Much has transpired since I last wrote. The overwhelming events of recent have set me on a path that is surely to lead me to my death, or to redemption. Destiny it seems has shown me where i am to go and who I am to be on this path with.
I feel I have left out quite a lot in my journal entries of late, so a quick summary might be in order. We left Carrion Hill in search of The Iron clad. We located them but once again Nathaniel Brommson and his magic has caused yet again more problems. He accidentally summoned a horror from beyond the veil. A black tentacled abomination that engulfed troglodyte and troll alike. Later that night, the Abomination reappeared and caused chaos and carnage to us and the Iron Clad. With a huge combined effort, we slew the monster. Returning to Carrion Hill with new allies, new direction, and an artifact from ancient Thyasia, we were finally onto something.
Our attentions would soon be shifted. As we approached the gates of Carrion Hill, The Bowmen and The Crows were in a stand off. Trask! Of all the Bowmen that could have showed up to cause problems, of course it would be Trask. My companions seem to understand my feeling towards this man in particular. I must not be very good at subtlety. Trask threatened, The crows stood firm, and we chose our side and knew a war was coming. We needed to pursue these leads we had. We also needed to keep up pressure on the bowmen and dwindle their numbers. None of that would happen because Trask had put a threat on Three Cedars and Hiroshima Sakai (Hershel) was very concerned. How are we going to make it to Three Cedars in a quick time? How are we going to beat Trask? Would he march all the way to Lochaid ?
The Iron Clad’s airship had to be repaired. It was the only way to accomplish what we needed, but were we capable of doing it? I knew Trask was going to have to be dealt with in a completely different way than anyone other opponent i have faced. I needed to train and i needed a counter to his combat style. I know i am not fast enough to beat him to a draw but hopefully i can catch him off guard and counter with a new style. Having both Black Ice and the Dark Sister, I could use them in tandem and have a fighting style that would surprise opponents. I needed to learn more on the artifacts from the old empire, the library was my next destination.
Apparently i was not the only one seeking knowledge. Not any surprise however, Sorscha was already in the library, peering through the same section of tomes i was guided to. Hopefully together, we could uncover more knowledge about our enemy and the area and help our cause. Although i am not as educated as others, as a knight and and elf i have the knowledge of ages and experience on my side. My companions might be able to see other information that i missed so i will bring what i have discovered back and inform them. Off to check in with Centurion Fisk and the Iron Clad and see if the airship can be repaired.
Much to my surprise, Nathaniel Brommson was already working on the Iron Clad ship and had the engine running. I was of no help to the mage but I could help with the physical labor in repairing the hull. After completion of the ship we all gathered at the Mucky Duck and discuss our next plan of action and where to go next. Hiroshima Sakai (Hershel) was very determined to go to Three Cedars and see if Trask was or had attacked the town as he threatened. My time in the library had unveiled more information on the Watchmen’s Keep and it was on the southern boarder of the lake. Both destinations would take us south of Carrion Hill so we decided to go to Three Cedars the fastest possibly way, by airship.
Never before have i seen anything as magnificent or dangerous as this vessel in the air. Surely this would change the game in which we played. The Bowmen would not have dealt with something of this scale before. Before we even could finish boarding the vessel, Soggy Pete was struck with a blade through his chest. Like a lightning strick, Sorscha was upon the man and dealing punishing blows with her fists. Caleb, Wulfgar, and I leapt from the skiff to engage the enemy. I pulled pete onto the skiff and drew my blades waiting for my opportunity. Sadly my companions are well versed in the art of killing, and before i could strike, Caleb and Wulgar had opened the man up, and Sorscha had dealt a blow so destructive it sunk the man deep into the roof of the building. Coughing and spitting blood, the Bowmen threw insults and empty threats. I had heard enough, and knocked the man unconscious, the Bowmen was too badly injured and my blow sent him into the eternal slumber.
As we flew through the clear night sky, the darkness was shattered by a blazing light on the horizon. Our fears had been realized and Three Cedars was burning. Trask was true to his threat and had attacked the town and set everything on fire. Quickly we all went into action and recovery. I drew Black Ice and leapt from the ship using Nathaniel’s ring to glide down to the base of the trees. Then i set to work extinguishing the fires. Searching for survivors as i went, my heart sank as body after body of our brothers and sisters laid dead on the ground. Eldars hung from the tree branches, warriors thrown from the balconies. It was a massacre.
Sorscha had come to me and said that the children were sent north to escape. with fear and worry in her eyes she left with Hiroshima Sakai (Hershel) and Nathaniel Brommson, I do not know what was to the north that she was desperately trying to get to the children before they encountered it. My job was to secure the town and provident the fires from spreading and consuming this area. I did what i was able to then set off after Caleb, Wulgar and the survivors that were headed for the Ruins of Lochaid. I had found a horse that was scared and left in the wreckage. Mounting the frightened beast i sped off to get in front of the group and look ahead to see what was before us.
Up the road, figures with torches blocked the path. The Bowmen were set to stop us from getting home and leave no survivors. I approached cautiously and the two men in the road stopped me and wanted to talk. They explained to me that they were from Vladimir Kroenen and had disposed of Trask’s men in order to talk with us. They told me of Trask’s plans and that he was to rendezvous with Aldric Hansen in the Cascade and would be at full strength in 5 days and he would come to crush us. I arranged a deal to meet with Meiko Sama in Polga the following day. Much to my disgust, I scarred one man to appear a battle took place and took the other as “prisoner” to arrange a way of communication between us and Kroenen.