Contract Start: Where the Rich things are
Mission: Find missing children and return them safely to the town Baron.
We traveled toward the forest north of Lothering, under the guidance of Alenka, and nothing of interest happen until we discover a flash within the trees. The group moves to investigate. Upon our arrival, there were about seven dark-spawned wolfs surrounding a qunari. We rush to aid the qunari, but as we approached it started making hand gestures and shortly after, BAM!!! another flash of light and the wolfs were down. The qunari introduces herself as Tracii, which by the way is another tal-vashoth (are their qunari in this world), another spellcaster in search for knowledge within a certain library . Apparently, she had lost her way and is unsure on way the library is. Since the group is traveling through the country, we offer companionship with her quest as we explore Ferelden. Thus we continued north. To another chasm…… (I lived under a mountain all my life, and I haven’t seen this many chasm in such a short amount of time.
This one did had a bridge. Had is the key word here. Something cut down the bridge, and guessing is was the dark-spawned the attacked us from behind. Gen-locks and couple of wolfs, these are the more intellect of the dark-spawn creatures that this group as handled before, and they came with tactics too! Cutting the bridge and pushing down the chasm for a quick kill. Nothing I haven;t seen before, but the others not to much. A couple of friend went over the cliff side but didn’t fall, our newest member being one of them, but lucky enough no major injuries. We finished the locks started the arduous task of crossing the chasm, but did make to over and repaired the bridge so we don’t have the same problem again. After a little time traveling Alenka called to a rest.
We setup a small area to prepare a meal, split up to gather meat from hunting. I decided to go with Alalen while the other stayed behind. Hunting was….. strange. The first animal we came across was a one-horned deer, and not like was missing a horn. One horn smack in the middle of is head. Alalen and I agreed to not kill the beast and decide to feed it with one of the trail rations on my person. We were about to leave, the (deer-icorn, unideer?) leap off, then looked at us as if it wanted us to follow it. So we did. The deericorn lead us to a hidden gen with all types of creature that I haven’t see before. Then the deericorn lead us to a log and hidden in the log was three gold coins!!! (not bad for doing nature a favor. I split my finding with Alalen) We headed back to the group, with no kill to be had, but Alenka approached us before to gotten to the rest of the group, with a proposition. She claims that the Alr (the proper name is the baron of the town) is withholding a large amount of money and barely throwing a few scraps for the safe arrival for his children. She claims that he should pay tenfold for this job and suggest in delaying in returning the kid to him for a bit of time. (Now I’m completely for making a corrupt nobleman sweat, but I have to honor the group if they wish to not follow this extreme plan). Alalen, quickly declined the plan, see that he follows an elven faith that has deep ties with family. I left my opinion open, awaiting to see if anyone was for this….plan. Once Alenka was turned down, she noticed that we didn’t have any game from the hunt and set off on her own.
We returned to camp and discovered the Alenka has been asking the entire group one by one about her proposal. Most of the group members immediately declined the proposal (not surprising) but not Enna. We it over, trying to see if it was worth trying to convince the group, but decided the group would be to stubborn to change they decision. Alenka returned to the camp, with a sizable kill too…. we had our meal a set of toward the meeting point. During the final trek toward the meeting point, just before night night sky was upon us, a couple of blighted birds swooped down on us. Nothing that the ranged combatant couldn’t handle. Nevertheless, this is not a good sign on what is to come.
Nightfall arrives as the group arrives at a turned over carriage with the scene of a battle. Multiple bodies are around the area (some that drew Sam’s attention) and trail of tracks headed towards the forest, we expected the worst. I search the carriage, finding confirmation that it is the carriage we are meeting up with (as well a hefty coin purse for the Alr. Which he won’t be missing soon). The observation was made that there as no bodies of children was found, and the group quickly made off into the forest, following the trails. The trail lead to a dried on riverbed emptied out towards a cliff side, two survivors of the guard party between an approaching band of Genlocks and the children up on a hilltop. The guards are outnumbers 3 to 1 and ill equipped of handle the oncoming attack, so naturally, the group moves to intercepts the Genlocks.
Sam, Alenka, and I bolt through the riverbed, while Alalen and Enna start firing arrows across it, Alalen approaching the riverbed hoping to cross it shortly after. Tracii, however, seems to starting gestures of something and shortly collapsed unconscious where she stood. We intercepted the Gen-locks, halting there advance to soon discovers a pack a blighted wolf that flank form the back of the hill in a direct attack toward the children (I know, I said that these Gen-locks have tactic last time we fought them, but this take intelligence. Which is starting to worry me). Luckily, Alalen headed directly towards the wolves. Even so, the was still a number of Darkspawn to deal with, and the were slowly advance towards the children. We did not falter and drove the blighted creatures to the grave. As a matter of fact, the children actually stood there ground! After the battle was done, I was told that the young lass was an aspiring mage! She cast some…thing (magic is still estrange to me. Plus, I thought that came from Tracii) then pass out shortly after. Also, apparently the young lad brandish a sword and lunged in front of Alalen, striking a formidable blow onto one of the blighted wolves. If these children continue on these path, may just maybe, their could be an inspiring noble for the town of Lothering (or at least a handful for the current Alr).
With the battle over, we started to breath easily. Sam also knew one of the guards with the kids. Apparently, their are old militia buddies of their hometown. So we geared up a made way toward the carriage and started the way back to Lothering. Along the way, Alenka as very persistence in taking multiple “rest” throughout the return trip with the aid of the other guard (not Sam’s old buddy) Apparently, the guard, or knight Sir Korben, was in on the delaying the children from getting back to the Alr (making him sweat it out) and is the reason why the children aren’t back on schedule, making the Alr find and third party. Alenka often looked toward Enna and I for support within this matter, but their was no way to change the mind of our fellow member (without show of force. Which I’ll never do to friend. Side note: Am I really considering this group my friends?). We questioned Alenka and Sir Korben on why are they doing this, discovered that their are tried of working under the Alr. The planed on using the gold received to move any from Lothering and start anew. We offered a different solution. To come to the small town, Aneta Ara (that the original group started). I gave the coin purse I found in carriage as incentive, and the accepted. They rest of the trip was uneventfully (finally) and head to the Alr manor.
Reward: One gold from the Alr, three gold from the hunting trip split with Alalen, two new settlers for Aneta Ara, and one new adventure to the group.
Overall, this contract started to seem like a standard retrieve and return contract, but is became another form of corrupt nobles throwing their so called “weight” around. These time someone attempted to push back, be it the wrong way, but still an attempt. Still gold as been acquired and a new member for the group. Who is still unconscious (strange the young lass was up a about after a couple of hours after her magic episode. Why hasn’t Tracii). We look to Daryel for a reason, but he doesn’t understand either. So our best bet was to leave Tracii within the local Chantry (So much for our new member, hopefully she will be recovered be the time we return). Now is time to start heading toward our original destination, The Kocari Wilds!
—For those who are reading this book, These are the adventures of Legnar Umlaut. They are contract summaries that he has taken along the course of journey to find his missing sibling. Please note, everything within these brackets, ( ), are his personal thoughts the matter.
If found, please return this book to the Umlaut caste within Orzammar