We returned from town, to the farm. Our plan was to set up an ambush for the predators. Little did we know, that these creatures are in fact quite cunning. Several hours into the operation, the animals began to get extremely skittish. Scratching noises were heard outside, albeit not by me. As we did not want to leave the barn, in fear there may be more beasts than we had previously thought, we decided to stay inside for the rest of the night that went by, as far as we can tell, uneventful. Come the morning, the search began. A tunnel, found outside, lead us to a small pen on the inside of the barn. Big enough for a mans head, we assume that the beast were scouring for prey. I can only assume, once they noticed us, they fled.
Getting relatively frustrated with the situation, we decided to follow the tracks of the unknown beast(s). It lead us to the north eastern coast of Brohst. Then, the track disappeared. Patience has always been a strong point for me, but even I ground my teeth a little at the thought of our lost quarry. We stood, idle, on the beach, trying to come up with a conclusion as to what happened to the beast(s) as they had seemed to just disappear. When two of the girls got attacked by some, by description, flying iguanas. They were relentless as the ambushed the girls, but turned out to be nothing more than an annoyance.
I decided to go out to sea, to see if I could see any secrets or clues under the waves. Nothing, always nothing with these beasts. One thing was noticed on the small island east of Brohst. Some smoke bellowed up high enough for us to see. As far as we knew, or had at least been told, the island was uninhabited. So I began to swim to the other side, once I got close I noticed that Flynn had been right, the beasts were here. Beasts? Not anymore, they were humanoid with rat-like faces. Another oddity that I saw, which was much more interesting was the site of another humanoid being with red skin, and abnormally large teeth. He had a bag, which he was able to open and fit an entire boat into. Very interesting issues in my mind.
Once I returned and reported my findings, we decided to cross. After securing a boat, we left Leo, and the island behind. Once ashore, I made breakfast and prayed. The stench on this island made it hard to eat and even concentrate on my prayers. I awoke the girls, and we ate, what we could, and moved on. After several hours of travel, we figuratively came face to face with 3 of the rat people. Using diplomacy is always an option I prefer to begin with, I fed the creatures to gain favor. After we discovered we could not communicate with them, as well as their complete distaste for water, we started our travels to what we realized was an abandoned town. The creatures followed. Still not completely used to the powers of my deity, I finally crafted a spell that allowed me to understand the creatures words. They were plotting our demise. I turned swiftly and drew my weapon to show the creatures that I understood their intentions. Violence ensued. The creatures fought valiantly, but died to the greater combat prowess of the girls. I myself, rendered useless as the beast spit up on me. Also, upon some inspection, they carry lice on them. Upon being touched by the rat folk, these lice get on you and begin to bite, causing serious itching. We quickly discovered salt water rids us of the bugs.
The whole time, I was slightly distracted as I thought about the red, cloaked creature. It dawned on me, in my teachings as a follower, they describe foul, evil beasts from other planes. Demons and devils. These creatures are supposedly, extremely intelligent, manipulative and strong. Some are even said to have spell powers and abilities. I hope for our sake this is not the case. I am worried to tell the girls that this is what it could be. I do not want to see them get hurt, or worse. According to my teachings, it is my job as a follower to eradicate these beings upon confrontation, but I fear I will put too many in danger. Perhaps, we can come back later, when our skills and abilities are more practiced to take it on. Again, I hope that this is not the case, but I fear that it is.
That is all for now, we are packing up, ready to move out again. Until next time