17th of Spark
Even though the party had been delayed by Agatehead's antics, they made relatively good time. The day was overcast and a bit muggy, it felt like rain was on the way. And even though the terrain was "open", it was far from being a flat pasture. There were lots of gentle "ups and downs" and quite a lot of cover -- brush and trees and far too many rocks for comfortable walking.
Fortunately, some two hours north of Abelard's Tower they spooked a deer. With a lucky bowshot, Jack downed it just as it was cresting a knoll. Despite their meager supplies, now they'd have venison for their supper.
(Mythic rolled an 11 on question of whether they got any game to eat -- meaning an altered scene. I rolled "Close a Thread" and "Separate" "Plans". Well we could hardly call off the quest, so the only other thread was going to Garthian. The following is what came to my mind.)
They had just finished skinning and cutting up the deer when a bright flash of lightening pulled their attention to the south. Even before the thunder reached them, they saw a second bolt of lightning hit Abelard's Tower. Then a third and fourth; and more and more the bolts poured down -- all striking the tower.
"That's not natural" said Yobella. "It's almost as if someone or something is targeting Abelard. But why?"
Zilwen answered, "I fear it isn't Abelard that's being targeted. I fear my family's enemies have learned that I was there."
"Whether those bolts are targeted or not, I suggest that we get off of this knoll and under cover." interjected Glenrick. "It's about to pour -- I have Elven blood, I know."
So the party moved off of the hill toward a wooded valley to the east (in part to get out of the rain that did indeed pour down). Once under cover, Zilwen said that he'd release them from their promise to help him get home. That Abelard was probably dead and that they didn't owe him anything any more.
Nikos responded that as far as he was concerned, his honor bade him keep his word. One by one the others agreed. "However," offered Nikos, "as much as I'd like a day in town, I don't think it would be wise to be seen anywhere near here soon. If there is someone hunting Zilwen, it would be best not to be seen. Which means travelling through the Dark Woods."
And so it was decided. Even Zilwen, who had a great aversion to entering the Dark Woods, finally agreed. So the party followed their wooded valley east into the dank, dark wood . . .
(to be continued . . . )
CHAOS RATING -- 6
- Agatehead (mule)
- Brambles (mule)
- UNKNOWN ENEMY of Zilwen's Family
Escort Zilwen Home
Zilwen's Aversion to Forests
Avoid Detection by Unknown Enemy
Old CHARACTERS & NPCs:
Abelard de Amber (presumed dead)
I had certainly expected a different scene. Perhaps even reaching Garthian and interacting with its denizens . . . but it was not to be. I must confess that some of the ideas given me by folks making comments here and on the Mythic Role Playing Group on Yahoo! have inspired me with both ideas and approaches. My thanks to you all. Please keep the comments coming.