I’m starting to wonder about my companions. Yu seems enthusiastic if somewhat simple-minded, Andreas is fairly quiet so it’s difficult to get an idea of what he’s about and Brian is the opposite of Andreas but his magic has proved useful.
We still rested up in Amadeus’ hut after that painful experience with the skeletons. Brian had gotten drunk (typical dwarf), Yu went off following the wolf he seems to have gotten obsessed with (simple-minded after all) and Andreas and I are played dice to while away the time. Andreas hadn’t noticed that I’m cheating however, which allowed me to liberate some of his coin.
On the final night of rest before we left I decided to have a little fun and tie up Yu’s legs with his ropes while he slept. That paid off nicely as he promptly tripped and landed on his face after waking up and attempting to stand.
We enquired with Amadeus about the lay of the land and he informed us that to the east through the forest lay an encampment known as the Giant’s Foot, so called because it lies at the feet of a mountain on which a giant resides. The selfsame giant who was represented in the chapel by one of the statues which had chained up the Lady.
He also informed us of the plains to the north where a giant worm lives who we believe is another one of the beasts represented by a statue in the chapel, as well as a dragon which patrols the mountains which surround the Lady’s land.
In the end we decided to head East as if we’re ever to escape this infernal place we suspect we may need to free this Lady. I was somewhat tempted to put an end to the old man and take the nice bow in his possession but I suspect that he’ll prove useful in the future.
Heading through the forest was an arduous task as the snow was piled up to our shins and the wind was blowing. Also somewhat foolishly none of us had had the foresight to bring winter clothing and thus Andreas and Yu ended up suffering somewhat as a result.
As we proceeded through the forest we heard a sound up ahead so we paused and spotted two hobgoblins rifling through the belongings of what appeared to be two dead travellers. I snuck up as close to them as possible and motioned for my companions to come charging in so I could get behind them.
After a short and fairly uneventful fight we managed to kill both of the goblins, loot them as well as the dead travellers and get going again. Fortunately there were enough winter clothes on the goblins and travellers that we were somewhat protected against the elements.
Hunger began to set in so we all went off to look for food. I managed to find enough for myself and one other person so I gave half to Yu as I trusted that Andreas would be more competent at foraging for himself.
Shortly thereafter we continued heading east towards the Giant’s Foot when we spotted a lone traveller moving towards us slowly. Once again, I clothed myself in shadows and snuck up as close to the individual as possible. He had a sled with him and didn’t seem to pose a threat. I weighed my options of either stabbing him or making my presence known and decided to go with the latter.
He seemed somewhat shocked as I appeared next to him but was understanding of my need for subterfuge. I explained that we had recently been attacked and were wary of others out and about in the forest. At which point my companions emerged from their own hiding places and we determined that this man was a travelling salesman on his way to Amadeus to trade him some food.
We got into a discussion of whether we could see his wares and perhaps get some of our own trading done. He was amenable to the suggestion but the only item of his which we considered worth acquiring was a yellow potion of unknown origin or effect. His price was also extortionate in my eyes. Yu appraised the item and deemed that the price seemed fair but without knowing what it was, we were unwilling to trade the sheer amount of armour and weapons he demanded in kind for the potion.
At some point during this exchange Andreas mentioned to us quietly that he had noticed that this traveller had somehow been dragging his sled without using any kind of rope or physical mechanism.
Once again the urge to kill in me was rising and his extortionate demands in exchange for the unknown potion were not helping. However Andreas’ observation along with the fact he was providing food for Amadeus, who I’d already deemed useful, stayed my blade.
We bid farewell to the traveller and just as he was disappearing over the horizon called out to us that we ought to find a cave for shelter in the night. It was indeed getting late so we searched for a cave but the best we could find was an upended tree which provided some basic shelter. So we set up the tent we had found on the dead travellers earlier in the day and made ourselves a campfire.
I’m curious as to what the future holds for us. My purse is nearly empty, my blade is dry and I haven’t had a drink since the tavern from which I passed to this realm. I’ve been better but I’ve also been worse. It’s almost time to assign watch duties for the night. Time to sharpen my knives.