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July 11, 2011 12:09

Some excerpts from the Journal of David, Paladin of Halav

“At last the day has arrived, my training is complete! The clergy has outfitted me in the best armor they had available. While I am grateful for their efforts, their labor has produced a most mismatched suit of armor that many find amusing. Hardly what a representative of Halav’s Justice should look like, but in time I know Halav will provide. I am sure that this beginning is made to humble me, but unfortunately my pride continues to shin through- I hope to show the Clerics that their thoughts about me are wrong. I suppose I have must to learn if I am able to feel such feelings towards the Clergy I am called to protect.

But enough of my feelings on them, the best thing that happened today was the meeting with a group of Adventures, led by a man named Elias. He is headstrong and arrogant, but so far he has proved to be a most adept fighter. He is also accompanied by a human scholar-adventurer, named Dante, who is easy enough to get along with. Lastly, they are accompanied by a rather neurotic half-elf named Relhor. I have never met a half elf, and it wouldn’t surprise me if the two breeds failed to produce a truly viable offspring, but he does well in his area of expertise. I met this crew of adventures entering the Church to receive advice from Prier Tiravi and to give to him some relics they found buried in a Traldarian ancestral tomb. The Prier was upset they had disturbed the tomb, but it had been overcome with undead, and I personally feel the party acted rightly. Despite the Prier’s rebuke, he still chose to aid the adventurers. He did request, however, that I should join them. Elias was reluctant. He is a man to whom appearances are important (he has a personal valet for goodness sakes!), and my appearance was one of a joking amateurs. However, they accepted me into their party, and not a moment too soon! Elias was kind enough to lend me his ornate bronze breastplate and magical bronze battleaxe to use.

We travelled to Olgridmark, what a fantastic city! All I did was walk around in wonderment, especially because I had no money to spend. Upon returning from the city, we engaged a group of Iron Ring pursuing a messenger. The Iron Ring were surprised, and the battle unfolded easily in our favor. The messenger led us back to Luln where we spoke with Lerioth, a cleric of some sort who had been wounded magically. He gifted to me a magical rod of healing, and sent us on a mission into Fort Doom to recover something called the Eye of Traldar! Fort Doom, that symbol of malice and oppression that has plagued my people for years! We accepted. Disguised as peasants with a load of potatoes, we snuck into the city. From there, a contact met us and led us into the sewers, to an underground entrance to the minifortress we were to enter. The details of the minor engagements are unnecessary to recount, let us just say that, with the help of an imprisoned ogre, we were able to free numerous in-slaved souls from the dungeons of the fortress. We then donned Fort Doom soldier uniforms and went topside.

Apparently it was already known that an attack had occurred in the dungeons, but the lieutenant in charge wanted nothing to do with it. He had not raised the level of security, and we were able to move quite freely in these uniforms. We located the tower in which Aurelian, Zverdlav’s servant resided, along with his protector and an evil cleric. However, the keeper of the door would not allow us to enter without some sort of pass from the Lieutenant. We went about searching for the lieutenant, and found him in his study. We engaged him; it was useless to pretend we were his men. We made short work of his guards, and he surrendered. Oh the loyalty of the wicked, how weak it is! He gave us all that we wanted, and asked to be bolted in his study to make it appear he could have done nothing to stop us. With a pass in hand from the Lieutenant, we entered the tower. However, we had been in the antechamber for more than a minute when the evil Cleric entered the room- I immediately recognized him because of the evil aura pulsing from his person, and he immediately recognized me as a Paladin who did not belong there. The fight began, skeletons poured out of the side rooms, and the Cleric halted my pursuit of him by casting a Light spell on my helmet, which temporarily blinded me. We made short work of the Skeletons, but the Cleric was able to retreat. On the second floor we found his quarters, as well as the wizard’s workshop. There we found an old man, force into servitude for the wizard. He himself was an alchemist of some ability, and begged to be set free. We guaranteed his safety, and told him to prepare while we pursued the Cleric. On the top floor, all the doors were locked. Clearly they had setup a defense point. Elias busted down the main door, and was attacked from two sides by the Wizards bodyguard and the Cleric. I entered through another door, slaying some guards as I advanced. Elias downed the bodyguard with a hefty swing, and I engaged the Cleric. He did not last long between the two of us, and he fell, most easily. His evil masters surely had abandoned him, and now carted his soul away into darkness. Unfortunately, the wizard was not here, nor was the Eye! But we found a note, requesting that the body guard bring some of the wizard’s things inside the main wall of the fortress. I donned his armor in disguise and collected his things. On the way out, I set fire to the evil clerics lodgings.

Fortunately for us, the gate keep for the inside wall was a non-issue to pass. The wizard was just inside the wall in a gate house. We over heard the conversation between the wizard and the Captain stationed there. The Captain wanted the wizard to leave the city with a platoon of riders in order to place the Eye directly in the hands of the Baron, who had been away observing his armies, so that the Captain would not need to worry about its safety any longer. We decided we would engage them here. Relhor put on his invisibility ring, and went behind the wizard. We entered the room, and were recognized almost immediately. Before any fighting could begin, Relhor backstabbed the wizard and killed him instantly. Thus you see, despite his sever neurosis, he is good at what he does. The fight was not much of a challenge, though the Captain put up a strong fight. After all the guards were dead, we retrieved the Eye. Success! But upon seeing it I immediately felt that it should not be returned to Lerieth. I had heard rumors that its powers could control the minds of thousands, and I felt that no Church should have control of such a device. We returned the way that we entered, and were able to escape the city in the confusing caused at the Keep. Today had been a success, not only because we retrieved this dangerous item, but because we free many helpless innocents, and slain the servant of some dark master.

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