Day 1- We set out today on our journey for the Great Hunt. Upon my advice we are setting out farther than I have traveled away from the village. I was quite surprised they asked me to join in the first place, seeing as who makes up the members of our group. Though its more than likely due to Ahmri…hes a weird one, but he doesn't treat me with the same disdain that the rest of the village does. It is rather refreshing actually. My adopted parents were the last ones to show me any interest.
The day went rather smoothly. We quickened our pace to reach our target area so that we could make it back to the Village within the 5 day time limit. Klaria seemed to be exhausted after the days march; can tell she is not use to this type of outing. Wish I could make it easier on her.
Day 2- We woke up with no incidents in the night. After checking the stars before the sunrise we determined that todays march could be a more relaxed pace, making it easier on everyone. After I packed my gear I heard Ahmri start singing. He has a beautiful voice. As he sang the sun began to rise…I don't know if I can believe that he is the cause of it, but as he was questioned by the rest of the group he told us there has always been a Daysinger singing the sun back to us each morning.
Half the day went by when we came upon a majestic buck. Larger than I have ever seen before. We quickly made plans to take the beast. Using magic we tricked the beast into the opening where the group was able to converge on him. it was great seeing the group in combat, and we seemed to work together rather well. Klaria used some magic that made the beasts shadow grab the bucks leg and keep it in place making it easier to surround it…something about that shadow felt comfortable…
In the rush of our group surrounding the beast I almost broke my long spear, making me cringe a little bit. The buck took off into the forest and all of us seemed to be surprised and missed the beast as it ran by. In one last attempt I ran after it and hurled one of my javelins and was relieved to see it sink into the bucks flank severely hampering him. I was able to easily follow the blood trail to a small cave entrance.
In the cave we found the body of the buck but we also found a talking Raven that seemed to be stuck by some moving tree roots. As the magic users tried to figure out a way to rescue the talking Raven (which was named a Great Spirit by Ahmri) the others and I field dressed the buck and packed it up on Skippers' horse.
Once Ahmri and Klaria said they were ready to free the Raven, we all headed back into the cave. Klaria made her way further back into the cave only to be attacked by a moving tree stump! In its surprise attack it severely injured her and the rest of sprang into action to save her. Skipper charged forward to try to put himself in between Klaria and the stump, while Ahmri was then caught by the same branches that had ahold of the Raven. While we fought the stump, the creature grabbed onto Skipper and delivered a blow that me believe we had just lost one of our group. While entangled Ahmri was able to help us with the stump, by setting it on fire. That along with the mighty blow that Gundar dealt it we were able to defeat it. The first thing I did while the creature slowly burned away was run to Skipper to find that he was still breathing, just barely. After performing some first aide and making a splint for his broken arm, he came to and was able to walk out of the cave on his own.
While Klaria and the others tried to figure out a way to free now both the Raven and Ahmri, I decided to explore further into the cave. I found two small glowing stones in the floor, and some extremely fine obsidian shards that I collected. I called out to let the others know and Gundar came to investigate. He removed the glowing stones and handed one to me. I then handed it off to Klaria for her to inspect. While she inspected the stone, the Raven told us that if we gave it one of the stones it would be able to free Ahmri and itself. Gundar tossed the Raven the one he had and true to its word, the Raven freed itself and Ahmri.
As a gesture of thanks the Raven dropped 5 feathers telling us that if we ever need its help to hold the feather and think really hard about it, and the Raven will show up to assist us. Klaria was able to determine that the stone was used as a way to cast more magic without getting tired as quickly. I had thought to make it a present to the Chieftains daughter, but if it really helps her, Klaria can keep it.
As we settled down for the night I began to repair my long spear when Ahmri came up and offered to repair it faster. I was a bit skeptical but handed him my spear. He began singing and as I watched I could see the wear and tear of my spear repair itself. After a short time he stopped, handed me the spear, smiled, and walked away.
I looked around our camp at the members of our group and watched as they performed their nightly routine. Could it be possible? For the first time in my life, I might have some friends.