I wanted to let you know that I am ok. You may have heard about the attack on Brindol, and it was every bit as vicious as people are saying, but I am ok. Let me tell you what happened.
We have been hearing reports of hobgoblin bandits making raids on our surrounding countryside. They had not hit any of the smaller towns around us and no one in Brindol was too concerned, unless they were going to be moving something on the Dawn Way. We were completely unprepared.
Before I knew what was going on, 4 hobgoblins burst through my doors, ripping them off the hinges. The next thing I know, there is an ice patch in the middle of the common room and arrows flying everywhere. One patron, Young Jack, was literally ripped in two by a hobgoblin. Two heavily armored women blocked the door and took apart anymore who came in, while the strangest looking elf I have ever seen ripped those gobo’s apart with a spiked chain. Several of the gobbers were throwing lanterns and that is where we suffered the most damage.
Two unidentifiable patrons, who was just passing through, were burned to death in the fireballs. One lantern was flung at the bar and all of my wonderful alcohol went up in an instant. I didn’t know it at the time, but Mirtala, our cook, ran out the back door and was later taken captive by the goblins. I am offering my prayers to all the gods for her.
The flames were put out before they could do too much more damage but I have to add the odd incident I saw outside. For some reason, an ogre was apparently yoked to a cart with roofing pitch. This same group of adventure’s apparently magicked him asleep and blew up the cart he was attached to. It made a horrible mess but I can only imagine that the ogre would have done worse.
Please pray for Mirtala’s quick return, if she is still alive. This incident has put more pressure on the Council to reform the old Lion Guard. I did not enjoy my time in that unit but I would go if summoned to defend Brindol again. I also think it would be wise to place my old weapons within easy reach. I do not want to get stuck behind a bar again when I might have saved some of those people.
Like I said brother, I am well and Brindol is starting to wake up. I hope to see you soon.
An interesting side note: You know that wheel of cheese I normally have sitting on the bar to serve to patrons? Some of the alcohol splashed into the divot that was in the center and caught flame. I am left with an incredible cheese flambe that may be the newest hit!