12th of Froar:
Gleipnir tells me as a side-note while we head over to the skull that the Children of Korsh are the dwarves of Sarek, we then surmise the location of the poacher to be about a days walk north of the Eyrie. A problem I have been looking for an answer to for so long, kept by my teacher, unbeknownst to me.
As we enter Sarek, there is a moderate blizzard going on.
Bodi having gone this way before is confident in his skills in finding our way to the caves in the east. We have no trubles, and set camp in a crevace, the night passes in silence.
13th of Froar
We head towards the coast.
As we get close we all fall into a pit-trap except Grin. It takes some time, but we manage to get out again with some help from Grin and ropes.
The biggest challenge was Brian the Wilder, but we took our time and succeded.
Bull-like animal, more reminiciant of a mammoth with serrated tusks, small horns and a bull face instead of a trunk and ears. it also has 3 rows of sharp as hell teeth. Sarekians call these "Wilders", the one Bodi owns however is certainly a juvenile, because the stories tells of these things growing as large as the trees of the Northwood.
We arrive in the cave and go to the southeast to find the seeker, Gleipnir, Bodi, Brian and I took a psychic blast to the face from the seeker. While we were dazed, Grin fought 5 Draugr to a standstill and Andreth blasted the seeker down. As we came back to our senses Gleipnir healed Bodi who had taken the brunt of the psychic damage, and I unleashed a beam of lightning onto the Draugr, mostly killing them. We easily finished of the last 2 with a bit of hacking and slashing. we were victirious in a fashion. Both Gleipnir and I prayed to our gods (Muradin and Vondal) for healing and it was given.
Our path next led us past the whirlpool and into the Serpents lair, where we find a giant serpent of Sandstone. It sprayed us with a poisonus breath beam, and layed Bodi out cold, as Grin jumped atop its head and started wailing on it with Bluesteel and Balanus. Meanwhile Gleipnir and I summoned our ancestrial Guardians, his being noble Dwarves from times forgotten, in gleaming mail weilding warhammers and battle axes, as for my ancestors, this is my first time seeing them, they were mighty Sarekians, 7 feet tall, in armor of a make I have never seen, weilding axes and swords, looking fierce, more akin to Gods, not men.
Brian, for his part left Bodi's butt behind as he rushed in and gored the serpent in the face, and Andreth finished it of with a blast of his eldritch magics.
Seeking through the lair we find 12 eggs, 9 of which we take to the shrine of Lir, the 3 remaining ones we smash against the rocks. I heal Bodi and the others and we take a short rest at the shrine.
14th of Froar
We headed back into the serpents lair.
We found 3 Obsidian pearls and 1 slightly larger black orb in the mouth of the serpent, and walked on deeper into the lair. It seemed empty and deserted now that the snake was dead, but we suspected there might be a mate and we ventured towards the water following the trail of the snake, it was significantly larger than the 1 we fought. we would not be surprised if the snake dug out the river stream in the cave.
We tried to head outside but it was hailing fist sized blocks of ice, Hroth was having a laugh with Vondal apparantly.
We stayed at the shrine for the dead god Lir for the entire day.
15th of Froar
hail had stopped, but it was snowing still.
We headed outside onto the Ice and straight north. After 10 miles we spotted land to the North-East. Gleipnir used the "Orb of the past", that we got the last time we visited the cave. it gave him the distinct feeling to head north-east. After getting onto land I stowed away all symbols of Vondal and we got ready to seek Allodheim.
Bodi showed us the ruins of a old derelict village a few 100 feet from the shore. Surely a old fishing village. We headed there to stay the night, as we had walked our fill for the day.
As we got there we find it abandoned and ruined, as we thought. We found a stone house that was mostly intact and we decided to stay there.
As we set up camp all was quiet, and so was the night.
16th of Froar.
As we awoke it was eirly quiet. the snow has cleared up, and there was no wind.
Bodi seeked his knowledge of the weathers and predicted fair weather for the next few days, baring that Vondal did not take a dislike to our mission.
We headed North after packing up camp, after about 5 miles we came across a giant circle entrenched into the land, reminiscent of a pit. In the middle there is a pillar of some sort.
Each step leading up to the pillar was 5 feet tall, and the central pillar was around 9 feet tall.
It had writing on it but none of us could read it, but we found some weird markings like a indentation in the rock.
Gleipnir told us it seems like some sort of button, as grin accidently stroked some letters and the letters glowed blue for a short flash, the stone glides inwards, and a ladder is revealed leading down into the earth.
Initially Gleipnir though it might be a tomb, but quickly changed his mind, this was a prison. and this is a back way in, and the words and wards seem to be a warning.
Grin said we need to find out what lies bellow, so we left Bodi and Brian upstairs to guard the entrance, as the rest of us headed down into danger, I cast detect magic to find traps as we ventured inside.
The tunnels and pathways were all made by magic. The entire place was silent as the grave. Gleipnir checked the stonework, and found the entire thing just fashioned by magic to look like bricks, confirming my suspicion that it is all hewn out of magic, and not made by hand.
The entire place is encased in abjuration magic, bound into the rock behind the tiles, to hide it from the naked eye. It is not hostile, but seems like a magical equivalent of a murder-hole in a gate, or a dissuasion to enter by any means other than the entrance.
We found some bowls that at one point held water, but did not any longer. The door in front of us was metallic and contained writing carved into it. In magical sight the writing came across like an illusion, spelled out in Kothic, in front of the door.
"Medes, Dine, Erin and Apeltos as the last survivors and true heirs of Lir have made this our final pledge. To ensure the noble oath of our Sire remains even after he is dead, for no strength left in this world could be relied upon to stop the leviathan should it be set free. Should you be sent by the Feral One to end what he could not finish at Allodheim then step in and feel the fury harboured in the death throes of the Lord of Tides."
I declined stepping past this point, but Grin lept forward as he wanted to meet the god of the seas from Sarek. I instead carried the things that the others didn't want to bring back up to Bodi and Brian. Bodi, Brian, and I played a game of Rock, paper. and Scissors to pass the time.
Grin and the others came back after a long while and tells us what passed downstairs:
"spirits pledged oath to stop Leviathan, Lir is dead, he fell i Allodheim, 3 of his kin are in the prision to make sure Jormungundr is not freed from his shackles. Apetlos was one we spoke to. Koros unable to escape during the masters reign, they fed on gods blood . Cannot say for sure but koros may have shares same fate as other gods whom perished to the masters, though we dont know if thats true or not. Dror was the favored son of Lir (his student), Dror is A lirian, the last pure bloods of Lir alive. Dror roams the city of Allodhiem. We need to seek the library in Allodhiem to learn more tho we need to find lirs bloodline to gain access. The books there are dangerous, some are wrttien in the hand of Dror himself and might get your eyes burnt out."
The task might be arduous, so we talked about the possibility of us killing the poacher first as time is slowly running out on that task.
They found a book down there titled "Allodheim, seat of the Lord of Tides". It has had entries added to it after the tome was written, it is in other hands and inks. I tell then I can have Håkon translate it for us from Glarnic to Kothic.
We then headed back towards home, over the ice, and set camp in the hills
I killed some stotes during my watch, but the night otherwise passed in silence.
17th of Froar.
We kept heading towards home, the wind blew but walking was nice, for this time of year.
We found a cabin on our trek, but it was in bad shape, like something had attacked it, as there were humanoid bones littered inside and around it.
Andreth set the remains to rest with the help of the rest of us, except Grin.
Brian went berzerk on our next leg of the journey, having found a small pack of Stoats.
We kept on keeping on and set up camp for the night. The stoats had followed us but we chased them of again.
During the night on my watch the temperature got so warm we needed to shake off our bedrolls and the snow around us started melting. Solam seems to want out again. But I think Hroth might deny him the opportunity.
Andreth and Grin seemed unable to sleep, they kept tossing and turning for the remainder of the night.
18th of Froar.
The warmth persisted and there was thunder in the air, but we saw no lightning.
We got to the skull around mid day and decide to head over to the bloodaxe.
the next 2 days went past in silence.
21st of Froar
By half day we arrived at the fane to the bloodaxe.
Bodi stepped right on up and grabs the axe on the throne.
Some time later he came back to us, and told us his tale, that the bloodaxe is amazed, that bodi did not look up to the challenge, but has surprised him positively.
He was asked to tell of the adversary he remembered the most. Bodi replied Morelion. It was a tough fight.
BA thinks its time bodi gets his own weapon, Bodi smiled to this, but BA is not going to give it to him.
Bodi asks what he must do to obtain it, and the answer is to kill the current wielder.
Bodi askes for the name of him, and BA askes what if its not a him. bodi is dumbstruck for a short while.
"150 miles SW of here, in a myre, a swamp so foul that it does not freeze,
inside is a foe, a huntress, a slayer. bodi will know her, for her scale is skin, her tail and face of a lizard.
black and green of scale, she stalkes the swamp." BA askes that bodi gathers companions, to go slay her, and bring back bothweapon and head. Only then BA will give Bodi more tasks and boons.
Bodi agreed to this task. BA shaked bodi's hand, almost pulling Bodi off of his feet and Bodi feels strength enter into him as he woke up with us.
Bodi tells us his boon is for us to travel faster in his company, where Bodi goes, we do not relent easily.
I tell bodi that I know where the Myre is located by skull. That he only needs to stay on it until the 3rd location it travels to on its 10 platform run.
We then decide to head to Vondals shrine, it takes 2 days.
23rd of Froar
We get to the shrine of Vondal as I wanted.
I have Gleipnir and Andreth help me get ready for communion.
I then talk to my god, asking what he wants me to do going forward regarding, Lirians, Jormungundr, Allodheim and the masters.
In my mind the reply of Vondal booms, "You have proven yourself, and your questions are just. I cannot answer the one regarding Jormungundr.
Regarding your path, go to Varkoran, my god city. It lies under the north face of Leirhe, there you will find answers.
Learn whatever the Lirians have to tell you, they are knowledge seekers and not easily fooled."
I thanked him and left with the others.
24th of Froar.
We get back to santaur.
We sell 9Snake Eggs for 675 gold
3 Obsidian Pearls for 600 gold
We net 230gold each from the sale after taxes. All in all a good trip.
Excerpts from the journal of Cleric Ida Valfarsdòttir, Skjoldmøy of Vondal, Blessed of Hess, and Blessed of Geena.