Griffin d’Vadales, the charming, endearing, lovable boy you all know and love had a… wait wait, Im already getting ahead of myself…
After the disappointing wave echo caves fiasco, we were returning home when I realized I had a mission of my own to fulfill. Ok guys. Ill level with you. I know you have all seen Cutie.
I am a warlock.
She keeps me connected to this MASSIVE tree that the sprites call the Father Tree. And well basically I promised it my soul for the power to ensure my house remains dominant throughout the lands. But I digress.
Basically Cutie said it was time for me to gain more power and so I dropped everything and ran, but it was at the Father Tree so I didnt want to expose the location of this magical sentient tree which is sacred to the whole forest and would probably get you killed. Anyway, I went to the tree and before I knew it Piper was frozen in terror between TWO beholders.
My first thought was oh fuck! and my second thought was oh my god fuck!
Before I knew it the beholders EXPLODED and suddenly the entire area was growing Mushroom people that gave hugs which ate peoples FLESH. it was the most horrifying sight I have seen. Imagine the person next to you becoming a living fungus incubator in the matter of seconds! Ugh!
Next thing I knew, Cutie Piper and I were in the middle of a Fairy-Mushroom WAR with screams on all sides as fungus and fey fell to one another. I was pummeled by one of the mushrooms (after making several excellent tactical decisions…) and was knocked out. Next I awoke to the fairies crying victory! My stomach fell as all the mushrooms began getting back up.
As it turns out, the Mushroom kingdom and the fey are on great terms with one another and apparently, this group plays “war” on a daily basis… nobody died, all injuries, regardless of how intense they felt, lasted more than a minute. Fey culture is so weird.
So anyway, I came there to recite a fairy chant, contact the god who lays claim to my soul, and ask for the power they promised to the end that was specified when I made the agreement….
I was turned into a horse.
So, I was told I basically had to walk a mile in their hooves because my family has fallen away from the old ways… and I hate to admit it but the tree was right…
There were some pretty significant consequences which I will get to in a minute, but yeah, my family is screwing things up…
I set off to learn what the tree wanted me to learn and apparently Piper made friends with a unicorn. That came in real handy as I found poachers attacking the herd I was trying to integrate with intending to sell the animal to my family, can you say embarrassed?
The Father Tree wants me to figure out a way to deal with this otherworldly blackness that is growing, its hard to explain but it looks like death incarnate, and fire horses came from it.
I spent the rest of the summer with the herd I had found, having already bested the herd’s stallion they couldn’t throw me out, and not knowing my role, I didn’t exactly fit in.
I learned a lot, about many things.
But eventually, I had to return. The Father Tree asked me what I had learned and I recounted my experiences. For a brief moment the surrounding area seemed like spring just sprung though that was short lived.
The tree said it was pleased and then I became a human again. Cutie returned to me and I began my Journey home…
On the way back Cutie was talking constantly and I had apparently forgotten how to tune her out over the last three months of not having to. Between her constant chatter and trying to get used to my human body again, I couldn’t think. I constantly felt like I was going really slow and would try to break into a gallop. Needless to say, I fell several times.
Upon reaching my dorm, which I thankfully prepaid to keep throughout the summer, I was excited to actually bathe. Once I reached the mirror I was in for the shock of my life. On top of being dirty, I barely recognized myself! I looked older!
The most powerful message the Father Tree wanted to instill in me, wouldn’t come till I got back home… Horses only live 15-20 years and they reach full maturity within the first three. If I were a horse my whole life rather than just this summer, most of my life would be over, rather than just beginning. I might be a great-great-great grandfather by now and my family has these animals in pens their ENTIRE lives. it’s mind blowing.
I got myself cleaned up…
and headed to the Drunken Morkoth. I spent a couple gold on ale and watched as Piper doled out a half shot of fairy wine to some of the richer, braver, customers. She came around and refilled my drink several times but didn’t seem to recognize me. I was trying to get drunk but that didn’t work… how I don’t know. Thankfully Piper was too busy with the other customers being… themselves… to pay any attention or ask any questions to who she thought was a quiet newcomer. I just needed to be alone with my thoughts and Cutie wasn’t letting that happen in the Dorm. oddly enough the rouddy tavern was the most peaceful place I could find.