Dear Mother and Father,
I have spent the last several months pouring over the etchings from the Obelisk, and was real close to figuring it out, but I hit a wall in my research. I tried looking at it from every angle, and just couldn’t find that missing piece. So it was with great enthusiasm that I joined up with Eiger on an expedition to search for some lost magic items. Hopefully the distraction would be good for me.
Eiger enlisted Ebban and Tarman and hired Hurmore and Olaf to round out our force. We took the impressive folding boat and headed up the Blackmire River. The day passed uneventfully, then just before dusk, we saw a wooden watchtower in the distance. We brought the boat in closer, and saw several guards around the tower. As we approached the river bank, the archers fired a couple of ranging shots, so we landed, and after some preparatory spells, we rushed the tower.
It appeared that these people had some slaves with them, and sent one running off to the West. Tarmon summoned a Griffon to stop the messenger, but an enemy Cleric did something to it, and it flew away. As I neared the tower, I sent a Flaming Sphere to distract the Archers, and started shooting Magic Missiles to cut them down. Hurmore and his dogs engaged on guard to the south of the tower, and Eiger and Ebban moved to the north and threw themselves on several guards there.
Tarmon healed me a few times as I drew the attention of the enemy archers, and Hurmore was being forced back. I was able to finish of the archers, and sent a few magical bolts at the guard fighting Hurmore, and he tried to run away, but Tarmon cast a spell and held him in place.
On the other side of the battle, things look touch and go for a moment, then Ebban just laid into the enemy and cut down their Cleric. The remaining guard surrendered, but refused to talk, so we went to talk to the slaves. One of them was a logger from Blackmire, and he told us one of the slaves was sent to the main camp for help, and also alerted another tower to the west of our presence. It was getting darker, so we decided to take out the other tower before reinforcements could arrive.
This battle was over almost as soon as it started. I put one of the archers to sleep and Eiger and Ebban cut down several of the guards, with the rest surrendering. With our prisoners in the hold, to be turned over to the loggers guild, we burned their towers, bridge and piers, and took their boat with us back to Blackmire.
On the way back it hit me! The final piece to the ritual! I know I can use that Obelisk! Now to put together an expedition.