And Yu-Shan Wept
First Lapis Court Caravan, After Action Report
18th of Ascending Fire, RY 768
Domus de Sepia, Gem
We have just returned from a trade run with Fair Folk of The Lapis Court – a more respectable sort than I am used to. The relative scarcity of humanity perhaps gives us mystique or more-like the few humans they encounter are Guild Caravans with blood and souls for trade.
It was troublesome getting Keen-Eyed Falcon to allow an unknown variable to accompany such a delicate operation, not to mention dangerous, but I was able to negotiate my pace upon sharing with him my ability to provide demonic assistance in safeguarding our investment. A pair of Erymanthoi, easily sated with the bones and blood of the handful of slaves who will surely fall to unrelenting sun. This cost us thirty slaves, but only ones that would have died to exposure anyway. The most wretched and sun seared soul was brought from the stockades each night as we broke camp. A rude club pressed into numb exhausted fingers and shackles unpinned – the Erymanthoi enjoy their meal far more when preluded by battle. It broke up the monotony of the journey somewhat and improved the moral of the mercenaries. The Blood Apes had their greatest battle the night after we left the bazaars of the Fair Folk – only one enjoyed its meal though. Bruised and beaten, the mortal soldiers were able to put down the remaining blood drunk beast with little effort.
The return trip was much quieter, our numbers multitudes smaller and the roaring challenges of the Erymanthoi stilled. The caravan was within sight of Gem a scant ten days after leaving the Fay where the original trek had taken over a score. To think such a host is so near, such treasures and wonders an arm’s length away. I am most pleased with the pair of Astri Desertus collected as payment.