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A Battle in the Snow

Journal of Ailean O’Glaisin

Alturiak, 3rd Giovedi, 14th Year of his Lordship Kresimir, Kotor Barony;
This dai ooud bee Arnaulen 5, The Claw of Snows, at hom, and mai thats toodai find themselvz oftin leengring upon mai familee. Thei kan not yet no that I hav taken this foolish venshur into the beestlandz, and it mae bee that bai the taim thae reseev mai letr I wil be feesting at the feet of heros in Kanassas Hall.
Stil, I am baoond bai oth and onur to Lady Samaras and shee is hedstrong and wilful and kan not be dissooaded frum her kors of akshun. Even tho it taks us both into the Beestlands, storees abaoot wich I hav ben fed sens chaildhood that ar noomerus and entrtaining, in a perelus and often bludee fashon. I prai onle that the batl ooe engag in this eev wil serv az the beegining ov aour oun storee that leeds too the Ladys ultimut reedempshun, rathr than to aour oun ignomineus deths.

Alturiak, 3rd Dillundi, 14th Year of his Lordship Kresimir, Kotor Barony;
I survaivd the batl, and having dun so, I reeliz that my last intree oouz kooaieet doomlaidn. The batl wuz a hard faut afaeir, and I did not emrg unskathd. I wuz gifted a wel brokin rib by a sharp blou from a klub, smartlee ooeelded by ooun of the bandits. But, perhaps I shud start at the begining of the storee!
Wee had agreed to handel a groop of theevs that had ben making truubel at the Levituun Homsted and on Arnaulen 3, the nait of wich the snous returned, Zan Kruhalk, nefu of Oleg Levituun, and Jetei, 2nd son of Telebog, braut neus that they had finalee diskoverd the bandits haanting a ruind hiltop casel haf a daees ooaaking distans.
We set aut befor frst lait the nekst morning with the to homstedrs as gaids. It lookd as thou Andoni and Manus wood ern ther coin after al! Of cors in the snou, a haf daeez waaking distans took most al of the dae and we neerd the kasl as nait fel. We wer egzasted frum the daees march and needed to rest befor we cuud maek ane asuult so we faond a vantag poeent frum wich we cuud obzerv the kumings and goings of the bandits.
Wen we stopt mooving the kold began to set in, but Lady Samaras put an inchantment of ooarmth upon aur boots and kloks to keep us in kumfert. We caunted a haf duzen bandits and asumd ther to be at leest tuis that number. Ther leedr ooas a graet beest of a Yrchish ooarior, but the others luukt to be a matlee groop of Mannish and Yrchish pezintfok drevin to evul akts by hard taimz. Thaee apeerd poorlee ekuept ooith klubs, smal sords and lethr brestplaets with feeu bouz prezent.
Ooee laed aur plan and aprocht the kasl under the cover of ful dark and a lait snou. Zan and Jetei sirkld araoond the kassl, to keep wach in cais anee bandits fled during aur atak, or atempted to flaink us. Ther ooaz a seengl gaard posted at the entrans with a blaezing faeer to keep him ooarm, and also to provaid iluminashun for aoor arouz. Anuther faeer blazd gust ooethin the entrans and anuther gard ooaz ther. Ooee attakt laet enuf that most uv the rest of the bandits ooer sleeping.
Ooen ooe had aprocht az closlee az ooee kud ooithaut daengr ov being deetekted ooee ooaited ooil the Lady beegan to preepair a spel for atak. Ooen she ooas redee us menfolk chargd to the atak (ooel, Andoni and maiself did) or fetherd the bandit standing gard (thats ooat Manus and Koldo did insted).
Ooee had supriz and luk ooas on aur said. The to bandits on gard ooer kooiklee dispacht, ooan bai an arou Manus deliverd unto his gut, the other frum the bal of mai morningstar upon his unprotekted hed. After that the batl beekaim a kunfeuzd and desperit afair. Much shauting and hulabaloo ooas raizd within as the resting men raoozd and redeed themselvz ugainst aur asult.
In trooth and eeternal thankfulnes haooevr, thaee fot laik the rabl thae ooer. Ae streem of foz eemergd frum within the kasl, individguals rushing to the kontest as thae felt themselvz prepaird. Neether ooaiting nor courdinaiting ther caunteratak ooith ther felous. This alaooed us to engag them in turn and ooithaoot beekuming ovrooelmd bai ther soopeereeor numberz. Andoni proovd himself a daootee ooareeor az hee laid abaut ooith hiz mais. Manus fetherd anee hoo maid it past Andoni and I ooarin sum tuk advantag ov the distrakshun ther felouz provaided az we smasht them daoon. Even gudman Koldo plaeed hiz shortbou ooith a ooill and gaiv much distres to thos bandits aooaiting ther apoeentment ooith aur mais and morningstar.
Deespait the valer and efrt ov us minfolk, al wud hav cum to not had Lady Samaras not taiken her part at kee moments. Once it ooas that a bandit managd to avoid al ov aur blugunings and fethrings to gaeen an advantagus pozishun upon us, poisd to straik a blou most dedlee ooen a bolt of laitning flasht frum the dark to straik and dispirit the fo. This unfortshoonut viktim ov her atenshun immeedeeatlee reetreeted into the kassl, both ov hiz armz haenging limplee at hiz saidz, ooer ooee faoond him later, porlee bandagd, for al the gud it did him in the end. The sekunt ooas the veree leeder of the bandits hoo ooaz nokt baak and aaf balans bai the blast she deeliverd to him. Andoni had ben hard prest bai the maitee ooareeor hoo ooor a fain kooaletee steel brestplait and ooelded a hevee ooar matuk with dangrus skil. Ooen hee ooaz forsd bak bai the Ladys paoor, Andoni ooaz abel too moov too aid mee ooen I faoond maiself under an inchantment kast frum ooithin the kaasl that left mee dazd and unabel to eefektivlee deefend maiself agenst the too bandits asulting mee. It ooas at this taim that I reeceevd mai oouond, kurtisee ov the klub ov ooun ov mai uponents. Andoni kooiklee dispacht thos too ooail I reekuvrd mai ooets and Manus finisht ther leedr ooith a breleeant shot, puting an arou thru hez hed that keld hem standing.
Aftr that the wil too fait left the reemaining bandits and we herd shaoots of panik and surendr frum within. Zan told us that thai kaunted three taiking flait, inklooding ooan ooaring hevee robz that ooas prabublee the ooan rispansabl for kasting the stuning spel upon me. Ooel ooud I laik to mach ooith hem ooil aooair ov hiz prezins and not obstrukted bai a mob ov undrlings! Ulas, I ooaz not in anee shaip to pres the isheeu in the dark and snou.
Ooe tuk okiupansee ov ther leir for the reemaindr ov the eevening, Jetei handeld the dispozishun of the ingurd theevs hoo had retreeted into the kaasel during the fait and wer unabel to flee. The nekst morning ooee gatherd ooat portabl valubalz thai had akooaird and kreeated a stash of the bulkeer aitems too reklaim ooen the wethr turnz. Then ooee returnd. I ooud laik too sai it ooaz a return too a heros ooelkum, but thez folk in the Beestlandz lev laivs ooer thei oourk hard and ekspekt nuthing les of thoz thai aafr ther hospetaalitee too. Thaee maid ther gratitood uparent, but it ooas ekooalee plain that ooee had simplee dun the ooark thaee ekspekted ov us.

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