7/14/12 – 19th Session – Module HM4 – The Road to Uppsalir (Act 2)
Game Date: 3/29/900 N.Y. – 3/31/900 N.Y.
Sjaundidagur, the 29th of Goa, 900 N.Y.
After having defeated the owlbears, a debate ensued about looking for their nest. The heroes (except for Hakon Finehair the Skald and Neferata (who waited with the cart horses) set out to find the owlbears’ nest. Thrand Hallsteinsson led them to the nest, where they found two baby owlbears. Thrand Hallsteinsson tried to calm them, but failed. After much debate, they slew these as well, and skinned all the owlbears. Then they pressed on . . .
Manadagur, the 31st of Goa, 900 N.Y.
On this date, the heroes reached the gravelly shores of Logrinn. They found the lake shrouded in mist. Where the trail ended, there was a wooden pier, and a horn hanging from a peg. Basileus Arkonides encouraged Hakon Finehair the Skald to blow the horn, which he did . . . calling a small boat to come get them. After negotiating with the boatmen, one of the boatmen stayed to watch the wagon and horses, while the boat ferried the rest of the heroes to Munso.
Once on Munso, the heroes were brought to the hall of the Jarl of Munso: Bjorn Ironside (Bjorn Ragnarsson), Jarl of Munso. The jarl showed them good hospitality, though he knew very little that could help them with their quest for Tyrfingur.
Athelstan met Estrid and effectively invited her to join the party. Basileus Arkonides got thoroughly drunk, drinking from the “penalty-horn” ( vitishorn ), since he was, after all, a foreigner, and knew no better.
Towards the end of the night, however, Bjorn Ironside (Bjorn Ragnarsson), Jarl of Munso mentioned his role as one of the leaders of the Great Army that had destroyed Athelstan‘s homeland. Athelstan could scarcely restrain himself from attacking the jarl. He went off to meditate on the will of Baldur. The heroes went to bed for the night, with Thrand Hallsteinsson staying up to watch the cleric. Surely enough, in the small hours of the morning, the cleric arose from his meditations and strode purposefully towards the jarl’s chamber. The jarl’s huskarl stopped Athelstan from advancing, even stabbing him in the belly with his spear, while the ranger went to awaken the others. Athelstan kept calling for the jarl, trying to awaken him, challenging him to face the cleric.
In the stand-off that followed, the jarl finally emerged from his chamber, wild-eyed, holding his battle-axe. Athelstan, unarmed, stripped naked, and dared the jarl to kill him, as he had slain Athelstan‘s people. The jarl just scoffed and went back to bed, leaving it to his huskarl to deal with the troublesome cleric. The huskarl was evidently prepared to slay Athelstan, but Basileus Arkonides and Thrand Hallsteinsson grabbed the clerics arms and dragged him away. Neferata was going to knock him out, as she had been, but only succeeded in slapping the cleric’s face. But Athelstan, having said what he wanted to say, did not resist.
Given the great offense that Athelstan had given to the jarl, the heroes decided it would be best to leave that night, before dawn. They left the jarl’s longhouse and headed north into the woods, seeking the tombs on the north end of the island. So they set forth . . .
XP Earned: 6400 (1067 each)
Total XP: 16,186
XP to level 6: 23,000