Drellin's Ferry and Onward
We've finally arrived in Drellin's Ferry much later than I hoped to, but Sparrow and Trinique say they both need to see some folks here before moving on to Oakhurst. At this rate I won't get there til the day after the solstice. Hopefully whoever buys the apple will still be around. Maybe I can convince them to let me take a look at it.

The ferry guard, Sergeant Hersk, gave us directions and mentioned another druid lived in town on the west side of the river. We got a room at the Green Apple Inn, and I think picked up a new friend along the way. A girl who was sitting at the gate followed us to the inn and joined us for a meal and some drinks. Her name is Candy, and she seemed happy to take up Sparrow's offer to go looking for Restlin's vault near Oakhurst. First thing in the morning we'll go talk to Brother Derny at the temple, then Sertieran the wizard at his mansion, and hopefully pass by the druid's standing circle on our way out of town.

*****

We went straight to the temple in the morning at meet Brother Derny and his acolyte, Jator. Derny seemed delighted to see Sparrow and discuss his search for the Syrix. He told us all about the old adventurer Reslin Kine; apparently he lived in Oakhurst and sealed his fortune in a vault behind a waterfall in the Skysplinter mountain. Reslin died before his daughter Nera was born, but put together a journal for how his heir could enter the vault. Nera disappeared years later searching for it. Sparrow, as Reslin's great grandson, thinks he can find the vault in Razorfalls. Brother Derny seemed pretty smug at putting it all together.

I asked him about the golden apple of Oakhurst, but Derny seemed dismissive of it even existing. He said it was just an old wives tale for tourism, not even worth the day trip it would take to see it for himself. How can you live less than a day's travel from something renowned for healing people for over a decade and not even send an acolyte to see it? It'll be good to see Sparrow win his bet that the apple is real. Besides, if it was a hoax, why would I have seen it before? Why would the white apple be real too? According to Brother Derny the goblins sold a white apple on the winter solstice 10 years ago, but it killed the person who ate it. It all has to mean something, I just know it!

*****

Sertieran's mansion was interesting, especially all the dogs he has! They were so sweet. The wizard, not so much. He knows Trinique's father; they're both part of a band of bandits called the Black Knives. That explains why Trinique knew the men from yesterday. She seems more trustworthy than just a bandit though. The business Trinique talked about turned out to be asking Serteiran to train her younger sister in magic. Has Trinique trained in magic?

*****

Candy, Sparrow, Trinique, and I crossed the river, picked up a horse named Daisy, and had time to visit Avarthel the druid on our way out of town. The standing circle woods felt familiar, with much older and bigger trees like back in Witchcross. Avarthel is a Keeper of Eth! I didn't recognize him, but it was good to meet someone from home. I wish Sparrow hadn't made him nervous to talk much, but he knew more about the apples than Brother Derny. They probably come from the same source, since nature tends to balance good and evil, healing and hurting. Avarthel was very kind giving me the herbalism kit, but it was too much to just take, so I gave him a deus in return. The healing elixir and antitoxin I can make with this are worth far more anyway.

At last we're traveling to Oakhurst!

*****

Some tree looking creatures attacked us in the middle of the night! It was a good thing Candy kept watch and woke us before an ambush. I think I went overboard again with the fire. I need to be more careful, even if people are getting hurt. At least we all managed to fend them off in one piece. I wonder why they smelled like apples.
Session: Game Session 1: Drellin's Ferry - Friday, Dec 14 2018 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM
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