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On our way to Osturan, Take 2
Well, a lot of crap happened in the last six months. Right after my last journal entry, we ran into a whole heap of trouble - mainly, it was us getting raped by a basilisk. I don't really remember much besides walking along in the forest like usual, seeing something scaly, and then blacking out. The next thing I knew, I woke up with Aliaga standing in front of me, with the rest of our party being stone statues (The basilisk had stoned me first, apparently). Oh yeah, and Dimble was dead. Poor guy, and I was just getting to think he wasn't so bad. I have no idea what the hell happened to Paul either. I'm starting to wonder if this basilisk was some setup by Verine...

So, Aliaga had apparently spent a ton of our money on those spells to un-stonify us. I think it would have been a whole lot better if she had sold us as a collection of art to some rich dumbass and used THAT money to turn us back to normal. But, without her I would still be a piece of rock, so I can't complain.

After that escapade, Aliaga took Petra away and left us. (Which kind of sucks - Petra was a good meatshield, and now Verine doesn't have anyone to talk to but us guys... and everyone knows how women like to talk.) For some reason, Aliaga thought it'd be too dangerous to stick around with us. Pansy.

Oh, some good news is that we found Lidan back in town where we left him. He was still at that bar drinking away whatever money he had. I'm still shocked at the fact that we have an alcoholic paladin with us, but I guess he has to stay drunk to ignore the fact that he hangs out with a bunch of greedy bastards like us :P

Some time in the last 6 months (I don't really remember when) this guy who calls himself 'Lunari' started hanging out with us. Said something about being NoWhorey's nephew. I heard that he lit Doub on fire once when they were out together, so it looks like he might have caught the douchebag gene too... I guess we'll just have to hope he can overcome it.

A few days ago, Verine got a letter in the mail from her parents. They were asking for her help in protecting their hometown from a monster that was raiding it periodically. Her parents also invited all of us to come along, which was thoughtful of them. We headed out to Osturan pretty quickly after that, starting out our journey by offering to protect a traveling merchant who was going the same direction. (In reality, we were just going to use him as bait while we ran away from whatever attacked us, but fortunately it never came to that.)

We happened upon a village yesterday which claimed to have a 'Skulk' problem. I have no idea what the hell those are, but Doub was excited by the prospect of money (he WOULD kill anything for money). We headed into the inn for the night, and when everyone else went up to their rooms, I walked outside with Lidan. There, we were approached by a bard who calls himself 'Ken'. Crazy bards and their crazy names. Anyway, he said he wanted to protect the village from the skulk and thought that we were going hunting for it. I didn't think we had any plans to, but after he told me that he was good at distracting enemies (I love a good piece of bait) I said I'd talk to my party about it.

This morning, I gathered everyone up and we met Ken in the common room. He said he knew where the skulk lived, so we started to follow him north along a river. En route, we were attacked by three giant wasps, which almost literally scared the shit out of me. And I'm not ashamed to admit it, either. When you're a three-foot tall gnome and you see a wasp with a two-foot long stinger, you'd have to have brain damage to NOT immediately go hide behind somebody else. But, then I saw Ken get impaled by a stinger like a good distraction, and I used the opportunity to kill the attacking wasp. Lidan sliced up the other two (or maybe Verine shot one, I can't remember). Ken managed to stay alive, and Doub healed him up good as new. I think the fight went rather well!

So we continued on, and found ourselves in this cave. It looked like another orc or goblin den, with crappy furniture and crappy weapons all over the place. We thought it was the skulk's lair, so we cautiously looked around. Well, most of us cautiously looked around. Doub saw a treasure chest, called dibs, and ran up to it before thinking anything. He immediately got ambushed by two mountain lions and a half orc for his trouble.

Verine, being the witty one she is, saw the half-orc and yelled "SORRY YOUR MOM GOT RAPED". While our party started to think we were rubbing off on Verine too much, the half-orc didn't seem to care. I guess this wasn't new information for him? Lunari was the first to help out Doub, which was nice. Except that by helping he summoned a swarm of rats around Doub that started biting and clawing him, which wasn't nice. I ran up and stabbed the orc in the back before he even noticed I was there, but I was NOT going to jump into a pile of seething rodents to fight mountain lions off a twelve year old boy. That's just crazy. I tried to help by throwing my darts, but they didn't really do much... Verine and Lidan shot a few arrows into the mix, and Lunari watched his rats devour both mountain lion and boy. After the rats finally disappeared, both the mountain lions were dead and Doub had multiple lacerations, a disfigured face, rabies, and probably the plague too. Man, it's a good thing he has healing magic - there wasn't a scratch on him after a little of his praying to Thor. That little kid surprises me every day with how tough he is.

Per usual, we looted the corpse and searched for more treasure. The chest was locked, but I managed to get it open with my super thieving skills. Well, semi super thieving skills - there was a trap on the chest that released some caustic gas into the air. I only caught a whiff, but Lunari seemed to catch a whole lungful (I think he was coming up to push me out of the way - whether to steal the treasure or save me, I don't know... Well, actually, I'm pretty sure anyone can figure that out. Bastard.) In the chest there was some cool stuff, which we split up between us (except for Ken. I want to try and get him something sometime though, for being such a good distraction) There were some beds nearby, and we decided to stop for a rest. In the middle of Doub's watch, I woke up to him screaming and running into Lidan's room like, well, a twelve year old boy. Apparently, that half orc had 3 more brothers and a very-rape mom who lived here too. They were a little bit pissed that we killed their brother. But, Doub managed to cast a hold person spell on them, and we took the opportunity to tie them all up. They started bitching at us about some crap or their dead brother or how terrible we are or something, and they haven't shut up yet. We already told them that their douchebag brother siced his mountain lions on Doub without any warning, but they still are yelling and screaming on and on and on. I got so pissed a few minutes ago that I ripped up their dead brother's underwear and tried to stuff it down the very-raped mom's throat, but Lidan wouldn't let me :( He's such a goody-goody sometimes. But it's getting late, and I'm pissed because those bastards won't shut up and let us sleep...GRrrraaaaHHHHAArrrrrIHATETHEMTHEY'RESOANNOYING. If only Lidan would let us kill them!
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What was that thing?
The group continued their adventure though the rest of the dungeon. They managed to fell 3 gnolls, a doppelganger portraying a huge orc who was the leader of the cave, who had 2 goblins protecting him, and then 2 orcs charged in during the fight. Afterwards they found 3 stirges sucking the blood out of a dead orc and let it be. They then found 6 goblin archers and Novori's dead body. After felling them and healing up a bit the group continued on, finding the shortcut the dwarven head told them about and hid Novori. They continued on to find 6 more orcs, and then ran into the stirges again. The stirges put up a tough fight, as 1 latched onto Doub and Petra Darkeyes. Petra managed to slay hers though, and the one on Doub knocked Doub out. The group had to carry Doub back to town to rest and heal up. The next day they returned to return Novori and place him back in his freshly dug grave. They did manage to return with some great loot though!
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Where did Verine and Burdock go?
Well without Verine and Burdock tonight, they ended up just helping Kuther and Dimble with their normal duties. They shall be compensated by the Corporal and even gain some experience.

The others however were told about another massive cave that was out there. Apparently noone from the Keep had dared to enter yet so they did. They were immediately met by a pit trap that both Lidan and Petra Darkeyes fell into. After that they had company. A couple of Orc archers stood in wait for them as they entered. They managed to slay through them, and continue on into the cave. Eventually they met a stone dwarven head. He told them that he built this cave about 1000 years ago, but it had been run over by goblins and orcs by now. He did build some secret rooms, and wasn't sure if they had ever found them. Later after killing a few more orcs and goblins the party (minus Novori... will tell later) found one of these secret rooms and actually found quite a bit of stuff, that had obviously been untampered with.

Novori however, had fled one fight early and ran away from the rest of the group. He had been lucky as to not find any other goblins or orcs for awhile, but eventually he ran straight into a room with 6 goblins who all shot at him with their crossbows. They managed to kill Novori without anyone else even knowing where he went...
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Raiders, Spiders and an Owlbear?
Last we saw our party they somehow managed to accomplish a great number of things. First they set off to sell some of their loot. They managed to get enough to resurrect Novori, and for Doub and Burdock to train for their new level. After this Aliaga Darkeyes' sister Petra Darkeyes showed up to help the group. Novori's demand for joining was that she bring him a battle chicken, which she soon did.

After they had gotten their newest member the party set off to the lizard camp to find it had been completely abandoned. Next they decided to check out the raiders they had heard about. They tried to do so peacefully, but as soon as they started to approach both their archers let loose their arrows and attacked. Quick on their feet, Novori and Aliaga Darkeyes cast an entangle and sleep spell, quickly wasting the front lines. After about 10 minutes, the group had managed to fell the entire group of raiders.

After a bit of rest, and a confrontation with the evil priest (which really led them nowhere) they traveled into the spider lair. Not much was to be found except for a few dead bodies, and 2 very large black widows. Somehow Burdock found out how to be useful and felled both of them with his darts.

The party soon found themselves in a state to where only the caves have yet to be left, so they set off. They quickly decided on a cave and found this one had actually been formed naturally. Verine spotted a goblet in the pool in one room, but upon running for it, some goos attacked her. The party managed to keep her from dying, but left her there in the care of the battlechicken. They then went to the next room to find the rest of the cave smelled absolutely awful. After looking around for a bit they had disturbed an Owlbear who dwelled there and they quickly disposed of him.

The group is left camping in the cave that Aliaga Darkeyes managed to get rid of the spell by using her unseen servant to clean it up. Now the group must decide what to do next.
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What has happened so far...
At first Lidan (Human Paladin), Aliaga Darkeyes (Human Magic-user), Novori (Half-Elf Druid), and Doub (Human Cleric of Thor) were traveling to the Keep to find out what happened to Doub's father, Poobpelch. Once arriving they met the Corporal, and were quickly asked if they could help serve the Keep as they have been under threat by the surrounding caves and camps of animals/people for quite awhile. Everyone in the Keep had been too busy lately to tell anything about Poobpelch.

After trying to get some answers and the tavern unsuccessfully, the group set out to face the Hermit. They soon arrived and were met by the mountain lion in his tree. The mountain lion was a fierce opponent, and they were certainly injured, but with the help of Novori's entanglement they were able to slay the beat. Wounded they went back to the Keep to rest up. On their return they met with the Hermit who seemed nice enough. With the help of Doub's command spell they got him to tell the truth about his past... at least for awhile. Soon enough their questions had gone on too long, and infuriated he managed to backstab Novori in the back and nearly kill him. The group was quick to heal Novori and run him out of there to rest.

After this first encounter, they party felt maybe the caves would be best. They entered the first cave they saw. Soon enough Lidan had fell into a trap, and the rest of the group was rushing to his aid, not realizing that a bunch of kobolds and rats had crept up on them. After the battle ensued, and they healed up they ventured on through the cave. They manage to destroy the Kobold leader and leave the women and children in peace.

The group had now met some new friends before leaving too. Burdock, a gnome thief, Dimble Nackle, a thief/illusionist, and Kuther, a dwarf fighter joined the group. Later they would return to the cave, this time met by a group of Orcs. Once they made it into the living/dining area they were met by large groups of orcs on both sides. Kuther bravely rushed one end, while Dimble had duck into a corner to conceal himself. As the fighting ensued, everyone in the group suddenly saw Dimble cast an illusion of fire, lighting 6 orcs on fire, and then saw Dimble creep up on the on after Aliaga Darkeyes and taking him out with a back stab. Eventually the group defeated the orcs and decided to rest for the night. During the night one of the Orc women wandered about their camp. Doub quickly lied and said that they came to help the orcs defend against 'cave spiders'. Luckily she wasn't very intelligent and Doub was very charismatic and she believed him. They offered her dinner (her cooked husband) and she left. The group would set out the next day and remove their leader. After looting everything from the room, and a bunch of equipment, the group would remove one leg from ever chair/table/bed in the cave.

On their return to the camp the Corporal would be extremely pleased with the group. While resting up, Doub spent his days praying at the temple to Thor, and eventually the Keep's cleric let him know that he didn't trust the priest that rolled into town recently too much. Doub let his friends know and they went to investigate. The priest wasn't home and they couldn't get in the door. Eventually they sent in Burdock through the chimney. Shenanigans ensued as he removed legs from things, and then to cover their tracks, Novori let his animal friend, a beaver, down into the house.

Now the party had met their newest friend Verine, a half elf Ranger. They were soon let known of a murder in the small village of Melford. The Corporal asked to have Dimble and Kuther back into his forces for use of some horses. The party set out to Melford and started to investigate. The parties investigation strategies were flawed, and really just ended up flirting with people. Eventually someone tried to mug Doub, and in self defense he accidentally killed them. Sadly no-one in town saw the mugging, just saw him kill the mugger, so the group quickly returned to the Keep. They would then set out to try and kill the Hermit again. They made it safely to his tree/house and once again he was quite friendly. Once Novori showed his face, he was once again enraged and took Novori down in one shot yet again. With the druid out, Doub thought it was his chance and set the tree on fire. The party tried to escape but so did the Hermit, and easily took out Burdock too but Verine and Lidan easily managed to take him out.

After resting in the partially charred tree/house, the party would venture to the Lizard men they were told about. They managed to fell 6 of them pretty easily thanks to Novori's entanglement (and Verines/Lidan's archer), but Novori also managed to hit and knock out Burdock. After returning to town to let Burdock come out of his coma they returned to the cave and searched a bit more thoroughly. They would soon encounter the head lizardmen and a few woman. After he took out Novori, the party managed to fell them. Upon searching they found a few vials of liquid, and in a desperate attempt to save Novori they gave him one. Sadly immediately as they forcefully gave him the liquid, he died, and soon his battle-cat (the test subject) fell too. The party had faced their first death.

What will they do now?
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