Moonday 23, Rova 4707.
My day first day in the town of Sandpoint began early. After a pleasant exchange with Ameiko Kaijisu, the owner and operator of the Rusty Dragon Inn where I am staying, I made my way through the market. I love the sights and sounds of festivals. There is always such excitement in the air! While I would hardly consider myself a follower of Desna, no one could argue with the beauty she inspired in these people. After a few brief encounters with the locals, I found my way to the Sandpoint theater. A charming man by the name of Cyrdak Drokkus, even gave me the opportunity to perform during their local talent show! That is where I met Tom O' the Six Strings for the first time. He's a rather handsome man, as humans go, though I must admit I find his demeanor strange at times. His skills seemed modest, and yet his lute was a masterful piece of art! I'm still unsure what to make of this fellow, but he is...interesting to say the least.
After another short brief excursion outside making my way through town, I decided to stop in a local bar for a drink. That's when I met Aegon Skye. He was the first Elf I had seen in weeks and if others who live away from the forest are like him, hopefully he will be the last! At first I found myself interested in what he was doing here in Sandpoint, and where he was traveling to. I thought was that he was the man I was looking for, the one that would help me recover my stolen gifts, but I was wrong. There could never be a more insufferable man who ever walked the earth! He's so stupid! How could anyone be so rude to someone they just met? I don't care how interesting he seemed, I've already had enough of him to last an entire lifetime!
Luckily I didn't have to deal with him long. The town was attacked by Goblins during the closing ceremonies of the Swallowtail festival. I did my best to help defend the people of Sandpoint. Realizing most of them had probably never held a sword in their lives; I felt it was my duty to protect them. I took a rather nasty bite just below the hip, but the Goblins were scattered, a small price to pay. Several others fought as well to protect the people of the town, including that jerk Aegon. Seeing him fight made me somewhat glad I spent so long training at the Tower of Stars. His grasp of magic seemed impressive, but his bladework was awkward. He lacks the grace required to execute the simplest of maneuvers, instead he seemed to favor wild swings, and hoping one blow would finish off an enemy. He fights like a dwarf! Tom was there too. As comrades in combat go, I'd much prefer him to that stupid Aegon. At least he seems to appreciate the company of others! It seems Tom has a bit of magical aptitude as well. He must have just been pretending to be average when I met him at the theater, his voice is actually quite lovely, almost inspiring. At first as I moved to his song, I felt as though his very words were guiding my blade, but as the battle went on, I realized it was something entirely different.
The masters at the Tower of Stars always assured us that when we heard the Bladesong for the first time, we would know it. It was beautiful and terrifying. The pulse of the song didn't just move with the world around me, it was a culmination of every living thing singing in harmony. It was soft at first; I could barely make it out. But as I opened myself up to it and began to trust in its rhythm, I felt as though I knew what was happening before it happened. Needless to say the experience left me quite drained. They say masters can move within the song for days, after less than a few seconds its rhythm became too hard for me to keep up with. I need to redouble my efforts and training. It's more difficult alone, and I miss Talathel's laughter as we sparred and our master's jovial chiding. I wonder how Talathel's travels to Ravenmoor are fairing. Perhaps I will write him a letter before I leave Sandpoint. Tomorrow I will travel a short distance from the town and really begin my training.
I was invited by a rather charming man to lunch tomorrow. His name was Aldern Foxglove. The others will be there too. Hopefully I'll be able to ask them some questions. They all seem like very interesting people (except Aegon).
Gozzik Goblinslayer, or so he named himself, a fairly won title after today's events! I also heard him go by Gozzik Redknife, I wonder if that is his real name? I must say he is by far the most adorable Halfling I have ever met! During the festival I actually mistook him for a child dressed as some hero of old. But I don't think I'll ever mention that to him! He seems rather quiet and reserved for a Halfling. I haven't been able to learn much about him yet. He is the very serious type and but somewhat wild in a fight. He mentioned being from the Shriikirri-Quah, I've read about them. Of all of the Shoanti tribes, the Hawk Clan is the most peaceful. They also have a very strong connection with animals. I admit the bard who sang of them never mentioned the tribe's race. I always imagined they were humans. Could the whole tribe be made up of Halflings?
Veritas seemed upon first inspection to be rather naive and somewhat strange. But he is a very honest and open person. He reminds me of slightly of Talathel when we first arrived at the tower, so full of life and ideals, ready to change to world for the better. I'm unsure of what type of powers he possesses, but when we were fighting, he conjured up multiple pairs of arms! It was a little shocking at first, but living in a tower of mages tends to inure you to such bizarre things after a while. Hopefully he'll come to lunch and I'll be able to ask him more about the nature of his powers.
Jan, of lover's lane, apparently. I'm not entirely sure what to make of her yet. I must admit, she is rather pretty, but something about her demeanor seems rehearsed. She is rather brave though, and I must admit, in the heat of the moment when I was surrounded, I saw her decide to come to my aid. I haven't yet had a chance to properly thank her; hopefully I'll be able to do so tomorrow. Until just recently, she was working out of the Pixie Kitten here in Sandpoint. I've never really been interested in going to a place like that, but her constant endorsements about the place have me slightly curious. Her fighting style is also somewhat interesting, perhaps I'll see if she'd like to spar sometime.
With any luck I'll get to know more about these curious individuals tomorrow. I'm still on my search for the one Wylan divined would help me recover my stolen gifts from the tower, so it seems I'll be in Sandpoint at least a little while longer.