10th of Dancing Clouds
It seems as if this is a week of confusion. The first day I make an Armor potion, as I finish Sky notices what I have been doing and kicks me out of the tent. Kassegore starts his day off by attempting to organize the Ranger’s gear, in the storage room. I walk out to see Artivan and several other Rangers pilling up on Kassegore, who looks like he went a bit crazy and I continue on my way to set my kit up in Artivan’s office. That evening I find out that an Ogre got upset on how Kassegore was ordering individuals around and backhanded Kassegore. That would set Kassegore off, I wonder if the rest know not to injure him to keep him from becoming his other part? They should now. There are rumors that Salvator has spent the day exploring, although no one has seen him since dawn. We find out later that he was being followed by some individuals wearing red bandanna.
Inside an Inn Rok-tar teaches one of his cooks a receipt so that they can have something for their grand opening.
The next day, still no one has seen Salvator. Kassegore has pulled himself back together and comes into Artivan’s office with a lot of paperwork for him to sign. Saying that these are the requisition requests, supply lists and the patrol rotations. I’ve managed to be quiet as I have been working on a Dark Sight potion. Artivan is very confused at this side of Kassegore and starts asking questions about the behavior from yesterday. Artivan starts yelling for someone to find Salvator so he can make sense of what is going on.
Salvator is found by Vhen, Maggpie and Sky in a very bad part of Sog. They found him because he had used his powers in order to end a fight that happened. They bring Salvator to Artivan’s office which is very clean and organized thanks to Kassegore. I find out about this as I am making another Armor potion. Artivan is slightly upset about the injured that Salvator inflicted. I look up to see Artivan’s face as he’s attempting to figure out what has happened to Salvator and Kassegore, and can’t help but laugh. Due to the laughter, I make a noise loud enough to bring Artivan’s attention to me. As Artivan figures out what I am doing, he starts to yell at me about the space being his office not a lab. This is very confusing. I never had to worry about where to make potions before, making things was easier while I was on my own. I mean as long as I was upwind of the hunters it didn’t matter. Artivan then gives me an address and a note. He states that I am to be sure that they don’t turn me away. I look at him confused, he manages to interpret my look correctly as he says it’s all in the note. I head off to the address.
Kassegore starts to pull out tombs of papers and then attempts to get an Orc to run the papers to different places. The Orc then complains that the Goblinesh are very confused at
Kassegore’s behavior. As he is very smart one day and then he will be ripping off faces and eating them the next. There needs to be some consistency! Otherwise things will not be so good. Kassegore then starts to snarl his orders at the Goblinesh, they are now very happy about the scary Dregordian acting only one way.
The address is an Inn, called The Hero’s Heart Inn. I am met at the door by a Dwarf, who starts listing off the rules.The first is that I cannot make potions in my room, the next one is that I fully clean up the workstation, even after explosions. This has me confused, potions explode? Well I am new at this and really haven’t had the opportunity to make potions in a town before. I am happy that I now have my own room! I head back to the tent to find it’s gone. I stop a Ranger trainee to see where it had been moved to. It seems while most of the others were out finding Salvator the rest of the Rangers decided that Felosia, Maggpie, Sky and Gunther needed actual rooms and they moved them into the commanders’ rooms._ I hope that I am not going to be blamed for this!_ The Ranger trainee shows me to the rooms that have been allowed for them and separate out the gear. I grab my stuff and head back to the inn to make a Healing Potion. This one doesn’t seem to be as good as the others that I have made so far.
It’s the 16th of Dancing Clouds and Rok-tar gets ready for the grand opening. That evening Salvator shows up and looks like he’s having a good time. Kassegore heads out of town to see if he can attempt to get a better handle on his inner beast, it doesn’t sound like he had much success. We find that Bahiya had been working on interrogating the Prelacy prisoners and had been getting some success. I make another Armor potion and Rok-tar has started to make his. He seems very upset on how I arranged my ingredients, and then he notices a fact that I didn’t. For most of these potions I was using bad ingredients. He quickly looks over my five potions and determines that yes they are usable for what I made. He was so impressed at my skill that he gives me the instructions for one of his potions called Turtle Tincture. Salvator looks like he is really enjoying himself.
We start to have individuals coming in complaining about the sounds coming from the woods. It sounds like Kassegore is still not having any luck in controlling his inner beast. We found out later that the sounds, were actually Dregordian songs. The ones that are forbidden to be sung due to the fact that they can’t be sung properly unless one has lost control.
Rok-tar makes another potion. Bahiya attempts to convert the Prelacy prisoner. Salvator is very drunk at this point and casts deflection using visual trappings of light. His slurred speech and over dramatically gestures has me laughing so hard I fall off of my stool. Shortly after that Kassegore comes in with another Dregordian. Both of them being extremely bloody and cut up. Artivan yells at him saying that he was disrupting the evening. They take the deer and bear that they have with them to the back, and head to the front. Rok-tar takes a look at the two of them and then throws a potion at them. The potion bubbles up and as Kassegore starts to hiss that the potion is starting to get everywhere it gets into his mouth. When the bubbles finally get done, both Kassegore and the other Dregordian are clean.
Artivan says: “I want a barrel of that!”
Rok-tar says: “It takes time to make it.”
Artivan: “I’ve invested enough, I want a barrel.”
Rok-tar: “I’ll start on it in the morning.”
The story behind the deer and bear is a funny one. Kassegore tell us that he was attempting to control his inner beast and then sang songs of his people. When he got hungry, he threw his Kayakor at a deer killing it. As he went to get the deer, a bear had taken his singing as a challenge and attacked Kassegore. Luckily for Kassegore, the other Dregordian was in the area looking for him and she helped him take out the bear. They then decided to prove themselves to each other. After coming to the decision that they are both worthy opponents they headed back here. We have a good night. As the night progresses, and more people show up at the Inn, I set myself up in the rafters.
The next morning Kassegore comes downstairs and grabs a haunch of meat. There is an Orc that comes in and looks over the room, then walks up to the table that Artivan is sleeping on and knocks it over. This makes Artivan cranky, that or the hangover that he has. This manages to startle me out of my perch, I manage to catch myself before I hit the ground. I notice that Rok-tar is up so I get everyone cups of coffee. Salvator seems to still be in a good mood as he casts light on Rok-tar just after the first cup of coffee. Rok-tar then asks what I did to his coffee, I point to Salvator. Rok-tar then asks the same of Salvator. Salvator attempts to look very innocent. Rok-tar then gets me to help getting people food and coffee.
We find out that the Orc that woke up Artivan is called Kragen. Artivan and he start having a conversation. Artivan looks Kragen over and then promotes him to Ranger First Class, after being offended that he was still just a Ranger. As I put a plate of food in front of Artivan, he then asks why I am still a trainee. I indicate that I can’t speak the oath. He then asks: “Do you swear to be a Ranger and uphold the oath of a Ranger and do Ranger-ly things?” I nod, and he then tells me that I am a full Ranger and then demands that someone get me a cloak. Salvator then hands me a full Ranger cloak.
Kragen then looks like he remembered something and then asks Salvator and Artivan if they have done their morning prayers. Salvator and Artivan head off to do their prayers, Artivan not going far from the inn. As he starts his prayers, Kragen leans out the door and tells Artivan to pray correctly. Artivan comes back saying that you can make a man pray, but you can’t make him pray in a certain way. Hearing Artivan being cranky, I gesture to Rok-tar that Artivan needs something to make him less cranky. Rok-tar hands me a potion and says it’s a wake up potion. In the middle of their argument, I pour it down Artivan’s throat. Artivan takes a moment to make funny faces at the taste, I smell the bottle and find out that it was the super strong coffee that Rok-tar needs some mornings.
Artivan looks up and says: “We’re good, right?” Methinks he was speaking to an ascended. Then still making faces at the taste in his mouth, he and Kragen head back into the Inn. Artivan starts to fill in Kragen on the situation. Kragen states that he is just passing through and that he is willing to stay for a bit. Artivan states that this is not the normal state of affairs here in Sog, but after the battle at Thuls and being pinned in on two different sides everyone needed this. I hand Kragen a note that said for the normal state of affairs to see Sargent Felosia or Corporal Sky.
Artivan then says that Sargent Felosia is his second in command.
As the conversation goes on, Artivan then asks Kragen for a favor. The favor is to tell command that he is unfit for command. Kragen asks: “Why would I do that?”
Artivan: “You hate me, just like everyone else.”
I hand Artivan a note that says: “I stopped making potions in your office.” He seemed to cheer up a bit at that.
Artivan then goes into how he needs Kragen to help out with training the Goblinesh forces in order to help him with the planning on us keeping Sog, when the enemy returns. Kragen states then train them to be skirmishers. Artivan says that since they are the bulk of the forces that he needs them to stay at the walls and learn to hold the line. This is how Kragen can help as Kragen can speak the language and speak to them. Kassegore then says something to Kragen in Goblinesh and Kragen responds. Artivan gets a disgusted look on his face and tells Kassegore that he is showing off. I hand Artivan a note that says Shadrach can help with the planning. Artivan nods at me.
Rok-tar disappears for a while. Artivan gets up and saying that he needed to get back to work. Kassegore mentions that there is a pile of paperwork that needs Artivan’s signature. Artivan doesn’t look happy at this news, as he heads out the door Artivan tells me that there is paperwork to fill out.
Later that day, I head over to the office to do the paperwork I run into Rok-tar who is handing Artivan a large jar. It’s the requested clean potion. There is a note on the bottle that says not to use near a bookcase as it will clean the ink off of the pages. Artivan looking scared, hands me the bottle and tells me to put it somewhere safe. Kassegore comes in to the office with more paperwork at this point. As he has been working well as the Quartermaster I then turn to him and with the note towards him, let him read it and then hand it to him. Kassegore scowls at it, as Artivan yells not to give it to him as he will eat it. Rok-tar then exclaims that it would kill Kassegore if he attempts to.
Kassegore asks me what it is. I sign back that Artivan ordered it and said to put it somewhere safe, and since he is the master of all that is equipment for the Rangers he would know where the best place would be. Kassegore then looks at Artivan and says: “I have more paperwork for you and this needs to be filled out in triplicate.” Artivan blanches at this news as Kassegore walks out of the office. Artivan calls out that he would like Kassegore to keep switching the behavior as it will keep everyone on their toes.
I sign the paperwork that makes me a full Ranger.
I wonder what Dad would say about this. I have to see if I can find where he’s stationed.