It is night and this has been a long eventful day. I now continue this chronicle of my experiences and the occurrences at the town of Greenest involving the Cult of the Dragon. Events are unfolding rapidly, but sadly, there was no sign or mention of Talis. I continue to have hope. To summarize: The leaders of the town of Greenest, in particular the Dwarf Castellan Escorbert, are cowards and are more than willing to stand behind their walls and their gold and hope the cultist evil just goes away. They deserve whatever fate brings them. On the other hand, my companions in this quest have proved staunch and steady in this matter, fully realizing the gravity of this threat to the safety of all.
We agreed to rescue some villagers taken in the raid and as we readied ourselves to leave an Elf Monk approached us and asked us to add his leader to our list. Apparently this Monk leader is of some importance to the other Monks. To my surprise and disappointment, the Monk refused to accompany us, claiming he was too injured from the last night’s battle; this even after Tulchik offered to heal him. I have to admit I don’t understand the full extent of Tulchik’s powers, but clearly he is blessed. I saw him raise Jaehaerys from the dead, so healing a broken arm should be possible, maybe even easy for him. Even though I am half Elf myself, I am sometimes disappointed by the Fey peoples, I think he was just unwilling to further risk his own life.
We followed the trail of the cultists to the south, where I spotted a clearing with several cultists and a large number of kobolds camped. We surrounded them and made short work of the fight, taking one cultist and 3 Kobolds prisoner. After questioning, we killed the cultist and as I readied my sword to do the same to the Kobolds to my surprise Jaehaerys decided to befriend them. This proved much more successful than I would have imagined.
I next found the location of a group of cultists guarding a narrowing in the valley. While the rest of the party pretended to be cultists, I took up a position where I could attack unseen. I dropped one of the two cultist mages with one shot and one of the others quickly took down the other. The fight was short work after that.
Next we approached the main camp. I scouted it and found it was loosely guarded, but many cultists were entering. It appeared the information given us about open entry after a raid was true. There were also hunter/ranger types bringing game into the camp. I informed the others who then decided to again don the robes of the cult and enter the camp. As I refuse to soil my body with such, I took up a position of over-watch above the main camp.
What happened in the camp bears detail in telling. The dwarves were put on shit detail to empty the latrines, at which, being ex-military, they proved to be quite adept. I next learned that Theron has some kind of mind powers and can communicate across distance. This startled me at first, but it should prove to be very useful. Through him, I was able to keep apprised of their actions beyond what I could see, which was a lot. Most surprising was Jaehaerys went into the Kobold camp with his 3 and came out with 13 and then marched them right out the main gate. The guards were very lax as they didn’t even stop them. I then learned from Theron that the latrine detail had located the prisoners and were bringing them out where they would be turned over to the Duergar to sell as slaves. I moved to an agreed upon position of ambush.
We ambushed the Duergar. I took on the leader and quickly cut off the head of the snake, so to speak, dispatching him first with my bow and then my sword. Theron, Tulchik, and Dulgar attacked from one side and Jaehaerys and his Kobold ice cream infantry from the other. (It seems he promised them ice cream; I have never had it, ice cream is very rare, I grew up in a well to do home, so I doubt they have either, but it seems to motivate them.) It was a tough fight, as the Duergar were well trained, outnumbered us, and fought well before they died. Theron, Dulgar, and Jaehaerys all took some severe injuries but due to the presence of Tulchik were able to continue to fight. The ice cream infantry mostly melted away, but did tie up a few Duergar in the fight. After the battle I learned that we had freed the Human Monk leader as well as the villagers. I questioned the villagers and the Monk but none had seen or heard of Talis. I also found 2 magical items on the Duergar leader that Theron identified as magical armor and a magical hand ax. We decided to give these items to Jaehaerys and Dulgar. We also found a lot of gold and the Duergar generously provided us with 2 horse carts and 2 draft horses, which we will keep.
Upon our return to the village word was spread of our arrival and the town turned out. The villagers were shouting Jaehaerys, Jaehaerys, he is our savior! Build a statue to him! Sainthood for Jaehaerys! And more of such. He seemed to enjoy it.
The Dwarf Castellan came out full of himself, but we put him in his place, he hides behind his walls, enough said about him. The Monk’s name is Leosin Erlanthar and he told us he is a member of an order that opposes the Dragon Cult. He hired us to watch the Cult and report it’s movements and stirrings to both the town and him. He left us horses for that purpose. Both the town and the Monk gave us a lot of gold, generous of them. Gold seldom motivates me , but I will acknowledge it is better to have than not. As I write this we are resting and readying ourselves to move back toward the cultist camp at dawn. I am going to find one or two of the young maidens I met yesterday and bed down for the night. Enjoy today, who knows what tomorrow will bring. Some final thoughts about my companions before.
Jaehaerys seems to delight in marching his Kobolds around the camp and filling them with stories of his past exploits. The Kolbolds, for their part, follow him like dogs. They are useful to us for now, but they are noisy, thieving, and knifing trash by nature. I hope Jaehaerys remembers this, before we have cause to regret. To Jaehaerys’ credit, he is brave and fearless and I trust him to have my back in battle.
My fellow Half Elf Theron is starting to surprise me a bit with his ability to bend the winds of magic. He has been capable of some impressive displays of power when our party has be threatened. I will continue to watch over him and protect him, but this may quickly become a mutual benefit as his powers grow.
The two Dwarves seem to be steady and dependable folk, which is not unusual for Dwarves, but I also find I am beginning to trust them, which is unexpected. Dulgar more closely fits the mold of what one expects a Dwarf to be, good in battle, possibly a little slow of wit, and a lover of gold. Tulchik though is different, while he shares that love of gold all Dwarfs have, is much more religious in nature and seems to be motivated primarily by service to others.
As I finish writing for the day, a question of some possible importance has come to me, which I do not believe we have asked or heard the answer. How long has the Cult camp been outside Greenest? How long have the cowards of Greenest known and done nothing?
Answers tomorrow. Now to enjoy the night, I don’t need to sleep and the girls can after I leave.