Walking to Bridgeford, we found a man called Galain who also wanted to be a knight. He hurt himself, and was going home to Bridgeford. The girl who went missing is his brother. It is very sad. He has also broken his leg. That is worse.
I hope it will heal. I have done what I can to help it be fixed, but I am not sure I did good enough. Legs are the worst bones to break, I think. You cannot move if you have no legs.
I asked a farmer who was helping Galain if there was a bridge toll at Bridgeford. The farmer said yes, but the bridge was broken, so we would have to cross without paying a toll. Nimbus must be smiling on me.
We have made it to the broken bridge, and the small bird is here too! We have also found her friend. She is
Arebeller Arabella of the Pigery Piggeries. We are very lucky that the bridge is broken. Nimbus is smiling on us greatly.
Mother river, I will be happy to cross your waters.
Mother river, you are strange in your blessings. I did not like crossing these waters. I am cold and my scrolls are wet.
We have come to Bridgeford, and the men of the town have told us what happened to Isabella. She was playing in the grass, and an ogre snatched her away. It was strange to them. I have not met an ogre before, but as large as they are I do not think they would snatch girls for fun. Maybe it was a dare between ogre children? How big are ogre children? I will ask an ogre if I see one.
Cog the small has gone to talk to the mayor about his son (Galain), and his daughter (Isabella). I hope his lead tongue is lucky today.
Cog’s lead tongue was very lead today, and now we have to leave town.
Maybe Cog is not so unlucky. He says that the mayor does not care about Isabella being rescued by us. Maybe the mayor says it is because Cog asked for payment, but Cog does not think that is the reason. The mayor also looked only disappointed about his son having broken legs. I am scared for both of the mayor’s
boys and girls children now.
We were chased out of town by the Mayor’s men, but we were able to leave towards the hills where the ogres are. We do need to save Isabella, but I do not think us going to save her will change much. If she is dead, she is dead. If she is not dead, she will still be not dead for a while. (orc saying)
Chireep was telling us about the rules for being a knight, and Mel and I thought of a thing. The rules say that a person who does not get squired at the parade of squires can become a knight if they do a “heroic deed”, which is what Arabella wants to do by saving Isabella.
But if the Mayor knew his son would not do well in the parade, and wanted a heroic deed to be waiting for Galain at home, he could make one happen. Galain being broken legged meant that he could not do the heroic deed made for him, which would make the Mayor very upset.
If that is what has happened, then I do not like what the mayor has planned. I do not know if Arabella should take the fake deed for herself either. I think we should find the ogre that the mayor is working with, and make them take Isabella back to the mayor themself. It will be a trick that shows another trick. I think Nimbus will like it.
Me, Mel, Cog, Al, Chireep and Arabella have gone to find the ogre. Nimbus, grant us luck.
HERE IS MY CLEVER PLAN:
“Hello ogre I have bad news”
“The boy who was supposed to fight you is very sick and he cannot come”
“Do not worry if you take the girl back to the mayor right now he will give you more gold as thanks”
It should work, as long as Cog’s tongue is working well today.
It did not work.
We found the ogre and the girl! Yes, the ogre was paid by the mayor to kidnap the girl! Then two more ogres came, and they fought us. I feel strange killing them, I know that they wanted to eat us (they said it a lot), but maybe they were just hungry and stupid. I could have taught them a lot if I was not protecting the small people in our group. We took one ogre’s head, and the other one ran away. The first ogre (his name is Gnashtooth, I like it!) also ran away, he was scared of us and the other ogres, and was worried about Galain’s broken legs.
Gnashtooth was a nice ogre, and I would have liked to use my plan with him, but we have another plan now. Arabella is going to use the ogre head we have as proof of her heroic deed. We will also have to find Gnashtooth’s friend in town, Jared (a jungler? I did not understand) and tell him that Gnashtooth is not hurt. This is important, or Jared may spoil our plan.
We met Jared, and he is a jester! I do not know what that other word was supposed to be.
The bad news is that Jared brought Galain with him, but Galain’s leg is still broken. His head is also cracked, and he should not be on his horse. I will have to care for him more when we get back to Bridgeford (if they let us in), but now we have to kill the other ogre (not Gnashtooth, which is good).
I should say what I mean: Jared (Jaryd?) has agreed to tell a story of Arabella and Galain’s bravery together when we get back to town, but we will need two ogre heads to tell the story. One head for each of the heroic deed needers. In Jaryd’s story, the two worked together to kill the ogres and save Isabella. Cog did not seem to like this story, but I had to remind Mr. Lead-tongue that without the Jester, we would not be allowed back into town in the first place.
Forgive me Nimbus, talking down to Cog feels good.
We now have ten and one people in our party. Me, Mel, Cog, Al, Chirreep, Arabella, Isabelle (who is riding with Cog, for some reason), Galain, Jaryd and two of the Mayor’s men. I hope that is enough of us to find and kill the ogre quickly, before Galain gets hurt more.
The ogre found us. We have killed it. Galain got hurt more.
The ogre surprised us on a small divide, and threw rocks at us from above. Mel and Arabella ran to opposite sides of the divide to try and climb at it, while it threw more rocks. Cog helped Isabella shoot the ogre (I do not know if I like that) and Almaz made it trip onto us with a spell. Galain then did a stupid thing and swung his sword at it. He killed it, but fell off his horse and broke his leg more. Now he is barely awake. I am scared for him.
We have come back to Bridgeford, all ten and one of us. Jaryd has sung a song that makes us all sound like heroes (mostly Arabella and Galain), and Chireep is singing along very well. Isabella is safe (although I do think the only times she was not safe was when she was with us [by which I mean Cog]).
I have done all I can for Galain, but his leg is shattered and there are no better healers in town. He will walk badly for the rest of his life, and he will never fight as a knight. The mayor is not happy about this, but the will of stupid men is not very strong against the will of broken bones.
That should be an orc saying. I will tell it to an orc someday.
Now that we have found Chirreep, and Arabella has a heroic deed of her own, we have tried to persuade Chireep to go back to her father for a little while. I do not know if it worked. Small folk are very stubborn sometimes.
The good news is that we now have a friend (of sorts) in Jaryd, and we might be able to ask him about the sorceror that we still have to find. That will be for some other day. Today I must clear my mind and cleanse myself.
I forgot to ask Gnashtooth how big ogre children are! Silly me.