Played on April 22nd, 2012
April 3rd, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
We walked pretty quietly for a day. Although people were complaining
a bit, most accepted the situation and were glad that they were free.
Boulder planned to propose to the freed prisoners the same deal that he had
proposed to the previous group: they could choose to be free and live among
their families again, or they could join our resistance.
But then we had an unexpected visit the second night. At last watch
(Galtar's) he was surprised by a shadowy figure which was creeping up to
our makeshift camp. Galtar confronted the figure at once and it turned out
to be ... Auric!
He had quite a tale to tell. At first it was just Galtar and him, but soon
they woke the whole camp as they did not bother anymore to be a little quiet.
It turned out to be quite an attraction in the early morning.
Auric told us that Rolin had gone on a rampage in Choskan. He had
Vera beheaded (ouch!) and the others had apparently taken at least severe
beatings if not worse. That was why he had ran away.
For some reason though, he dumped all the blame on us, when he saw that
we had indeed freed the prisoners. That, I could not agree with. If not
for our actions, the prisoners would likely not have survived as well.
Furthermore, we could not know what Rolin would do even after our deed.
Surely we were not ignorant and we knew there would be repercussions;
but in this I strongly felt that the goddess would have us choose the
same path again whatever the consequences -- accepting the rule of
the Greyskins is not an option.
Auric strongly disagreed with me and we nearly got into a shouting match.
He decided however that he would accept my viewpoint for now; but I am not
entirely sure he did so for the right reasons. He also explained that he did
not have anywhere else to go.
While all this was going on, Deirdre and Marcus had also joined the
onlookers. Auric blamed us for "freeing the criminals" as well; that
bothered me again because, while it might be true, it was not
proven at all at this point. I know from experience that the greyskins will
put people in prison for no reason at all. Again I felt that he jumped
to conclusions way too hastily.
What did come out though, is that Deirdre is indeed a "warlock". This
took a while to establish because mostly Marcus did the talking and he
did not want to reveal Deirdre's secret, which is totally understandable.
They explained that they had kept it silent because they were not sure of
their rescuers. Which only made me shake my head -- there's so much mistrust
in everyone these days, no wonder that the Greyskins still reign free.
With all that cleared up, the sun had already risen on the horizon.
That meant that we had to make haste. Tharen pointed out that Auric could
very well have set the Greyskins on our path. So we made for a welltraveled
road and made some time on that.
April 5th, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
On the evening of the fourth day we were near our forest. Here, Boulder
set out the options for the freed prisoners: either join us, or go your own
way now. From the freed people, only five decided to part ways. Five
more said they would join but when pressed they really just wanted to
come along; Boulder made sure that everyone knew what they were getting
into. The rest, which was 25 people, including Deirdre and her bunch,
decided they would join us. That made me very happy.
April 6th, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
And so, on the morning of the next day, we finally arrived at our camp.
It was well tended, which was a good sign. People had been busy.
We were welcomed although there was a bit of hesitation with welcoming all
April 13th, 21 Years After the Departure (Atd)
We took our time for a bit, to readjust to the new people, build more
housing, gather stock, etc. However a week in, Kalanael came to speak
to Boulder about 'something'. This turned out to be his fears that the new
people would not "fit in" or something like that. We had to provide for them,
etc. Again the mistrust reared it's ugly head. Luckily Boulder convinced
Kalanael (quite forcefully) that everybody was welcome to stay. They did have
to join the work, and basically be able to provide for themselves -- but
it appeared that the newcomers did not carry trouble in that way. So
Kalanael had to agree.