Adventures of Will & Kat: New Beginnings

A mountain with a small forest with a campsite saying: The Adventures of Will and Kat

Dear reader, 

My name is Will. I have been tasked to take care of Princess Kathrine. This has been my sole task since I was a young lad and her a young lass. It was never an easy task, mind you. Kathrine is many things but docile is certainly not one of them. No, she’s kind, passionate, charming, witty…I haven’t met anyone like her. She’s desperate to help the world and takes a more…hands-on approach. She accomplishes anything she sets her mind to. I am documenting our adventures so that all may know of the good she has done.

William Chance
Princess Kathrine

We left the capital earlier this week and headed SouthWest towards the desert region. We came across a mining village called BlackHearth that was having issues with the dwarf population. The dwarves are striking due to discrimination when it comes to food, manners, pay, and lodging. It blocked off many of the roads and none of the mines were functioning as they should. Kathrine invited the leaders of both respective parties to sit over food and drink. As the future queen, both parties agreed, although somewhat begrudgingly.

In a bar, she presented to them how much the two need each other for economic reasons and how much they could learn from each other culturally. She wrote up a pact where the dwarves wouldn’t feel oppressed or under-appreciated and the humans would be able to co-exist and learn with them. Both parties hastily agreed to the terms and signed the pact. She congratulated them on their mutual agreement, and with thanks from all the townspeople–both human and dwarf alike–we left the town behind us. 

Next, we were on our way East to a town called CallaHaven plagued by fungi creatures called Crimini Buttons.

Crimini Buttons are small, no larger than my knee. They aren’t harmful, per se, but they travel in packs so it’s never just one. As I’m sure you know, Crimini Buttons are attracted to places with rotting, dead things like cemeteries or forests so it’s unusual for them to be in a place like CallaHaven.

Upon arrival, there was not a soul in sight except for the Crimini Buttons. It was spooky walking around a place that used to have a thriving life but currently had none. Some Crimini Buttons fled immediately as they detest that which is alive, but some flocked to us. For whatever reason, one really liked Kathrine. It climbed up her pant leg and settled in on her shoulder. She pet its little brown and white speckled head.

“I’m going to call you Buddy because you’re my little buddy.”

“I thought I was your buddy?”

“Will you will always be my buddy.”

We wandered the town looking for any sign of life. She found horse tracks that were old. I found dust about an inch thick looking in from the windows of a house. Since no one around to object we peeked into the houses. No sign of life anywhere. The people didn’t seem to leave in a hurry or in distress as everything was neat and orderly like you could move back in at any time. She had an idea to go where the Crimini Buttons population looks the densest.

While I was wondering why I didn’t think of that, we went to the highest point in the town to better view the Crimini Buttons. After about an hour, it seemed evident to us the Crimini Buttons were gathered around a willow tree in the center of the town. I dug around the tree with my own will-power and discovered a box of remains for Max: the best dog who ever lived.

In his grave was a note that said he died protecting the town from a werewolf and while he didn’t have a single forever family, he did have the whole town as a family who loved him and misses him. We (I) carried the box to the nearby cemetery and put Max to rest. Kathrine sent news via raven that the ghost town, CallaHaven, SouthEast of the palace was inhabitable once more. Buddy went with his kind as they retreated back to where they came from.

 As the raven flew away, we set up camp for the night. I caught us some fish in a nearby stream and cooked them by the fire. She set up a shelter for us. She yawned and I told her I would take first watch. This is a pretty normal day for us. Luckily, we didn’t encounter anything too intense today. There’s no guarantee for tomorrow though. Either way, if I’m with her, I don’t think it’ll be too bad.

Signed,

Will 

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