Shale recruited the companions he met in the wilderness outside of Stone's Throw, and hired on Jak, to accompany him to a place called Starlight Throne which fortune reader Elana informed him was infested by undeath. They ventured forth during a light snow flurry on the 3rd day of Moon 5 and have yet to return…
Jak, brilla, Hellsworth, Shale, and Elana return on Day 17 (I think) carrying noticeable amounts of treasure but looking exhausted, covered in dirt, blood and other substances. Jak has been hanging out around The Last Ale, drinking and talking to any who will stay for awhile:
“Ah well met my friend! No no…let me buy this round! Your money is no good tonight. Yes, yes, I know, I know….. but you saw our uh……good fortune…. the other day, yes?”
Jak grins jovially and you think you catch a wink as he turns back toward Aimos and motions for several drinks.
“Oh it was a fantastic adventure to be sure! Did you not hear about it from brave Ser Brilla? She IS something isn’t she! Yes, that is right. We did fight night-screamers and orcs. Yes and undead too! It was terrifying…. “ Jak says the last word quietly and for a moment you think you catch a glimpse of a troubled mind. Before you can fully consider this Jak is flashing you another winning smile and starts to regale you with tales of his victories against the foes to the east.
“Well you see, Master Shale is quite invested in the slaying of undead so he offered to pay us to accompany him. Luckily for him my dear Elana is incredibly gifted and was able to point us in the right direction. Her vision allowed us to avoid most perils but what we could not avoid we valiantly slew.”
“And I know what you are thinking, Mr. Buttertart did accompany us and I was as surprised as you to learn that he is quite skilled in battle! Now I know what you are going to say….. but I swear it is true…that little man grew ten times…. No, really! ….his size and ran straight into battle! It is not a magic I am familiar with but I assure you it worked quite well. He is a strange little guy but not only does he fight bravely, did you know he makes a brilliant cup of tea? Yes! Oh It is quite good!”
“After being attacked by orcs…. Yes that’s right, as you can imagine orcs do not take too kindly to me… it is unfortunate but I am just lucky to have found the good people of Stone’s Throw to be more accepting. Anyways, these foul orcs attacked us while we made camp but with Ser Brilla and Hellsworth” Jak guffaws at your joke “YES….yes and Thunder Weasy too! Ha! …..they were really no match for us at all. I myself took out at least 5 of them but that is nothing compared to the numbers that Shale put down. That is a man on a mission, I tell you. He even slew their leader who I believe was a priest of Gruumsh” Jak says the word Gruumsh with disdain and for a split second you see a strange look in his eyes.
“Yes, agreed, awful business that Gruumsh lot. I avoid them the best I can but out here in the wilderness it seems they are somewhat unavoidable…”
“Anyways, more orcs, more undead,” Jak waves his hand dismissively, “night-screamers, you know…. eventually we did make it to Starlight Throne, or what remains of it I suppose.”
“The wreckage was simply devastating. It is such a shame as I would have loved to see that place in its full glory. The ruins that remained spoke of great workmanship but sadly there was just so little left of it. When the mountain erupted most of the area was covered in rock and ash. We did manage to gain entry to what must have been part of the original structure. We even found many treasures that were unharmed,” Jak chuckles to himself but doesn’t share the joke, “Anyways yes I wasn't sure if we should keep such treasure as it didn't belong to us? But at the same time Soveliss did say we could keep what treasures we find out there. These elves seem to have little concern for earthly possessions which I must admit is very admirable. Well anyways, while we were ah…. debating… “Jak laughs and under his breath mutters ”Brilla, you little devil” Jak again laughs at some joke you seem to have missed and then continues with the story, “While debating what to do with these artifacts, we heard a small voice call out. My heart stopped and I thought surely it was a ghost because, really, who knows in these parts! It turns out there were some Eladrin who survived the destruction. They said they had found a way out but before we could do anything we heard more orcs approaching. Luckily we are quite skilled at dealing with orcs by now so it was no trouble but when we went back to look for the survivors we found no sign of them.”
“We immediately decided to bring word back and just grabbed what we could carry. I do hope those orcs didn’t have friends in the area. It would be a real shame if they looted the rest of the Eladrin’s belongings. There was so much gold… OH that reminds me! Have you seen Soveliss and the others lately? No? I was hoping to join them in the search for those survivors… Oh maybe they left already? I must have missed them. Maybe I can still catch up…..” Jak trails off deep in thought, absentmindedly flipping a gold coin in his fingers.
“Yes perhaps I will gather some others and we can try and catch up to them. I had hoped to lend them my blade in defending their home from those orcs,”Jak places a hand on a beautiful and intricately decorated longblade that sits by his side almost as if on display. It is clear he is quite fond of it which you suppose is understandable as it is much nicer than any of the other clothes or possessions you have seen on Jak before now. Perhaps he had a rough childhood and never had something so nice of his own before? That seems right, he is half-elf and half-orc after all and you know their type is not treated too well in this world.
It really is amazing that he turned out so…”well adjusted”? No that isn’t quite it. “Capable”? Hmm… well either way he is paying for the drinks so it seems he is doing quite well. Oh that’s funny, you simply thought about drinks and he already ordered another round. What a guy.