Aglarele's adventures

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Aglarele's adventures

Post by Aglarele on Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:42 am

Introduction:
Hi all, I’m Aglarele also known as Agla.
I only entered the grail realm very recently and decided to start a journal of my adventures in game. I started writing my adventures about 60 days after I joined, so I had some catching up to do writing wise. This might cause some chronological issues at the beginning as my mind started to become a bit foggy here and there while recollecting these events.
However, even though I have a fairly large imagination and some events seem too good to be true, none of these were made up to spice up the story, all events did occur.

For players who join after me it might contain some tips and tricks of things to do and mistakes I made which you could possibly still avoid. If you are more experienced it might trigger some memories from your own past or give you a fresh view on things you never really thought about before.

Either way, I hope you all like to join me while I explore the Grail Realm and enjoy this adventure together with me. As you’ll soon find out I’m not that good at writing anything short, so sit back and relax, have a drink and hopefully enjoy the ride.

Aglarele
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Post by Aglarele on Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:44 am

Episode 1

Seems like only yesterday that I heard an announcement of a (for me unknown) land looking for new grail seekers. So I packed my bags with all the stuff I could carry and headed over to look for a new place to live in. I decided to go for a small new town that would give me plenty of opportunity to grow along with it.  Ok, I have to admit it; I wasn’t that strong or rich to start with.  So I knocked on the town gate empty handed. Luckily the people of Sarmiz took me in with open arms even though they did frown a bit about my long term plans of becoming an alchemist.

Upon my arrival an old men named Bandalf was waiting for me to show me around. He tells me it’s a good idea to introduce myself to someone. I look around helplessly and realize I don’t know anyone in town to message. While pondering on this I get attacked by a pigeon who carries a welcoming letter from Lord Arogandor, the holy Grail Lord.
So I decide to be brave and introduce myself to Lord Arogandor. Worried as I am about bothering him I don’t dare to waste much parchment and ink so I just send him a short note that Bandalf told me to go send a pigeon with a note to someone and I just did.
Imagine my surprise when he isn’t bothered at all about my note and welcomes me to ask questions.  He must have realized his mistake soon enough afterwards when I prepare and endless list of questions for the next pigeon!

All these introductions left me hungry so I follow the smell of delicious food and walk into the restaurant. I look at my very meagre coin purse and realize I can’t afford any of the food for sale here if I still want to buy tools. I rub my empty belly and sigh.
Udgar hears my rumbling tummy and heads over to me. Ah you must be new around here he says.  The town of Sarmiz takes good care of its new citizens so just get in line and pick up free bread. It’s not as tasty as the other foods, but it fills the belly at least. Feel free to visit the soup kitchen for the next couple of weeks. That should give you plenty of time to learn your way around town and find a source of income to be able to afford your own food. Or maybe you could even try to prepare your own foods in the future.
I eagerly take a bite of my first bread and it tastes pretty good. It doesn’t raise my mood, but at least I’m no longer hungry. I should be able to survive on this for a while!

After I return from the restaurant Bandalf is waiting for me. He tells me farming is a good skill to get started with to earn some income. I follow his advice and get a farming plot. After careful consideration I start cultivating a field of wheat.  At least I should be able to make my own bread with it later on!

So I head over to the fields and start a farm of wheat. I work an entire day on the farm and look back at the end of the day. A little discouraged I see how little progress I made. I shrug and realize all beginnings are hard and it should get better when I become more experienced at it.

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Post by Aglarele on Thu Jul 13, 2017 7:49 am

Episode 2

The next day I encounter a ruined farmer who asks me to plant wheat for him. Smiling I present him my already ploughed land. He shakes his head and says my field is not good enough for his crops. He wants to supervise me to ensure everything will be done up to the highest standards!
I curse my own eagerness to start farming and almost decline his request.
In the end I only agree because he promises to assist me a little bit to lighten the workload. It certainly made me rethink Bandalf’s advice regarding farming!
I start dreaming again about becoming an alchemist and impatiently wait for the day I’ll be able to venture out to collect my own herbs.

After this troublesome day I head into the tavern for a drink. Oh boy, did I learn my lesson about drinking beer there.
It was a bit confusing first as I couldn’t quite figure out who was living in my town and who wasn’t, but after a while that didn’t seem to matter much.
There were at least 5 people there, but I mainly remember Axel and Wailer being there. Certainly everyone present was very friendly and welcoming. Someone decided to help me raise my mood by offering me tons of free drinks. Up until that point I had only seen my mood go down by all the hard work and was already starting to wonder how I was supposed to keep myself from becoming depressed.
I don’t remember much of that night, (not even who fed me the beer) but the headache the next morning was not that easily forgotten! No wonder I had even less energy to get some work done the next day!

A couple of days later I encountered a poor guy with a half-starved chicken. I agreed to look after the poor chicken and feed it daily. After a couple of days it even started laying eggs again! Of course I shared some with her previous owner. With pain in my heart I had to slaughter my first adoptive chicken when the end came near for it. Made sense to slaughter her before she died of natural causes and leave the meat go to waste, but still…

I realized these eggs I had gathered were a good way to produce my own food, so I started baking omelettes. Just a single ingredient meal, but these were quite a lot tastier than the bread the soup kitchen had been serving me. No offence meant Buzadam!
Shortly after my egg supply started to diminish I bought my very own 2 baby chicks and raised them till they started to lay eggs. This secured my food supply so I would be able to upkeep my own daily meals.

One would think I learnt my lesson from my previous escapade in the tavern, but unfortunately I tend to make mistakes several times first. Or perhaps I don’t always pay enough attention to my glass. Someone must have slipped me several drinks without me noticing.
Ok, I confess, must have been more like a lot of drinks … Thus I ended up quite drunk again a couple of weeks after the first time.
The following morning I heard I was in a bar fight! I remember Ted, Eleanor and Axel were there. Other than that my mind was blank. At least I was on the winning side and gained some combat experience from this! Now if only I had any memory of this…

Only 4 nights later the exact same thing happened again! I slowly started to recognize a pattern regarding Axel being present whenever I got drunk in the tavern. Must have been him who got me drunk enough to start a barfight. Seems I really should try to remember to refuse drinks when that bloke is around! As soon as your mind wanders for just a split second your glass could have been refilled several times over.
I rest my case that it’s not my fault I always empty my glass as soon as it’s filled again!
Other than some brawling in the tavern; life in Sarmiz went pretty peaceful so far.
I hadn’t ventured out of town yet, but I did practice my writing a bit by copying a few pages of a book in the library. Of course the librarian had to scold me for copying pages of the wrong book (as turned out to have been noted on the sign in the library.)
Most likely he didn’t realize that I hadn’t had any reading lessons up until that day, so I claim innocence there.
Not sure if it was a coincidence that the university offered me reading lessons shortly after.
Hopefully the librarian has forgiven me by now!

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Post by Aglarele on Sat Jul 15, 2017 8:00 pm

Episode 3

With spring came also a barbarian invasion in town so I decided to volunteer in the hospital to assist JaramyWarren with the healing of wounded seekers. I had the feeling I was doing more harm than good, but he seemed to appreciate my efforts and paid me a small fee for the help. I started with no healing skills whatsoever but did manage to prepare some bandages and apply some first aid here and there on our wounded soldiers. At least they never looked any worse when they left my care! Maybe there was a little bit of a healer in me after all!

After careful inquiries and multiple confirmations that I really did not risk losing any items if I got slaughtered by the barbarians I dared to try to assist our mighty warriors by battling the barbarians.
It felt like I was stabbing them with a twig instead of Bandalf’s staff, I could almost hear them mocking me from a distance.
Imagine how surprised I was when I discovered that I had done enough damage to receive a reward. As a reward I picked a great looking Hex Hunters hat which I still wear proudly up to today. Not like I have any better defensive gear to wear either, but still… It was the first gear I collected myself and I’ll always cherish it.

The barbarian invasion made me realize it was about time to venture out of town. Especially as we had received a letter from the town Herald (at that time Eleanor Norton) announcing that for the Easter Egg event we had to move to another town as our town farm wasn’t high level enough. Fool as I was I believed this news,  and slaughtered my two chickens so they would not starve to death in my absence during the event.
Later on I was informed this was just an April fool’s joke, but it was already too late for my poor chickens. Now if only I had just hired a caretaker for them…

In the end the egg hunt took place in Sarmiz after all. Luckily looking for eggs wasn’t as exhausting as I expected, so I did have some time to do some small tasks in town as well. Looking for eggs just required entering the garden at regular intervals to inspect the grass, bridge, water, trees, yeah even the birds nest in the trees!
Unfortunately I’m not so agile so I broke several eggs by stepping on them, threw some to someone who was annoying me (I’m such a fool for mixing up eggs with pebbles), not even to mention about that mean bully Arogondar who stole several from me!

Even though the top 3 was unreachable for me, the #5 spot was quite an egg battle between me and Eumelia from Spero. Day after day we were tailing each other for that spot, one always just a single egg ahead of the other. I’m not certain if she kept as close watch as I did, but I certainly did my best to keep up and stay ahead. At the last day I lost the battle, but I felt I had done everything in my power to gather as many eggs as possible.
Unfortunately I didn’t manage to find myself a present, but I did end up with a stamina potion at least.


A great event, but with a sour aftertaste of my poor chickens who gave their life way too early.

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Post by Aglarele on Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:18 pm

Episode 4

After this Easter egg event, which had once again kept me chained to town for another couple of days I decided it was way overdue to venture out of town.  
After the necessary preparations, which included battling a dummy (I swear it moved!) and battling a killer bunny (sweet revenge for hiding my Easter present!) they found me capable enough to leave. They offered to replace part of my worn out rags with expertly made Quilted Armor.  I could hear them whispering and wondered if they were placing bets on how soon I would be back. If I would return just after just a couple of steps outside or if I would break my neck by stumbling on my own feet.

When I officially announced to the guard I was going for a walk out of town I was asked to deliver a letter to the grail monastery. A task I gracefully accepted.
Just before I left I entered the tavern and told them I was ready to visit the grail monastery for the first time. They warned me to avoid bambi, helped me plan the road with the map and wished me good luck.
In my secret pockets I stashed some extra silver to buy myself a cow in one of the other towns as Sarmiz didn’t have any cows available at the time.

Armed with Bandalf’s staff I ventured out of town, my only protective gear was the Hex Hat I got from the Barbarian invasion.
Only a few steps out of town I got attacked by a wolf. I thought I was ready after those bar brawls so I decided to face it head on. Full of confidence I stepped forward and saw the wolf stepping forward as well. From the tavern I could hear everyone cheering for me. The first 3 rounds I missed the wolf, he did seem to be a bit more agile than that training dummy, that’s for sure! I blame Bandalf for making the staff this slippery! I swear it had nothing to do with my sweaty hands!
The wolf had a nasty bite, but in the end I came out victorious! I was a little disappointed that I didn’t manage to get any meat or wolf skin from him, but at least I survived my first battle.
Further along the road I encountered a Leprechaun which requested a very special item from me. I had yet to gather any herbs, but I promised I would let him know if I encountered any.
I traveled further at a steady pace and all seemed to go well. According to the map I was getting closer to the grail Monastery so I became excited and started walking even faster. Unfortunately I must have made way too much noise as I first attracted another wolf and later on a petty thug. Both were fairly doable battles, but they still managed to get a bit closer than I liked and I wasn’t exactly fully healthy when I started. When I inspected my wounds it didn’t look so good at all. so I decided I had to take care of my wounds before they got infected or worse... I might stumble into another fight. Good thing I listened to the advice to bring a healing potion with me!
The healing potion didn’t fully heal me, but there was no way to safely return to Sarmiz as I was getting quite tires. Besides who knows what I might encounter when trying to return. Of course I also had to proof those guards wrong! So onward I went in the direction of the Monastery; which according to my map should be fairly close.
Imagine how relieved I was when I saw the sign pointing to the Monastery!
I took a deep breath and walked straight to the gate. All ready to deliver my letter and to look for a hot bath and comfortable bed.
Right before the gate I was intercepted by a mean looking thug who tried to convince me to depart from the letter I was meant to deliver. I gently tried to send him away, but he kept on demanding the letter.

Once again I had to fight for my life. As I was already bleeding from several wounds when entering the battle it was a tough one. He managed to evade many of my hits and wounded me badly. In the end I was victorious and managed to crawl into the town gate to deliver the letter. However this came at a high price.
I was so badly wounded that I was in no condition to travel further. I spent the first 2 days in the hospital regenerating my health, but with my low regenerating skills and limited energy there was only so much my body would recover per day.  At this rate I would be stuck here for an entire week!
As the healer was absent in the grail monastery I had to beg Lord Arogandor to hire a healer again so I could hire his services. Unfortunately this healer came at a high price so I had to spend most of my silver to let him treat my wounds.

My dreams of buying a cow this trip got shattered that day.

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