It’s been a while, hasn’t it. I can’t remember now what the last thing we talked about, but I do recall having to go to Celeria and meeting a dead-end of a father who doesn’t mean much to me. I also recall looking into a certain dish of stuff that I’ve just now named the Wishing Well—though it was certainly _not_a wishing well. It was apparently a possibility of futures to come.
Almahen is in my future. Well. Our future, if we keep up this path that we’ve stumbled across. That we’re keeping to, I assume. That I think we keep realigning ourselves with, and I don’t think there’s any way to avoid it now. I haven’t really told anyone else this, just because sometimes I feel like even though there are a great many things I would do for this group of people—these Black Foxes, sometimes (most of the time), they don’t seem like the sort to really think with their minds. To really think at all. Dragons, killing shots, traitors. Yea, we have it all going for us.
After Celeria and my disappointing father dearest, we returned to Fort Dax and met with a pile of letters requesting aid. I have to say, it was a little overwhelming, and encountered a sealed and stamped letter asking us to go to the aid of the empress in Hamil. I don’t think I like being summoned, by the way, but we went, ran into some interesting political ties, my paranoia shot up about twenty degrees. I will tell you that it was enough to want to kill someone but I had the voice of reason literally stopping me in the form of Belfran. Hamil’s empress was requesting our aid because she was expecting an assassination attempt, and while researching whatever information we could find on this threat, Yoon and I ended up in a tavern that helped us with certain resources. [written in thieves’ cant] Certain resources meaning a certaind ark coin and Yoon having a tie to them. It was interesting, connecting those two pieces. [end thieves’ cant]
Our information led us to a servants’ uniform being smuggled into the palace and we had Belfran tag it. It led us to a certain older gentleman (he was not a gentleman) wearing the tagged uniform and sneaking around where he shouldn’t be. Paranoia wanted me to slice the guy’s throat open, as I mentioned. Belfran stopped me. If I remember correctly, I may have taken out his eye, but I also might just be letting certain violent fantasies get carried away. I have no regrets, considering that as Belfran insisted on taking this man somewhere to be questioned, we got to this grand ballroom/hallway and the guy conjured up a fucking marilith. Cue discovering Yoon also has some really fascinating magic flashing from her fingertips. I’m pretty sure I can tie together where it’s sourced from, though I’m missing some pieces of that story. It’s not really my business, though I wish she would just tell me.
At any rate, that surprise, combined with Mosi’s new werebear powers, managed to carry us through the assassination attempt. That and Belfran watching out for the empress (who, by the way, owes me money and I fully intend on sending her a letter about the expenses we accrued while trying to keep her safe), and so the empress’ life was saved, and we went back to Fort Dax. Mostly unscathed.
At Fort Dax, though, we had another situation to take care of. Several of the people who stay with us at the fort had gone to take care of a request from a farmer about missing livestock. They were a little shaken up and so those of us who had gone to Hamil ended up trying to figure out what was happening. We also dragged Sanders with us because Yoon seemed to like him and who am I to deny a budding friendship? It gave me a chance to get to know him a little as well, even though when it came down to it, we had to make sure that the thing taking the livestock didn’t eat him, too.
Yoon took care of that, and I can at least say that I knew she would be able to watch out for him even if she did want him to come along.
The thing taking livestock was a roc. A massive-ass bird. It ended up trying to carry Farin away and we tracked it far enough until realizing that Farin had gotten herself free. And then we continued to track it back to its nest and discovered two.
I’m not going to lie, it was kind of fun taking care of them. I missed these sorts of adventures.
Yoon went into the rocs’ nest after we managed to take care of the two of them and found some things. We even found a signet ring and I think we might try to get it back to some relatives of the man’s, just so that they know what happened to him.
Also, a lot of roc meat. And talons and feathers.
When we got back to the fort after this, we decided to start heading south. There have been some reports coming up from the south, and it’s also where Fulgen last was. I’m still annoyed with him, but I would have thought he’d gotten a hold of us by now, just to let us know what’s going on. Alternatively, there have also been reports from the north, which is where we’ve been seeing monsters that we shouldn’t be seeing (like rocs), but I think there were also reports that Almahen might be up there that deterred us from going north and vote instead to go south. I’m a little worried about not hearing from Fulgen, though. That’s still ok, right, despite the annoyance?
Anyway. We decided to go south and got Sanders and Yaavys to come with us and the former is now dead. Hence, the traitor. Yaavys, on the other hand, had interesting things going on with her journal. [written in Elvish] There was an awkward picture int here of me with Qelroth, let’s just leave it at that. [end Elvish] To make things short, I had to mediate and get her journal back because Farin decided to swipe it. Journals are personal. It’s not anyone’s business.
Oh, Sanders? Should I elaborate on that? Let’s just say that where Yoon wanted harass him, I know that she meant it in a way that just wanted to connect. Everyone’s been kind of weird to her lately, and it’s pissing me off, and Yoon getting to know Sanders also let me get to know him a little, so his being with us on missions let us keep an eye on him as well as chat with him. I don’t know what it was that made him betray us, and while said betrayal made me see red and want to kill him, I do know that I wouldn’t have once we caught him. I also know that Yoon wouldn’t have, but Farin, who seems more impulsive than most of us combined, probably didn’t think that far through.
When we got to White…something (I think? I’m still a little wired from the actual events), we got to our inn and Sanders disappeared into his room and Yoon and I went to check on him and heard voices coming from the other side. The door was blocked, so we tried to force our way in right as he opened the door to us after trying to ward off some time. We cornered him because something felt wrong, and then he used some sort of magic to disappear.
I went through his things and Yoon filled in our party members that were still down at the bar. We managed to gather up Oak and Farin and tried tracking Sanders, but found instead a zombie (what the fuck? HE COULD MAKE ZOMBIES THE WHOLE TIME?) and also ran into a goliath with a very broken leg. In the time it took us to decide to go back to the inn with her, we realized that with Sanders’ betrayal, something very bad might have been happening back at Fort Dax and Oak volunteered to go back. I won’t ever tell him how worried I was about him going by himself—it would have been like sending Yoon by herself, but I knew he could take care of himself. Yoon could have too, but that’s beside that point. The point is, he went by himself, and said he would send back information on what was going on there.
We didn’t hear anything until the next morning, and int hat time, we ran into a group of very large men who Yoon tried to get information from concerning Sanders. [written in thieves cant] It involved her coin. I’m a fan of not letting anyone else know about that. [/end thieves cant] and they told us they couldn’t help once we name dropped.
Yea. Paranoia more.
This is getting very long. Basically, following this, we saw that the large men were trying to sneak out with a smaller one in their midst, and when Farin got the killing shot, they dispersed. This was all Almahen’s doing, and even while wrapping up Sanders’ body and sending it back to Fort Dax via a teleportation spell, I wanted to know why Sanders turned on us. I want to know now why Almahen is so invested in us, even though I do now why.
I know I have trust issues, but this may have put me over the edge. I don’t think I’m going to have any shining moments anytime soon, though I do think that a certain protective side might also make an appearance.
I just want to know why.
…I think I already do, though. I have a feeling. I’ve been an outcast, too. I’ve been part of different groups of outcasts, and I can recognize in them what I know in myself. It also brings up the way our party interacts with each other. I think some changes need to be made. I suppose I’ll just have to see how this plays out. If I’m the supposed fearless leader, I guess it’s up to me to start up both of these things. The interaction and the changing.
Nobody sells me out. Nobody sells Yoon out, especially when she’s putting her ass on the line to make connection—even if it’s weird, the thought of Yoon and Sanders. It was still a connection. Nobody sells us out.
PS Mosi says the empress back in Hamil had a thing for me. I guess she was nice to look at, but…what in the actual fuck?