Escort Duty – Part 1

So, it was finally time to escort the noble named Aldern Foxglove home. In typical form, they received a notification late in the day that he intended to start the final trek home early the next morning. The characters ran about town as best they could to secure provisions for the journey. Those who did not have horses purchased them, and they met their employer in the morning along with the wagon driver Gherart, and two others they had seen around town but did not really know; Gyiurn Hars, a local ruffian and sell-sword and Haid Beerbelly, an outlandishly flamboyant Gnome bard with a penchant for pranks and the occasional dour mood swings. (OOC- I had made a comment she was known for her ‘biting wit’ but no one caught it later)

Not long after they left Dawnpoint for the trek along the coast north towards Sembia and the Brinethorn Marsh, their charge started to whine it was taking too long when they had to stop to tend one of the wagon horses. Aldern had decided he wanted to ride through a field of flowers rather than the road and the horse took a mis-step and injured its hoof. As they were back on the road an hour later, he was demanding they slow to soak in the sites, with the wild highlands to the west and the edges of the poisonous Brinethorn Marsh directly east. It was about this time they reached a curve in the road with a shaded copse of trees off to the left and a granite outcropping to the right. Startled birds launched into the sky from the stand of trees, and when they paused to investigate, slipping towards the treeline, Haid showed her true colors in that moment, knocking the driver from the wagon and quickly slitting the throat of the bodyguard Gyiurn. Haid let fall her disguise and revealed herself to be a serpentfolk sorceress just as a Manticore burst from the woodline to attack. Thorvalric the rogue left the beast to Ehlahadriel and Morga as he closed the gap on Haid, who was on top of the wagon hissing threats of revenge. They never found out if the attack was targeted at them, or their noble charge. Through furious battle, they were able to defeat first Haid with a series of timely strikes while avoiding her spells before focusing on the vicious Manticore attacking them with spikes and claws.

During the skirmish, the wagon went uncontrolled for a time before careening onto its side down a slight slope, tossing Aldern around more than a little and damaging his precious ‘carriage’. After righting the wagon they found poor Gherart crushed during the encounter. They agreed to bury the dead driver and bodyguard before continuing the sudden somber ride. The day had started to darken not only because of incidents happening, but the threat of weather changing was starting to begin. To be continued……

This is not one of my normal posts, but I wanted to recap what had happened the last month or so since my last update. There is more to tell, but that will come in parts two and three.

Quote of the week – “Can we gag him?”

Dawnpoint Map Update

As the ideas floating around in my whirlwind of a brain become more concrete, aspects of my source material are becoming finalized. Here is where I stand with my Dawnpoint redo. I was up very late yet again last night working on this map and I have hours to go. The roads/path areas still need work, and I really haven’t gotten to the foliage yet as I am still trying to master Jonathan Roberts’ tricks and tips. His blog is http://fantasticmaps.wordpress.com/ and the name says it all. He is one of the Cartographers I idolize and I have spent insanely frustrating hours trying to emulate him.

I really need to learn PhotoShop. Everything on this blog relating to maps is done with Paint.net or Dundjinni.

Irregardless (just for you Morga)… I present Dawnpoint.. sans foliage and with the town council still in hot debate over the color of their cobblestones and paths.

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Underway

Interrupted! The festival to officially consecrate and dedicate the new Dawnpoint Cathedral was interrupted by a large scale, coordinated attack by Goblins!

As citizens ran seeking safety, a few courageous members of the watch, the town sheriff , and an intrepid band of adventurers; who just happened to be in Dawnpoint awaiting departure for the final leg of their trek to escort none other than Aldern Foxclove to his stately manor far to the northeast, helped to save the town from serious destruction. Sadly four citizens did die as a result of the attack, but the body count of Goblins was over 120, including Chief VileTusk and his Whip wielding mate. In addition there were a number of horses killed and two stables and four homes in town are a complete loss. Tagris Vharti, one of the stables owners is quoted as saying “By the gods my next stable will be stone and steel!”

The visiting heroes have been identified as the mighty Volgen Warrioress Morga, a half-elf who gave his name only as “Thor to you“, and the beautiful follower of Erastil and purported gifted of Selune; Ehla.

Dawnpoint citizens owe much to these champions and news of a feast in their honor has begun to spread. Zhaleen L’Kos, owner of the popular Ash & Oak Inn will surely be involved as she has taken a liking to the newest adventurers to grace her inn.

Alders Machen – The Dawnpoint Pilot