Journal Entry: War of the Lance
Entry Date: 9/22/2002
Day 23 - December 2, 351AC
The Council met again in the morning. No word had been received from the scouts Tanis had sent ahead for nearly a day. Locar argued against heading forward into the unknown and Eben agreed that something worse than bears might lay ahead. Tanis urged that the party push forward and Elistan agreed. He offered to take the remaining heroes ahead to ensure the way was safe, but Eben fought this plan as it would leave no one to defend the refugees. The previous evening's battle had shown the inadequacy of the refugee militia.
The vote was close, with Elistan and Briar voting to push ahead while Locar and Brookland voted to stay put or even turn back. Eben was the deciding vote. After a moments consideration, he decided to vote with Tanis and Elistan to push forward and determine what had become of their scouts.
After the vote, Elistan called for a moment of silence, for 13 had succumbed to the elements that night and would not be continuing the journey.
Back in the Neidar village, the party was concerned that the refugees had not yet arrived. Leaving Flint to continue negotiating for supplies, the rest of the party headed back.
Flint was summoned by the thane. He had an ancient chest out and was sorting through it. He called Flint over and the two old hill dwarves looked to the chest. The thane told Flint that he was aware of the courage of his grandfather and that after the heroes death, his weapon and armor found their way here to this village. From the chest he brought out a suit of dwarven chainmail and a dwarven waraxe. He was honored to finally return them to their rightful owner.
It was nearing noon when the to groups met in the wilderness. The scouts explained the situation to Tanis and a map was dug out and gone over. The valley recommended by the dwarves was found as was the giant beehive. Two routes seamed to give access to the valley. The Counsil took the map and went into a private discussion to debate the options. None noted the kinder who snuck after them.
Two routes led to the valley. One passed further east and looked more sure. The other passed westerly and promised food, but the southern end of the route passed through country which looked like it might prove difficult.
The eastern way was a big concern because they would run out of food at least a day from the valley. Passing west, the party would be able to gather food from the beehive and deliver it to the refugees as they traveled that way. Briar's opinion was clear. Food was the most important thing. They should journey east. None strongly favored the western route, but Locar proposed the novel idea of invading the dwarven village and seizing the food they needed to survive until a new supply was located.
Elistan strongly objected to this course of action. Paladine would never condone such measures, no matter how desparate the situation. The dwarves had been helpful and were not enemies.
A consensus was finally reached to take the western route. They would deal with the "blob" at the southern end of the route when they got there and determined what it was. In the meantime, Tanis would take his people and assault the beehive for food for the refugees, hopefully enough to see them through to the valley.
Some of the party traveled back to the dwarf village to retrieve Flint. While their, they asked the dwarves about the "smudge." The dwarves explained that there was an old, ruined bridge there.
The party marched late into the night to join back up with the refugees at their night camp on the river a few miles north-west of the Neidar.
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