader who got away?
Obviously, we need to kill her right away or more innocent townspeople will get killed and we’ll quickly end up with another nest of vampires all over again. Hope I can do it and still make that Dixon conference. Luckily, Lina’s a skilled mage and should be able to track the vampire fast using the blood and gore I slashed from the vampire in that back room. Now that the sun’s up and it’s morning, I plan on talking with her about it right after this class.
Is that dreamboat Barret single?
Yes, I think so.
What about Kenzie? And is it true she plays for the other team?
I think she’s single, too. And I’m pretty sure she plays – -

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Kenzie's Journal Entry Two

What do you know, Vampires are real. Decapitation works, not sure about the whole sparkling in the sun thing though. I am getting ahead of myself though, need to get used to this journal stuff.

Lena was approached by the sister of a missing merchant. Lena brough this news to the Scooby Gang for us to investigate. After we all asked around town and at the gates we found that the missing person, Frank, had indeed enters our little town. I should also note that the town guard records all instances of comings and goings at each gate.

In our investigation we found that Frank was not the first or last disappearance. In the past several weeks many people have gone missing. I believed it may have been members of BoB or Slavers finding new “merchandise.”

We decided to try a magical approach to finding one of the missing people and Lena learned a new spell called Seeker… I managed to conceal my humor at thinking of a group of Mord Sith waiting for us when we find our missing people. I doubt anyone who reads this journal will understand my amusement at that joke. I do sometimes dislike this planet.

Lena’s spell brings us to a house where David the fishmonger is. It is midnight but I am sure the hour of day will not be an issue with whomever lives here. I knock loudly and a woman answers wearing the symbol of Bonig, I ask her a few basic questions but she lies to me quite obviously and she is clearly not a follower of Bonig. She slams the door in my face with amazing quickness that even I do not account for. The door is heavily barred and I am forced to draw my hand axes and begin cutting throught the door. With Asta’s assistance, and a spell from Jax turning the stone to water the door and wall are quickly open. I need to talk to Jax about doing that at the beginning next time.

Asta and the mage’s pour in through the new opening. I have a bad feeling Asta will get in trouble but the two mage’s have proven very capable and I am sure they can take care of her. Barret on the other hand… I have never seen him fight and in the near two months since I first met him that is disturbing to me, especially since he seemed to disappear while I was busy hacking thought he door.

I entered the first floor watching Asta run off to certain danger, Lena not too far behind. I start to look about and then here Barret yelling “Vampires, Vampires!” from the second floor. Crap, that damn fool kid! I rush back and attempt to use the doorframe as a fulcrum to acrobatically throw myself into the upstairs window only to meet a massively strong wall of something. I regain my feet only to see two… hideously deformed fanged used-to-be-humans with long sharp claws. Vampires, and dang ugly ones. Nothing like Twilight!

I draw my swords and jump up severing one of the vamps’s heads from its body. The other one retreats inside. I now successfully jump through the window only to find that Barret has rendered the other vamps unconscious. Hmm, apparently this boy is much more competent than I expected. Still… I tell him to behead the rest then jump back out the window to see how the rest are doing.

As expected the mages, but with some injuries, have dealt with things down here. The vamp lord has escaped sadly. Apperantly Asta did battle with her directly and lived so she is showing progress.

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Spread of Undead in Southern Cross

Dear journal,

I have had another interesting experience with my guildmates. Someone came to Lina for help with some bandits, assuming her brother had been kidnapped by them. After some minor investigations, we found that her brother, Frank SuYu, had made it to Southern Cross but never left town. After checking some other inns, we found that at least five other people had also mysteriously gone missing. There was no distinct pattern other than non-residents, either; a traveling pearl salesman, a traveling fish merchant, a new student with the university, a visiting professor, and two other gentlemen of differing status, occupations, and wealth. It seemed that there were indiscriminate kidnappings going on, preying on travelers whose disappearances wouldn’t be noticed by anyone. The kidnappers even left behind valuable belongings that weren’t in the victims’ respective rooms, like a wagon, horses, and so on. This was most peculiar – why would someone kidnap someone else if not for financial gain? This question would be answered later, in a most horrifying way. Any ways, back to the problem. We went to go see the mayor, but she was out of town at the moment. We instead met with her second in command, vice mayor Jerry Jenkins. Wow, now I understand why mom grumbles about worthless bureaucrats. This guy was worse than worthless, he was an obstinate obstacle. He may have been a worthwhile administrator in his day, but boy do I feel sorry for Mayor Theno now. I wonder what she did wrong to be punished by the Jenkins clan with getting stuck with him. He wasn’t willing to listen or care about the problem until someone mentioned that he would be able to take credit for spearheading the solution. It truly seemed as though he didn’t care about helping or saving the missing people (or stopping the problem from continuing, for that matter), all that mattered was that he could get credit IF we succeeded. If he was the primary mayor here, I would seriously consider moving. Ok, enough digression, sorry journal. Great, now I’m apologizing to my journal. And writing about it. Ugh.
Back to the adventure. We decided to go to the GMS and get a seeker spell, to use to find one of the victims. Lina seems really smart and was able to absorb it all in a few hours, which was good. With handy spells like that, perhaps I should investigate my magical potential too. Dad says magic in combat is not an honorable fight. Jax and Lina seem honorable to me, and nothing says I have to use the magic in combat. I think I’ll talk to Jax more about this. Maybe he’ll even tell me about doing time at the mountain. It sounds scary, bet he has stories. Ugh, I did it again. Dad says I get my digressions from mom, all I know is that it’s starting to annoy me. Any ways, where was I… oh, right, seeker spell. So we followed the seeker spell to a house in town. A rather nice house, I might add, but sadly the legal owner was no more – though we wouldn’t find that out till after the threat was neutralized. Kenzie knocked on the door, and was met by a very rude woman. Sure, it was late, but that is no reason to be as rude as she was. Her attitude also clearly showed that she wasn’t Bonig – they are big on the sanctity of life and we were trying to save lives! We found out later that she was one of the two head vampires, and sadly also the one who got away. After she slammed the door, we tried several methods to get in. Kenzie and Asta were trying to hack down the door because the windows on the first floor were barred. The second story windows weren’t though! So I climbed to the window, which was even open, and went in. Didn’t anyone else know how to scale a house? Mom says everyone needs to know how to do that (she’s never said why), but clearly the rest of the group doesn’t know that. I wasn’t worried, there were only four people – people who turned out to be vampires! Actual undead right in Southern Cross! No, really, it’s true! Evidently they can see in the dark, because they kept the lights out, but thankfully dad had the foresight to train me in blindfighting. I need to remember to thank him for that, I’m certain it saved my life. Note for any readers, vampires are really hard to knock unconscious, and vampires can’t be reverted back so don’t even bother with the unconscious thing. Wish I had known that sooner. Any ways, we eventually defeated the vampires. Well, most of them. The one that Asta was fighting got away. I know that the Reformed Wololitan approach is to let your opponent live so that they can get better and stronger, but a) this wasn’t the university where she teaches, b) this was an undead, viewed by most every religion as something to destroy, and c) she’s Dixon, not Reflolita. They don’t like it when you call them reflolitas, by the way. Any ways, we killed a bunch of vampires but one escaped, climbing over the wall. See? Even vampires know that it’s terribly handy to know how to climb a wall. Actually, according to Jax, they were climbing walls all throughout the downstairs at the house. More like clinging or something. Weird. Oh, I almost forgot, Henry was there. He delivered mail to Asta and me. I think I need to have a talk with him about discretion. Yelling out the contents of my mail in the street, after midnight but while numerous neighbors are poking heads out windows (also yelling), is really not an appropriate way to deliver my sensitive mail. Especially since it’s with a female AND supposed to be a secret! I have no idea how my mother would take it, but I have no doubt that it would have SOME effect. As for the mail, she loves me? Sure, I’m really interested in her, but we’ve hardly spent any time together, how can she know she loves me? Mom says that women move faster on emotions that men, but wow. I think I need to find a way to spend some time with her, to get to know her better, before I can say something like that. I need to talk to Kevin, I bet he understands women. The vampires were way simpler.

Oh, and I wrote a new song about the vampires. Still struggling with the song about the demon; mom says writer’s block happens some times, but not to worry because I was able to finish the song about vampires. We’ll see, I suppose.

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Ambushed by monsters!

Lina’s journal
July 22, 2012

This adventure all started when Jax comes running into the adventure guilds tower where the group stays. Jax stops and tells us about how merchants have been mysteriously disappearing between her and Fandeo and the mayor has given us a chance to investigate these mysterious disappearances. So we all talked about this for a while trying to form a plan when finely we all agreed on kevin acting as a merchant and Margine acting as his wife. Jax and I are going to act as their servants which did not sound very fun but I went along with it sense it sounded like the plan would work, and Asta, Kenzi, and Barret are going to sneak into the woods waiting for us to pick them up in a our wagon. When we picked them up Barret and kenzi got into the wagon while Asta decided to hide under the luggage on the roof. A while later we came across a fallen down tree in the road so jax and I had to go and start hacking at the tree with axes. Knote: work on using axes. While we were hacking at the tree the wagon was being ambushed by monsters, Jax and I only noticed this because we were ambushed too. Everything happened so fast I became injured and almost fell down conches, Asta and kevin were already knocked down conches. A couple minutes into the battle a huge demon came out and started attacking us. It finely ended where kenzi killed the demon and he exploded and the monsters left. Barret and I went to see if we could find out where the monsters went but all we found is there holes where they hid to ambush people, so we went home and told the Mayor the problem was solved. Than we went back to the adventures tower to heal and get ready for whatever journey laid before us.
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New Years Subterfuge

Jax’s Journal

I celebrated my fourth day of the new year laying bound hand and foot in the belly of a ship disguised in a fluorescent orange jump suit that said “Jacubowicz” on the back with ~30 other retching sick n00b colonists from earth headed for Jnda… It was dark and it stank in there – all manner of human excrement with mold growing on the walls. I don’t think that place had been cleaned in years!

With my new found “free time” I contemplate my life since joining the Adventurers Guild. Let’s see; I’ve attended some posh party in Wilkie as a ploy not even being informed of the real mission. Escaped a trap set by BoB who was kidnapping merchants travelling from Southern Cross to New Fandeo. And most recently uncovered a coven of vampires within Southern Cross. Why did I join this “Adventurer’s Guild” again? Our group might as well be ‘mercenaries for hire’! When I joined I envisioned a group of like-minded individuals eager for exploration of the unknown! Not hanging around town at the beck and call of clans, churches or charity cases. Good grief! We’ve got to take our destiny into our own hands make names for ourselves.

I’m fed-up. Not only with the “Adventurers Guild” but the clan as well. I’m a member of the Jenkin’s Clan the only source of mithril on Blugar’s World, the only known item in existence that can hold an enchantment and I don’t even get a clan discount on the stuff! What the hell. After all the enchantments I did for the guild. All the research on metallurgy… Project Cold Forge; you’d think I had some credit within the guild.

So why was I there – bound in a cesspit of death and despair for 10 days? Theno Jenkins had a mission for us again. Last year new colonists within the territory of Southern Cross were taken on new years. This year the town was ready and asked the local “Charity Guild” to help. We were to be the bait disguised as colonists. We were to sit tight and be taken by whoever it is that comes for us and later escape to inform Theno of what transpired. To ensure our disguises would be complete wore old fluorescent orange jump suits. No equipment – nothing but the jump suits! I think the rest of the group was fit to be tied – no weapons no musical instruments. While Lina and I – we are weapons!

The plan went down as expected – our group switched places with the real colonists after their pod exploded. Soon after the real colonists escaped into the woods we were promptly put to sleep. I certainly didn’t see it coming nor did my familiar – they must have used a large area of effect spell. Very powerful indeed. Four days later we awoke hungry, hogtied and confused in the belly of a ship. Montra had tracked us to Anchor City. Based off the landmarks Montra was able to see Kevin confirmed where she was. Kevin and Kenzi were able to untie themselves as well as the rest the group. It was later determined that we should maintain our disguises and remain tied up. We contemplated taking over the ship – it was BoB of course. However we didn’t know how to sail the boat and figured it might be better to just wait it out as part of our mission.

After the 10th day two boats pulled up and “saved” us. Our rescuers had boats like I’d never seen before – fast boats that didn’t even need sails. They took us back towards Anchor City, just a few miles south and set us ashore where we met Ernie. Ernie returned us to town. We received the thanks of the Jenkin’s clan as a reward – well all of us but Kenzie and Lina. Kenzie received land outside of town for her new guild – in exchange for a promise to never take over a Jenkin’s run town. Lina received a silver piece – but its magical. Not sure what it does but since I know you can’t enchant silver it might be a mithril laced silver coin. Everyone knows you can’t enchant anything but mithril on Blugar’s right?

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Kenzie' s Entry Three

Went on s secret mision for the Mayor. Cannot enter it in my Jurnal.

It sucked.

Like really sucked.

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A Missy flew out of the Nest

Dear Journal, How are you today? I am doing as well as can be considering my recent loss. I do not know if you will ever speak back to me. But I did not expect my cats or dogs to speak back to me either but they do now. I will hold out hope that one day you and I will truly converse as well.

I have started this dialog today, as from my readings, Adventurers keep journals so that others will know of and learn from their exploits. I should probably add a title for this first entry. There is a point where every young bird must look over the edge of the nest and ponder what is far down below. This is most especially true when ones parents no longer return to regurgitate up a worm for you to eat. So, I think the title for this first entry should be.

A Missy flew out of the Nest!

These past few weeks since learning of my fathers passing have been most difficult. I know, how could learning that your father was turned into a blood sucking vampire be easy on anyone? But it has opened my eyes that these sorts of monsters are real and not just stories in my library of books. As such I have decided to give up my simple life of just catching fish and devote it to finding and stopping monsters like the one who did that to my father. Journal, I know this may be dangerous but it is something I have to do. I will miss my many animal friends but it is safer for them to remain back by the ocean. This may in no small way have influence over why I am talking to you.

I found the nearby village and spoke with its leader. It seems they somehow knew of my recent loss and were very sympathetic. I was able to work out an arrangement that the town could have my former home and all of its fishing supplies as long as they would feed all of my animal friends while I strode forth to become an Adventurer. They were quite happy with this arrangement. The mayor even gave me a present of a magic book bag, I was very thankful and it is quite amazing! I have never seen magic before.

I was able to squeeze all of my books into two large trunks and my new book bag and I flew off to the town of Southern Cross. I had been told it has an amazing University and a library! I had to stop on my way to research what a vampire really is, I even acquired a few new books in the process! I asked around town about the Adventurer’s Guild and the incident involving my father. I really need to thank them for ending my father’s curse of being turned into such an unholy monster as a vampire.

I will go to the market and pick up some fish and vegetables, it would be impolite to show up without an offering of friendship. I will then make my way to the Adventurer’s Guild and knock on the door.

Will me luck Journal.

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First performance in Katmandu

Dear journal,

Sorry it’s been a while since I last spoke to you. Uh, I mean write. Whatever, you know what I mean, or I know what I mean. Never mind.

In the last several weeks, I have had quite a bit going on. After we cleared up the vampire thing, I wrote Elsie about finding time and opportunity for us to get to know each other better. I also let her know that I would be out of town for a while, as I was headed to Katmandu to play for the princess, at her invitation, and wouldn’t be back till probably just before New Years – which is always a busy time any ways for anyone dedicated to helping their town or others. I haven’t heard back from Elsie yet, but I figure it’s probably due to me being away from mail service. I think I’ll go see if Henry is in town later today.

After writing to Elsie, I headed to Katmandu with Asta and Kenzie. They are both odd companions. Kenzie always wants to spar, it seems like, very focused and a little too one-track. Mom says dad is the same way. Asta is the complete opposite. She seems like her mind is all over the place and doesn’t stay in any one area long, asking all kinds of questions. I’m getting a better idea of why she’s a cleric of Dixon now; less about the teaching and more about learning everything she can about everything there is to know. She’s like a knowledge sponge, which I guess is kind of cool but still odd in social situations. Guess I’m not one to judge; I know that I am lacking certain social skills, only able to interact well when I think of it as a performance. Where does that leave me when making or interacting with friends and traveling companions? How can I expect to be an interesting man to date? On the topic of dating, the only one around that seems like a good source, Kevin, is gone and busy, and I still haven’t had a chance to talk to him about dating. If Elsie shows up, what do I do? Ugh, I did it again, big digression, and ended up talking about Elsie. I wonder if that is significant? Any ways, the trip to Katmandu was good. I practiced a lot, both my mandolin and the sword. Kenzie seemed to want to train with Asta, calling her “her pupil”, but spar with me, as if she was testing me. I hope I did well, I guess. Once we got to Katmandu, we presented ourselves at the palace and was told when to come back (after dropping off Asta at her conference). We left, got ourselves situated with lodgings, then both found other distractions until our appointments the next day. I have no idea what Kenzie was doing, but I was with other bards! Real bards, like mom! And man, did they have great stories. I was able to tell some too, it was fabulous. When we went back to the palace the next day, we spent a good deal of time in a waiting room. I played for those in the waiting room, which they seemed to appreciate. When we were let in for our turn, Kenzie talked politics and clan stuff, then I played two songs for court. They seemed to be quite well received. Later I was told to return to the palace in a month’s time to play for the court again. It was rather exhilarating to play for the crown, and more so to be asked back. I’m sure this will increase my fame as a bard, but to be honored by the crown like this is even better. The trip home was nice and peaceful. I like Asta well enough, don’t get me wrong, but the incessant questions do get wearisome after a while.

New years was good. We were able to rescue a group of colonists from their exploding pod, so that’s good. Sadly, other events kept us busy for many days thereafter. Maybe next year we can achieve even greater things and take less time. And be able to write about them. One can always hope.

Oh, wrote a song about the guild. Didn’t have much in the way of adventure to speak of, so figured I would write a song about the people in my guild. Hopefully I will be able to write and sing about adventure again soon.

Now to go find Henry.

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Missy-Adventures-Part-I

From The Missy Adventures Journal Entry I

Hello Journal. Today I have joined the Adventurers Guild as I knew I always would. I am beginning this Journal to document my wondrous exploits within this marvelous guild!

Day 1. Not so good. My first encounter within the guild was with Barret, the son of the wondrous Tennison’s. Barret is a mean egotistical ass who brushed me aside as if I was a servant offering him his morning poorage. I tried to be polite but he treated me like a nothing and told me to talk to the steward without even indicating who that was or where they were. Thankfully I am not ignorant or stupid and know where the steward should be.

I met Jax, a very nice person, but a bit cold. Literally, he can make ice cubes with his fingers! But he is a very nice and friendly person.

I met another girl Lena, she seemed nice but appeared sick so kept my distance.

Then there is Asta! A Cleric of something. She is quite curious much like a puppy dog eager to dart about and shove its nose in any hind-tail it can find. Such a thirst for knowledge! If a little startling at times!

I am now a probationary member of the Adventurers Guild. I am sure that that mean Barret is the reason I am not a full member. Journal, I admit I have lived a rather simple life till now, something I have not hidden, but I think I do understand what the word “hate” means. I wish I did not and I feel horrible that I do.

It has been two days on the road traveling and all I can write about is that mean insufferable Barret continues to make disparaging comments about me. Mostly when he thinks I do not hear, but I hear very well.

Jax is a wonderful friend, although he does not talk a lot he is always there when I need him.

Asta and I have found several things in common and she wishes to learn from me. While I enjoy our talks shouldn’t she be teaching me as a Clearic of Dixon? Now to be fair she does know her religion and she is teaching me that which she does know. A fair trade I guess, I finally understand the basics of religion and spiritual growth so that is a great win for me.

Dear Journal, It has been days since I spoke to you, my deepest apologies. The members of the Adventurers Guild present and myself embarked upon a task for the Mages Guild. I must state to you my most unhappiness with this task as it involves the slaughter of innocent animals.

Jax does not seem as eager for this task. I like him more by the day.

I have completely digressed Journal, my apologies. We have arrived in New Fandeo, a Hansa Clan town. Barret arranges lodging with the town leadership. A very nice home, I met a Blan named Rikki and had a wonderful discussion, it turns out he is the familiar of our host Misha Hansa. Misha is the father of Elsie. A poor misguided woman who is in love with Barret. I have read many such tragic love stories and none end well for the girl.

I attempted, and succeeded at recanting the wondrous stories of the Hansa Calvary trained in this very town! Misha seemed very happy with my stories and I would love to talk with him in the future.

Dear Journal, I am most unhappy. We have stayed at an inn and are leaving our horses behind, Good for them! Now we are embarking into the forest on foot, well not me obviously, to seek out poor innocent Griffons and slay them for their bodily fluids. This seems a most grotesque and wrong adventure to me. But I joined after the group agreed to this and perhaps I can still reason with all the parties involved.

I do hope reason will win this day!

I have to go Journal, be safe!

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