I feel on the verge of a great discovery, but it remains just out of reach. I’ve copied most of the images and script so that I can ponder them until I have a chance to return to the seven statues.
I’ve also been able to join a small adventuring band. Clearly, a servant of Iomedae will bring benefit not only to their ability to discover new relics, but also to their spiritual welfare through high theology. The tree creature, Lief, appears only to have the barest form of sentience – though perhaps more lies beneath the surface than a few short days can reveal. Dadak’s friendly beast is impressive, as is the manner in which he cares for her. Still, he seems to have an inordinate fondness for animals. Though such creatures are useful, men (and some lesser races like orcs) are the true inheritors of the divine. Animals are merely another tool and Dadak’s sentimentality is unfortunate. His ability to shift forms, however, is a marvelous boon. And then there’s Kreshton. His easy manner implies a vagabond nature. But his fussiness over apparel and the obvious training that has gone into his swordsmanship belies some level of adherence to duty and honor. Perhaps a review of The Acts of Iomedae would do him good. I believe I have an extra copy somewhere…
The monkey-folk have been horribly lead astray toward the worship of a nefarious chaos god. Little more than uncivilized brutes with barely a gutter language, it isn’t hard to see how they could have fallen to such deception. Still, in my communication with some of their number, they recognized the righteousness of Iomedae by calling me Master. After all, do not The Acts teach that all of a servant’s virtue and honor stem from allegiance to Her? Therefore, by acknowledging me as Master, they have only acknowledged faith in a force they do not yet understand. In time, I hope to return and teach more to the monkey-folk. Perhaps they will even be capable of some service for which more civilized beings are not.
The Serpents are clearly hostile. Whether from being lead astray or simply from inclination, it is as yet unknown. Still, we will meet force with force, and their sinister natures with our virtue. My own allows me to empower the more … physical prowess of others. The Serpents will be brought to heel.