Legend of Grrawl

    • Grrawl encounters Bling, twice
      Another week passed and Grrawl made his way back to Thetford to bring raw ore to the city to refine and see his son. During his last trip from the smelter, Grrawl heard a blast of trumpeting fanfare from the Chillhag Gate. The crowd started to make way and Grrawl could see a gilded palanquin carried by 4 warriors enter the city with someone reclining on the plush couch atop it. There were also several servants at the side fanning the passenger with huge linen fans. Grrawl saw several people run off in any direction away from this troupe of people. He wondered what made this person so special. He asked someone standing nearby and he was told this was Bling, a Master of the Realm. Grrawl was also told this was a title given to Bling by the king and it was rumored Bling was also given powerful magic. Bling sat up on the couch as the palanquin entered the city center and began to wave at the crowd. There was some cheering, some booing, and some continued to flee the area for unknown reasons.

      The warriors set the palanquin down and Bling proceeded to levitate off the couch and float just a bit off the ground. Grrawl started to hear someone coming through the crowd from behind him. The person was whispering to anyone they got near that for just 20 fey-coin, they would give 50 million silver. Grrawl did not know what fey-coin was, but 50 million silver was a lot of money for someone to spend on anything. In an instant, Bling had moved from the palanquin to right behind Grrawl so that Bling was face to face with this person trying to buy fey-coin. The person looked up in horror as Bling conjured forth an enormous ban-hammer that had a head covered in hollow pointed spikes. From those spikes burst forth jets of searing flames. The crowd quickly backed up from Bling, the buyer of fey-coin started to run away, but it was too late. Like a lightning bolt crashing to the earth, Bling’s ban-hammer slammed down upon the person. The ground shook and Grrawl was knocked back a bit from the blast. While Grrawl's ears were still ringing from the strike, Bling put away the weapon, pointed at Grrawl, and shouted to the crowd “This man has free candy!” Bling proceeded to levitate back to the couch and the warriors picked up the palanquin again. At the same time, several dozen children mobbed Grrawl asking for candy while checking his pockets. Grrawl tried to explain that he had no candy. After a few frustrating moments, the children left. Grrawl found he was missing a good bit of silver and some of the metal bars he just made at the smelter. He looked towards Bling to hear a boisterous laugh coming from the couch as it departed the city center.

      Grrawl and his son Alec spent the next few days fishing and gathering together. On Grrawl’s last day in Thetford, he got up early to have some extra fishing time alone. Grrawl made his way deep into the swamp and found a good spot teaming with fish. He managed to fish there for a while in the quiet and caught quite a few fish and even managed to reel in a satchel of insight. Suddenly another fisherman materialized on the shore out of nowhere. This caused Grrawl to jump back, almost dropping his fishing rod in the water. Grrawl tried to engage the person in conversation, but they did not respond. Grrawl tapped their shoulder to get their attention, but there was no reaction. Grrawl stood and watched this stranger for a bit and noticed their movements were stilted and repetitive. He could see they were casting the same distance every time and just turning slightly to try to fish a different spot of water. They were not even setting their hook right if they did get a bite. Grrawl tapped on their shoulder again, but a bit harder this time, and heard the “tink-tink” sound of metal under the fishing garb. He listened closely and could hear a soft whirring of gears as the fisherman moved its arms to cast the line out. At that moment, he realized what he was looking at: an automaton. Grrawl learned about them in school but knew they were strictly forbidden to be exported to Albion.

      Grrawl considered destroying the machine but feared that if anyone saw him attacking it, they would mistake Grrawl for being a ganker and attack him. Instead, he decided to stay in the spot to outfish the automaton so that all it would catch would be logs and rocks. This went on for an hour or so till Grrawl heard a commotion from behind him. In the distance, he saw a fight had broken out. Three men were being chased by one man that was moving unnaturally fast. The pursuer would blink out of visibility and appear right next to or in front of the men that he was chasing. The pursuer would slash at them with his metal claws and soon the three men were profusely bleeding. When it looked like they were about to perish, there was a bright flash of light. Suddenly, there was Bling with the blazing ban-hammer at the ready. Bling brought the weapon down with one fluid motion and obliterated the pursuer in an explosion of silver and gear. There were items everywhere that this person had collected off the bodies of others they had ganked. The death of the pursuer was not like that of a typical death in Albion and Grrawl imagined that person was not waking up naked in a city or anywhere else.

      Bling began to clean the ban-hammer using the flames coming out from it to incinerate the blood and flesh left behind. Grrawl called out to Bling to come over and look at the automaton. Bling levitated over to the shore to be hovering just behind the machine. Bling cut open the back and began to investigate to learn who created it. After a few minutes, Bling levitated back a little from the automaton and summoned the ban-hammer. Grrawl saw this start to happen and also took a few steps back to be out of the blast radius. Bling proceeded to bring the flaming weapon crashing down on the machine, flattening it into a molten pile of alloys. Bling thanked Grrawl for the heads up and vanished from his presence in a cloud of purple smoke.
    • Grrawl takes on new roles
      Over the next few weeks, Grrawl spent time working his farm and exploring the dungeons around Caerleon. He started to make a decent living selling his goods and collecting treasures from the local Heretics. On one such adventure into a Hidden Mine, Grrawl had a unique experience. He was importing a load of herbs and meats to use in his recipes at the cooking stations of Caerleon. While in the mine, Grrawl encountered a very tall and plump man who had a fried chicken station. The station had a Heretic Pyromancer supplying the flame to cook the food. Grrawl saw the sign above the station that read, “Big Spencer’s Chicken Shack”. Grrawl began a casual conversation with Big Spencer, and Grrawl mentioned that he was transporting herbs and meats to make the best fried chicken in Caerleon. Big Spencer made a doubting face and asked Grrawl what herbs he used. Grrawl would not disclose his secret recipe to anyone and started to walk away. It was at this point that Big Spencer and the Heretic pyromancer attacked in an effort to steel Grrawl’s herbs. Fortunately, Grrawl was wearing his escape gear, turned himself invisible, and was able to get away, exiting the Mines unscathed and his secret recipe intact.

      Grrawl then continued his journey to Caerleon, singing his jingle "Grrawl's fried chicken. It's butt kicking, yeah yeah", and arrived with no further issues. He proceeded to gather some additional herbs, veggies, and meats to make an assortment of salads, sandwiches, stews, potions, and fried chicken. While riding through the city to the cooking station, Grrawl encountered Evas chatting with a hooded stranger. Grrawl approached and when he got closer, he could see the stranger was actually Bling. Grrawl took a cautious step back, uncertain of what mischief Bling was about to bring down on him. Bling motioned for Grrawl to be at ease and that both of them had heard of the help Grrawl was providing to other adventurers and wanted to offer him the chance to do more good in Albion.

      They proceeded to inform Grrawl that there was a small group of volunteers that help keep things civil in the cities. Their job was to help players who were confused or unaware of how to do things and to put a stop to conversations that typically lead to discord or all-out brawls in the cities. Grrawl said he would be glad to try to help. Bling then granted Grrawl a new spell, Mute, which can silence a person for a varying amount of time depending on the level of the spell. Bling also instructed Grrawl that the spell is to only be used in certain situations. Bling proceeded to ask Grrawl if he would also be interested in keeping the Great Library of Albion up to date and organized. Grrawl was excited by this offer since it might grant him access to information about the Avalonians and where they could have taken his wife. Grrawl accepted this offer as well and Bling teleported them both to the Library where Grrawl could see all the existing tomes of knowledge that were available to all. After the tour was completed and instructions were given to Grrawl, Bling said a quick goodbye and vanished in a cloud of purple smoke. Grrawl was left standing in this massive building and started to find places to reorganize or update information.
    • New

      Grrawl reads The Legend of The Cabbage Man and is inspired
      Grrawl spent much of the next week pouring over the tomes in the Great Library learning as much as he could about the Avalonians and the Outlands. On one of those days he was researching different ways to travel to the Outlands and adventure with the least risk possible. Grrawl read the legend of a brave adventurer named Jimbenator and his ox named Steve who sold cabbages in the Outlands to random strangers. The story told of the many times Jimbenator would go with a load of fresh cabbages and try to sell some. On these journeys he would sell to travelers and other times run into ganking squads that would kill him and steal his cabbages. Jimbenator was not discouraged by this. He would return to his island to get a new ox and a new load of cabbages. At the end of the story Grrawl learned that Jimbenator had departed the mortal realm and was mourned by many. Inspired by Jim’s story, Grrawl decided to set out on his own “Cabbage Man Challenge”.

      Grrawl traveled to Alec’s island in Thetford to pick up a mule, some carrot soup, and a bag. He didn’t expect to live very long, so he didn’t bother with a weapon or armor. He also hoped that maybe being so defenseless, other people would not attack him but instead buy the carrot soup. Grrawl rode out to find an Avalonian portal to use to get to the Outlands. He figured it would be less risky than using the Realmgate. The first road he found was almost completely deserted. He saw one other adventurer, but they were in a hurry and didn’t stop for any hot, fresh soup. Grrawl continued to journey looking for a road that would exit to the Outlands. He saw a few other adventurers, but no one was interested in his carrot soup. The Avaloninas there were much more aggressive and tried on several occasions to kill Grrawl, but his trusty mule was able to get him out of harm's way. Grrawl was also keeping an eye out for any clues that would lead him to his wife or the Avalonian mage that took her, but he found no sign of either.

      After a while, Grrawl found a portal that would take him to the Outlands, and arrived in the territories near the Thetford realmgates. He started heading in the direction of Murdergulch Cross to go to the treasure site there to see if he could sell soup to any hungry treasure hunters. On his way, Grrawl saw some light coming out from under a rock and lifted it to find a pile of silver and some luxury items. He doubted he would make it back with them, but the silver more than paid for his mule. A little while later, he arrived at the empty treasure chest at Murdergulch Cross. He was disappointed and relieved to see that there was no one around. He became doubly relieved when the treasure chest suddenly slammed shut and started to glow. As fast as he could, Grrawl opened the chest and found a new t7 boltcaster along with several bags of silver and tomes of insight. He quickly mounted up and rode to the nearest Hidden Mine he could find so he could take a break from his adventure and eat in safety.

      After a short rest, Grrawl decided to see how far he could get in the Hidden Mine with just the boltcaster. He knew he would have to hit and run since he had no armor on to be able to survive the attacks of enemies ahead. With much skill and patience, he was able to make it to the first mini-boss, but had to skip it because it was too strong. Grrawl continued deeper into the mine and encountered the second mini-boss, a Heretic Pyromancer. It took Grrawl 3 tries, but he finally vanquished his foe. The chest that was guarded by the Pyromancer had both soldier and hunter chest pieces, and now he was able to withstand more than four hits from an enemy before having to run away. Grrawl pushed even further into the Mine and reached the final boss, The Biggest Roughneck, who did not stand a chance against the boltcaster and soldier armor. In the chest guarded by the Roughneck, Grrawl found mercenary boots that would now let him go invisible if needed. With this good fortune, Grrawl started to think he might be able to make it to Morgana’s Rest with all the treasure he found.

      Grrrawl felt it had been a long time since he entered the Mine, and decided to put almost all his gear in his bag to look harmless again. He kept the boots on to be able to turn invisible in case he needed to run, and made his way back to the treasure chest he already looted to look for people to buy his soup. A few minutes later, the chest slammed shut and started to glow again. He started to open it when someone else showed up, ready to fight. Grrawl tried to offer to sell him soup, but the stranger was clearly not interested in paying. Grrawl turned to run away fast and as he ran his back was struck by a glass vial full of poison. With the searing poison burning his skin, Grrawl was able to turn invisible and get away. Grrawl decided it was time to try to find friendlier people to offer to buy his soup. He made it to a hideout in Murdergulch Divide and tried to sell his soup to the few adventurers that were inside, but again no one wanted his fresh carrot soup. Grrawl was starting to think he was not a very good cook since no one wanted his soup. He departed the hideout to start to travel to Morgana’s rest when he found two hungry adventurers. He started to talk to them about his soup when a third traveler rode by. That traveler had other ideas, dismounted, and began to attack Grrawl. Grrawl tried to run, but his adversary was too strong and dispatched Grrawl with just a few hits of his weapon. While Grrawl lay out the ground getting looted, the murderer said his name: Thoreous. Grrawl would not sell soup to him if they should ever meet again.

      When Grrawl awoke back on his island, he immediately got dressed and returned to the LIbrary. He found the archive with the section about Jimbenator and added this limerick as a tribute :
      Jimbenator was a great playa,
      His mighty Glaive could quickly slaya.
      Cabbages for sale,
      Some gankers would fail.
      Papa Jim we sure do miss ya.