Good afternoon Gabbro
Since I haven't been able to talk to you today I thought I would write to you about what has happened to me. As you know I left for the town meeting to try and find out what was happening with the food supply. Turns out the latest group sent to go get food never came back and Dirk has no idea what happened to them. They needed another group of volunteers to try again, and after some discussion and questioning the abilities of a one armed lady/man it seemed I accidently volunteered myself.
Turns out the one armed lady is the best the Redoubt has to offer, alongside myself, a overly excited book lady, a serious looking half-elf, and some kid. The kid and the book lady ran off to gather more supplies from a candle shop, didn't listen that closely, I thought about coming back for you Gabbro but I thought it would be best for you to stay in the hut. The rest of us headed to the tavern to get the remaining weapons, all I managed to grab was a shield and a patched together leather armor. I must say that the one armed lady did impress me slightly making the the rusted longsword look deadly in her hands well I think she should be able to hit something.
We were told that the last group went down the sewers, to the trade district. Thinking better than following a failed path we heard that the other way across was above an abandon building near the wall. Rumors of cannibals living there didn't worry me, after all just because your a cannibal doesn't mean you can't be reasoned with, maybe we could trade the ladys other arm for safe passage or the kid. Convinced everything would be fine and after watching the serious half-elf, Corso, break in by hammering the door handle, as well as the one armed lady just stroll in and up the stairs, it was clear that they were all on the same page as me. Best not to waste time and get to the top as quick as possible.
Turns out one-arm scares easily, as I ran to catch up with her I nearly trip over her at the top of the stairs, where she was stood frozen. THERE WAS NOTHING THERE. The book lady walks past us and starts poking around, I join her and grab the lantern on a near by table. I found some elvish notes that I couldn't read, fortunately the book lady can and says its really good gossip. While we're banging around I see one-arm try and sneak past us. I mean I'm unsure exactly what the plan is here, we burst into the house and stroll in but once we get to the second story we try and be stealthy? Thought I would help her out and started making a bunch of noise in the corner to help distract whoever she was sneaking from and let her continue up. The other two eventually joined us and continued up with the book lady.
Me and Corso took our time climbing the stairs and as we got near the top I hear slashing and the book lady yell "RAT!!!!". Clearly throwing out any stealth as soon as they come across anything interesting. Corso doesn't even look in the room and continues down the hall way, maybe he doesn't like rats. I rush in looking forward to hitting something and I see one-arm slashing in a bathtub. I rush beside her and I see a giant mangled mess of several rats connected together, as I bring my pick axe down cleaving two or three away I yell 'Thats more than one fucking rat". Turns out I didn't see the other rats crawling across the walls, and as they started jumping and attacking the party I see book lady faint in the middle of the room, fortunately as one-arm was running out of room ( Told you, she scares easily) she was able to drop her sword and grab the book lady. I followed closely behind and as I see the whole room swarm with rats I decided the only way to survive was to burn the room down.
I threw my newly acquired lantern onto some sheets in the room and it quickly caught fire. The kid was still in the room seemingly more curious with the metal hooks in the room than the rats or fire, eventually she clicks that it might be a good idea to leave the room. As we see the fire spread to the walls we decide to leave quickly. One-arm takes charge and Corso picks up book lady, we sprint to the next floor up before we see the door to the roof. One-arm looks to kick the door open but trips over herself. Next she tries slamming her shoulder into the door and we all hear a loud POP, turns out one-arm just dislocated her shoulder. Me and the kid run forward as one-arm slumps off to the side. We both try to open the door, but as I rip the door free of its lock I can see the kid busy looking around the room rather than helping with the door.
On the roof we see the narrow plank connected the building with the nearby wall. One-arm is still complaining about her arm and having no idea what I was doing but wanting to shut her up I jammed it back into her shoulder, that might have worked. She quickly ran across the plank making it with relative ease, next was Corso with book lady on his shoulder. I can't blame the half-elf as he was carrying twice his weight but he made a complete fuck up of walking over the plank but I kept to the side cheering him on trying to give him some inspiration. He made it across but his last step kicked the plank down to the ground. I turned to yell rope at the kid worrying she would be more interested in a pigeon coop on the roof than the heat now rising from the building. Luckily the kid already had a rope out and was throwing it across to one-arm.
The kid and I didn't have a chance to see if they had secured the rope and as we were jumping we saw Corso trip over his own feet several times. I honestly thought that we were dead. Turns out One-arms arm might have been dislocated this whole time and I finally fixed it because despite her failed attempts at the door she was able to hold onto the rope and stop us from falling. Between one-arm and the kid they were able to drag us up. My blood is pumping right now and I feel like I can take another solid hit.
Its on the wall that I'm writing this to you Gabbro, I think the kid is doing something to help the booklady, but I wouldn't hold my breath (wait you don't do that, do you?), for food. I don't know if we will even make it down off the wall but I can tell you this Gabbro I want to come back for you. I have given some further information about my companions below, so that if I don't come back you know who to track down.
One-arm; You wouldn't give her a pickaxe to mine with because you feel slightly sorry for her, I mean who would make a one armed girl work. I didn't catch her name Mera/Mulan, She might not even be a girl, she looks a bit manly. I don't even know if she is strong or weak she has a massive ? over her.
Corso; You would be happy to give him a pickaxe and expect him to mine twice as fast as anyone else, serious and efficient. However you wouldn't want to be anywhere near him while he's working, as theres a high chance the head of his pickaxe would go flying off and hit you in the head and I don't think he would care.
Book-lady; The one I like the most at the moment, you would listen to her if she told you to mine left or right, however you wouldn't give her a pickaxe as she would likely hit herself before a rock.
The kid; Nice enough girl, owns the candle shop, when the rocks move in the mine she would be the first one to find the uncovered solstone, unfortunately she would be the last one to move from the rocks falling on her head.