Bullhead Canyon

Player Characters
  • Kay, age 8 - Starlight, The Halfling Thief
  • Sue, age 11 - Alina, The Half-Elf Fighter
  • Tess, age 43 - Circe, The Elf Cleric
This entry is part 5 of 17 in TD3α – Wrath of the Minotaur

Alina led the halfling Starlight on the back of her new pony as they both followed the elf Circe out of the village. She took them east passed the outlying farms of Eastbrook and down a dirt road that headed towards Wyvern Falls.

Sue: Gee, I wonder what lives there.

After three days of travel through wooded hillsides, they came to an area marked by a group of trees with a small brook running passed the well traveled path. It was here that they turned northeast, leaving the dirt road, following the stream through the hills to where it flowed out of a rocky crevice.

Tess: Let’s figure out our marching order before we get there.

The Glorioles that loomed in the distance in front of them were soon out of sight as they entered the ravine. They continued to follow the gurgling water that the Patriarch said would lead to Bullhead Canyon where they would find the Tomb of Alaxis.

Kay: Are there any fish in the water?
Tess: We’re not here to fish.
Kay: Just asking.

Further in the canyon, the stream broadened into a flat, mirror-lake, flanked by woods. Along one side of the canyon wall was a cave. The rocks above the canyon were weathered and worn, but if one looked closely, they would see what looked like a great bull’s head with shattered horns.

Kay: What about in the lake?
Sue: You don’t even have a fishing pole.
Tess: We should check out the cave.
DM: The opening looks fenced off with a low barrier of woven branches. Above the barrier, small heads appear – goats. They regard you curiously, and one or two bleat at you.

*schtock*

Voice: And how can we be helping you lot?

Macques was a slender man dressed in a brown leather vest and leggings. His shepherd’s crook was laid to one side of the canyon wall and his crossbow was aimed directly at the three intruders.

Circe: We’ve just come to examine the cave.

I was worried that they would attack the goatherder. He was harmless and had just been using the cave as a goat-pen, while keeping an eye out for kobolds in the area. Instead of conversation or violence, they decided to hang out in the woods until he left.

Kay wanted to spy on him as they waited. Hide in Shadows is one of the rolls that I do behind the screen. A thief always believes they are hidden until they find out otherwise.

Starlight moved between the trees, crouching low, making her way back towards the goatherder. Finding a nearby bush she crept on all fours to observe Macques. He went about wrangling his goats out of the pen, leading them upstream further down the canyon. Before leaving he turned to face Starlight.

Macques: Good luck with whatever yer lookin’ fer.
Kay: I was hiding!
DM: Apparently not very well.

Exasperated, Starlight walked back to tell the others that they were free to explore the cave.


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