Icebreakers

Jaela's Journal 03
Session 17

AGM 627, ?? ??

I need to find out what day it is. This journal is getting ridiculous.

I should write something down about my rescuers.

Barb is big, strong. I suppose he is cute, if you like the type. He seems sharp and has good instincts. But then he opens his mouth and says something impossibly stupid. Still, he is brave and is always first to the fight. I like brash people. They make things interesting. He also gave me a forgemaster amulet he found. That was nice of him.

Ku has many names. He seems proud of how confusing they all sound to me. He does not speak much, which seems strange. I do not know many gnomes, but their race does not have a reputation for being quiet. He is also a spell slinger, good one from what I have seen so far.

Lia is an elf. A pity there is no dwarf among the group. Few things are funnier than a dwarf telling elf jokes to an elf. I know several myself but I can never seem to tell them right. Lia is also quiet, though it seems more deliberate in her case. She is a cautious fighter, though I suppose most archers are. She also has a rather strange obsession with spears.

Lady Akra is the leader of the group, at times — it is still not clear to me.  She is a dragonborn woman. I never saw one before. They are huge!  She is a smart fighter, disciplined. She is also very wise. She knows a great deal about arcane magic and rituals. Uncommon for a soldier, but very valuable. She seems to share in Lia's obsession with spears. Oddly enough, neither of them actually carries a spear.

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Jaela's Journal 02
Still in the first session.

AGM 627, ?? ??

It is very likely that everyone I knew is dead. Dwarves do not live far into their second century anymore. I keep thinking of Boris. He always had faith in the plan. I tested his faith a great deal but it never faltered. I think that is why he pushed me so hard in training. He wanted to repay me for all the grief I caused him. Dwarves and their grudges.

Boris was so strong. He liked to say he was a warrior who learned to wield magic and everyone else was a priest who learned to fight. And I was a thief who could not seem to learn either.

I wonder what happened to Boris. I did not think anything could take him, but he was not young. Whatever it was, it was bound to have been impressive. Like when he led the defense of Pharae. Moradin's beard, he was the defense of Pharae that day! I remember, after the fighting, passing out from exhaustion.  And he was still up, casting healing spells on any who needed.

Whatever Moradin wants me to do, I wonder why he did not put Boris to it instead.  Surely, he would have been more capable than me. Regardless, I am the one who is here. I can at least honor Boris. I owe him much more but it is a start.

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Jaela's Journal 01
1st Session

AGM 627, ?? ??

My memory is unreliable. I am writing things down, should I ever need it.

I should start at the beginning.

As near as I can tell, I have spent over a hundred years asleep in some kind of magical stasis. I do not know how this happened. I certainly do not remember entering stasis. In fact, I cannot recall my last memory. I have memories, to be sure — both routine things and specific events. But if I try to organize my memories into a timeline, things get jumbled towards the end. There are other gaps too — places, people, names I should remember but do not.

So, unreliable memory and therefore I am writing things down. With luck, this is a side effect of the stasis and will pass naturally. Of course, the last time I had any luck was when I did not get arrested for robbing the temple. And I am still not sure how lucky that really was. No, somebody did this to me.  And they tampered with my mind. Which raises the question: why? Could this be what the priests meant when they said there was a plan for me?

I was awakened by four strangers. Adventurers by the look of them. They tell me it is now AGM 627. They seemed truthful. In any case, much time has passed. The fortress is in ruins — my rescuers were there to explore it.

I do not know what happened yet. All I have so far is a name: Eritheya, a mage who attempted to carry out some sort of ritual here.  The ritual hurt many souls. I helped the one I could but it was not enough. I need to find Eritheya, she has much to explain. She may also have some answers about what happened to the order and to me.

I also need to repay the folks who rescued me. With luck, they will want to chase Eritheya and I can stay with them.

I seem to be counting on a lot of luck. Careful Jaela, that is precisely when it runs out

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