The Journal of Rama
I have made new acquaintances in the form of a T’skrang swordmaster named Uk’Talla and Thanorra, an Elven Warrior. Both are upstanding members of the Throalic community and proved their character during the following events.
We were hired by a Dwarven Noblewoman named Dolom Quam who lost a necklace composed of 4 emeralds inlaid in the pattern of a four-leaf clover with golden chains. While valuable, the item was not magical, simply an item of sentimental value that apparently was worn during cloudy days.
I did not inquire how this custom began or how it evolved so shortly since the opening of the kaer or the fascinating possibility of keeping the tradition alive during the Shelter In The Long Dark - the shalacomtalivallitallinalinal. I have found that the Fast And the Quick often do not wish to spend time discussing such details.
Quam was unaware of who took her necklace but had attempted to hire a T’Skrang investigator - one with whom she was displeased. We started by questioning this investigator, a T’skrang woman named Takara. Her mind was agile and quick but undisciplined and seemingly unable to retain full details of what she observes. She was able to provide three possible leads:
Abraham, a regular at the Rusty Jugjub, a local Bartertown tavern,
Brutus, a Troll with ambitions of nobility and the owner of the Prancing Precises, another tavern
Cindy, a female Dwarf with a penchant for arm wrestling.
Uk’Talla proved to be quite astute and wily, wrapping the Dwarves in verbal circles while I questioned Brutus. The Troll seemed to be honorable and inquired if we would be willing to work for him in the future, once the current matter was settled.
Uk’Talla was able to determine that Cindy was lying about what she knew. He lured her into a back alley where Thanorra and I waited. Faced with the prospect of three armed adepts, one of which doubled her height and size, the Dwarf confessed to her crimes. She had witnessed the crime and the thief purchased her silence. She was able to provide a full description and told us the culprit had joined a caravan that left to the southwest along the new road. We were able to determine that on foot we should be able to catch up with the Boris and Doris Trading Company caravan in a few days time.
The first two days of travel proved to be uneventful due to the excellent work of the Adepts who had gone before us. The road was in excellent shape and the weather proved to be gorgeous. I was very agreeable to spend time among the rocks of the earth outside of the mountain. I drank deeply of such sights and smells and sounds and sensations that had been denied me for a long. I am the last of my Brotherhood though their spirits live on in me and I can feel them awaken - what remains of them in me - in wonder in this new world. I find refuge in this subtle movement of my mind and soul. I was reminded of the debt I owe and the awesome privilege I bear.
We were able to catch up to the caravan in the Halcyon fields. After proving our intentions and our nature through a display of our artisan abilities, we determined the thief was nearby, hiding in a farmhouse.
Here I must speak highly of Thanorra. Thinking quickly, the Elf secured the rear door of the residence, using his shield to wedge the door shut. When we knocked on the door, a youth named Jeff Free answered. By careful questioning, Uk’Thalla was able to determine our quarry was inside and the youth was under duress, unable to tell the truth for fear of his life. Following the directions of Uk’Thalla, I charged into the house when he pulled Jeff clear of the doorway. Upon hearing me, the elven thief attempted to escape, running into the wedged rear door. I was able to subdue the elf with one blow, dealing minor permanent damage. I felt my brothers would be proud of me for the restraint shown.
We were able to retrieve the necklace and restrained the thief with new rope purchased from the caravan. We escorted him back and he remained subdued throughout. We were able to return the necklace to its owner, who was pleased with our success.