Larry's Open Sandbox

Dakota's journal 4

The Balad of Bob the goblin

We had made it through the goblin line. Dawn was approaching and the horses were getting tired. Abadias and Frost were scouting ahead and were suddenly attacked by the two biggest meanest brown bears I had seen since leaving tribal lands. Abadias put one down with his scimitar, and I finished the other one off with a well placed Snowball…

Abadias and Grog set about cutting the bears up for meat and fur. Callum, Tessa and I set up camp while Mordechai and Bran took care of the horses. We decided to rest for a while before continuing on.

Abadias cooked up some of the bear meat. He grilled it over the fire with wild onions and mushrooms and flavored it with garlic, and some salted butter. It was the most delicious meal I have ever had. Abadias really out did himself. I had 2 of the steaks and a large plate of the mushrooms and onions. … Tessa asked me where I put all the food being so small…

While we were eating I told the others the story of Bob the goblin….

Bob was a goblin… A condition he was born with and despite years of trying, never was able to overcome. He toiled as a ditch digger most of his life and had spent countless years in fruitless pursuit of a goblin girl named Rita. Things had not been good for Bob, but one day his luck turned around. He had spotted some adventurers and due to his high perception and quick action in alerting his boss, was promoted to tower guard. He quickly made a name for himself as a master spotter. He impressed the chief so much that the chief allowed him to marry his lifelong love Rita, the chief’s daughter… Rita became pregnant and the goblin chief decided to promote Bob to Watch commander… he just had to finish one more night as tower guard. Bob was confident that one day he would be chief and would raise his child with his beautiful wife in a much better life than he had known… Tessa interrupted me at this point and said I was making this up… but its true… I swear…

…anyway, that was where Bob ran into us. Abadias, Frost and me were scouting a way past the tower and guard post. I had made us invisible. Abadias told me to touch his pearl and I would regain some power. I did… And he said later he would give me a pearl necklace… He was smiling weirdly (weird even for Abadias). Later when I told Tessa, she seemed to get mad and told me to stay away from him… So, we made it across the goblin trench, but on our way back Bob spotted us. Before he could call out, Abadias shot him with a sleep arrow. We got lucky and no one else had seen us. Abadias climbed up the tower. He cast invisibility on himself and hoisted Bob up. He made Bob’s lips move and shouted “This life sucks, I cant take it…” and threw poor Bob off the tower… Bob got his arm caught on the tower as he fell and died in a most spectacular and painful way… his head torn apart at each part of the wall it collided with. This caused all of the goblins in the area to rush over…. This was not intentional but did allow us to sneak everyone through the other trench… Callum cast a spell that made the trench rise so the horses could get through but unfortunately we ran into another goblin sentry. I took him out with a Snowball… We decided to ride quickly away and Abadias covered our tracks with dust of tracelessness. We rode all night and this is where we met the bears…

After eating and telling of poor Bob… we went to sleep. I Am not sure but I recall fighting giant monster spiders… no one else remembers it and says I must have been dreaming… but I know the truth… the spiders must have injected everyone but me with some kind of poison that made them forget… Tessa says she held me all night and there were no spiders… for some reason she insisted on us sleeping away from Abadias… Meanwhile Mordechai was so quiet I did not even know he was there… and Bran I am not sure if he was there…

In the morning, I used prestidigitation to clean Tessa and me and our clothes… She kind of pouted and said she likes it when I am dirty… I prefer being clean though… After a nice breakfast of more bear steak and mushrooms, we set off. We are heading up into the mountains and the terrain is starting to get too much for the horses. We decided to stop and let the horses go… The only other option is to kill them and wear their skins while we dance, but the others looked at me strangely when I suggested it.
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