by Nehi-Xum, tiefling warlock bound to Oberon (Jason M.) 10-13 Spring fell
Arrived from Sanctus on Day 10 of High Spring. Temperate seaside city of Cavalier's Watch
We were met by Ramerith Tearheart of The Epoch, a fighter's guild/city watch. He recalled meeting tortles from Sanctus, but no others. Told us a lot about the town and happenings therein. At Ramerith's suggestion, we sought out Wellig Earthfall, a dwarven alchemist who was accosted on the caravan trail into town by hooded creatures wearing long pointed masks that spoke only in broken common. He said they only stole odd bits from travelers, nothing of inherent value.
Innkeeper Jesunell, a bard, told several stories, reinforcing what Ramerith told. One interesting story: large rumbling/explosions to the northwest of Cavalier's Watch. An area of 100 trees were ripped straight from the ground, some sheared clean off at a 45 degree angle. Strange blue-green blood was found on the ground after the event. Two men in the tavern eyed Madash and I. Madash said he heard them talking of bounties and making a lot of money with us. I suggested we head to our quest. (nb: Stay away from the city of Sakar.)
We came across two merchants near the crossroads north of town around dusk. Ryltrin distrusted the pair and so we set up watch within view of their camp. Shortly after dark they fell under attack by creatures wearing bird masks. As a team we rushed to their aid, quickly dispatching the creatures. We spared two of them for interrogation and discovered the source of the caravan attacks. I had to convince the two merchants to spare the kikimora's lives, persuading them the bird-kin could be of use in town fletching arrows. Began and Zarkush escorted one to Cavalier's Watch while we retained the other kikimora, Kymik, as a guide. He informed us of the giant spiders that infest the northern woods, but more interestingly spoke of the one they call Irros who lives in a cave deep in the woods and to whom they offer the shiny trinkets pilfered from traveling merchants. Described as a small, scaled, winged creature, we exchanged knowing glances as we prepared to enter the cave.
After a final warning from Kymik of 'dusty creatures' within, we entered the cavern. Near the entrance we unearthed a chest containing a journal of Harthall Vermillion which spoke of tales told, yet unbelieved. Therein lay a warning against Layineice, the Queen of Poison. This resonated with us as the kikimora had warned of a "She" who directed the spiders. With signs of poison all around we proceeded warily through a portcullis whereupon we encountered a shadow. It was quickly dispatched within a room containing two interesting tapestries. Both appeared to animate before our eyes depicting wildly different scenes. One showed ghouls ripping out the soul of Madash who, in his rage, tore the canvas to ribbons. A larger mural on the opposite wall showed a scene where a barmaid served several incorporeal beings drinks. On the periphery of the scene were two black bottles. Amarath, being braver than I, reached in to grab them and was rewarded with two potions of healing! A lucky draw if ever considering what we eventually encountered. Intrigued by this fresco I removed it from its frame, and upon storing it noticed two sets of letters, VW atop FR on the reverse. We pressed on past various false walls, encountering the dusty creatures we had been forewarned of. Satisfied this area of the cavern was clear, we returned to our entry point and proceeded in the other direction.
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
All Abaza Amaranth Aredhel Lethe Astrid Gilrin Atuji Of Clan Greatscale Audra Ayten Gilrin Basil Benedict Greenfield Black River Swamp Blackscale Brea Daergle Brynn Bryn Naikaho Cavalier's Watch Chat Clan Shimmerscale Crimson Surgeon Cylowboborow Nonsoon Demogorgon Diamondshard Banwyze DILONDORG KAAL Doros Doross Dorros Dredge Dufdor Dwain Eilis Eilis Gilrin Eladrinne Escobar Fagan Far Reach Fort Providence Gator Rock Genji The Wererat Glin Ybendawien Droat Golden Apple Great Cataclysm Griffin's Roost Grildor Trueforge Haldor Kemleigh Ham Hamilton Hekili Nalani HEYKITD GETOFF MELAYN Icegate Jerimiah Jerwin Jinn Kanyu Il Senya Kathra Kegrove Kellen McCall Kenku Kiera Lyssandria Kohaku Ruim Koltalon Kresh Krolan Kunyata Kar Leatherhead Liam Buckham Liana Lindir Lizardfolk Longtail Lucretzia Borgia Makani Pahili Malmir Merelda Meznen Midden Heap Mindartis Morgrimm Naill Amakir Namfoodle Nehi Xum Nehi-Xum New Cadeni Njord Noric Synphase Noxochiyotl Obelisks Of The Bayou Omgar Onen Peter The Wolf Phoncledeh Player Character Journal Entry Polar Bear Polg Pollen Quinzli Rabbits Ralthor Rawq Elrid Rhogar Roscoe Greenfeld Rotten Morgan Bonecrusher Rube Lastname Ruins Salazar Sang Woo Ser Mathius Shaena Tosscobble Silent Mockingbird Som Sorrel Summerport Syndar Beratos Tabaxi Tainted Falls Teddy Bear Tharrus The Fist Theobold Peacekeeper Thur’a’ugh Tormund Firehammer Tortles Treewalker Truss Stacianodel Udoroth UDOROTH THAMMILIDAAR Umberlee Underdark Valaquaraptors Vandil Varron Greensleeves Vengir Duskhallow Verloren Yuan Ti Zorak Dreadmast