The Party (minus Juarez) travelled to Telar, making it to the docks area before nightfall. Paying for two rooms at the Hammer’s Nest for a few days they prepared to enter the main town in the morning. The next morning, June 4th, Theik used two 100 GP gems and cast Identify on Darian’s ring (Ring of Protection +2) and the marble wand (Lesser Wand of Conjuration). Pinky stayed in the room while the rest of the party went into the city.
Theik and Elric found a barber in the main city. Theik shaved off his beard, dyed his hair and eyebrows and purchased new clothing. Both Elric and Theik changed their names to hide their identities. Theik was able to discover that one of the sages in Telar, Mishkin the Wise, was also a magic-user. Mishkin was afraid when asked if he was a mage, asking if Theik was a member of the Council of Mages. Theik convinced him to train him up to 4th level in exchange for Theik’s scroll of shatter. He began his training the next day.
Darian made it to the main temple of Telar. It was dedicated to Raylia, the river goddess, but had shrines to most of the gods of the Seracian Church. There he spoke to one of the priests and offered the gilded statue of Fortuna to the temple. He also donated several platinum pieces to the goddess. The priest, recognizing that Darian was obviously a warrior, directed him to the Temple of Ares, home of the Brotherhood of the Spear and told him to ask for Braxalus.
When Darian arrived at the Temple of Ares/monastery of the Brotherhood of the Spear, he met Braxalus. He agreed to train Darian for a cost of 150 GP/week (for 2 weeks to reach 3rd level). Darian, short on cash, asked if there was any way he could reduce the cost. Braxalus said that he could prove his worth in battle he could train for less. He was to wrestle one of the Brotherhood, without weapons or armor. Darian agreed, removing his weapons and armor and entering into the training yard. A brother named Calderino, a large, heavily muscled man, strode into the yard to face him.
Calderino started the fight by kneeling down in praise of Ares. As he arose, he grabbed sand from the floor of the training yard and threw it into the face of his opponent. Darian was much too quick (easily making his save, with his 18 DEX being one of his primes). Calderino was strong, and a skilled wrestler. Darian, however, was much quicker and just as strong. He took the larger man to the ground repeatedly. While Darian maintained his grip on the brother, he was hit in the back of the head with a club, momentarily dazing him. Calderino was able to break free. He ran to a weapons rack and threw one of the training weapons at Darian, striking him. He then then bellowed the name of Ares and charged (casting the spell true strike). Despite the +4 to hit, he missed his attack roll, allowing Darian to strike him as he passed. Switching their tactics, both of the warriors began striking each other. Finally, Darian connected with a solid strike to Calderino’s jaw, dropping him.
Victorious, Darian was allowed to train for much less. Braxalus explained that the tactics of Calderino were simply part of the teachings of Ares. “In war, there are no rules. In battle, only victory matters. A warrior must be ready for anything.” The experience from the fight was enough to raise Darian to the status of Warrior (4th lvl fighter).
Urk went to the bazaar to find the temple of Shalla, the goddess of mercy and healing. The priests were busy helping the needy outside of the temple. Ishtar the Healer, head priest of the temple, offered to help Urk if he would cover the cost of the herbs to treat him. Urk purchased several herbs to cover the costs of his own healing. e also bought a arge amount of herbs to help heal others in need. According to Ishtar, the healing would take approximately a week, but Urk began feeling stronger after a few days. He also found a blacksmith, Wiskar Mutter. He was able to purchase from him the blacksmith’s master work, a silvered two-handed sword (at 3x normal cost). The blacksmith had some apparent orcish blood and it was clear that he was happy to sell the sword to another half-orc. After using all of his gold on the sword, he found himself in need of cash to make ends meet. He agreed to work for Mutter doing odd jobs to cover his expenses.
Elric was able to sell most of his loot. Elric, Theik and Pinky rented a room for a month above the tavern of the Broken Stallion. Urk and Darian rented an apartment near the bazaar. After several days of searching Elric found the Fellowship of the Crows in Telar. He met with Tem Bert, the Master Burglar, and had to pay a large fee for admission into the Crows as a cutpurse. He also began training to become a journeyman and was awaiting an assignment from Master Burglar Bert.