Heroes Of Qa'lira

To Brawic We Go
-Session 6

It had been a quiet few days and my brother was starting to get on my nerves. He was trying to keep me busy so I wouldn’t run off with the pack again, I miss running and the freedom. As I was gathering some herbs from the garden out back, my brother came out and handed me a piece of parchment with a bit of a scowl on his face. It was a note from one of the locals in Brawic asking if I could gather supplies from Conne and get them safely back in time for the Walpurgis Festival in a month’s time. Included was a list of supplies needed. With a bit of a smug smile on my face, I handed Selynar the herbs I had gathered and ran back in to gather my pack and supplies to head off to Conne. Freedom. Finally.

It took me almost 3 weeks to get to Conne and it was nightfall by the time I reached it. I set up camp just outside the east entrance to wait for the morning when I could head through the shops picking up items that were requested. After I had gathered everything on my list, I was going to go find a place to bunk down before heading out the next morning when I heard some familiar loud boastful singing coming from within The Fool’s Flask. I hitched my pack up a little tighter and slipped into the tavern looking about. Sitting over with what looked like a… lively… bunch of drunkards, was a bright red teifling, my good friend Eben.

After chatting with him for a bit and telling him I was off to deliver some supplies to Brawic, he asked me if he could join me for a while. In the morning, we got our stuff together and left. We got there the day before the festival and Eben took off towards the Ranger’s Respite while I went to go deliver my supplies to Vaerie. She asked me if I minded helping her carry some supplies back from the surrounding forest so we set off. We had quite the haul so I decided to transform into my wolf form so she could load packs up on me to take back.

When we got back, there was a very beautiful elven woman dressed in fine red robes. It seemed she was looking for Vaerie. She sounded nice but I didn’t really want to talk with anyone at the moment since I was tired from the journey and the hauling. I waited until their talk was over and Vaerie took the packs off of me to slink back out to the surrounding countryside to find a place to bunker down till tomorrow.

The day of the festival was very fun and rewarding. Eben and I decided that we would try to win each other at wheelbarrow racing. I won, which he says was only due to using my druidic powers to help. He could have had a better chance himself if he didn’t get caught. HA! Then there was a wrestling contest. I was looking forward to that! When we gathered for match, I saw the woman in red again. She was with a gentleman, who looked to be a man of the cloth, and a young Tabaxi pup, maybe no more than 20 years. I wanted to transform into a bear and the gentleman with the woman in red said he was fine with it and so did the goliath. So I transformed but sadly the first man I went against was hardly a challenge. Poor farmer. I was hoping to go against the holy man to knock him down a peg but I never got the chance. I ended up going against the goliath. That was some real fun. I actually got to flex my muscles and have a real wrestle but in the end, I won!

The woman in red and her companions came up to Eben and I after I transformed back to introduce themselves. Revel was the ethereal elven woman I had met earlier, she didn’t realize that it had been me in wolf form. Ashpaw was the Tabaxi pup, whom I share a common interest in plants and their properties with. He showed me his collection and allowed me to take some notes from things he had collected. I can tell we are going to get on great. The weirdest one was the holy man named Zygon. He tried to hand me some kind of paper about his… god? And then tried to shake my hand. What weird customs civilized folks have. There were a few more competitions, one of which I showed off my beauty as a wolf but Revel won. I’m glad she did. She is very beautiful. At the end of the festival, it seemed Revel was bored of Brawic and wanted to head to the next city, Thawig. She kindly asked Eben and I if we wanted to join them. Since we didn’t have any other jobs at the moment, we joined them and head off for Thawig.

The first day was interesting. A creature that looked to be the combination of a serpent and a leopard got the drop on us and sprayed us with some kind of poison spray. We quickly dispatched of it but Ashpaw and I were able to glean some of the poison from it and take it’s pelt. We decided to camp out afterwards and I took to drawing up some sketches of the creature we came upon for later note and some of the plants that Ashpaw had shown me while everyone else decided to rest. After 3 days, he remembered he left something in Brawic but it was too late to turn around and go back for it. So I sent a nearby owl back to give a message to the shopkeeper that he would send someone to retrieve it. Well this should be interesting..





Walpurgis Festival

When I was awakened in the morning, it seemed like it was quite the ordeal going on. Folks were milling about all over. After a stretch and a yawn, I heard Revel tell me that she was going to enter the wheelbarrow rolling competition. That was about the point that I remembered there was a Festival going on in the town. It made a lot of sense, what with all the early morning activity. In my still somewhat sleepy stupor, I said that I would beat the elven woman in whatever competition she was entering.

Although I didn’t win first place, at least I managed to finish ahead of one of my friend’s in the first competition. The other one, Zygon, happened to steal the limelight away. Naturally, he took the opportunity to pass out more of those flyers in order to convert some of the populace under Kord. The following piece of the festival was the wrestling tourney. Being that I was still a little winded from the running, I decided to opt out. When that thing began, there was another elven woman that turned into a bear! Zygon didn’t make it past Rock, the giant, but even the the big guy couldn’t take down a bear.

I had moved atop a roof in order to sun myself a bit, maybe squeeze in a quick little bit of shut eye. After I finished a wink, I looked down and saw that Revel was talking to the woman that had transformed into the large brown bear. I hopped myself down and went over to chat for a bit. Apparently Zygon had slunk off a bit earlier. It turned out that the elven woman, Brenlyn, was a druid. We swapped a few notes about some plant life and got along quite fair. She introduced me to her Tiefling friend, Eben. I didn’t get much a chance to talk to him before there was another thing starting.

There was some sort of musical competition as well. I saw Brenlyn, who performed with the flute- though she seemed a tad nervous in front of the large crowd. Eben did a fine job, there was all kinds of applause from the crowd after he finished. Of course, that bit was taken by one of the townsfolk singing, dancing, and playing a tune- it must have been one of the popular folk songs because he was the one that took first from all the others.

Lastly, there was a storytelling finale. Revel really shined when she told the story about how all of us traveled from Conne and defeated Brett when he tried to turn us into the walking corpses. She got a tad bit vulgar at times, the parents had to cover the kids’ ears. I got a little chuckle out of that. Following that up, I wish I’d have stayed back. I told a tale about how a pair of lovers were forcefully separated. The beautiful bard and the scallawag that had their fun before they were broken apart and sent their separate ways to meet up when they both grew. There was Brenlyn, and she told a tale about how she and Eben met. Something about how she saved him in the woods from another sect of druids. I might have been in my cups a tad bit too much to pay too much attention. Afterward, Eben came up front and wove an elaborate tail about how he tricked a highly religious kingdom, hoodwinked them into taking on a new religion and then sending them off to do an impossible to finish quest. He was certainly quite good with his words.

I must have hunkered down for the night at some point, for I awoke in front of the hearth. Revel told me that she grew bored of this town already. Of course there wasn’t much to do in a tiny place like this. I couldn’t even find an alchemist when I looked about previously. It seemed that she had made plans with Eben because it wasn’t very long before he and Brenlyn made their appearance. Luckily for me, Zygon is a good guy. The cleric of Kord got a cart which we hitched our donkeys to. Filled with plenty of blankets, I made it a cozy little spot to curl up. After a few days without worry, we wound up getting assaulted by a creature that took us by surprise. After a gush of poisonous goop got spewed at a few of us, we quickly made mince meat of it… we didn’t want to eat the stuff, though, it probably had toxins running through the nasty smelling stuff.

Client Log : April, Brawic

Schrader, Tristen – 3 days – 9gp
Nalakalathi, Thavavik Rockbreaker – 1 day, current client – 2gp

After returning from our trip to find the missing guards I took a few days off and spent them in the company of my friend Salma. I greatly enjoyed her company but after the rest I was glad to get back to work. While spending a few days with Tristan I began to think of what fun it had been to go adventuring and really try out my strength. I overheard Tristan telling some of his guards that someone would need to travel to Brawic to inform them that the road was safe for travel and that they would need the guard that had been sent to them previously to be sent home. It sounded like such great fun that I just told him then and there that I would take care of it.

I then set out to find the others. Salma and Kaiton were busy but I found Ashpaw in a shop and asked him if he wanted to come to Brawic with me. I think he was already planned on making the trip because he told me he had already bought a donkey, so he wouldn’t have to walk, and some supplies. I thought that sounded like a great idea so I went and spent the money Tristan gave me on my new donkey friend. I named him The Baron and he looked so smart that I decided he needed a hat. When I went to the shop they had 2 that were so cute so I decided to get both of them, one for every day and one for extreme adventuring.

On my way to buy rations and feed I saw Zygon in the town square. I feel bad about what happened with Brett and I think he is sad that I stopped spending time with him while we were on our trip. I decided it might cheer him up if I asked him to come along. I waited until he was done with his weird posturing dance he was doing with the townspeople and asked if he wanted to come. He seemed pretty eager and before long had bought his own donkey. We left pretty quickly after that.

After about a day of traveling we came across the caravan being pulled back to town by the city guard. I am glad they did something with it because it was such a waste sitting out in the middle of nowhere. Ashpaw seemed pretty cranky after that, but I don’t know why. The trip was mostly uneventful but towards the end a couple of lions attacked us. I got scratched a couple of times but we took them down in the end. Ashpaw cooked some up of the meat up. It wasn’t too bad (I mean I AM an adventurer now) although I did have to flavor it a bit. We decided to dry the meat so we could eat it for the next few days and save our rations.
When we got to the Brawic gate I asked to speak to the Lord Mayor so I could tell him about the adventure we had but I guess the guard thought that wasn’t necessary. Ashpaw ended up relaying the message to one of the guardsmen. That was fine because I was starting to realize just how dirty I had gotten over the last few days of travel. I desperately needed a bath and I really wanted to visit my clients in Brawic.

As soon as we were let into the city I went straight to Ranger’s Respite Inn. The innkeeper there charged me for a nice room where I could take a long soak. I spent about an hour washing and perfuming myself and then I felt good as new. I ate a hearty meal and then set out to find one of my clients. Vaerie of course was not in town (she almost never is) but I found my Rocky in Bold Bones tavern. He was working though so I had to wait patiently until he had finished his bouncing duties.

When we got back to the Ranger’s Respite we passed by Zygon and Ashpaw drinking in the hall. Zygon looked quite upset. I may have to spend a few days with him and see how he is doing. He may need my services.

The next morning, Rocky and I woke up and I remembered the job posting I had seen in the bold bones. I thought it would be a great way to spend time with Rock and maybe it would cheer Zygon up too! I have seen Thavavik work before on our past treks to the north but I had never tried to join in before. Rocky seemed to like the idea so I asked the rest of our little group. Boy were we in for a surprise!

When we arrived at the farm the farmer, Yalb, said that the great lion creature had eaten his entire herd of cattle! We weren’t sure what we were dealing with but I felt with the four of us together we would be okay. Rocky easily found the trail (he has eyes like an eagle) and basically led us right to the great beast. The thing was enormous! It stood on 2 legs with a giant lion head! It had barely come into view when it started running right at us! Rock and Zygon got right up in his face while I stood back and fired at him from a distance. It clawed and bit at them with this enormous rumble coming from his stomach! Ashpaw dashed to and fro slicing at him from down low. At one point Zygon had a pair of crazy flashy wings pop out of his back! I didn’t know he could do that! Finally I put my hands together and sent a flash of fire right at him. He collapsed backward, flesh singed. Luckily we took him down with no casualties and only a few minor scratches.

Ashpaw was doing that thing again where he starts taking pieces off the thing (I try not to watch) when he comes over with the thing’s stomach! He then shared with us why the creature could eat so much at once by sticking his whole arm inside! It was bigger on the inside! We made our way back to the farm with the creatures head (I didn’t carry it) and were paid handsomely for our work. I could really get used to this! I mean I really enjoy my job and I won’t ever give it up but I never realized how much fun adventuring was! I am looking forward to the festival soon and meeting Vaerie again.

Clients and Cows
Session 4: Apr 5-12

After returning to Conne, the party spent a few days relaxing before purchasing some donkeys and heading Northeast to Brawic. Once there, Revel met up with one of her clients, and discovered an interesting help-needed post about some missing cattle.

Turns out the cattle weren’t just missing – the entire herd was devoured overnight by a single creature that looked like a bipedal lion.

Brett's Blunders

Well, I really messed things up this time. The first few deliveries were so easy – they even began to feel regular. I suppose I took this group for granted; therein lies my mistake.

We began traveling across the plains like usual – me pretending to be a buffoon and the group buying it. Kaiton made excuses for my idiocy when others asked if I was really an effective guard, I had to listen to that infernal Zaigon talk ENDLESSLY, mostly about building muscle and staying fit. Guess he has to impress Revel somehow (heaven knows it’s just his body she’s after).

Along the way, we picked up a little rodent creature. I should have killed him or run him off when I had the chance. Anyhow, it took to Selma pretty quickly. I suppose I underestimated that thing, too. His claws sure are.. effective.

We made it to the rendezvous point without any mishaps (unfortunately), and I receive permission from Master to begin harvesting. Unfortunately, that’s where the plan began to fall apart. I guess I should have been a bit more careful with my initial swings because I didn’t initially take Selma and Revel out like I thought I would.

Any that’s when it all went to shit. I thought I’d do alright, despite my rocky start… until Revel cast a spell that put me to sleep. I regret not actually taking her out first. I woke with my hands and feet tied, and with Kaiton shoving me around, sticking his gun in my mouth, and trying to murder me. I will END him for that.

I decided to bide my time to see if I could salvage this. Master isn’t too happy when I fail, though he’s infinitely more merciful than that * redacted * Kaiton. I managed to get free and tried to work the group around to my traps, but was unsuccessful. I decided to run, but as I did, Kaiton, Ashpaw, and the rodent caught up with me. The last thing I remember was running for the door and fainting.

i woke up, head pounding. Blood crusted my face and clothes, and it pooled on the floor, but I guess I’m lucky – the last shot must have just grazed my head. The group was nowhere to be found. I wandered down to Master, who told me everything would be alright. He told me I underestimated the group – that therein laid my mistake. Well, it’s one I won’t make again.

Session : M'rarch 23-25
Into the Dark

As our adventurers wake from their rest near the apparently abandoned caravan, they begin their trek into the tall grasses of the Imperial Grasslands. Following a trail that was likely made by the guards that never returned, the party fends off a few small packs of velociraptors and a couple deinonychus, and were able to sneak past another much larger scaled beast. Eventually, this path lead them to the base of the Snakespine Mountains. After searching around, the party noticed a rock slide, and found some cloth with the colors of the Conne town guard.

However, in their search, they were noticed by a huge monster of a dinosaur that began rushing toward them, hungry for its next meal. With a quick glance around the area, they noticed a large fissure in the stone wall of the mountain behind them and made a break for it. Safely sheltered in the space, as the crack was far too narrow for the beast to get to them, they decided to shelter within for some time so this creature would leave and it would be safe to leave.

Pressing on, the break in the stone opened up into worked walls and floors. The party began exploring the area, finding some dusty store rooms that were empty, a room with a shallow reflecting pool and arcane sigils around it, a library full of books in a strange language, a storeroom full of strange fungi, and eventually a large room lined with wide columns.

In this final chamber, the soft moans of pained creatures tethered onto stone slabs occasionally broke the silence as a lithe figure stood on the far end, facing a table near the wall, dimly lit by strange motes of light. As the party began to enter the room, extremely stealthily, the figure did not appear to react.

To be continued…

Session 1 : M'rarch 19-21
The Search Begins

After the meeting with Mayor Tyressa and Captain Schrader, the search party set out from Conne to find out the whereabouts of the missing search party.

Along the road, the party passed a couple herds of hadrosaurus, fended off a few small velociraptor hunting parties and befriended a burrowling that was lost and separated from his burrow.

After travelling for about three and a half days, they located the caravan which appeared to be mostly unscathed aside from the horses having been cut free. There were no signs of blood or a scuffle, but there was no obvious trace of any of the caravaners or the search party. After investigating the caravan, a few basic goods and rations were found, and a faint trail though the grasses to the east. But before they continued down this path, the party decided to set up camp as the sun began to set.

Session 0
Searching for the Search Party

Mayor Akta Tyressa sent a group of 6 of her town guards to set out on the road to discover the whereabouts or fate of the caravan. The remains of the caravan were located about 4 days travel along the road; one guard was sent back to Conne to report on the location and lack of survivors (or bodies), and another sent north to Brawic to place a halt to further caravan travel until the mystery is solved. The remaining 4 guards followed a trail toward the Snakespine Mountains to seek out clues to the missing people. After two weeks, that search party has yet to report back.

Conne is a large town, but only has about 50 guards at any point in time. Thus, the mayor is hesitant to send more guards. Even another group of five would mean a 20% reduction in the city’s guard forces. So she has asked the guards to quietly send out requests for capable citizens to recruit for the task and has selected two of the town guards that are more experienced with wilderness travel and tracking.


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