I got to Farhaven today and the festival was in full vigor. I was starving and couldn’t wait to find something to eat. It was then I heard a large crowd. The games had started! I ran over and saw the archery competition. Now, if you as me, propelling little sticks at a circular target isn’t much of a game. Either that or I shouldn’t have slept through the archery classes back at the academy.
Some guy named Ulric ended up winning the competition, I ended up meeting him later.. He was a ranger, of course. Following the archery, though was a real competition. The sound of hooves beating against the ground! Mounted combat and the clash of shields! Jousting had begun! I entered the contest and knocked off my first two opponents. Every pass I made, it seemed like I hit them perfectly, or completely missed. It went on like this for a while; perfect hit, perfect hit, miss, miss, miss. I even dropped the lance a few times on accident. The third person I fought was really good and he knocked me off before I could finish him. It was so much fun, that I couldn’t wait to try it again. Hopefully they have it next year at the festival.
Defeated, I watched the other jousting contestants. There was a fighter named Liat that was paired against Lewis right after me. She did alright, but Lewis was really good. Someday I’ll be able to joust like him. Anyway, she go knocked off and started crying like a baby. “Heal me, heal me.” Her cleric friend wasn’t in sight, so I used my healing powers to stop her from complaining. We had a few beers, and I can’t remember the next few hours. I seem to recall arm wrestling. There was also something about a cow…
While still with Liat, she received a letter from a small boy. We were joined by the ranger, Ulric, and a cleric. They had all come on that large orc ship visible from port. One of their party had been captured. The instructions were to meet at the northern gates by sunset. They did some last minute weapons shopping and then head to the gates. With the enticement of adventure, they urged me to join them in their search. We went to the gates and were met by a clocked figure. He told us to down the road for two days and then wait for further instruction. Then he disappeared. Really, he disappeared! He threw his clock around him, and then, poof, he was gone. I looked for him in hopes that I could see it again, that was so cool!
The cleric suspected Lewis, the guild master. They had already received other letters they tied to Lewis and the handwriting looked similar. Instead of traveling down the path into the primitive wilderness, we decided to stay in civilization. Lewis was our first suspect and his house was not hard to find. Since Lewis would already recognize the rest of the party, I decided to do some reconnaissance on my own. I went to the front door and invited myself in. My only interaction was with a scrawny little attendant. I got the feeling that everyone in the house was uneasy with my presence, almost as if they were trying to keep a secret. There were also more people around than there should’ve been if Lewis had really turned in for the night. I didn’t find D’nalia and didn’t get Lewis’ autograph. Actually, I couldn’t get much more information than the basic layout of the inside. As I mad my exit through the front door, I was followed by two crossbow wielding patrol guards.
It was time for more exploring, this time in stealth. I put my plate mail back on just because it looks so gosh darn good on me. Apparently one of the guards thought so, too, because he couldn’t stop staring at me. Liat and Ulric circled the property looking for a way in. I think they found a back door, dispatched some more guards, and rescued their wizard friend, D’nalia before making their exit. Ulric carried D’nalia back to the cleric for healing while Liat knocked out one of the two guards. Liat made her way back around to the front and started the guard watching me. He pointed the crossbow at her and again she started pleading. Really, this has got to be the wussiest fighter I’ve ever seen. I ran from my chair and knocked out the guard.
We regrouped, healed, and entered through the back door Ulric and Liat had used. We fought more guards inside, including the attendant rogue I had met earlier. There was also a wizard with a neat teleportation spell that triggered when we got adjacent to him.
*Note to self, buy a throwing hammer or a glaive.
Finally we got to Lewis’ cambers. It was a long fight. I think most of the party got bored, because half way through, they all fell asleep. That’s the first I’ve ever seen the a group take a nap in the middle of a fight. We knocked Lewis out and disarmed him. He’s tied up in the other room right now and we’re going to question him. I still want his autograph.