Captain Jack's Log

Another fine mess…
Revenge is a dish best served… um… fuck…

So now I am stuck here, hands bound… naked… I try to avoid being naked unless I am bathing or getting some from an elven maiden…

I have some tricks up my sleeve yet…

Shit…
So much for getting in covertly… I was hoping that the man of many words could do it well, but that went over like an orc’s fart in a human market. I’m afraid I had to take matters into my own hands…

I am not impressed with my overall performance in the fight, but I can’t overly second guess myself. I should have been more about the avoidance and not about trying to get the combat over with quickly. I was hoping we’d have been faster with the kills, but those topiary monsters were quite a surprise…

Amateur mistake, Jordan… way to go :/

Out of the Botankine… into the Rempeln???
Well, it was faster than walking, horseback, or even having to take a boat, but the Botankine is something to be respected. I long for the dragons of the my dreams that my Sooleawa would fly on…

So the new talkative historian has opened up to me about his past. Sadly, it’s not a positive one, but at the same time, it doesn’t speak too much of his experience or how he came about obtaining the skills he has. I always seem to gravitate as to how my companions have acquired their skills. I have warned him that keeping his past from the rest of the group could cause problems if we run into folks who would want to do him harm, as it would likely delay our quest and maybe even cause injury or death in the meantime. I’d rather avoid both.

I am going to meditate more on Sooleawa and see if she has any new messages or visions for me…

Scary place
Ok, so the Botankine is an interesting place to hang out… ’cept no…

I am still concerned about the psychological impact that Jeremiah may go through… I am not sure of the mental stability of Anurians, but he seems very passionate about many things… hell, when drink, he likes to number and point out random “facts”… but as for mental stability, who am I to say?

Our new storytelling companion seems pretty useful in intel. He also seems very good at tactical maneuvers. His intel has greatly assisted our most recent battles with monsters. We should also think more of the strengths of our group rather than prepare to fight as we always do… The Good Doctor was able to destroy those strange elementals with one fireball…

On my next meditation, I want to ask more of my elven maiden, Sooleawa… I believe she thinks our time is running out, especially with the Masters recruiting more races/factions…

What to do…
I don’t know what to do with this new vision. I fear that the people we must abandon or destroy are the Anurians, and given that one of our party is an Anurian, however estranged he might be from them, this still presents a potential problem. We have fought by his side and he by ours all of this time and now we must destroy his people? Now he must choose between his people and this quest? It is not fair. I don’t know if I could abandon the humans so easily, so the dilemma seems impossible. At the same time, if I were given the opportunity to spend my remaining years with her… with my elven maiden… then I would not hesitate…

A tree… a frakkin’ tree!
I knew that this was a bad idea… so the tree tests us with little things and then suddenly BAM! Giant Tree swallowing the party. Luckily I was already out of reach. I regret not putting an Enlarge spell onto Zekthal as that might have saved him a few times.

I can’t believe I had to resort to missiles at it… luckily, I have many of those spells I can use.

This trial… well, as long as it can serve as a distraction to Kain and perhaps allow him to pardon (even temporarily) Jeremiah so we can concentrate on the mission, I would totally prefer that to whatever grudge they hold to one another. I will readily admit my own reticence when it comes to the halfadin… he slows down progress and doesn’t seem to do his job. Sometimes, I want to kill him myself… or just let him die for that matter as he’s good at letting himself be in harm’s way.

Now, about this damned flower…

bad tactics 02/27/11
This does not sit well with me… if the enemy knows where you are… don’t be there!!! They knew where to find us. On a principle level, that’s good… it means we’re on the right track… On the tactical level, this sucks!

We also practically lost some of ours in the last fight. Not only were the enemy’s weapons formidable, but so were their skills in employing them. They knew how to gimp our healing… they knew just who the real threats were… If the Good Doctor didn’t help conceal some of us, we would have been sitting ducks. The frog did not impress me as I thought he would in this last fight… that fight would have been ideal for his skills, but not only did he fall short, he kinda fell too. The Halfling and his mount were both aggressive and performed excellently well… I think we’ll improve our tactics over time…

Back to the task at hand…

After stating my purpose 02-21-11
After telling the team that I’m on board now, and genuinely so, the silly halfadin continues to antagonize me. This may not bode well for him sometime, as I may not feel motivated to save him.

On the other hand, I feel renewed vigor with the return of the Halfling… he was of sound tactical mind and a good companion. I predict that blood will be spilled in our wake…

I have to come up with some battle tactics for us to use in the future.

Though I am quite clear as to what I should be doing here, I wish the elf maiden would appear to me and tell me why I was chosen, or rather ushered, into this quest. I would prefer a life with her after this should I survive, even if I know that she’ll outlive me. Somehow, I think a life at the Academy won’t be of much use to me after this quest…

What to think of the dream 2-7-11
So, that dream was cryptic, but it only serves to make me believe that I perhaps didn’t meet this group by chance… that perhaps there is something guiding me here.

I’m not one to think too much of a higher power, or that my fate is not of my own making, but at the same time it is starting to make sense…

Why would I be set out into the world when the life I could have had at the Academy would have been more than enough for me? Why have I run into this particular group that is dealing with such a widespread threat as the Masters? Why me? Why them? Before, I just wanted to do something worthy of returning to the Academy to live out my days, but perhaps there is more to this. Perhaps I was chosen. Perhaps, as the elves do, this elven woman who seduced me did so with more purpose than I originally believed… perhaps it was their way, or her way, of setting me on this path to achieve greatness outside of the Academy in a quest that needed another soldier.

In the past, I have been out for myself… now, something grander than even the Academy stands before me… before us. Time to invest fully…

Answers (1/3/11)
So, this being did know something (supposedly) about the elves. I hope his information is sound and accurate. I am torn… shall I complete this overall quest/goal with my newfound unit or shall I break off and seek the answers about the elves?

I feel for the trolls. We lost them. I feel for Mike the Troll. I feel partially responsible for letting him meet his doom. On the other hand, we were damned lucky in this last battle with the dragon—something I studied in the Academy, but never had to encounter myself. We got really lucky. We should all be dead now. Why do I always feel like I am on borrowed time?

12/12/10
Well, I suppose the things that the General taught me back in the day worked out for the better. I just need to get a handle on things to know what to use and when.

I haven’t gotten any closer to finding out anything about the elves. Perhaps I should ask this being if he knows.

The paladin did better this time around, but I sense that he was not necessarily himself. I have difficulty working with him since he’s supposed to be a holy warrior-type.

Our tactics and strategy have improved. Let’s hope it keeps us alive longer in the future.

11/21/10
Something is on the horizon
Why is this being testing us? If his goal is to fight the Masters, what’s so important about testing us? Can we really be the only folks involved in this fight against the Masters? Are there no greater heroes aware of this impending threat?

The halfadin was again, useless in our last encounter. I know he was affected by a spell, but it’s not like we missed him. There are many things he could have done since he was kind of protected by the spell that was cast upon him. I refuse to save him anymore. He is our weakest link, and sometimes it’s best to let the team forge ahead rather than lag behind because of someone with no tactical awareness. His talents are not for combat.

It was unfortunate that the monk fell in battle, but fortunately, the conditions of this test made it so he really did not die. He is an asset.

My current conflict has to do with what kind of training I should make use of for our next encounter. Also, I am seemingly no closer to finding the answers I seek about the elves…

Chips are (almost) down
Healing power is diminished for us all… we’re stuck underground… our mission is not complete in the least. It’s time for simple, physical tactics to get ourselves out and make it through.

I did not heal the halfadin… he’s on his own, imo. I used to hear the stories of a great female warrior… Zee-, or… Xen… some kind of warrior princess. In the tales of her, there was a character named The Jox or Joxster or whatever… he was incompetent. The halfadin reminds me of the same.

I don’t know how we’re going to make it out. Usually in a unit, there is a dedicated healer, and ours is less than… smart (halfadin). He’s also out of healing ability. I have talked to the Good Doctor about what I would wish for my funerary rites… for whatever reason, I believe of all people, he’d be able to make it out of this. I don’t want them to come into the hereafter for me like we have done for his other companions. I would be satisfied in the hereafter knowing that I was right about the elves…

Fed up
Ok, I am at the point where I refuse to heal the halfadin anymore. For a ‘holy warrior’, he’s not much of a warrior. His powers fall better into being support rather than front line. I don’t know why he can’t understand that. It is ridiculous that people whose casting abilities are better served with other types of spells are using it for healing.

Post Crocodile Encounter
Maybe it’s just me, but I would have preferred some manner of briefing before going into this swamp since the Bullywog had obviously grown up here (or someplace like here). Being ambushed by giant crocodile-like monsters is not my idea of fun. Times like this, I miss the rogue again…

Honestly, I’ve never dealt with trolls before and aside from using Bullywogs for target practice in the Academy, I’ve never had and real encounters with them on a sociological level. I don’t know much of anything about either of their societies, government, military, etc. I just really hate going in without any intel. I’m too used to getting intel before an operation, especially when we kind of have a supposed wealth of information at our disposal. Perhaps we should have interrogated him in a serious matter before heading into this with what few generalizations he has provided.

Paladin is still alive. I keep hoping. I don’t think I’ll heal him next time if he gets himself into a sticky situation. I really can’t abide his fighting technique… or lack thereof. He should fall into support and stay off of the front line. If he wanted to be on the front line, he should have just gotten some full plate, a shield, and learned some tactical maneuvers to keep from getting hit.

Odd as he may be, I still like the Good Doctor… maybe because he tends to be tactically sound with his spells. I couldn’t help but to try to free him last time he was grabbed by the crocs.

The barbarian is still proving to be a worth ally. No need to further comment.

You know, I haven’t had any progress on finding anything on the elves. Now that we’re meeting up with folks who I haven’t had any experience with, maybe they know something. But, how does one ask such a question?

Post Goblin Tree-huggers encounter
Hm. Now things are starting to seem a little more politically polarized. The goblin king likely had his dissenters, but for all we know, there may be folks looking to stage a coup of the king. Good thing we stopped them… at the same time, it would have been nice to keep someone alive to garner information from them…

How does one fight a group whose followers are willing to sacrifice themselves as fodder by exploding their bodies among their enemies. There is no fear of death or the hereafter. Perhaps their religion dictates that they will receive rewards in the hereafter if they sacrifice themselves in such a way. It will either make a war of attrition of a force that cannot be stopped.

I was conflicted. I healed the paladin this last time during battle. For the most part, all of us worked well, but I need to find a way to get my fighting groove down… I’m at about 50% for actual trips, but less in the striking. I’ll likely find a way to improve this all, but those skills will have to wait for a while. But, back to the paladin… I know that there is something out there that resembles a deity or many for that matter, but to be so conceited to believe his way is the only way bothers me. His strange sense of morality has gotten us into more trouble than it has been worth… I wonder if he’ll lose his powers one day. Back to the whole “there is a god” thought… even the General back at the academy said so, but he was ambiguous as to explaining. I mean, this power has to come from somewhere… the power to heal and the power to convince.

Anyway, Sooleawa (the elven woman who seduced me) said to me that I would be needed eslewhere someday soon. Maybe she knew something I didn’t which is why she set a plan in motion to get me exiled from the Academy. I wonder what she meant…

I miss the halfling… he was good with the flanking…

How did I end up with this group? They all seem to be a bunch of do-gooders… even the paladin seems convinced he’s doing good. The only two I seem to relate to are the Good Doctor and the monk. Well, the barbarian isn’t bad… good in a fight. I’m not so sure about the frog though… I keep expecting him to burst out in song with a cane and a black chapeau… something about “hello, my honey”… I think I saw a stage act with a frog guy who did that… this frog sings a lot as it is…

I’ll need to start studying the military tactics manual soon… maybe I can come up with new ways to fight from it, but it’ll take some practice as well as theory. I feel a big fight on the horizon. We need to be ready… I need to be ready… maybe the monk or the barbarian will practice with me sometime when we have some down time…

Death of a Paladin

Hm. Well, I thought he was a little off to begin with… he likely would have lost his paladin powers for his moral flexibility. It’s always hard, though, to see a man you’ve fought with go down in combat. He was valiant… kinda… strange moral code for a paladin.

His “brothers” seem really affected by his death. I’ll be sympathetic to them, but I’m actually glad this guy is gone… his negotiation “technique” was shady at best. And, I was afraid he’d get us all killed… or I’d have to kill him myself to save us from his stupidity.

Into the Hereafter?

(Somehow, my log for training with the monk was lost, so I’ll try to remember what I can).

So I marvel at this fighting technique the monk used… he’s quite hands-on. I was surprised how effective it was given the circumstances. I implored the monk to train in some of his ways. He agreed, but I get the impression that he doesn’t want to make a habit of it.

This situation has me perplexed. Two of their numbers have fallen, yet we went to the hereafter to get the souls of the dead, yet the paladin had no problem with this. What kind of paladin is he? The paladins I knew of in the Academy wouldn’t permit the raising of the dead in this fashion… a normal redemption or raise dead spell, yes, but going into the hereafter to do this? Never heard of it. Moreover, those who come back, are they the same? Or are they abominations?

So the monk showed me some of his moves. We trained for the better part of the two days and he is a good instructor (OOC: Tier one achieved—achievement soundbyte—Bonus Feat chosen-Improved Trip).

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