18 Kythorn Year of the Ageless One
This last tenday and some change marks the second time I’ve been to the Feywild. I heard, from guys I was training with, concerning a town about 3 days travel south from the passage that had good wine, and they were begging me to get some for the bar. I was less than enthused about traveling there again, but I knew that this would be a great opportunity to get ahead of any competition that might come to town. People are willing to pay almost anything to get something from the mysterious Forest on the other side of the Passage.
I went with Denitor, Hinorr and Worves, the guys I’ve been training with from the Flaming Wrath who found the town. Good protection doesn’t come cheap, but I didn’t want to get lost or killed along the way. At least I got a good discount by offering my services as cook. I’m sure they never ate so well on a job before. We made good time, and only ran into trouble once. I made a decent showing of my skill; it seems my training has been paying off.
Bellasee was artistically put together; everything seemed to flow; nothing seemed out of place except for us. It took me most of the day to find the tavern owner who made the wine, not because no one knew where he was, but rather, like sun elves can be, no one could spare the time to talk to lowly humans and a wood elf. Although they weren’t xenophobic, they they had a pretentious air about them. After eight stops and many drinks we finally found the tavern responsible for this crazy trip.
When I finally saw the maker of the wine, I could tell right away that Jadzee had no intention of trading with me. She was aggressive and kept changing her price and the amount of wine she was “willing” to sell to me. It was obvious that, like the rest of the town, she thought me inferior, so I had to change her perception of me. I tried being nice and respectful and exchanging her insults with some of my own, but in the end it took a duel.
While I had no intention to battle my dealer, I could tell that these sun elves pride themselves as great bladesingers, because it seemed like everyone talked about their skill with a blade, or battles they watched or were a part of. There was even a public arena owned by one of the greatest Bladesinger in Feywild, at least from what I heard about him. He only gave lessons to those that showed great promise.
I wasn’t willing to give up one getting my deal just yet. I was unsure of how well Jadzee was, but I figured it would be a one sided fight with me loosing. I figured however, if I made a good showing perhaps she would see me as something other than a nuisance. When i proposed the duel she laughed in my face. She said that if I won she would not only cut me a great deal, but deliver it herself, but if I lost I had to work for her for a month. I figured it would be worth it either way.
The next day we met in the arena. The seats were crowded as the rumors spread that an outsider challenged someone in Bellasee. She seemed to love the attention and strung the battle out much longer than it needed to be. I was looking like a fool and I had to do something, so I dug down deep and drew upon strength I didn’t know I had. Suddenly I was blocking everything she threw at me. I scored a few hits one her. I don’t know where this talent came from. I was actually winning. I was as surprised as everyone else when she finally yielded. True to her word she gave me a good deal on wine.
I still want to know where my talent came from. I have never shown such prowess before. I used to lose my sword from even the simplest disarming move. Now I’m not quite a master, but I’m leaps and bounds beyond what I could have done before. Where did this innate ability come from, and why now. Why not earlier when I was fighting the spiders in the passage? I fear this might be a bad omen coming to pass.
My life surely won’t be the same anymore. For starters the Grand master of the arena was impressed enough with my abilities, he offered to train me into a great bladesinger. Who could turn down an offer like that? He trained me for a tenday and told me to go home and train. He said that I would know when I needed to return.
After Jadzee’s defeat, the rest of the town treated us with respect. I found out that in their eyes until one proves that he isn’t a coward, he is nothing. The greatest honor is to not back down from a fight until you have proven yourself. I found their obsession with honor interesting, and I know I will return someday.
26 Eleasias Year of the Ageless One
My trip to Myth Drannor didn’t go quite how I thought it would. I was going to meet Kara, convince her to stay at my place for a while, and we could finally catch up. Instead I found myself once again worried I might leave my kids without a father.
As you know I got a message from my long lost sister. The letter said she was finally coming back home and she wanted to meet me in Myth Drannor. I thought it seemed like an odd request, why not just come to Drullyndra, but I was so excited to see her, that I never gave it a second thought. I set off almost right away.
I traveled there with Jadzee. We have become friends as of late; she stops by the bar every few tendays with the new shipment and we talk about our separate worlds. Although she swears one day she will be strong enough to beat me, she still is just a little too slow, and it frustrates her to no end. When we got to Myth Drannor she went to take in the sights while I went off to see my sister.
I arrived at the time and place Kara put down in the letter, and I was surprised by her choice of venue. It was a dingy bar that seemed to exude a rotten odor, as if someone lost the key to the larder months ago. I sensed the attack coming, but I couldn’t defend myself in time. After the first hit everything went a little fuzzy, but I do remember taking at least two of my attackers down before I was captured.
They tied me up and started asking me about Kara. When was the last time I saw her or heard from her. I didn’t think I would come out of this alive, but I tried to stay strong as I attempted to convince them that I hadn’t seen my sister on over 3 years. I don’t know what my sister got herself into or why I was now going to die over it, but I didn’t want to betray her. I thought on my family and my training to keep me strong. I had no chance of escaping on my own.
I was saved by Magpie and Ardisia. Ardisia saw my sword for sale, and knew that I would never sell it. Magpie was tailing one of the thugs in the gang, and when her path crossed with Ardisia’s they were able to come up with a plan to get me out of there. The thugs weren’t expecting an attack, so they were caught unprepared by Magpie’s luck and Ardisia’s swordplay.
I was more than grateful that they came to get me. After looting the place we found some documents that were written in old Dwarven. I was able to remember enough words to get a gist of what they said, but they didn’t lead me to any real answers. At least Magpie found them useful. She gave me a pendant and told me to keep it for luck. I was just happy to be alive and I would get to see my family again.
The pendant turned out to be really lucky. On the way home it suddenly fell off my neck and when i bent down to pick it up I realized that if had fallen in a disguised pit trap. I knew that most hunters were not so careless as to make one on a well traveled road, I suspected there were bandit about. Jadzee was the one who spotted them trying to sneak away.
We were able to round up three of them before the rest got away. I was once again surprised by how easily the spells came to my mind. It felt as if I had practiced all my life, but I never touched a sword before I went through the passage. We forced the men to fill in the trap before we handed them over to the guard for a nice bounty.
Also I don’t care what Jadzee says, I’m the one that got the third guy.
19 Marpenoth Year of the Ageless One
Business is booming at my little inn. For once I can actually afford to hire staff, so I took my family on a much needed vacation. I have an expansion planned and the lot under my bar bought, I just need to find someone willing to build it. I’m getting a cellar for my wine, and some new rooms. I also am going to put a taproom down there that is bigger and better than what I have now. I can use the room to expand my kitchen.