The party started on the ferry from Eldham to Roswald. On the ferry, they were suspicious of the captain, while Ashoon spent most of his time enacting a theatrical scene on the bow of the ship. Lash and Jostina spoke to Adrian, a human male with black hair and tan skin, about the curious things he collected and sold. Lash bought a mysterious egg from him, which eventually grew in size and changed color.
When docking in Roswald, the party noticed the racial diversity in this port city. Rolan talked to two members of the thieves guild he spotted, a tall, strong redheaded man with fair skin and a lithe woman with black hair and brown eyes. They let him know they had seen the odd couple of people who the party spotted in the corner of the Thirsty Turtle tavern in Eldham, but couldn’t say where to find them or how they acquired their knowledge.
The party went to the Dusty Rose for a few drinks, and asked the bartender for some information. He had not remembered seeing Jostina’s sister. The party shopped at the city’s market, then went to the library. An Elven librarian with light purple hair and blue eyes greeted them, took their names, and led them to the books they sought. Meran learned about the presence of fey at the Greywood, and night time disappearances at the lake to the south, Lake Lakano.
Rolan and Lash read ancient religious texts, and found the following information:
“The Mother, overdeity and creator of the Twelve, first birthed Novv and gave him her powers of cosmic creation. Together they started the world of Althon, and then she went on to make other worlds. Her Twelve children stayed to watch over and develop Althon and life on it.
When the world was young, the Twelve lived both among mankind on Althon and on the celestial plane. This helped them to become more in touch with humanity, have personality, and care for the peoples Novv created under his Mother’s guidance. They moved freely between realms and had relationships with mortals.”
While in this room, Rolan and Lash were locked in by the Elven librarian. Lash contemplated punching the Library Automaton, but thought better of it, sensible half-orc that she is. After about an hour, the party went in search of Lash and Roman, and Jostina broke them out of the locked room with her thieves’ tools. They went in search of the Elven librarian, but could not find him. The staff member they spoke to revealed that a man named Altair was supposed to be logging the gusts that day, and did not recognize the description of the Elf that had locked them into the back room.
The party searched the pastry shop next door, where Altair went to rest every day he worked. He wasn’t there, but the party knew by the navy crest on the beige robes of an anchor above waves that there were other librarians there. They inquired after Altair’s home address, then headed straight there. Apon arrival, Jostina tried to pick the lock to the house, while Rolan peeked in a window upstairs. The city guard caught them, as it was about 11 in the morning. After explaining, the party watched the city guard break through the door and into the house. Altair’s body, only 1 or so days old, was found upstairs in a closet. He had been stabbed in the chest several times, but was not drained of blood. The scene of the crime had been cleaned up considerably, though Rolan had noticed some blood on the downstairs carpet. The city guard kicked the party out to launch an investigation.
Having lost some time, the party retrieved Conrad from the bar (Adrian had left) and headed Northeast towards where the map indicated the mages in red robes were headed. They came upon a rope and wooden plank bridge, where they fought two Clockwork Watchmen. The second watchman nearly cut the bridge, sending the party to a watery doom below, but was defeated in time. Afterwards, Jostina repaired the cut rope.
The party crossed the bridge and entered the Greenwood, where they immediately ran into a Das named Bip. They said in Bip’s lair for a supper feast and story telling. Bit really enjoyed Lash’s company, but told Rolan he was very rude. The party spent there night there, following etiquette so they would not be eaten/murdered, and set out the next morning to get through the rest of the forest and to the ritual site.
Bip warned them of a “big, angry kitty” that was watching them in the Greywood, since Lash had been so complimentary. She said there were “shadows in the dark,” and to “watch for the eyes.”
EXP: 300, 10 extra each for Meran and Lash
Moments Erica Liked
- Meran falls on top of the Clockwork Watchman, twice
- Lash spends half the battle in a net
- Lash hits herself in the face with her great axe
- Rolan can’t impress obnoxious fey, but the half-orc barbarian can