We awoke the next morning greeted by a beautiful day, well except for L1NGO, he somehow was left outside and froze from the cold. Unthawing him took some time but after a hour or so in front of the fire he was good to go. As we left the Grigg’s squatting cabin we were accompanied by five of them. The walk was pretty uneventful except for the raft filled of Grigg that floated by that were well armed. Jakk yelled after them and they barked back to be cautious of “Bad” Grigg and bears. I smirk knowing whatever had scared them wouldn’t be much of any danger that my traveling companions and I couldn’t deal with. By midafternoon we came upon a giant hole and I immediately know that this was caused by a tunnel collapse. This far out though, have the diggers really been able to reach this far out? Truly a disturbing though but we press forward on our way to Keod.
Before sunset we make our camp near a large fallen tree, this should give us enough protection from the elements. We all take turns on watch, Kal elects he and Dower do the first watch. Every time Kal does this I always know there is an ulterior motive there, probably so he can sleep longer. But it didn’t take much time before something went awry because soon after Kal and Dower’s watch began an alarm was sound. Oddly enough this noise was coming from inside Kal’s tent and by the time I entered I notice a sword sticking through the bed and Dower berating little Jak. He snuck into the tent again, big surprise there, and tried to open Dower’s pack which was alarmed, that actually was pretty surprising. I punish Jak by making him stay on watch with Kal which he seemed to enjoy. The kid needs discipline and I for one will not spoil this child.
It only felt like a moment I’d been asleep before I’m awake again, this time by Vohn. Annoyed I get up and climb up the large fallen tree and ask why I had been summoned. Vohn tells me there is a group of Grigg out in the distance but making their way towards us. I tell him not to worry until they get closer but I stay up anyway just as precaution. As I sit on the log watching out into the darkness, the wind whizzing by me. Odd, I thought, the wind picking up like this is small spurts. Then it dawns on me that arrows are being shot at me and in an instant I put my hand on Vohn and fall back to the ground bring him with me.
Upon hitting the ground I look up and notice a Grigg poke his head up over the tree and immediate blast it off his shoulders. As Vohn yells for our companions to come to our aid more and more of the little demons begin throwing themselves into our camp. Our campsite erupts into chaos as we clash with these murk infected Grigg, these must’ve been what those rafting Grigg warned us about. They used their numbers to confuse and overwhelm us, tripping and trying to tie us up but we kept fight. I rained down the furry of the Light of Lady Thyr herself on these monsters. Through everything that was going on I was able to notice Kal tussling with what appeared to be a Grigg Shaman, Drassic being tripped to the ground by a pair of cunning Grigg, Rance doing his best impersonation of whatever Grigg believe Death is, Jak transforming into his giant Beast and dining on our enemy and Vohn clutching his chest. After shooting a murk beast and his friend into his fire, Kal yells out and runs for Vohn. He seemed severally wounded as my eldest dragged his body through the battlefield; I provided cover fire doing my best to shoot the archers from the trees.
As the battle died down with Rance and Beast-Jak taking down the remainders of our enemies as they fled for their lives my attention on my youngest brother. The arrow seemed to hit close to his heart and deep. We didn’t have the means to heal him; things were looking bleak until Drassic stepped forward with his lute. He strummed and sang, I noticed my Thyr meter spiking, and slowly the arrow rose up and out of his chest. It was nothing short of amazing, a mere man being able to summon Thyr like that, I was impressed by Drassic. Maybe he was more than what he seemed but whatever he was I was grateful to have him with us. As everyone else attended to Vohn I walked out to clean up our camp and this is when I thought about the five Grigg that accompanied up, they didn’t make it through the battle. Beast-Jak was sitting near the fire chomping into his Grigg brethren so I began to set the corpses in a pile near him with the help of Mr. Hyko. Intermixed with the Grigg was a body of a Bird-Man that we had encountered before. It makes sense they would be here since the Grigg were infected. After cleaning up a bit more and Beast-Jak deciding to turn in for the night I checked on my brother once more before heading off to bed exhausted.
The next morning was another beautiful day and a truly blessed one seeing Vohn up and walking. After cleaning up the camp we hit the road once more though slower then I’d like since my brother was still wounded. Nearly the entire day we walked, Vohn was losing strength when we happened upon what seemed to be a farm. As we approached the door a woman greeted us with her Thundergrip and large Mastiff named Gilmore. We asked for her help and to use her barn for the night, she seemed hesitant but eventually agreed as long as we would do some chores around the property. No need to ask me twice, at this point I would do anything to sleep in a place with a roof. Her name was Iliesse and she was quite plain looking.
After putting our belongings in the barn we set to work on the chores, Rance and I begin chopping wood. Rance Hyko is a dangerously hilarious individual, that’s all that needs to be said about that man. As the sun sets Iliesse calls us for dinner which for me was a surprise but was most welcomed. I notice Kal approaching form the barn dressed in all white and laugh as I realize he was trying to portray the Winter Prince. As I walk into the house and wash my hands I notice that Drassic has shaved. Putting two and two together I smiled knowing it was going to be a dinner and a show. We were served a very simple meal of potato soup and fresh bread, it was delicious the first hot meal in ages. This is when Kal and Drassic began the tug of war for Ms. Iliesse. Words were rhymed, a battle of the hearts and pride were fought then a final card was played. Kal called for Dower to present Iliesse with a present, the rare Delving Blossom Wine. To be honest I was a bit angry with my elder brother bringing out such a treasure for a commoner like this woman but on the other hand it made me laugh knowing how desperate he was. As I sipped on my cup of Delving and Rance remarking how he’s never fucked her this was truly a great meal. Drassic left early defeated and after a while the rest of us left except for Kal who had a twinkle in his eye.
The next morning we went to the house for breakfast met by our brother standing shirtless on the porch the twinkle still lit in his eye. Drassic seemed to be in a sour mood. We conversed and ate, finally biding our goodbyes to Iliesse for being a most hospitable host. Our brother said goodbye to her privately and in short order we were back on the rode in better spirits. Well except for Drassic but that might’ve been from Kal rubbing his conquest in his face. The day was uneventful until we came to the Grib Township, a backwater hole of a town. The people, all though backwards and probably the product of incest were still nice and we spent our night at the Grinning Harpy Inn. Eep. Watching Dower trying to interact with the proprietor of this establishment was hilarious. Rance fit right in. My brother purchased some pipes from Walter who we met upon coming into the township. He seemed happy to sell his wares to us. Like I said, rather uneventful.
The next day after resting in our cramped small rooms we headed off to Keod and arrived there in no time. It’s been awhile since I’ve seen a town larger than Ciderton, it felt good. First order of business was to check into Keod’s branch of The Brotherhood since it’s been sometime since I’ve spoken to any of my superiors. Vohn begrudgingly followed even though I’m sure he wanted to find Kerra. As we made our way up to the fifth floor we ran into a familiar and deadly face, Vosir Dorian Khoors. Kal called after him and I tried to talk with him but his nobleman coldly cut us off. I don’t like that man, whoever he was. After a tense moment they moved on and we sent Jak to follow after stealthily.
Once on the fifth floor it was easy to find the office of The Brotherhood after talking to the secretary I was quicky sent to the Commissioner’s room. His name was Roland Rull, he was a very stern man like more in his position, imposing yet calm. We talked a bit and I gave him the short version of what has happened to me in these months since I’ve been away from The Brotherhood. He was very understanding even when I told him about using my Thyr glove for offensive capabilities. His only order was for me, once I had arrived at the Capitol, to get my orders and become an officer. Before I left I asked him to keep a look out for the parts we needed for the Thyr Generator in Ciderton, he told me he’d do his best. Also he was sending me a monk to help fix my glove, I told the Commissioner foolishly to have the monk meet me at the Umber Inn. I remember being so nervous about checking in but Commissioner Rull put me at ease and made me realize how much I missed my Brotherhood Activities.
After leaving the office we decided to grab a room at this Umber Inn. One quick look inside and a small talk with the desk girl had us quckly walking out, too rich for our blood. As the rest of the party went to go look for better and cheaper lodging I stayed behind to meet up with the Descended. He arrived in quick order and he was much more whimsical than any other I had met before. This monk had me follow him as he asked me strange prodding questions about The Light, the meaning of good, and a lot of existential thing. He told me a little about himself as we arrived at his workshop situated just under the light of Keod, above the airship hanger. He wanted to be promoted to work in the Capitol on the Emperors engine, this humanized him to me a bit. Then we got to work, he had me take off my glove and started tinkering. He imparted me wisdom on the mechanics of my glove, how to heal and keep my skin strong. It was odd how easily he disarmed me and made me feel at ease. I have a feeling Keod will be nothing less but interesting for my brothers and I.