Morning of mid-season harvest 4th, 1044 YK
Temple of the Stars, Dravlen, Eldor, Brandobia, Kalamar
We woke up to the smell of exotic tea. It was dreary and cold outside. We went down to the seedy pub by the docks for breakfast. We got our money (250gp) for the pirates. Cora got directions to the city from a guy in the pub. We were told to take this road East, take the left fork and follow until a “T” which is Hilden.
We rode along the rolling hills, seeing boulders and stone walls. Suddenly, from behind a rock, a large creature with antler-like mandibles jumped out. It was a giant stag beetle. Cora knew that they fly, poorly. They’re not very intelligent. Faust hit it with a magic missile. Brinn rode in and fought with it. Didymus charged in and nearly killed it, and in another moment it was dead.
Mid-season harvest 5th
Up ahead luhluh saw a recently used campsite with a left behind bag. It held a gear maintenance kit, a jar of leeches, and a local map.
We continued on and luhluh saw a meadow of purple flowers which Sir Didymus remembered is Blue Mallow and Hedge Mustard, both good for healing.
Mid-season harvest 6th
We came to a small town (smaller than Yelden). It’s been raining on and off, currently light sprinkling. The town has boring humans in boring clothes. The population is between 500 and 1000 people. We noticed a tavern, “The Grey Keg”, an inn “The Angry Hedgehog Taphouse”, a blacksmith, a leatherworker, two tailors, a cobbler, a ferrier, a carpenter, a mason, a general store, a market square with a well, a guard tower, and a magistrate. The locals seem to focus on service industry because of their location on the road.
We spoke to a guard, who told us we should talk to Krendon Thorbren who can be found at the church or the inn. We headed to the church first, “The Assembly of the Four Corners”. It’s a neutral church. They pray to the mother of the elements. This is the earth church, so they have the mole as a mascot. Their colors are brown and the vestments are durable. They gather atop the hill and worship outside.
We asked a “keeper” about Thorbren and he pointed us to a tall bearded guy, contemplating a tapestry. Thorbren took us to the blacksmith shop to discuss further.
Thorbren said they don’t have money to give us, and the magistrate doesn’t acknowledge the issue. The distressful weather has them importing food, so they’re poor. He’s been keeping track of rumors and complaints. Crops are bad/wilting/funny colors, people have fever/illness/vomiting/rash, strange dreams/visions, creek water is a foul color and the fish are dying, livestock missing, psychic travelers who roam at night and read minds, strange noises and sights in the woods, a witch or demon or evil spirit lives in the woods, possessed children, and grave robbings / undead walking. It began to rain. Luhluh did something that made it snow, but then it went back to rain.
We went to look at the fields. One of them looked wilted, which Luhluh thought was due to overwatering. Another field looked different, which seemed to be mold also because of the unstopping rains. Luhluh thought some drainage trenches would help. Sparkboom came up with some plans.
Next we went to the creek. The water was very high and fast, and a dark brown color. Sparkboom and Cora believed that soil erosion was causing this color. Sparkboom formed a plan to sandbag the shores to reduce the erosion. There were dead fish in the creek. Faust checked out a fish and decided that the extra sediment in the creek is killing them.
The rainfall they are experiencing was above average, but not unnatural. We saw a sick person next, a woman with a fever. We couldn’t figure out what was wrong with her, but we eased her pain a bit. She couldn’t tell us about anything strange that she did or ate before getting sick. After more discussion, Sparkboom and Luhluh thought that bread made from moldy grain may have caused this sickness.
We went along with Thorbren to the tavern for lunch. Cora heard of a family with skin rashes. Their three boys have it. Brinn learned about a child who is thought to be possessed because he goes off into the woods and takes stuff with him. He’s been very suspicious and he shirks chores at home. Luhluh overheard two sketchy characters talking about how their pickpocketing business is disturbed by people who seem to know they’ll be robbed before it happens. Tommy overheard Defrin complaining about goats going missing. His house is on the outskirts near the woods. Didymus overheard talking about strange dreams. Nothing really out of the ordinary, just weird dreams.
We organized two work parties, one to dig ditches and one to sandbag. Next we will go to check out the woods where the child has been going and the graves that have been disturbed and the Mineln family (kids with rashes) and Defrin (goats).
“I think whore-titties could make an acceptable breakfast” Erica
“Put on Will Smith. He’s a blacksmith.” Tommy
“Fuck you, book.” Kara