"According to the scrolls that old Lysixenos has, they joined the Macedonians after a two day march. In that sort of terrain it means that they were within twenty miles of the gorge."
"So you're proposing we tramp down the Ceraunian road to Chaonia?", asked Sumakos. "If the the Toad is after Teuta, it will be easy for him to send the Phrygian down the road on a horse and overtake us."
"Possible", admitted Lusicus, "but unless you think we could take ship at Oricum and sail down the coast, which I can't afford, how else can we get there?"
"I grew up in the Byllian Hills, we just cut through the fields to the East Road to Dimale and then pick up the course of the Apsus, we can follow it through the mountains and come out in Chaonia east of the gorge."1
With that they swung east and passed through Dimale as the afternoon faded they decided to press on into the Byllion Hills until the light faded.2 The next day they reached the mountains at the head of the valley, Lucius wanted to push on, but Sumakos and Teuta were adamant they they should camp then and start the ardouous trek in the morning.3,4 The next day they began their trip through the mountains, Sumakos estimated that they should reach the valley of eastern Chaonia in no more than a week.
|Red indicates the group's path. Green is the trail they meant to take.|
"We're simply travelers, on our way to Clausura. We have nothing of value."
"Clausura? You're on the right trail, but you're a week away."
"A week, that's lnger than our provisions will last, can we purchase some from you?"
"See, you do have something of value, let's see what you have besides your gold. Unfortunately, we won't be selling."
Later, as the bandit chieftain rode away in Maedus' scale armor, Teuta remarked "I see his point on who you meet on the road."
Three days later, Maedus woke them up before dawn, saying there's something out there. They're mvoing pretty stealthily." Suddinely, the party was rushed by three goblins, who closed into attack. Maedus, Teuta and Lucius all missed their attacks. Sumakos cast Entangle and trapped all the goblins. After dispatching the evil humanoids, they counted up what they had gained, three morning stars and shields and a handful of silver. "At least we'll have money to buy food, if we find anyone who has any extra."
Two days later, they camped overlooking the valley and ate the last of their provisions. The next day the marched hungry into the little hamlet of Clausura. As the sun approached the zenith, they came up the cluster of buildings, the farmer's wife bustled up from where she was working in the garden.
"You lot look footsore and tired."
"Yes, m'am, hungry too. Our provisions gave out last night. Could we purchase some food from you?"
"We can talk about that later, I have some beans in a pot. You can join us, then we'll talk about what you need to go on."
The farmer, Eucheron and his workers soon came in for the meal. In the discussion over the food, he mentioned that he had seen Bardyllis and his gang riding north the previous week, so he wasn't surprised that they had run afoul of them. He wasn't aware of any ruins near the farm, but had rarely ventured into the mountains east of the valley. He did offer to sell Maedus a set of old studded leather, which he claimed he had recovered from a casualty of the battle years before. In response to a question from Teuta, he replied that there were no healers in the valley, the closest temple being to the west south of the gorge.5
Game notes below the jump.
Scene Party moves from Apollonia to the base village via the river road. The objective is in the territory of the Serdi, south of Mons Candavia. He intends to go to Clausura at the gorge of the Aoos to start. Start: leaving Apollonia
End at the base village
|1||Chaos Factor 5. Roll 5. Altered scene. Decide to skirt the Byllion Hills and go down the valley of the Southern Apsus, instead of the Aous into the Ceraunian Mountains.|
|2||Party consensus check.Do they push on?|
|3||Party consensus check.Do they push on?|
|4||Chaonia is 23 miles through the mountains of Paraura. Predominate terrain = mountains. Move – Very Rugged 5/day|