Due to the extended period of time between our last session and this log, we will be hitting it up with a series of bullet points and flashbacks.
Desmond purchases a purple and green Pseudodragon for 100 gold pieces.
“A Hydra against the Serpent of the Sea? Preposterous really, I mean, can you imagine a hydra trying to survive in the ocean? Laughable!”“Well if I were to fight one or the other, I’d much rather go after a Hydra. Yeah, sure, they got a couple heads, and can eat you in one gulp, and don’t die easy, but at least you can get at them! I’d hate to try and fight the Serpent of the Sea…I did once, you know. One of the scariest things I’ve ever done!”
“Cloud Giant? Heh! It’d smash a hydra flat, if one of them actually existed!”
“I can’t say I ever found a hydra scale myself. Nasty things still, even if there’s only a few left.”
“If a cloud giant actually lived in this land, and if it ever deigned to step out of its mighty castle in the sky, and if it would ever find its way to the Serpent of the Sea? I’d put my money on the Serpent.”
“First off, last hydra I’ve heard of, well there’s the Great Hydra up in the swamp a few days north of here.”
“But that one’s a nasty beast. They say it’s got at least twice the number of heads as a normal hydra, can breathe fire like a dragon, and turns people to stone with just one glance!” He grins slyly, “That is, if you believe in all those sorts of rumors.”
“I can’t say I know much of a Coutl’s strength in combat…but it’s a magical beast of mystic proportions. They say once every thousand years, a Coutl descends from the Gods as a messenger, to guide and show those it deems worthy enough in the tasks of the Divines. I haven’t heard of one in at least three hundred years or so, though. Could be awhile before you saw another in this land. And Unicorns? Well, they’re just myths!”
“Elves? Well, you know how it goes. Not many people like us these days, hmm? But the HRG, they’re…a decent enough bunch. Usually. They don’t hate us, they don’t adore us, just…treat us like anyone else. But I’ll say this, at least they aren’t prone to trying to kill us if we make the slightest mistake, eh?”
“The kraken, what a name! I wouldn’t want to tangle with that thing ever, even if it truly were dead! By far, you’d have the most trouble trying to fight it. One of the Giant Flytraps, like you’d find in the jungle? Dangerous. Might sound harmless, no? But don’t turn your back around one, it’s got an appetite!”
“Greater water elemen…are you speaking of the one in Palming Lake?”
“Special? Who knows. It’s just been keeping the fishermen out of the waters for years, that’s all! Still, a nasty bit of arcana if I’ve ever met one. Not that I’ve met it, no.”
“A cyclops? A couple of them help the Dryads in the Everpine, I’ve heard. At least, that’s what the latest gossip says. Not too tough, though they’re tall brutes.”
“Protest? Well there’s hardly enough Elves around to form a caravan, much less to protest anything! They’re all holed up inside of Wellfall, living their lives in safety, and frustrating the Empire to no end!”
“Go with them? Like any of us had a choice! With the Vorn beating down a path to Wellfall, it was cut themselves off or die trying! They didn’t give any warning, really couldn’t.”
“Well, you’ve got The Collection in Newmark. That’s likely to have any number of things on display, if you can gain the social standing to get into it. Believe me, I tried for several months a few years ago, but he wouldn’t have it. “No, no Elves will set foot in my museum, not while I live, I tell you!” That’s what he said, I kid you not! The blighter!"
“Master Rissdil, of course. Only the most well-known of the Emperor’s advisers! If you’re not a strong proponent of the Emperor, good luck getting in.”
“It’s impossible if they know you’re an Elf, really. No Imperial really likes Elves, I’m sure you’ve noticed. But getting an invite? You’d have to be one of Master Rissdil’s friends, or else come with the recommendation of one of his acquaintances.”
“Who are some of his known acquaintances?”
“Most of the Imperial court, the Emperor, those in the upper echelons of proper society…the posh and rich, really.”
“Diamond mine, near here? No, though I imagine even if there were, it couldn’t increase the traffic here any more than there is now! No, the closest you could get to one of those is likely up north, in the Imperial Mines, in the desert.”
“Well, if you want to stay safe, keep wary of Orcs on the road. They say they’ve been attacking small bands of people sometimes, but it’s infrequent. Vorn hasn’t done anything about it, of course. Too busy sending their soldiers into the Everpine to get slaughtered over a bunch of trees”
from Enna: “The Black Pudding and the Water Elemental would probably be our easiest living targets, to answer your initial question. Still I want to try for the museum first.”
Talon is able to copy down into his Formulae book the recipe for ‘Vocal Alteration’
Desmond gains five gold from the stable boy, five gold three silver and nine copper pieces from kids.
It’s about mid-afternoon, by now most of the traffic having died down from the road, when you come across an overturned wagon and two dead passengers on the side of the road, blood pooled all around, the ground trampled underneath a multitude of feet, and a small trail of sticky red fluid headed through the grass off the road.
Clarified danger posed by needed creatures: 150XP
Communing with Desna about the wisdom of talking to the HRG Recruiter: 100XP
Completing facial piercings: 75XP
Talon put on a show: 75XP
Desmond steals from the stable boy and a group of children: 75XP
Knowledge of deadly cows: 50XP