Sun, 4 Jun 2000, at 3:42 p.m. CST
Bitz had mentioned he was going on another exploration sometime soon.
"The Fire Isle" he said, "just like last time".
Arwin had been thinking. Fire Isle was good, but it had already been explored
a few times.
Arwin proposed an exploration of the Lost Lands. Either the Ice Lands, or the
Southern area. The Ice Lands sounded interesting, but they had already been
there quite a few times, and explored nearly all of it (if not all). The
southern region, however, doesn't attract that many travellers. Few people ever
go there, due to the lack of monsters to battle. There are, however, many
dangerous creatures there. Although Arwin wasn't too fond of hot areas,
especially jungles, he asked Bitz, and Bitz thought it was a good idea.
So it was decided, an exploration of the Southern Region of the Lost Lands.
They would sail there, using the Serpent Pillars and then south towards Papua.
The route already formed in Arwin's head. There were no maps of the Lost Lands,
which made it even more exciting. After the recent events he felt like he could
use a break.
He ran through a list in his head what they would need. Bitz was going to
make arrows and such, while Arwin went off to buy food and water (and ale). We
need light, ofcourse, he thought as he purchased several torches in Vesper.
Bedrolls, to lie down on. He didn't know how many people would join Bitz and
him, but he had better bring a few bedrolls to be sure. Some dried meat. They
would probably hunt for food in the Lost Lands, but until there, the journey
over water was quite long. Water. Lots and lots of water. In a hot area such as
the Southern Jungles, they would definately need water. He wasn't sure wether
there were many rivers, and if one could drink from them. He filled two big
barrels with water and placed them on his new ship, the Winds of Dawn.
Off he went to the Carthographer. Maybe Bitz already had maps, but one can
never be sure enough. He bought maps for Yew, Britain and Trinsic. He wasn't
sure where the Serpent Pillars were, but he knew they were somewhere around
Trinsic and Britain. He also brought a spyglass. Strangely, the carthographer
didn't sell any sextants. He already had one, so that was alright.
He also brought fruit. He wasn't much of an expert, but he knew one could get
scurvy and Fruit was a good way to counter that.
Tomorrow, he would plot a course for the ships. It wasn't that he didn't want
to follow the other ship, the TsaBitz, but he knew from experience that Tsalagi
and Bitz never were very good sailors. They already lost a lot of ships. They
would sail past Buccanneer's Den. Hopefully the local Pirates would leave them
alone. His biggest problem was the lack of a map of the Southern Jungles. He
wasn't sure where exactly they would go into the Southern Jungles, but a map
would prevent them from getting lost.
He pondered that thought. Can one get lost when he does not know where he is
He lay down on the deck of his ship, looking up to the stars. It had been a
long time since he had done that. Even before the discovery of the Lost Lands.
He saw Felucca and Trammel and the Stars. He remembered how he always looked at
them until he slept when he just left home. At last, he would go on an adventure
again. He fell deep asleep.