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Rescue from the Pumpkin People
I took the last watch with the druid Lyrian last night, but somehow I missed both Lyrian and Galvin the magic user being taken from camp! I am very disappointed in myself and I'm sure that St. Cuthbert will justly punish me at some point for my failure to be more vigilant. When everyone awoke and we realized the disappearances, we followed the trail that their captors left and were drawn deeper and deeper into these dark woods.

We heard drums and rhythmic chanting and came upon a small village. Sneaking up, we were able to see the most mysterious people with apparent pumpkins for heads and glowing orange eyes. They seemed to be preparing for some kind of ritual, setting up a stage in the center of a group of huts.

Our stealthy thief was able to sneak up close enough to get a good look and we saw a much larger hut in the rear of the village and I surmised that if they were preparing our party members for a sacrifice, they would probably be in that apparent place of power. We snuck around the village, hiding in the depths of the woods and arrived behind the big hut. Looking through the thatch, we saw our compatriots tied up, lying on the ground at the feet of someone sitting on a throne. At the front door were two guards.

Considering we'd seen over two dozen of these pumpkin-headed people, I thought a frontal assault would not be an option, so we sent the thief around to the front of the village to set a hut on fire. As it caught fire, sure enough it brought most people in the village leaving the leader and one guard standing over our friends.

We burst through the side of the hut and began battle with these creatures. As my friends took arms, I dragged the unconscious Lyrian and Galvin back into the woods and returned to take up the fight. Unfortunately, things didn't go smoothly as each major blow to the leader, the wound spewed out a viscous liquid that paralyzed all it hit. While we successfully killed the leader, his guard tried to run for help, but through St. Cuthbert's power, I was able to command him to stop, giving me time to tie him up and drag him away with our many frozen members before reinforcements returned.

With the angry pumpkin people cutting off our return to our original path, we went further into the dark forest. Unfortunately, a couple of sentries found us in our hiding place and we had battle again. We killed them, but are still in a dire situation. We are lost in these evil woods, hunted by the angry villagers with many of our party injured and unable to fight.

The one bright spot, I was able to get the Book of Sorrows away from Galvin. I didn't trust his will power to resist that tome of evil. Now I pray St. Cuthbert grant us protection at least long enough to destroy this book.
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The Woods Are Lovely Dark and Deep
We have finally seen Telnok punished and started our journey to see the Book of Sorrows destroyed. I fear it is even more insidious than I ever suspected based on how it calls out to Galvin. If it can seduce even as good a man as he, then St. Cuthbert help us because I am sure we will need His aid before we are done with this tome of evil.

To aid us on our journey, we have gained two half elf guides, Myron and Lyrian. I am not sure they are any more stable than Trask, to be frank, but at least the druid certainly knows this forest. His quick thinking managed to save us from a giant spider today. We are camping the night in this dark, green maze of trees, and I'm very uneasy about it. To add to our stress, Galvin's fear of spiders has him greatly unmanned, may Saint Cuthbert forgive him. I'll have to keep an extra close eye on him. With this extra stress who knows how much we can trust him with that fiendish book.

By St. Cuthbert's mace,

Corbin Graves
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Justice Prevails but the Battle Is Far from Won
We woke up after the battle with Telnok over the Book of Sorrows only to find Belnor, the cleric of Thor, was gone. We searched for him, but apparently he never came into the safe room with us. We can only hope that Thor will look out for his faithful servant and I pray that St. Cuthbert also look out for him because he proved to be a mighty hammer indeed against the evil of this place.

I was able to heal our wounded party members in the morning thanks to the Saint's grace and we went back to town to return the book to its protector. After meeting him, I had little faith in this mad fool's ability to take care of himself, much less the book, but Galvin swore that Silverwind had chosen its guardian wisely.

However, when the mad mage finally arrived at his hiding place for the book, he was attacked from a dark corner by Telnok. Apparently in our mad dash to care for our fallen, we failed to make sure that he was dead. However, with St. Cuthbert's aid, we were able to see past the illusions of minions he had surrounded himself with and were able to capture him. Despite everyone's desire to kill this man for all the evil he had done, I was able to talk them into trussing him up and allowing the proper legal authorities handle the villain.

While there was evidence that the town was already recovering from the evil taint of Telnok and his use of the book, with his last dying breath the guardian warned us that we must destroy the book and were only able to do it at a specific place. I have vowed to help put a stop to this source of evil no matter where that journey takes us.

Possibly in reward for the dedication I have shown in this fight, I can feel St. Cuthbert's blessing on me. I can't describe it to a nonbeliever, but I can feel my body is stronger and I know that tomorrow I will be able to call upon the Saint for even more divine aid. Now, onward to the end of the Book of Sorrows.
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