We dried out on the banks of the stream, and continued to push forward. We quickly came upon grasslands, and farm area. Mostly rundown, the majority of the farms seemed abandoned. In the distance we could hear hammering. Carefully, we moved towards the sound to investigate.
An old man was fixing his fence. He explained to us that a group of Killisti had wrecked his fence, and stolen his aneen. He offered us half of his remaining heard if we could retrieve it for him. After a brief discussion amongst my peers, we decided it was in our best interests to go after the heard.
Tracking the group was easy enough. Their prints were obvious. They led us back to the river, but just a ways off from where we had exited the mountain. The Killisti were using a rope strung across the water to traverse the river. We followed suit, and picked up the trail again into the mountainside.
After flanking the left and right side of the mountain face, we met back up where the trails came together again. We detected a worn path to the side. I used my talents as a sneak to quietly investigate what lay ahead. I could hear and smell the aneen before I could see them. I knew we were close. I propped myself up on a boulder and saw our new mounts. We just had to clear out these sad sacks of Killisti and they’d be ours.
The team decided to sneak up on them and attack. The first blow was a success followed by the rest of the team making short work of the grotesque, humanoid creatures. The aneen barely batted an eyelash to the violence and excitement around them. They were tethered together, two at a time, and we led them off of the mountain and across the river (minus one that was lost to the currents).
We returned 9 head of aneen in total. The farmer kept good on his word, and sent us off with 4 of the aneen. Considering each of these creatures can carry 2 people comfortably, we are doing pretty well for ourselves at this point. I think I’ll name mine, DelRay.