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 Trampas "Dragonhelm" Whiteman

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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