So we started our trip today. The students were pretty confused when Toby and Lady Arathya kept them after class to talk about it. I'm worried about how they'll get along…. it's a, well, interesting group. None of them wanted to talk much when I tried to do introductions last week, especially Alaric… It'll be interesting to see how this goes. I hope they learn to work together so that nobody dies.
Rogo was the only one that showed up to leave the academy on time. I didn't have to send Poof, but there were some magical Alarms, a bucket of ice water, and one magically-induced fall.
Quinlan just keeps complaining that his bribes didn't work… I don't think he understands how things work at the Academy. He seems to be close with Garrett, who was only interested in whether or not they got to keep the "shiny things" they find on this trip. Annivel kept talking about the moon (…?) and often had to help Rogo say what he wanted. Alaric is the only one that doesn't seem close to any of the other students, though he appears to tolerate Quinlan. Whether it's his money or interest in Alaric's demonic heritage, I'm not sure.
As we walked north from Carta, Quinlan complained about having to go through the rougher area of town… it's gonna be a long trip if he doesn't suck it up and stop complaining… But as we approached the tower, Rogo and Quinlan were able to pick out the necromancy and animation magic, though not the summoning magic.
I left them outside the tower to set up camp, but did send Poof to watch over things. As i walked away, Garrett did scale the tower and kick around on the roof for a bit…. He got down eventually, but I'm not really sure what he was trying to accomplish… They went inside, adn surprisingly enough, Alaric stepped up to intimidate the helmed "helper" (horror) into submission, though one of the boys did have a brief tangle with the rug… According to Poof though, they found a few potions and a scroll.
They headed upstairs… cautiously. Rogo and Annivel snuck right up to the 3rd floor, where they awoke the flame-skull. And the Skeletons downstairs. Eventually everyone showed up and was able to interrupt the skull's chanting and crisp up the skeletons.
Annivel sweet-talked the spider on the 4th floor, so they proceeded to the top floor which appeared to be the living quarters of the wizard. They rifled around the desks, then moved to the bookshelves and bed. They made the books angry. Garrett tried standing on some books to pin them down, but it only make the other books angrier. Quinlan grabbed the pillow, swearing it was the diary they were looking for as Rogo and Annivel continued to sift through books on the desks and shelves, trying to avoid mass papercuts from the swarm of books above them. Annivel grabbed a few journals, hoping to get out of there quickly (Quinlan had already left claiming "I already found the journal (pillow). We can leave!") But it was Alaric who finally spotted the journal under a stack of papers. They fled the tower, and the journal seems to have… taken a liking (?) to Alaric… I'm curious to see whether he just tolerates this development or embraces it. We set off tomorrow to leave Carta for the Fae Wilds.