Job offer from the druids to solve the goblin raids and assaults. After a great deal of sass and abuse from Achlys and myself to some druid that still refuses to accept that the bank is evil. I thought they were meant to be thoughtful and insightful. Bloody Maple-Bloods.
So after being certain of foul play but unable to convince the druids. We went to the whispering woods. Filled with fae trickery and creepy shenanigans. Heading in we found rudimentary, dilapidated abodes. Found some Goblin and big doggo tracks in the village. Eriise pointed out the higher buildings were for the higher ups of the village. The village of the goblins was designed not with defence but for the speed at which it could be abandoned. But that would require intelligence of enemy movements.
More evidence of either an informant within the Maple-Blood Continent or decent diviners of Goblins. It was actually Arianna that came up with a decent explanation. The Goblins while looting for metal scraps would also take water. They would also try and live in an area with a natural water source. This fixation on water of Achlys and I made us think it was Divination. Arianna pointed out that the bank aims to control the water sources, and after we visited one village and it became known to the banks and was attacked by Goblins. While correlation does not equate to causation but that is damn suspicious.
Then we found the dog. Following some strange burning marks we found a strange shadow spirit dog. Then Achlys had a revelation. This had been a dog that was the victim of a transformative spell. They turned their own dogs into that abomination to distract their attacks as they fled. How do they forge? Their weapons, are clearly of some craftsmanship. Yet there are no forges, nor could there be, fire would bring about the wrath of the vengeance spirits. He started referring to me as Watson after I starting making notes as I just couldn’t keep track of everything.
Then Arianna heard the voices. Which Eriise listened to. Then Achlys. So I guess I had to. Morons. WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?! WHO IS WATSON?!
Achlys furthered Arianna’s points. The bank was not lifting a finger to deal with this. Meaning either the bank didn’t care about the rest of the continent which was unlikely. And much more likely, they are involved. Then we found the village, alive and well under an illusion. Trying to get “Holmes” to see through it was quite the ordeal. He kept yelling that I’d never make detective at this rate, and using the idiot as a defence was hardly helping me. After paying an urchin to stab him both he and Eriise realised that it was a fully inhabited village.
Heading up to the “Blood-Vision” which unsettled Holmes. What with it’s dried up eyes and mouth. It was to be fair a very disturbing madwoman. She wanted to defeat the bank. The Princess is a drug addict being manipulated by the bank which would explain the druidic and royal guard in activity. The goblins want to defeat the leaf-ears. We saw the Princesses room in the visions. A junkie den. Truly sickening motivation.
Druids were also being pulled by the strings as well. “Blood-Vision” told us of the 3 other tribes. We were apparently talking to the leader of the tribes. She is without a doubt the most insanely chaotic evil I have ever met. Unsurprisingly Achlys was up for the plan. Arianna will take some convincing.
I then asked to witness the visions. I was all of a sudden there. In the midst of the death of the Children of Moonlight. Drow nobility cut down, gutted and drained of their lives. In the centre I saw Kelaeny, in his armour wielding his katana. Then I returned to reality and seeking a non-lethal alternative to killing everyone, went off to see the tech smith.
Tech smith was substantially more stable, mentally. The bank don’t want to risk actually fighting the Goblins. By opening communication to the bank, they believe “blood vision” can overcome the bankers leadership. Then lacking this cohesion they will fall completely. The other thought was for us to quietly sneak into the bank and kill managers silently. We opted to try opening dialogue. The Goblins could also threaten their supply of hallucinogenic drugs.
So we headed back to the capital, next entry I’ll have tried to convince the managers to leave the safety of their LITERAL IVORY TOWER!!