Through the Tapestry
< CY 9163, Month 10, Day 25 >
Small town on the edge of the world – not part of ‘the empire’ though mines coal for closer imperial outposts and locals. Only a few hundred population – essentially a mining town. Used to make the locals wealthy selling survival items to mysterious travelers going EAST into the ice lands.
The three thieves (first group) went WEST towards the imperial outpost along the Birchwood Trail.
Across the Tundra
Through the Heylock Forest
Lost for almost a week in the woods – should have only taken a couple days.
Found a moose early on, 1 day shy of running out of food, found another moose and managed to stalk and kill it – providing meat for the rest of the journey.
Found the mayor’s son, near death. Had to stop for a day and recuperate him.
Finding the Stone Sign
Across the Crevasse
Through the Silent Lands
Across the Silent Sea
Buying the boat at Maidenpool seemed like a good idea, now it paid off. The constant crack of ice and splash of wash makes it far from silent. A boat could get caught and cracked in half.
The Giants Tomb
The Dragon Boat
The Mayor’s Gift
The Mayor, having little to offer any of the Gallants without making them look petty, agrees to defend the group’s taking of the Exile Tapestry. Its not very popular with the locals, who want to destroy the thing after one of their own has likely died in it. The mayor will likely not be the mayor for long. The party shells out 20 silvers for labor and Geri another 50 silvers to cover the dragon-prowed giant longboat with tarps and protect it from the rain. The dragon skin sail with dragon wing bones is rolled up and stored. Geri says that the ship itself is still holding a dweomer of sorcery about it – its exact nature still unknown. Taqwill will look after the sail and try and use the boat as a tourist draw of some sort. Bull’s mission of raising more supplies and more levies for the Baron’s cause seems hopeless now in the face of what happened and the cost in resources the trip to Gaernia cost them already. Bull has some sharp words to the town elders about protection in the time of war. Gide tries to reason and mediate between them to no avail. In the last 24 hours, the Baron has sent new orders for Bull to head towards Bergen and try and start up a resistance movement there.
It turns out that only about a day’s worth of time has gone by, to the 3+ weeks of time the group spent in the northlands at the edge of the world. To show for the effort is 1000 silvers worth of slag gold and silver, dragon bone fragments, and a magnificent polar bear rug worth about 1000 silvers in itself. Two giant sized chests that are well worked – the wood carvings on them is quite well done and they would likely fetch a few hundred silver in the right place, each. Four of the crystaline globes with some sort of moss in them that grows when it is shook were taken from the giants palace as well – they also might fetch hundreds each, or be of more use to the group.
There is no further clues forthcoming about who the three tapestry thieves were. Whoever they were, they went west from Maidenpool, seeking the outposts of the strange and unknown Gaernian Empire. The campsite that the tapestry was found at revealed nothing more than they were a bit rough around the edges, and they each wore the same – not a uniform, but same drab colors and general outfit and gear – part of some social or religious group Geri believes. About 20 silvers in goods – donated to the town.
Gide holds the chaos ring until some safe way can be found to dispose or make use of it – he has not decided which yet.
Relb and Geri’s Private Conversation
[Relb] Geri, you said the Dragon Boat still had some magic about it? Even without the Wings? How Curiously odd? I wonder if we may have further uses of that boat once we can dicern what it’s capable of? Is it just fast, does it travel dimentions as easily as it had in getting us back here out of the tapestry? Maybe it can travel back into it, just in case we can make it back to loot that Tomb of the Blue Giants? The Dragon Boat must’ve gotten there some how? I suppose when you have the power of the Lich Lords at your Command, nearly anything is possible? It seemed to trigger when we went to sleep, could it be some sort of Dream Travel portal went through? Isn’t there some legend that says that Dragons are made of Dreams…that they’re slightly out of our reality as we know it? And that’s what makes them immortal? Well, long lived at least…they can obviously be killed somehow? Whatever magic is within them, it must hold even after death to some degree, wouldn’t you think by the effects of that ship Geri? I know, I’m an ant and, you’re the mental giant so, I’ll leave the figuring out to you and Taqwill. I wonder what a ship like this in the Duke’s or, King’s army might fetch on the market? I don’t want the Umbakians or the Gwinnish to get their hands on the Dragon Boat Gide. I think something like that would be very bad indeed! This boat is massive, could hold many supplies and soldiers. On the open Sea I bet this ship might just be unbeatable for speed, strength and, intimidation factor? I mean, this thing was made by Giants and, has Dragon Winged Sails! I believe it will make a temping target if either of their forces hears of this ship sitting here in Braddon Bog on Dry Dock. It might be Land Locked but, I wouldn’t put it past either of there forces to make a grab at it? Even if we’re the only ones with the knowledge of the Dragon Wing Sails, a ship of this size and, volume would be a powerful player on the waters. Hell, even the Merchant Cities might make a play for it?
[Geri] If we had any time whatsoever, i would be using it, but time is something we have next to nothing of. What little time i do have is devoted to other things. You speak of much and all of it “should”, “could” and “what” and i have no answers for you. I don’t think anyone is really going to care about the boat – its an oddity and nothing more unless we make more of it. Surely we have no use for it now. You seem to know more of dragons than I, for i cannot speak to anything in that regards with any certain knowledge. You talk as if you have understanding – dreams and such, Lich Lords, and the Merchant Cities. What little I’ve found has inscriptions in a strange runic language – it may be Draconic or Mosforb – neither tongue do I know. The language i am learning next is Ducat – the language of the earth folk, for there is a copper scroll i seek to decipher; who knows its importance but it is ancient beyond all measure of counting. In short, i wish i did not have to sleep and i wish i had the answers for you i want myself… but it will be a while before we uncover any of the secrets locked up from this trip unless you yourself can shed light on anything. I don’t feel hard pressed to find them out either – the risk seems worth little reward in the case of looting the iced lair of giants.
[Relb] I wish we had more time as well. I can only speculate from rumors and, legends. I have no formal knowledge in this area of your expertise and, can only offer questions. I guess my main point is to make sure this ship is secure here and, just an oddity to those that may seek it out one day. I would rather gift it to the King or Duke’s armies for coin before letting it fall into our enimies hands. I can only hope that one day we can unlock the secrets of this boat one day and, put it to good use. Stillmain makes a good Captain of a ship, it is obvious why his peoples have such a strong bond to the waters, it suits them well and, he it. Braddon Bog is obviously not very defensible and, it’s people freightened by their own shadows. Taqwill will have to be careful how he draws attenton to this boat and, hope that no others see it value the way we do. It should help that the Dragon Wing Sails are not attached, I fear that would be to temping even for me to pass up. These people of Braddon Bog need not the harm that would surely follow if the truth of what we hide here is discovered. Look at their faces…these people see us as another group of adventures sturring up trouble in their quiet little town
like in the times past, such as your fathers time must of been like to them in their day. I hope that Ducat spell holds something good for you in your catch of spells that proves useful Geri. I do not envy you in that regard for the knowledge that you must sift through to obtain that which you want. I do not have the patients for such endeavors but, am humbled by your incredible wit and reasoning for their applications. You know Geri, there are techniques that are said to lower ones need for sleep and, still feel rested. Perhaps you could train at them and, gain some of that time which you seek for your studies? Just a thought…
[Geri] I can’t guarantee anything with the boat here, and I’d tell Gide the same to his face. If you want to guard it, feel free… but its not something we can really defend well if someone had the means to take. I can’t really imagine anyone coming in search of the boat, though some of the other library materials – i’m surprised there’s not already a band of Umbakian mercenaries here already… As for Stillmein, his folk would not fare well on the open sea. We have no navigator ability other than my own feeble astronomy skills. Its safest if we just downplay it as a novelty and nothing more. It seems like the books, references, items, and trails of clues is piling up 10 times faster than i can process them. I grieve daily that my studies were so informal and i have no mentor to turn to to aid in study, learning, and research… but i’ll continue to stumble through it all. I have left with Taqwill a list of a few primers for some subjects i am interested in and a small sum to purchase them (though i fear its not enough). Once he is re-established here i plan to ask Gide to grant him a small % out of our takes so he can research subjects we need to learn about. I don’t know what you refer to about lowering the need for sleep – if you know of such a ‘technique’, why have you not trained all of us in this!?
[Relb] Well, novelty it is and, something to marvel ans wonder at it’s creators. I know Stillmain is of thr River folk but, he did a great job getting us in shape on the deck of that boat in order to get us home. I got no love for the open seas, always been on land and, unless I have to, I’ve desire to start now. I fear it is our lot to discover and rediscover things of old and, bring them to light Geri…weither we can keep up with the pace of our efforts, I don’t think any of us can say? Hell, I got tusks for my efforts…not my best day or, decision but, I’m trying to learn from my mistakes and, not repeat them. Like Fireballs in my face…must be more careful and find a way around such booby-traps? Not a clue how to do that yet but, maybe well come across something or, one of those spells you reseach one day will give use the insight we need to avoid such? It will be good to get Taqwill up and researching that which we have no time to do ourselves. I’d donate money to that effort and, I believe Gide will see the wisdom in it as well, it’s a good plan Geri.
[Geri] No need to donate money, if Gide agrees we’ll all take a cut in our shares so some cab go to him. Books are not cheap though, so there may be an initial cost – but i’ll pay for that. I cant speak to any destiny or ‘lot’ in life – i hope we improvise it as we go; or at least most of it. Dancing some pipers jig for an already written tune is a bleak future. Not to worry though, if things seem to be moving too fast, its certain that our enemies are in no better shape than we
in understanding things!