Campaign Formerly Know as Cousken's

Into the land of the undead

[Hej allihopa, jag tänkte bara snabbt inflicka att anledningen till att loggen är lite underlig är för att jag har plockat ut halsbandet jag fick under sessionen, då jag kommit överens med Patrik att få byta ut det mot något annat.]

Nerissa’s log

I must start this log with a confession. I don’t seem to remember so well. It’s almost as if some deity had interfered and taken parts of my memories away. I talked with Xune about it and she seams to have been affected to. The men doesn’t seam to have noticed though… except for Claw, but he is exceptionally good to pic things up for a man.

Anyway it has been some time now since we left the airship. It docked in a little town called Old Kingsbury Corner. I took the opportunity to go shopping for some new outfits. I think something happened at the market, but I don’t know what. I either meet someone or found something, but it’s completely gone now… Shadow found us an Inn and after some rubble with two merchants, started by Xune, we got a room for the night.

Shadow and Blaze went out to buy some Holly Water, since we’re going into Überwald tomorrow, which basically is the land of undead… I wonder which deity it is that blesses water into something dangerous… must be the Raven Queen, she seems to have a thing against undead according to Blaze. I wish I remember what me, Xune and Claw were doing back at the room in the mean time. All I can get out of the others is that we sat in silence, that doesn’t sound very likely…

The next morning we started heading into Überwald, after a few hours walking Shadow busted out laughing saying “horses, horses” repetitively. I don’t know what’s so funny about that. Horses are uncomfortable and I don’t use them at all… But I guess the land-dwellers might… usually. Great scurvy, I’m in the company of incompetent weirdos… And I’m happy for their company…

The landscape in Überwald is very dry and dead. Claw tried to revive a flower that he found but even thou he made it bloom it’s probably is long dead again by now.

We encountered an abandoned caravan later that same day. It looked like it had been heading for Portdam Park , the same, and close, town that we wear heading for. When Shadow sneaked up to have a look among the abandoned stuff, we all got to see what had killed the members of the caravan and its horses. Something called “Puddi, puddi”(… At least that’s what the others cried out when fighting them… I fear for my sanity) emerged out of black muddy holes in the ground. It’s actuality quite amazing that none of us had noticed the mud earlier, since that was the the most moist we had seen in a long time… I miss the ocean.

Anyway they instantly attacked us, and sizing them with my sword only made them part into two monsters, luckily Xune’s and Claw’s attacks from afar was more efficient and soon we had them defeated. Shadow then showed up with a weird looking hat on top of his head. It turned out to be an illusionist. Basically it gives him the power to hide his true self behind a trick of light. It’s quite an interesting hat, since it also effects his clothes. That’s more then I can do… But then again I’m not a mere illusion.

When we started to get closer to Portdam Park we noticed some strange moments among the settlers… They basically moved as if their bodies wasn’t really functioning. In other words, the population were undead. I imminently felt Blaise urge to rush in and smite them all in the name off his Goddess, and I tried to talk him out off giving in to this temptation… mostly because we were seriously outnumbered, and I won’t let him have me killed in this alternative future so far away from the sea.

A skeleton greeted us at the towns-gate , asking us if we wear friends or enemies with a sight, apparently dead men tell no tales… They also don’t have any feelings. It’s creepy how alone it feels inside, I mean I’m use to have at least 30 peoples feelings inside my head every hour of every day, now I feel noting but myself… and my companions of curse… Blaze is still pissed as hell.

We manage to find the only man in town living, a necromantic wizard that refused to give us his name. He allowed us to stay the night at an in with the most funky smell… It’s a wonder I didn’t suffocated in my sleep. I vaguely recall Xune waking me up with a scream during the night, but I don’t remember why. It wasn’t something that had spooked her.. it had been a “good” scream… I really hope that you can’t become an undead just by handing out in their presences… I mean I don’t what to believe that losing memories is a first step towards losing feelings and then become one of them… Maybe I should ask Blaze about that… he should know a thing or tow about the undead and how to not become one…

When we left Portdam Park in the morning we wear meet by the sight of war. Armies of undead were literally assembled in front of our eyes. Wizards were standing in circles forming bones into wandering soldiers. Shadow was fast to transform his appearance, using the hat, into the Wizard from the town. When we started passing the… creatures, a wizard approached us asking where we were going. Shadow answered Ridgeopolis Annex, their capital, and Xune added that she was an ambassadress from the Drows, sent to form an alliance. The wizard didn’t seamed convinced but eventually let us pass. Shadow pushed his luck a bit by trying to claim that the town behind us had an imposter wizard. We all moved quickly after that statement. I do hope we get the hearthstone soon, I miss my ship.

From Icrem in Arcadia to Wald

Xune, myself and Blaze started the day in the only other library in Icrem. Just as before the librarians pissed Xune off by not addressing her when we asked for help. Perhaps she’ll soon crack and demand she get her own citizenship or start a riot that will end us all in the gallows…. I’m not so worried about that though. We seem to have a knack for getting ourself both in and out of trouble.

In the library we found a lot of interesting books about Überwald and its ruler. Apparently the king has stored away his soul some where, making him impossible to kill. Chances for us the find the hearthstone without having to kill him looks slim, but I guess since Blaze is already here we must have succeeded… But I’m not really in the mood of getting overly self confident. There is no more dangerous sensation then feeling safe and secure, that’s when they get you.

I liked the old design of this other library. They had big rooms of books that wasn’t really there. First you had to pick a book and take out a specific stone, and fit it in a keyhole. Then the door opened and reviled a room full of book related to the one the stone had belonged to. I wonder if you could do something similar to a room in a home where you’d hide your most precious belongings or even yourself if some one broke in to your house… cowards.

We meet up with Shadow for dinner in a pub where Blaze had eaten the day before. It was a fairly expensive meal, but the food was good and the wine… well it wasn’t bad, but I kind off miss my old supply of rum on my ship.

Shadow had gathered some information too while we’d been away. He wouldn’t say much off it, but it sounds like it confirmed our findings, that we must go to Wald. Blaze didn’t seam so happy about it. He kept talking about three-hugers and the great balance. I’m not sure what a three-huger is but I guess its something similar to the people that just won’t let go of theri treasure when we board their ships. That never ends good for them.

Anyhow, we decided that the best way to get to Vald was by something called air-ships. They look like… well ships, but they have this huge bubble of fabric right above them, that makes them able to sail vertically. Its a very interesting construct, I wonder how expensive they are, or if its hard to make them. Could be an interesting add on the my ship back in my own time. I’m sure Amelia could pull it off, being so talented with merging magic and object. I wonder where she is now in this day and age. I can’t deny that I miss her. You kind of get use to having some one constantly trailing after you, and even if I sometime explode in her face over that, she is still my friend.

Well, now is now and we manage to get passage on a air-ship named “The lustful wench,” which I think is a weird name of any type off ship… We are being requited as guards in case of… I guess air-raids or assault… the ship is due to leave in five days so we are pretty much free to sightseeing during this time.

Supplement 1

I heard Blaze was going out to buy himself a bow for hunting. He has started talking a lot about his love for the forest, and how it makes him feel part off something bigger than himself. I think its interesting because that’s much how I feel out on the open sea. He asks me a lot of questions about the sea. He wanted to know about sea-serpents, the maelstrom and pretty much anything I mention in passing while I’m explaining something else that he wants to know.

Xune doesn’t move much. She sits and read in a book that Shadow brought with him from his secret meting with the Icrem poose, witch is a mean organisation off offenders that I’m surprised hasn’t been cleaned up yet by the guards. I wonder what kind of impression Shadow made upon them. Probably that he wasn’t worth killing, lucky for him.

I took some free time myself and walked around town. I had the good fortune on bumping into an old livestock of mine, Tom De Lacy. He left my crew ages ago but he still remember me. In fact he remembered me so well that he choked on his beer the moment he saw me. He told me that he was head powder monkey these days and tried to measurer himself up to my level that brain dead hog humping dickwad. He wasn’t alone, and by the looks of it his friends was his subordinate from the ship. I guess that’s why he was so keen on showing himself hard nosed, but when he asked me where my leach was, meaning Amelia, I smacked him out of his socks. He didn’t look so high and mighty lying on the floor. Being a citizen in this place defiantly has its benefits.

Supplement 2

I hadn’t really considered the lack off air up in the AIR. You’d think there’d be plenty and more but no. hardly any at all. It was really uncomfortable to breath at first. I had to lie down in our sleeping quarters for an entire week together with Blaze that looked all pale and sweaty. I have hardly seen Shadow at all but that’s nothing abnormal. I wouldn’t be surprised if he was climbing around the entire ship looking for dropped gold coins or some one to play cards with. He doesn’t seam affected by the short breath the least. Xune is also unaffected but on the other hand she seams to be a bit hyper. She showed up every afternoon while I was in bed, telling me about the construction of the ship. It all sounded very familiar to how a normal ship would function except for something she called the boiler room. She allow said that all the members off the crew had been nice enough to answer her questions except for the captain. He obviously didn’t have time for her. I’m not surprised. But I’ve decided to have a word with him captain too captain. He gave me a look when I first got on the ship as if he recognized me, but didn’t say anything.

Supplement 3

I had some rum with the captain.

Supplement 4

Travelling by air is not very similar to travelling by sea. There is no salty whiff in the breeze, no glittering reflection from the sun, no sound of waves being broken through by the bow… even the swinging of the ship is off. I thought travelling like this would make me feel more like home but it only makes me more aware off how far from the cost line we’ve gotten. I can’t even see it from the stern any more. There is only the mountains where we fought four dragon-seed.

That’s right I haven’t talked about that yet, well it wasn’t much to talk about. They showed up and we killed them. Some misfortune on my part marooned me alone with two dragons, while the others fought together against the other two. Fortunately one of my dragons eventually decided that I was more work than taste and left to fight the others. This gave me the chance I needed to slay my opponent before joining the others, and despatch the last dragon still standing. Even though the fight had been short, being alone with two dragons had left its marks, and I had to use almost all of my healing power on myself. I’m glad my armour protects my clothes. I don’t have anything else to change into since I lost it all when I was taken from my ship.

I miss my wardrobe. I had the most grand collection back there. Now I feel trapped in this form. If I don’t get to change soon I might try something drastic. Maybe I should let may hair grow out again… but that was always a pain with the wind blowing it all over my face… I wonder how much I can change without anyone noticing it… No, that’s a bad idea. I’ll just get some new cloths when we land. I doubt I’ll need this captain look where we’re going anyway.

Xune had made a necklace out of some dragons teeth. Maybe she also feels the need to change, but I doubt it. If that was true I don’t think she’d be wearing that mask day in and day out. I wonder why she doesn’t have more than one. Its always more fun to be able to change.

Shadow has been harvesting among the carcass as well, but that’s for making money. He was a bit upset over the fact that Blaze had split one skull with his khopesh in the fight, but I don’t think he minds that much. At least he is not charging Blaze for it. Xune has been acting a bit strange around Shadow lately. She gives him evil, threatening looks that’s plain to see even though the mask, but I can also sense that when she do she also feels a bit embarrassed. I wonder what she’s done that she doesn’t want him to tell us. At least that’s my guess on the subject.

Nerissas Log post

Log post: Day 1 in Arcania

All right this has been an interesting day. We are right now at a small Inn, located in a harbour town, where we’re waiting for a sell out pirate ship to arrive in the morning. Let me just try to collect how we ended up here because this has been quite a day.

First off all we started out at the shoreline off Arcania this dawn, where this… woman… Adora Bell Deerheart , was waiting for us. She said that her Master wanted to talk to us and that we should all ride in her cart. Xune and the others seemed to know her quite well, and Adora told us that we had been brought forward in time by her Master Chris. I have never been to Arcania before, but it was clear that something bad had happened to the place as we all travel through the landscape. Every city we drove past was in ruin, and even though most of the day passed during our trip the world stayed dim and grey.

Right outside the town where Adoras Master resided Xune suddenly became very anxious and asked to be let off. Adore told her that that was impossible and the wagon continued. The wagon was actually a Warforged and as we entered trough the city walls we realised that so was the most of the population.

Adora showed us into a room where we were to wait for her Master. Shadow was looking very intensively at the objects in the room so Xune ordered Meatshield to sit on him.
Master Chris turned out to be more or less also a Warforged. Fancy that. A construct in management. Although Meatshield has proven to be useful I wouldn’t trust his judgement in a command. Hopefully Chris was a bit smarter… Although he seemed rather easy to manipulate…
When Chris and Adora entered they weren’t alone. Another person, a man named Blaze, emerged with them. He claimed to be another long lost friend to the group. This day seamed to turn out more or less into a reunion party… Anyway Blaze is an interesting figure… I think he use to be a Genasi … I say used to because well… because his dead… or undead… but still alive… And I think that he tried to flirt with me, calling me pretty and such. Xune told me it was a smart move to reject him. I wonder what their history is… I can’t stand a man that seams to think he can take my independence away from me.. Then again he dose treat me nice, but that’s getting to far ahead…

Chris, angry as Scylla at the “unbound” in the room, informed us that we had a mission to complete in this time. A mission that involved raising Blaze dead body from the dead in the past. He also demanded that we’d leave Brakk behind as hostage. Also Meatshield was to go away on a solo task. Its all very confusing but apparently we need to find a certain heartstone in this time before we can go back. To do so we were told to search information in Arcadias libraries, but the only way to get there is by boat. So Chris lent us horses to ride to this town and hijack the wannabe pirates. Horseback-riding was an interesting experience. I’ve seen the hooved animal allot in city-squares, usually next to the cows, but I’ve never really looked at them. They’re quite beautiful, but I think it takes some time to master them. Sharing a saddle with Xune was quite bumpy.

When we’d all gotten our rooms at the Inn we decided to make the ritual, that I’ve been carrying around in my head for the last four years or so… my time line that is… I’m only glad I could remember it and that Xune, Shadow, Claw and Blaze all wanted to help. It took two hours to complete, but thanks to Claws friendly inputs beforehand I was done successfully. I am no longer bound to die in three years… or seven years ago… at a public hanging. I’ve been celebrating a little down at the tavern together with Blaze, that was celebrating life, and the others. Although it is a bit disturbing to be at a place so crowded with drunks. I just hope I won’t be smothered with peoples hangovers tomorrow morning.

Log post: Day 1 and 2 aboard captain Floatwoods ship

We waited at the dock for the boat to make port. When the “Pirates“ started to lower the land bridge Blaze steeped out and told them to stop. That’s’ when the rest off us realised that the captain of the vessel was none other than Guy Floatwood. The marooned man on The island de la Draco. He agreed to take us with him to Arcadia if we could defeat him in a duel. The man is so full of himself that its no wonder he believes himself to be a pirate, when he’s only being Arcadias bitch. Unfortunately his bark wasn’t worse than his bite. He was completely covered with crossbows arrows and small grenades. He blinded Xune with one of his bombs and continued to run away so it was impossible to reach him in close combat. He also manage to shoot me right in the chest, but fortunately Blaze was there to help me. I believe he prayed to his Goddess for healing or something the like. When Guy had blinded Blaze as well Xune suddenly had enough and told Guy that if he didn’t stop with this foolishness we’d kill him. This made Guy surrender his little game. I’m a bit surprised about that. Although Amelia would never had allowed me to engage in a duel against five other people I’m sure my crew would have stepped in and slain the intruders as revenge if I’d died. Perhaps he doesn’t trust his crew as I do. That would make sense though since they are all on a pay check from a country they’re not allowed to leave. I couldn’t bare being stuck in one bay for the rest off my life. I’d mutiny against myself.

I asked Guy later if he had heard anything about my ship in this day and age. He told me that there was a legend involving it. That it was the last ship to go though the maelstrom but nobody knew if it had made it. Some had said that they’d spotted the ship, but no one new for sure. I wonder if Amelia took over after I left… Without the Maelstrom I can understand that the life off piracy has become limited. I must find a way to go back to my own time and save the maelstrom. This is not the future I want… Even though I guess I was never fated to see it intrinsically…
Shadow and Guy are having a contest of how to make the biggest lies down below deck, so I tend to stay up as much as I can. Xune is kind enough to hold me company, but she doesn’t seem to enjoy the riding of the waves as much as I do.

Log post: Day 1 in Icrem

I’ve been looking though books almost the entire day. I hate books. They’re boring and nothing useful was in them anyway. Well at least not in the ones I tossed around. Xune found an entry about two possible locations for the hearthstone, and from what I understand they are far, far, FAR landwards. Tomorrow we’re going to another library in town and see if we can find out more.

When we rendezvoused with Blaze and Shadow, Shadow told us that he might get some information from an underground organisation in the city. I hope he knows what he’s doing, The citizens of Arcadia aren’t the nieces sort, and criminals aren’t any better. For being a criminal myself I’d say I’m very nice compared to the others around here but then again I only became a citizen here so it would be easier to do my business. I have no intention in taking in their customs and traditions.

Xune got a bit displeased about the fact that the librarian thought she and Claw was my servants and whenever she asked him questions he turned to me and answered them. I’m glad she didn’t shoot a lightning bolt at him, Non citizens are absolutely forbidden to even shove a citizen out off their way. Furthermore I’ll be held responsible if any of my companies screws up. Its to bad I’ve grown to like them. Other wise I could have carried out my original plans and have them all thrown in prison for what Meatshield did to me back in Haugurafgulli

I wonder how we will travel from now on, without a sea rout and without horses… I doubt Shadow will let us near the coin-purse to rent something…. although Xune seems pretty good at handling him.

Is there destiny and purpose without fate?

So here I am again, “home”. I Only spent half a year here on this Island but I would recognise it anywhere from any angle. Sarge made us study and memorise every part of this here island in case it got attacked. Didn’t think I would ever come back here, I wonder what will happen to me if they find me? But I’m getting ahead of myself again, I guess I should start at the beginning.

The floating chessboard we woke up on was connected to another floating chessboard by means of that strange metal that only Nerissa could touch. So she climbed over to the other platform with some rope and the rest of us climbed over. Brack fell down but for some reason he only fell a short bit then just hung mid-air. Lucky for him since we could just throw him another rope. Well up on this second floating disk (that according to Nerissa didn’t have any thickness, however that works) there was a text written on the floor. It was the story of Xunes life, every major thing that happened in her life. Just as she had read it all walls grew out of the floor and metallic spiders came up from spinning tiles on the platform. The wall separated me and Claw from Xune and Nerissa. And before I knew it Xune and Nerissa had fallen threw the floor! They screamed that they where fighting upside down on the other side of the platform and we continued to fight. I swear I had no clue what was going on around me, walls changed places people randomly disappeared and spiders came from everywhere. I just stuck to basics and fought what was in front of me. After we won everybody fell to the “underside” of the platform. Up above (or is it down below?) we could see another platform and on the ground (or is it sealing?) we say yet another text, this time telling the story of Nerissa and a chest with a rope that fell uppwards..or downwards…or..well at the next platform at least. Nerissas story wasn’t so nice, it said she was bound by fate to die in three years. Xunes said that she was unbound by fate and her future was her own. We didn’t really stand around and talk about it since Nerissa almost broke down after reading about her life. Death by hanging evidentially, not a good death I agree. Hopefully she will get her neck snappt of and won’t have to endure suffocation. From all the medical books I read they all seem to agree on that not being nice. Luckily I wont be able to die like that.

So we climbed the rope up..or the other platform and found (what Nerissa pointed out to be) a broken sundial and five doors hovering mid air. I wanted to investigate them right away but the others were tired and wouldn’t let me. So we waited and waited and waited, Man its boring to just wait for eight hours.

The others are finally up and about and I rushed in to check the doors. It seems that each of us got a door to open and our door showed took us to someone from our past. I got to meet my “father”, the man who made me. I had never met him before so I was chocked when he revealed that. I used a magic rod to make my lie down on a exam table and then opened me and started looking around. That scared me allot, I didn’t know what he was going to do. Nerissa tried to get stop him and open my restraints but there was some sort of magic stopping her. Dad said I was malfunctioning because I hadn’t fulfilled my primary function yet. Apparently I was supposed to kill the Baron of Hochenwald. Witch is odd because no one told me that. After examining me said it that I must be some freak of nature and left it at that. But we had a long talk afterwords when he wanted to learn everything about me and eventually he even threw me out! I wasn’t happy about it at the time but Shadow said that it was symbolic to show that he believed in me and that could make it in the world without him. I asked if that was true and he said he wouldn’t lie about that, then he must have thought of something funny because he walked away laughing.

But I’m getting of topic. When I got out of me room the others had been in their rooms and we all got a piece to help fix the broken sundial. I wanted to know what the others had seen and found but we didn’t have time to talk about it. As soon as we (and by we I mean mostly Nerissa and Xune) where done fixing the dial the ground started moving. Every square that made up the floor moved to make a continuously moving walkway where the back most squares kept moving to be in front. It started going well but after a while the path divided and made obstacles. We kept running for an hour or so I think before it reached a door.

On the other side was a cross shaped floating room with a statue as big as a mountainchain looking down on us. On each side of the cross there was a portal to one of the elements and in the middle of the room there was a gazebo and four Genasi with corresponding elemental affinities. Before most of us had even stepped onto the platform Brack was in full swing, chopping his axe at the Genasi. But they kept rebuilding them selves, drawing energy from the portals to their planes. So while I tied them up as best as I could the others tried to push them into the portals or to destroy them. It was a hard fought battle but we did it. Or so I think, as they were destroying the last portal all I saw was a bright light and then I was falling down in a refuse pile. The others came after few seconds. This was a grand hall with with three massive statues on the way to a well decorated throne. On it sat a woman who introduced herself as the goddess Fate. It seems we have offended Fate by not being bound to her will. And after a little bragging of how awesome she things she is she sent her avatar to kill us. Well, him and those three giant statues. It was a truly epic fight trying to kill the avatar. The merest touch from him could send you flying off into the distance or send you to a mirrored prison. Only by shear tenacity from Brack and a lucky distraction from Nerissa allowed me to place the finishing blow in his hart. Or what I reckon was his hart.

Killing the avatar freed an ancient, or some sort of ancient leftover. I didn’t really understand that part. He was like an ancient but not. Well he had been there for some time and he told us what we had done and why Fate hated us so much. It seems that all of us except Nerissa are unbound by fate. So everything we do is truly our own decision and there is nothing but our selves holding us back from what we want to do.
He told us alot of what happened when he was alive and what consequence his decisions had. It has been an interesting day. I met my dad, a god and someone from a race long extinct all in one day. And as he sent us back we ended up in the ocean, and now we are here. On this beach with Adora Bell Deerheart allot older then when we saw her last. Things are happening fast now and I need to sit down and think.
Looks like we are moving out. Write in you soon little book.

Captains log in "Elsewhere"

Captains log… somewhere I really don’t feel like being

I just need to collect my thoughts a little. I see, when I look back, that the last thing I wrote in this log was making complete sense. We where going to go to Otiorin through the maelstrom so that we could sail to Arcadia. This however is not Arcadia and no constellation up in the sky… if that’s what it is… Is familiar to me. Right now I just want to go back to my ship and crew. We were sailing down the maelstrom when some magic lightning lifted me and my latest acquaintances of the boat and into this strange dimension. I don’t know if my ship made it without me and the helm and I must constantly stop myself from thinking horrible thought of the fate off my crew. If anything has happened to them it’s my fault.

Right now we are all taking a rest in a “room” with neither walls nor ceiling. There is only six closed doors that look like they’re leading into nothingness. The only thing on this “platform” is a broken sundial that I’ve marked out the time on. Its around 2 pm. I know that’s irrelevant but it makes me relax to know that I at lest have something I can pretend is familiar in this place. Everything else seams only designed to kill us… or at least me…

When we first entered this “world” I found myself chained between two pillars. They wear so tight that I couldn’t move a muscle. I thought I would suffocate since I could hardly take a deep enough breath to keep my mind clear. Xune came to help me, but all she managed to do was touching the chains and they broke… like spider web. Meatshield managed to catch me before I hit the ground. I don’t know why I was the only one that got strapped like that, but it turned out that I alone could touch the chains. Xune severed one so I could toss it over the edge of the platform to see what would happen to it. It started floating in mid air. Xune evoked a lightning bolt to hit it whit but that only made it spin away.

We found a chain bridge leading from our platform and up to another. I tide a rope around one of the columns that lined our flour and started climbing up. As we hopped, the chains still supported me. The bridge felt like cold metal but was fairly easy to climb.

On the other platform the floor was like a chessboard and it was lined with statues of angels holding swords. I tied my end of the rope around one of the statues so the others could climb up. Xune balanced on the rope like she was walking down a street. The rest used their arms to climb. Brakk missed the line and fell through the chain bridge, that shattered like before. Then he suddenly started floating in the air unable to get anywhere. We threw him a rope so that he could climb up.

On the centre of the floor Xune spotted a text written in the stone. It had her name on it and it spoke of all the adventures she’s been on. The last sentences stated that she was not bound by faith. It made me remember the ritual I learned a few years back. The one that Arcadia sent me to find and then discovered it was useless without three souls unbound by fate. I guess Xune is one of those souls…

Anyway as soon as she was done reading, walls shot up from the ground parting me and Xune from Meatshield and Claw and in the next breath some off the stone pieces in the floor flipped over and reviled human sized silvering spiders. I guess they are the ones that make those scary chains around here. Me and Xune decided it was better to be on the other side of the wall with our friends and ran around the wall to support them. I made a swing on one of the spiders but the blade only sang a metallic tone, then I felt the world turn and the stone underneath my feet flipped alone with Xunes. I thought we wear gonna fall but suddenly, from our point of view, down was up, and we where still engage with huge spiders. I could hear Claw calling out for us through the… floor… and we called back to tell them that we were still okay.

It was an irritating fight. Walls kept changing positions and before we figured out why some of the platforms turned and others didn’t, every step you took was dangerous. At least I manage to slay two of the monsters before the fight was over.

Even though its a bit confusing I think that we at the end ended up on the underside of the platform. It looked exactly as the top but at bit beside Xunes message there was a new one, and in between there was a treasure chest. This time the name written in stone was my own… I’m going to die in three years… by hanging from the gallows. ...Looking at those words in my own private log make me what to rip the page out. But that won’t change my destiny. Maybe if I can find two other souls unbound by faith Xune and them will help me escape it. Xune said that she wanted to help and even tried to cheer me up by saying that at least now I know that nothing can touch me until I turn twenty-nine. That’s not much of a comfort though. Just thinking about the gallows makes my lunch want to escape my insides. But I’ll try to be positive. At least I was told my birth parents names; Zareen and Kerwin. And I know that my true name is Nerissa Grewal not Nerissa Drake… Even thou I think of myself more like the person I am today then I was back then… I mean I was only eight and I hardly remember anything anyway.

From the chest we got a new rope. It fell out in the sky, which seems to support my theory that we indeed was on the underside… I tide the rope to a metal-ring in the chest and then we started climb up… halfway up, up again turned into down and we all spun around one by one in the air before landing on this platform where we all sit now… Well Meatshield is roaming about whining that he wants to open up one of the doors but He’ll just have to wait. I’m not the only one that needs to catch my breath. I can feel it in the others too.

Captains log, I’m not sure this place was much better.

I’m thinking about investing in some waterproofed fabric so I can make a pocket for my journal. At least the salesman was truthful about the paper and ink being impervious to water, but its a bit irritating to wait for it to dry up so I can add new writing to the pages. And yes I’ve been completely submerged again. I can’t for the love of my life figure out why I don’t drown in situations like this… oh right my fate… Its not fair to deprive me of a death at sea. Blasted gods and their stupid games. I haven’t learned to swim for a reason. Well hopefully its not yet too late to change my destiny.

The doors I mentioned earlier did actually lead to somewhere. It was strange though. Every room seemed to be a construct of the imagination of whomever opened it. Meatshield entered first and the room turned out to be some sort of old study with a scary looking table with straps for arms and legs. A man was in the room as well and he spoke with Meatshield as if he knew him well. He asked him to lay down on the table but Meatshield declined. Then he wizard-looking man took out a rod and ordered Meatshield to lay down and he did. Xune and I tried to stop him but my sword couldn’t go through some strange barrier around the man. When I tried to simply untie the straps that held Meatshield to the table the same forcefield emerged. It was frustrating to feel the fear in Meatshield and not being able to help him. I hate to be powerless when a friend is in trouble…darn it, did I just… ah fine, I guess he is more like a friend than anything else…

Anyhow, the man started operating on him talking about some malfunction. He said that something must be wrong in his programming since he hadn’t fulfiled his assignment to murder a baron. Meatshield replied that he hadn’t recived such orders since he’d been dropped behind a cart on his way to the camp-site. When the man finally let him go he asked Meatshield to tell him his story. Meatshield got so exited at the chance that we all felt it safe to leave him in the room and check out the next one.

Xune stepped fearlessly up to one of the doors and opened it up. We all entered a cave corridor lined with chained slaves, working the walls with pickaxes. Most of them looked human but I guess one could never know. I tried touching one of them but that annoying barrier kept emerging. Xune seamed to find someone she recognised, an older drow woman, maybe her mother working in the mine. They spoke in elven, which I don’t understand. They had a pretty long talk before Xune blasted the chains of the woman’s hands. The woman gave her a three-cornered, cut stone piece and Xune gave her an odd hug. The woman hugged her as oddly back before teleporting away.

When we came back out Meatshield was just thrown out his own room holding on to his notebook and a three-cornered stone piece of his own. I looked at the Sundial and realized that they would fit nicely around its edges. This also made me realise that we all needed to enter a room, something I wasn’t so keen on doing myself, but Xune gave me a “friendly” push towards one of the doors and I opened it.

We entered a kitchen I vaguely remembered but couldn’t seem to place. A woman was standing with her back turned to me. Even so, I could clearly make out that she was a changeling with her soft pink hair and slenderness. I took a deep breath to make my heart stop beating so hard and tapped her on the shoulder, asking if she was the one I was suppose to meet. She jumped and turned with a frightened yelp. She claimed I had entered trough a looked door and demanded to know who I was. I told her my name and she said that I had the same name as her daughter. That did not calm my heart down at all. She asked if I was showing her my true face and since I wasn’t I showed it to her. It was a strange feeling. She’s dead but there she was, stroking my face and hair with a love I couldn’t remember. I felt like a phony, like I was fooling her, and when she asked about my life… What was I suppose to say? I felt like I owed it to her to make her proud of me, and here I was a criminal. I’ve never felt so rotten in my life as when I lied to her to make my life sound “better” than it was. She asked if I wanted to stay for diner, but I couldn’t. I asked if my father was near by. Not because I really wanted to disappoint him too, but to get to see his face. I really wish I had gotten to do that, just once… But she said he wasn’t coming. She gave me my three-cornered stone piece along with a proud smile. I wanted to hug her but I just couldn’t bring myself to it and I left.

Claw’s door reviled a path in an evergreen forest. He seamed to immediately recognize the place because he didn’t want us to follow him. I told him that if he got to be in mine I got to be in his and he seamed to be fine with that. We quickly came upon a cart that was driven along the path by an old man. He told Claw to climb up, and he did. The rest off us sat in the back. Nice of that place not to make the rest off us walk along the side. The man turned out to be a priest of… that religion Claw always preaches about and he asked Claw how he felt that he was true to his faith. To my surprise Claw seamed a bit uncertain and shaken in his beliefs and he told the priest this truthfully. He didn’t seam to be ashamed of his actions at al, which I found very awe-inspiring. I must admit that I got a little more respect for Claw after that.

Brakk’s reaction to his door was also surprising. Ever since I meet him I understood that he thinks humans are worth less than other races, but I didn’t know that he was raised by humans. We entered a small house with his mother sitting by the table and his father looking out the window. Brakk immediately took a defensive approach to the situation and soon he and his father was in a heated argument about weakness and abandonments. His father blamed his and his wife death on him saying that he should have been able to save them. Brakk replayed that if they had been better parents he might have done so. Meatshield continuously and confused stated that he only thought they had killed Brakk’s father and couldn’t understand why the mother was here to. I’m not gonna ask what he mean by killing the man, since I’m sure it wouldn’t make sense to me anyway…

When we had collected al six of the pieces for the sundial we compared them and saw that they al had different symbols. Mine for example had a solar-eclipse while Meatshield had a sun and Xune had a crescent moon. We put them down in the right order from dawn to dusk and so forth, but the only thing that gave us was a hard workout as the flour-tiles suddenly started to fall from one end of the room and add on to the other. We ran hard, even more so when we felt the stones underneath our feet grew lose. Meatshield had thrown us all a rope to hold on to but I wasn’t convinced that we would be able to keep running and pulling a fallen companion up from the empty space surrounding us at the same time. It felt more likely that we would all be ending up floating around in nothingness if that be the case. Lucky enough the floor finally stooped failing and we all came to a halt in front of a new door. Xune stepped up and opened it.

This new room was shaped like crossroads, still without any ceiling or walls. In the middle of it was a gazebo and every short end of the paths lead to a portal symbolising one off the four elements, Air, Earth, Fire and Water, the portal we entered trough was fire. Out of no where four Genasi appeared in the gazebo, each of them representing one of the elements. Brakk let out a battle cry and ran forth to engage in battle. The rest of us followed. They Genasi appeared strangely easy to kill but they constantly respawned. Brakk then turned his attention towards the portals, figuring that they were the reason to the resurrections of the fallen Genasis. He started chopping at one of them trying to get it to crumble. I however tried to push the Air Genasi into the air portal. It only took around half a minute to do, but it felt like it would darn take for ever. Brakk manage to destroy the earth portal and then he showed up at my side and helped me shoved the Genasi into its own portal. The portal and the Genasi got instantly destroyed. When we realised that destroying the portals stopped the remaining Genasi to respawn we quickly defeated them. Meatshield, that was standing inside the gazebo was suddenly swallowed by a red light coming from it. The rest of us quickly jumped in after him to see where he’d gone.

We all landed in a pile of gravel at the far end of a “room”. There was three enormous status lined up along the corridor and at the other far end there was a throne. When we all slowly started to make our way across to it a woman dressed in robes of white light appeared at the high seat. She announced that she was Fate, the goddess of fate… Boy must they’ve been having a huge lack off imagination when she was born… She wasn’t pleased with us being here. She kept referring to the others as untouchable for her and mocked me for being in her absolute control. I was almost tempted to pull out my sword and stab myself to death, just to prove to that corn skull I was nobody’s puppet.

Finally she stopped talking about her greatness and dispute with the other Gods and evoked her Avatar to fight us. Simultaneously the huge statues started moving their weapons around their scope. Brakk once again leap into action but almost as quickly as he engage the monster he was gone into thin air. Xune kept her distance with the help of her special powers but I had no other choice then to try and face the creature head on, like Brakk. I did my beast to stay on it as a hawk but it kept teleporting away, making me have to run after it. The Avatar pushed us away right and left, leaving some off us trapped in the strange floating sky right next to us. I used my psionic powers to the best off my ability and manage to shake him up a bit. When the monster turned towards me with and evil glare Meatshield threw himself into the fight and delivered a final blow that made the best fall to the ground.

With that, one of the statues, that had been trying to flatten us out before, suddenly started smoking and exploded. A mist was left in its place that spoke up, thanking us for seating her free. It was a woman called Yenven, just like the ocean we had been trying to leave behind us early this very morning. She claimed to have walked the earth a 4000 years ago together with her friends Otiorin and Marathris, all three of them apparently unbound by faith… and I guess the namers of the three world oceans… She explained that Xune and the others was part of a prophecy that reads that every forth millennium there would be people that was born outside of fate and therefore able to create their own destiny. Then she turned to me and apologised for only speaking with “the important people”, and told me that she could see the chains holding me bound very clear and if I should wish to escape my fate I had to find a ritual. I told her I already new that ritual but that I wondered if she could tell me the fate of my crew. She told me she could only see fates in people she could look at and it was clear that she couldn’t care less if they had manage their way through the maelstrom or not. Finally she promised to return us to the exact time and place where we’d be abducted but as far as I’m concerned that was more or less a lie. I’m not sure if we were at the same place but we sure as hell wasn’t at the right time. There was no boat for us to land on!

The first thing I noticed, however, when I opened my eyes was that the night sky match the stars over the Otiorinian ocean this time of year… if it is this time of year… As for now I believe we’ve been swept ashore on the beach to Arcania. Everyone seems more or less fine and there is a woman here with us that the other claimed to have seen a couple of months ago but that is now ten years older. If that’s true and that 4000 year old twit puff made us go ten years into the future… Then it means that I’ve been declared dead three years ago… Dose that mean I’m no longer a captain? But… that’s… not fair… I’ve lived at sea since I was eight. I don’t know how to do anything else… if I’m not a captain any more, then what am I?

Captain’s log, by Nerissa, captain of "The Dragon's Star”

Captain’s log: Day 2 in free port

Well this day started rather charming. Vi were attacked by Drow assassins when we all vent back for the stuff Xune and the others had ordered. Nevitash had suspected them to be there but was kind enough to keep that information for himself. He seems to be keeping a lot of information for himself lately. For instance he had failed to tell his friend Captain George Morgan that I’m a captain as well. That pig just won’t quit trying to make me abandon my title.

Anyway it was a scary fight. Thees assassins knew what they were doing and a magical barrier prevented us from doing anything other than facing them head on. The barrier didn’t go down until we had defeated them all. One of them was being held hostage by us but when the authorities entered the store demanding to leave with the assassin Shadow stepped up and unnoticeably killed the prisoner. He is good at doing stuff unnoticed. I still haven’t figured out what he did to the set of clothing I borrowed him…

Xune made a scene with the authority figure, calling himself Ideal. He would have taken her with him if it wasn’t for the fact that she is under my command as long as she is acting as a part of my crew.

Anyhow, Captain Morgan followed us back to my ship and told us a little about the situation in the city. Nevitash spent the time trying to reacquaint himself with Amelia. I don’t think she has forgiven him for the last time jet though…

Captain Morris told us that he had prof in is office inside the spear that made Ideal a traitor to the city, but he was not able to present the evidence himself to anybody and he needed our help to do so. Right now I can’t really remember why we accepted, but we did. I forced Nevitash into taking a swim too. That bastard seamed to need it. Amelia almost took a swing at me whit her sword by mistake in the process and she has been avoiding me ever since. That’s good since I didn’t what her to try and talking me out of doing this. I wounder where she is at the moment tough…

This evening there was to be a celebration for the new Mage that was to preform the maelstrom-turn. If we had an invitation we could easily get in and sneak of to his office for the papers. Sadly we did not have one and apparently only prominent captains would receive such an honorably invitation. That doesn’t really stop us though. We are pirates after all and Xune has a way with words. We gave the officials at the bureau three reasons to why I should have been invited. That was interesting, apparently I eat dragons now… Thanks for that Shadow …

My invitations stated that I could bring two guests and so we could easily get Xune and Shadow in and we arranged it so that Meatshield could pose as my property and carry a gift for the Mage. It feels kind of weird though to have a sentient warforged as property… Claw and Brack had to stay behind on the boat.

The celebration itself was a strange experience. I may be used to act in similar establishments but never in this form. It made me feel a bit vulnerable not to have my sword on my person, but it was a comfort to know that it was in Meatshields bag of holding.

Don’t ask me how it happened but Nevitash was at the feast to, looking charming as usual. It took some self control to actually go whit Xune and the others on the mission and not just stay there with him.

We managed to get Shadow to sneak of unnoticed and after awhile he returned whit the papers. I wonder what else he might have put down in his pockets…

Anyhow the lot fell on me to present the documents to the Masked tyrant, The ruler of Freeport. He was sitting in his high seat overlooking the celebration and when he turned to look at me I felt very uncomfortable. I couldn’t see any flesh on him at all. Everything was only robes and mechanics and when he spoke to me he did it straight into my head like Nevitash sometimes does. It made my own skin crawl. The masked tyrant thanked me for my service and asked for my chose of award. I told him that I and my company wanted to deal with Ideal ourselves. Xune had told me that she wanted to see if she could get some answers out of him since we suspected Ideal was behind the Drow assassins. I suppose I could have asked for something more… Like gold perhaps, but right then I felt it being reward enough just to get to leave the masked tyrants presence. All the guests at the party stepped away from me when I came down again. Only Nevitash came up to me and pulled me close. That made me feel better. He has the most calming and reassuring voice.

We left the celebration a while later to encounter Ideal at his house where official city guards already had taken out most off his men. Ideal was presumed to hold up in the basement and so we ventured forward. Indeed we bumped in on the traitor in his cellar together with four nasty fire-constructs. I never thought I’d see Meatshield go down In battle. He always seems unstoppable and unaffected by everything around him. I guess that just isn’t true. I did my best to help him but I had already used up much of my psionic strength on getting Shadow fit for battle. That poor fellow had already had around eight arrows in his chest this morning. I admire his endurance… Meatshields too.

When he defeated Ideals underlings the barrier protecting him from us died down. It was the same barrier that had blocked the door this morning. He didn’t surrender until he was more dead than alive. Then he confessed that he had been recruited three years ago by a secret organization to kill us all in exchange to be the next Mask tyrant. That doesn’t make any sense since I’ve only known this people a couple of weeks and apparently they haven’t been out adventuring more than around six months… strange indeed. What person from our past could we all have in common? I doubt anyone since they obviously haven’t been out at sea much… very odd indeed. Shadow wanted Ideal to learn him to speak demon, for some reason but then Meatshield stabbed Ideal to death. I suppose that was the right thing to do if Shadow is drawn to stuff like that…

Later this evening we observed the new Mage preforming the maelstrom-ritual. This time it went without deadly explosions which means that we are free to set sail tomorrow. I need to stop now. Someone is knocking at my door…

Everywhere we go people try to kill us

Hi there again my little book, Its been a few weeks since I last wrote in you now but most of that time has been uneventful. There have been a few highlights however. After we left the Island of dragons we encountered a ship, and it seems that either we are pirates and attacked them or they where disguised pirates chasing us and about to attack so we made a pre-emptive strike. I’m not sure since I just got called up to deck and then fighting started. We shot down their big sail-carry-wood-stick thing, or as my docent keeps correcting me “mast”, and then boarded them. I think it went ok but since I’ve never boarded a ship before I’m not sure. Well it was mostly a mob fight anyway, there where a few enemies with crossbows but Xune made short work of them.

After beating them most of Nerissas crew ran down bellow deck and came out with wood, not really sure why they want to have wood but if it makes them happy I’m not one to point it out. It made me a bit nostalgic though as I recognised some of the trees they had. They hade the mark ofBlavikens woodcutters guild on the side. What strange twist of fate to encounter anything from Blaviken way out here at see. My docent tells me I digress, but I just think I’m getting off topic. There was a problem with the surviving hostile sailors, should they be killed or allowed to join the crew? Nerissa didn’t want them in her crew and I can understand that, one has to have standards in a fighting force it will just fall apart. But she didn’t want to just kill them either. Guy later told me that truly great captains always leave their week enemies alive to spread the word, potentially grow stronger or get a child to later get revenge at you so that you can best them again/as well and let your fame grow even more. Seems complicated to me, I think you should kill your enemy. But then again people keep telling me I’m special so maybe its not the right thing to do? We ended up tying them to their broken ship with some food and basic repair materials. If they are as good as they boasted during the fight they should be able to free them selves and repair the ship.

A few days later there was some commotion about us meeting a sea serpent of some sort, Nerissa had me drag some heavy chains that put large metal shields all around the ship and lowered the sail-holdi..MAST.. they then threw a chained cow out in front. The serpent bit the cow and dragged the entire ship at great speed for almost a week! I tell you little book, its definitely the strangest way of travelling I’ve ever seen.

I have no idea how we ended up at Freeport, the city around the maelstrom. But all crew members seemed happy and sure we would get there. How do they know the serpent wont just go in another direction? or suddenly dive! Well I guess I shouldn’t look a gift serpent in the mouth, it might eat me after all. Freeport it self is really a marvellous city, its built on the water around the raging maelstrom with only a small land anchor on a nearby mountain peaking out of the water. The city was truly alive and amazing inside aswell, I have never seen such a large city with so many people. Right when we docked an old pirate named Pete offered to show us around town for a gold piece. It was a grand tour and I learned much, we got to sell some stuff, placed an order to buy some stuff and even witnessed a grand light show! It turned out that someone blew up however, even if that only seemed to make people happier. Nerissa met an old friend of hers to,Nevitash, or maybe an old enemy… I’m not really sure. They seem to like each other, to a degree, while still disliking each other. I asked Amelia about it but she told me to keep my nose out of it and when I tried to explain that I wasn’t planing on detaching anything from my face and that I don’t even really have a nose she just yelled at me and shooed me away. Well he is staying at the same In as us, the drunk serpent, and nobody has told me to kill him so I guess he is ok. He also told us that someone was asking questions about us and looking for us, Nevitash said he would find out more the day after.

The next day however we first went to pick up the thing we ordered from a very nice shop, ultimate emporium or something like that. We had ordered a bag of holding and an instant camp site. But when we got there we received an Ambush! And by Drow assassins no less! it was a hard fought victory but well worth it. I got a new armor! the store owner was so happy that he gave me an full set of plate! Nerissa got a new sword to. I really like the new armor, Its really shiny but still light and flexible. Its feels more like a new skin then an armor plate. Oh and we met some guy named Optimal or sum such and he wanted to kill us, but I wasn’t really paying attention as I just got SWEET ARMOR. I wonder what I shall do with the old one? Guess I should just sell it. What is that Docent? captain Morgan helped us by telling us about a Opramals plot to kill us? And told us where to find the evidence? Are you sure? huh, the things you miss when you look away for a second or two. Well after we got away from there we packed in the skull from that inbred dragon as a gift, went to the department of invitations or something and talked for a long time about how cool Nerissa is so she would get an invitation. Wonder if she has bad self esteem so she needs to hear how great she is? Well after scaring some people and talking alot she got her invitation. It was formal ware so I got Had to look really shiny so as not to look out of place. I spent many hours making sure every bit was polished and that all joints where greased so they wouldn’t squeak. did I mention that I really like my new armor?

Well while I wasn’t really looking Shadow had snuck away and got the evidence we needed and Nerissa talked to the leader of the town, some guy called the masked tyrant. Sort of looked like a warforged with that mask of his on…or hers..its? Well he was happy about what was on the papers, prof that Olympus was cheating or stealing or some such, he was to be killed anyway and we got to do it. Xune really wanted to kill that guy, and get information out of him. But mostly just kill I think. She is kinda scary, you would think that I wouldn’t be affected by that mask of hers since my own faces doesn’t show emotions or the like but I’m so used to see reactions that its just wrong when I don’t. I wonder if others feel that about me?

Our fight against Ohara was a hard won one. He summoned living flames that attacked us. I did my best to keep them off my friends but I think I did to well. I could sense Oglaf creep inside my mind and twist what I saw, It lasted for only a few seconds but I lost concentration and one of the elementals got in a hit that cut me down. I could feel my essence fading for a blink of an eye as I fell to the floor. Nerissa got me back up again fast but it was still really scary. Shortly after I got back up the winds of battle turned and we were able to best Ogren and his elemental servants. He said he was working on behalf of a secret organisation that wanted us dead. They had given him this mission 3 years ago! I might not even have been made by then! This is really strange. Olalalala Then started talk in some strange language and for fear of him teleporting away or mindcontroling someone I slew him on the spot. He had a symbol of the people he worked for, a broken chain. Something about this makes my neck plate static.

That very night the ritual to change the maelstrom was done successfully and we set sail the following morning, to Arcadia. But as we got close to the maelstrom something went wrong. I cant explain it but me,Brack,Claw,Nerissa,Shadow and Xune got pulled off the ship and into what my Docent says is a pocket universe made by one of the creators. We all woke up on a huge black and white game board, Nerissa was chained down by chains that to everyone else turned to dust as soon as we touched them. I get the feeling we have to be careful here and not touch to many things or we might all fall to a horrible fate. Nerissa might have to do most things here on her own. Oh well. we decided to take a break before continuing our exploration, in the mean time I will have to decide if and how I should mark my self because of my close encounter with death? Since I have made the places I have travelled through into parts of me, should I also mark great events that happened to me on me? I talked about this to one of Nerissas crew late last night while he was under the inluence of much rum, and he said that many people get tattoos for such events. Maybe I should do something like that? Get an engraving where my near fatal wound was?

Oh well I guess I have to get out of here before that is worth thinking to much about. We might be here a loooong time…

Captain’s log, by Nerissa, captain of "The Dragon's Star”

Captain’s log: Day 7 at open sea

We’re having a very light and amused mood among the crewmen tonight. This is because we have happened to gather some new prize worthy cargo. Earlier this morning we encountered a merchant ship heavily loaded with wood and crew, 24 people… which coincidentally is the total amount of crew members on my own vessel… Well my five guests seamed very interested in the commotion so I let them join in on the fun. I even got to fire one of the canons myself. That takes me back… although it feels odd having someone else commission orders.

Anyway I managed to hit the mast of the other ship and after that we boarded. I know I’m not supposed to but accidents and confusion do sometimes happen… I suppose Amelia will be holding on to my coat for the next couple of days.

Most of the enemies were synchronized seamen holding formation in a “angry mob”-fashion. The rest had crossbows, now that’s not fighting fair, but then again Xune made some weird moves aboard that deck. She even flew… twice! And I know that might sound weird but I can assure that I’m not drunk… yet. I decided to do my duty first… Well fine, I’ve celebrated a little but who wouldn’t?

Xunes dress got a bit torn by arrows in the fight but when I offered her to lend one of my cloths she decided that she wanted to sow it up instead. She was impressively good at it so I guess I shouldn’t take her rejection as a mistrust in our friendship. I doubt she would have revealed her face for me if she didn’t trust me. Then again we are kind of in the same boat in that matter…

I myself created a wormhole around the mob and slid some of them off the deck. Shortly after that they decided to surrender. The warforged tied them up aboard their own deck. They wear so scared that they wanted to join my ship crew. I don’t really have the interest in allowing ten potential mutineers aboard my ship. Its better to leave them to fend for themselves, as Meatshield put it: “If they’re so good seamen as the claim they should manage to get home by themselves.” Sometimes that thing makes sense… or maybe I really just am drunk.

Captain’s log: Day 8 at open sea

We encountered the sea-serpent today so right now we are traveling at top-speed. Its an interesting sight from my window as my land-dwelling guests have noticed. They wear standing down here for quite some time until they finally got bored. Xune asked me about the creatures and I suddenly had this feeling that something was wrong. It felt like I had lost more of my memories. I hope it isn’t true. Its been three years since then, it should been over and done… I really hope that thing doesn’t still have power over my mind. I almost wish I had my spirit companion whit me again, it would have made me feel better, I know it. Anyway I haven’t spoken about this to anyone. Hopefully it will just pass.

Anyway we spotted the sea-serpent, offer our cow, and now where on our way to Free Port. I wounder if he will be there… its been like six months or something since I last saw him. I wounder how he’s been…

Anyway Meatshield was kind enough to help us make the ship fit for this type of travel. Since I’ve met him I’ve come to the conclusion that he is very simple minded and curious… kind of like a child sometimes. I wounder how long he’s been… active. Well I don’t know. I’m starting to have a hard time thinking about him as I do whit Noel. They’re just so different. Although I still think Meatshield could use a lesson in manners, but he is at lest somewhat decent… and useful… I guess.

Captain’s log: Day 1 at Free Port

Duties… Sometimes they’re just plain boring. But I am using you to drive someone else mad at the moment. I must say that leaving me with the dinner-bill he deserved the slap in the face I gave him when I first saw him today. He always does something stupid I wonder if he can really help it. But it drives me mad too, sometimes, so I guess we’re getting even for now…

My ship arrived at Free Port this morning. We were shown around town by an old seaman named Pete, and Xune got a bit anxious or something about the survival rate of entering and exiting a Maelstrom. I assured her that I have succeed every time I have done so and I have done it almost a dozen times. I’m not sure that it calmed her down though… My guests had the time to sell some collectibles at the marketplace. They also made an order at the Ultimate Emporium by the spire. I’m impressed because I usually don’t shop there for obvious reasons.

The evenings ritual to turn the Maelstrom failed. A man was killed in the attempt. I didn’t see it up close because I had lent my looking glass to Xune, she seemed very interested in the magic powers that were displayed. I hope she won’t be scarred by what she saw, but I kind of think she’s seen worse…

Alright now I’ve completely lost track… Damn it, I hate that he can do that to me. Ah well, that’s right, speaking of him, Nevitash found us at “The drunken serpent” where we will spend the night. As I mentioned earlier he made me pay for the dinner tonight but at least he had some interesting news. Apparently someone is after me and my guests…. That’s unfortunately all he knew, that bastard… with his strong hands rubbing my shoulders…

Damn it…

I told him about the King in Kaupmandur going civil and hanging pirates. I’m glad he didn’t ask how I got out of there. I think he might not like to hear about that…But I do swear that if I ever see that fat man again I’ll kill him for double-crossing me and all those things I had to do… Damn him… and Nevitash too, while we’re at it why not damn the entire world?

By the way… [What ever the captain meant to put here has turned in to a black line of ink]

Into the Temple

Hi there little book. How have you been doing? Drying up alright since [[Why do our ships always break? | last]]? I’ve been adventuring big time since last! We went into that temple to save the living artefact and to find provisions and repair materials. It might be a bit rude to just take it from the Lizardmen, but a quest is a quest! After going in a bit we came to a large room with a fountain full of bones and two protective ground emplacements. The fountain looked like some sort of garbage pile but claw quickly exclaimed that it was evil. Some sort of bad thing bound to it making dark goop attack us and stopping us in our tracks. All the while two shaman lizards threw spells at us. Me and Brack quickly went in after them while Nerissa andClaw backed us up. It went fast and well. Claw was stuck in the goop the entire fight and Nerissa seemed to very angry at me for some reason, maybe its because I haven’t thanked her for the private room I got on the ship? Well I guess I have to think of something.

But on with the story. We went on deeper into the temple down a spiralling stairway into a huuuge cave. We could see the artefact far off on the other side of a deep chasm. There had been a suspension bridge connecting it but it was long since destroyed. Nerissa pointed out a plant nearby that she said would suck blood to grow. Brack then went up to it and started feeding it! Knowing how little blood my friends have I of course sliced the plant down immediately. He told me after that he wanted to use it to get over but I didn’t know that then. But after looking around It was clear to me that one of us had to do some jumping and climbing go get a rope across, and since Brack was now low on blood, I volunteered myself. I climbed up a nearby ledge with water running on it, looked like it was part of some sort of canal, and then jumped out to the lone stone platform linking the old bridge. I just barely made the jump. I grabbed on to the edge and crawled my way up. I swear if I had a cardiovascular system I would have gotten a hart attack. But I somehow managed and we where able to get across. As my friends made it across the ropes they all slipt and fell, if it wasn’t for Nerissas foresight in tying a rope around them they would all have fallen in. The part of the bridge that was intact was also treacherous. I made a barrelroll but somehow managed to cling to it. After getting across there was nothing in the way of us and the talking artefact, a dagger that turns itself invisible. It seemed most gracious of its rescue and happy about aiding Shadow in the future.

Getting out wasn’t any problem but outside the Temple there was a huge beast waiting for us. It looked like some sort of dragon but without wings and a much larger head and smaller arms. Really strange beast, but it attacked us almost immediately so there was no time for studying. Nerissa and Brack hit it hard and we could see it its balance failing. But as it was going down smaller reptiles came to help it, must have been its spawn. But as the mighty adventurers we are we bested them in combat and now have a large amount of fresh food for everyone. Well except me, I don’t eat.

Once we got back Nerissas crew had fixed the ship and we sailed away almost the instant we got back. And now we are on our way, finally, to Arcadia! And I got a room-mate! Some “Guy” we picked up on the island,, but we talk allot and he seems nice. I hope we finally get to Arcadia so my docent stops yelling at me, I swear I’m gonna kill someone if he keeps yelling at me an entire night again. Its bad enough during the day when I can distract myself from him, but during the night when I paint he just annoys the living essence out of me!

Captain’s log, by Nerissa, captain of "The Dragon's Star"

Captain’s log: Day 1 in “The island de la Draco”

We are finally back on track now. It’s about time. I hate being away from the sea to long and the incident back in port was already getting to me as it was. The Dragon’s star has been repaired and Titania informed me that we are slowly making it back on course. She also informed me that the island we had been on is called: The island de la Draco. I think we might have to rename it now however…

The cave I mentioned in my last entry seems to have been a temple, but I don’t know to whom. It had fairly nice paintings on the walls but in one of the rooms there was a lot less nice pile of bones. That room also contained two lizard guards and a strange dark thick liquid that would swarm you up to you waist and hold you there. We all got our fair share of that one, but Claw, whom refused to move away, was almost stuck the entire battle. He was acting a little too much like he was enjoying the feeling, and I can assure that it was not pleasant. Neither were the burning bursts of flames that came at me at one point. I thought it would burn away my eyebrows. Wouldn’t have made any difference though since I easily could replace them…

When we ventured forth into the deepest room of the cave we found a large chamber with two bridges over a black hole. One of them was torn down and the other side to far away to simply jump over. I spotted a Dew frond growing in the cave and told the rest it feeds on blood and the dragonborn, Brack, decided to check if I was speaking the truth. He cut himself and walked over to it. Of course it immediately grabbed on to him and started sucking his blood. Fortunately for him the Warforged cut it down.

Our only alternative to cross over to the other side of the first bridge was to climb a waterfall. The Warforged took on the mission to do this. He had to make a smaller jump to get to the platform in the middle of the room, and I must say that even though he’s more of a thing than a person I was really worried when he almost failed that jump…. I mean if he should perish… how will I then get my vengeance…?

Anyway, he tied the rope on the other side and threw the other end back to us where I secured it before crossing. That was the scariest thing I did today. I really should do something about my poor acrobatical talents… I actually feel into the darkness, but I had been forth seeing enough to have a safety line so I was okay. The other two followed my example to the point of even falling off the rope before crossing. Then we took on the second bridge that looked like it could fall any second, but fortunately it didn’t, although the warforged had a small trip when the bridge spun around for an entire turn with him still standing on it. Finally on the other side we found the trapped artifact, a speaking dagger. He… or rather “it” was very strange in its speech but I guess Shadow can make good use of it. I think I’ll stick to my great sword… At least I don’t have to worry about that bursting into song on occasions.

Outside the cave it had started to turn into dusk, and we were greeted by a loud roar. I immediately understood that this must be that dragon the dagger had claimed not to be present on the island, but to my surprise it didn’t really look like a dragon. Not anyone that I’ve ever seen before at least. It was walking upright and had these peculiarly small upper arms, and the head was bigger… it looked prehistoric and inbred. In any case we charged it. Brack, and I actually did very good against the beast but he was soon joined by a huge number of smaller sharp toothed carnivore lizards. We are roosting one of them tonight for dinner. Honestly though that big lizard was worthy to have the island named after him. It had awful, evil, yellow eyes that starred at you as if you would be very tasty. I for one really wouldn’t have enjoyed being trapped between its jaws.

The mysterious marooned seaman named Guy Floatwood has temporarily joined my crew. He paid 30 Gold to do so. I don’t trust him though and have told my crewmembers not to speak with him too much. I think he is up to something and I really don’t like the idea if his nemesis attacking my ship to get to him. I mean Guy claims that he has a deal with the demon that runs so that he can’t be killed by him. But I hear no insurance that the demon can’t kill the rest of us. If I could have left him on the island with a clean conscience I would have. But I can’t really just leave him there to die can I? I’ve put him in the brig for now as a companion for the warforged. At least it gives him some purpose I guess…

I have decided to bid farewell to my spirit companion. It simply was time. He came to me seven years ago as a guiding voice when I’d lost my adoptive father and gained the responsibility in leading a ship with a crew. Now however I think it’s time for me to trust in my own judgment and abilities more than in others. I guess I will miss it though. It’s been a comfort and big help but you have to grow up some time, don’t you?


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