Sand Dune Blues

Kel Taerok - 06/17/13

We were beaten and battered from the battle, but we could hear movement just north of us. Shayla scurried up the ridge to look. Three more of the plant creatures. I suggested moving on, but it wouldn’t do any good, the Ankheg would be seen. So we decided to lure them in.

They didn’t expect my reach. We cut them down. Ahead of us was a cart full of seeds and as we approached, two more of the plant creatures were grabbing seeds. They attempted to run away, but we slaughtered them as well. I gathered the seeds and brought them to our cart.

Zazo explained that we should not know the way to his home. There was a bit of arguing about it, but eventually Shayla was able to keep a small slit in her bag so she could see. Then we were off once more.

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Kel Taerok - 06/03/13

We saved the blue kobold, Zazo, and headed towards his home, lots of gear in tow. Hopefully we can make some gold selling it. However, this evening he informs us that we need to capture an Ankheg or we shouldn’t bother going.

Luckily enough, a couple hours later, one decides to try to ambush us. Shayla and I notice it before it surfaces. It doesn’t take us long to knock it unconscious. Its not often that I have used the shaft of my bardiche to render someone, or in this case something, unconscious. Once it was down, Zazo had me tie a harness using silk rope that Noah had with him. After that we all worked together to break its spirit. It had to know that it belonged to us. It took some time, but we were able to do it. And with that, we were headed east again.

The terrain got more rocky as we started to get into the foothills of the Kobold lands. This was expected. The plant people, however, were not. They jumped us before we could react, seemingly coming out of the rocks. I was able to drop the two that attacked me, but Shayla wasn’t as lucky. They moved quick and attacked hard. They had her on both sides. Zazo and Noah assisted her, but she still fell. I moved over to assist them and was able to put them to the ground as well.

Zazo destroyed what was left of the bodies and that is when Shayla heard something moving to the east.

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Kel Taerok - 04/15/13

Scorpions.

Everywhere we go there are more scorpions. They must thrive on passing nomads or those exiled from settlements. They spring out of the ground catching even trained warriors by surprise. We have fought many of them in the past week. This evening was no different.

We were running low on water so we headed for an oasis on the way to the Koblods. As we approached the oasis we were hailed by a nomad. He informed us the oasis had been overrun by dire rhea. We agreed to clear them out.

We were able to draw the birds away one at a time for the most part. One of the rhea stood out from the rest, its claws and beak we surrounded by flame. When we finally killed it the flame receded. We decided we would take its feathers as they may be worth something.

I spent some time gathering eggs and the meat from the rhea. The nomads thanked us and we had a feast. They gave me a token to let other nomads know that we are friends.

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Kel Taerok - 04/08/13

We awoke to large birds in the oasis. We moved quickly to dispatch them, however, one managed to escape. Gavin decided to stay behind while the rest of us headed north to meet back up with settlement group.

We met up with the Oracle to let everyone know about the water in the oasis. We discussed the map, but there was little information that the Oracle could give us. The closest thing we have for a lead is the dead kobold. We determined that if we are to figure out what happened that we need to speak with them.

The blacksmith was able to give us improved weapons and armor in thanks for our help returning the oasis. Additionally, he said that if we were able to recover some metal from the dwarves that he would make some armor from it for me. Once we have finished with the Kobolds we are going to head there.

And so we headed east.

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Map & Go

We were heading back to the village when we met them coming towards the oasis we unblocked. We continued back with them and explained what we found blocking the spring that fed the oasis.

The Oracle claimed to know nothing. Funny, I usually believe them. They have a gift, right? Wisdom to be respected? I’m not sure why the ranting of a crazed fanatic somehow sounded not only possible, but plausible.

So I guess I am going with Kel and Fitz to check on the originals of the kobold who passed trying to clear the oases. At least that obnoxious elf is gone. They aren’t so bad, seemed to react to obnoxious dude well. I may even take my headscarf off eventually.

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Kel Taerok - 04/01/13

We spent a bit of time looking for solutions. We already knew the answer. The plant was preventing the water from flowing. We attempted to cut away at the the vegetation and pierce the lining that held back the water, but it was for naught. I examined the walls to see if there was a way to we could dig around the blockade, but the stone was too thick and I had no tools.

It was then that Shayla noted the flasks contained a strong acid. We all moved back to the entrance, except Gavin, as he volunteered to use the acid to break apart the plant. I would have volunteered had he not done so, so quickly. The waters blasted him quickly towards the exit, and he was battered quite badly from the rush of water.

We spent the next few hours before sun up, beginning the long clean up process. We will not have time to finish it, but we also did not have time to reach the group before sunup. I found a necklace with a tiger face on it. It seems a simple decoration, but I have kept it for now.

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Shayla - No Like 4/1/13

I do not like that condescending elf jerk we picked up. I just know he is going to be trouble. He’s all the sort of people I left to get away from. Traditional Know-it-alls. And how did he know anyway, that’s a thick scarf on my head.

Pity he didn’t drown when the oasis surged back, but you can’t have everything. If he keeps suggesting how to do things ‘correctly’ it may be time for one of us to ‘move on.’

But at least the water is back. Maybe the Oracle will be extra grateful.

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Kel Taerok - 03/25/13

We arrived at the Oasis. It looks much different with everyone gone. We did some investigating and I heard a noise coming from down a tunnel where the water used to be. Inside we found an elf being attacked by some rats. We made quick work of them. We looked around and found that the cave system went deeper. We waited while the elf tended his wounds.

Deeper into the caves we were surprised by some scorpions. They were able to take down the elf, but we subdued them quickly afterwards. Fitzwith finally figure out where we had gone and decided to join us. After the elf tended the scout’s wounds, I made it a point to lead the group through the rest of the cave.

Not much further in and we encountered plant people. They attacked us with claws and short spears made of vines. They were, however, no match for us and were quickly dispatched. Upon further investigation we believe we found the source of the issue. It appears this plant matter is blocking the water from filling up the Oasis as it always has. While the scout and I examined the plant matter, Fitzwith’s wolf found a dead kobold. Among the kobold’s possessions there was a map, there must be a clue here.

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Kel Taerok - 03/18/13

After a few more hours of travel, we discovered the bandit’s camp. With no other viable option, we charged in. It didn’t take long for us to being cutting down the unskilled bandits. Their leader moved forward and left an opening for me. I put him on the ground.

As the leader fell, the last bandit through down his weapon and surrendered to us. It was at this moment that some lady slit the throat of the bandit leader.

After some brief introductions, I began loading up extra equipment onto the horses. While I did that we discussed what to do with the bandit. Given our few options, it was decided by the gnome that we would take him back with us to meet the Oracle.

We caught up with the settlement rather quickly. Once there the bandit was questioned by the oracle. It was discovered that the settlement’s water supply wasn’t the only one to dry up and that is why the bandits were attacking. We were then tasked with investigating the former oasis for any information regarding them drying up.

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Shayla - Of all the Luck 3/18/13

Figures. My father told me not to leave home on my own. What happens on my first excursion to find work as a scout? I get jumped by bandits. Robbed, and tied up outside their tent to die. Odd, I’m usually rather good at being unseen.

There I sat, sure I would be done in soon, when a large gentleman and a gnome on a small mount attacked the camp. At least they gave enough of a distraction that I could work the bonds loose. I grabbed my weapons and stabbed that jerk a few times.

I would have left the survivors out to die like they left me, but I suppose the information we gained when we brought him back to the Oracle was interesting. He seemed like he was telling the truth, at any rate.

So, we’re off to find out why the oasis are all drying up. Might as well. There won’t be any jobs guiding caravans if there isn’t any place for hundreds of miles around for them to go.

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