Blugar's World

Danger Room Training Session

Jax’s Journal

Kenzie Miyamoto an earther martial artist kindly invited myself and other likeminded adventurers to a “Danger Room” training session at Southern Cross’ Adventurer’s Guild. New to Southern Cross and the Adventurers Guild I eagerly accepted the invitation.

I was grouped with folks whom I believe were local to the town and members of the adventurers guild themselves – they seemed to know each other at least.

Kevin – indicated he was a fighter – in this case our only one! Apparently he’s very handsome…
Asta – Cleric of Dixon – the cleric was not new to the Danger Room and apparently did much better in this session that previous ones – at least she didn’t fall down as much!?
Margine – not exactly sure how this individual supported us; she did preach a lot about unity and community – before running off on their own during combat.
Lina – a spell caster; appeared to use her spells well – I think she was new to the guild and town as well

We were allowed to view the room in which we’d be tested an hour prior to the session itself. The room was large a large open space inside the tower – it was created to be like we were outside (the trees were fake). The space taken up inside the tower was approximately the same proportions as that which could be housed within the tower as well. There were several platforms built up across the room as well as several mounds of earth making for various level of terrain. There was a large window in the wall where the group could be observed. By whom? I didn’t get an answer to this question…

The Cleric of Dixon went on about what we’d be fighting, did we have to kill them? Would we be killed? Would Dixon approve of our killing it\them? Not much information on our test was given – except that Dixon would not disapprove of our actions.

After being allowed to examine the room we were taken to a staging room and told we have 1 hour to prepare. The groups did introductions and discussed some of our strengths and how we could work as a unit during this test. Kevin indicated that after the last test you really needed to have eyes in the back of your head…

I temporarily enchanted each member of the groups weapons – when needed each party member could activate the enchantment by saying “SHAZAM!”. In retrospect since this took an action on the part of each character the activation should probably be made to the drawing of ones weapon from its sheath… (mental note what about weapons that don’t need to be drawn?)

Entering the room once more prepared for combat I took the opportunity to again scan the room – what had changed? Near as I could tell nothing had changed – except – a mound of earth to the west… it wasn’t “right”. It didn’t jive with what I remembered… I informed the rest of the group and they proceeded down the ladder – some rather clumsily…

In our planning session we had determined that we should take the first hill south of the ladder. It was about 6’ high. Although we failed to notice we all couldn’t fit on the top of this “hill”.

Lina threw the first blow – a well-aimed long distance fireball revealed a not so cleverly hidden orc in a mound of dirt.

Summarizing the fight

  • There were a few casters in towers to the north and south of us who summoned trolls to fight us
  • Other orc’s hid in the dirt and dug pit traps (Kevin almost fell in one, Margine did…)
  • At one point an orc started to attack Kenzie and was told to stop by one of the casters
  • Orcs are dumb – they argue with each other on the battle field and fail to remember where they dug pit traps
  • Enhanced Tracking is important
  • Acrobatics – might be important…
  • Haste makes waste… take your time going down a ladder
  • Don’t fall down – it takes 2 rounds to get back up!

Eventually lightning bolts came down from the heavens and zapped the orcs – Lina and I think a figure in the window watching us did it…

I’ll let Kenzie submit the evaluations…

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Kenzie's Evaluation

After the results of the last danger room I have taken it upon myself to offer teaching to those who are willing to learn. Falls Swiftly and Kevin have taken me up on my offer to some degree. To my dismay though Kevin insisted upon keeping and using his toothpick of a sword. Blade Singer has chosen to not take advantage of my teaching due to dictates of his Clan.

After a month of training it is time to see the progress of my students, several other adventurers have also wanted to join us. A spellcaster who permeates the very air about him with cold named Jax. Another spellcaster named Lina. And a strange woman named Margine who the only thing I can say is she reminds me of those parodies of a “hippy” I recall from my youth back on Earth.

After preparing the danger room I have a group of six orcs brought in. One of them immediately attacked me, as was expected, and I swiftly removed his head spraying his fellows in his blood to get their attention. I tell them that should they pass my test they will be returned home alive.

I have the students look over the danger room then send them off to strategize while the orcs set up. I have the students brought in and let the games begin. I try not to cringe as immediately Falls Quickly leaps off the starting platform for one of the earthen mounds, Kevin follows after and Margine tries to race down the ladder. Falls Swiftly to my surprise lands safely but Kevin falls and sprains his ankle and Margine pulls a Falls Swiftly down the ladder to eat dirt. Jax and Lina however took some time to look around, shout out what they see out of place then proceed down the ladder safely.

I must confess to myself the orcs were clearly too strong of opponents for this group and had far too good of armor. But only through adversity does one grow, if one survives that is.

I was most impressed with Kevin’s resolve and effort. His weapon was useless against the orc’s armor but he used his wits to down a foe by leading one orc into a pit trap and then his tenacity wrestling with it like a determined badger only to finally pluck out its eyes rendering it helpless. I make sure I do not smile as I recall the YouTube Honey Badger clip from my youth, the scene of that vicious little animal ripping a snake in half comes to mind as I watch Badger fight.

Falls Swiftly I too was much impressed with her progress since the last time she was in this room. Not only did she land safely but she used her bow accurately and struck at an orc successfully with both of her katanas. Her blows were not successful penetrating the orc’s armor though showing she still has much to learn. She did however then switch to her clerical duties and assist the wounded.

The spellcasters, Jax and Lina, both did quite well. Having not seen them fight before I did not know what to expect but liked what I saw.

Jax showed quite a bit of cleverness in freezing a patch of ground in front of him causing the charging orc to nearly fall and later turning the earth to mud around one of the platforms causing it to collapse and the orc shaman inside it fell into the mud only to be frozen in place by Jax and suffocate.

Lina identified several targets and hit them with balls of fire and she entangled the feet of a charging “troll” stopping it in its charge. The orc which had attacked Jax she paralyzed rendering it helpless. The other orc shaman she torched inside its platform from afar. She was most effective with her spells.

Most of the group stayed together and supported each other’s backs which was good. All but Margine who took off on her own and ended up falling into a pit trap and was then ambushed by orcs. Sadly I do not think her days of adventuring will last long.

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First run on proving myself

Dear journal,

Mom says I should keep a record of my memoirs, important for any successful bard as well as a place to record knowledge that can be used later for song writing. I guess that makes sense. Dad thinks it’s a good idea for other reasons, but still agrees. She says write down useful information, while he says to just write what you are thinking. I guess I will try to do both. So, here is my first entry into my new journal. Here’s hoping I can keep it up along with my training.

I had an interesting event occur. I was called to the training tower, along with Asta, Kevin, and that sword teacher from the Wololitan University – her name is Kenzie something. I grew up with Asta (she’s kind of weird) who is about my age, but Kenzie is a few years older and from Earth – which is cool and weird at the same time. She seems very focused on her weapon training, which reminds me a bit too much like dad. The clan would most likely take her except she uses two weapons at once. Still, she’s quite good with them. She called Asta “Falls Quickly”, which I tried to not laugh at out loud. Asta couldn’t even manage a ladder! I decided to show off a bit and flip off the platform, land precisely without falling, all while still playing my mandolin. I have to say, I was quite impressed and amazed that I pulled it off, but I tried to not let that show. As mom says, it’s all about showmanship and presentation.
Kevin is new in town. He didn’t say where he was from, but he seems like a nice guy. Also about my age, which is cool. Unlike the others from here, he actually knows how to dress sharply. Overall, I think we’ll get along pretty well.
I heard that there are some others who will be joining us in this new venture. One is some mage a few years older, who has ‘served his time at the mountain’. Was he in jail for something? I need to learn more about him, definitely! I see story potential here. There is also this other girl from town, Margene. She makes Asta look rationale and well-trained. She’s always going on about unity and community. I have no idea what she’s talking about most of the time. And boy is she naive! She is far too trusting, I expect her to be severely disappointed by the world at large. Then there is this other girl from town, Lena. She’s really good with magic. I don’t really know her though; if I thought my training schedule demands were bad, it’s probably worse for spellcasters. I wonder if she knows how to turn someone into a toad?

Mom says I need to work on my songwriting, to get better. She didn’t come out and say I stink at it, but some of my friends did. So here is my first song since officially joining the guild. I know mom won’t like the fact that the music is a bit more rambunctious than she likes, and definitely not traditional, but she said that when you write your own stuff, you need to play what feels right and the music will flow better. Any ways, need to write it down before I forget – since I’m not sure how much time I will have to practice THIS song.

(Sung to the tune of We Built This City and it helps if you have it playing in the background while you read the song.)

They built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild
Built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

Say you don’t know me or recognize my face
Say you don’t care who trains in that kind of place
Face first on the ground floor, troubles in poor light
Too many falling down, missing in the fight

Barret plays the music, listen to the bard go, don’t you remember
They built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

They built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild
Built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

Someone always planning skill-testing games
Who cares they’re always changing the danger room terrain
We just want to train here, someone start the test
They call us silly nicknames, trying to do our best

Barret plays the music, listen to the bard go, don’t you remember
They built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

They built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild
Built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

It’s just another Sunday, in a boring old town
Adventure is calling, we can’t hang around

Who counts the treasure, when the fight is won
Who rides the lizardhorse when the fight is done
Don’t tell us you need us, ‘cos we’ll save the day
Just need the training room, education paves the way

(I’m looking out over that Adventurer’s Guild training tower,
Out on another gorgeous sunny Saturday, watching that tower hum with activity.)

Don’t you remember (‘member)(’member)

(It’s your favorite young bard, in your favorite Jenkins town
The city with the Uni, the city that prepares adventurers, the city that never stops)

Barret plays the music, listen to the bard go, don’t you remember
They built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

They built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild
Built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

Built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild
Built this tower, they built this tower to train the guild

They built, they built this tower
(Repeats out)

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The Annual Blackberry Festival

Jax’s Journal

I’m not nor have I ever professed to be a “socialite”. So being invited to the biggest party of the year didn’t excite me. Theno Jenkins was very excited for me and kindly offered myself and the group transportation to and from the event. She also kindly informed me of certain Hansa rules and the fact that they were 100% pro-slavery.
The group consisted of the same folks I met on my previous excursion into the danger room – and one more – a Barret Tennison. Apparently his parents – I think they own the adventurers guild. In any case he constantly talks about his mom – I swear he’s a momma’s boy! He’s equipped well but damn – there were still store tags on his equipment. He sings a lot too – at least he sounds good. Over all he seems nice enough.
The journey there was uneventful. We stayed at an Inn that had its own air conditioning with cold rocks – way cool! Oh and I met myself there as well! Sitting across the tap room I saw myself – we didn’t have much of a chance for a conversation. I looked to point myself out to my companions and looking back at the chair the other me was sitting in – it was empty! Really quite strange… but exciting none the less!
The party – meh – I looked for some knowledgeable scholars thinking there must be some here – but I didn’t find any. The prince who was to be betrothed disappeared sometime during the party. Then some other Hansa Prince and Princess appeared – heavy security! Oh and they had non-detects up on them – I thought that was interesting. I went back to the Inn early and left the group to the party – it wasn’t my cup of tea.
The next morning on the way back to Southern Cross I examined the secret compartment in the coach (the one the teamster told me to leave alone – but I didn’t) and there was a slave in there! If the Hansa’s ever found out we’d be in deep shit. Apparently this was the plan all along – but I don’t know that anyone told me! The Prince offered the group magical weapons for helping him escape with his slave whom he loved. I asked for a rare and unique spell instead of a weapon.

Jax

PS – i don’t know why they call it the Blackberry Festival – i saw NO blackberries at all!

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The Berry Festival

The new members of the Adventurer’s Guild which I have now been attached to for various reasons were invited to the annual Blackberry Festival. I have been told I should wear a formal dress so dislike this event already. Thankfully Badger is a tailor and was able to adjust something to fit me with the few gold I have.

On the two day trip to Wilki where the event is to be held twice our group was found by postal carriers. The first delivery was to Falls Quickly and the second to myself.

We arrived before the event started prepared ourselves. Upon entering I was most… dismayed that they insisted I check my swords. I nearly just left right then and there but there were other reasons I remained.

Soon after entering I was approached by a heavily armed man who was the head of security for the current ruling Clan. He seemed interested in who I was so I proudly proclaimed myself and my Clan.

Throughout the night I noticed Margene and Leena disappear, no doubt with some male suitors.

There was a surprise, as I gathered, entrance by the twins; the Crown Prince and the Crown Princess of the Empire. I frankly did not care much until the Crown Prince came and danced with me! I have only danced on a DDR machine so had no idea what to do so tried to play along. I know I failed but he was good enough to cover for us both. He then began to ask about me and my Clan and I explained it to him. He seemed most intrigued and wanted to assist me in properly establishing my Clan.

After the Galla event we all, who are still at the party, head back to the Inn and bed. In the morning we head out back to Southern Cross. Along the way we encounter patrols looking for someone but I do not catch much as to who. We camp for the night in an odd off the road place. It is here that I realize we have been transporting an escaped slave and the prince Carl!

I wish to speak out but it seems many of the Adventurers Guild are in on this and I decide not to speak and let the event pass. Clearly this group is not the honest group I thought it was… Then again when I was 18 I snuck out many times myself so who am I to judge.

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Betrothed in Blackberries

Dear journal,

Evidently this Blackberry Festival in Wilkie is a significant event in the area. I know our parents would routinely go, but this year they invited the Adventurer’s Guild, which is made up of the most promising (and eligible) youth that Southern Cross has to offer. If that’s true, I almost feel sorry for Southern Cross. Jax and Kevin seem nice, but they’re essentially imported (like Kenzie, though not from as far). That leaves the locals to four. There’s myself and Lina (who seems nice, though she seems quiet and quite shy), then there’s the other two. Asta… she’s just so bizarre. She seems to change personalities like clothing. So weird. I think she may have mental issues. And Margene. Miss U-n-C seems to have really good intentions, but so very clueless. And we’re supposed to represent Southern Cross? Guess the guys will have to carry this burden, despite being mostly from elsewhere.

The travel to Wilkie is hardly worth mentioning, aside from the fact that along the way I found an inn that mom and dad would approve of (much, much better than the place Ernie took half the group). They helped make sure we had reservations in Wilkie – important since the blackberry festival draws people from all over and inns get booked up solid. Sadly, it seems like we missed the actual blackberry festival held in the town, only participating in the betrothal party for Carl Hansa. It was indeed quite a party! The betrothal part of the party seemed odd, though. It seemed like everyone there was either looking for “that someone special” or was the parent of someone looking for someone – and most of them seemed like they were from fairly important families too! No one mentioned early on that the event was about all attendees trying to find a mate. Had I known that to be the case, I might have stayed home. Still, there were good parts. I met the crown princess Fiona Delilah Hansa while there; she’s next in line with her twin brother (Filbert George Hansa) for the position of emperor / empress of the empire. She even gave me an open invitation to play for her at the palace in Katmandu! I think I need to get some advice on what songs to prepare for such an opportunity, and practice them thoroughly. I also got an “invitation” (more like an adamant request) to visit Elsie Hansa in New Fandeo, though it seems she’s looking for a husband as well. Felt like other women were “shopping” with me too – I avoided any discussion of such nonsense. Cool and cordial, polite and gentlemanly, but frankly my interests lie with a girl who can handle herself in a combat rather than just look pretty. Frankly, none of the young ladies here seem like they could manage in a real crisis. Dad had it right; find a woman that will fit the lifestyle you already live.

While the arrival of the heirs to the crown may have been the highlight of the event, the local town prince going missing was definitely the talk of the party. I even wrote a song about it on the way back home. I’ll scribe it into the journal so I don’t forget, at the end of my journal entry. Actually, not sure what else to say – only things left to mention are best left unmentioned, so I guess it’s time for the song any ways.


Carl the Prince’s Last Dance

(Sung to the tune of Mary Jane’s Last Dance and it helps if you have it playing in the background while you read the song.)

He lived out in a Hansa-owned town
Has a good-lookin’ profile, handsome all around
But he grew up humble and he grew up right
With them Hansa town boys on them Hansa owned fiefs

Well, time came along he was the age of eighteen
He blew the girls away, was more than they’d seen
Time for a party, find a bride while groovin’
Grab my interest quick, ‘cause I got to keep movin’ – on
Keep movin’ on

Last dance with Carl the Prince
One more chance to mingle a-and mix
Single elite are here to dance
And to, find a spouse and roma-ance

Well, I don’t know, but I’ve been told
Hansa’s are a catch, so brave and bold
Carl’s looking good, dressed in his best
Girls give a show, rise above the rest

Oh, my my, oh, hey yes
Girls, put on a party dress
Girls get in line, dance to the song
Find a husband quick ‘cause he won’t last long

Last dance with Carl the Prince
One more chance to mingle a-and mix
Single elite are here to dance
And to, find a spouse and roma-ance

The emperor’s kids have joined along
The security’s tight, can’t go wrong
Attention drawn to the new de-light
Seems Prince Carl is gone from sight

Oh, my my, oh, hey yes
You got to put on that party dress
New target for groom, Carl’s dis-appeared
While there’s still hope, the worst is feared

Last dance with Carl the Prince
One more chance to mingle a-and mix
Single elite are here to dance
And to, find a spouse and roma-ance

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Ambushed by BoB

Jax’s Journal

Theo Jenkins came to me with troubling news.
Folks travelling between Fandeo and Southern Cross have been going missing! No trace of them either. It’s a days journey from one town to the next and there is an Inn half way. But the wagons as well as the travelers often times don’t even make it to the Inn. This has been going on now for about 2 weeks now. She’d like me with the rest of the group to investigate. It would be best not to go as Adventurers… there are probably informants in town who pick out travelers for the bandits. We were allowed to borrow Theo’s coach with Ernie again – but the coach really isn’t her’s…
I gathered the group – we were still getting used to working with each other so it takes us a while to get ready. Ideas fly left and right and eventually we decide to have Barret, Asta and Kenzie leave town through another gate that day and meet us early the next morning. Meanwhile – the rest of us visited the used clothes shop in town again. Kevin disguised himself and Margine as a merchant couple. Lina and I were to be their servants… Kevin did a good job – he actually looked different, walked different too!
Early the next morning the four of us posing as merchants and servents boarded the coach headed for Fandeo. We picked up the rest of the group – Barret and Kenzie jumped inside the coach while Asta hide on top under the tarp with the luggage. Barret was very fidgety the entire time – probably his first time in combat.
Ernie suddenly announced loudly “oh no there is a tree across the road!” He has axes in the back and as the “servants” Lina and I exit to start chopping down the tree. Honestly the two of us don’t know how to wield an axe that well – so I hope we really did look like servants.
To the right of Lina, three orcs jump out of cleverly concealed holes in the ground. They rush to engage us! From behind I hear more shouts and a voice in broken Esperanto that tells us to drop our weapons and we will not be harmed. Not sure I believe that but I’m happy to comply with dropping this useless axe in my hands. Lina and I had our hands full with three orcs facing us – but we did well! Mental note: I’ve got to talk to Lina about that Animate Shadow spell – it worked extremely well on those orcs!
The battle was tough – a bit touch and go there – Lina staggered on her feet after taking several hits from the orcs – she’s tough! And then the demon appeared… I didn’t know this at the time but apparently the half-orc leader was a member of BoB. One of the twisted things about the BoB clan is that they associate with demons. A clan member can pledge themselves to a demon and once that individual dies the demon comes for their soul. So while I didn’t SEE this demon appear myself; everyone who had an ounce of psionic capability felt it. I heard Asta yell something about a demon and run. The demon asked if anyone wanted to pledge themselves to him. I didn’t hear a reply from anyone – that was good. About this time Lina and I, while we hadn’t fully dispatched the orcs on us, did get some breathing room. We were able to disengage a bit while the remaining orc’s shadow attacked him.
From behind some trees Lina and I saw (and felt) a huge four-armed demon! Our noses started bleeding when the demon appeared and we felt our fatigue steadily diminishing. It was only a matter of time before we both passed out if the demon didn’t leave. Kenzie – the crazy earther – she was attacking the demon! She already had several orc bodies lying on the ground around her – including the half-orc leaders. Several of the orcs we’re even missing an arm! I saw Kevin was lying on the ground behind some slain orcs. I recall Kevin earlier yelling out “Kenzie down” – why was he on the ground?
I ran to back up Kenzie thinking what the hell I am going to do against a demon!? Lina cast a spell that didn’t quit function as anticipated… great spell – but I think she got half the party as well! Mental Note: Mages need throwing skill for spells…
From down the road two flaming arrows struck the demon – he didn’t seem to notice them much. He was too intent on Kenzie who had already severed an arm. And then just like that the fight was over – in a whirl of blades Kenzie slew the demon – and the demon exploded…
My nose stopped bleeding and I was no longer being leeched of fatigue.

Wrapping this all up

  • We found no trace of the previous hostages.
  • Asta was found in the woods a good distance away passed out – not sure how she got there… not even sure she helped in the battle at all. She was bleeding out her eyes, ears and nose…
  • Kevin also passed out from bleeding out his eyes, ears and nose – but I’m pretty sure he helped in the fight – I think?
  • Barret and Lina went out to scout but didn’t find much. She made good use of her owl familiar – my familiar is lazy…
  • The orcs had 20pp each and their leader 1mp
  • It took a while to clear the tree in the road by which time Asta and Kevin had regained consciousness
  • While we thought we had thoroughly searched the orcs apparently we missed some documentation secretly concealed in the leaders clothing – Asta found it and read it to the group.
  • One page was a picture of me – nicely done by the way – and the other an itinerary of my trip to Wilkie and back. Oh and there was a receipt for slaves – why would a half-orc keep a receipt?
  • BoB is vindictive…
  • Theo Jenkins rewarded us with $2,000

Someone (maybe more than one) is working for BoB and has been keeping tabs on me in town… damn agents of chaos!

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Kenzie Journal Entry 1

I have decided to start a journal so that when I compose my memoirs I will have a reference.
Journal entry 1, date xxx

Today Jax Jenkins approached me and the… I am not sure what to call them. Lets go with Scooby Gang (SG) for now. Apparently there is a group of brigands who are interrupting trade between our town and the next. No one so far has any leads.
We decided to lure the brigands to us. Asta, Barret and I left that evening in the wrong direction and circle around and then meet up with the rest of the gang in the morning.
We met up and Barret and I entered the wagon, Asta… went somewhere. Dang silly undisciplined girl.
A few hours into our travel we came upon a tree over the road and stopped. I heard a commotion outside and exited the wagon upon hearing a threatening voice. I exited to be quickly surrounded by four ocs and a large half orc. I began dispatching such inferior foes quickly and when nearly done a large four armed demon approached me and made demands upon my soul.
As a stranger to this world I have little idea what such a demon is but from my growing up in Japan I have a strong idea of what such a creature is and what it wants from a virgin such as myself. I attack it with much resolve to end it from existence before it assaults me. I chop off a few limbs, It strikes me, I am hit by some energy wave and then smash it’s skull in only to have it explode!

I am victorious over the Demon!

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Bandit Hunting

Dear journal,

I have had another exciting adventure. The mayor told Jax about some missing travelers between here and New Fandeo, and gave us the opportunity to investigate the disappearances. It needed to be a covert mission, so some people would need to leave in disguise, and without visible weapons or armor. I had the idea of leaving the evening before, and there was some agreement (and disagreement) but it was finally accepted, so myself, Kenzie, and Asta went out and camped the night, to meet the group the next morning. Speaking of Asta, she is seeming far more reasonable and intelligent of late, perhaps there is more to my mother’s statements of “You’ll understand when you’re older”. Evidently there is some physiological change that people go through that make them more intelligent. I’m glad she’s gone through it, she even sees the big picture on things now, but more on that later probably. As I was saying about the adventure, we traveled the road to New Fandeo with hopes of finding the culprits behind the tragedies. After some time that felt like forever (remember, covert, so I couldn’t play my instrument), we were ambushed. It wasn’t a very good ambush, actually, and we had to work at not giving ourselves away right away, but I guess it was to be expected since it was a bunch of orcs behind it. They were dispatched without too much trouble, and Margene is better with a sword than I thought, though I really didn’t get a chance to see how good she was in the danger room session we were in. I just wish she had figured out sooner that orcs aren’t into unity and community. The spellcasters seemed to do well enough, though I couldn’t see what was going on down there until after the battle – there was an orc frozen and embedded in the ground! That seems like pretty useful stuff. Any ways, the battle went well but the real hero was Kenzie, who was lopping arms off of everyone on her side of the wagon. She even took down the leader, who was evidently a real demon worshiper! Mom and dad have told stories about demon worshipers, black cults, and deadly temples, but I had never seen a real demon worshiper myself. Sure enough, like their stories, a demon showed up to claim the soul. He even started offering to accept our pledges. Like we would be that foolish. There is clearly some kind of power to a demon though, because a bunch of people started bleeding from all over, like their eyes and ears, and dropped unconscious quickly. Asta said not to attack the demon, but I thought that was just fear and the bleeding talking, since everyone knows demons are bad. It turns out, though, that if a demon comes to collect the soul of a worshiper, if no one attacks it, it has to leave peacefully. Like we want that to happen. Any ways, back to the demon fight. I tried to quickly finish the orc I was dispatching and rushed to help kill the demon, but unfortunately Kenzie had already killed it by the time I got around the wagon. Oh well, maybe next time. I do expect there to be a next time, because it turns out that the entire kidnapping scheme was just to lure Jax out. Evidently he’s really, really wanted by the brotherhood of the bone! That’s pretty cool, to be such a threat to an evil organization that they hunt you. I hope some day I can be that dangerous. Until then, I’ll just hang around Jax some more and see if I can be there when they go for him again.

Another really cool part to the expedition is that I saw Elsie Hansa, and oh man is she not the social pretty girl that I thought she was. She showed up in full plate armor on a war horse, firing arrows at the demon and everything. She was out by herself to hunt the kidnappers down. I wonder if she would consider joining our guild? Does New Fandeo have an adventurer’s guild? I’ll have to ask her the next time I see her, which I hope is much sooner than I used to want. There is this air of mystery about her that is quite compelling. Mom says I should stay away from girls, so I don’t think I am going to tell her about Elsie. She gets a bit over protective at times. Dad says she would travel with us to be my bodyguard if dad would let her; I’m so glad that’s not happening! Imagine, me having or needing a bodyguard, let alone having my mother as it! I need to find a guy my own age who has been around more, who I can talk to about Elsie. Maybe Kevin, he’s been around. Yeah, I think I’ll talk to him and see what he thinks.

I’ve decided to keep my songs in a different book. They were taking up too much space in the journal, and it will be easier to find them for practicing if they are in a dedicated song book. Almost done with my third song!

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The Blackberry festival

Lina’s journal
July 21, 2012
I have joined an adventurer group with six other people but before we could join we had to take a test. There is kenzi who I don’t know that well except for the fact that she comes from earth, Margine she is all about unity and community so she tries to talk to the monsters before attacking them which seems a little odd, Kevin who is a swords man does a lot of eye gouging, Asta is a sorceress but other than that I don’t much about her. I think I should spend more time getting to know everybody better. Then there is also Jax who reminds me of jack frost because jax produces cold air around himself he is also a sorcerer, and last of all there is Barret who is really nice he has a passion for singing and likes to make sure he is doing something his mother and father would like so the others call him mommy’s boy but he is still really nice. Any way we were all invited to go to the blackberry festival so we headed to Wilkie were it was held it was a two day trip to the town. So we stopped for the night, our driver for our wagon ,Ernie had an uncle that owned a place that we could stay at but it looked really run down so I decided to go with Jax, Margine, and Barret to the nicer hotel. After dinner Jax started to hallucinate thinking he saw himself so he went and sat down next to an empty chair and started to talk to it, than he asked us if we saw him but we said no I think he just needed a good night’s sleep. The next morning we set off again to the town. When we got there we had just enough time to get washed up and ready for the festival. When we arrived at the castle where it was being held a man asked us to show our invitation to the party. Then he asked if any of us were part of any clans so than he could announce what clans were from or something. The man turned to Margine and I and asked if we are looking to get married because the prince will be dancing with the ladies looking for marriage Margine said yes so I decided to try it and see how it turned out. So we started to head down the stairs into the ballroom this was not my image of a blackberry festival I pictured different kinds of foods that involved blackberries but I didn’t see a single blackberry in the room so this really confused me. I saw Jax standing off to the side he didn’t seem to like parties that much so I walked over to him and talked with him until it was my turn to dance with the prince. Dancing with the prince was pretty fun I was just hoping I wouldn’t mess up like step on his toes or something. After that I kind of just stood to the side watching everyone else dance. Until I overheard Margine and the prince talking about how to sneak the prince outside to see his, well true love at least that’s one way to put it so I asked if I could help sense I had nothing better to do. So I learned that the prince loved the servant and he wanted to marry her. Margine said that she is not going to be able to go outside because there our royal guards outside that already found her wondering outside once and gave her a warning not to come back outside again. So I suggested my owl to go outside and look around but the prince had a better plan he turned Margine into a dog and Margine chased my owl around outside, and I said to the guards it was my dog and I have to go get her and the prince disguised himself as a servant coming to come help me catch my dog the plan worked really well I think. Anyway the prince got to see his girl so he turned Margine back into her normal self she would not be able to get back into the party. The prince turned himself into a wagon driver and went to play some games with them. I might have a chance of getting back into the party so I walked back to the door the guards looked at me curiously “Where is your dog?” One of the guards asked. I told them that I was not able to catch my dog but the servant is still trying too. They thought about it for a couple minutes and then told me I would not be a loud to go back inside so I walked away. Then I had an idea maybe the prince could turn me into a fly and I could fly into the castle unnoticed, without thinking much about the plan I headed off to go get the prince. When I got to the area where all the wagon drivers were sitting I walked out into plain site they all stared at me, I pointed to the prince who was disguised as a wagon driver and asked if I could see him. Instead Ernie got up and walked toward me he asked me if something was wrong with the wagon I said no, than he asked me if there was anything I wanted to tell him, this made me all nervous so I just said no again than he walked away. I walked away feeling guilty that I almost gave everybody away. A little while later a man walked up to me and told me I can go back inside. I went home with Margine and kevin everybody was wondering where Margine and I went.

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