After we defeated the bandits who attempted to ambush us on the road at Windrush we gathered them and tied the survivors together ready for a thorough interrogation, this duty was passed on to the acclaimed thief hunter and his knowledge put to use. The bandits however refused to answer him and let us know if they came alone or if more of their kind awaited us in hiding somewhere further along the roads, a small blade whizzed passed Roberto Longbottom and in what may have been either a perfect shot or a botched attempt of intimidation sliced through the middle sewing of the pants and through the skin hidden underneath, a dreadful fate for any man. Needless to say Fallon Swiftfoot skillful “intimidation” worked and we learned the location of the camp the would be ambushes slept in and decided it should be made our own for the night.
I saddled Glasses on to my horse and secured his unconscious body with some rope and then helped the others do the same with the bandits. We proceeded to the camp and found some minor supplies including food, manacles and a fair bit of rope, I procured a small amount of it and some manacles for myself and left the rest to be shared to whomever wanted it.
As the night began to take over the day another of our companions whom I had all but forgotten about made himself heard and introduced himself as Smatterhorn and unusual gnome blacksmith, Tallift took a quick liking to him though and hit many talents so I shall leave judgement to him for that one. The Gnome along with Roberto Longbottom and Fallon Swiftfoot had all had a consensus to keep these prisoners with us and sell them on, we wanted nothing to do with them and so left it in their hands. The problem arose when the suggestion of night watches arose and with it being the case that Tallift needs a set amount of meditative rest I suggested that the first four hours I would stand watch over the camp whilst ensuring he was undisturbed and the friendly Gildo Marmadas offered himself up as a secondary guard for the captives and the camp alike. Roberto Longbottom and Smatterhorn decided that they would take the second watch and then the final watch would rest on Fallon Swiftfoot and the peculiar creature Alexander.
The Thief capture had one last check up on the prisoners before everyone retired, ensuring they were tied properly and left us to begin our watch. Tallift found himself a spot near the animals against a tree to begin his meditation and I stood by him allowing myself somewhere to sit whilst doing so. Gildo found himself a log near the fire and we began a conversation mostly just bragging about our own personal expertise in combat and such and then he dropped to the floor after making a sort of hushed “guh” noise. My instincts told me to turn for protection, but the conversation and thoughts of a secure area had made me unaware of my surroundings, a fist clubbed the side of my head and the world spun only to be disturbed by a bellowing horn.
When I rose back to my feet the camp had been woken and free blame for escaped prisoners was heaved onto myself and Tallift mostly from the two who wanted to claim gold for the captives. Incompetent was a word used most of the night and arguments of prizes and how we should protect these strangers and their goods more than our own lives, ignoring that Roberto Longbottom had ensured us all that the prisoners had been tied properly and had no means to escape. Why would we ever risk our lives for people we met days prior to the event? absurd. As only an hour had passed and the arguments died down I continued my watch and extended it in to the next groups to ensure Tallift’s safety. After he went back in to meditating I took the rope and manacles in an attempt of creating a make shift warning system, I don’t think it was very good the brambles and trees just would not allow my skills to create anything other than an obvious rope dangling from a tree, I hope the dark disguises it to would be attackers.
The next morning arguments continued, much in the same method as the night. In an attempt to escape it all I went with Glasses on a hunt and secured myself a nice plump rabbit, when I returned to the camp Alexander in an unusually happy mood compared to the recent days since I had met him insisted on cooking some home made stew, I allowed him to use the rabbit for some meat and what ever provisions I had to hand and we broke our fast.
The rest of the day passed pretty uneventful and we made our way to Threshold and found ourselves the most expensive inn money could buy and decided that it would be in our best interests (being myself and Tallift ) to encourage this group of travelers to become companions of us and join us in travel and adventure. When paying for the rooms I noted that the Hobbit Fallon Swiftfoot and his monkey friend had went ahead and slowly and emphatically placed two gold coins onto the counter and bought his own room after seeing us already purchase one for him.
Drinking and fun was had through the night and we discussed friendships and the journey down the kings road with the other travelers. It was unfortunately noted that Fallon would have no part in it and sat alone on the opposite side of the room nearest to the fire. Some time passed and Roberto came and took the two hobbits for a drinking session and some gambling at a casino. We drank some more and was in our rooms asleep before the rest returned.
The next morning the Hobbits rejoined us and informed us of the events of the previous night, The thief hunter was infarct a slaver working as a leader of the bandits that attacked us. He had attempted to poison the monkey who accompanied Fallon Swiftfoot who informed us the only reason of his survival and that of Gildo Marmadas is because his monkey is a familiar and he is in fact a wizard like that of my companion and Alexander an unusual amount of powerful people have joined us this week. We allowed Alexander his freedom with this new evidence showing that Roberto Longbottom was likely the true culprit of the stolen map and the freed bandits.
Myself and Tallift left for the will reading and said our true farewells to Janis and accepted the items he left behind for us. One in particular was a letter that I had to request Tallift read to me and after discovering language we could not understand I suggested requesting the aid of the wizard Fallon Swiftfoot and his knowledge of the world.
After some serious conversation and tedious arguments the letter revealed the story and dangers to the world. We agreed that this needed to be dealt with and agreed to form a group to undergo a great adventure to stop the reign of danger that could come to the world if this hidden group was to release a dragon and obtain the artifact Janis had hidden for us. And so the travelers gathered and we discussed and came to a great understanding that we would group together and venture as a “party” to places unknown and dangers beyond us all.