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OldBones-Larry

Back At Base Camp

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jun 27, 2018

I arrived this morning back at the mountain base camp.
The Sheik sent some supplies with me for Carp's Cave. They had been running low on scorpions and needed some more. He also sent some nice lizards. Maybe they can create a dish with them. I will be looking forward to whatever dish they can make from them.
The Sheik requested that I get him some casks of that fine beverage that Carp's is famous for. I place an order for some and asked that they send the casks that they distill very strong since the Sheik likes his drink that way.
I also asked that they include some of that fine cheese they make, along with anything else they think the Sheik and his men might like.
After concluding my business there, I came on up the mountain to pay my respects to the caretakers of the Cave of Rememberance. I delivered the things that they had requested for their duties there.
I then went to the Cave of Slumber, where The Old Goat and those that went before her rest. I honored each of them and thanked them for the many years of leadership and service each had given.
I will rest for a few hours then return to Carp's Cave for a nice bowl of Viper Stew and a few Scorpion Skewers. They did say that they were working on a new dish that they would have a sample of for me when I came in to eat. I am wondering what dish they have created. I am sure it will be as good as all the rest.
I was informed that a message had arrived for me from the desert. One of the Oasis has been ransacked and the supplies destroyed. I dispatched a rider to request the Sheik meet me there with some riders. I will load some more supplies to replace what was destroyed and pack them along with what I am taking for the Sheik.
I will try to track down whoever destroyed the rest stop at the Oasis.
I will leave at daybreak with the supply caravan.
Trave strong and safely my fellow travelers. Watch for the traps that Ol' Nic and his crew might have laid for you.
One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.
Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

A Needed Re-Post

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jun 16, 2018

I felt that someone was in need today, and needs to read this.

A Prayer To Wise-One Above 

I have prayed this every morning since I can remember. It helps me to deal with all of life's stumbling blocks.

Be well.

Travel strong.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry

OldBones-Larry

Thwarted Ambush

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jun 14, 2018

I was riding in from the wastelands yesterday, when I saw several guys huddled behind a sand dune. I didn't think much about it at the time.

The Sheik and I had been out looking for anything that might endanger the caravan route. We had been past the site of the Puffer Fish Battle, the site where the Butt Brothers had burned up, and also where the Sema Sisters were buried after their attack on a caravan.

As we drew closer to the group, we overheard part of their conversation. They were planning a massive assault on the caravan travelers.

We gathered some men and hit them before they could execute any plans they had made.

It took several hours, but, we finally disarmed them all and captured the survivors.

When I questioned the captives, I found that they were relatives of the Butt Brothers and the Sema Twins. They had been seeking vengeance for their relatives that had perished trying to stop travelers along the trail here in NML.

Their plan had been to destroy the caravan and change the trail markings so travelers would lose their way. They said that they wanted everyone to fall off of Desolation Point at the Relapse Rocks.

I let the Sheik and his followers have these guys to do with as they pleased. 

I went back along the trail to be sure that none of the markers had been changed.

The trail is safe and still marked correctly.

The Caravan travels on.

Be safe out there and keep a watchful eye for traps.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master

OldBones-Larry

Sand Trap

Posted by OldBones-Larry Jun 13, 2018

I was checking the trails yesterday, when I faintly heard a voice calling for help.

After following the voice, I found a traveler that had wandered away from the trail. They said they were following an animal they had seen. 

They were half buried in a sandtrap that works the same as quicksand in a swamp. They had been struggling and had sunk to their chest in the pit of shifting sands.

I began preparations to try and get them out when one of the Bedoin that follow the Sheik rode up. Together we worked and got the person pulled from the trap after a couple of hours. We had to work carefully to avoid making the situation worse and get them out safely.

The Bedoin took them to the Sheik's camp for care. 

I feel that I must state again the importance of following the trail and not wandering off to the side anywhere. There are many hidden dangers out here in the desert. NML is not a safe place. Not all of the traps and pitfalls are like Desolation Point out there in Relapse Rocks. You could step into a sinking sand pit anytime if you step off the trail like this person did.

I urge everyone to be alert for the dangers and traps out here. I do my best to mark them all, but some of them do shift from one place to another.

Ol' Nic and his fellow baddies also keep setting traps everywhere to catch the unwary traveller. Keep a sharp eye for them and avoid any area that looks suspicious to you. When you see a Bedoin, tell the what you saw and they will check it. If it is a trap, they will dismantle it.

Travel safe my fellow travelers. The one that have traveled before you are awaiting you at the end of the trail.

One step, and then another, will get you to where you want to be.

Larry the Caravan Master