Grim's Journal

Night 2

Third of Sun’s Glory, year 4507

My night of rest at the Night Mare Inn was interesting. It has been several years since I slept in a human bed, so as a result I was not used to the awkward texture of the textiles that enveloped me. To make matters stranger, I had a dream about being a miner in a cave and unearthing a vast quantity of platinum. I was so excited that I sold it all and tried to buy a castle with the coin. How disturbing. Maybe it has something to do with all of that gold we found in the woods? I will investigate this further if it happens again.

After conversing with Gwayne and hearing a pleasant song played by Xoxo, we decided to visit Harald Bluetooth, the blacksmith of Cirenshire and Ruperiel’s boss. What a massive dwarf that man was. I have read about a few dwarves reaching five feet before, but nowhere near 5’5”. He sold the party some weapons and mentioned that his latest shipment of raw materials is sitting in a harbor in Holmfirth. Not wanting to close up shop to get it himself, he asked us to get it for him and we agreed. Bluetooth provided us with coin for the carriage and we were off.

We found Svanir, the carriage driver, amongst the most MAGNIFICENT ponies! So strong and sturdy, yet elegant and gorgeous. I asked nicely if I could ride one of them instead of sitting in the silly carriage but Svanir refused. After seeing my frustration, he promised me that I could ride one on the trip back. Soon, my pony friends, soon…

Once we reached Holmfirth, we headed straight for the docks to inquire about Bluetooth’s cargo on a ship. To our dismay, the ship carrying the cargo sunk into the ocean not too far off the harbor. Instead of abandoning Bluetooth’s supplies to the great depths, we decided to rent a boat and attempt to retrieve everything we can. However, Ruperiel, who somehow thought that he rented a boat indefinitely, got so excited that he prematurely set sail, not realizing that he had no idea how to operate such a vessel! I am almost certain that he did not hit his head on anything during our voyage to Holmfirth (to be fair, I was paying more attention to the ponies), so his behavior was both baffling and amusing. I will continue to take note of his behavior and see if he improves over time.

Sai was able to shoot an arrow attached to some rope all the way back to the dock, where he and Seres shimmied their way off the boat and pulled it back to the port. After acquiring a worthy shipmate to operate the ship, we traverse the calm waters to the location of the wreck. I assumed the shape of a giant octopus and surveyed the underwater scene, where I squeezed through a tiny opening and found the eight crates. As I hauled them back to our rental ship, two merrows emerge from the dark waters and assault the party! We fought bravely and vanquished our foes with ease.

We secured our payload and made it back to our carriage for a night’s rest. I will fall asleep thinking about the beautiful ponies that I will ride tomorrow…


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