[Northkeep] Home Again...

Morgan Blackdragon blackdragonmorgan at gmail.com
Wed Nov 15 07:13:10 PST 2006

Vivat your excellency! Thank you for sharing your tale! Sounds like a
most joyous event shared between family and friends. Glad you made it
home safe and with quite a haul of meat.


On 11/15/06, j.t.herring <j.t.herring at sbcglobal.net> wrote:
> Greetings Northkeep,
> I have returned from the cold northern wilds of Calontir laden with game, a
> little road weary, but well satisfied. How good it is to once more to be
> home in the fair lands of Northkeep. My greatest regret in the recent
> expedition was that it caused me to miss what sounds like one very fine
> event in Chemin Noir.
> My journey started from our hall in the fortified village of Gibson near the
> ports south of Northkeep. Joining the youth Thorn Wybornson and the grizzled
> but wily Wyborn Wolfears  members of my direct family who dwell to the north
> and east of the Baronies lands. The travelers traded small country carts for
> a larger wagon teamed by many more horses with a strong Northern  wind we
> wrapped ourselves in our cloaks lowering our heads we turned into the wind.
> the broad smooth road we traveled took us into the lands of the Shire of
> Crystal Mynes, where we supped in a road side inn. From the eaves of Crystal
> Mynes we pushed North to the Barony of Forgotten Sea. Our drivers and
> teamsters fought the busy roads and traffic clogged pathways of that
> bustling burgh. Upon crossing a mighty River our wagon turned more Easterly
> and struck from the lands of our families fathers.
> Late grew the hour of our travels and bitter the cold northern winds but we
> pushed on. It took much grain to give the horses pulling our wagon the
> energy to continue. Just west of the ruins of a place the locals referred to
> as Grand Oaks we met with the country farm paths which lead to the hall of
> my  father deep in the heart of Calontir.
> We slept little as family members who had not seen each other in some time
> made their hellos, visiting as we warmed ourselves near the roaring fire in
> my mother's hearth. The company gathered included all three of the Lady
> Keigan's brothers, among which is counted my traveling companion Wyborn, my
> own brother Tim, my sister Penny, two of my nephews one from each sister,
> and two men who were long time family friends. All these folk had gathered
> in anticipation of a traditional stag hunt on the lands that have belonged
> to my father's-father's-father. The arrival of the final guests was just in
> time to celebrate the birth of my brother's newest son, a strong lunged lad
> with a shock of dark hair and long agile fingers named Colby. My mother was
> resting still in recovery from her latest encounter with the kings surgeons,
> she was attended by my sister and niece while the men sat as they do and
> shared in the ritual of beer.
> Before the gray of dawn could rouse the gathered crowd my father had passed
> thru the halo and prodded each man and boy to wake and ready for the coming
> hunt. Outside in the pale starry morning snow crunched on the leaves and the
> wind bit your cheek and chin. The men soon warmed by their eagerness took to
> the woods. For three days Ten hunters drove and stalked the white tailed
> stag of the forests and farmlands. When finally the hunt was called
> Seventeen fine hinds and stags had fallen to our long reaching aim and sharp
> knives.
> Large and healthy are white tailed stag in Calontir. Heavy was the burden on
> our wagon as the three companions turned south to return to the lands of
> Northkeep.
> The stores of our hall are now filled with venison,
> My mother is well visited and her spirits  renewed.
> The newest nephew is well swaddled and coddled.
> And it appears the cold winds of Calontir have followed me home.
> I look forward to reconnecting all of my friends and family here in
> Northkeep again and regaling them with tales of the hunt. Please stay safe
> if you travel, keep warm for this Autumn storm  will surely soon blows over.
> Kind regards from a cold and road weary,
> Ian
> Baron
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