The Search for Axe

Beryl's Journal 2

April 25th,

I should have known those Berets wouldn’t give up so easily. We made it a day and a half’s journey towards the Red Rock Kingdom when we saw we were being followed. I had assumed the Beret’s wouldn’t come after us and I was right. Sorta.

We found a nice group of tree’s and waited for them. Not Beret’s, Kobolds. A pack of 20 Kobolds. We made short work of their scout, but then they rushed us. Shata and I stayed hidden and shot from the tree’s while Derg and Vlad attacked. It worked pretty well, but 20 is a lot of Kobolds. Vlad and Derg held their own for quite a while, but were about to fall when Shata put a few to sleep and we rushed them. Luckily we had gotten their numbers few enough that the remaining 5 bolted. We took 2 down before they got away.

I found coins on the leaders of the Kobolds. The same mint as the coins I found in the wagon of Beret’s. Brand new too. I have no doubt Lee or one of the Beret’s sent them. We’ll have to watch our backs. I hope the returning 3 will convince any other Kobolds that we are too dangerous to fight. But when we get back to the city we will still have to deal with these Beret’s. Not to mention whoever they are working for. Although I think that will have something to do with the King’s son.

I found a cave not to far from where we fought. We’ll have to rest here a few days before Derg and Vlad will be ready to travel. Let’s just hope nothing lives in this cave and comes back to sleep tonight. At least we got some gold and reasonably new daggers off the corpses. Otherwise this has been a pretty rotten trip so far.

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Vlad Drazmir's Journal 1

You know something, I’m absolutely horrid with dates, I don’t write every night, so I’m just going to tell what happened the last couple of days as well as I can.

Well the first night we got to the city we noticed a lot of guards, more than seemed necessary except in dangerous times. Our first thoughts were that the city had also been attacked by the beasts in the forest, but Beryl did some asking around and found that it was actually because King Ben was in the city. Oh, and by the way, everyone had ale, except me, again I was ridiculed for it, but if you ask me, Man is different from the beasts because he can control his desires, once you drink ale, your no more than a beast that walks on two legs. The next day we explored the city, this may be a little out of order.

Beryl went out and saw some guards hit a little girl after she said they took or they stole it or something. The next day I saw the same girl steal bread, I decided she needed it more than the guy at market needed his money. Beryl and Shata went shopping or maybe that was when Beryl saw the little girl? Anyway I spoke with a man in King Ben’s guard and discovered he was definitely here, it was a blessing he was in the city. We sent the king a letter and he got King Ben to talk to us in the night. I was falling asleep during the conversation, I am ashamed to have dishonored the King so, I did kind of wake up when he spoke of the zombies. I’d go into more detail but Shata said she had it all written down.

The next day under King Ben’s orders I asked the Berets that we traveled with to many questions and learned nothing. On our way out of the city they started following us. One hit the little girl and a peasant started fighting with him. Beryl got another in the face with his knife, the others called us thieves which got the guards attention. Then Shata distracted them with her magic and we ran like the wind. We got out of the city and we are going to go cross country to try and permanently lose the Berets.

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Sheshata's Journal 1

April 20th

This journey isn’t turning out like I expected. Of course I know so little about what we’re doing that my expectations were never very numerous. We met the king’s paladin today and I must admit I am looking forward to watching him get under Beryl’s skin. Paladins are so very good, and Beryl has little patience with goody-goodies.

After meeting with the Paladin and getting our supplies we left Derg’s mountains. We are going to go talk to King Ben, as he was the last person to see the prince. It is frustrating to have to retrace our steps so soon.

April 21st

We slept last night in the Dark Forest and are on the road again. Coincidentally we ran into the same Beret troop we met on our way out of the capital. Apparently there has been a lot of trouble along the road the last few days, so they advised us to travel with them. Derg is pretending not to be of our party, but the paladin told them he was sent by my father to retrieve me.

I think they are becoming suspicious. I can tell they don’t really believe our story, despite my best efforts to convince them otherwise.

April 22nd

I think we might have taken on more than we ever bargained for in accepting this job. I can’t help but feel like the king held back far more than was necessary. We were attacked tonight by a dozen or more kobolds and half a dozen trogs! Beryl and the paladin both proved themselves has good fighters. Unfortunately, I had to use my magic and thus reveal my true self to our companions. The berets were surprised to say the least. We came out of the fight better than our attackers, we only lost one beret.

April 23rd

Our companions are beginning to ask too many questions about me. Beryl and I agree that we need to leave the berets as soon as possible. The paladin was injured in our skirmish last night, so he needs at least one day of resting. We don’t have a wagon so that means staying with the berets until tomorrow. We don’t know what the trogs were after, but we want to be far away before we find out.

We talked to Derg and he agrees that we should leave. We couldn’t talk to the paladin, and besides I don’t think he would approve of our plans. Beryl is going to do some poking around tonight, to see if he can find any clues as to whether the trogs were after us or the berets. He is also going to sabotage one of the wagon wheels. That way the berets will have to stop and we can be on our way without them.

April 24th

The berets are hauling gold. Beryl said the sacks in the wagon are full of it. That must have been what the trogs were after. I wonder what they are doing with so much coin. Beryl loosened the wheel of one of the wagons and it fell off as we suspected it would. Derg insisted that he needed to get to the city as soon as possible, and was sorry to have to leave the group. With a little prodding on my part the paladin insisted we had to be on our way too. He said my father would be expecting us.

Our leaving didn’t sit well with the berets. They offered us gold if we stayed with them, but since the paladin is too pure to think of money-he refused and I had to do likewise. They all assume Beryl is my servant so he has to go along with what I do. I know it grates on him, especially when it means giving up enough money to buy a horse!

April 26th

We ran into the same prejudice old man we met the day we were trying to leave the capital. He was as unpleasant as ever, but the paladin was able to get him to agree to help the berets. He only agreed after we mentioned that he would likely be well compensated for his trouble.

April 27th

To save time and avoid being overtaken by the berets we made the rest of our journey across country, rather than sticking to the road. We arrived in the capital city tonight.

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Beryls Journal 1

April 13th,

Shata and I have been called before the King. The messenger says he has a job for us. I can only think Shata’s father is once again trying to get her out of his hair again. I expect another boring journey delivering a message to some noble on the far side of the kingdom.

April 17th,

Finally a real adventure and not just another message delivery. A few months ago the King’s daughter went missing. His son went in search of her, and now he has gone missing as well. The King has asked us to find his children for him. Maybe some of those messages we delivered in the past were more important than I thought. At least, they must have been if he trusts us with something like this.

Our trip so far has been more exciting than I thought it would be. We got a ride with an old potato farmer, and on our second night out we were attacked by Kobolds. I would be more surprised since I haven’t heard of many kobold attacks for years, but it turns out we managed to camp on one of their escape holes and a bunch of Berets basically chased them right into us. Tomorrow we should enter the Dark Forest where the King told us a dwarf named Derg would help us. He used to lead the dwarven army and is one of the best trackers in the kingdom.

April 19th,

Dwarves are the worst liars. Our first night camping in the forest, we ran into a dwarf named Jake. We asked him if he’d heard of Derg and he said the man has been dead for 30 years. We figured he must be mistaken since the King seemed to have talked to Derg within the last year or so. Jake then took us to Derg’s “widow” after we pressed him for more info. Mrs. Derg then tells us that her husband has been dead for 20 years. We insist she is wrong, so she sends us to her son. When we meet him he insists that his father has been dead for 10 years and asks what we want with Derg anyway. I could maybe forgive Jake not knowing when exactly Derg died, but if his son and wife can’t keep the story straight they aren’t going to fool anybody.

After some persuasion we find out Derg’s son is actually Derg himself. he’s been hiding his identity for years, but never told us why. I know if my father told my mother to pass off as his mother he’d be sleeping outside for the rest of his life.

After we told him of our quest he agreed to help us. But it will have to wait till tomorrow. Apparently there is a Paladin who has also been asking about Derg. He caused such a fuss trying to find Derg they put him in overnight detention. The King didn’t say anything about a paladin. I wonder how many people he’s sent to find his kids. Or if this paladin was sent by the King.

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