We spent a few weeks with the Halven learning their language and helping out where we could. I learned how to build a "canoe" from the wood I helped cut down. Ellisar and Dimfoodle approached me and we discussed our next step. They decided to stay with the Halven in order to help them fortify their home, and to begin the process of taking back the surrounding land, and to slowly take back the towers. Ellisar, Dimfoodle and the leader of the Halven(don't remember if we got a name) talked to me about the possibility of setting up trade routes with them when things settle down after everything is said and done.
Before we were to leave, one of the Halven, who had been speaking with us and showing us how to maneuver on the canoes, Galreath told us he would be joining us on our journey up the river. Because he was an experienced sailor, we were glad for the help. Most of us took to the water fairly well, with the exception of Ahmri, who managed to be sick for most of the trip. After several days, staying fairly close to the shoreline, Galreath told us we would be spending a night or two on the water, which concerned us. He had told us how we navigated with the stars and was worried when it started getting cloudy on the last day we were to stay on the water. He told us it would be fine, we would just have to get our bearings again when we landed.
The next day we landed on a beach, where we met the Algal people for the first time, and they welcomed us to their settlement. We hunted that night, in order to supplement their dinner and to make sure we weren't eating all of their food. While we were hunting, we sensed a strange unnerving feeling in the surrounding area. We couldn't place what it was, but Kit did notice that there was a large abundance of snakes nearby. After dinner, and the nightly fire, they offered us two of their huts, and we thanked them and settled in for the night.
We all awoke with a start to the sound of screams and fighting nearby. In a rush I leaped down from the hut, landing heavily and attacked the first person in front of me. In moments the battle was well and truly on. Skipper landed near me and ended up taking out one of the cultists that were trying to surround me. In a flash of insight, a whirled my blade around and stopped the blade of one of the cultists from hitting Skip, and then I swung my sword and swiftly dealt with him. I may not be happy with some of Skips choices, but that doesn't mean that I won't protect my brother in times of need. We quickly dealt with the cultists and began to take stock of the villagers.
After a short while, we noticed there were several villagers missing, as well as Ahmri and Ingrodi. We quickly went to the forest to search for a trail, and I managed to find it. After a short while, I lost the trail, but Kit was able to find it when she shifted to her fox form. We came upon a strange stone structure and we noticed a stirring of bushes when a group of strange lizard creatures popped out of them. They were rather large lizard-like creatures, that stood on two legs, and had large vicious teeth and claws, and were covered in feathers.
Kit, in a flash of insight, reached into her magic and cast a strange swirling vortex of ash, fire, and rock that descended on them. Myself, Skipper, and Kah handled the majority of them, with a few swipes here and there taking out bits of our health. After the battle, we gathered around to try and figure out our next step, and to gather what information we could.