Once Upon A God

Bjorn's journal #17

Entry #560

Progress has been made, we have found one of the arms of the invading army’s at the bridge over Skull Gorge… good name. We have the start of a plan, Nick is going to plant Nino’s explosives to take out the bridge. I found out that Nick… volunteered for this, for a moment I was a bit concerned about his sanity until I found out that he expects additional pay. Some say that there is no reward without risk, shrug, I suppose that was one option.

There there is our new visitor… Paladin it would seem.. no interest in fame or coin, a true believer as it would seem. Single minded, driven, incorruptible.. but that in of itself can be worked into an advantage. That said I will take care in my activities even more so than Granet.

It seems our plan is working well, I created a distraction from the east at dawn, changed form into one of their kind and stumbling in from the east I feinted pursuers and inflicted myself with laughter to avoid any communication problems. Others attacked from the west, this worked even better than I had hoped as I was thought an ally and brought into the tower without question allowing me to quickly dispatch archers within.

Private notes..

Collected a vile of blood from the gnome.. will attempt to gather blood from all in the party of note, will study the magical implications of their kind.

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A final log entry?
Nick Scarlett's Adventure log

This will probably be the last journal entry I’ll be able to make.

Our path has come to the bridge above Skull Gorge. Across the bridge is an army of hobgoblins, and their assorted ilk. The bridge needs to come down, or the army will slaughter the entire area.

The bridge is being guarded by a pair of hobgoblins, in its towers, a hellhound, and a smaller green dragon.

The plan is, I sneak Nino’s explosives onto the bridge, wire up fuses to the center of the bridge, light the fuses, and run. Knowing Nino, they’ll probably blow up as soon as I attach the fuse, or not blow up at all and I’ll end up getting eaten by the dragon.

I’ve given Nino my pack, so atleast if I don’t make it, my stuff won’t end up scattered about the bottom of skull gorge. Atleast if his explosives kill me, something in that bag will probably get turned into a device that kills him.

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Bjorn's journal #16

entry 559

Ambushes in the Forrest has lead us to an old set of runes. So far the path has been relatively straight forward.. my more paranoid side says that it is too straight forward. In the set of runes there have been another couple groups of guards.. including a manticore. Collected the blood for further study.

We have collected some goods and are holding up to rest, so far things are moving smoothly.

Personal entry,

I am finding less and less reason to cover my use of magic, unlike the homelands few seem to care about one of the earth folk channeling magic, then again I doubt they are smart enough to understand the significance.

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Bjorn's Journal #15

Entry #558

Interesting little town, obviously a strong Dwarven influence, single elder mage willing to part with some trinkets, I picked up some bracers that should help a bit with protection. Drained my funds but that can be replenished.

Met with the city council and I think my brother had been there before me. Fools think that this is just a little local raider issues, they have no idea what they are facing, I did manage to work out a 500gp per party member job for something we were doing anyway. Seems we did get some info on some hunters paths into the woods where it seems a number of the local raids are originating, we feel that the hunting paths will offer the more discreet passage. There is also a local Ranger we are to meet with for further information.

we will see.

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A bit too much to drink
Nick Scarlett's Adventure log

Bjorn went ahead and set up a meeting with the local guild to make introductions and see if there was any work available while we’re in town. We were to meet at an hour past midnight behind the Tavern. I had a bit too much to drink while waiting, wandered off in my stupor, and missed the meeting. My head is killing me, and the dwarf is probably ready to skin me alive.

He did gift me a set of enchanted leathers, and I’ve chosen to wear them. I’ll keep my old armor for the time being just in case theres something wrong with his armor, or the fit isn’t right. He’s been acting quite strangely, so I’m not sure how much I can trust him… not that I ever really trusted him.

At the guild’s request, we went south to look into the causes of some ransacked towns. It looks like the work of goblinoids. Right on queue, we were ambushed by a group of hobgoblins in the woods, and after killing their leader, and a shaman, managed to drive them off.

The big leader hobgoblin did have two nice looking shortswords…

I’ve been questioning my path lately, and wondering whether my current training best suits me. Life is journey, I guess, and what’s a journey without getting a bit lost?

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Bjorns Journal #14

Entry #557

Personal log

Taking more time to contemplate the changes in our world. I find that the cemetery is quite peaceful, laying in open earth is comforting though I do miss solid stone. I have striped away the armors and have taken on a more fitting traveling outfit, less restrictive, still good for keeping to the shadows. It also allows for numerous knifes.

I have become more accustomed to not needing food, drink, or sleep. It is somehow.. right.
Set Granit up with an interesting question as the disdain he has for the use of undead is based on his religious belief that the physical bodies are of the earth and thus stolen from his god. I asked his thoughts on the use of stone or flesh for gollums.

standard Journal.

Have made proper introductions to the local guild, seems there has been a cut in communications to the south that is affecting local trade and thus the guild. In payment for information on the movements of the Drow assassin we will investigate the cross road raids.

first town due south is and has been laid waste to several weeks ago. Bits of stonework axes have been found.. common to goblinoid raiders. We are moving on to the south east.

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Nino's Thoughts # 2

I Don’t know why i keep writing thease entries, Bjorn keeps telling me that the world wants to know what im thinking, I think its just for future blackmail as he keeps them after he reads them. Well, if he reads this he is a WONDERFUL leader type whouldnt hurt His ONLY tinkerer and gadget maker!!! Well with that out of the way i guess i should reminis on recent events. We went to the basement of the temple and had a rather funny chat with a strange fellow( Totaly not my idea by the way) and was sent to a grassy plain for our troubles,I think they dont realy like us all that much but not sure.We were ambushed by some bandits but we took care of them in short, firey order.We were mostly lost till i made a wonderful invention: INTRODUCUNG THE WHIRLY- DIRECTIONAL FINDER!!!! ( patent pending)I know it works well because i saw bjorn looking at it a few times hehe.This invention will make me err… sory bjorn US a fortune!!!!we also met another theif and a magic user of some sort and a monk i think, dont know monks very well so not sure.When we finaly got to a town ( thanks to my latest invention of course!!) I was able to secure one of the best rooms in town for a meager cost of 15 Platinium, what can i say, im a shrewd barginer!! Once we were all squared away i went to get a good meal, the food sounded but i left cause o wont eat in a place that calls me a “thing”. instead i had a lovely dinner with a beautiful female elf that had a lovely singing voice and was totaly keeping up with my conversation , which most find hard. I guess thats why i find friendly elven females apealing, i know i should look for a good gnome woman one day, but they have an unearthly peace about them. Well, I guess i should go back to tinkering with those autotomotons now, ill get them to work just yet, just a few more adjustments…..

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NiNo's Thoughts # 2
Nino's thoughts

I Don’t know why i keep writing thease entries, Bjorn keeps telling me that the world wants to know what im thinking, I think its just for future blackmail as he keeps them after he reads them. Well, if he reads this he is a WONDERFUL leader type whouldnt hurt His ONLY tinkerer and gadget maker!!! Well with that out of the way i guess i should reminis on recent events. We went to the basement of the temple and had a rather funny chat with a strange fellow( Totaly not my idea by the way) and was sent to a grassy plain for our troubles,I think they dont realy like us all that much but not sure.We were ambushed by some bandits but we took care of them in short, firey order.We were mostly lost till i made a wonderful invention: INTRODUCUNG THE WHIRLY- DIRECTIONAL FINDER!!!! ( patent pending)I know it works well because i saw bjorn looking at it a few times hehe.This invention will make me err… sory bjorn US a fortune!!!!we also met another theif and a magic user of some sort and a monk i think, dont know monks very well so not sure.When we finaly got to a town ( thanks to my latest invention of course!!) I was able to secure one of the best rooms in town for a meager cost of 15 Platinium, what can i say, im a shrewd barginer!! Once we were all squared away i went to get a good meal, the food sounded but i left cause o wont eat in a place that calls me a “thing”. instead i had a lovely dinner with a beautiful female elf that had a lovely singing voice and was totaly keeping up with my conversation , which most find hard. I guess thats why i find friendly elven females apealing, i know i should look for a good gnome woman one day, but they have an unearthly peace about them. Well, I guess i should go back to tinkering with those autotomotons now, ill get them to work just yet, just a few more adjustments…..

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Bjorn's Journal #13

Entry #556

personal log,

The endless grasslands.. hot though generally uneventful did give me time to think, to consider the path in front of me. To consider the gifts I have been given, that I am one of the few to channel magic of my kind, that my need for sleep, drink and food has vanished, I feel more and more a kinship with the dead, is that what I am? what I am to become? I have never feared death, but now I feel a desire to embrace it, the skills of wearing the shadows have their advantage I have no doubt, my training in evasion and securities will play their part, but I will shed the leathers of that profession, let the world wonder what I am, and let them quake with terror in their last breaths when they know.

I will keep my mantle of the shadows, no doubt that Granit will not accept this path without confrontation, but it can be manipulated to give me more secrets of the dead, it does after all worship it’s deities.

Formal log for submission.

The grass lands have passed, we discovered that a trade town to the south of Shar has been recently destroyed, the neighboring city to the north is unaware, we have lost a good deal of time due to the transportation but not without it’s benefits. We will discover what news there is.

I have started the proper etiquette of introduction to the local guild, also I am putting ou the word to the local temples that Baal is attempting to rise again, their advantage is secrecy, full disclosure only succeeds in slowing them down.

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Bjorn's Journal #12

Entry #555

Several dead ends lead to the middle of nowhere.

We found an additional passage from teh temple below the main room. Looks like it was the waiting room for the Monk we killed. Found a few things of note including a map with some directions about the Shar to the south, also that there is a meeting to the south that the Drow bitch was heading to.

Turns out that mirror is one for communication to the high and mighty muckity muck from the flame ritual. Though there is little information gained I did find that he is easily angered and has influential magic even over a distance. We found ourselves in the middle the fields.. from the sks it looks like we are far south in the grasslands. Like a portion of Shar. Seems we are to be out of the way for some time. Unfortunately this will give the followers of Balls somewhat of a head start. It’s ok.. I know we are able to push them into action, irrational haste, leads to mistakes.

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