The party continued towards the kobold cave. En route they met an elf named Ninaran. She told them that she had been scouting the area for Lord Padraig and when the party told her they intended to kill the kobolds she dropped the hint that they might be able to take them by surprise. She then returned to Winterhaven and the party continued on to the kobold cave. There they managed to sneak up on the kobolds guarding the outside of the cave and defeated them with ease. The party then entered the cave and fought the leader of the kobolds a goblin named Irontooth. Upon being slain by a combination of fungal mushrooms conjured byEllikahn Farsight and quick manouver by Vahn, he screamed: “Gahhhh Lord Kalarel, prepare my way!” The party found a small stash of treasure as well as a dagger in the cave.
Upon returning to Winterhaven, they learned that a skeleton had risen from the cemetary outside of town but was put down by the Winterhaven Regulars. Lord Padraig thanked the adventurers for getting rid of the kobolds but seemed unconcerened about the skeleton. Almost as if he was hiding something… That night, a note was slipped under the party’s door. It read: “Be very careful, there is a spy in Winterhaven reporting your every move to the cult’s leader Kalarel. I believe the skeleton that was raised has something to do with this cult as well. Kalarel is trying to summon an undead army into the Vale and will not take kindly to your interference.”
Upon examining the letter, the party discovered that it was written by someone who knew how to write elf. This made the author likelyBairwin Wildarson, Valthrun The Prescient, Sister Linora or Ninaran. The party decided to try and find out who their guardian angel was, without attracting the wrath of the spy…
I’ve just spent two days trekking through the wilderness to slaughter a small army of kobolds, only to come back to town and discover that it was attacked by the undead while we were out and that some cult is out to kill everyone. Wonderful. I’m now so damn exhausted that I can hardly think, let alone write so excuse me if this is brief.
After arriving at Winterhaven, (the name for this godforsaken fortified town in the middle of nowhere that we’re staying at,) the local lord, Lord Paedreg, hired our little band to exterminate some kobolds which have been terrorizing his people. We’ve since slaughtered all the little lizard bastards but during the job we discovered a much more sinister plot involving some evil cult attempting to ruin everyone’s good time. They’re trying to complete some ancient magic ritual and if completed, the magic will apparently kill everyone in the area…or something like that. In the interests of our own safety, we’re planning on investigating this tomorrow. My companions seem to be capable of handling themselves in a fight and they’ve arbitrarily put me in charge of the group’s finances so it’s not all bad. Hopefully with their help I’ll be able to stay alive long enough to formulate a plan of action against the Guild. That being said, I’m feeling nervous about getting too deep into this mercenary business since it harmful to my health despite the financial rewards… The cat girl (Elli I think her name was) has been bugging me all evening to help her write something. Apparently she was the one who scribbled in my journal a couple days ago. It turns out that she can’t read or write so the scribbles don’t actually mean anything. I’m too tired to continue writing myself so I guess I’ll humour her this time. She’s calling it her “happy book”. The following will be a transcription of Elli’s dictation to me:
“I dunno know how to write so I got Vahn to help me write them out, I never writed before. What a nice guy.
(that’s “written” btw -ed.)
“Anyway, today I saw a goblin! Stupid little fucker! I shot mushrooms, bees, lightening and thunder at him. I killed him good. He seemed to be in charge of the kobolds. I wonder if goblins are behind this? I’mma get ‘em good for what they did to my family. Fucking cunts. Ugh! They make me so angry! I’m gonna go kill some rabbits, I’ll see you later Vahn.
- Ellikahn Farsight’s “happy book” entry #1
…I’m not sure I ever want to do that again. We’ll see if I let Elli dictate another journal entry tomorrow.
The Journal of Vahn Galbraith,
Day 12 after my escape…I think.