Yesterday was very frustrating. Thankfully, I was able to save the Elven Girl from the black rain. Sadly, not only did I have to spend time buffing the pits etched in my plating from the acidic droplets, I couldn’t even stop her tears after I brought her to safety. If I had a fleshy heart instead of a series of arcane reactors fueling my movements, it’d be broken.
Luckily, today was far more interesting! Yesterday my new friend, Yuri Horsetransformer had reached an agreement with the inn owner for some gold to help them with potential bandits that were waylaying travelers in the direction we were going. I was a bit worried that it might eat into the time before we reached the Crossroads, but the morning was interrupted by a massive gong and everyone hurriedly rushing to the wall.
What luck, they came to us! I might not have to pay for Friend Maverick’s lodgings anymore! I might see if I could hold onto his share for him; he is very good at losing it at card games.
“They came, heralded by the sound of thunder; a dark cloud of dust they kicked up a grim testament to the ruin that followed them. Fifty men in cruelly spiked carriages, armed with great weapons and dark intentions, circled The Well.” (I really like this description! I’m probably going to add it into a song!)
The guardsmen and townspeople seemed very frightened of what lay around them, so I pitched in by helping add a second wall as fast as possible through my earth shaping. For some reason, they didn’t really respond to my attempts to calm them, but my friend Hakam was able to help steel them for what laid ahead. He’s such a nice guy, always with a half smile and always giving me suggestions about how to act in front of others. I also love his voice! I should one day make a song about our stories in that accent! On my end, I decided to help the dwarf lady who was the leader of the guards by patting her head and reassuring her, something that I learned small humanoids liked during my time with gnomes. It worked well, since she returned my gaze with a look of fury and bloodlust; that’s going to be perfect for the fight ahead! Good Job!
After encircling The Wall a man with impressively red, but sadly poorly kept, hair and horns came out of the really cool looking armored carriage. He said something about giving up and joining the bandits, but sadly said we’d have to give him everything in order to do so. Also, I don’t think a bandit army is a good environment for an Elven Child to grow up in- elves take a long time to mature, and it is really easy to pick up bad personal habits with bandits. A child’s growth is important. The man with red hair gave an hour for our replies, and Friend Hakam suggested we get the first strike in the next time he came out… which worked perfectly! With the exception of Friend Maverick’s arrow, all of our volley hit home, bringing the man to a quick and efficient end! I secretly shot Maverick a thumbs up to know it was okay he missed, but I don’t think he noticed.
I honestly thought that was going to be the end of this fight until a very impressive set of vocal chords roared in blind fury at the death of the red haired fellow. The vocal chords belonged to a large gregarious fellow named Lord Monstro who then charged at us- making the rest of the bandits follow.
Me and all my friends worked together to defend our side of the compound, and we weathered a storm of ammunition flung in our direction. Friend Quina was struck several times by errant javelins, and Friend Maverick was almost killed! I pulled him off the wall so he could use me as a shield, and then enlarged myself so I could pull Lord Monstro away from my friends on the wall. Oh, also at this time Friend Juri Horsetransformer turned into a Giant Spider; almost as large as my own enhanced form! I’m now worried what I should call him in my head in the future; Friend Juri Slaughterspider the Horsetransformer? Possibly, but it is a bit wordy. It was also suprisingly soothing when he crawled on my back to deliver a poisionous bite to Lord Monstro; I might have to ask him again to do that at a future date.
Luckily, my arcane shields kept Monstro from piercing my chassis when I had him in hand, and with a quick bat of my mace I charged him with just enough energy that he expired when I made him explode in midair! Sadly, the momentum was already on the side of the bandits, and they kept on making their way into the compound. Thankfully we were able to hold them off until they broke! They also left a bunch of cool stuff behind, including a mace that gives a pleasant tingle when held! Joy!
Not as thankfully, two guards had died in the fight, as did the elven father that I aided last night. I know it wasn’t much, but I did my best to soothe them, and gave them a bracelet I found within the spoils. I’m glad the Elven Girl still has her mother. We were also able to take the really awesome looking war carriage as well!
Since I was in charge of inventory, I guess I should list the spoils we did find. We were able to get:
(4)3 pieces of jewelry worth 25 gold each,
An enchanted mace (+1 Mace)
AND, 5 gold apeace from the innkeeper! What luck!
Of course, since I obviously snatched up the mace, I’m going to push some of my earnings on the others; it wouldn’t be fair when I got such a wonderful item. Honestly, I don’t know what I’m going to do with all the money I earned.
Well, at the rate we’re going we should be in Crossroads soon, and maybe we can find something to purchase there.