The Journal of Kit

Campaign: The Outlanders

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A strange fog rolled in while I was on patrol. It made me feel uneasy. I fell asleep by the fire just in case something happened. I didn’t want to have to fumble around in my tent. I had a strange dream about water pouring into a room that I couldn’t escape from.

Bastet woke me a few hours later to leave for her appointment to talk to Meerata at the barracks. I had nothing to do while she was talking to Meerata, so I kept myself busy by reading pamphlets in the lobby. They had a pretty funny one based on addiction. Apparently, they have some program to help people who are addicted.

Before we left the barracks, Ash and Daksh wandered in. They were planning to do some sort of paperwork or something. After that, we all headed over to the tavern for some breakfast.

While discussing our next moves, Daksh noticed someone from the press leaving the tavern. It was time to make our move. Time has run out as soon as that reporter publishes their story. I could only think of one viable option. Convince the artists to drop out of the competition and cause the city to lose money. Doing this may convince them to take the investigation seriously and release Meerata.

Meerata had told Bastet that she saw Roul stab Alliah on the beach that night. So we started by telling Ana that Roul was the killer, so it was easy enough to convince him that he should go along with our plan. Rat was also fairly easy to convince since he was in love with Alliah. Dimara was the most difficult to convince. But with some effort, we were able to do so.

No one is convinced that this plan will work. And I am half ready to walk right over to Roul and confront her about what Meerata said. But I think the smarter move here is to see what Daksh and Ezra were able to uncover on their side of the investigation.
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We Built This City, On Blood and Bone
We were sitting at the tavern having a nice meal when we heard that there was some sort of mob at the docks. According to the shouts, they were attempting to drown someone. I took off at a sprint. Bastet right behind me.

I arrived to see a gathering of over fifty creatures. I immediately began forcing my way to the front of the crowd. Nothing was more important than stopping this public lynching.

When I got to the front of the crowd, I saw Biyous being held back by a guard. He was in bad shape. I asked the guard if it was alright if I used my powers to stop this madness. He suggested that I not cause any casualties. This is easier said than done with my power, but I did the best that I could. I slashed a man who was in my path near the dunking device they were using to partially drown Meerata.

Bastet dodged the opposite way that I had gone, so I thought I could serve as a good distraction to whatever she had planned. I stepped up to the admittedly dashing halfling male holding the rope that worked the dunking device. I told him to cease at once, or be struck down. He smirked at me and dropped Meerata into the water once more.

After he thoroughly slashed me with his sword, I was in a bad way. I knew that I would only be able to take one more hit like that before I was done for. I hoped that I had bought Bastet enough time to complete whatever she had set out to do. I took a deep breath and prepared myself.

A guard grabbed the halfling’s arm and restrained him from any further attacks. The man ended up dropping his long sword into the water in the commotion. I grabbed the rope and yanked as hard as I could to get Meerata back above water. What I did not know was that Bastet had rescued Meerata during the fight. In my frantic pulling of the rope, I broke the device and sent the chair part flying through the air. I watched in horror as it soared through the air. It crashed into Bastet who was tending to Meerata onshore.

Using all of my force had knocked me on my ass. I patiently waited to be taken into custody. After a lot of questions, I was released. Bastet and Ash were waiting for me at the entrance. I wanted to go to the tavern to gather some information on the mysterious halfling man. I heard that Thenri was his name, and unsurprisingly he is a very influential man in Darya.

When we arrived at the camp, we found that Ezra had made a new friend. I’m not sure what is going on, but I need to focus on the matter at hand. Today was spent trying to figure out who murdered Aliah. I think this may have been a misstep. We don’t need to know who murdered her. The most important thing is to clear Meerata’s name. And let these savages sort out the rest. My next move is to figure out who this supposed witness is, and what they know.
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Like a Ras
We managed to find Alua in the tavern. Luckily enough, she was our server. We ate dinner and waited for the dinner rush to slow down. I asked her if she had time to talk, and she looked very nervous about my request. She hid in the kitchen until we departed. Daksh left her some sort of note on the recept for our meal.

After leaving the tavern, Ash and Daksh went back to the camp. Bastet and I went to the shopping district to get some paper to write a note of our own.

After she received my note. She reluctantly agreed to show us to her home and sell us Maisey’s necklace. Her house was a mess, and it took quite a while to locate the necklace. Luckily Bastet was able to find it. I thanked her and paid her for the necklace.

On the way back to Maisey’s house, we were approached by some vagabonds. They threatened us and demanded our money. One of them made a rude gesture at Bastet. After we refused they tried to strike us with blades. Bastet fended off her attacker and threw another dagger at him as he ran. I scared mine off with a display of raw destructive fire.

After returning the necklace to Maisey, she thanked me and then disappeared. It felt as if a great weight had been lifted from the house.

I went next door to see if I could get any information from Ailla. After some persistence, she swung the door open and told me I could find what I was looking for at the docks. Then the door slammed closed.

When we returned to the camp. Kallisha and Ari were waiting up for us. They said they had been worried about us. To be honest, it was nice that they were concerned. But we are adults who can handle ourselves. Bastet was going back and forth a bit with Ari, and I used this as my opportunity to escape. Kallisha caught my eye as a snuck away.

The next morning, I told Daksh about the murder I had heard about involving the fashion competition. Ash Bastet Daksh and I set out to start our investigation.

Daksh got a little information from Iss, the woman that ran the competition. He then wanted to open a formal inquiry with the local council. I wasn’t having any of it. This government is very corrupt here. I don’t want them squashing our investigation before it begins. And if they see us as a threat to their power, they will stop it nothing to make sure anything we discover never gets to the public. Including going after the members of the caravan.

As it turned out, the girl that had been accused of Alia’s murder was the daughter of Baious. Her name is Meerata.

None of the participants in the competition think that Meerata is involved.

After investigating the scene where the body was found, I found a paint chip. There is only one participant that uses paint like the paint chip that I found. It is either her, or someone is attempting to frame her.

There are still many leads to follow before we wrap up this investigation. I just hope we are quick enough to evade the council before they catch wind of us and our underground investigation.
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Ghost on the Coast
We arrived in Darya in the afternoon. Ezra and Daksh wanted to get some new clothes, so we went to the shopping district.

We were waiting for the two to return from a shop when I heard a commotion from down the block. I quickly gave Sly to Bastet, and calmly walked down the block to see what the commotion was about. I saw a bunch of men ganging up on a Coligny fellow. I couldn’t stand for this, and I leapt into the fray. At first, the Coligny viewed me as an enemy combatant and attempted to strike me. I drew more attention to myself. Creating an opportunity for him to escape.

Most of the crowd was dispersed by Ezra using some objects to make a lot of noise. One man stayed behind. He said it wasn’t worth it and turned to walk away. I told him he better walk away. So he turned around a struck me with a club he was carrying. I told him he had one last chance to let it go. I felt the fire rising inside me, and I wasn’t sure how long I could hold it back. Daksh used magic to remove the club from the man’s grip. He tossed his hands up and walked away. I chopped up his club with my flame blade.

The Coligny gentleman approached me and thanked me for the help. He said his name was Biyous. I told him that he was welcome and that I was glad to help. I wished him the best and we parted ways.

We started to wander the city randomly. I heard that there was a murder and that there was a haunted house on the edge of town. Whenever we get involved in a murder case, we are split up. Sop I wanted to investigate the haunted house to keep us all together. Even if for a short time. Turns out Ezra had a date planned. Well, at least most of us would be together.

We were walking towards the edge of town when I asked a guard if he could tell us about the supposedly haunted house. He said that it was nonsense. I believed that he believed he was telling the truth. But I needed to see it for myself.

When we found the house, I knocked on the door of the next-door neighbor. She told me that it was all just rumors. She requested two copper for her information. I paid. I don’t need her going to the guards about us investigating the house.

While I was speaking with the neighbor, Daksh had gone around back and found a broken window we could enter the home through. He cast an invisibility spell on me and I leapt in. I was overcome with a sense of dread upon landing in the house. I saw my mom and dad fighting. And I knew that whichever one of them won the fight would kill me. I was soon shaken out of it by Ash.

As soon as I was coherent again, I went to find Daksh. He was being attacked by the ghost. I tried to approach her but she disappeared. I went back to check on Bastet who was in the same spell I had been. Ash had shaken her back to normal as well. We went upstairs to attempt to find the ghost again. Daksh was looking around frantically while ducking down to avoid flying objects. I found th ghost girl again and attempted to speak with her once more.

This time I was successful. We played jacks, and she told me her name was Maisy, and that she wanted her mother’s necklace back. It had been stolen from the house. She also told me that her mother’s boyfriend beat her to death. I will put this on the back burner for now. Though I won’t be forgetting it.

We then set out on our journey to find the necklace. After following a few leads, we found out that the necklace had been sold to a server at the tavern.
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Orourla You Listening?
I spent some quality time in jail with the shop owner. I wanted to ask her if there was anything that she could think of that would help us find Desta. She couldn’t remember anything relevant. This guy is a professional con man.

I was offered the opportunity to leave jail after a day, but I opted to stay. If something had happened to the shop owner, I would never have been able to forgive myself. I knew that she was innocent, and I wasn’t going to let anything happened to her while I was around.

After a day. All of the mirrors made by her were gathered in front of the sheriff's station and destroyed. With this done. The shop keeper was released. She thanked us and gave me a very special gift.

There was a terrible storm that night. I decided to patrol the camp during the storm to make sure that no one was in danger. During my stroll, I saw an image of Steve appear before me. He asked me why I let him die. Just then I hear a cry from help coming from nearby.

When I approached the cries, I saw what I can only describe as a half-orc half-angel. An Orimar? She had been pinned by a tree that fell in the storm. I grabbed a weak branch the first time, and it broke causing the tree to fall back onto her. The next time, I really put my back into it. I was able to free her.

She told me that her name was Orourla, and that she was a traveling oracle. I took her to Ari’s shelter to rest and recover. I went back out into the storm.

Steve appeared in front of me once more. It was terrifying. Most of the time, I only see him when I close my eyes. I thought I might have been going crazy. But the next morning I learned that the storm had magical properties. It was quite the relief for my fragile psyche.
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