Met the other people who answered the charter today. They worry me a bit. I think they may be too violent to be around. The dwarf seems easy going. The Orcish Monk is a bit less disciplined than I expected. The man of god comes and goes as god wills. The mage is a very determined sort. He has the fire of exploration in his heart. He is very set on going as fast as possible all the time. He chafes at the restrictions of what horses can carry, and the needs of a large group exploring.
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Today I rejoiced. The group is living up to my expectations. We returned a repentant bandit prisoner to Oleg’s. Kesten beheaded him in front of us. To a man we all expressed displeasure at his actions. I hope he now understands how to treat prisoners. Our mage surprised me the most. I thought he was the most bloodthirsty of the others. He was the most outspoken with Kesten.
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Our group is in mourning. We knew the fight with the Stag Lord would be tough, but it was more costly than we expected. Our mage died. The Stag Lord surprised us from the rear and felled him with one shot. I think our group is in agreement. We plan to find a cleric who can raise our fallen comrade. He seems the sort not willing to ride the wheel of reincarnation. I hope everyone will allow me to travel ahead with his body to Jhod Kavken. My hope is that Jhod can preserve the body until we can bring him back. I thought we could travel to the Temple of the Elk and pray to Erastil. Perhaps an offering like this new helm from the Stag Lord would please him.
I hope that this event underscores the danger present in this land. I hope our group will reflect on these events and prepare wills or other notes to let us know what to do after they are gone.