Treialle: The Fourth Turning

Apeles entry 12
Well....that happened

Angry, frustrated, disheartened, These are just a few of the things im feeling at the moment. After saving those women i thought things would be looking up, even after what happened on the hill. I guess my resolve for coming here to this guild just, did not prepare me for this, or at least my expectations were wa off. I….still can not leave, there's not enough reason to. However, i do need a break from Farehaven, The fingers might help. i think i might prefer some of the missions that require travel. While there are a few faces i like to see in town, there are a few too many that are rather….unpleasant…..I should have joined my brother at the bar. next time maybe i should just make a clear cut decision. 

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Epp Anait Observations

As you step out of the jail into the warm, spring morning, Justiciar Anait sighs and shakes his head. "For a moment there, when he was professing his innocence, I almost believed him. Of course, criminals, and especially murderers, are accomplished liars. If he didn't have anything to hide, he would have opened his heart to the truth of Rissxx. Still, I always prefer when there is definitive proof of an accused's crime. It's much neater…"

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Anstar Amorin Log #10
Debate

I'll make this short and sweet. CROWNS!!!

But honestly friends, what do we hope to achieve here? I mean, I love a good mystery just as much as the next, and how I would love to see Khristos suffer because of this, but how can we possibly turn this offer down. Imagine what I – I mean WE – could do with that many crowns! Sailing the open seas is silly of course and nothing more than a child's fantasy to play captain, but imagine we take these crowns out of this god forsaken city. Imagine we find a place to settle where everyone and their dog are not wealthy beyond imagining. We could be kings elsewhere! I say let us take up this offer and leave this town for good. As always, however, I am a strong believe that there is no I in team and therefore I will do whatever the groups decides is best, but I do believe the choice is clear and I would hope, my friends, you do not mistake what a great opportunity this is.

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Cescill Vass: Log #11 "Debate"

"Ok, I want to make a few things perfectly clear before I continue with my reasons for my stance on the situation. First off I want to help the innocent to which we promised our efforts i proving his innocence, and catch the true murderer. Second, I will never stand in the defense or the light of o' sir pompous and devilish Khristos. Third and last, I do take a burden of responsibility for the events that transpired in my attempts to restore my sense of honor and pride. With that all said ans set, I still think it would be best to take up Lord Khristos offer <u>IF</u> we fail to find any further leads by at most the break of dawn, and this is why…"

  • With the evidence we have now, our only leads show us to either the aid of a master brewer to track the content of a now emptied flask, talking and secretly investigating at least 2-3 more people connected to the murder victim of Mrs. McGillis, and lastly tracking down some old woman who's description and actions only line up with a damned childish tale. Sadly, that's not much to go on, and little that we found actually disproves the innocent parties case. I've grown up and seen some harsh things back home, and a drunkard losing himself in the moment and forgetting what he did was among them.
  • We have an amazing opportunity at the moment to gain a real foot hold in our place here in Fairhaven. It's obvious that Khristos is no good man, but he is powerful and influential. We've already shown ourselves to many of the powerful figures here to be either incompetent or simply not worth their time. Even if we may hate this situation, sometimes you have to help yourself and be in a better place and state before you can help others.
  • Now I know most of us care not for money, myself included, but unlike the rest I've accepted the fact that most of our civilized world runs around the concept, and to simply just dismiss it as a distraction is just absurd. We need money, the very organization we are part of revolves around it, so why shouldn't we help ourselves for once.
  • I'm not going lie, the potential for gaining a sea fairing vessel is more of a personal desire for myself then it is for the rest of you, but please understand what choosing the vessel all entails. To begin, a vessel of that price would have a size capable of transporting all of us with ease, as well as give us many new opportunities we wouldn't be able to reach. It also provides our own base of operations if ever we need it as well as quarters to take shelter in. Plus how do the rest of you plan to learn without paying someone else to use their vessel for some price. Last of all for you who follow visions and dreams, what will you do if you believe it take you across the water where no other ship will dare touch. You'll be stuck waiting trying not only to purchase the vessel then, but to also train so that you may go in safety of your own skill. I know it's a lot of if's and maybe's, but if not for any of these reasons, then perhaps for me your friend. 
  • Lastly I want to bring up the whole 'promise' argument.  Yes, we promised the man that we would do what we could to help prove his innocence. Yes, I did say work ourselves tired till dawn in his defense. And yes, I understand the moral implications, and to a lesser degree the impact this has on the two of you. But, we made other promises in the past, and look how quick you all were to quit on those, do any of you even care anymore about the lives of the kobolds or the child you saved now in the clutches of a hag; or perhaps a reminder of the children turned to monsters and undead abominations. How many lives do we have to carry promising something we can;t even keep. What use are words when it is wealth and power that decides the fates and lives of all of us here in this world. What makes this mans life any more important that you can't just let it go like many of the others. I don't mean to offend any of you, bu even I'm starting feel unsure about all of this anymore after all that has happened.
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Nebrarlun's Log 11.1
8th of Palomentis

We are truly at a crossroads of what we are to do next with our party currently in a heated conversation on which is the correct path. 

It is my belief that we must continue unraveling the murder of Edna McGillis, Roni's dearest friend. Unfortunately, Cescill and Anstar feel as if our attention should be readjusted towards a guild mission that would have us explore "The Fingers" to determine if there can be harbor defenses and/or lighthouses built in that area. Lord Khristos is one of the main sponsors of the mission and has promised an incredible amount of crowns – 8000 – to be split amongst us or 10,000 in value to be spent on a ship. I am sure Anstar has chosen to readjust our focus due to the allure of the money and Cescill desires above all a ship to call his own…I present the following arguments as to why we must stay on course and determine the truth behind the untimely death of Edna.

  • Have you ever sailed with a dwarf? I would not wish that experience on anyone besides my worst enemies. Let us not forget, I nearly drowned during our journey in the sewers of Fairhaven! I cannot swim nor do I feel the necessity to learn how to do so in the present. If a ship is bought, you will find me in the exact middle of the boat, I will not so much step 3 feet near any edge of the ship. Pray for good weather…all of you! If the ship encounters any waves or weather that so much as sends me on my rear – you will have to deal with me at my worst!
  • Cescill is the only trained seamen amongst any of us. How long does it even take to train ONE person to be able to perform well on ship duties? Let me remind you, there are 4 untrained passengers and one of those passengers can't even swim/ will not perform any tasks that require to be near any of the ship's edge. 
  • Something I often forget – Cescill is still but a child amongst Dragonborns. I trust his seamanship and that he will be able to handle himself a ship but is he mature enough to lead us? It was he who said something along the lines of "I don't care if it takes until dawn of the 9th of Palomentis but we will solve this murder" and I greatly admired that devotion. How quickly he has changed his decision to now pursue a ship as soon as the promise of one was dangled in front of him. Him being a child may be to blame for how quickly he changed his mind… Remain steadfast Dragonborn! We need that resolute pursuit that I find in Apeles – hence why I still trust his judgment. 
  • I know it is tough for Anstar to turn down any form of payment, but this potential payment that Khristos is a part of is tainted payment and we must all carry that with us. We will be no better than Khristos' Champions if we choose to accept the guild mission and I would hate to be categorized in the same group as them. 
  • We cannot completely burn the bridge with Roni - many have warned us that it is best to remain on the right side with Roni and she is perhaps more influential than we are led to believe. Perhaps it is a bit selfish since it was I that has caused our relationship to strain with Roni, but I believe solving the murder can help us redeem ourselves amongst The Crown & Cup. While we may never reach the same relationship we once had with Roni, I believe it is a step in the right direction. Even if we fail, I believe Roni will at least deep down appreciate our efforts. We still have the night, do not give up friends! 
  • Zharina cannot turn her back against heinous crimes such as murder that have been committed and as such, neither can I. I, no WE,  have already failed Shinuroz Flowrumm and we cannot fail someone else again. 
  • When we do leave Fairhaven, I would like to leave it in a better state than how it was when we all first arrived. Furthermore, I would like us to have a better standing amongst the citizens of Fairhaven when we leave than when we first arrived.

Now, as Cescill wisely pointed out (one of the reasons I forget he is a child sometimes), if we do in fact run out of leads and can make no headway with the murder by the end of the night…I must graciously admit defeat and realize that there is no other solution that will allow us to solve the murder but I pray we do not reach that conclusion. If the money does go towards a ship, we will indeed be able to travel to far reaching lands but we will be stalling/ possibly abandoning any foothold that we have in Fairhaven. As our accomplishments begin to proper recognition in Fairhaven, payment will surely follow which will make Anstar and Cescill very happy and I will happily invest part of my future payments towards Cescill's ship – but do not expect to find me ever on it! If Anstar agrees to forgo the guild mission in favor of solving the murder, I believe that I can work out an arrangement with him where he receives part of my share of crowns each time we are paid. He already knows that I will not accept payment that I think is tainted – as was such when we were paid for discovering what happened to the convoy to Brax Prison.  

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Apeles entry 11.1
Argument

Now everyone look. I know the promise of 8000 crowns to split among us, or 10000 crowns to buy a ship for travel seems….tempting. However we made a promise here, we promised a man that we'd see it through so that he wouldn't hang. Would you honestly trade an innocent life for a shiny distraction that a wicked man like Kristos would throw at you. I have my duty as a Knight of Paloma to follow through on my promises, but i also have a duty towards you all as a friend. As a friend, im asking that we follow through on the investigation, we speak to the baronette and exhaust every lead we have. This goes beyond us and for all we know, we caused this by speaking with Illoan. We need to finish what we started or this will become a habit, stopping doing the good thing because some curr presented a temptation to stray. Kristos is no better than a demon at this point. I did not come here for money or to serve but to be a legitimate hero. We need to finish this for not only ourselves, but for Roni, for Edna, for David and for every innocent person here. People in this town do not give a thought for the unfortunate, they did not even mention the children that were casualties of the necromancer weeks ago. The lord's will continue to soak their hands in the blood of whoever is convenient, It's all to common and someone needs to be made an example of for this tyranny to cease.

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Nebrarlun's Log #10

I continue to struggle with what is expected of me as a follower of Zharina… I finally was able to visit the temple of Zharina in Fairhaven and made a complete mockery of myself in front of the high priestess Jamila. I know very little of the proper religious customs that is expected of anyone be alone a follower of Zharina. My first mistake was interrupting Jamila in  the middle of her prayers, my second mistake was not knowing to place donations upon every visit, and my third mistake was not knowing the proper times to pray. Zharina, perhaps this is why you continue to throw misfortune upon me! Jamila informed me of how I can better connect with you Zharina and let me know that there is a guild quest that will allow me to bring myself much closer to you…that is if my friends and I are given the opportunity despite what I caused to happen.

Roni, shame on her, seemed to have been friends with the high priest of Quarre - Illoan and he paid my friends and I a visit at The Crown & Cup. I wished to have NO part in dealing with him and distanced myself from him but could not but help overhear his shear rudeness in bashing and making fun of Zharina. I could not idly sit by as he continued to mock my goddess and came to Zharina's defense. What happened next has caused a deep damage within me. Illoan challenged me to a trial-by-combat and I wished I could have had more time to think on it but in my haste and my poor judgment…I refused and unfortunately all of Crown & Cup bore witness to my shameful act. To make matters worse, I expressed my disdain towards Roni allowing followers of Quarre into her inn and she did not take kindly towards my words and with little time to prepare – has kicked us out of what we believed was our "second home". 

There is no justifying my cowardly act of rejecting Illoan's trial by combat but I still feel that I need to express to myself and you Zharina why I declined. I do not know of all the laws and rules of Fairhaven, and feel as if engaging in a trial by combat (regardless of if it's to the death or until someone yields) would be against the laws of Fairhaven. I know Jamila thinks highly of the laws and I thought it would be best not to upset her. Furthermore, Illoan is a high priest – I am but a cleric who cannot even pay his respects to a temple properly. Lastly, I was truly scared for my life… It was up to me for what the terms would be if we engaged in a trial by combat and I could have easily chosen to fight using bare hands but who knows if he would have abided by the rules since he is a follower of Quarre…

I have caused myself, the Icefury Clan, and my friends a deep sense of shame that I hope to rectify in the coming future. Cescill is determined to regain some dignity for himself and the group since he now has challenged Illoan to a trial by combat. Illoan will let us know tomorrow morning. I know I have caused disappointment with my actions…but I am thankful that my friends have not abandoned me during this shameful time. I am truly indebted to them!

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Apeles Interlude
To save time

After our second meeting with the High priest of Quarre, I broke off from my group and made my way to the temple of Paloma. I greeted Lady Semolina, before placing two crowns in the poor box. After i found a place i could meditate and pray silently as i faced the oak tree speaking my heart out to Paloma, knowing that with each beat of my heart the message would be delivered to her. I went over everything that had happened over the past few weeks, rethinking my missteps , on how i could have helped more and lessened the harm that evil had happened. My mind drifted to the children that died, the first time i had killed, the slaughter of the kobolds, and to that hag. I asked for forgiveness and reaffirmed my oaths. Finally i ask her for any aid she can give us come tomorrow, For i do not trust any knowledge that Quarre gives.

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Apeles entry 10

The High Priest of Quarre. Let me put this straight, I do not trust him for one second. I dont not agree with what he says about the followers of Zharina nor do i agree with his willingness to shed blood over a fruitless argument. The more he spoke the more i disliked him, he seems hospitable at first but he quickly goes into his own biases and fanatical thinking, which is especially troubling when dealing with one of Quarre the last malevolent. If anything i am only maintaining my hospitality because of my promise to Uschymna, We're only to watch. It is not yet the time to act. Until it is i will keep treating him….fairly as i would an aquintance, unless he gives me completely fair reason not to.

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Anstar Amorin Log #9

While adventuring through the ogre cave we came many things. The dragonborn and I found oxen and horses we could use, my brother and the dwarf found some prisoners, and the glacian found the most important of all things- loot! There was so much stashed away here in the cave! A strange gnomish machine, glass panes, a jeweled abacus, a barrel of nails, oh the list goes on and on. So we were able to gather everything, including the now freed prisoners, and use the oxen to carry it all out of the cave. 

Upon returning to the site of the battle we found that our prisoners of war had managed to escape somehow and that they took a few things with them. Good riddance I say. Once we returned we were able to repair the cart there and so we made camp nearby and left the next morning.

One of the prisoners was very quiet and difficult to deal with, but we were able to persuade her with food. That and the glacian woman we found finally came to. She was quite the loudmouth, and just like everyone else on this damn world, she was very full of herself. I mean c'mon. You got yourself captured by ogres and we saved your life, and instead of, "Oh my god! Thank you heroes!" it's, "so you just managed to kill an ogre, huh?" It's all making me rather homesick.

We managed, however, to safely make our way back to the prison and claim our reward. It was there I received this strange coin. I'm not yet sure what it is about it, but I am rather drawn to it. It feels like it could be important down the road. After a quick stop here we headed back to Farehaven.

Upon our return we were greeted by nothing less than a fan of ours. So this is how it feels to be appreciated. I can't say that I don't enjoy it. Thoroughly. And who knows, perhaps there is money to be made here. But that can wait. For now I am tired from our journey and wish to exchange this loot for some cold hard crowns.

We ended up trading in the loot for some horses. Not really what I had in mind, but certainly I can see the value to be had. And the strangest thing happened while I was making a deal for us. I simply asked for an even exchange for our goodies and when that happened I felt a warm glow on my neck, and then… we got it. I mean I don't think I need help in closing a deal or anything, but still I wonder if somehow this new coin I received had anything to do with it. Anyways, we had one last stop to make before heading in for the Crown and Cup.

My brother accompanied me to find the jeweler here in town so that I could have the abacus appraised while the rest of the party went off to waste their time with that old fool Q. We were stopped, surprisingly, on our way by the local tailor. He invited us in to have a look at his wares and we obliged him. He was an odd fellow, that man. He made me feel a little uneasy, and his prices were outrageous. Unfortunately he took up so much of our time that when we finally left the jeweler had already closed for the day. There's always tomorrow I suppose. And with that we returned to meet up with our companions at the Crown and Cup.

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