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From the Diary of Duke Greagoir Pendragon - A Shroud of the Avatar tale - Week 4

In the desert of Grunvald I find things what I can tame now that I have progressed in my taming ability. The sun is hot in the desert and many cultists are found here. At least I think they are cultists. They always wants me to drop whatever I am doing and join them. I always refuse so they want me dead.
Dead? Whoa buddy. Talk about forcing someone to join your cult. I respond to their attacks with my magic and now my tamed pet, I have to make sure I heal my pet before myself as the pet will run away if he feels overpowered. He will run to safety if I am defeated so I have to balance healing myself and healing him.
Taming Corpions are something interesting. They really don't like to be tamed so they are tougher than a fawn or stag. Time and time again I try to comfort the Corpion and time and time again he kills me while resisting. Over time I start to convince him that he is better with me protecting him and creating a friendship with me. Then suddenly he agrees and we have a relationship of friends, not master and slave.
This seems to be the taming edition of my diary week. Taming is all I am thinking of now. Taming Large Corpions seems too easy now to convince them to join me. I think I need something that is more of a challenge. I know Large Brown Spiders! I head over to the swamp south of Kingsport.
Lots and lots of undead are over here. I think they died a horrible death and are stuck here for all eternity and want to make sure us living creatures are miserable as they are. Once I kill a few with my Large Corpion I realize it is nice, unlike the Cultists, that the undead don't ask me to join them - they just want me dead period. Ah, refreshing!
After a while the icky Large Brown Spiders are just that - icky and sticky with their web shooting. After clearing them off my equipment time and time again. Taming and taming again. I finally am able to make friends with a few. They battle others of their kind and don't live to tell about it. That makes me sad. Each time I need to heal them but become overpowered and I have to heal myself first. This leads to a spidery death for them.
Once I make this challenge seem easy it is time to find a harder challenge. I know Vauban Pass! There are lots of wolves and bears there. I like bears as they have a special meaning to the Celtic tribe. The winter weather will be a refreshing change from this hot and muggy swamp. Plus no thing wanting me dead. Us Druids have a way with nature, you know.
I travel to Vauban Pass and find myself running from wolves the moment I enter. Hey, I have a thing with nature right? The wolves did not get the message it seems. My Large Brown Spider is killed almost immediately as three wolves from the left descend upon us. WOW! This area is hard. This area is the challenge I have been looking for!
After travelling around this entire area I have seen Arctic Wolves, Arctic Bears (BINGO), and Cultists! Now this again. "Hey join us!". No. "DIE!" At times I group up with other travelers and keep these at bay. I fail many, many times taming the wolves and bears. Experience I tell myself. This reminds me of the Bard dance I developed in Old Britannia. I had more "weapons of music" that helped provoke creatures onto other creatures, and was able to clam creatures into a peaceful existence. In New Britiannia this Bardic melodies transformed into just a relaxing type of music. No more battle music. I miss those days.
Today the new taming approach I am developing is working. I am using my attunement with the Earth magic (I am a Druid you know), and it is stopping the wolves and bears for a small bit while I am peacefully telling them, "You will be safe with me. I will take care of you."
Many don't believe me and want to maul me on sight. There is one that wants to be my friend. I will call him "Artos the Celtic Bear". He has a pretty white coat and large teeth. In Celtic tribes Artio is a bear goddess, so I honor her by naming my bear after the Celtic word for bear - Artos.
I am tired after a long journey of taming. It will be nice to sleep in a bed instead of the ground under a tree.


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