Merek

5-2

Ive regained my composure after being here for a while.
I remember the “merchant” that teleported me here says he is the Emerald Conclave

I take account of my possessions, I have a nice set of hunting clothing on
A satchel, little mess kit, just a bit of food, some bread, a little cured meat some wine and water
My bracers are on me though, they hold my armor. shield, and helmet
The only jewelry I have is a signet ring a gift from the dwarven king, and some homemade necklaces as gifts from my girls.
My daughter gave me a flower I still have.

I head for the road, its a nice paved road, leads past a tower along the lake.
Near the tower is a dock I see a man there a fisherman, he tells me to wait near the tower for my payment from the wizard. I dont know what hes talking about, but in my current predicament I want to talk to a wizard so I go for it.

At the tower I follow the fishermans advice, I ring the bell, after a minute a small man arrives at the door, hes balding ugly, The dude is weird, he feels my bicep, says it will work fine
hes very offputting, he tells me to ring the bell again when the others come, something about tribute or taxes, and punishing people. I go along I want to see what the hell is going on here now.

There are people coming this way, they look desperate they say that some people come here to get paid, some never make it back, but they need the coin for food. Lord Cedak is the owner of this region, he controls these people and taxes them. Im ready to see the lord and see what the heck is going on

I ring hte bell and the weird one answers again, he tellsd 3 people to leave and was going to strike her, I stop him then give the woman my food so she can feed her baby and tell them to leave. the man was going to attack me but the wizard stopped him from inside magically

the wizard tells him to let us in, we all go in and tis a larger place on the inside than it was from the outside. the wizard pays some people and they leave so now there are 2 males 2 females and me left

He takes us down some stairs it seems like its deep. We end up in a large room with a giant statue of a elephant headed monstrosity with tusks, 4 arms, bloated belly and a giant gem in the belly The wizard says thanks and then casts a spell, killing the people in the room with me, the gem pulled something from them. When the wizard realized it, I donned my armor and he attacked, He commanded the Statue to rise and attack me, sure enough it did.

Im able to destroy the statue by smashing the gem in its belly, the statue destroys the balcony the wizard is standing on and it ends up killing the wizard before teh statue is destroyed itsself. on my way out the weird dude from the front shows up again, hes distraught and tries to save his dead master i let him as i leave because this place is about to fall apart,. its like the magic keeping it together is imploding,

I find the man from before and headbutt him and open the door behind him, it holds a woman and her elderly father i free them and we barely make it out of the tower I help the old man and the woman back to their home village where i meet the elder, he thanks me and asks me to now confront Jarok the man employed by the dead wizard who is holding the taxes and food theyve taken from these people.

We get some villagers donkelys baskets and carts together and head towards the silos
supposdely jarok has some men by his side guarding the place. I think I can convince them to give the shit up.

The place is an enclosed compound, there are several storage silos outside this place. When we arrive they open the gate because i tell them i got a pass from the wizard, then once inside i tell them i killed the wizard and im gonna kill them if they dont give up the food
they have 3 men come at me i quickly dispatch them Jarok says he will kill the villagers if i dont leave, Im able to goad him into attacking me and tell the archers to beleive me that i killed the wizard and i will kill them if they dont do what i tell them.

I disarm Jarok, and tell the archers to lay down weapons and leave, they do. I then decide to execute Jarok because the elder tells me how horribel of a person he is. The people are grateful and let me stay with them for a little time, Speaking with the elder I learn of Zhord. The city of 1000 sins, Kyphon the wicked is the Arg (I think that means ruler)

I need to move on, I spend a few days helping people get stuff together and ghetting myself prepared to continue traveling, noone here is learned enough to help me figure out a way out of here, noones heard of the Emerald Conclade, Illl have to keep looking, the village here was known as Lakeside,

After I leave I heard some noises off the road, find a man dead against a tree, he had arrows in him, and in a hole nearby was a large trained dog with armor of the same type as the man, im able to hoist the dog out, the man is the owner the dog is sad, I look over the body, he has a potion, and a rock that is warm, when i say hearth it becomes a campfire, hearth again and it changes back. neat.

The dog ends up following me as i start heading for Zhord

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