Before the Darkening Dawn's Light

The Beginning
Chapter One: Part One

Once upon a time in Delore Harbor in the vast and beautiful land of Tyrra Val on a bright sunny afternoon, a young Half-Elf man and a bear walked into the Grand Common. Here begins our story, and thus begins the adventure.

It was a lovely sunny day in the huge city of Delore Harbor, and the hot air carried the familiar smell of rotting sea life and city garbage. The Half-Elf paused, looking around the market. It had been a quite a while since he had been home, the stench and noise was like a punch after the stillness of the Druidic school Willow Vale. Alek shifted his pack, motioned to his bear, and turned towards his family’s home, dad was excepting him for dinner.

Trailing behind Alek, and sticking to the shadows, there was an Elf, he had followed his friend from Willow Vale where he had grown up. Arocano, (usually referred to as Aro), was in search of adventure, and an escape from the boringness of the school. He slipped from one shadow to another as Alek made his way through the city. Arocano was very skilled at hiding, and it was much easier to learn about things going on if the others did not know you were there.

In another part of the city, somewhere next to a fountain down near the docks, another traveler was experiencing Delore Harbor. The Mul stood in the square, perfectly still, just waiting for people to walk near. Then, he would jump out in front of them, frightening old ladies and small children alike. This unusual behavior may have been the result of eating a spoiled potion, or caused by lack of sleep, or simply delirium. Whatever the reason may be, Solo had become convinced the he was a mechanic man, and as such, did not need to eat, sleep, of breath.

View
The Old Woman
Chapter One: Part Two

It is said that you can find anything in the City of Trade. Exotic food? Check. Illegal weapons? Check. Pets that will eat you for breakfast if you forget to feed them? Check. Crazy old women yelling in the streets? Check. A druid wandering the market with a bear? Check, and check.

It was a lovely mid-morning in the Grand Common. Alek had spent the night back in his own bed, and was now itching to see if anything in Delore Harbor had changed while he was away at school. He had thought about leaving his bear at the home, but then he remembered that in Delore Harbor, no one would bat an eye at seeing a bear wandering around. He made his way through the stalls, stopping to look at various items, and chatting with the shopkeepers.

A few steps behind Alek was Solo. He was still convinced that he made out of metal, and so he was still acting as such. And he was still scaring people. Walking next to Solo was Arocano. He had decided to walk in plain sight, he had run into too many creepy characters hanging out in the shadows.

As the three made their way through the seemingly endless sea of vendors, the sounds of a commotion caught their attention. They pushed their way further up the aisle to see what was going on. The origin of the noise was a tough old lady, shouting and yelling and waving fists full of papers and the growing crowd.

“The ship, I saw the ship! The cursed ship! Beware of the cave! The treasure!”

This was all that they could understand. And, being that the guards had shown up to settle the disturbance. The three adventurers decided to not get involved. However, as the guards “escorted” the woman away, some of the papers fell to the ground. As soon as the guards had left and the bystanders had lost interest, Alek picked one of the papers. It was a simple sketch of a ship with the word “Kat’s Tale” scrawled across the corner.

The other paper was picked up by Arocano, this one was a basic map of the coast line just north of Delore Harbor. The three young men needed no other prompting, there was treasure and adventure waiting in a cave just up the coast.

View
The Sea Cave
Chapter One: Part Three

The beaches to the north of Delore Harbor are narrow, and frequently require visitors to clamber over rocks and tide pools. Tourists are cautioned from heading too far up the thin strip of sand due to the waves covering the beach during high tide. The local tourism board also warns against picking up jelly-like blobs or wandering into any of the caves that appear during low tides.

The sun was quite high above the Varinett Sea as a bear bounded across the white sand chasing after the gulls. Following behind him at a brisk walk was Alek, Arocano, and Solo. They had already been walking for two days, being careful to only camp on the taller rock outcroppings.

It was now occurring to the travelers that not only was the map not to scale, it was also vastly outdated.

View

I'm sorry, but we no longer support this web browser. Please upgrade your browser or install Chrome or Firefox to enjoy the full functionality of this site.