The Sylvan Key

As my last journal entry stated, I had landed up in the company of a Tarmak, known to some as "brutes". I don’t know much about him, save that he was once forced to serve the Knights of Neraka. He rebelled against them. We two make a good pair, I think. Just a couple of "misfits".

We had been around the town of Pashin for a while. One day, we come across a local thug. Seems he thought a kender stole his purse. One thing I learned from my father is that kender aren’t always what they appear. I could tell right away that this wasn’t true, since the kender was protecting his young daughter.

My Tarmak friend and I felt this thug needed a lesson. We tried to be nice, but he wouldn’t have it. Then he invited his friends. It was a hard-fought battle, but we won. The kender and his girl got away.

Pretty soon, we heard word that the Herald was in town. I thought we could use a good tale, and to hear the Herald…well, you only get that opportunity once in a lifetime. We found where he was performing, and went to hear him.

His performance was captivating – the best I had ever heard. Unfortunately, some of the Dark Knights took exception to his story of the War of Souls. Next I knew, we were in a brawl. I was preparing some spells to try to settle the brawl, when everything went dark.

I awoke to find that the brawl had ended on its own. My Tarmak friend apparently didn’t fare much better. We checked on the Herald, when he told us of a prophecy, and a key that wasn’t a key. Next thing I know, we’re on the road to recapture this key from a group of bandits.

We traveled all day and thought that we may have taken the wrong path for a bit, when we discovered the camp of a former squire for the Dark Knights and his bandit thugs. We fought a few guards, but landed up on the brink of death, along with a guard.

It was humiliating to know that we had to be rescued, and that the key had to be retrieved for us…


About Dragonhelm

Trampas “Dragonhelm” Whiteman is best known for co-creating and administering the Dragonlance Nexus fan site. He is co-author of three Dragonlance books – Holy Orders of the Stars, Knightly Orders of Ansalon, and Races of Ansalon. When not evangelizing Dragonlance and other settings, Trampas is a husband, father, podcaster, and web designer. Trampas also enjoys reading comics, reading fantasy and scifi novels, and playing D&D.
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