I’ll have to edit this a fair amount later (probably should have written everyone’s names down :sick:). Feel free to correct me and/or add in details I may have forgotten, and I will update it as I can. Here’s the record of our first session though:
Our adventure begins as this years group of youngsters are departing their hometown of Vestyrsjö for their year of duty at the tower. The group includes Aelfwird, Durzo, Keldrin, Cenwine, Lina, Yrsa, Wilburga, Grit and Frit, as well as two women guardians. They soon come across another group of travellers, some on horse and others walking barefoot with a sullen look about them. The youths attempt to engage them in conversation to no avail, and soon learn that not all the world is as happy a place as Vestyrsjö. The rest of the day is mostly uneventful, aside from a bit of drama between Aelfwird and Lina (apparently there was an incident involving a shift). Aelfwird eventually gets nominated as the groups leader, and they continue on their journey.
Later that day they arrive at the town of Korsvaegen, the central ‘hub’ of the Five Village Dale. They rush to the town gates, and after a short time find themselves in a field on the southwestern side of town that has been set aside for them to make camp. The boys stay to raise the tents (with the exception of Keldrin, who has family in town). A short time later the girls show up with sweets for the boys (though Durzo may have upset them a bit with his hesitance to partake in their gift). Around this time Aedelstan shows up. He has spent the past year at the tower, and when asked why he is back early he informs the group that he will be going to spend another year there. Keldrin soon returns with a bit of beer and wine and the boys enjoy a bit of drink before turning in.
The following morning the boys set off to explore the town after tending to their mornings chores. They find that it is quite different from their own village. After a bit of exploration Aedelstan talks Durzo into patching things up with the girls. He purchases a sweetcake from a local shop and delivers it to a blushing (no idea who this is for :sick:).
As they are eating lunch at their campsite they notice a commotion coming from one of the gates. The boys start to go investigate when a herd of stampeding cows comes running straight at them! They move to get out of the way, and the animals are about to run over their campsite when a young woman comes riding up to the lead bull and deftly prods it in another direction. As the animals pass, followed by more riders, another rider pulls up next to them. After a brief exchange they learn that his name is Igolf, and he is a rider of Haestgard. The young woman is Leoda, and is herself on the way to the tower. He soon returns to his group, and more people start to show up in the vicinity prepping for the nights festivities.
Among the new groups of people that show up over the course of the day, one in particular stands out. A group of larger men accompanied by a Frost Dwarf! Before they can react a speaker climbs onto a nearby platform and calls for quiet. His name is Eastmund, First Burgher, and judging by the length and wording of his speech he thinks himself quite important. Another speaker follows, and gives a mercifully short statement (which is met with a fair amount of applause) and the feast begins. Aelfwird (?) and Cenwine go to meet the dwarf while the rest of the boys follow the girls up to the platform and proceed to dance the night away. The dwarf introduces himself as Glorm from Hjalmkam, though I’m not entirely sure that Aelfwird (?) or Cenwine would remember anything of that night after spending it in the company of a dwarf and a beer tap.
The following morning the group awakes (some a bit slower than others), and after getting their gear together proceeds on with a much larger group towards the tower. It is getting colder, and as the day passes they notice that the clouds are somehow moving against the wind. They mention this to Breoulf, the Quartermaster of the Tower and the leader of the procession. He says it is nothing to concern themselves with, but his behavior throughout the day says otherwise. As they set up for camp, wagons circled, Breoulf comes up to Aedelstan (?) and tells him he is on first watch. Aedelstan (?) grabs Cenwine, and together they make preperations for the watch. Still feeling the effects of the nights festivities, as well as the days travels, Cenwine brews up a potion to perk them up a bit.
Near the end of their watch they notice a figure outside of the circle. Aedelstan (?) goes to investigate and finds out it is Leoda. They chat for a time, and Leoda tells him a bit about her town (as well as the Charge Dragons that occasionally threaten their livestock!). Aedelstan (?) and Cenwine then return to wake the second watch. They awaken xx, who heads out for the next watch after waking yy to join him. After a short time they find they cannot sleep due to the potency of the potion Cenwine had made earlier, so rather than lay around staring at the tent ceiling all night they decide to go out and accompany xx and yy on their patrol.
The following day they march into the forest they had been camped outside the night before. As they are marching along Cenwine notices movement behind the bushes on either side of the road. He points it out to his companions, but before they can discover what it is the threat makes itself known…. a group of goblins has ambushed them! Hardly armed and with little practical training in the use of weaponry they do what they can to repel their attackers. Almost immediately Yrsa and Frit go down. Frit caught a vicious kick to the head from a horse and it doesn’t look good for her. The fight seems hopeless until Lina comes up behind a goblin, and in a fit of rage snaps it neck (and I thought she was scary enough before….). Soon after Durzo rushes to the defense of Yrsa and brutally slays not one, but two goblins (each with a single blow!). Keldrin is badly wounded, as are Grit and Wilburga. The rest of the train is fighting their own battle, but as the group finally finishes off their last attacker a rider comes flying past yelling for them to ‘Get out, now!’ The load up their wounded on their carts and make a run for it as more attackers approach from the woods. On their way out they notice Glorm (wielding a battle axe) and ww (with dual blades) slaying enemy after enemy. Clearly they are no strangers to combat.
After a mad rush out of the forest they finally arrive at the tower; bloody, shaken and in dire need of shelter and medical attention they approach the gate….