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The True Hunt

After learning what he had to do, Valerian left with Naya to attempt to contact Cabel.  Along with Bing, the group traveled into the nearby woods and killed a bear.  Naya instructed Valerian to stab the bears heart with the guild dagger.  He was then transported to a clearing where a bearded centaur , Cabel gave the group passage into the Valley.  Upon return, they found Muscle Wizard and Gart training, which seemed more like Gart learning how to take a hit.  Valerian showed the brand he was given to Arthur who thought Naya somehow did it.  He went into his office and closed the door.  Valerian and Bing asked Naya why he was being like that.  She didn't know and said this was the first time he's been like that that she knew about.  Arthur soon emerged from his office, looking like he'd seen a ghost and allowed them passage into the Valley.  Bing, Valerian and Naya entered the Valley and began to search for the beast.  Valerian decided to try setting a trap, with Bing as bait.  Bing was soon strung up and they waited about 3 hours before the displacer beast appeared.  Valerian began to scale a tree while Naya dropped Bing from the tree.  The beast accidentally freed Bing from his bindings and the battle went on.  Valerian ended up falling out of his tree, attempting to jump to another and Bing killed the beast with a well placed insult.  The group skinned the beast much better than before and Naya told Bing to use a guild dagger and stab the thing's heart.  He, similarly to Valerian, entered the clearing and absorbed the power of the beast.  The party made their way back up to the guild hall and showed their catch.  Arthur, rewarded each of them with a guild dagger, their payment for the job and readied them for their markings.  

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Changes

The party made it to the location the beasts are but saw nothing.  That night on his watch, Gart saw a full moon and began to transform.  He woke the others up and began to warm them but they were cut off by the displacer beasts.  The battle ensued between everyone and the beasts where Gart lost control and began to battle the lycanthropy in his own mind which took the form of a wolf.  The beasts were killed and Gart turned on his party.  He knocked Bing unconscious and was cast aside by Jeffery.  Gart eventually gained control back and ran away in werewolf form.  Valerian hastily skinned the beasts grabbed Bing and ran back to the guild hall.  That night, Gart lost the battle in his mind and woke the next morning witnessing all he killed as he made his way back.  Ravana, the voice in his head began to tell him how much he enjoyed it and how he should just let go all control.  Gart attempted to hold back but began to believe the wolf.  Valerian got Bing fixed back up as well as bringing the terribly skinned hides back to the disproval of Arthur.  When he heard it was a werewolf, he gathered two of the other members to catch Gart.  Valerian pleaded Arkas to bring him back alive.  As he walked back, Gart was shot in the chest twice with arrows and fell.  The group brought him back to the hall and caged him up.  Valerian kept asking them to save him, to fix this somehow, but Arthur could not.  Upon hearing it was a curse, Muscle Wizard offered to cure it for him.  He took the caged Gart outside and punched him through the cage.  In his mind, the darkness began to fade as Ravana coalesced in a dire wolf telling him it wasn't nearly that easy.  While it is now harder for Gart to turn, Ravana can still take control.  Arthur told Valerian that they have one more day of their contract and nothing less of approval from Cabal himself would allow them to hunt a larger displacer beast in the Valley.   

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1 Down, 3 to Go

Paying off Callum and receiving their first orb, the party set off to look for the next one.  Their employer said it can be found in Hunter’s Valley.  The group took to the market to ask for it.  Gart, using his loud voice got the entire market’s attention to ask when a dwarf said he did.  Dongrel offered the group passage to the Valley if they assisted with guarding his caravan.  Jeffery was attached to the front and the group made the week long journey north.  During this time, Bing grew flowers out of his body’s many holes.  A few days in, the caravan was attacked by a burrowing Bulette as well as a tunneling Wurm.  While Muscle Wizard dealt with the wurm, the rest of the party dealt with the Bulette and Jeffery took the wagon to safety.  Valerian was badly injured after the beast leapt from underground but Gart soon killed it by stabbing it in the brain.  Muscle Wizard soon appeared from the belly of the beast and the group was off again.  They arrived noticing the Valley was a huge ravine in the ground and were dropped off at the Hunter’s Guild headquarters.  Upon entering, the group met the leader, Arthur Highcrest.  When asked about the orb, he knew nothing but said they may find it in the Valley.  However, they couldn’t enter due to the fact they weren’t members of the guild.  To fix that they were given a contract to complete in return for admission.  They also met the other members currently staying in the guild hall and Gart took a liking to the one, Naya.  Muscle Wizard declined to go as part of his training forbade him from joining other guilds or organizations like this.  Thus the party set out to the northwest to find some displacer beasts with only 5 days to do so…

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The Mysterious Employer

After splitting the group, Thalia and Aarya go off on their own leaving Bing and Gart to search for Kai and Prisca's real killer.  They make their way south and eventually end up at the Desolate Coffin Tavern and take some time to rest.  Also there, is Valerian, a blue dragonborn bounty hunter on the look for his next job.  Not long after, a cloaked man entered the bar and killed everyone inside.  The group wakes up chained to a wall in front of this figure.  He gives them a job to find 4 orbs and in return, he would let them live as well as helping them find what they're looking for.  They accept and are marked with an eye which allows them to telepathically communicate.  With a snap of his fingers he teleports them to the port city of Land's End Harbor.  The group attempts to begin their search for the orb at the Wharfmaster's home.  They decide to break in but are caught by the guards but also manage to escape.  They find themselves in the magic district.  They go to the one house that stands out from the others and call for the one inside.  Valerian is launched across the street as the Muscle Wizard punches him.  He fixes him and invites them in.  He notices the markings on them and questions them.  Upon hearing their tale, he decides to go with them and help.  He takes them to a friend who might be able to help.  Surprisingly enough, his friend, Callum has the blue orb.  In a trade of 500 gold and the Nibner ring Gart had, he would give them the orb.  Bing however, tried to steal the orb and knocked down a shelf of other artifacts.  Callum raised the price to 1000 gold then.  Low on funds, the party goes to the job boards and splits to take on goblins as well as test new potions.  Gart, Valerian and Jeffery, the axebeak go off to the farmland to fight goblins destroying farmland.  They find the hole the goblins come out of and begin to fight them.  Valerian goes unconscious and a group of the goblins runs into the woods.  Unable to help Valerian because of Jeffery's protectiveness, Gart runs off to finish off the goblins.  Meanwhile, Bing and Muscle Wizard go off to Rolang's to test potions.  In the process, Bing became addicted to fire breath potions, began growing flowers out of his mouth and butt, became dumber due to worms and was hung from the ceiling to test a water breathing potion.  Going to then indulge in his new addiction, Bing discovers how expensive these potions are.  The duo find a church of Lumina where a priest cures him of the addiction.  At that point, both parties meet back up to pay the new price.

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OBJECTION!
On the Way Home

Having been detained for conspiring with the werewolf that supposedly killed a young boy, most of the party was thrown at the mercy of Lydia Marten, acting as judge.  Deciding to defend themselves in this probably kangaroo court, the group began trying to prove their innocence.  To prevent the party's magic, an anti-magic bubble was placed around the defense's table.  As witness after witness went to the stand, their innocence was put into question.  When Odric went to the stand, The party questioned his mental state as well as his physical state when the supposedly crippled man jump onto a table and brandished a knife.  Gart soon took to the stand to explain the events of that night but managed to leave out who the werewolf on their side was.  When it was discovered that there was another party member, a sobbing Magnolia was brought into the court.  During the recess, Bing managed to convince Magnolia that she somehow was responsible for the events that she in no way could have been a part of.  When professing her "guilt", Lydia claimed it couldn't have been her at all due to her elven heritage and royalty.  When approaching the stand, the missing werewolf burst through the wall, tearing Magnolia apart as if she were a ragdoll.  Stripped of their weapons, the party had to improvise to fight this threat.  Gart picked up a broken piece of wood while Thalia and Bing relied on their magic.  This however resulted in Thalia's wild magic casting fireball at herself injuring both herself and Bing.  The werewolf soon slain and Magnolia gone from this world, Lydia dropped all charges, claiming that if they really were working with the werewolf, they probably wouldn't have tried to fight it.  

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Mistaken Identity
On the Way Home

The party, minus a still sobbing Magnolia, followed the werewolf silhouette into the forest.  In an attempt to navigate the darkened woods, Thalia used her driftglobe to light the way only to draw attention to themselves.  Gart is grabbed from behind by a werewolf and brought closer to two other werewolves and a man.  The man, revealed that the one he was talking to was Ludevic and that he was the one who turned the handyman.  He was trying to get Ludevic to turn on his people and destroy Marten, but he refused and a fight broke out.  As the leader and another werewolf lie dead on the ground, the third turned tail and ran away.  Gart, trying to think of some way to leave a calling card of his own after seeing Bing leave his coppers, decided to try to draw an image of dickbutt on the leader but soon relapsed and was inconsolable.  Ludevic, carrying the bodies of the other two werewolves, now human, and Gart lead the party back into town.  Reaching the edge of town, they began to hear the loud murmurings of a crowd.  As the approached the town square, a large crowd seemed to be gathered around something.  That something was a small boy, mangled and dead on the ground.  As she try to run up and help, Thalia was stabbed through the stomach and fell unconscious.  Bing cast suggestion at Ludevic and told him to run.  The werewolf dropped Gart, who snapped out of his trance, and ran off into the woods and was followed by a small group.  All the while, a weirdly elated Odric was dancing around telling everyone, "I told ya so."  Oskar told the group what he had seen.  Normally the werewolf who is seen around town, is gentle and children get near without fear.  This child, Alek, had done what any other kid would have and was cut down the the werewolf.  Others raised their hands claiming to see the same thing.  Gart was soon tackled by a large group of people and Bing, in attempting to flee was grabbed by someone on the rooftop.  

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Werewolf of Marten
On the Way Home

After knocking out Prince Nibner, yet again, the party continues to make their way back to Oaken Hollow and the Dragon's Knuckle.  Aarya starts to explain her situation and in doing so, Rin projects himself in front of the group and begins to scold her for giving him away.  The group comes across an old man, Odric, as they walk down the path who asks for their assistance in dealing with a werewolf terrorizing the town of Marten.  He claims that the werewolf appears once a week instead of every full moon.  As they reach the small farming town, they see that no one seems as scared or paranoid as they should be.  Kids playing in the street, people walking about.  The only thing that seems off is that there are really no adult men in town.  Upon talking to one fixing a wagon, the group learns that there have been werewolf sightings in this town, usually coming from the woods.  Thalia, further inspecting Odric, discovers the old man to be senile as he stares at a wall kind of mumbling to himself.  They follow the man, Ludevic until they reach the center of town and begin to snoop around themselves.  They find the Horse & Plow tavern and go inside.  The bartender, Oskar, is immediately stricken with Aarya, who at the time was being illusioned to look human.  After some time the illusion is dropped but he doesn't seem to mind.  The group, because they're with her are given free lodging and food.  Oskar tells them more about the werewolf saying that it brings in hard to get game from the forest and drops it at the butcher's and has even been seen around kids with no problems.  More shenanigans occur when both Thalia and Bing use Disguise Self to look like Aarya, knocking out the bartender, and Magnolia gets bitten by a spider when she wakes up from her trance.  As night rolls around, the group, minus Aarya and Magnolia make their way to Odric's shack, being led by Ludevic.  As he turns to leave, Bing notices that his voice got deeper, almost to a growl.  They are pulled into the old man's shack where they are informed a little more about the werewolf.  At the same time, Aarya gets bored of the Bar and decides to go find the rest of the party by shifting into a dire wolf in the middle of the bar and running out into the night.  Picking up on the scent of the group rather easily, she finds the shack and breaks down the door.  Odric, shocked to see a wolf break down his door, reaches for an ax on the wall and starts to swing it at her before Thalia yells at him that she's with them.  Odric, satiated with this answer puts the ax back on the wall and continues talking before looking over, seeing Aarya again, and repeating the cycle.  This time, Gart held onto the ax and the old man seemingly forgot that he was swinging it and went to sit back down.  The party left to begin their search, when Bing saw a humanoid silhouette in the distance, with an elongated snout, pointed ears, and a tail. 

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Out of the Woods
Just a Stroll Through the Woods

Quickly defeating the not so dead Shia Lebeouf, the party continues to another clearing, surprisingly empty but the path split in two.  They group followed the left path and found themselves in yet another clearing.  Magnolia noticed a glint of something coming from the grass and found a ring, which would provide better protection according to the elvish writ ting on it.  The party move to the next clearing where Gart notices up in the sky are giant inflated versions of all of their heads.  Bing takes a shot at his and promptly deflates it as he feels pain in his own cheek where he had shot the head.  The heads now notice the prescence of the party down below and begin to float down towards them.  They notice hanging off the neck of the head seems to be a rope with a noose on the end.  Thalia quickly dodges out of the way while Gart gets caught in the noose and his head begins to fly away.  Thalia and Gart are soon brought back to reality but Bing had not been.  Gart throws him into a tree and succeeds in snapping him out of it.  The party  moves forward through the woods into another clearing.  Thalia notices an arm growing out of Bing's back.  In turn, Bing notices Thalia start to turn into a dragon.  Gart sees his hands and other extremities disappear.  After not too long they three are brought back to reality.  Magnolia turns to notice a patch of flowers behind her and they seem to be the ones they were looking for.  The party each grab a few and discover another path.  Walking down it they find themselves where they went into the forest and it seems only about an hour passed from when they left the house.  The party go inside to tell Mama Yagi and she welcomes them inside.  Gart notices that things seems different.  The room is bathed in a green glow, the knick knacks on the shelves have been replaced with jars and bottles filled with mysterious contents and Mama Yagi no longer looks like a kind old woman but instead like a hag.  She begins to cook a meal as she asks for Bing's help in cleaning the oven.  Gart tries to tell the rest of the party but comes off as rude and is bound, silenced and put in the corner by Mama Yagi.  The oven door quickly shuts on Bing and Thalia goes to help him out.  She manages to yank the door open and throw Bing out who is caught by Mama Yagi who reveals her true form and the fighting commences.  Bing drinks his potion of fire giant's strength and throws a now unbound Gart at Mama Yagi.  Outnumbered and out matched, Mama Yagi is quickly defeated by Bing who throws her in the oven and locks her inside.  Thalia's wild magic kicks in as she casts fly on Gart who takes advantage of it and begins to fly around.  Magnolia and Bing find a large shelf of potions and clean it off.  Magnolia then goes on a ride with Gart who soon loses his power of flight and falls to the ground.  The fall is broken by Bing who notices the potion has begun to wear off.  The group decide to head back to Oaken Hollow, job done.  After the first night on the road, everyone wakes to find Magnolia smells of rotten fruit, spoiled milk and other sour smells.  She tries to wash off in the nearby river but to no avail.  She soon realizes that the ring she picked up is somehow the cause of the smell and throws it into the river.  However she still smelled.  The group go to sleep that night and miraculously she no longer smells.  Traveling through a small patch of woods, they encounter Prince Namfoodle Nibner, who tried to get with Magnolia at one point under the guise of brokering peace.  After learning this, Gart gives him a swift kick to the groin sending him skyward.  He soon lands and begins Gart strips him of his outfit.  After noticing that he was waking up, Gart takes off with Magnolia on his back.  Namfoodle wakes to see the two running away and takes off after.  The rest of the party follows closely behind.

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Actual Cannibal Shia Lebeouf
Just a Stroll Through the Woods

The group, recovering from their hangovers from the previous night, decide to restock on some supplies and go shopping.  The manage to get some new weapons, armor and steal a potion from a woman who seems to have had some sort of interaction with Bing's father at some point in time.  Thalia also learns of a secluded city of Dragonborn who live to the south of the mountains where she may be able to get some answers concerning that pendent.  Gart tries his luck at playing a large lute that Ricki has but ends up breaking the strings.  The party leaves well into the night to investigate tales of a forest seemingly appearing out of nowhere to the south of Gaiete.  After a few days travel, they come across the woods as well as a small, cozy looking cottage.  Inside, they meet Mama Yagi, a very sweet old woman who informs them that these woods have been around for as long as she's been there.  The group questions about several things they have and Bing learns he has a potion of fire giant's strength.  Mama Yagi asks the party if they could help her find a final ingredient she needs for a potion of flight, a blue flower with red thorns.  Apparently it grows in the woods in the center of a clearing in the middle of the forest.  Some of the party seems skeptical of this woman and her intentions but are overcome with feelings of home and love.  After spending the night there, the group sets out in the morning into the woods.  Upon reaching a clearing in the woods, the party finds nothing but Gart, Thalia and Bing notice that everyone in the group keeps growing and shrinking.  After noticing that it stopped, they discover that the way they came in is no longer there and that they might as well press on.  They come across another clearing which again appears empty.  The same three begin to hear strange chanting coming from all around them as well as seeing hooded figures with glowing red eyes.  Aarya and Magnolia look at the rest of the party confusingly as the chanting gets louder, the eyes get brighter and eventually stops.  The group the moves into another empty clearing.  Bing climbs a tree to get a better look and discovers what appears to be a sea of treetops with no end in sight.  As he climbs back down he narrowly misses getting caught in a bear trap.  Out of the corner of his eye, Gart spots a figure swinging an axe at him.  The man, Shia Lebeouf begins to fight the group.  Gart takes off his arm and beats him to near death with it.  Arrya, who is a giant crab at this point, finishes the fight by removing his leg from his body as he seems to bleed out.  With one last attempt to seem if he's dead, she stabs a claw right through his chest.  The group moves forward, hearing a a strange noise behind them as Shia Lebeouf, who isn't dead comes lunging at Magnolia, jaws open wide about to take a bite.   

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Party Time
Cult of Cornix

The party resurfaces after refreshing themselves in Corvo's bed and make their way back into Gaiete where the festivities are beginning to die down.  Voicing some concern that Gart owes Cecil, the jester a favor, thinking that he's one of the cult, he appears and explains himself.  Bing challenges the gnome to another lute-off and while the two don't play great, Cecil plays a little bit better.  The group spends the next 3 days traveling back to Oaken Haven to celebrate their victory.  Aarya, not really wanting to get involved transforms into a mouse.  The group enters the Dragon's Knuckle and tells Forba of their victories and he buys the first drink.  Surprisingly only two later everyone is off their feet.  Bing and Magnolia begin to drunkenly start singing, catching everyone in the bar's attention and getting some dirty looks from Ricki and the new girl, Calie.  Thalia begins to float into the ceiling and Gart watches this all unfold.  A small man in a robe approaches him and offers Gart a single small mushroom which Gart skeptically takes after Forba tells him it should be fine.  Gart begins to have visions of a small creature known only as Dickbutt which start out fine but soon turns bad.  He ends up putting a hole in the wall and Forba puts him in a cage, where he stays the rest of the night, occasionally screaming.  Forba forcibly sobers up Bing to tell him his friend may have some more problems down the line because of what he took.  Loud singing comes from this end of the room but catches the audience in a good mood this time.  Calie shoots Bing another dirty look and Bing promptly apologizes and she noticably blushes.  She soon comes over to apologize, and Bing asks Ricki if her and him are a thing to which Ricki says not anymore because Calie's a bit of a control freak.  Bing tries to sneak away only to dive out the window, attracting more attention to himself.  Forba not too happy with this, throws Bing back inside through another window.  He tries again to sneak away from Calie, but to no avail and eventually tells her he's not really interested.  She walks back to the stage defeated.  Most of this time, Magnolia is sitting underneath the bar, crying.  Everyone goes to bed despite only drinking for about 2 hours and Thalia almost catches the place on fire.  In the morning everyone wakes up and makes their way downstairs where Gart is throwing up on the floor.  Forba tells them of a job they may be interested in, and the group decides to take it easy for a little before going to check up on it.

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