Into the Depths

Artanas's Log: Setting Out

We set out today, to hunt down some of the goblins attacking the farms. It was me, Jaridan, his brother Ardan, Kyari, Isabelle, Edas, Valana, and the dwarf, Brottor.

Things started out well. Following the plume of smoke, we found the band of goblins in short order and took them down fairly easily, Jaridan having perhaps too much fun with his grappling hook. Three archers escaped, but no one could deny we were victorious.

It was short lived, however. More trails of smoke showed on the horizon, including one that was over my homestead.

It took all of my resolve not to break into a run and leave my companions behind.

My home was in shambles. My father, Jentis, and his brother, Po, were dead. Despite our differences, I did love them, but I didn’t have time to dwell on it, not yet. Everyone else was gone.

If you had told me a day before that I’d be using what I learned tracking boars and deer in my own home, I’d have thought you mad, but here I was, examining the tracks left in the dirt, trying to deduce as much as possible.

Many had fled. I don’t know what happened to them, but it appears the goblins took everyone else captive. I think I saw Adriana’s footprints. There were so many marks, it was hard to tell. It could have been a goblin – their feet aren’t much bigger – but something inside me is convinced that they have my sister.

There was debate over what we should do. I didn’t listen. I told them I was getting back my sister, and they could join me if they wanted. Brottor sent Valana back to report, and hopefully get reinforcements. Thank Kelendenras for cooler heads than mine.

I can’t really think straight. I don’t know what the goblins have planned for my family, for my sister, but I won’t give them the chance.



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