We received a summons from Duke Haidan Hanar today and were given our first assignment as a company. We are to travel north to the village of Dooley where we will assist in the defense of the village and deal with a group of barbarian raiders that are assaulting the local area. So far, all we really know is that some of the villagers have been taken captive.
We acquired a couple of more recruits today as well. Maria Valaeri is our healer now, recommended to us by Duke Hanar. She is a young woman with a wicked smile and brilliant blue eyes. The other was a gnome named Bill, cousin of Jimmy who met an unfortunate event during the last action. Bill seems to think he knows everything and is the greatest gnome inventor to have ever existed. We’ll see.
It took four days of hard travel northward through the foothills of the Fury’s Shield Mountains. The village is to the north east of Ivory Bay some hundred fifty miles. We arrived with Letter of Intent from the Duke to Elder Malistair Ramsey. He greeted us with a sigh of relief and a quizzical look. I don’t think there are enough of us to do the job. We have forty members to our company, it should be enough to handle a few barbarian raiders.
Elder Ramsey’d information says there are at least thirty raiders at any given time. We don’t know if there are more. He says the majority are Orcs but there are humans among them. This could be bad.
Aislynn and Eryndell of Greenwood went off to check with the other villages. Marn, a village about twenty miles west she reported was burned to the ground. Of the two hundred villagers she found only twenty bodies. Rather odd. They went on to check the village of Ezlynn. While in Ezlynn she and Eryndell came under attack by a group of Orcs. Aislynn is subdued by the surprise attack and knocked unconscious. Just as she passed out she saw what she called an angel of light burst into the scene. When she came to, she found that her angel is none other than Bram Tanrael. Bram heals both Aislynn and Eryndell and informs them that they were lucky as the Orcs had set up a trap for them. He offers to go back with them to Dooley.
Bill has continued to be a whinny little gnome, complaining that he is not being selected to work on the most important projects as his skills and knowledge should allow him. Lieutenant Roy finally gets tired of him, ties him up and hangs him up in a tree. The local children then use Bill as a pinata, whacking him with sticks. Aislynn and scouting party return from scouting with Bram, and give the information about the people being taken into the mountains. It is decided that Aislynn, Bran, Roy, Bill, and Bram will go with a couple of Archers into the mountains and try to seek out the missing people while the rest of the company continues to work on the defenses of Dooley. With that in mind, we set out toward the mountains, uncertain of what we will encounter next.