We Woke up in Athtia.
After Traveling for 2-3 hours we come across a hand cart that seems unattended. Then we hear a cry for help.
We look up and see a colourfully dressed man grabbing onto a tree branch and holding a bunch of ropes attached to some cloth balloons that seem to be floating. It’s a halfling named Randolph.
Lukas climbs up the tree to him with the rope and manages to rescue the balloons and Randolph, though it is a precarious sort of deal. Lukas ends up hanging from a rope with the balloons and on Randolph’s urging lets go. Randolph leaps after him, says one word and their fall slows.
In the meantime, a buzzing noise was heard. While floating Lukas spots a swarm of steel bugs of some sort.
Clockwork Menders are our enemies. Creatures from the great Machine, not common on the Prime Material plane. Hopefully we handle this swarm well.
Lukas uses a flaming sphere and Gretel and Sela fight fiercely and the swarm disperses.
Randolph isn’t looking very good so we decide to escort him back to Athtia. On the way, Randolph tells us about a spring in these woods that causes things to float when it’s put into them. In thanks, Randalph gives Gretal a purple balloon. We then start heading back towards Treva.
We travel safely until night, where we come accross a clearing to camp at. It’s unfortuneatly occupied by a gaunt looking humanoid, with a silver broadsword accross his back. He sniffs at us and talks to us in a language we don’t understand. Turns out he’s a Githyanki, a race of soldiers and pirates from the astral plane. Tend to be not nice.
Gretel and Sela stand there, staring at him, concerned because he might hurt people if we leave him, but we’re not sure. Lukas circles around, looking to see if it is alone. So Gretel, as is her want to do, decides to call a weapon to hand, prompting him to attack. An attack which is swiftly returned by Sela and Lukas.
Gretel feels bad about this ass whooping and so decides not to kill him.
After accepting the surrender, Gretal and Sela use Gretals rope to tie him up. Sela doesn’t seem to be much help, but Gretal finally ties him up. The plan seems to be to interogate him in the morning.
During the night, a Manticore shows up looking for food. It circles our camp at 35 feet in the air, and shoots spikes at us.
Our prisoner jumps up and grabs his weapons (having freed himself) he attacks on our side, trying to help us defeat the Manticore.
In the process of the fight, the Githyanki goes down and Gretel uses her healing belt to help him (under cover of obscuring mist, so Sela and Lukas don’t know). From that point on, the Githyanki seems to follow Gretel around and guard her.
We fight the Manticore, all four of us, we drive the manticore off twice but it keeps coming back, attacking in the mist. At one point, the Githyanki gives Gretel his great sword with a roll of his eyes.
During the fight, Lukas goes down but doesn’t die. Gretel gives up the ghost on the crossbow and gets her trusty Halberd back, giving the Githyanki his great sword back.
Gretel and Sela can’t hit a damned thing to save their lives and finally we get out of the damned mist and get prepared to kill the Manticore… so of course, it leaves.
Sela decides to go back and return to sleeping, which Gretel isn’t exactly pleased with the idea of. She elects to keep her watch going.
The rest of the night seems to pass uneventfully.
In the morning, Lukas heals us a bit more before we head out for the day and the Githyanki packs up to join us.