Welcome to The Chosen's journals. Each character is invited to keep a journal and write down the thoughts of their characters as they wander through Nyternia. In addition, the DM has a journal which highlights each session. The players are:

Blink - monk Errol - bard
Kestrel - fighter Malif - wizard
Vaugner - rogue Vernon - cleric/sorcerer

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Blink's Journal, session #19
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After our not-so-great showing in the downhill log ride, we did the "test of power", whereby our magic-users (Malif with Vernon in support) tried to do lots of damage to a big pole, while the rest of us did our best at not being taken down by some endlessly spawning creatures of force (who thinks up these contests??). I didn't think we'd do very well in this test, because we're not exactly big on magical power, but we held off the spawning creatures for a very long time, indeed until Malif and Vernon emptied their ENTIRE bag of tricks onto the big pole (Vernon grumbled about doing the last few spells, but I pushed him because it might have made the difference between winning and 2nd place). Amazingly, we won this test.

Then we went on the "test of teamwork and speed"; in another arena, we had to hit more spawning monsters, and hit them quickly before they disappeared. Kestrel says it's like "whackamole", whatever the heck that is. Amazingly, through some careful planning, a bit of luck, and some really fast running by me, we notched up a PERFECT score. Another win!

Finally, there was a test where the judge asked us a whole lot of damn-fool questions. I knew a few of the answers, most notably one about a famous climber (ironically, the first time my climbing skills have come in useful since we started!), but mostly I sat back and let Errol work through his incredible store of Dumbass Knowledge. He pretty much won it for us.I guess bards do have their value.

So we actually won four of five contests (unbelievable) and thus the entire event (at least in our intermediate class). They gave us a very nice (true) Wand of Lightning, which we promptly sold. We did a lot of trading, and everybody got something, or at least some money. Vaugner did best, scoring a really nice suit of magical studded leather. I was privileged to sit through Vaugner and Malif (who only wanted gold, like some little dragon) going through a "cui bono" argument that would have needed a panel of judges to untangle. Come to think of it, I wonder if our little company needs a lawyer/notary? I hear some of the better mercenary companies have them.

I almost traded for amulets that would boost my wisdom and constitution, until I remembered the old wisdom that only one magical amulet will be effective at a time. Good thing I remembered, or I'd have had to open my own magic store.