by haldor kemleigh (lex) 3 wh
TLDR: Adventurers freed a New Cadeni Company survey team held hostage by a goblin raid.
Report on 1st expedition into New Cadeni interior, recalled and compiled by Haldor Kemleigh, navigator.
Made landfall last night, after an uneventful crossing of the Inland Sea. Woke after a night’s rest to a Company surveyor, Neferti, emerging from the woods at a frantic pace on an exhausted horse. She reported escaping a Company survey site to the west, the rest of her team captured by a group of goblins accosting the camp. She had a distinct accent; Khemet, I would say, and if so, the first human I’ve met who lives among the Demon-Walkers. Curious.
The nearest available martially skilled Company employees gathered. A knightly, upright human fellow named Cylow (with a lengthy name, must learn to spell it properly later), a sorcerous Dragonborn called Phoncledeh, and a quiet, green-clad man with some Elf blood, Truss. Hastily assembled, we requested horses from the company stables, took Neferti on mine, and retraced her path to the survey site at the best speed our mounts could bear. While the forest is not my preferred terrain, the path was quite clear, and we made good time.
About three hours’ ride West brought us to a river bridge Neferti crossed in her flight, recently cut down. Neferti later pointed out it was made by local loggers - perhaps the Company can contract them to remake it. We secured our horses and left them in the care of Cylow’s squire. With no sign of ambush, even from an elevated perch, I secured a rope to a nearby tree for our group to descend the embankment and cross the river. Fast-flowing, but only an arm’s length in depth - we crossed with no great difficulty and scaled the far side. Neferti proved quite nimble and hardy, easily keeping up with our party. Her conduct throughout the counter-attack was commendable, and I encourage any of her Company superiors who read this report to consider her for advancement, whenever such opportunities arise.
A goblin patrol accosted us immediately upon gaining the western side of the river. Taken somewhat off-balance, with no time to form ranks, it was a tricky fight. Cylow was battered into unconsciousness, but revived by a potion Neferti carried (Manannan Mac Lir’s blessing on that woman). Seeing this, I gained enough trust to lend her a scimitar in case any goblins got past us.
Of possible interest; these goblins all wore a black-painted mark on their shoulder, regardless of clad or bare arms. Some kind of clan marking, I suspect, unknown to me. Perhaps this will be useful to Company members better acquainted with our goblin trading partners.
Neferti’s survey team found some discrepancies in their interior and exterior measurements of the keep, leading us to suspect a secret room or exit at the southwest corner. Under tree cover, we skirted the keep, and I was able to locate a mechanism which opened a door into the keep. The rooms within were empty and undisturbed, apparently undiscovered by raiders or surveyors. We used them to ascend to the fourth floor. Should the Company need it, I made a sketch of the building and our route through the woods.
The uppermost secret room contained two nasty, skeletal torsos with a vicious toxin in their claws. They overwhelmed me before the full party was able to enter the room. I blacked out, under the influence of some paralyzing quality in the toxin. The party was able to overcome the undead, and was gracious enough to wait for me to rouse. Though seriously weakened, I gained my feet and kept to the rear as we proceeded.
I will admit to some shame at my performance in this encounter. Further training is required, and I suspect New Cadeni will provide ample opportunities for improvement. Gods give me strength, I intend to become this new continent’s equal and master of its paths.
Fortunately, the new rooms contained all the surveyors from Neferti’s team; Dorah, Elsha, Kawa, and Elana. Heavily battered, we opted for discretion, and smuggled them out the secret entrance into the forest. With raised voices behind us, we made haste for the river. Crossing was quick, but two goblinoids - hefty, well-armored bastards - began firing on us from across the river. We made our retreat, wounding one grievously, and escaped with all members of the survey party and the rescue team. Curiously, these two wore red armor, and had no sign of the black shoulder mark used by the rest of the goblins.
The keep may need to be secured at some point. Properly garrisoned, its sturdy walls should make a fine forward encampment. I defer to Company instructions on this matter, and await your commands. For now, I must rest, ensure that devilish toxin is clear of my veins, and prepare for the next expedition.
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
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