The Sinister Six

Dunstan's Log (Meetings with Monsters, part 3)

Mission Log, LCPL Dunstan Lynwood Recording:

Recv’d mission from command – retrieve corpse of “Caladorn Jenkins” from site 36-A.

Mission Team:

  • LT Jayanti Leafbrood, Commanding Officer
  • LCPL Dunstan Lynwood, Operating Specialist
  • PFC Arcadius Lochan, Medic

Day 1: Uneventful. Embarked w/ horses from Nighthold. Covered approx. 12 miles. Going is slow due to terrain and lack of road.
Day 2: Covered approx. 12 miles. Attacked at night by approx. 9 orc mercenaries. Incapacitated in opening volley. PFC Lochan administered healing, LT Leafbrood covered escape w/ obscuring mist spell.
Day 3: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. PFC Lochan administered healing, all squad members recovered.
Day 4: Covered approx. 12 miles. LT Leafbrood found magical necklace, cited OSP regulations, confiscated.
Day 5: Covered approx. 6 miles. Attacked by approx. 7 orc mercenaries during traverse of wood copse. LT Leafbrood and PFC Lochan wounded in opening volley, LT Leafbrood covered escape w/ obscuring mist spell. (scrawled in margin – damn, a lot of orcs out here.)
Day 6: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. PFC Lochan administered healing, all squad members recovered.
Day 7: Covered approx. 12 miles. Attacked by approx. 8 orc mercenaries during crossing of ravine. Unit sustained heavy damage, including both LCPL Lynwood and LT Leafbrood being incapacitated repeatedly by javelin and falchion wounds. PFC Lochan administered large amount of combat healing spells under heavy fire. LT Leafbrood used multiple battlefield control techniques to slow and evade orcs. At this time, LT Leafbrood is still badly wounded. (scrawled in margins – I shot an orc in the chest with an arrow, and he died. Is it normal not to feel anything? I’m a half-orc, I should feel some kinda kinship with these dudes, right? Can’t believe we survived that.)
Day 8: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. Estimate arrival at site 36-A tomorrow. All squad members restored to full health by PFC Lochan. (scrawled in margins – man, we’d be so dead if not for Arc. I’m going to see if I can’t grease a few palms and get mustache-boy a commendation or something.)
Day 9: Arrived at site 36-A. Appears to be mostly ruins. Searched entry area and were attacked by cockatrice – killed it despite taking minor damage. Recovered scroll of some kind.
later: Assaulted by undead shadow on 3rd floor of castle. PFC Lochan badly injured by shadow, but managed to destroy it using holy symbol. Found magical glowing longsword. LT Leafbrood cited OSP regulations and assigned it to me. (scrawled in margins – Damn and a half, crazy monsters all over this place! If we get attacked by any more of these weird spooks with their crazy lifedrain powers, we’re all going to be going home in a box! Why the hell didn’t they give us magic weapons or something?!)
even later: Located grave under rubble in courtyard, marked with “Caladorn” and epitaph, mostly obscured. Excavated grave and recovered skeleton of young human, approx. 8 years of age. PFC Lochan placed corpse in bag.
Day 10: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. PFC Lochan reported hearing strange voices asking about our progress, and attempted to respond. (scrawled in margins – so, J. Random Jackwagon can spend the time and money to spy on us and pester us about our progress, but not to help us out? F***ed by the Big Green Weenie again!)
Day 11: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles.
Day 12: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles.
Day 13: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles.
Day 14: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. (scrawled in margins – I’m starting to get nervous. This is the longest stretch we’ve ever had without being attacked.)
Day 15: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles.
Day 15: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. (scrawled in margins – our luck can’t possibly hold out, can it?)
Day 16: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles.
Day 17: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. (scrawled in margins – only one day out…don’t dare to hope we’ll make it in without some kind of trouble. Leafbrood’s being a bitch, but what else is new.)
Day 18: Uneventful. Covered approx. 12 miles. Returned safely to Nighthold. Per orders of LT Leafbrood, returning to DARCOM to await debriefing and package retrieval. (scrawled in margins – gotta remember to clean up these notes and scrub personal stuff before I turn in the log. All I need now is for some prissy hat-rack in clerical to report me for Conduct Unbecoming A Half-Orc.)

(The rest of the log is illegible)

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