Borders Drawn in Blood

Finding a Horse and 2 Books

It’s just after midnight and we are preparing to cross a city at war. And then planning to sneak into the Cavil compound. Why you ask? Well only to kill Lord Cavil, his witch of a Daughter, the captain of the guard and per Rosa’s request burn the house to the ground. Yes the five of us. A young woman who has not lifted a weapon yet, but does have a lovely singing voice. A young Venician man, whose ability to hide is unquestioned, but is still learning tactics. A German solider, who is more comfortable in the wilderness with a bow than hand to hand in a city. A Lombard Soldier, who claims to talk to God, and can produce real miracle. And me, a very tall Arab, who claims to be able to talk to his raven, Layil. We must be insane to think this will work. But I must at least appear confident otherwise the rest will fall apart and we will all die in this war zone of a town.
So off we go leaving Corrina, our servant, in the care of Nico and Gino our guards. We do not encounter a single soul on the streets as we cross town to Rosa’s old tower house. The place has been looted bot the secret door in the basement has not been discovered. All too soon we are in the crypts under the Cavil estate. we encounter our first obstacle, a rotted wooden stair case that will not support Dominic, let alone my weight. With some clever patch work from Ettore, we eventually make it to the top. Hopefully we can find another way out because going down will be just as difficult, especially if we are being chased.
The stairs lead to what appears to be an old roman cellar. My sunrod in Lila’s hand does not illumniate as much of the darkness as I would like. Ettore continues exploring ahead of us at the edge of the light, when we hear some erattic scraping or pounding. None of us is sure what it is, but when confronted with a choice of 2 hallways we continue toward the sound. Our Light reveals a large columned room with an unlit brazier in the center. The noise is coming from far side of the room, it’s a Horse!! The white horse was once a magnificent animal, but it has been starved and is covered in hundreds small cuts some of which appear over a week old. The horse continues to try and stand but is to weak to do so. Dominic rushes to the horse’s side and begins to tend it’s wounds. He even goes so far as to give it God’s blessing. This miracle closes some of the wounds and gives the horse the strength to stand. Dominic announces the horses name is Ghost. Who am I to argue, I named my black raven Layil, which means night in Arabic.
As the room appears to be a dead end, we head back to the other hallway. The horse following Dominic like a puppy. Now I really want to find another way out, I really doubt Ghost will make it down the rotted stairs. The second hallway leads to another columned room with pools of slimey green water partially cover the floor. Ettore motions for silence as he sees a light to the east coming from a room beyond this one. We cautiously cross the large room only to find an unholy shrine ion the far side. The upside down cross had a body nailed to it. Once we are closer someone observes that the body might be Lord Cavil’s son. As the body is a young boy with a crushed shoulder. And according to Corrina Lord Cavil Killed both his wife and son with a single blow from his war maul.
Ettore moves closer to the room where the light is and reports hearing a woman’s voice speaking a language unfamilar to him.
We cover the sunrod witha sack and as stealthily as possible approach the light. In the rom we see another brazier, this one is lit but the light is oddly dim. On the far side is a woman chanting in front of another unholy cross, This one is surrounded by candles and has a female corpse nailed to it. I beleive we have found Lady cavil and the woman chanting is her daughter.
As we have no been discovered yet, I charge the woman. My scimitar connects with something, but the body dissolves into thin air. That was easy!! But no, She steps from behind a column further into the room, but she is ignoring a me! And ignoring Dominic and Freidrich who have moved into the room behind me. She moves until she can see Lila hiding behind the column nearest the entrance. She calls to Lila, saying “Victoria why are you hiding from me? Come out and join me as we are on the same side.” Yet another person has confused our Lila with the nobles daughter Victoria she grew up with. Lila respond saying she is not this Victoria.
Dominic charges the woman, invoking the stength of God to smite the her, he lands a fearsome blow with his long sword. Instead of dropping she steps back and gestures and the sward shatters in Dominic’s hand. she truly is a witch. Freidrich and I join the fight and inflict minimal damage. Dominic, angered by the loss of his long sword, switches to his short sword, and again invoking Gods strength. He smites the witch, inflicting a second fearsome wound. I am certain damage the witch had taken would have killed me. She takes another arrow hit from Freidrich. Ettore appears at the edge of the light, but hesitates closing with the witch. She then steps into the darkness behind piller and once again dissolves into thin air. She used the deivls foul magic to escape our justice. With her departure the light from the brazier and candles resume a normal radiance. She was causing the light to dim.
We search the rooms finding 2 books, one is the Corvo family history. But the second is bound in human skin the writing on the cover is in Arimaic, translate is roughly as the book of the dead. While I am doing that Dominic is examining the corspe on the cross. He then invokes God’s power over the body and instructs me to burn is. Lila calls from the other room saying Dominic needs to fix the other body as well. We burn the boys corpse as well. finding on one stair case going up we decide to retreat, figuring the witch has alerted the housed hold by now. We dismantle the crosses and use the timbers as a ramp down the rotted staircase, horse and all. We are masking our tracks through the crypt when we hear many armed men coming. Into the secret door we go, wedging the timbers inside to hold it closed. Coming out of the tunnel into Rosa’s basement, we are confronted by Rosa’s surviving man. He is surprised we returned with a horse. We tell him we are being followed and that we need to speak to Rosa as soon as possible, as we were only partially successfully. He disappears down the tunnel and starts a fire at the other end. We leave for our house, again the streets are deserted. Back at the house everyone is fine, but Corrina still has not slept, she looks ready to collapse. During the night a scimitar weilding man enters Lila’s room and tells her his mistress demands an audience with her in the morning. Lila is histerical when she comes into the common room. No one gets much sleep for the rest of the night. The book of then dead yeilds nothing. But the Book of Corvo shows the familyu being ressurected by the bastard son of the anti pope under the name Durrante. the puzzle pieces being to fall into place.
Rosa is at our door first thing in the morning. We show her the books and tell her our story. She promises guards and an audience with Con Grande. Saying the evidence in the books will doom the Cavil family. The guards show up and the day passes uneventfully. We are escorted to Con Grande’s castle where a celebration appears to have been set up. Freidrich introduces himself and Lord Guelph. Con Grande laughs and says no you are not….Allah help us now what…

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The Pros & Cons of Becoming a Man

We killed our enemies in Rosa’s common room and quickly head up the stairs. The enemy destroyed Rosa’s barricade. An axe came flying down the stairs; the captain threw it after shouting something like, “we’re done with you!” It hit Nizar, ricocheted off the wall to miss Dominic, ricocheted again to hit Friedrich, then me, and then Lila last. I have never seen an axe do that! Fighting broke out again at the top of the stairs and continued in to the antechamber. No sign of the captain. Dominic made the first kill, impressive. Every time we fight he impresses me. (I wonder if that is saying much. I’m new to fighting and Dominic is/was a prison guard).

Nizar responded with a kill and I sneak attacked through a flank with him. This upfront fighting I am still getting used to! Friedrich maneuvered to use his bow and Lila was singing back in the stairwell. I got hit so I tried to bluff them and it worked! They all believed me except for Lila. She saw right through it – I had faith though that she wouldn’t blow my cover. I heard what sounded like Dominic say something like, “Another devil.” Could he be referring to the captain? I wished I wasn’t down. I wanted to be assisting my party! I heard what sounded like Friedrich; sounded like he had fallen. I prayed.

I took a breath to try to refocus. For the first time I listened to a fight: weapons clanging; blood splattering; voices shouting (Lila’s beautiful song in the distance); and souls’ leaving bodies – the sounds of death. I recited another silent prayer. “WHEN I’M DONE HERE I’LL BE A BETTER TEACHER TO YOU!” Who was that, the captain!? I heard a distant woman’s scream. Was that Rosa?! Her life left her body. I prayed with the genuine hope that the woman was not Rosa.

Silence. Was the fighting over? I opened an eye; blood and bodies were everywhere. None were of my party. Friedrich was down and Lila poked around him while she sang. I moaned as I sat up. I didn’t see Nizar and Dominic. I found Nizar in another room looking outside from the balcony. I looked out and down and saw approximately 100 men on the street including a severely injured captain. Nizar loosed an arrow but missed; my attempt was the same, I missed. Friedrich loosed an arrow showing us how it’s done; he hit the captain! Only shot we made before the captain moved in among his men.

I found out that the woman’s scream was not Rosa; thank God. Rosa was walking about the house and packing up. She told us that she believed the Cavil’s are hiring mercenaries and that one of them is wielding a weapon similar to Nizar’s. She advised we act quickly. She handed one of us a key and asked if we would escort her son back here to the house. We were a block away from her house and spotted our two guards holding Rosa’s son. They stood over the dead archer from the rooftop that I tried to engage bickering. Lila took the son by the hand and walked him back to the house while the rest of us listened to Nicco’s and Gino’s explanation.

We returned to Rosa’s and she again advised us to act quickly as soon as we are well. I thought she was awfully persistent and that worried me. From the few interactions I have had with her, this was abnormal. Is she aware of something that we are not? Has that awareness finally caught up to her? Is that what has her so anxious and off character? Friedrich took a swig from a wine cask just as we were set to leave. Apparently I am not the only one boggled down by all of this, I’m relieved; I’m not alone. We arrived to the Guelph Estate without incident.

Carine immediately offered to tend to our wounds. “Sure. If you can give me a sponge bath too that would be great” replied Friedrich. One glass of wine did him in; however, I didn’t believe his intentions were to insult. Nizar reassured Carine that she doesn’t have to do that. Dominic, sounding and acting manly, stepped in with his chest slightly puffed and posture straightened. He offered to have a talk with Friedrich about how to treat a lady. Before we called it a night, Rosa arrived with her son.

It is nice having Carine around; she reminds me of my mother only a lot younger. She checked my and Dominic’s bandages and brought us wine during our guard shift. She looked very tired. She must have catered the other guard shifts; God bless her. The night passed calmly without incident. Come morning, there was no sign of Rosa and her son. Carine not only looked tired, she looked fearfully anxious. I don’t think we should discuss battles/fights around her. She found out last night that we nearly killed the captain before he escaped. We will try again, this time at the Cavil House under the cover of darkness. So today we revisited the same armory that Lila and Friedrich went to. Hopefully we can lighten our loot load and either repair our armor or buy it new.

As we all were readying to leave, Carine anxiously asked us if we needed help carrying the equipment. We gathered that she didn’t want to be alone. Uneventfully we arrived to the armory. Lila and Friedrich initiated the negotiation. “Holy shit! I’d say you stole it but I can see the blood stains!” The armory master said loudly. We spent several minutes negotiating: taking out equipment, discussing what we want, and talking over some serious coin. Some of the other armorers as well as a few guards, took notice of our negotiations and were utterly taken aback. We returned to the Guelph Estate without incident.

All day I was respectfully correcting my fellow party members when they would refer to me as a boy or child. I would elicit, “young man.” In response Nizar had been, with the help of Friedrich and Dominic, insisting that I “become” a young man before he started calling me one. I didn’t really push the argument this time seeing as how quickly death stared me in the face a day ago! We waited until the ladies of the house took a nap to go out to a brothel. Turned out we were not the only ones with this seemingly brilliant idea. I had to sweat it out and wait, which in the end worked out in my favor because I had time to spot a beauty. Boys must do more than fight and kill a man; they must give and receive love.

Us “men” returned to the Guelph Estate for rest before our midnight attack on the Cavil House.

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Truths Revealed

So the truth finally comes out, the whole reason why we seem to be chased from one part of Italy to another finally reveals itself. I must say I am impressed on how one child can get into so much trouble in such a short lifetime. Well at least we know a little bit more about who we are against, where Lilo came from, and who the hell this Luca guy really is. It is strange that she lived in Como but the people chasing her say that she is from Milan. Either they have the wrong girl or they just think she is from Milan. Though we had to get our priorities strait and at the moment finding a place to stay was our top priority. We fortunately found an inn that was still standing, unfortunately the owner seems to be charging an outrageous price for the rooms because of the chaos. There were a couple of guards from the Mafai and De la Costas families, which were both destroyed in the fighting, there also looking for rooms. To our surprise Nizar offered to pay for their rooms. Why that copper pincher decided to do that was anyone’s guess, it must be a mutual respect for soldiers, which might be why he has put up with Dominique and I for so long. Some of the other guards started picking fights with each other which meant they were sleeping in the cold tonight. They were found dead the next day, apparently they tried to pick a fight with someone else a little less patient.

The next day we learn that Rosa has found us accommodations, a house that used belonged to an out of luck family who was slaughtered during the turmoil. What’s even better is that the family had Holy Roman roots so I will be posing as the head of the family. Ha if only meine mutter and vater could see me now, Fredrich Meztger: land owner. I like the sound of it, even if it is just an act. While we were getting settled in, Ettoree and Lilo- err- Lila decided to find out more about the Lady Cavil by asking the servants. Not exactly the sneakiest of ways of doing it, but I don’t have any better ideas. The first try didn’t amount to much but the second day paid off. We not only got the information we needed, we managed to somehow get a servant for the house. Our “refugee” is utterly scared of the Cavils, and rightly so. Not only did the Lord Cavil kill both his wife and sun, but the daughter seemed to calm his blood rage with a mere touch and a word. Now I am not sure who is in charge of the family, the Lord or the Lady. Now they have been taking servants out of the city to be killed. If they just didn’t want witnesses, they could have just hired some thugs or even the guards to kill them and no one would have given a thought to missing servant girls. Whats the purpose of bringing them out of the city? Speaking of guards, Nizar managed to find us two guards for the house, and in odd coincidence they were two guards that Nizar bought rooms for. Afterward we sent a message out to Rosa saying we had some news and to my surprise, she showed up herself. Personally I am glad to see she is keeping a close eye on what has been happening, because to me, this seems much bigger then anyone of us had originally thought. Rosa agreed to our plan to find out where they have been taking the girls so we headed out that night.

After several hours of travel, Carine takes us out side the city to a grove of trees in between two fields. Ettoree and I move ahead of the group, acting as scouts in case there is an ambush waiting for us. I move closer to the tree line, something smells like death, flashbacks to previous battles comes to the front of my mind. I peer into the shadowy grove, a small mound seems to be in the center. Ettoree startles me as he sneaks up right next to me, how does he keep doing that? As Ettoree and I move into the grove, someone from the rest of the party lights a torch and they begin to follow us in. I reach the mound to find a pit has been dug next to it, the smell permeating from it. My palms become sweaty as I work up the courage to peer down into the massive stench filled hole. As I slowly move my head so that it hovers over the pit, the light from the approaching torch slowly illuminates the dark bottom of the shaft. I am not a stranger to death but what I saw ran a chill through my spine. Five bodies all with the skin from their chest was peeled back. Some of them were rotten to the point where you couldn’t tell if they were even a man or a woman. I can hear Ettoree begin to cry, can’t blame him this time. I hear the rest of the party approaching and I turn to make sure that Carine isn’t with the rest of the party, don’t want her to see her mother like this. I think Lila saw the look on my face because she immediately stopped and wouldn’t go any farther. Eventually she does look, which causes her to erbrechen whatever was left of her dinner, poor girl. Nizar says this is satans work but I still have my money on witchcraft, though I fear we both might be right. After discussing for a moment why someone would have done this, Dominique begins to stare at the torch in Nizar’s hand, and then begins to push us out of the area, saying that the trees are evil and that there is fire where the hearts of the bodies are suppose to be. As we quickly escape back to the city, Dominique confesses that he has been hearing the voice of God whenever he looks into fire. Not sure if he is ybergeschnappt or he really is hearing God but whatever is going on has gotten us out of trouble several times so at this point I am not going to argue with him. Unlike the other times before though, we do manage to get out of the area and back home without being attacked.

The next morning Lila and I decide to get me new armor and clothes, so that I look like an official land owner, while Nizar sends word to Roza on what we found. Though I found nice armor ok, I am so glad I brought Lila for the other part, I had no idea what I was doing. Sure I could find a decent pair of pants but apparently the ones I picked out weren’t “in season” or were “last year’s fashion”. As we returned, we found the Dominique suited for battle with a small child, who had a small club, in the doorway to the house. I recognized the boy but it took a reminder from Dominique before I realized that he was Rosa’s son. He tells us that his mother sent him here because their house was under attack. After telling our guards to put the boy under house arrest, we quickly moved to Rosa’s house. We reach the house to see the remnants of the skirmish between Rosa’s guards and Cavil guards still taking place outside her home with the rest of the fight now taking place inside. We dispatch the guards on the street and on the rooftops and move into the house. We are stopped at the doorway by about 13 more men and their captain, who from what I hear has a nasty reputation. As we fight our way into the building, the Cavil guards manage to break down the door to the second story and move up the stairs to undoubtedly kill everyone inside. After what feels like far too long, we manage to dispatch the remaining guards downstairs and we now rush up the stairs to get to the remaining guards who have now disappeared to the second story. I just hope we aren’t too late.

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Tis the night of slum living
Tis the night of slum living , and all through the pox. nazaar hears something,

so i put back on my socks.

“i think it is horse..”

“we should check it out.” {nazaar}

“you always say that…”

as lilo starts to pout…

So we inspect the city

and to our surprise

the citys being ran over,

with soldiers and cries.

then out in the distance,

manifests mayhem..

confronted with bandits

not 2..not 3…but 13 awful men.

so as the swords start there slashing,

and arrows take flight.

Towers an angry arab.

the sinners parished that night.

So after the battle,

on to the next fight,

“Hey!…isn’t that the guy from Venice?!…”

“..and the viking on his right!”

So after some blood shed,

dismembering a thumb..

“is the capt attacking his own men?!?”

“i think that song made him dumb..”

so we succeeded in battle.

unconscious still one..

we"ll bring him to Rosa,

but we’ll leave behind his thumb..

safely in her hideout,

we tie the thug to a chair.

Rosa whispers: “you’ ll be dead by morning.”

awkwardly…things for me stiffen down there…

so after the upsurpers, and a terrible night, just remember one thing nazaar,

it was Jesus….that made this right .

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Something Decent to Wear

Another long and gruesome night. It seems that normal has become fighting for our lives in various, well actually, wherever we go these days. After that awful fight in the brothel and dealing with Antonio I just want a hot meal and a warm bed. Hmm Rosa’s is oddly quite. Please Lord don’t tell me she has been taken or even killed.

As we enter it seems Rosa is still in one piece but all of her “friends” are gone. But she does have someone with her and he does not look like any philosopher I’ve ever seen. Rosa begins by asking us questions about the street urchin that helped us locate her. She wants to know if we found him. After telling her no she seems to press the issue and we tell her what we have been doing and assure her we have not even looked for him yet. Once she seems satisfied with our answers she walks over to a table with something on it, covered by a sheet. When she reveals what is under the covering we are all shocked to see the street kid with the imprint of a hand burned into his face.

It seems Rosa thought one of us may have burned the hand print into him. But from the the look of shock on all of our faces she seems to realize we had nothing to do with it and relaxes a little. I finally realized that we have been discussing all of this in front of Rosa’s companion. So I ask “Rosa, who is your friend?” She introduces him as Valentino Montesino, a member of the city guard. We explained that was the same mark we saw on the man that was guarding Dante Alighieri in Florence. The mark was on his chest but still much the same burnt hand.

Valentino offers to take us around the city and show us what has been going on lately. Apparently things are really heating up between Cangrande Della Scala and Lord Cavil’s supporters. He also told us that Lord Cavil’s wife and young son seem to be missing but his daughter still resides at the main house. We were all tired and still a bit shocked by the boy so we asked if he could take us tomorrow. He agreed and took his leave.

Rosa told us we were going to have to decide if we wanted to stay here and try to figure out what is going on and perhaps clear our names or move on to another city or even country. She also told us it is not safe to stay with her anymore. I wanted to cry She did say she had a safe place for us for the night but that we may not like it very much. Everyone agreed that we would rather stay here no matter what the accommodations, then try to hide on the streets or at an inn. Inns bring us nothing but trouble anyway. So she led us down a very old staircase which eventually led to our quarters for the night. As I left the narrow stairwell I realized we were in a CRYPT!! I just look around stunned but resigned. Rosa leaves and tells us not to go up the other set of stairs as that leads to the Cavil’s main house. Of course it does!

Ettore seems even more distressed than I am, which is saying a lot. He seems to be a bit off center with the fact we have to spend the night in a crypt. I am a bit surprised by his reaction seeing how he has become as bloodthirsty as Nizar lately.

I find a place to lay down, but sleep does not come right away…

Good Lord, what have I done to deserve this. I was a good little girl, okay maybe not perfect but I listened to my parents, mostly. I don’t think I have done anything bad enough to warrant life on the run and sleeping in crypts. I want my family back. I want to be home in my warm feather bed with mein Vater kissing my forehead as I drift off to sleep

I awoke the next morning with a backache and a sense of hopelessness. I have no idea what we are going to do to get out of this mess. Our only hope is that Antonio comes through for us and we can some how figure out what is going on with the Cavil family. Although I am not sure how that will help us. It seems to me Cavil did all this to make his play against Cangrande and we just were the unwilling patsies that walked into his plan and helped it right along. Then there is Cardinal Durante who wants Dante for writing his book. I am sure they are in league with the devil because the man tracking us is leaving burned hands upon anyone we contact. Oh and let us not forget the matter of the Corvo’s. Are they still after us? Does Donato Dell’Aqui know where we are? If he does would he actually bother to follow us all the way here.

How did I get here?

Ettore seems to have disappeared. Nizar, Dominic, and Fredrich seem to be a bit worried. All I can think about is getting out of this crypt. As we are heading up Ettore comes back down babbling something about a man with a dagger…he seems awfully upset for someone who is in one piece and has not been threatened with any harm. I suppose this is what boys go though when they become men. Sometimes they are tough and sometimes they are still little boys.

We make it back up and Rosa is there to greet us. She has a note addressed to me that came by raven. Before I can even read it Ettore starts rambling again. Maybe the stress of things is starting to get to him. He has certainly been a bit off in the head the last couple of days. Or maybe it’s still the boy, man thing. Is this the man or the boy? He certainly is mad about something that does not concern him.

While Ettore is ranting about the evils of Rosa reading a message addressed to me I pick up the note and read it to myself. The color drains from my face. I read it again, this time out loud and then I notice who it is from and I am elated. “I am dead! I am dead!” I shout as I dance around waving the note. The others give me a curious look and I explain it is from Antonio and he has come through for us. Finally some good news. Maybe we can walk around the city without the big angry Arab giving us away every place we go

Rosa tells us how she intercepted the raven at the inn where we told Antonio to contact us. The innkeeper is dead and he has the same burn mark on him. Outstanding! More trouble and more people dead because of us. How will we ever get out of this mess? Apparently Nizar’s only concern to this news is the well being of the raven that delivered the note. Oh no I hope he’s not cracking up too. Dominic is already a little off and Ettore seems to be in some sort of man/boy struggle. Only Fredrich and I are still holding it together.

Ettore is still blabbering on about the note and seems to think I called him a child. When he acts like this who can blame me. I try and explain what I meant but he just keeps rambling on. I hope he figures out how to be a man soon. This whining is getting tiresome.

It seems Valentino arrived. Thanks goodness now maybe we can focus on something important.

Valentino is going to take us around the city today. He decides the coliseum is the best place to show us what we need to know. Before we can get there we see Cangrande Della Scala coming down the street. I am so frighted I hide behind Fredrich and try to make myself as small as possible. Wait! What are they doing? They are firing at the men attacking Cangrande. Oh my Lord we are all going to jail again. After several deep breaths I manage to summon up the courage to begin playing to help my friends. I try to sing but the words won’t come so I just play. My fingers are shaking so badly I can barely pluck the right cords. I can do this, I can do this After what seems an eternity the battle is over and Valentino is speaking with Cangrande. He actually doesn’t seem to pay any attention to us at all!! It seems Valentino had to assist so the others felt this might buy us some good will with the very scary Cangrande. I am not sure it worked but at least we are not in jail. I will call that a win.

We manage to get the coliseum and Valentino points out many different families and who they are siding with. He also shows us the Cavil house where the Lady Cavil and her son should be staying. They have not been seen in a long time. We decide that we should find out what has happened to her. Perhaps it will help us figure out why Cavil has decided to make a move against Cangrande.

Many different ideas are discussed but the one everyone is leaning toward is breaking in and questioning the servant. Well I know what THAT means. Nizar will kill her once we are done. I just can’t bear the thought of it so I suggest that I dress up and pretend to be a noble from another house. I will knock on the door and ask to see Lady Cavil and then find out what I can. I reassure Nizar that if I fail he can always beat the poor woman to death at a later time.

After squeezing a few silver out of the stingy man I go about making myself look presentable. First order of business, get some clothes that did not come off a street urchin. Next a bath. I found a brothel that offers this service and I spent about an hour getting the grime off me. Then donning my clean garments I went about the real shopping. After 2 shops and 45 minutes of searching I found a beautiful yellow dress. It is simply perfect. They had a matching yellow ribbon for my hair too! Off to the cobblers to find the perfect pair of shoes. Oh the cobblers wife was very helpful in picking just the right ones. They remind me of a pair mein Vater got me on one of his trips. Now some jewelry and a bit of powder for my face. Now to really clean up and get ready. Off to a different brothel this time. I make sure the water hot and scented. Now this is how a bath should be. I sink into the hot tub and this time I pay the servant girls to bathe me. They are very good and soon have me looking and feeling better than I have in months. I pay them to have my hair done and then tip all the girls a little extra keep my visit to themselves. I let it slip that I am going to meet a gentleman and his family would not approve of me.

Feeling fairly confident that no one will be looking for me dressed like this I take the main roads to Lady Cavil’s house. I walk up and knock on the door and wait. I was beginning to think no one was home when the servant answered. I introduced myself as Delicia Della Torre and asked to speak to Lady Cavil. She seemed to have a nervousness about her when she was telling me that the Lady and her son had left town to travel abroad and would not be returning soon. As I peered into the house beyond the woman, I noticed some oddities. The house was sparsely furnished and very dusty. There were no candles about the place to light the way in the dark. It felt as if the only one living there was this servant woman.

I reported what I found out to the others and Nizar seemed to feel as if the woman knew more than she was telling. I am not very good at sensing these things so I can’t say for sure. I just no she seemed nervous. We still were not sure how to proceed so we decided to go talk to Antonio that evening to thank him and pay him the rest of his money. We found him without incident and I made the final payment to him. I told him we might be willing to pay for any useful information about the Cavil’s or specifically the daughter or the wife and son.

We are left with deciding our next step.

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Becoming a Leper to hide?

We are back in Verona, hiding at Rosa’s. Hiding because we are wanted for escaping the prison. We escaped prison because we were falsely accused of murder. And I was not going to let them hang me for a murder I did not commit.
Rosa says we need to take care of the people who can identify us. Like the Guard Capt. and dettachment that arrested us. Rosa suggests they can be bribed to forget our faces. Oh and the street urchin that guided us to the meeting place with Rosa. Not sure what to do about him. Maybe bribe him with something besides money, an appreticeship and security? We will see, I hate killing children…
So we get Rosa to sell our looted equipment so we have money for the bribes.
Next is the question of moving about the city. The description being circulated about the group is a tall Arab, 2 children and 2 men. Well I do stick out in this landlocked city, why are all Italians so short? So how disguise me? I know as a leper, no one looks at a leper closely or even comes close if they can help it. Lilo gets some paint from Rosa’s actors and does a good job of fake sores. Add a hooded cloak and if I slouch on horse back it might work.
She also works on the rest of the party. We cut Ettore’s hair, dye Friedrich’s and Lilo does something to make herself look older. Dominic does not stand out other than the plate armor.
We are ready, we know where the Capt. is stationed and have Ettore follow him to a tavern once he is off duty. I watch the horses and the back door as the rest mingle with the crowd at the tavern. And I wait and wait what is taking so long? How hard is it to talk to one man?
Finally He comes out with Lilo on his arm heading for his barracks. She is posing as a whore!! That is beneath her, but he is outside now. He steps into the alley to releive himself and Lilo follows. I see Dominic and Freidrich moving into position in case things go badly. Ettore is missing as usual.
Lilo takes forever to get to the point, but eventually he agrees to accept 20 silver for the silence of all his men but 5 new ones. He also suggests a more permanent solution, identifying some dead bodies as us for more money. Lilo agrees and then kisses him!?! What is she doing he is to old for her and not handsome…
That done we go looking for the 5 men he told us about he says they are probably at a brothel this time of night. We locate the brothel and wait outside for them to come or go. hours pass and it is approaching midnight whe we suggest Freidrich go in ans see if they are even there tonight. As he gets to the door a soldier come out and sits on the stoop. Friedrich only glances at him and goes inside. It is too dark to make out his features so I can’t tell if it is one of the men we are looking for.
About 15 minutes passes and another soldier comes out the door turns to talk to someone inside and kick the one on the stoop. Both draw swords and re-enter the buildiing. Friedrich is in trouble, time for us to rescue him. As we cross the streeet I pause and pray to Allah for Protection. So Dominic reaches the door first, just in time to see Freidrich draw his sword and engage the 2 men. I can hear Lilo singing behind us as we enter the brothel, somehow that always makes me feel more confident. The 3 of us engage the 2 soldiers, Ettore is no where ot be seen. I need to talk to that boy about tactics. Then and a third soldier comes down stairs. Lilo pleads with him to help us and all he does is demand everyone put down thier weapons in the name of Con Grande. We drop one Soldier as the 4th and 5th join the fight. Friedrich is bleeding from a wound, but Dominic Platemail and Allah’s protection have prevented us from harm. We kill a 2nd then a 3rd. We hear women screming in the room behind us. Damn more witnesses. The Barkeep tries to run upstairs and Freidrich lays him low. The 4th is dropped by Dominic and he cleaves the last soldier shouting that Jesus has declared he must die. (Why Dominic thinks the lesser prophet Jesus would want this man dead only Allah knows.) The Soldier finally stops shouting for everyone to lay down thier weapons and defends himself. Ettore appears as he leaps the bar and attacks the last soldier. Better late than never, but he did take my spot so I can not get the last man. Dominic lays him low so thankfully my help was not needed. We dress Freidrich’s wound, strip the bodies including the money on the barkeep and load them on to the horses, which are out the back door. Lilo disappeared during this, She must be taking lessons from Ettore. Lilo returns as our preparations to leave are complete. She says she took care of the women, as there is still no blood on her dagger, I assume she bribed them.
We hid the armor and weapons, then take the bodies and tabards to the down stream part of the river and dump them in without incident.
We return to Rosa’s which is strangely quite, no poets, musicians at all. Just Rosa and one man who looks like a fighter. She asks if we found the street Urchin and we say no. She then removes the sheet covering something on the table. It is the urchin’s body with a hand print burned into it just like Rosa’s man who was hiding Dante. Poor child, at least I was not forced to kill him to protect our group.
Rosa is very disturbed, which is not a good sign at all…What have we gotten ourselves into??

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Ettore Becomes a Man

Note Statements made in Italics denote Ettore’s observations of events around him. Regular font is his thoughts and actions. If there are things missing it is primarily my fault as player but it works for the character too, since this is from his point of view. He might have been lost in thought, distracted, etc.

The party retreats into some woods when they notice a group of soldiers closing in behind them. They are traveling back North to Verona.

I hear Dante say something while I am hiding out and away from my party. ::shakes my head:: He needs to calm down. Why do we trust this lady from Verona? I wonder if she is the contact that the Monk reached out to on our behalf. I hope she keeps her end of the deal.

Five soldiers dismount and advance into the woods … the remaining two soldiers advance on horseback.

::cold sweat. prays silently and crosses self:: Okay, this time I am going to be patient. ::takes a breath:: Stay calm; get behind the enemy before I strike. Remember Nizar’s training.

Fighting breaks out as Ettore prays. Lilo’s beautiful voice rings out over the noise of fighting. Eventually one of the five soldiers retreats back toward the road and their horses

::swallows:: Now is my shot. Make no mistakes; make your party proud. ::prays silently over the dead enemy before hiding in the woods. heavy breathing while watching the fight:: Oh no, one of the horsemen is talking to Lilo. I hope she is okay!

Another soldier retreats back toward the road and their horses

::hard swallow and watery eyes:: Here comes a second. Make no mistakes; make your party proud! ::prays silently over the dead enemy::

The party regroups; prepares to leave

Hearing and catching glimpses of the fight is nothing like seeing it when it’s over. I hope I never end up an enemy of Nizar, Dominic, and Friedrich! Lilo doesn’t seem to be injured or shaken up by that interaction with the horseman. That’s a relief. Seems Dante was not injured; good I guess. ::deep sigh:: I’m exhausted!

Nightfall arrives quickly as the party leaves the woods for a spot to rest. Night passes uneventfully.

As the party begins the next day’s travel, they notice a nearby camp has been looted. By mid-day, they see up ahead a group of people blocking the road. Friedrich and Lilo speak in German to one another as the party advances closer to the blockade.

::swallows hard:: I have a bad feeling about this…. Could they be the ones that looted the nearby camp we saw this morning?

Friedrich suspects these are the same bandits that ransacked the Canossa woman’s camp. Two armored men out in front turn and stand to greet us as Lilo maneuvers her way to the front.

Why do we allow her to do all of the talking? She sounds so much more beautiful when she sings.

“Stand down or die!” Nizar shouts. The two armored men turn aside to allow the party passage; however the men off the road still have their weapons drawn.

::scans the party and suspected bandits:: I have a bad feeling about this….

Dominic and Nizar say something briefly then split off. Dominic advances forward, Friedrich behind, Ettore follows, Lilo and Dante are behind, and then Nizar. As Dominic passes by the two armored men out front, the three men with their weapons drawn loose an arrow.

Nizar comes charging up from the back and tramples one of the armored men knocking him over.

::huge gasp and jaw drops:: Holy Mother of Jesus! They just killed a horse! Ouch! ::gasps:: I’ve been hit by an arrow! I need to get to some cover or move away from the fight!

Ettore positions his horse toward the man that lost an arrow at him and yells, “CHARGE!” He continues to gallop away from the fight after knocking the archer down.

::heavy breathing:: Okay, now. I hope that bandit doesn’t follow us. ::dismounts; calms the horse:: ::watches the fight to plan his next move. gasps again:: Unbelievable! Who or what are these people!? They injured a horse! I hope my friends manage as well as they did yesterday. ::prays silently::

A bandit approaches Lilo and Dante. A dagger is drawn threatening her leg. Words are spoken, gazes shared; not a moment later Lilo backs her horse away.

::gasps:: What ever she did worked; she’s backing away! ::confused, contemplative expression:: Hmm, I wonder what she said; was it something she did? Either way, it worked! ::sighs::

Friedrich, Dominic, and Nizar are still fighting the two armored men while two archers ping arrows.
Watching his fellow bandits struggle with this party, he (who approached Lilo and Dante) retreats.

::gasps:: A retreat in the wrong direction! That can’t happen again; I must rejoin my party! ::runs quietly:: Oh how I dislike being out in the open like this!

One of the armored bandits, with an axe, drops Nizar. Ettore yells out from beyond the shrubs, “Nizar! Nooo!” Sword above his head, he strikes down the archer in the shrubs with one swing.

::chest heaving, eyes glassy; ears catch Lilo’s song. breathing slows. opens eyes to quickly scan the road; gasps:: The bandit I trampled with my horse is standing on Nizar’s Scimitar still pinging arrows! Nizar hasn’t moved yet either….

While Dominic is impressively fighting off the bandits, Friedrich is missing his target. His determination and unwillingness to surrender is honorable. Lilo is keeping Dante calm with her beautiful song. Ettore, sword above his head, yells out and strikes down the bandit archer.

::chest heaving, eyes glassy; scans again:: Hmm, Dominic doesn’t look as wounded as the others.

The axe-wielding bandit takes a swing at Friedrich. As Dominic lays his hands on Nizar he says, “Jesus is not done with your journey yet.” At that moment, Ettore yells with sword above his head and strikes down the axe bandit. He pauses for half a moment then yells out every curse word he knows while taking a couple more swings out on the bandit.
“Ettore … I think he’s dead now” says Lilo.

::chest heaving, eyes tearing; sword drops. dries eyes::

As the party loots the bandits and heals the wounded, Ettore notices Nizar rouses slightly. He retrieves the Scimitar and lays it on Nizar’s chest.

::goes to both archer bandits and prays silently. retrieves his sword and sits on a rock to clean it::

The party is almost ready to leave when Friedrich walks over to Ettore and gives him a noogy. “You did a good job today, kid.”

::eyes tear up a bit but quickly wipes them away::

The party travels on for a bit, uneventfully. Night falls about a day’s journey from the city of Verona. Off in the distance, a camp is over-lit by a fire. For fear of that camp drawing attention, the party moves beyond them to make their own camp.
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Late that night, someone from that camp comes to see the party. Turns out this camp works with Rosa and they are instructed by her to make sure we do not enter the city. Yet. They are also instructed to take Dante into the city. The party hesitates to believe this messenger. So this camp offers to send a messenger to Rosa. They stay with the party for the rest of the night, uneventfully.

Rosa arrives at the camp the following evening. She updates the party of events in the city that have gone on since they left. Ettore tries to pay attention and understand what is going on but can’t; he is far too exhausted. Lords are arguing over the party about which one is responsible for our escape. One Lord is claiming that their people aren’t safe because some other Lord couldn’t keep us contained. Lords blaming us for murders we didn’t commit….
Rosa suggests killing those who have seen the party.

::shakes head:: We were at the wrong place at the wrong time; I hope that doesn’t happen again! I hope she helps us find who is responsible for the caravan Lilo and I were in; those people deserve justice!

Rosa stays at the camp. The party shares our story with Rosa, hoping this information will help both sides fit the pieces of the puzzle together.

Although I’m not picking anything up from her I still have slight suspicions … there is something I don’t like about all of this…. ::deep sigh::

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Fredrich's thoughts

We once again head out on a “grand” adventure, an Arab, a deserter from the Holy Roman Empire, two children, and a Lombard who seems to be on the edge of madness. What a sight we must be. Although I do not enjoy being strong armed into our situation, at least we have a clear goal this time, you know besides run and hide. We have to find some Dante guy who apparently wrote something that now has the church in an up-roar. I don’t know much about politics, or reading for that matter, but he must be either a fool or extremely gutsy to write something like that. Before we left, I asked our “host” to do some checking for me. She says she doesn’t have any contacts as far north as the Empire but I told her that even if she just pointed me in the right direction or to the guy who could point me in the right direction I would do anything that she asked. I can’t wait to find the dummkopf who sold out my company, and give him what he deserves.

We leave Verona on our way to Florence to get Dante, a round trip which will take us almost 2 weeks. I am just happy we are out of the town which is trying to lynch us, suppose that is the second time I escaped a hanging, both times wrongfully accused, and third time I escaped death. I am not sure if I have the best luck or the worst, might try taking up gambling as a profession for a week and see what happens. Along the way I find several covered areas that avoid encounters with bandits, not bad considering I am not from here. About half-way to Verona, we come upon a overturned wagon, Lilo races toward it, to see if anyone needs help, only to stop part way once she spots a body (well what did she expect to find). Fearing a trap or that the people who did this might still be around, I move away from the main group to see if I can see anything fishy. Nizar and Dominique move toward the investigate only to find a severely injured man and a woman, and a feisty one at that (she reminds me of home as I chuckle to myself). Lilo patches the man up, quite well actually could have used someone like her in several of the battles I was in, and we eventually decide to take them to the next town. Some suggest that we should take them all the way to Florence but we should lose them as quickly as possible I think.

After 6 days we make it to Florence and proceed to search for Dante and Rose’s contact within the city. Apparently he has garnered a reputation for his writing, ranging from an intellectual to a heretic. Eventually we find what we to believe to be the contact’s house. After Ettore picked the lock, we enter the house to find a body slumped against the back wall. On further inspection we see that there is a hand shaped wound on his chest, it looked like his blood was pulled strait from his body. There is only one way that could have happened, witchcraft. After searching the house and coming up with nothing but an ornate dagger, we realize that we are being spied on. Looking out the window, we see 6 men in red tab-bards waiting for us to come out of the house. After determining that we searched the entire house, Nizar proceeds to leave the house as the men try to stop him, and take him into custody, wrong move. Nizar draws his sword and begins to fight with them, Dominique close behind. For an outlander, Nizar is nothing like what I have been told, bearded infidels that would stab you in back as soon as you would meet them. There is one thing that was correct about those stories though, that stare of his, the devil himself would think twice about fighting him after a look like that. While Nizar and Dominique fight them in the door way, I shoot them from a window, Ettore climbs through the window and disappears again then out of nowhere stabs a guy in the back. One of the men hit Ettore and Nizar immediately goes after him, saying that he shouldn’t hit children. Now don’t get me wrong I don’t want harm to come to Ettore, but he did just stab the man, if I was in his place I would probably hit Ettore back too. After dispatching all but one of the men-at-arms, we take the last one prisoner and place the bodies into the house. After questioning him, Nizar kills him despite the protest of most of the rest of us. Aren’t we suppose to let prisoners go after we are done with them?

After questioning more people and showing off the rose hilted dagger, Nizar, Ettore, and I retire to the inn while Lilo stays out, playing her instrument while Dominique stays with her. After several hours at the inn, Lilo and Dominique come back early with someone in tow. Turns out to be the guy we are looking for, and not surprisingly he wants to leave as soon as possible. So we gather our stuff and sneak out a postern gate. We travel for a day and I think we are in the clear but my hoped was dashed when we see several armored knights galloping from behind us. We had in some trees but they spot us and close in. They say they are looking for fugitives and describe us. Unfortunately they will not leave and dismount and approach with their swords drawn. As I draw my bow, I can see by their armor that these men are not your run of the mill guards, this is going to be one heck of a fight.

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1 drink,2 drink, 3drink, drunk
Dominic rants

" And then these very polite guards politely showed me the correct way to tuscanny. I dont know why everyone fears the guards, most of us are nice guys…"

“I mean, Id rather trust a local than this 12 year old we’ve been following, in fact, for some reason these children get us into some serious situations. Id rather follow the carpet-kisser, now hes right most of the time! Oh..and dont fight with him, he fights dirty… but thats’ another story.” dominic says while shaking his head with eyes wincing.

" So we end up in another over-priced inn. Which, by the way, at this point Id get better sleep in the woods..‘cause frankly these kids get us into trouble I swear! Lilo. Lilo, Lilo, Lilo.. she can make the most beautiful noise, until she speaks. Then its waaa, waaa, waa. This girl could complicate a free lunch. Listen to me, if she ever asks you to go somewhere in the middle of the night, you stay in, or you’ll spill your guts…and I know first hand!" As he lifts his shirt to show one of his many scars.

“You mind your P’s and Q’s … and yes, I would like another pint.”

“So after a hot meal and a bath we are in our room and it happens. You know… " He looks around and relays in almost a whimper “God… He speaks to me. In his almighty and powerful way he does…and no, not in a mysterious way, in a fierce and frightening way! Like time stops, the room darkens, and everything besides the fire becomes stale and unimportant. It rises and a thunderous voice speaks in a language I have never heard but somehow understand, and says ‘You have found your ruler, when she asks, you must burn the city of usurpers!’ and then things go back to boring and my friends are apparent again, all gazing at me in fear… and this is when Im supposed to sleep, HA!” and takes a giant gulp of beer.
“So we take shifts at the inn, we ll .. because frankly, people dont like us, probably the kids, they always get us in trouble. well, i cant sleep so i keep Nazar company. When i hear a click, and with this fragile’s mind..im just hoping its real. So we check by the door armed and waiting for the next scar, i know somethings there. Nazar doesnt believe me,i think he thinks i’m crazy! which may have some truths..but with a leap of faith i swing the door open, just in time for a club to kiss nazars belly from the bad man outside the door.”

" now, with my elite training and natural agility ,i spring into action thrusting my sword like an arrow from god through the air striking this beast of a man paralyzing his arm, i believe he cried.i do, and poof!… he s gone and we never saw him again that night. Like the devil’s magic, my friend, he vanished. I, myself, would doubt it if Nazar didnt witness and attest himself. we did see the inn keeper and was assigned a guard for the night. So the next night we camp in the woods. We hear something alarming. Please, God, not again! On closer inspection, I see a monster, of sorts… 12 ft. tall in the brush. All awake, we approach… but I hurt the last guy, so maybe its time for another to spill first blood. So I give them the opportunity. To our suprise, it’s a nobleman hanging while his guard lays dead as well. But at the scene there is no indication of why or what was here. Nice full-plate though, and ..it fits! They wont need these possessions in heaven, God gave them to us! The party is weary though, there will be an investigation of this."head slumps down in regret at the bar.

“But we venture on, we make it to the city. I was finally recognized as a hero in my armor…like on parade through the town. I like the attention. But just like we thought, we drew too much attention, and by the next morning I was on the reverse side of the cage… again. You know these cells were not to my standards, sewage and all. The word is we will be hung by morning which was not to my liking.
“Anyway, then Gods light shined again from a dagger dropped down from the sewer grate from above, the angel has bestowed upon us a weapon. with a note with a blue rose on it and directions on where to meet our rescuer. Eventually a scary man comes in to interrogate his soldier on abandonment of his position…which then reminds, i never told anyone where i was… anyways. He approaches our cell and then demands that the boy/girl…Lilo, carve deserter upon the mans chest with his blade. I take notice that Freddric is a little extra queasy. And eventually , somehow she did, but i dont want to speak of these matters..” While getting choked up, he takes an awkward pause to regroup, shifting uncomfortably in the old well-worn barstools.

“‘After slaying the imprisoned guard’.. he says to the jailor, ‘it would be a shame for a girl to die so innocent..’ says the evil man..or something of that dispicable manner… and after the brute leaves, the jailor approaches in his randy way. Nazar, implying hes going to assist holding lilo, enticed the jailor to foolishly open the door.. we storm him! like water spilling from a broken vase.. we escape the cell in a blood thirsty attempt for freedom! Me, having the blade.. for obvious reasons..cuts this sinners throat for his final injustice!” He gestures victoriously. “We must go.there isnt time . We grab our belongings that were in the room and we shuffle our way back to freedom narrowly avoiding guards. Of course we are on the wrong side of the city .. like usual…when we ask for a street boy to guide us. if not for him we would of been found. When we reach our mysterious destination the boy looks scared approaching a woman, our contact. but we live amungst fearful things now so we approach. In refuge our only hope. it seems now a days thing are reversed and the shadows shine the light. ‘Come with me!’she says . And that is what lead me here , to enjoy this brew with u my new friend. And now i must do a small favor for exchange of my life which is fair. and at this point I’m along for the ride, and to see my new friends of mine to a safe life again." dominic says in his cascading stuper inside the secret lair of the think tank.
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The Monk Stop!

It is obvious to anyone, that has been around Lilo for more then a few minutes, that her music is everything to her. On the trip over to the Monastery of San Giorgio Maggiore she played her harp quietly, seeming to entertain only herself. She might have been practicing some new song.
As the docks came into view Lilo stopped playing and stared wide-eyed as they approached. As she stepped off the ferry she tried hard to take in everything she was seeing. It was amazing and beautiful. Not paying much attention to anything else she was ready to explore but suddenly realized they had been asked to wait. sigh Formalities, but one does get used to them. She passed the time working on her new song, or perhaps songs as this one seemed a little different than the one on the boat.

It seems Nizar’s appearance has prompted the attention of 2 Templars. I suppose we will soon find out if he is a bad guy. Even though she gives Nizar a hard time he does seem to be looking after her and the group. But he sure is odd and stingy. Lilo was super excited when the Templars directed the group to the library. It had been so long since she had been able to read. Well it turned out the library was full of monks that wouldn’t allow her to touch ANYTHING!! What is the point of all those books if you can’t actually touch them? hrumph One of the brothers told Nizar that it would be a little while for him to find the information on the patch we brought. He asked us to wait here.

Nizar seemed to think the monk meant right where he stood. Who could wait so long in one place with no music or reading or anything? It was definitely time to explore. Ettore and I spent the next few hours wandering around and checking out the place. It had an amazing garden and there were guards practicing with wooden swords in the huge area. It was very impressive. We were eventually summoned back to the library and told that the Abbot Federico Morosini himself wanted to meet with us. I am very excited to meet him. His name sounds vaguely familiar but I can’t seem to place it.

We get to meet in a private room with the Abbot. Only his Templars are present. He told us about the patch being the Corvo family crest. It seems this family, well Cadalous Corvo, thought he could just make himself Pope. How crazy is that?? You just can’t decide you are THE Pope. It has to be official and everything. So the Church took offense and hunted down the crazy man and his family and wiped them out.

I think they missed one because this patch is turning up everywhere. We found another one in the house where my harp was and where Luca and I were taken from. I am not sure why but Nizar failed to mention we had another one. Oh well he must have had a reason. So the Abbot asked us to stay for few days and I delighted. A bed and hot meals and no one trying to take her to some plague people island sounded like paradise. The Abbot wanted to do some more research on the Corvo family.

Well everything was going along great. We had a delicious meal served on the most expensive place settings I have ever seen. We got to sleep on beds that were not fancy but waaayy better than sleeping on the floor or out in the wild. I don’t even like to think about that. I thought we were finally safe.

I had a terrific day, even though the Abbot said I couldn’t go into the library. But he did say I could practice my harp as long as I didn’t disturb the monks. The best part of the day was when Nizar and Dominic decided to fight, after a lot of encouragement from the guards that were practicing. They were taking bets and everything. I have to say it was a lot of fun to watch until right up until Nizar went and pulled a dirty trick, and hit Dominic for real. I thought that would be the end of it but Dominic was really mad and came at Nizar again, and, well Dominic was eating grass at the end of it all. Poor guy he seems a bit nutty but not in a bad way. He gets a little kooky around fire. Maybe he was burned as a kid or something. Well a good day was had by everyone, except maybe Dominic but I think he and Nizar made up and are friends again.

The next morning we were awoken by banging on our door and rushed out of our rooms. They said we had to come with them now and they seemed awful insistent, and a little worried. We were rushed into the sanctuary where Abbot Fedrich was waiting. He had the two Templars with him and there were a whole bunch of other unfriendly looking city guards there was well. There was one who seemed to be in charge and was talking to the Abbot. He was telling him that we all had the plague and had to be turned over at once. As this man continued to talk his voice seemed very familiar. I peeked out from behind Fredrik and realized it was Donato!! It was Luca’s friend and if he was here then, but no, he wouldn’t. Luca wouldn’t have done that to me. He couldn’t, he was, is, my friend. I don’t understand. tears

All of a sudden I realized the city guards were attacking. They were moving up and swinging their big swords at the Templars. There are only two of them against so many. I think we may be in deep trouble. But Nizar immediately moves to join the fight. He is reeeeeaaly scary in a fight and shops off arms and stuff. I hope he doesn’t die. It looks like Fredrich is being to shoot his bow and I am not really sure where Ettore went. She was sitting next to me a minute ago. I really had to do something to help there were so many against us. My song will lift their spirits and give them all hope that we can win. I started playing and began to move up a bit. Things got bloody very quickly and it looked as if one of the Templars, Benedetto I think, was in trouble. Nizar moved in to help him and Fredrich provided support for Sir Clayto. Dominic began to make his move but insisted I stay back. I waited for him to move up before following behind him.

I had a few special songs that I had been practicing just in case we got into more trouble. I tried one on several of the city guards and they seemed to actually stop and listed for a second. I know it wasn’t much but maybe it would help keep one of my friends from being attacked, even if just for a moment. There were still so many left. Things were starting to look up a bit as Sir Clayto tore through another city guard. He was an even better fighter than Nizar and not nearly as scary. Nizar was doing his fair share to the guards as well. Benedetto was very injured, but kept fighting, and managed to take several down himself. As the battle slowly turned in our favor Donato decided he would run. What a coward!! He is probably a member of that bad family that thought they could make their own Pope.

Somehow in all the madness Ettore managed to get on the other side of the battle line and was lying on the ground with a terrible gash in him. I hope he doesn’t die. Fredrich and Dominic are hurt as well but there are only a few left. If we can just hang on!! Oh! I know! My new song. I’ll try it on that corpse collector and maybe he will be so impressed he’ll stop hurting my friends.

Oh Oh Oh!! He did, it worked!! He stopped attacking my friends. And wait now he’s attacking HIS friends. WOW! It looks like we are going to make it. All the bad guys are dead except that one corpse collector who….oh well, he’s dead now too. Sir Clayto put him down. This is almost as bad as the day I left home, almost.

The Abbot says we have to leave. I thought I was going to be able to stay but it looks like he is right. They know where we are now. cry I don’t think we are safe anymore.

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