Journal of Ottator Valorum
Today, we were awakened by Trainer Kai shouting that we had to get up, that we only had 15 minutes before the graduation ceremony started. We hurriedly dressed ourselves, then hurried outside and the graduation ceremony started.
The Tribemaster gave a pretty generic speech that I’m guessing he gives every year. Then Trainer Kai gave us some pretty high praise, calling us her best year ever and saying that we would exceed her in ability. We then got some awards from various Ventosi.
Angedaba Nigramens, who got an award from Arius Troo Shing, the shaman, for being an excellent thought-procoker, gave me an award for being such an excellent honorable warrior; I gave one to her wolf, Karytha, for being an excellent fellow front-liner. Bling Alang Doro got two major ones: one from Trainer Kai for being such a great archer that he could eventually match her (another high complement), and one from the pubmaster for inventing the first good-tasting herbal beer. Barry got one from a priest of Heironeous in the village for so following Heironeous’ teachings.
We got a few more awards of increasing triviality, then the Tribemaster ended it and handed it over to Arius for the final acceptance. Arius muttered some magic mumbo-jumbo, and a warm breeze blew by, which he took as Yondalla’s blessing, then accepting us fully into the tribe. We were officially full Ventosi adults! The Tribemaster then concluded the ceremony and the feast began!
During the feast, we got a bunch of congratulations from people, and some gave us gifts – trinkets, granted, but still. One wizard studying in the gnomish academies had come to the meeting, and he gave us two things: an encyclopedia, preceded by a map (which I’m sure we’ll make good use of) that is partially full, but that we’re supposed to fill ourselves to some extent, and a bracelet by which we can receive the dysfunctional magic items the students sometimes make. He gave us another item as an example: a staff that was supposed to be an immovable rod, but really it only doesn’t move if you don’t apply a force. It’ll balance however it hits the ground, even if it is leaning over at the time, but if you lean on it it acts as if it were a stick of wood and falls over just the same. He considered it a waste to simply dispose of such items, and so he’s giving it to what he considered to be a group of prospective adventurers: us.
The feast ended eventually, and we headed to the bar to pick up some beer. I declared that I was going to travel, and we decided we would head out together. Bling Alang Doro wanted to avoid The Empire, which eliminated going south. West lied Floodland – a war-torn zone would hardly be a vacation spot. East lies first Caligonox, an outpost of The Empire, then Fordown, where we could go, but don’t have much reason to, then the Fringe Kingdom, where Angedaba and Barry can’t go, being spellcasters. That left North, and we decided to follow the Blue River up between the Twinelf Peaks, past Giant’s Lake to the Elftop Mountains and Mt. Dur. We decided to go by foot, because horses were too expensive and boating is fairly expensive too, whereas walking is free. We’re currently going to find different pieces of equipment we want (I volunteered to carry a bunch of stuff, since I’m a dwarf and so can do so). I’ve thought of a few things I want to pick up, so I’m heading out to pick them up now, and I’ll write again after we’ve left.