by rawq eldrid (Doug S.) ss 20-23
Rawq is pleasantly distracted as he unwraps the remains of a large alligator on Hurlee’s cutting board table. Large pieces of meat, three swatches of back-hide and three-quarters of the creature’s thick tail fall before the stunned care-taker of the Black River Island Tavern. “What do ya think about this catch, Hurlee?” Rawq smiles and continues, “The best part is how my friends and I ended up with this heap of flesh!”
“As we headed out into the bayou on Day 21, all seemed calm in the wild lands. However, the approach to trailhead marker of The Shield revealed a large group of bullywugs, their giant frog familiars and what appeared to be a shaman of their kin. Suddenly, the mystic shaman bullywug cast some sort of cloud or mist magicks that concealed the entire group of frog-folk and we darted to the riverbank to prepare for an attack.
To our surprise, all of the creatures retreated to the north without one hint of aggression. They may have hear tale of Udoroth and I routing their kin a few days earlier and ran off…but I am not so sure that to be true.
Roscoe and his brother Benedict agreed to press on to find any signs of the swamp witch we had encountered days earlier. We marched deep into the marshland headed north-west to align with the last sighting rumored from other travelers.”
“We found clear tracks of several indigenous creatures, but no indication of a humanoid. After some debate, Benedict defined a clever plan to lure the swamp witch by sitting at a camp fire while Roscoe, Udoroth and I spread out at a perimeter to spot any activity. A few hours passed before an unfortunate event emerged from the dark waters. Benedict was charged by a very large, aggressive alligator that essentially grabbed him up in one bite of its toothy maw! The three of us ran in to help discourage the reptilian beast of swallowing the poor, wily halfling whole. Udoroth and I watched in awe as Roscoe leapt onto the gator’s back and pummeled it on the skull with a solid flail strike. As the beast raced backwards into the shallow waters to escape, I was able to focus by KI and hurl a dart into the submerging foe’s neck…delivering the fatal strike. The remainder of the event is primitively displayed before you here on the cutting board. I am not too proud of my butchering work, but my priority was gain some meat and bringing back a meal for the brave guests whom you serve.”
“This was not the end of my tale, however. After we revived Benedict with Udoroth’s divine healing and Roscoe assisted me with the “rather disturbing” gator slaughter, an elven woman with long, wiry, silver hair floated across the bayou into our midst. Udoroth was the only one to understand her complicated tongue. Our noble dragonborn companion recounted that this “guardian of the marsh” request our assistance to eliminate a blight upon the natural surroundings far off into the east of the bayou. Someplace call Middenheap, which meant nothing to me specifically. Further discussion clarified that this was the outpost of some creatures that threatened her lands. This piqued the interest of Udoroth, while the rest of us prepared to return to the island.”
“We will be heading back out to the bayou within the next day or so…there is actually another larger alligator in the wild that rest on a large granite outcropping. But we have all grown accustom him and use his sunning spot as a marker of our journey in and out of the bayou. But enough of my chatter...it’s time to prepare some hearty meals from our catch!”
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
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