Lamashan 28 – Neth (November) 7
Hylex & Garian absent
As we are leaving Oleg’s to explore more parts of the land. Caleesee sees a dead animal in the distance off the side of the road. The party goes to investigate and sees that it is a grizzly bear that looks like it exploded from the inside. Looking around Sven sees several tracks leading away from Oleg’s, finds remains of the ice trolls in the bear’s claws and finds a piece a spear. He notices that they are the tracks of the ice troll. Lindethiel remembers that they are intellegent (enough to wear armor), hearty and hard to kill. Sven knows that you need fire acid to kill them because the regenerate.
The party heads back to warn the people at Oleg’s to put some extra guards out to be safe. Sven thinks it would be a good idea to throw deer sausage in the woods as a distraction if the trolls attacks. Kruznic thinks it would a better idea to sit behind the wall and shoot. Unfortuanatly, Sven is more convincing in the arguement.
The party continues to explore and stumbles on a camp site. Kruznic can tell that the fire is at least ten days old at the camp site. The party only find some disguarded bones at the campsite, as if some one was skinning a deer there. We then make camp next to a nearby river.
The next day, we continue to explore. In the distance, the party sees a glowing man that spouts with fire. Lindetheil notices some mushrooms nearby that are not normally known to grow here. As we get closer we see that is a two headed goat man made of stone , surrounded with lights. Both heads are spouting fire. Upon closer inspection, we notice that the statues seem to be painted. Sven attempts to get closer unseen, but fails. He began to dance and sings. Lindetheil suddenly thinks that she saw the statue move and also that there are dragons nearby.
Kruznic rides up as several roots shoot up out of the ground and attempt to grab him, but the all miss. He scoops up Sven and rides off. As he leaves, he notices that the statue is holding a halberd weapon. As soon and Sven gets far enough away, he stops dancing. Lindethiel tells the party that it may very well be a fairy dragon and Sven throws out gold coins in attempt to talk to them. Lindetheil suddenly thinks she hears singing and looks around with a confused expression. Sven then throws deer jerky out also and nothing happens. Sven notices that both his coins and jerky have dissapeared. Lindetheil is still supicious of the statue and Sven throws out silver coins instead of gold in a last ditch effort to communicate with the fae.
Almost as soon as they hit the ground they dissapear. Lindetheil sees several tracks down in the (that are very recent) when she looks down. Caleesee notices the tracks as being from a grig or a pixie. She knows they are tiny, not evil, micheivious,that they crave alcohol, shiny things, song and dance. Kruznic and Sven try to communicate with them once again. Kruznic notices then that all of his clothes have turned purple. Kruznic pours ale in a cup and holds it out in his hand, but nothing happens. Caleesee attempts to sing to try to get them to come out, but sucks at it horribly. Lindetheil in then surrounded by a cloud of fumes and she falls off her horse. Kruznic goes to examine the statue. He notices several paintings on the statues. One of them Caleesee notices that it is a painting of a demon that is the servant of Lammashtu. Kruznic uses his horse to knock the statue to the ground. The party continues to explore.
Sven (" the guy who almost rolled three twenties in a row") sees several elk in a nearby field. Also, he spots a guy in a nearby tree that is most likely trying to hunt. Sven tries to sneak up on him and succeeds. Lindetheil steps on the a loud dry twig and causes all the elk to run away. The guy in the tree begans to curse at Lindetheil and she laughs. Sven continues to sneak up to observe. Kruznic rides up to the guy that was in the tree with Caleesee following. Kruznic asks what the problem is and the guy tells him that some stupid elf messed up his hunting. Kruznic gives him 20 g for his trouble. The guy asks what we were up to out here and Kruznic explains that we are clearling the lands and Lindetheil mumbles something about clearly the lands of rednecks. The party learns that the guy’s name is Forrest and he tells the party about some strange people that are chanting and doing evil magic inside a nearby ruined barn to the north.
As the party goes to explore the ruined barn that Forrest said was the place that the people were chanting in. Sven smells a weird odor as they come up on the barn and Caleesee reconizes the smell as incents that are used for chanting. Sven and Lindetheil peaks through the boards to observe. They see several guys in black robes, standing next to a fire with a dead animal, chanting.
The party enters the barn and Caleesee notices that these guys are worshippers of Phrasma, the goddess of natural death. They ask if the party would like to join them next to the fire while they are discussing the death of a hedge hog and they agree. They invite us to join them for a meal. Sven asks how to get in contact with them in the future and they tell him that have a temple in Restov. A small conversation about the priests setting up a shrine or temple at Oleg’s is discussed. The party decides to camp there for the night.
The next day, the party tells the group good bye and they cast “bless” on all of us. The party continues to explore and find a totem that has foxes and wolves chasing owls. Sven reconizes it as a barbarian territorial totem for the Oogamoggie. The party continues on exploring. At some point of the day, Lindetheil notices that Sven has wondered offand she sees some ruins of a small buildings in the distance. Sven sees a pile of rocks diliberatly piled close by in some woods and he waves the party over to look. He explains that it is most likely a burial mound. Sven moves a few rocks around but leaves it alone there after in respect for those buried.
The party goes on to explore the ruins and we see a small halfling female child run away from us out of the buiding. We can see that she has sticks in her hair and she jabbering. She runs into the nearby woods. Kruznic follows her and grabs the girl. She attempts to bite him and appears to be wild. Sven looks in the building and sees that there are several chewed bones inside. Kruznic explains that he is not here to hurt her and she calms down a little bit. He sees several scars on her. Lindetheil follows and holds out a piece of deer jerky. She snatches it from her and eats it hungerly. Kruznic and Lindetheil give her more food. Kruznic tells her that if anything happens to her, she needs to come find him. He gives her extra food and lets her go. She runs off.
Sven continues to look through the den in the ruins. He notices that several scratch marks are all over. Caleesee enters the den and looks around. The girl comes back to the den and growls at her. Caleesee tries to calm her and the girl stops growling. Kruznic enters the den and finds some human bones located underneath a board and a chewed long bow. None of teeth marks looks like halfling teeth mark. Looking around, he sees several large scratch marks on the walls like a large animal had once occupied this place. Lindetheil tries to communicate with her and nothing really works. Kruznic has plans to come back with a cage to capture and reform her. Lindetheil is appalled at the idea explaining that it is the girl’s natural state to be wild. She notices that bad weather is coming and the party decides to head back to the barn when we found the guys in black robes. The party waits out a snow storm in the ruined shelter.
The next morning the party continues on. They come on a traveling caravan that has about 25 gypsies and notice that they have taken a prisioner. Caleesee begins to question the gypsies about the prisioner asking what he has done. They tell her that this guy attempted to rob their caravan. Caleesee thinks that this prisioner may be the guy that Keston Garris is looking for. She asks if the party can take him and explains that we reform prisioners. Kruznic pulls the guys on his horse keeping him tied. He gives him food and furs. Caleesee notices that his feet have frost bite and she cast endure elements on him. She also attempts to heal him and she knows that with a few days of rest he should be okay.
Kruznic tries to communicate with him and he tells Kruznic that he is innocent. Kruznic can tell that he is lying and he punches him in the face. The guy tells Kruznic that is innocent once agian. Kruznic asks him if he is right or left handed. The guy replies that is right hand and Kruznic steps on his right handed and raises his sword above it as if to cut it off. But it was a bluff to intimidate the prisoner into telling the truth, the gamble failed and the man kept his hand. Caleesee asks him what he name is and replies that his name is Undred (which means he may not be the guy Keston is looking for).
As the journey continues, we came across a pond and Lindetheil found a pair of large tracks. She notices them as the tracks of a large owl bear. Suddenly, we see the owl bear about fifty feet in front of us on a frozen lake. Kruznic charges him and strikes him with his lance. The owl bear knocked down his lance and picked him up and slammed him in the frozen ice still keeping his fist on him. Sven runs up and strikes him with his axe. Lindetheil runs forward and hits him with her scimitar. The ice can’t support all the weight and cracks around them and they all fall into freezing water. Caleesee rushes forward and heals Kruznic. The owl bear falls in the water and climbs out. Sven climbs out after the creature and uses his axe to slice the owl bear in twine. The barbarian takes another skull for his totem pole.
The party continues on. While exploring, Sven gets off his horse to go take a piss. He gets his foot caught in a bear trap. He forces it open with great strength and Caleesee heals him. Kruznic and Caleesee get off their horse (for some reason). They both get caught in a trap also! Sven forces both of the traps open. As the party looks around they see several traps and several dead animals. As we look around more, we notice that most of this area is just covered with traps. Caleesee heals the prisioners frost bite completely and the party heads towards Oleg’s.
When they get back Kruznic learns that one of the captured bandits, Deonte tried to escape. He goes to talk to the rest of the bandits and ask them why they did not run with him. Tavaris tells him that he gets a steady meal here. Jon says that it is better than life on the outside. He also asks them how they would deal with Deonte if they were in his shoes. Jon says that you should teach him a lesson. Tavaris says that maybe you should forgive them. Kruznic thinks that he should maybe meet him in the middle and he gives them the day off.
Kruznic goes to see Deonte and asks him what tried to escape for. Caleesee follows to see what Kruznic is going to do. He tells Deonte that he has done all of this nice stuff for him and asks him is this how he repays him. Kruznic tells him he is gonna make his life hell for a few weeks to show him how good he had it. He also tells him that if he betrays him again he will have his head. Kruznic tells the guards that Deonte’s feet and hands shackled. His feet and hands should be only far enough apart for him to work. He should also not be allowed to socialize with any of the other workers and he should go straight back to confinment after he is done working. Also, he is not allowed to have hot food only bread and water.
Kruznic and Sven determine that the lodging cabin is too far too cramped for them and Sven’s woman (Svetlana) so they starting making plans to build six log cabin homes. Worried, Kruznic also says that he is going to pay the other two workers (Jon and Tavaris) 2 silver a day, so they will feel like workers instead of slaves. Moody the merchant had arrived back at the post with the party’s building supplies and some labors we hire to help build the additions to the post.
Lindetheil, with Sven’s help, determine that nearly a week of bad weather is on the way. So after six days of being snowbound in the trading post the party then decides to head south into the Kamelands to investigate why the kobolds of the region are causing trouble.
While exploring, Sven finds a well hidden cave entrance and derelict man-made cut stones around it. He calls the rest of the party over. We enter the cave and notices there is no roof to the cave, but vines have grown enough that it covers as a roof. Also, we notice a gigantic shaft in front of us that is about forty feet down and with about a foot of water at the bottom. Sven and Kruznic climb down. They don’t see anything that interesting at the bottom of the shaft.
The hole looks to be man made to Kruznic and there are the three tunnels leading off. Caleesee climbs down the hole after them. Lindetheil tells the party she thinks going down a hole is a terrible idea, perfect for an ambush, and turns around to inspect the area one last time. She notices a pixie on a nearby flower but it is no where to be seen when she goes to look for it. She tells the party again that she feels uncomfortable about it the shaft, but she goes down anyway. As soon as she gets to the bottom the rope falls with her. Sven then sees a shiny pebble fall down and hit him in the head, it is a tiny nugget of gold. The party can hear the sound of scrapping metal coming from one of the tunnels. Kruznic climbs up the side of the shaft to reattach the rope.
Out of one of the tunnels comes a nine foot tall, fury Minotaur with a great axe. As he walks he drags his axe along the tunnel wall making sparks and deep gouges. He seems to be irritated at the light. Lindetheil remembers that menator are man eaters, hostile and are known to live in dark places. Sven readies his shield and war axe as he calls out that we wish not to fight, but to talk. Kruznic starts to climb down the rope to help. The Minotaur charges the party!
Lindetheil walks up slicing the Minotaur with a scimitar and Sven swings his axe at it. The Minotaur runs up and upper cuts Sven with the great axe. Then, he bucked Lindetheil with his horns, throwing her up in the air and she lands with a thunk in the water. Caleesee channels immediately healing Sven and Lindetheil. Lindetheil’s bager runs up, jumps on the Minotaur’s face and digs his claws in, pulling its face completely off, making the kill, before it lands gracefully. Caleesee notices that the spot where the axe drug across the wall there is gold veins revealed, they have found the old gold mine rumored to be south of Oleg’s.
The party climbs back up the wall. Sven attempts to communitcate with the pixie and nothing happens. Sven throws all evidence of man-made stones down the shaft to help conceal the mine from others.
The party moves on. Walking through the hills Lindetheil finds some 5 dead kobolds and 3 dead mites. There are kobold tracks leading into the location but not out. There are nine mite tracks that lead out. There is also blood everywhere and it is easy to tell that a battle happened here. In the distance the party can see a big tree that occupies a good bit of the area. We head towards the tree where the mites tracks lead off to. Up head, coming towards us we see no less than fifteen mites. As the past by, a small rabbit runs by and the mites run and stab it immediately saying “doom” as they kill it. Caleesee picks up that they are casting spells at the rabbit when they say “doom”. They walk past us without doing it anything.