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Journey to the Naqsái Lands

11 Halír 2371

Tékuna spotted an unusually large bird. He called for his bow and fired at it, hitting the creature despite interference from the Shéns’ pet crab. The “bird” hit the deck, splattering it with an acidic, gooey slime that went everywhere. The acid immediately began to eat away at the wooden deck. I was called up to see if there was a magic spell that could contain the mess. Davé tried a spell, but only succeeded in creating a nutrification spell so the sailors could eat. Chatán ordered the men to start ripping up the decking and toss it overboard, others tried to scrape up the slime. The captain decided to put in and replace the deck.

At Point Sraír we sighted a decrepit hut with a white flag. Local villagers came out and told us to drop anchor. They speak a Livyáni dialect that some of the crew members understood. They advised us to remove any wood that had been touched by the hra’úr, the bird-like beast. They had supplies for decking that they salvaged from shipwrecks and said that they would get to work right away. Then they told us  that the lumber would cost 27,000 káitars and that berthing the ship would cost another 1000 káitars for every night! These peasants were little more than thieves and pirates. We couldn’t lose so much of our resources so early in the voyage, and these people had no concept of writs. Mridék and I went below to devise a plan. Although it was not entirely honourable, we decided to fill a barrel two thirds of the way with ballast, and top it off with káitars. It was still a huge sum of money. When the barrel was to be presented after the work was done, I would cast a spell of domination on the leader of the peasants, convincing the recipient that it was full payment and that he was satisfied.

The plan worked perfectly and we weighed anchor to set sail from that miserable spot as quickly as we could. I know that the act I did was ignoble, and had I been in a civilised country I would have been severely punished. Instead, I offered up my prayers of penance to kind Thúmis and spent many hours in meditation on my transgression.

We continued east along the coast and after several days we rounded the point. Our next stop will be Kushí’il Island. I was told it was an unpleasant, swampy place inhabited by both humans and Shén.

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