March 1, 542
The King has issued a decree to explore the lands of Caer Twyn, to the north of Landinium. Rumors have it that the houses fighting for the throne are in a race to be the family that can open the temple of Erathas first. It is likely that there is some connection between these.
As a direct result of this decree a small group has been assembled and I, Xavian, have been appointed to ensure the good health and provide blessings for the adventuring party. The members of the group are all friends and acquaintances whom are not unfamiliar with working together, due to past interactions.
And so the journey begins. The first destination is set as Iscar’s Hold. The hold is a trading post and a foothold for Landinium in Caer Twyn. It would appear that the King desires to explore the surrounding lands to plan future development and expand his control. The journey to reach the hold is said to take eighteen days. Hopefully the trip will be uneventful.
March 18, 542
The group has arrived at Isca’a Hold. Upon arrival we were greeted by Iscar and his wife. When informed that we were sent to assist with exploration and upkeep of the hold, we were briefed on the current state of everything. It would seem that the areas surrounding the post have a severe problem with banditry. We were told that once a month the local bandits enforce a tax upon the hold to guarantee that it will not be raided.
Iscar began with tasking us with the job of dealing with some of the local bandits. He has asked us to bring proof of the demise of six bandits. He has also requested that we try to find his wife’s ring that was used to pay the tax a few months ago.
After a party discussion it was concluded that, since the following morning was the time that taxes would be collected, we should have a trap set up to take care of the bandits who show up to collect the tax. We now have a plan of action developed, and it is time to rest for the morning.
March 19, 542
On this morning we awaited the arrival of the bandits for tax collection. Upon the bandits entering the hold we launched an ambush that swiftly eradicated the threat. For the remainder of this day we all stayed around the hold to ensure that if any other bandits came looking for those missing, that they could also be dealt with. Luckily no other bandits arrived.
Around mid-day the hold was graced, if you can call it that, by the arrival of Sir Keston with three guards accompanying him. Given his past I am unsure how to feel about his character of person, but the added support of his blade to act as some added security to the fort will certainly not be unwelcome given the current bandit issues. It turns out that even one of his own guards has recently deserted to join the bandits of the area. He has asked that we bring Falgrim back in, preferably alive.
The remainder of the day passed uneventfully.
March 22, 542
Over the course of the past three days the adventuring party has explored roughly a 12 square mile area (this is what we will be breaking the land up into for exploration and mapping purposes on our journeys into the wilderness) of plains just to the east of the hold. The exploration was uneventful.
March 26, 542
For the past four days the party has been exploring the territories east of the previous exploration. This time around things were more colorful than previously encountered.
On March 23, the first day traveling into the area, we found out quickly that we needed to proceed with caution in the area. Soreon stepped into a bear trap, nearly severing leg completely. Luckily I was able to provide my aid and the blessings of Pelor to swiftly heal the wounded leg and get us back up and moving. It was after this and upon further inspection that we realized that the area is riddled with traps.
March 30, 542
During this three day window the party decided to turn things to the northwest so that we could begin a loop back toward the hold. This was mainly due to the fact that our supplies were beginning to run short. The territory covered in this time has only been more forest, and the exploration passed as uneventfully as it did in the first area we took a delve into.
April 1, 542
The past two days of exploring has been quite interesting. From the forest, we were heading back west toward the hold. The first day of exploration passed uneventfully, and we found nothing but plains. Today is when things got hairy. When we stumbled across a tattered cart path this morning we thought that it would be worth investigating. Upon further inspection we found that it leads to abandoned mine. This is when all chaos broke loose.
Outside the mine there was a large mass of heavy vegetation. When Kris stepped near it to investigate the broken sign that confirmed that we had found a mine, the large mass of vegetation animated and attempted to grab him. My immediate response was to attempt to deter the vegetation by clubbing it with my mace. This turned out to not be a good idea. The plant lashed out and hit me with a blow that had me teetering on the fine line between life and death.
I am still not feeling completely well at this point, and do not fully recall what happened after being stuck. I was informed that while attempting to drag me out of danger that Kris was also badly injured and we both had to be drug to safety by Soreon, following a swift reaction from Paikea who tossed an alchemical fire on the mass of vegetation. This managed to buy enough time for all of us to reach safety, where Kris and myself are now recovering.
April 2, 542
On this day our party made it back to the hold, having to cut the exploration of the area short to ensure that everyone recovered fully from out near death experience with whatever that mass of vegetation was. Upon arrival we met an interesting gentleman, Jhod, who is a priest of Corelon. He informed us that he is here in search of a temple/shrine to Corelon that he has been dreaming about. It has been asked that if we find this temple that we take him to it, but we have also been warned that the dreams indicate that the temple/shrine of interest is occupied by a benevolent spirit.
Prior to facing this task, I believe we are going to need to spend more time adjusting ourselves to the new lands we are surrounded by.
April 3, 542
On this day everyone has been working to catch up on various things. Soreon spent his time working on repairs for the catapults for the hold, which he has had his eyes set on ever since we arrived. He is very excited by the idea of having them fully functional at some point in the future. Kris, to my knowledge, spent the day catching up with Sir Keston, who we have been told is a relative to Kris. Paikea spent the day reading, and updating her log. It appears that, much like myself, she enjoys soaking up knowledge from books at any opportunity possible. And as for myself, I have spent much of the day updating the logs and maps for our adventuring record that has been requested by the King.
April 4, 542
Having restocked out supplies and recovering our strengths, on this day we set out to complete our exploration of the previous territory, and investigate the mine itself.
Upon returning to the cave there were no signs of the mass of vegetation being in the area still. Once certain that the creature was not around we further inspected the abandoned mine. In this investigation the party has discovered that the mine has multiple cave-ins blocking the access to much of the mine, so far as we could tell. Perhaps at some point in the future this mine can be repaired and utilized once again.
The day has passed quietly. It is now the evening and we have pitched camp for the night to prepare for more exploring tomorrow.