Banestorm

Happenings

Azizabad is on its way. We’ve managed to free the quarry slaves and built up the town. We’ve discovered an iron deposit, which is bringing great wealth to the region.

Now we celebrate the End of the War.

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M'tan's travels - entry the twenty third

We have the bowl. The artifact that controls the horror.

Thankfully the Elves from Harkwood saved us from the troops of Nanius, 30 elite elven troops were able to easily sway the battle in our favor. Thank the Eternal God for them.

It was our combined forces which allowed us to take the castle.

After the battle, I ordered a Fire brigade, a heal brigade and a rescue brigade

(Grezelda, insane as per normal left her clothes on, but weirdly, trys to blow out fire.

The crews are putting the fire out, while Grezelda thinks its her.

Carthage talks to Barry’thren, Woodsman of Lord Wallace about the Prophecy concerning me.

Meanwhile, Grezelda trys to recruit helpers – a 10 year old and a 12 year old – help her out. They think she’s amazing while the other villagers find her touched.

Barry’s wife had a vision – so he’s been traveling – spending time in the woods outside of here, when they saw the battle begin, that’s when they decided it was time to act.

Fuzzy, is healing people to help out. As usual, she’s an amazing mage and person.

Aziz hides in the kitchen, he can head out and direct workers as necessary, but he chooses to defend the kitchen against potential hidden defenses.

Carthage, “Is the Kitchen safe?” Aziz “The kitchen is safe.”

Carthage and Barry talks about vision, it’s of me being taken to the Dark Forest and serving them. Not a pleasant picture.

Aziz asks about pythons in the divinations – and in the elven prophecy – Barry says there are a lot of things about snakes – will not tell elven secrets, unless he considers a life of service to the elven tribes.

Aziz, says, “I’ll divuldge my secrets to you.”

He again offers to come to the Great Forest and prove his devotion to learning such prophecies.

1/3 were wounded on both sides – 100 – we had 15 wounded and 5 dead

Of the 10 hospitallers – all are fine – but the commander is severly wounded

On the Nanius side – 12 remain

Fuzzy stabailized all but 3 – they need regeneration – she cast regen successfully on a soldier – his arm will regrow.

She passes out, Fuzzy naps, Grezelda finds high ground and goes up into the tower. She’s sure she will see the Spider Horse when she comes.

Where the Lord announces the agreement I sign a song of encouragement.

Time passes – 4 hours – people drift off – very depressed – bad temper – we are coming down off the drugs.

People had to die, we’ll never find a cure, they’ll have to be slaughtered. – This is the bed temper I find myself.

I Sleep.

Everyone is nasty, thankfully I miss it..

Carthage destorys all the Moon Cakes.

Grezelda tries to find some, but they’ve been destroyed, so she has some wine instead.

Hospitallers have taken the guard.

I wake up – happy and sober.

Carthage sings cry me a river, while we were in our tents

I saw a giant python.

I wake up Wake up in the Great Hall.

Get food for Fuzzy and one for her wonderful dog.

Barry tells us that the Beast is from another world – his understanding is that the Banestorm didn’t bring them here – Elven cults worshipped similar beasts – the thing in the Blackwoods were brought here by the Defenders or humans.

These demons have been here since recorded evlen history.

Similar cults worshipped this on Earth that were brought from the Banestorm.

I talk to Marsden while Fuzzy heals the rest

We talk to the Reeve – to coordinate security – Reeve Phabius – Fuzzy goes to heal the reeve – big ass caulifolower – heals the Reeve – Fuzzy asks how he got infected. He’s had it for serveral years – wife comes over – stooped over with huge caulifower – He falls to her feet thanking her – we do a census of who is infected – we know that if we sent a crow to Phodius the clergy would come help – send help note to the archbishop

Marsden agrees to support for Lord Wallace as head of Parliment

Oil – from town – 4 barrels of oil we can use in the upcoming battle.

Fuzzy talks to Oxen and he comes along.

we have 1 warhorse, 3 riding horses

When we investigate, we find the Hospitallers are gone.

We travel to Armand – Reeve seems distracted.

It takes 1 day to get to Armond.

Barry says the cauliflower is a pre-form of the tranformation

It can exist in many populations (when last Elves saw it, it was 1500 years ago)

The forms are chosen by the priests of the cult – horses, cows (beast of food) and darkness

“The grower of the tree in the west will return to the Black woods and with the black arbor – destory the world” – That’s the line of the prophecy that seems to be about me.

Two runners head out to get witch texts from the town we just took.

Heal people all day – Fuzzy heals 8 people cured from the NOrth – healed

Refugees – 20 in Armand

15 humans, 5 halflings

They are Oakwood refugees, we let them know that we’ll save them and that they are welcome in our lands.

I do an excellent Public speaking and the refugees decide to come with and the troops to stick with us.

2 woodworkers came up ask about land – Aziz, he let’s them know that they are welcome to come with families

We get our plan in order.

The torches are prepped and we are ready.

Concentrate on the thing – I’m connected to it so after Aziz trys to activate it we realize it has to be me. I take it in my hand and fear explodes into my brain I have a vision of flying above all these lands but I don’t see trees and forest instead I see a landscape which is twisted, my world drops away.

Where are you from, I ask – not from here, it replies – there is an unintelligible string of syllables. I have no idea what it says.

This world needs to be transformed – in the name of the “unknown” (The Great Arbor)

I ask if it is Odins horse – I don’t know what Odin is, it replies.

The Moon is waning, it is 2 nights after the full moon. The creature comes.

We do a lot of damage from the Balistia’s. We then do a ton of damage with the fire.

I feel pain – I faint.

Area totally on fire, I have fallen, Aziz pulls me out.

Carthage fails at holding it.

Burns down terribly. Our plan seems to be working.

The creature tries to fly away, but its wings are burned away… again it tries to fly…

It collapses and dies – big splash of oil – disgusting smell of burining ichor – it’s dead – black smoke everywhere.

There are 15 – 20 guys are passed out from seeing it.

Inspire the troops – elves – I seem to have found my voice. It reinspires the elves and troops.

I grant Freeman status to the serfs of Armand who decide to come with us. I was riding the victory. Ah well, freemen will mean trade.

We Wait for refugees – 3 days to get the refugess

6 days to Donlis – take time to meet the people – talk with serfs, now freemen

The Knight and Fuzzy scouts and hunts.

We get to Donlis – it is very marshy – we camp in the northern part of town

We send a Page in, with notice that we want to expidte our departure – to Lord Marsden

He agrees to see us in the evening

We camp and we wait.

Aziz, talks to a merchant finds out its 4p per ton per day = 840p = 3360f = (boat food = 8400 f) – food from Simonton to Wallace – 42 days of food (@1 meal a day 6300f)

We have dinner wtih the Baron. I ask how’s the family is doing?

I sing a song, but it is not as good as I hoped.

I unsuccessfuly negotiate with Guy – it takes a long time. He suggests I deal with a Jew.

I go back to camp and there is a Jew there.

We negotiate and all the Jew wants is land. I agree.

It turns our that this Jew is unliked. THe ur-baron Jew is surprised that I agree.

80 caithness guys accompany us.

Get to docks – make it to Simonton in 7 days – August 31.

Lord Walton and Lord Simonton get messages – the Elfs leave

Wallace at 10/1 – Azizabad – is in bad repair – 1 year gone – with very few people

I inspire people – reminding them that this is Caithness and that there is huge reward for hard work and determination – our muscle, sweat, blood, tears will build our area to greatness.

His voice is corse but his mind is stong – is one of the great things I say about Aziz that resonates with the crowd.

I leave with my people and get to the Woods. They are in bad repair as well.

This will take time.

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M'tan's travels - addendum - the plan to build resources

M’tan has a straighforward plan to grow the wealth of his lands, The Woods.

Tourism – grow a mighty cathedral, which will be the only one of it’s kind. Get it sanctified to a Saint revered by a Jesuit order and invite them to live here.

Tolls – improve the roads through the Woods, with two main three main toll sites; entry from either end of his lands and a bridge.

Market – have a market with hard to find produce (my magic and training my people) and game – the market will focus on spices, halfling beers, halfling goods, animal meats, animal pelts, animal shearings, forest foods. We will announce it in all surrouding lands and it will be called the Woods Market. All merchants, freemen and allowed serf are encouraged to attend. The Market will initially have lower tarriffs then nearby markets, but the tarriffs will still be a large part of our income.

Rent – from my vassals, those currently living there and those who choose to stay in the Woods.

Miller – for allowing the Miller to stay in Azizabad we agreed to split his taxes by half.

Wood – through forest management I will retrieve all naturally felled wood, turning half into Essential Wood for the good of the Woods and half to go to Azizabad to support my share of the quarry.

Strategic Relationship with Azizabad – I will hope to deepen our alliance with Azizabad, charging lower tarrifs between our two lands. Attending each other’s Market Days, and building our mercantile endevors.

Recruitment – recruit specific skilled workers from neighboring Megalos and Caithness. With a focus on craftsment and those who can create things of beauty.

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M'tan's travels - entry the twenty second

Immediately the next morning…

We check the woodsman for infection and we quickly send a quarter down to cleanse the woodsmen’s town. The Hospitallers check them for infection.

Grezelda arrives and she is upset. She is concerned about the evil of the Hospitallers.

Seeing Grezelda reminds us to take down the corpses which were nailed to the wall.

We check the corpses and thankfully (?) discover the mark.

Fuzzy checks Grezelda and Grezelda checks the Squire for the diseased Mark.

A message arrives from the King, giving me wide legal powers to act on his behalf to end the Civil War and promoting me to an Earl. I look forward to meeting this King one day, God willing.

I ” have the blessings of the King to do what I have to do to destroy the demons and end the Civil War.”

We continute to prepare to battle the beast. Aziz builds 4 balistas and I change them to Essential Wood.

5 Knights are sent down to cleanse the Woodsmen town

It comes out with discussing wtih Brother Priory and Brutus that there is some Elven prophesy – not found in Christian Lore, which relates to me.

The “tribe” that would know more about this is the Silverian tribes who are all older keepers of lost lore

Carthage goes on to let me know that Berry tH’ren, the woodsman in Wallace (he’s over 800)

His wife is a Diviner and they continue to live outside of the forest (I wonder if it might have been just to be near me?)

Fuzzy – scouts into the woods searching for enemies and Marden

Carthage and Grezelda – find artillery men & train men

Aziz – builds net

M’tan – balista’s and bolt are fully converted to Essential Wood.

Fuzzy makes gloves for Aziz.

Fuzzy makes me a beautiful level Cap

Fuzzy makes herself a backpack / bag kind of things!

Carthage finds a teacher he and Grezelda goes to artillery school – Mooslem Ab del Hamid

After 2 days training – Carthage and Grezelda become trained Gunners using the catapult.

On the 4th day & 5th day – we train, build balistcas and develop a plan.

On the 6th day we continute training.

Fuzzy finds information about her father from another Halfling. Apparently he has been this way recently, in Oakwood at least. ANd it appears he is not quite right in the head. Even by halfling standards.

She goes tracking through the woods and discovers that we could easily get people through the forest.

She goes and chats with a wolf – the wolf wants to know what she wants. The wolf says “we live in the forest” and “come across unusual creatures” and “human wolves” and “humans that become wolfs once a month” We identify them as werewolves. The wolf lets her know that there are no elves in this forest. The wolf states that his pack fights with the werewolfs. “Last cycle of the Orb!” The wolf says that the werewolfs “Live in the forest cause the other humans don’t like them.” Fuzzy asks if they have seen any strange horses or cows? Or if they have seen humans with strange shapes on their necks? No, the wolf replies. Any humans acting crazy? “Humans act crazy all the time.”

Horse comes from the north (a crow tells Fuzzy) finds out about infection to the North.

Our troops come back from Nanius – Lord Marsden would like to parley – he’s married to Nanius’ sister

Fuzzy talks to crow, we agree to the parley

Grezelda writes to elf wife – tells about infection – asks for more information

On the next day we head to parley – leave runners between – we’ve seen the horse thing flying above us the night before.

At the crossroad to Nanius – page comes out with Lord Marsden – agree to eat with Parley – keep and wooden palisade – northern hill – streets are overflown with people, clearly infected people

We (our group)discuss what steps we would take and we determine we would have to invade the town first.

Marsden and Nanius and a woman and a priest to the right are who we see.

They are teh ur-Baron and wife & Father Adelard. We are given the guest house and free roam of the town.

I ask the Baron if he would like any food in particular and he calls out that he loves Oranges, but hasn’t tasted them for a very long time.

We get to the guest house.

I grow food – fanosel – then oranges – then portabello mushrooms

Fuzzy does the Cooking in the castle (with the fanosel which she hides in a frosting made from the tea, it doesn’t taste too good so she adds more sugar, which makes it super sweet!)

“He’s cow material” Is the reference Fuzzy make to the cook that she cooked with. She asks how long he has had the infection? Nearly 2 Christmas.

Fuzzy starts to heal them!

In response I grow a banana tree.

Fuzzy tells me about the spell cure affliction

Elsewhere Carthage is talking to the guards and shoots an arrow on an amazing shot down a chimney, far distant.

Also, Grezelda has an enthusiastic greeting by the peasants. They all ask if the Knights of Stone will protect them from Lord Armand? And are they now safe from Lord Armand?

An older woman who has joined us for dinner

We eat dinner – including the “poisoned” cake.

Many of us become unusually truthful and randy.

I check for Magic use and I am not aware of any, in any way

After dinner we discuss the Baron’s requests, specifically the taxes from the King and the levies he’s imposed, without a facutal basis.

Aziz lets me know that he’s telling the truth.

They say that the infection was occurring for years, you can see it in the peasantry.

The Templar is staring lustily at Grezelda.

Grezelda – throws herself at the knights – she’s very interested in them.

The Old lady is feigning sleep, but she is very actively listening, she seems agitated by our returning to the topic of the infection.

The halfling falls asleep – Fafner is in guest house -

Dinner goes poorly whe I discuss the Elf’s of the South with Brutus.

Hospitaller belives that I threated him and attacks – he gets hurt

Then we accuse Nanius of being involved with the infection – he and his family leave

They flee to the Guest house

Nanius give the order to “Kill everyone.”

Carthage kills Mother

Marsden kills horsemen

Berry thren is there! Shoots a soldier.

Berry aims – shoots horse in the face

Berry fires.

Carthage – aims

Berry – fires, misses

Carthage – shoots into a guards neck

We (the Baron and I) run down and get to pallisade – hospitallers are killing people – never seen a military work so good

- great work of troops - my troops come - we rally

we secure the town and begin burying the dead.

Begin a friendship like relationship with Lord Marsden

Barry discusses the Silvarla – specifically an ancient Elven magical item – a control device ofimbued with Magic -

Elven prophesy – demons were long agp eradicated from Yrth – brought human cults that the Banestrom drew – relic lost for ages was brought along with them. Somehow I am involved in all this. I must not go into the Dark Forest. Barry offers to tell us secrets soon.

Non Elves exposed to this will be infected and tranfored into creatures – The infection was in oakwood

My woods are great

Aziz – not as good

A question is raised about Lentullis – is he still a vassal? He remains an able warrior

Lord Marsden – erroniusly implicated on piracy Marsden causing him to be taxed heavily.

I ask for concessions to the King and Parliment to proved his good faith.

He will cede affected lands – 2 baronies (Holland and Armand) to the king

Now on Sterling and one Earldom remain in rebellion

In exchange no river tarrifs for his lifetime.

The terms are given, written, agreed to and sent by crow

The Baron pledges himself to the King and Parliment.

Kings victory is declared.

We preapre to consider if we should go after Sterling and we get ourselves ready to battle the Creature.

Then a march homewards.

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M'tan's travels - entry the twenty first

I will quickly copy my field notes, as things are moving quickly now!

We went back to camp and agreed to go looking for evil in the forest.

The 300 troops will travel with us – behind the trackers.

Fuzzy will lead with Carthage protecting her.

We Head towards Nanius – a 3 day journey

Both Fuzzy and I try to sense mana to no avail

Fuzzy spots peasants heading North for a day or so.

They are a group of serfs coming from LaPierre in Nanius, Fuzzy asks for News ,rumore is Baron Armond (south of Nanius) attacking villages in Nanius – Baron urMond – the Devil cursed them, hung up the bodies of his wife and kids – they started attacking the serfs ran

Fuzzy gives them 2 loafs of bread

We make camp with the troops – Day One Camp = uneventful

On Day 2 we meet another group of peasants, 8 or so – 6 women and 2 children – from Nanius headed to Oakwood – fleeing the Baron – Baron Armond was upset about losing his battle to Lord Nanius so he took revenge by forcing his wife, Lord Marsden’s sister to eat their children.

The serfs do not know where Lord Marsden is, nor have they seen his soldiers?

We continue to guide the serfs to the refugee camp in Phodius

The serfs belive that Reeve Smith is running things. There were troops killing people, identified as Hospitallers.

Using her tracking, Fuzzy tries to determine how big the army is – 100 people, with a mix of cavalry – same group that kicked us out of Oakwood, but there is another set of tracks? The one set of tracks is mainly cavalry, that’s the one that rounded up the peasants, another group that headed down.

Camp out at crossroads – we try to determine whether to follow the mixed into Nanius or go after Refugee troops.

Two more serfs come in we feed them

These serfs report that Lord Armond made a deal and is selling serfs as slaves.

Carthage and Fuzzytop bring back 4 bucks

Aziz sees something flying in the night sky, perhaps a griffin?

An uneventful evening is had, aside from the Griffin

Day 3 = it’s a 1/2 day to Nanius, Armand 1 day

To help the innocent and defend them from Hospitallers we head to Armand

Fuzzy remembers that she is a tanner and leatherworks the deer hides

Fuzzy and Carthage find 2 hospitallers along the road.

They prepare to sneak up on them, but Fafner barks.

There is a mighty battle between Fuzzytop, Carthage and two Hospitallers.

Carthage shoots horse in the groin.
Fuzzy shoots other horse in the back right leg
Carthage shoots horse in the hind leg
Fuzzy gets on Fafner - gets on, but is unable to mount him quickly
Carthage shoots - changes to farthest away horse - Fuzzy's - horse dodges
Fuzzy rides Fafner at 8'
Carthage shoot injured horse but the steed dodges
Fuzzy rides towards knights. 44' to broken horse, the other 49' away from her.
Carthage fires and misses.
Fuzzy rides towards knights 38' to broken horse, 62' to good horse
Using her "Speak with Animals" ability Fuzzy yells at horse to stop and it will be healed.
The horse stops.
She says to throw the rider.
The horse does not.
Carthage shoots against departing Hospitaller, hits him and he doesn't dodge, an arrow pierces his hand.

` Departing Hospitaller at 70’

Broken horse Hospitaller gets off horse
Fuzzy yells at the departing horse, she rides towards the departing Hospitaller
Carthage shoots at the injured Hospitaller and misses
The injured Hospiattler pulls crossbow
Departing Hospitaller at 69' Fuzzy yells but his horse can't hear
Carthage sprints towards the Injured Hospitaller
Fuzzy closes the gap to 67', she yells again, but horse can't hear her - she's 14' away from the Injured Hospitaller behind horse
Carthage sprints
Fuzzy tries to talk to the horse of the Injured Hospitaller, but fails
Carthage sprints (he's now 30 feet away), he targets the Injured Hospitallers leg
The Injured Hospitaller hits Fuzzy with a crossbow bolt, she doesn't dodge and takes some damage to the torso.
She rides and yell at the horse, he still can not quite make hear - she's at 66'
Carthage aimed and shoots at 40' the Departing Hospitaller
She talks to horse of the Injured Hospitaller, he won't attack crossbow guy
Fuzzy yells at 65', she misses the yell
Carthage aims
Fuzzy continues to ride, closing to 63', again she yells at horse but it doesn't hear her
Carthage shoots but the Hospitaller dodges
Fuzzy keeps the distance at 63', once more yelling at the horse, she makes it and says, "Stop and I'll heal you!" But this horse is better trained and not as damaged so it ignores her.
Carthage aims
Fuzzy turns around and rides back, not wanting to encounter a lone Hospitatller, she is 8' away from the injured Hospitaller
Injured Hospitaller is reloading
Carthage shoots him in the other leg but misses
Fuzzy gets off Fafner - tells him sic the Injured Hospitaller
Injured Hospitaller continures to reload
Carthage shoots and hits, this time in his other leg
The injured Hospitaller fails his health roll, he falls down
Fuzzy concentrated and casts - Major Healing - and heals the Horse
Fafner - bowls the injured Hospitaller over
The injured Hospitaller punchs Fafner and hits. Fafner misses dodging and gets punched in the face with a mailed fist
Fuzzy concentrates
Fafner bites but with no effect
Carthage keeps funning
Fafner gets hit by the Injured Hospitaller falls over and passes out
Fuzzy casts Major Healing on Fafner and makes it, he feels much better
Carthage arrives and aims his composite bow at his head
The injured Hospitaller surrenders to Carthage
He surrenders and asks who they are, but Carthage is cagey
Fuzzy and Carthage argue about whether or not to knock him out.
They get him on the horse and tie him on. (This is difficult, as he is very heavy!)
After they tie him on to the horse Fuzzy tells the horse to go fast and Carthage is forced to hold on
Fuzzy gets on Fafner
The horse starts to follow Fuzzy

Carthage tells him that he goes to see M’tan.

When I meet him, I go to smack him, luckily my code of ethics just stops me. Our medics helps him.

We talk at length with the Hospitaller, he tells of an infection which sweept through the town to the south, people had Evil Marks on them, white growths which looked like cauliflower, Carthage thinks back and yes the recent serfs we met had these growths.

We continue to talk with him, he invites us to meet with him down south.

Sir Knight of the Hospitallers Gellisus of New Jerusalem

It turns out he is here due to our invitiation to help with exercising the Demon

He lets us know there are many rumors flying about and that the slaving rumor is a falsehood

Fuzzy talks with the horse, who respects and likes master, but the horse aknowledges that he doesn’t talk to me like she does

After we negotiate with the knight, and I accept his parole, I return his armor and weapon and we head to the town

Fuzzytop talks to hawk and send alarmist message to elfs and the ArchBishop

The Elfs are to head to Denton, include details of Infection

Our troops double time to Armond

We come into the palisades around Armond, the defenses are pitiable. I deploy the troops in a defensive position around the town. I really am beginning to understand strategy.

Along the way Carthage attempt to befirend Sir Gellisus, Fuzzy comments, “Carthage is falling in love with Hospitallers”

When we head in it’s like a refugee camp

We meet the Pastry halfling from Oakwood who helped us dig up bodies from the party tree disaster.

The Pastry chef lets us know that Baron Armond inspected them, thankfully there were none in the halfling community

As the people are starving, I grow orange plants for peasants, most have never seen magic and are suitably amazed.

We enter the Hall

We overhear the Baron’s leiutenants, “What are we going to do when Marden and Nauisu come?”

I introduce myself to Caso of Armond – one of the Barons Leiutenants – he is pleased to see troops and to see them ably deployed

We head in to see the Baron

The Baron haslong black hair, stinks of defecation and the madness in him seems to gleam out of his eyes

He grabs the faces of each of us, then looks for the mark

There are three bodies nailed to the wall of the hall, his wife and children.

He asks if we have seen Sleepnier – Northland Legends of a God Named Odin – a flying 8 legged steeed

“He’s crazy”! Fuzzy’S assessment after she reads his emotions, she finds him quite mad

All the infected have been killed. He rant for quite some time. He is visibly deranged and we cannont heal him here.

I grow some “sleepy plant” – a cargaleigh root – I grow it, Fuzzy puts it in a cake for him – we convince him to eat the cake, within 15 minutes he sleeps, we will keep him in this coma-like state until we can heal him

I summon the leaders of the town, in the Name of the King

In walks 6’4” hospitaller guard – Brutus

Also, a Monk, the head of the priorty – Brother Secundus

We have a long discussion about Christ, God and the challenges we face

We believe that Lord Marsden is the source of this infestation

We talk with the Hospitaller and agress to accompany us. After he talked with us.

The troops are assigned as follows:

50 of our troops with the refugess – 1 talent with Hospitatller with refuegees

1 quad to kill the infected that passed us on the road.

Write note to the King, “Need Cure Madness spell or potion for the Baron Armond, need troops – Hospitallers cooperating – describe the infection – tell the King I have summoned elfs

We prepare to march when a giant eight hoofeed beast flys on the top of the Hall, lands on it and rips off the roof.

Fuzzy tries to talk to it.

“Our Lord, this is not your place. Let me take you to your place” is the Voice I hear in my head from the Great Arbor.

I concentrate to cast spells.

The voices, which never seem to entirely go away cause me to lose concentration.

A huge fight ensues!

The creature picks up the Baron and bites him in half, “He’s in Heaven now!” someone shouts

Even after we all hit him (myself with no less than 3 hits with Aboreal Internment) it retreats

Troops are freaked out.

As the creature flys away, the voices fade away, which seem to cause me to vomit white droplets come out my mouth which turn into spiders – We kill them and I feel a great sense of relief from their leaving.

For the first time since the Black Forest, I feel whole and the voices are gone.

Talk with Hospitaller and then I give my speech,

My speech is about, “You were here when we saved the Kingdom”

Carthage goes and individually speaks with the troops.

Fuzzy prepares food and is friendly.

Aziz helps prepare seige engines.

I fortify this town and we take 100 troops south to the Trade town of Fourstom

We seize the town – miltarily – I meet Paul Woodsman – a freeman – and I appoint him Mayor of this town

Afer I promote the man, Paul Mayor, I task him with getting wood workers

I give a speech to the town folk, which is well recieved, then Paul speaks.

Paul then gives a speech – it is not as good, but residents recognize him as the Mayor

Carthage shoots for effect but misses this shot

We head back up with 2 wood crafters

We arrive at the end of evening

100 to Narnia

100 are patroling the south

100 are preparred for Sleipnier duty

Sleipnier Squad builds the seige engines

The elves still on the way.

We prepare for battle against this Cursed Creatue.

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M'tan's travels - entry the twentieth
Oakwood, FuzzyTop, Aziz, Carthage, Hospitaller

As my last travels left us in despair, I will quickly summarize.

We were in the burnt out remains of Oakwood. A rider arrived, bearing the coat of arms of Oakwood (Lord Brance) – Lord has sent him here, Lord Michael Hern

His Lord’s lands are to the east and he came to let us know that we were trespassing.

During that time Carthage returned from the Blackwood Forest. (Safely, as the Protector promised!)

After we discuss it ,we decide to offer to parley with the Lord. Fuzzy had been cooking dinner and we intended to break bread with him. But he felt he had to leave immediately. Fuzzy gave him food for the road.

I regrew the Garrison (which suffered only roof damage) and Aziz checked it.

We eat and drink with the men and the we lay out orders for the men in the morning to go and scavenge

During the night, some guards are killed by Hospitaller arrows. They genuinely do not like me.

We were woken thanks to the Protection spell of Fuzzy!

We wake up camp and we discover that it was one sniper after us – unsuprisingly a hospitaller

The next morning I use my fledgling leadership ability to inspire some amount of trust among the religions. Although I get my point across, I am not yet a public speaker! I must learn this skill

Thankfully the Muslims and Christian agree to work togther

The main focus of the men’s search is to find pots and blacksmithing items. This way, Fuzzy could cook the meal and Aziz could repair weapons and such.

The troop search focuses were as follows:

Almost half searched for loot, the other half for protection.

However, 1 talent was instructed to look for luxury items (for the upcoming dinner and the other for money.

While the men worked Aziz and I rebuilt the other garrison with plants. This garrison had taken more damage and needed wall work to strengthen it.

During this time Carthage scavenged weapons while Fuzzy cast spells and cooked for the upcoming dinner.

Commander Joshua was not around, he was in charge of a small force which was off on assignment.

The men returned and had successfully scavened; chairs and tables (one made of nice yew wood) -

With Fuzzy leading the effort the cooks learned some of her secrets together

Finally, the evening arrived and the noble’s came to “the gate” where they were announced; in their company was the hated mage, another human and a good looking blonde haired man . man in charge, Michael Parin

There are some tense moments when the Lord introduces the mage and I tell him he keeps awful company

The Lord seems like a genuinely affable human.

He seeks the return of what he views to be His Lands. Aziz and I talk and decide that as soon as we verify that these are indeed his lands (from the King) that we would happily support him. We are suprised to discover that we successfully DE-escalated a situation. Not a strong part of our merry band.

After he determines that we genuinely mean to help him if he’s legitimate, he warms up to us, he discusses some politics, specifically the Lords in These Lands and where they stand in terms of the Civil War. Here are some of the names and their affiliations we learn of;

Lentilus and Nanius have ties to Marsten – he will work to sway them.

Percy Appius Ardor And Caso – he belives they will be loyal to him.

Like an insecure human I correct them about my rank

Next up. Cake. Fuzzy’s Cake of Wonder!

We noticed it many times throughout the night. The scene of horror, a burned out town, ruined landscape, juxtaposed with the almost jovial nature of our meeting. Surreal.

As we have dinner the talk turns to what’s underneath in the caverns.

We go down and see they which are below.

There is a lot of talk about what lies underneath, along with a lot of passionate debate – are they alive?

The ur-Baron leaves to go get his troops and negotiate with his family. He is disturbed by all that has occurred and has been seen.

We seem to get along better and I even Worship with Muslims

We Went down the next day and everything went from bad to worse. I suppose it was a classic example of the tall people (read: M’tan) ignoring the statements of the little folk (Fuzzy), but it was most regretable.

We had arguement, and stupidly, I behaved as a human. I let passion compel me to do what I felt was right while ignoring, worse, dismissing our loyal friend Fuzzy.

I shall not recount the disagreement. But it deeply offended FuzzyTop Pathtreader. Hopefully I will redeem myself.

Once this is done I should sit and contemplate. Maybe then I will learn to be more Elven in nature.

There was a combat and I and Aziz sealed the lower areas. If Fuzzy chooses, I will reopen them today, as she is the most compassionate of us all.

It was a sad end to a grim outing. Hopefully some good will come of it.

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M'tan's Travel's - entry the nineteenth

My language is rough as we just finished battle..

Carthage and Erdolliel go intothe Dark forest to find a plant

An hour in, there’s a wave of terror

Grizelda arrives

the Elven huntsman from Lord Wallace sent Grizelda

another wonderful Breakfast from Fuzzy top

Grizelda offers fruitcake

I have a dream see great arbor – nearing the Great Arbor

Noon – Erdolliel comes back with a Melon Fruit, Carthage was attacked and dragged off. Carthage captured, horse dead.

Paste of Melon into my mouth – disease disappears – wake up, anxiety flows over – meet Elf woman – She’s a Dark Elf.

I awken to my friends and…Erdolliel – gal elf who’s kinda creepy and into me

I dreamt of “The Great Arbor”

I see the Dark Forest but can detect no plantsNo plants

Do I go to the Great Arbor?

Daniel is the Guide – he passes out – feed him more of the fruit.

Ox don’t like it Aziz wants us me to take the Elf.

Thrown Mace at the Elf – contact!

Everyone jumps on her. Shield on Grizelda. Grizelda is, as the humans say, Awesome!

Two hits is amazing.

She’s unconsious! Fuzzy stabilizes her. Covers her eyes.

Build a wall to hide behind.

ARanion – bald elf, well dressed leather, True Defenders of Caithness – it is – 40 years ago the forest Defenders of the Shaded Woodlands. A real Dark Elf

The Great Froest – Elfs of Silvaria – Wise Owls

Helif – tribe The Defenders – critical growth.

Got to Hyrnan – built bunker

Meet with the Elf again – he lets us know there’s growth in Caithness – go talk to leadership Hyrnan

Fuzzy is concerned about visiting

Meet Ox – wants food

Head out at 6AM – New Wall -

Commander Goodbody – GAte Guard helps.

Go into town – Secretary – whisper Caithness – jokes about us

Asks us to sit

Sgt. Tiberius – nice meeting – invite to hole

Fuzzy explains the story.

Commander for all bonds with

2 hours lunch – then 2nd lunch – then desert lunch

Asexual great bonding with Fuzzy and the Sgt.

Commander goes to meeting.

Ship to Raphael – Intro to folks in Raphael – Bay to Conn – 15 days

evening in Raphael

wear leathers

dock area Aziz finds Rapscallion – 100 men – 15 men

Negotiates – 100f X 15d =

100 Caithnes troops

100 mulisms

all earth are dead.

100 troops

Leaderdship – troops get land pay troops

Scout to Harkwood – Tell the Truth to Harkwook

Get to PHoudius

see knights on the way – on the stone good,

Battle of Oakwood, won decisively.

Lost 15 in battle – won

Forces agree.

Scout comes with message from Harwood

I say Go.

300 elven troops.

Aziz and M’tan fortify Oakwood

Crow from the Blackwoods – discovered a program of alteration / transformation – dark elfes enslaved transformed into beasts in service of The Great Arbor – any Captured Slaves in Donlias MUST DIE.

In Oakwood – I find Caverns – Caverns with halflings beings turned into strange flabby beasts – humans turned into abominations of War Horses – i suspect from the Crow from the Blackwoods, that they may be using those people as transformations.

Send message to King

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Remedy

We need to save M’tan. He’s in bad shape. It seems the only recourse is heading into the Dark Forest.

I hope the invisible world will be accessible.

If my friend survives, The M’tan Forest and Azizabad shall flourish as a center of tolerance.

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**A Thick Red Leather Notebook Part IV**

The Personal Adventures of Halfling Scout and Brave Adventurer Fuzzytop Pathtreader

(a few weeks later…)

I awoke in the forest. Two tall folk were guarding a tree with an un-natural lump in it. I recognized it immediately as a tree magiked by Mr. M’tan to hide something. The guards were hacking away at the tree trying to break into the lump.

I asked them what was going on and they insisted that Mr. M’tan wanted me to join them down the road for a battle. I was not about to leave whatever he was hiding there with the two rogue guards, so I insisted they join me by threatening to tell on them.

We journeyed down the road, and found our companions in the thick of a major battle. Two soldiers were dragging Mr. M’tan behind a shed. He did not rise. I rushed to him to find out what was wrong.

An arrow, pierced through his arm, but stranger was the reddish poison traveling up through his body. I tried dispelling both poison and contagion to no avail. So, I dressed the wound and arranged for his evacuation back to the tree.

Once back at the tree, Mr. Carthage (an elf that took passage with Mr. M’tan and Mr. Aziz in New Jerusalem) had found a young elf who had been maimed by the Hospitalers named Erdolliel. She was schooled in the arts of herbology and she consulted with me on Mr. M’tan’s malady. She said that she had seen something similar in the past which her people contracted in the Blackwoods. It resembles a magical curse that can only be cured by elvish magic. We must either travel to the Great Forrest, or the Blackwoods for a cure.

The tall folk then debated for a while whether or not to take the risk to go to the Blackwoods. Eventually they decided to proceed, and we waited through the night before setting out for New Jerusalem. We met only one Hospitaler along the way, who seemed thick and did not see through our disguise.

We arrived in New Jerusalem in the evening, and made for an inn at the docks. We put Mr. M’tan in the bed and left Erdolliel to care for him. She seems smitten with Mr. M’tan as a child is with a beloved mentor. I don’t think Mr. Carthage is pleased with her showers of attention on the other elf.

Mr. Aziz and Mr. Carthage went to find the boat. I went to find a map at the library.

We meet the captain at dock 57. We load Mr. M’tan back in the wagon. And leave for the docks. The frustrating tall folk argue over money so that we can take the oxen, cart, and horses on board. Finally we board and I spend the night snuggled up with Fafner in the back of the wagon. Mr. M’tan is moved to the hull by the doting Erdolliel.

When I awoke in the morning, I saw the Captain slipping coins into the hand of a Hospitaler. He then announced that it was time to set sail and we shoved off.

The only rations on board were fruitcake, which is certainly one of my favorite foods. However, after breakfast, everyone seemed to have a very bad opinion of me. They felt that I should have eaten just one ration and one bottle of ale. I was shocked to hear this, as of course my people would never take the chance of trying to sustain ourselves on such meager sustenance.

To make amends, I decided to face my fear of the rushing river and try my hand at catching a few swimmers. The luck of the Halflings were with me today and I pulled out five plump trout. The men will be pleased with this fresh fare tonight! I best get to cooking!

I cleaned and filleted each fish, leaving the skin on and the cavity intact. I then chopped up a few pieces of dwarven jerky and sprinkled them inside for a touch of extra salty flavor. As a side, I sliced thin pieces of the fruit cake and served the two together.

The crew seemed well fed and satisfied with the meal. After dinner, we shared stories, raised glasses, danced and sang Halfling songs until we were hoarse.

With a full tummy and a light head, Fafner and I curl up in the hammock for a good night’s sleep. I cast my watchdog spell around us, so that Mr. M’tan is well protected through the night. Fafner will wake me before the ten hours elapses.

The journey takes us past amazing sights and cities. Craine is a vast city that stretches as far as the eye can see. I wonder if there’s Halfling folk there. These are the largest fields I have seen in all my days. In the towns, golden domes rise from the buildings and the sound of prayers drift out over the water. Ships crowd the river, and the world seems a bustle to me.

On the 11th day we arrive in Hyrnan on the edge of the Blackwoods. As we readied to disembark, three of the crew attacked us. The tall folk took quick care of two of them before I could even get a pain spell off. The third was just a kid and he was visibly quaking in his boots. He told us that Commander Terrance, the head of the Hospitalers in New Jerusalem had hired them to kill Mr. M’tan. Even unconscious his enemies are after him!

The captain arrived and was in shock to see the crewmen scattered on the floor. Apparently he had warned Mr. Carthage to watch out for them earlier in the journey. They were new to his crew he said. When the rest of the crew found out I had been threatened, they hauled them off into the bowels of the ship. I reminds a Halfling that a little kindness and good cookin’ always pays off, and sometimes in very unexpected ways.

We loaded our gear and disembarked quickly after the scuffle. We were not eager to wait around and find out who else had it in for Mr. M’tan. I really don’t know why tall folk hate him so. He seems to only help those he meets.

We find a room at the Inn of the Falling Leaf. I get a pint of ale right away. I’m parched from limiting myself to only one pint per meal. I treat the rest of the party to a hot meal, especially since I was too hungry to wait for them to haggle over it.

The dinner was delicious, but it left me wanting for something sweet. When I asked if he had any sweets he said that they didn’t bother to stock much because people where to afraid to come to Hyrnan anymore. He said the elves of the Blackwoods were expanding outward and that people who ventured into the forest did not return. Finding someone to save Mr. M’tan is going to be costly.

We spend the night and in the morning go out to gather supplies for the party. At the market I buy: 15 (12) apples (5 farthing) 2 (1.75) wheels of cheese (10 farthing) 10 loaves of rye bread (10 farthing) 16 (12) ale (72 farthing) 12 (11)eggs (2 farthing) 1 (.8) lb flour (2 farthing) .25 (.15) lb sugar (15 farthing) 1 pan (12 farthing) 72 arrows (60 farthing) 2 throwing knives (12 farthing) Total: 200 farthing

We set out. The female elf seems annoyed that I went out for provisions. I just don’t understand why tall folk are so grumpy.

The forest has an eerie sway to it. The trees bow and bend in unison. Instead of branches, they look like a uniform membrane. There are no sounds. No birds. No insects. I’m frightened.

The tall folk decide to camp in the forest. Once we find the clearing, I cast watchdog immediately. Then I start the fire. I dice some apples and mix them with some flour, sugar, and egg. Then I fry them up in the pan over the fire. I give each person in the party, one of these scones, a thick slice of cheese, and a half a piece of jerky.

While I was cooking, a creepy sense of dread blew through the camp. I curled up with Mr. M’tan and Fafner in the wagon to sleep. Mr. Carthage and Mr. Aziz switch off as a second watch.

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M'tan's travels - entry the ninteenth

I was shot by an arrow.

I remember that.

After that, things become strange. I think I could be dead.

<sleep>

I hear my friends. Ah, like all who pass, I wish I could speak with them again.

I feel passing strange though. At least I fell as I should, in a good fight. Sadly, I never really learned to fight. But so it goes.

<scream>

How long have I been dead? Do I still sleep?

The Forest. I will never grow the Forest. All of this was for naught. Maybe, at least, My Woods will live, and grow the Forest.

<sob>

I’m in the eternal shadow of a massive tree. It must be the Eternal. It’s whispering to me in a tongue long lost to the elves. She beckons me to come forward and embrace Her.

<what>

Knives held by human hands. My blood is on them.

<sweat>

I am not dead. I’m asleep and cannot wake. The Humans were right, there is a Hell but I am comforted by the Eternal in the Great Arbor.

<scream>

I am dying. The Forest will have to find another Defender.

<enemies>

I was too prideful. I am dead. A blessed wind through which She speaks revives me. I am in Her shadow and finally calm.

<sleep>

I heard the Mother of God and She is the Eternal in the Great Arbor. Christ’s resurrection at the hands of Her. I ache to be reborn in His image.

<scream>

An animal falls and the fruit is born, white and succulent. It heals and is the flesh of Him, reborn.

<sob>

Only through the Mother of God can the Son be reborn and the thousand trees replenish the forest.

<laugh>

May I be the Son, Mother?

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