Hello there celestial watching over myself and my company, you have seen what I have done but perhaps not why I did it or my opinion on the events! Well I am now speaking to inform you on what has happened thus far. It started out with my landing on this new land, I was excited to see this new world and explore. I however quickly grew tired of my employer, he treated us more as servants than workers. He also constantly calls everybody by incorrect names, either because he purposefully wishes to annoy us or because he actually views us that below him that our names don’t matter, as a side note he is incredibly xenophobic and intolerant of everybody not a white human. At one point I was able to get enough free time to go to the grand Eternal Library as the priest accompanied me. The Priest is a fine fellow, he has an interesting personality and we get along well. While at the library I read up on the various races we may run into and tried to read up on some new spells but it was for not, I could find nothing. During this the Priest found some interesting information, our employer is from a land that was wracked during the shifting land event and never recovered. It is possible he is a lord as he claimed but if its true then it is likely he is lord of little.
Eventually during one of the later dates we spotted a trail of smoke coming from a different Island and everybody else rushed to the cause for whatever damned reasons they want to give. Myself and Hog went to the inn and watched from the rooftop. I had Femur fly around and update me on the events and eventually once it started to die down we left to check it out in person. Once we arrived it appeared that a thief group broke into a warehouse and stole artifacts from the sun church. I summoned the souls of the fallen and spoke with them to learn that they had been payed to raid it. Prior to this it appeared that the others had decided to attack them as well and the Priest had his head bashed in and was close to death. His sister was able to bring him back with their holy power though. I am unsure about the sister, she is a Palidan of the Asture Lady, a goddess of tactics and combat, but she hardly acts it. Besides forming a plan or discussing with others she charged headfirst towards the commotion like a mindless oaf, this is what lead to her brother nearly dying.
Eventually a man known as Red came and offered us a job, simply wait for a guild to visit us and they would have a job for us, but Piggy wouldn’t hear it and instead believed that Red was out to get us. Eventually Hog got a deal from somebody he talked to while fucking some whores to retrieve a signet ring that had been stolen, very likely the same quest the guild was going to offer us. I agreed with this plan however because it was suspiciasly close to a conversation I had been having with Antonio. He had a coin forged by dragons that was a gift from the gods apparently. The coin was obviously magical and I read it for us before suggesting maybe we could go there, however we would likely need to buy passage which would be near impossible. Back to the deal Hog arranged, the reward for this is a seaworthy ship. after a short conversation we agreed on the deal and set out the next morning.
We boarded the fastest ship I’ve ever seen and were on our way. Shortly into the voyage however we were attack by sea monsters. men made of seaweed crawled their way up the ship and attacked the sailers, there was a skirmish and I attempted to help but magic missle did little to them and I can do little with my staff. Suddenly a GIANT creature plunged from the water and landed on the deck causing it to wobble, we attacked it for a little while until eventually the Palidan brought to the edge of human performance by her brother cleaved it in two, she may not follow her gods ideals but she can use her sword quite effectively. As they fought I saw that our doctor was attempting to cower and save face by feigning healing a dead man by dragging him below deck. I called him on this farce and instead found another man that we could try to actually save. I was making some proggress… he however not only hindered me but did more damage than he repaired. When I called him on this with an insult he lost his temper and put a knife to the dying mans throat and made a threat towards both of us, at this moment however to both my benefit and surprise .just as we thought we won more of the seaweed men appeared, but this time they were very large. as the sister charged in the priest brought hog back as he had been pierced through the chest. This caused the “doctor” to stumble and fall down, I attempted to strike him in the head to render him unconscious, but of course my strength failed me as usual and it did little but add a lump to his head. Luckily he thought better of his position and began to apologize profusely and swear to not do it again. viewing the situation I agreed to let him be and continue to work on the dying. It was at this moment however that the doctor drew something from his clothing, stabbed himself with it and he transformed into some kind of monster. logically I was very aghast by this and stumbled away, he kept his wits however and attacked the monsters. eventually we won and then we took the places rowing of the fallen.
once we got to land we found a tavern and once we got a private room we had some fun smoking something called Pipeweed that the doctor monster had. The next morning I awoke early and attempted to finally pry into my staff and see what it can do…. I was met with something disturbing however. It called out in my mind for power and sacrifice, that night when I finally contacted my master he simply stated the staff was a gift and a test, which unsettled me further. It was soon that we were back on the road, but I had been forced to buy clothing and a horse from my own purse as I am now a partner not an employee. the following few days I was seated upon a horse for longer than the rest of my life combined. When we finally broke for camp and to rest the horses I webbed the trees to reduce the paths in for intruders. This however did not stop a lone hunter from peacefully approaching and asking to warm himself by our fire. Hog the man he is of course mad false and veiled threats that the hunter shrugged off, this did not please hog so he shot a small fireball at the man, the hunter then scared as he was stumbled off cursing us under his breath. This enraged Hog even further as he jumped on his horse to catch up to the man, he attacked him once more and the hunter finally defended himself with a thrown dagger and Anotonie shot him down with a bow. I could not believe this, he was an innocent man that simply wanted to warm himself and they killed him in cold blood and then burn him in the fire the next morning. I was half tempted to raise the man to extract revenge but thought better of it as it would draw attention and cause Hog to think he was smart and correct to kill him in the first place.
As we arrived in the next hamlet we hired a tracker to lead us further and somebody to watch our horses while we were out. We hiked out early the next morning and remained on the road for a few days. one night as I was on watch we were attacked by the animals of the land known as timber lions, they took us by surprise, pouncing on me dealing great damage. I panicked, fell back, screamed for help and created clones to cause it harder to attack me. This did not stop the beast however, it clawed one of the clones down before delivering a terrible bite to my neck. it punctured my neck destroying it and sending me to the afterlife…. but for some odd reason as I saw the skeleton hand and scale of Thalratas to send me to my earned afterlife I saw the doors open and I was snapped back to life in a flash of light. I was terrified and fled to the back of the cave reaching at my own throat. I found knotts of scars already formed at my neck and realized I had been chosen by the gods for some purpose. Knowing this I rejoined the fight, the doctor had lobbed something at one of the lions causing it to explode half of its muzzle and it began to flee before I hit it with magic missle defeating it right at the edge of my range. the palidan felled another of the lions and I turned to the final remaining lion putting it down with another lucky missle. the priest did his duty and rushed to heal everybody that had been hurt during the fight, I commend him for this but also curse him for allowing me to fall even though I know there was little he could do. We elected to move the bodies away from our cave and I was able to stay there without anybody suspecting anything other than when I was gathering some of it’s claws. In reality I did that and then followed a plan I had been pondering. Although not a spell I was able to focus some undead power into it’s wounds and they healed, it was ugly and not great but the wound closed! I then thought about raising it and using it as a mount, a fine idea to me but I feel I should conceal my abilities for as long as I can, hopefully by that time I have gained their trust and befriended them enough they do not immediately judge and forsake me. we continued marching ahead until we realized there was an unnatural silence in the air and we found a horrific site.
A man sitting at a tree being buried my the falling snow. Our guide informed us in his emotional state that this was a friend of his and a fellow guide. I inspected the body and found his ears had been pierced by a dagger and a human bite mark on this shoulder. I suggested the palidan check the area with the guide, partially to make sure we were safe but mostly to get him away as I spoke to his dead friend. However when I cast the spell all I heard in my head was madness causing me to break it, woe to me for not putting the peices together at the point! from this point Antonio began to loose his wits and constantly peering over his shoulder. We eventually made it to the hunting tavern to find it boarded and in disarray. We found little outside but the inside was horrendous! blood smeared on walls, fingernail clawmarks on the floor, and lumps in the bed. I thought there was nothing about a body that could unsettle me at this point but I was wrong. In the bed was a slightly bloated body that had been half cannibalized, I immediately lost all that was in my stomach. the palidan was able to tell there was an evil presence in the other room but we wished to investigate to no avail. as we were doing this she went outside and we heard a scream, I was just able to see a burst of flame. and then both she and duck were on the ground. the priest quickly repaired her burnt flesh and gave a justified kick to the head to duck. we dragged him away and convinced hog to burn the whole place burn. we watched anxiously until sudddenly a humanoid creature burst forward and attack, we slaid it and when I inspected it I finally realized what was going on, a Wendigo! I never thought I would face one and never wished to, this one was in the midst of transforming but I relized a full blown one was following us. We tried to decide on a plan and eventually decided against antonio and headed back into the forest where the guide knew of a defensible spot.. We travelled untill we found a skeleton frozen in place pointing in the opposite direction, clearly a fear tactic… and it worked. our guide and anotonio immediately fled and the priest stopped antonio. Suddenly a blur past and a pale phantom flame sat in it’s place, our guide gone. as we stood perplexed a soft thud sounded until we noticed it was a head! I hate to admit it but I did flee to the womans side clutching to her, hoping her strength enough to hold me if the beast decided to grab me as well. we kept going forward looking for the area our guide described but we could not find it, and settled for a spot and a large fire, I was able to sleep most of the night before being awoken by drops of liquid, eventually we realized it was limbs and intestines in the trees, I was able to collect myself enough to sleep. others may not be aware but the warmth of blood is a good way to combat the chill so I slept not as for from the puddles as the others. Luckily I was able to sleep just enough to regain my magical ability before we marched. A few hours later we found the spot and began to clear the area, the madness at this point was currently on the palidan and effected everybody but myself. we worked on clearing a patch of land of rocks and gathered wood for a great fire and two smaller ones. Why the Wendigo let us do all of this without attacking I will never know but it was enough. during the break I went through of another with of my plans knowing we could use any advantage we could get, I channeled a bit of my own magical power into the staff and that was what it wanted. It’s response was as unpleasing as always, it demanded more and I could sense little else besides the sudden appearance of a silver stud at the top. when me and Antonio went tot the edge of the forest to place lights the Wendigo suddenly appeared and snatched me up, carried me a great distance and bit a gaping wound into me! As with all combat I panicked once more and fell to instinct as the others could not see what I was about to do, luckily it worked well this time. I was able to land my hand onto its arm and stole a large portion of life force. even after refiling my own life i felt a great deal of extra power which I would surely need. If this was any other creature that damage and the terribly withered arm would be a death sentence, this was a wendigo however and it quickly began to mend back together. Everybody but my dear friend the priest was too busy casting spells to protect themselves to bother to aid me. however right before the priest could help the wendigo let go and burst in the other direction grabbing antonio. I responded in kind and cast all of my protective spells knowing I would need them. As soon as I was finished Antonio was not free and the priest was grabbed, I saw that Antonios magic missile failed and realized it had shield protecting it. I had little else i could do so I attempted to dispel the shield, not only did I succeed but it also caused the pale flame trail to disappear as well. The paladin attempted to get the cowering Hogthorpe to help but all he agreed to was to shoot flame if we were able to lure it closer. Luckily the wendigo dashed towards him momently later laying her low and then putting a great wound into duck who had been doing who knows what up to this point the coward that he is. As I got closer there was a clear oppurtunity but I was unsure of taking it, it was a long shot against something thiis fast and would possibly be life threatening to the people caught in it but I took the chance. I caught the wendigo in a web! the flame from the campfire quickly catching the web ablaze. it kept the wendigo in place as the paladin removed its head, the fire burnt at duck and I just stood and watched it burn. In honest I would not mind if both he and Hog burnt as a consequence but paladin saved hog and the priest healed duck repeatedly causing him to regain conciousness just to be burnt out of it once more until antonio was able to free him. once the flame burn out we inspected the corpse and found two magical items on it, one a necklace the other leather armor. I worked on both and discovered they both provide protection. Antonio apparently did not believe me and demanded to be allowed to repeat what I just done to verify what I said. The next morning when I awoke I discovered the power I put into the staff was permanently lost to me! This was cause of concern for obvious reasons. I am now unsure how to approach the staff as it must yield great power eventually but it has no immediate rewards, I don’t know how much power it requires from me, and it is a permanent handicap to me until that point.We travelled for a while the next day and I felt a twinge of madness touch my mind and a twinge of hunger despite just eating. It was at this point I remembered the bite, me and nearly everybody else in the group are cursed to become windigos ourselves. I immediately pulled the priest aside to fill him in and ask if he could break it but alas he cannot. when we got back Antonio also figured it out and was telling the others, he also accused me of not telling anybody else what we were fighting and what was happening, that is until I reminded him loud enough for everybody to hear that he too knew about everything and that seemed to shut him up quickly. It is at this moment that I fear I must return to reality as I feel another bout of hunger assaulting me that I must ward off.