by fagan (Jason M.) ? - 25 ss
Fagan sits at the bar in the Black River Tavern, turning a glass of amber liquid around and around but not drinking from it. It takes a few prodding questions for the half-elf's eyes to focus and open up, but eventually the story comes out...
I set off with a small group of... thugs really, looking to get our blades wet. Hone our skills if you will. We came around by sea and made landfall during the night, this was over a week ago now. We woke to sounds of odd whistling, a sort of call and answer which we found came from lizardfolk; rainbow frills on their heads.
We were quickly overwhelmed, my companions [Fagan scoffs with a disgusted head shake] dead. Then, darkness. Later, my eyes open to a group of bullywug being ordered around by a hag. She tells them to keep me alive. Odd, certainly, but I can't say I'm disappointed. I'm kept in a wooden cage, half buried in muck. They feed me, enough to live but still leave me weak. It's disgusting, but I do my best to choke it down. I'm constantly cataloging, watching their activities for any chance at escape, but... I'm under constant surveillance. I know where my things are - they check it every day - I just need to get to it.
A few dozen bullywug inhabit this camp. It borders a large pool of water - two alligators keep the smart ones away - and on the far side the most enormous cypress tree I've ever seen. No one approaches it. That's where the hag disappeared after I first arrived. Didn't see her again until... well.
Four days in was when it happened. For no reason I could tell, the lizardfolk just... up and attacked the bullywug camp. I knew it was my best chance at freedom. My guard disappeared and I was able to break free from the cage. To my surprise I saw an old friend coming to my aid. [Fagan looks over to the gnome bard, Namfoodle and raises his untouched drink.]
After recovering my things, I quickly impressed upon my friend and his companions that this fight was not one we wanted a part of. We wisely disengaged, but as we did we saw a terrible sight. An enormous bird creature emerged from the cypress tree, the hag riding atop it. How big? Let's just say if it ever made it to town it would be eating from a bowl atop the lighthouse.
We ran and Koltalon... I'll let him tell it. That first night out was rough. The smells and sounds haunted my memory. I volunteered for first watch simply because I knew I wouldn't sleep. I heard the splash of an animal - at least that's what I told myself it was - during the night and nearly lost my shit. I was so rattled, I forgot to tell the others when I woke them for their shift.
We managed to safely retreat back the way the others had come in. I was completely lost until we reached the coast and began to row down the river, back toward home. We encountered a croc in the river, but the dwarf with us put it to sleep. Each following night got easier as the memory of my captivity faded, though the whistle calls we heard in the night spooked me. I think the lizardfolk were following us out of the bayou. There's something there if we can learn to communicate with them.
Fagan returns to slowly spinning the glass, eyes losing focus once more...
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