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I started this log with a brawl in the faceless. I will keep it with the things that need done in the next months. It has been a hard set of months behind me with loosing the Moonflower and my husband to be stirring the hunters against us even though I myself am in the union. No more I have disavowed them and collected what i could with my prestige from the house of the hunt.

There are so many things I must do in the coming days. A salvage operation of a wizard's family research vessel. I must speak with the mayor of Immersea. Hopefully to charter the guild that my wife envisions to the future. She wants to settle there. When my ship is built we will have easy access to the port and the new ship should just make the channel to the sea of fallen stars by 4 foot. A bit uncomfortable but I have been at sea some 30 year and know my trade.

I wish to repair relations between the two cities Immersea and Arabel but must take this most cautiously. I believe that if I set up regular new moon reflections by the waterfront that will do it. Politics is not allowed on nights of reflection. Only stories and good will. As hostess I will be hard pressed to keep things toned down but believe with Sehanine's blessing will be able too.

I cannot believe I just wrote that. I know i am of no import to the greater scheme. Someone small but I will do my best anyway. Perhaps the goddess will see my good will and goals and bless our reflections.

Recently I an Ava were exploring the saltwater tombs when a scathing sending was sent about us personally and all elves. It was generalized but since we were the only elves exploring the tomb I know it was meant for us personally.

I wanted to make a sending back. Saying you misunderstand us. The one thing you do not figure is time. 100 years I will visit your grave, while your body is filled with worms and your bones crumbling to dust. Perhaps you will look up while your heir of lesser attitude squander the fortune you built and see that though i am older that my perfect form and beauty remain young and alive (at least in appearance) I will put flowers upon your grave and smile knowing that you soul is nothing but a face attached to a worm being traded by Hags.

Two hundred years and i will visit you again. Perhaps I have succumbed to my necromancy and have fallen. I would dig you up and trap your soul within your decaying skeleton to guard my home. After cutting your horns off and displaying them in front of my hearth. Or find the worm you have become and place you in a jar to watch your torment's. I'll tell you how your family has spent all your fortune after three generations and have become beggars on the streets of Arabel. Yet I will still appear as young and beautiful as ever. perhaps a few thin lines around my eyes and mouth. Yet you will have been dead some two hundred years.

I so wished to send something like this but alas. It would not due well to throw oil upon a fire that already burns bright. I will simply await the decade when the hunters fall out of favor and smile as the elves re-inhabit the Hullack. That's how we truly handle things like this. Time is in our favor. Not theirs.
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The first of the new moon reflections went off quietly. Lauriella dressed as a common sailor set out some hard boiled eggs and fruit juice; A small barrel of whiskey and Ale. She made a 30 ft ring of moonflowers and placed a campfire in the center. Waiting for others to come and reflect, tell the stories of the past, their peoples legends and their thoughts of the future.

She spent half the night alone speaking to the Lady of night Sehanine Moonbow. Near midnight Nan came. Nan told Lauriella of her path to become an Oathtaker. Her future thoughts of blending even more deeply with the forest, and her struggles with the grove of scars. Lauriella quietly listened adding comments when appropriate.

As Dawn broke Nan went back to her Redwoods. Lauriella made sure the campfire was put out and the left over food donated to the inn for the locals to eat while they have an ale or rum.

Lauriella considering the night a mild success has decided to continue the traditions of her faith each month calling out to those who would share their tales, add their thoughts, or dream of better futures. There will be a reflection each month on the night of the full moon. All are welcome to share their stories.
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Lauriella goes back to her inn room in Immersea after a hard 4 days of work. She secludes herself. Only accepting meals and denying all visitors: Even her wife Ava.

She buries herself into both demonology and the lore of negative plane theory. What few books she has in her library yields nothing. She knowingly must prepare for both the worse of undead and other necromancers that seek to cause destruction of the surrounding lands.

Her thoughts go dark. Filled with the lore of Mulhorand and knowing that Thavian wizards always take advantage, (even if unseen), she steels her countenance to face the ultimate challenge as per her training. If a Thavian is the leader of this horde she will challenge him to a duel. She knows that even if she dies she will have effected him or her enough that others may take advantage of the Thavian mages distress and vanquish them.

As She slips into revelry unbeknownst to her she has a nightmare of the past where she was a magical enforcer for the realms of Damara, Narfell, and Vaasa.
She screams out. Lem and his female guard go to her room. they break down the door to find Lauriella caught in revelry deep within what the elves call sleep. She is speaking a foreign language they do not know. Papers fill the air as if animated of their own volition. they pick up the remnants of the door and wield it into place, praying to their gods that this episode subsides. For they know that the captain that has rented this room has a high aptitude for necromancy even if not a necromancer per say.

After many hours of torture in sleep Lauriella wakes up. She gets partially up. her feet on the floor her ass on the bed. She sighs heavily on all the burdens put before her. She gets up and pulls out a folder with papers thick as her thigh. The pages of the scrolls within yellowed from age. It has been some 15 years since she had opened this particular folder. Moths have even eaten the edges.

Lauriella opens it and pursues it for any information she has collected from the past that might help her now. for she has no memory of other than the past 20 years.

the first thing she reads is her birth record: It simply states that Lauriella Sithmore was born on a farm of Evermeet of the Sithmore family. Time of birth XX: XX: XX of the year XXXX.

The second paper in the folder reads:

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sithmore. Due to The Sithmore name we are denying your daughters request to admission into the Grand Fleet. Due to her grandfathers connection to the shadow thieves of both Anchorome and Baulder's gate, We cannot recommend your daughters induction into our academy. She will never have control of a helm even if in a lifeboat let alone a Man of War!. I would suggest seeking for her other means of using her magical talents.

My condolences
commander Elliseif Vashanan of the spelljammer fleet of Evermeet.
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After several hours of study, Lauriella opens up another file. It is a description of herself at a hundred thirty-five along with other things she supposedly did during that time Though much is covered over.

Record of personal in the Order of the Death mages
House of Life. city of Skuld chapter.

Subject: Lauriella Sithmore

Sun Elf
Female
height 5' 8"
Eyes: Copper
Hair: black with grey
Origins: Evermeet

Training: General mage with advance training
Specialties Conjuration, Enchantment, Necromancy, Herbal remedies, Extremely high will.
Circle: 7th
Trained by and apprenticed to: Redacted
Languages: Common, Elven, Mulhorandi, (added later by other handwriting) common Shou.

Organizations: House of Life Mulhorand, Order of the Cerulean Stars Damara.

Campaigns: Northern border patrol Dates: Redacted

Incident: Redacted

Incident: Redacted

Incident: Redacted

Year: Redacted

Became envoy between the countries of Damara and Mulhorand. Set up trade deals. Carried correspondence between countries. Became involved with navigation while envoy. New organizations. Ensign for various merchant fleets in the sea of fallen stars.

Pregnant.

Guided fleet out of hurricane in the sea of fallen stars using magic and lights. Deceased. Daughter Elliseif Deceased from fever two weeks later. Promoted in various merchant fleets she worked to lieutenant post humorously. awarded metal of valor.

Reappears as captain of cargo sloop year XXXX. Tested in Skuld. Sever head injury. Total memory loss. 1rst circle. Her technique skill remains with no memory of her experiences. No chance for recall, damage too extensive. Cannot sustain magical energy unless there is constant and rigorous usage of magic. Most likely will never reach more than 4th circle ever again. No longer of any import to the greater scheme of Mulhorandi affairs.

Subject released without incident left to continue her life. Advise to keep connections due to past loyalty and successful missions.

She looks up at the ceiling. Like that is going to help me what-so-ever. She sets the files to the side and again digs into her magical research.
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Lauriella has her feet up on the navigation table. The sun is still high but sinking slowly through the summer sky. Lloyd comes up with coffee. The tiller is locked on the bearing she took. The small 25ft Catalina makes way at a quick pace. Lauriella book in hand has a quill and ink well tacked to the table beside her. She's writing in her logs and personal journal.

Lloyd sits down beside her as she sips the expensive dark liquid he hands her.

"Where is Zard?"

"Been 6ft waves all though the night and day. You're to be is a wee green and he be holding a bedpan"

"We're haven't even made the channel yet out of this fresh water puddle. Should we throw him overboard now?"

Lloyd laughs, "Aye he be useless this trip. Probably the way back too."

"If he's going to be in this family he's gonna have to learn to sail. Ava and I are resolute on that point."

"Cannot wait till we be seeing how she be doing, Capt."

"She'll learn too but One of us will always have to be staying behind. Have to keep the family affairs in order down Immersea. Especially with the Gilded right there."

"What's your play, Ma'am?"

"Well simple enough. We go down Westgate. Sell these gems wholesale. Come back up with the coin from the moonflower and these gems. We build us a shipyard big enough for the Moonflower II and the smaller sloops and schooners. Now we own a shipyard.

We build her over the next year. Just as our plans. When the other merchants see her. I know we be getting contracts. We'll work on making the shipyard and ship profitable."

"You be thinkin that maybe the gilded have something to be sayin bout that?"

Lauri shakes her head, "They be no problem, Lloyd. gilded fleet have no long haulers. They bring the ships From Simbia to immersea and back. We make it so we only run long haulers. That way beneficial for both our families. The new ship can load up three cargos of the guilded's goods. they make their standard profit we make ours. And. Their goods be going to ports like Impulter, Damara, Mulhorandi and Unther when the war be over. It's a win, win for both families.

Matter of fact we could give them a good deal on new ships. We bring the builders in. Their fleet is competent if I be right watchin that other captain's crew work. Steady, practical people like us. Their ships be on the aged side themselves. They'll see the benefits and they don't be havin to do nothin. If Ava has a child marry them to one of Donna's sons or daughters. Cement the alignment.

Lloyd frowns, "The gilded aint a like you captain. Same as most merchant families. Greedy to the hilt."

"Well a good way to change things then. You cant be squeezing profit at every turn of the wheel. And free coin for them. A steady and long lasting contract? That will suit their golden hearts. Not sure bout marriage though. That ill be up to Ava. Though she'll take my council. Have to see what develops."

How much we got? and what you selling for?

Selling wholesale 50% what i appraised them for. Some jeweler is gonna be rich or several even.

We got:
50 Sapphires I appraised at 1,000 each we'll be selling them at 500 makes 25,000
46 Fire opals appraised at 1500 each we'll be selling for 750 makes 34,500
78 diamonds appraised at 2000 each we'll be selling for 1,000 makes 78,000
67 Rubies appraised at 3,000 each we sell for 1,500 makes 100,500
61 Emeralds appraised at 4,000 each we sell for 2,000 makes 123,000

For a grand total of 241,000 + the 40,000 for the moonflower.

Lloyd whistles, "That make a shipyard and ship!"

"Damn straight Lloyd. And I already gave half our fortune to Ava so she can set up a manor and her adventurers guild."

"You be meaning to say she has just as much gems as you, Capt?"

Lauri nods, "She's no merchant but should get about 40% wholesale still the same if she be having any sense to her. Tell the truth she be keeping me together when I be landlocked. I hate not being on the water. Her and the paladin i call friend, Dauen. Now there's a girl for you Lloyd. Her eyes glow."

Lloyd spits his coffee out, "Argh! Me own captain be hooking me up with a ghostly she be!"

Lauri laughs and punches him in the shoulder, "She's not a ghost. She's one of them assimar or dragon born types with silver eyes. I think Assimar. She's a good woman. Only two that keeps me in the cursed place but now that the kraken demon is dead I'll give her one last shot. Immersea at least should be at peace for a spite. Arabel is a wreck and sinking into the abyss."

The two of them hear a moan from below. They look at each other and laugh, saluting their coffee cups the finish their talk and get back to work.
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Lauri writes in her journal that night while throwing up a firefly on the boon and casting light upon it.

Love. Love makes you do the strangest things. I had thought to leave these cursed lands. Disaster after disaster has effected my emotions. One that cannot afford emotion upon doing their work. Leading others to profitable ventures at sea.

Two people stopped me from taking my fortune and wife and leaving. Ava who still dreams of making a guild of non-aligned adventurers. And of all people Dauen the paladin. A friend I have found here. One that would council me at times. Someone to look up too. I've had no one to speak to as a peer for 20 years and now there are two. the biggest thing that impressed me was when i was praying about what to do: Dauen and others came to Selune's temple. She stopped them until I was finished.

Even though she was not of my faith she respected it. That shows integrity and a dignity for others and their faiths. I found that there is hope here. Its hard to find but there is hope. I will continue to try to help these lands as I may in my small part.

Zard is my main concern now. I have taken him to Westgate with me. Ava is too mature for her age. It is what attracts me most of her. Zard on the other hand still has the impulsiveness of youth. I must tame that in him. I will keep him close in my trips overseas. Make him work with my people the people that ply the sea. He will learn hard work and patience. I'll drive the insensibilities of youth from him and turn him into someone mature and thoughtful if I can.
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