The Templar of the Forest known as [[:T’horan]] has been given a task, to meet with one of the Kings Men, and escort him to a meeting in the north.
He walked on the path, in the knowledge that soon enough this man of the forest would find him. Sure enough, he was found. Content Not Found: Xavier was walking along, following ancient paths, known to him and his friends in the Kings employ. He spotted a small fire, and worried what it might be was heading in that direction, when he encountered a man, approx the same age as him, travelling in his forest.. correction.. the kings forest.
Xavier, it seemed, was required by his king to come with this man, and go north to the town of insert-name-here to meet with another, Content Not Found: diamont. He agreed and asked only that he might check on the fire first.
Together they approached the fire, and discovered it to be empty, but soon enough a young man emerged, slightly surprised, and introduced himself as Content Not Found: Metzler.
Soon after meeting, and chatting, the group overheard the sounds of others travelling this way, Xavier went into the forest quietly to find out. Soon enough he overheard their discussion, Two men, one a simpleton, were discussing the fact that an owlbear of some sort, was to be found in the forest and they might become heroes if they killed it. Xavier knew this to be untrue..
Content Not Found: Jacob_, the Simpleton and Content Not Found: Althgar_ the Dark robed Magi, were those men. Content Not Found: Claire had dropped back, no longer able to contain her frustration at their inane ramblings.
A noise was heard, Jacob sprang ready and ran into the forest, convinced the clang he heard was indeed ‘the owlbear’. Althgar followed, but suddenly noticed the green cloaked man with a bow at the ready and quickly stopped. Xavier, the green-robed, stepped out from his hiding place and spoke to the man, while Jacob ran forward to ‘the owlbear’
As the ‘owlbear’ was infact T’horan, banging his shield, Jacob stopped, but .. being simple minded, asked "are you ‘the owlbear’?
Conversation was had by all, introductions made, Jacob ignored, and then they heard Lady Claire.. demanding her ‘employees’ come and make sure she could enter the tree’s without her armour becoming spoiled. (cut her a path)
A Days travel, and only one other traveller is met on the path, he is mysterious and claims he can heal Jacob.. for an expensive price.. his little finger. The group convince Jacob to say no, and the man leaves, but not before stating “meet me at the ”/campaign/the-coyn/wikis/Golden%20Dwarven%20Statues/new" class=“create-wiki-page-link”>Golden Dwarven Statues"
A Day and a nights travel, and we find our group, asleep. T’horan is on watch, and hears the cry of some unearthly, Howl/scream/growl.. maybe it is infact this Content Not Found: Owlbear The group has heard.
He awakens Althgar and Xavier, and they head off to deal with it.. Metzler is left to look after the Lady and the Fool.
The three break up and start to stalk the location of the noise.. soon enough Althgar comes across the sounds first.. bone breaking, crunching, chewing, slurping… his stomach turns..
he gets closer.. only 3 metres from the noises.. and spots it.. the Head of an Owl.. at least a metres in size, atop the body of a bear,.. 3 metres in height.. He freezes in place.
T’horan notices Althgar stop and motions to him.. but Althgar panics.. “h’es OVER HERE!!!!”
The Beast raises his head and SCREAMS at Althgar, who in turn Panics and Runs.. The beast crashes through the forest at him.. but luckily Xavier has his bow..
The Bow string drawn, the sight readied, he shoots.. the arrow whistles straight between the trees, and punctures DEEP into the eye of the beast.. who’s head Promtly EXPLODES!!! (double 1, critical hit!!)
The group is in shock.. Althgar freaks and spins.. almost passing out from shock..
They approach the dead body.. its brain splattered on the forest around..
Claire and Metzler arrive and gasp.. “what happened?” Jacob, bleary eyed, steps up behind them.. “Ohhh.. whats that!?!”
The group decide to skin the body, share out some of the feathers, gut it, cut it up and take it back to camp. The meat can be dried and eaten, it is.. just a bear underneath it all! Althgar claims the heart, and they return to camp.
but something nags at the back of Xaviers mind..