by Merelda meznen (Vera d.) 21-23 SS
I left Sanctus 7 days ago and arrived at Black River Island earlier today.
I met a couple of half-elves like me, except they were half human where I'm half-orc and half-elf. Kohaku Ruim is a young druid, and Liam Buckham, is a few years older. He was poring over scrolls in the tavern when we heard a shriek from the streets. The wife of a fisherman was shouting she was under attack!
We ran outside to see what we could do. I saw a creature I had never seen before - scaly man with fins. He seemed to be a fish with legs! Soon a total of five of these fish-men infiltrated the village. Dougal the March Warden ushered the islandfolk to safety while my new friends and I dealt with the attackers. Ultimately, we prevailed although two escaped our deadly blows.
Dougal was extremely grateful for our courage and selflessness. We pressed him as to where these creatures could have come from but he didn't really have a good idea. Looking out from the lighthouse upon the swamp and larger island, I asked whether anyone had gone up the coast. He replied, "Sometimes fishermen go up the west coast and never come back."
It was then that Liam, Kohaku, and I decided to explore the west coast versus the inland bayou.
The next day we departed Black River Island and landed to the west of the river's mouth. We kept to the edge of the treeline and the beach. Just after lunch, we approached a flock of giant birds who were nesting. They were extraordinary. We decided to avoid them but unfortunately, one of the males detected the clanking of my chain mail. He pursued us.
I tried to appease the beast but he did not understand my pleas to the Great Mother. He viciously attacked Kohaku and Liam was tempted to obliterate the great bird, but Kohaku and I pleaded with him to spare its life and not disturb the nest. He backed off thank goodness. Liam possesses an odd, wild magic that he doesn't seem to have full control of, so I am glad he didn't harm the family.
We continued a few hours further up the west coast and camped for the night. During Kohaku's watch, a thorny snake slithered into our camp and decided to make a meal out of him! I was able to smash the skull of the giant snake but not before it had ravaged Kohaku. We attended to Kohaku and kept a careful eye on him for the rest of the night and into mid-day.
While we left our druid friend to recover in a deep slumber, I decided to filet the snake and make a meal out of him. Liam offered great cooking tips as I barbecued the snake. We had a delicious lunch. I'm thinking of introducing Hurlee to this delicacy!
After encountering wild beasts both days and being more vulnerable than we thought, we decided to head back to the Island and recruit more help.
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