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An Odd Couple
The Bog Barrow

…continues from Book #01, Chapter #02, Scene #04a

Synopsis

The 12th Day of Ches in the Year of the Sudden Journey
While Kireth studies, Celestia looks for enlightenment at the temple, and Zero entrenches himself in the inn, Khalin and Tradden have agreed to assist one of the villagers, the elf smith Caldring, in looking for iron ore in the swamps to the southeast bey ond the lake.

The group headed into the marshes where Caldring spotted an iron cartwheel. As she tried to pull it out she fell into the swamp with a splash, but resurfaced with skeletons not far behind!

The group managed to despatch the skeletons, but not without Caldring using her runic magic, causing a mist to descend on the group. When the mist finally cleared Caldring was nowhere to be seen. But then her shouts were heard some way off in the swamp and when Tradden and Khalin arrived, she was being attacked by ghoulish figures.

With great difficulty the ghouls were vanquished, but Caldring fared badly, being knocked unconscious. Tradden and Khalin now look for some nearby shelter to get the elf warm and let her recover.

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The Gloom Marshes

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Khalin slumped against the wall of the small chamber, catching his breath. After a few pants he looked up at Tradden, the two exchanging looks of something akin to bewilderment.

‘Thanks,’ the warlord spluttered through the goo adorning his beard, then continued earnestly. ‘Thank you, Tradden, my friend,’ before finally breaking into a half-smile. ‘Do you think the others will believe us when we recount the tale of this night?’

The young fighter screwed his face up in a look of skepticism.

‘No, me neither!’ chuckled the warlord.

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‘In fact,’ added Tradden, ‘let’s never mention this — even if we do tell them, I can just see Kireth’s face and sarcastic comment about our two brave warriors being nearly bested by a puddle of goo…’

With that, he turned to Caldring, to see how she was faring.

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Caldring appeared to be faring a little better. Colour had returned to her pallid face and she appeared to be breathing a little easier. Tradden checked the improvised bandages he had applied and most of the bleeding had stopped.

The dwarf seemed cheerful enough, but Tradden could see the red marks left by the slime’s grip and could tell that he needed rest too.

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The Gloom Marshes

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‘Right, my dwarven friend,’ Tradden mustered as cheerily as he could. ‘You get some shut-eye and I’ll look to get a small fire going. We’ll need all the warmth we can.’

Khalin started to protest but decided better of it and slumped against one of the walls in the far chamber near the elf. Within moments his eyes were closed and he was snoring loudly.

‘Right,’ shivvered Tradden, wrapping his cloak around him (it was mostly silken, and so not as warm as Khalin’s more practical cape) and muttering to himself. ‘Let’s hope dawn comes and drives away the rain.’

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Tradden stayed alert and watchful until well after the break of dawn. Every so often he would go out into the morning air and take a stretch to keep himself awake, ever watchful for any movement in the marsh.

The rain ceased shortly after dawn, but a fine mist still clouded the marsh, muffling any sounds other than the chirp and drone of insects.

After what seemed an age Khalin joined him outside, stretching and yawning, the weariness and pain from combat left him. As he and Tradden started to make plans for how best to transport Caldring back to Blackengorge they heard her stir in the barrow.

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She was awake and sitting and the three of them made the decision to slowly walk back to the town now, rather than waiting.

The journey back was slow, but uneventful bar the young fighter’s gentle teasing of the dwarf, when Caldring was out of earshot, over his inability to stay awake and on him nearly being swallowed alive by a green bit of slime. Many was the time the laughing youngster had to flinch away from a waved warhammer. Eventually, the trio were back just before dusk.

After leaving Caldring at the temple to be looked after by the acolytes of Pelor, Tradden and Khalin headed back to The Bronze Lion to share their adventure with the group.

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[…continued in Book #01, Chapter #02, Postscript…]