Hello, my name is Ricven. I’ve been tasked by the leaders of Brevoy to go to the Stolen Lands and help a group of adventurers take back those lands from the monsters and bandits that live there, and establish a new kingdom. I guess to start with I should describe myself. I am a young human male, 5’8″ 170 lbs with blonde hair. I am a Ranger. I spent much time in the forests around my home learning how to live off the land. I’ve become very good at what I do..
I decided since this is the first time venturing away from my home I wanted to start a chronicle of my adventures. After traveling many days from my home I managed to come across the group I had been looking for at a local temple. It was dark when I arrived, so I do not know to which god the temple was dedicated. When I approached the camp I saw the bard on duty and hailed him as I approached.
It was a tense few moments when he saw me and did not know who I was. I produced my charter and was able to convince him that I was a friend and not a foe. I settled down with everyone else for the night and got some rest. It’s a good thing I did too, because the next day was going to be a long one.
Upon waking in the morning I made my introductions to all my new companions. We set out following the path of the river. Then we came across some loggers who seemed to be cutting down the trees in one of our areas. We also noticed that there was a fairy who seemed to be pretty angry with the loggers as they were cutting down her home. After some discussion with the loggers we were able to convince (intimidate) them into moving further up river and leaving the fairy’s home alone.
In retribution for the cutting down of the trees that the loggers had taken we took several kegs of beer from them and loaded the kegs onto our horses. The fairy seemed indifferent to the whole thing, but she also knows that she owes us a favor. We then pressed on.
Much later, towards evening time, we came across a band of gnomes who had gotten their wagon stuck in the water. The fighter in our group, and I, both waded out to help. Out of our group we are the best with animals, so it was the logical choice for us to head out. The gnomes were thankful for our help, and agreed to sup with us.
While talking to the gnomes, they mentioned that they had a map of some unexplored by us areas. We tried to trade for the map, but unfortunately, the price was too high for us to be able to afford a copy of their map. They even offered us a discounted price since we helped them get their wagon out of the water, and it was still too high. The rogue in the party excused himself to go relieve himself in the woods. What we didn’t know at the time is that he was going to try and steal the gnomes copy of the map. Unfortunately the gnome leader was not quite as inebriated as we thought he was, and he did spot our rogue. The rogue was able to bluff his way out of the situation though as he himself had quite a bit to drink that evening.
Once the party died down we went looking for our ultimate goal. We needed to kill the Stag Lord, supreme leader of the bandits in the area. There was a bounty on his head. My companions had previously met one of the bandit party leaders while they were out raiding honest people, and so knew what he looked like. The bard cast a spell on our cleric to make her look like the bandit leader we had met before.
- Stag Lord
After giving the wrong password at the gate to the bandit camp, we managed to convince the guards at the gate that we were bandits returning with the spoils of war for our leader the Stag Lord. The guards sent someone to wake up the Stag Lord himself and come see what we had brought him. The Stag Lord appeared drunk when he showed up at the gate. We gave him a taste of the beer that the loggers gave us. He enjoyed it so much he immediately insisted the kegs be taken back to his tent.
As the Stag Lord was turning away, our rogue tried to attack him. Noticing his attack I immediately pulled my shield off my back and got ready to attack. The Stag Lord tried to run, the guards seemed a bit confused as to what was going on, and the combat broke out. The first thing I did during the combat was bash the closest guard with my shield. The guard fell dead at my feet on my first hit. Another guard tried to run away after seeing the first go down, and as that guard was running I managed to bash her with my shield. She also fell dead at my feet. This continued to go on for what seemed like forever.
Once the dust had settled and the fight was over I had 5 guards bodies laying at my feet. I do offer many thanks to my cleric healer who healed me twice during this melee. While I was fighting the guards my companions managed to take down the Stag Lord and also the Owlbear that the bandits were keeping in a cage. (This owlbear explains why I had so many guards running past me trying to get away.)
We also met a Paladin who had reluctantly joined the bandits in an effort to survive. This is where I will end my tale for now. In the interim, please see my sketch of the Owlbear we faced.