The sun shines in the window of my room at the Thirsty Dog Inn, I can hear the revelers still going strong down in the tap room. I hope Tina made some good tips last night, the crowd was to say the least rowdy, Alyssa had her hands full keeping some semblance of order.
Crossing the room to my desk I pull out my To Do List, so many jobs so little time.
Look for missing apprentice Raboz in Underhalls
Find Captain Redrik's jewels and valuable animal pelts that were stolen and taken to the Underhalls.
Padraig has asked me to slay the guards in Strom's subterranean prison ward under the Keep and bring him back their heads as proof of the deed. (fun and profit)
Alyssa says the 'Hauler' has not been seen for some time, she wants me to go to the Underhalls and find him if I can.
Proxima believes that Strom has allied with the mysterious Black Ones, an inhuman race of demons who live on White Sands Isle. I need to locate their dwelling place and make sure to leave them in no position to harm the people of Tortage. (this will be fun and dangerous)
I don't want to go into the Underhalls today, so I think I will head over to White Sands Isle and cause some trouble. New Years Day should be loud, dangerous and fun... lots and lots of fun. Yes I think this job will fill the bill, also I have never seen one of these Black Ones before.
As I put my skiff in at the beach I see that it is littered with Picts of all things, well I wanted loud and dangerous and Picts are both, I hack and burn my way to the jungle and come upon my next challenge the native wildlife. Panthers, and Tigers and Apes ohhhh My. There are a bunch of them out today. I do my best to cull the herds as I make my way to the land of the Black Ones.
Just when I thought this was going to be boring what do I see but an outpost of Red Hand Guards....I will kill them just because it is the right thing to do. My recon shows just five guards, three outside the house and two inside. I quickly dispatch the guard at the gate. Next is the wandering guard, I lay in wait for him and make my move when he gets close. The cowardly dog called out for help and the third guard joined in the fight, it took a bit longer but I killed them both with my Pillar of Infernal Flame. That leaves just the two in the house, I sneak up on them and kill them both with ease I find that the only way out is to jump down a hole in the floor. I make the jump and am attacked by two plant like creatures, they are difficult to dispatch but in the end I am victorious. There is another hole to jump down to get to the out side of the structure, this time I am more cautious. I jump down to find a full grown Flesh-Eating Plant. Something told me that this day would not end well. I barely dispose of the monstrosity and its minion, I ask myself "it can't get any worse can it?".
I make my way up the ancient stairs toward the lair of the Black Ones, there are only two on guard at the top of the stairs, I prepare my attack....I have misjudged these creatures, their strength is overwhelming, I barely survive my encounter with them. As I make my way down the other side of the stairs I see the entrance to the Black One's Lair, there are three guards at the entrance, I know from my fight with the last two guards to be careful. I use my potions, my buffs, my best gear and begin my attack...it is over in the blink of an eye, those three creatures stomped me into a greasy spot with no trouble....note to self tell Proxima this job is going to cost big. I still don't know what the inside of the lair looks like, I hope to see it soon.
I drag my beaten body back to the Thirsty Dog Inn, I call for a hot bath, a hot toddy and a hot water bottle. The little maid seeing my busies, gets the bed pan and warms my bed for me, bless her sweet heart. The sun still shines in the window of my room and it is still New Years Day, I pray that the Gods have pity on me and make the rest of the New Year better than today.