Battlefield Loaf

Part 2 of “The Ebon Shroud”

The morning light filtered through the windows of The Burly Earl, casting a warm glow amidst the wooden interiors.

Eggs, bread, bacon, and tomatoes on a wooden board.

But the previous night’s revelations still cast a shadow over the patrons, the whispers of “The Ebon Shroud” a stark reminder of looming darkness.

Asmund’s attention was captivated by a familiar figure entering the tavern. Valoric’s arrival went largely unnoticed by most, but not by Asmund.

A nod was exchanged, and the two retreated to a secluded corner, a screen of plants and artful décor granting them privacy.

“Valoric,” Asmund’s voice held a mix of warmth and caution. The two had braved many storms together, their camaraderie forged in the heart of battles.

Settling at a corner table, a hearty breakfast spread before them. Freshly baked “Battlefield Loaf”, slices of golden-brown bread, perfectly complemented with rashers of bacon, eggs, and a side of roasted tomatoes.

As they dug into their meal, Valoric broke the silence, “The rumors, they remind me of the Siege of Shadows, Asmund. Or should I say… Murgen?”

Asmund stiffened at the mention of his old moniker. The Siege was a grim chapter in their history, where darkness threatened to engulf everything. An army of shadow creatures, led by a sorcerer of immense power, sought to blanket the world in eternal night.

Valoric continued, “You were our beacon then, Murgen. Walking with Pelor, your god, you brought light to the deepest of shadows. Your divine magic was instrumental in turning the tide.”

Asmund replied, his voice tinged with sadness, “It was a battle of many, Valoric. While Pelor’s light guided me, it was the combined strength of all that prevailed.”

Valoric nodded, “Indeed. But this new threat… it feels different, more insidious. The relic’s power, if it truly is ‘The Ebon Shroud’, could be beyond anything we’ve faced.”

Asmund sighed, “I’ve left that life behind, Valoric. But I can’t ignore this. We need to gather information, understand the true nature of this relic.”

Valoric agreed, “There are whispers in Luskan, tales of a cult seeking the relic. Perhaps that’s our starting point.”

Asmund, sifting through memories of past alliances, said, “Goldyrn, with her unique blend of sorcery and martial prowess, could be instrumental. She’s currently in the High Forest, but I believe she’d answer our call.”

Valoric smirked, “Goldyrn has always had a knack for blending magic and steel. I’d feel better with her on our side.”

Asmund continued, “Then there’s Graymar, the dwarf from the Spine of the World. His raw strength, combined with his tactical prowess, could help us in direct confrontations. If we’re dealing with a cult, we’d need all the brute force we can muster.”

Valoric agreed, “He’s a force to reckon with. But our strategy isn’t complete without Frig. That halfling, with her nimbleness and cunning, could be our key to gather vital intel.”

Asmund chuckled, the memory fresh in his mind, “I still recall that day … not even sure where it was now. The odds were against us, and I had to make a quick decision. I grabbed Frig mid-jump off the city wall because I needed her expertise. We left the others behind to face the onslaught, trusting they’d follow after us.”

Valoric raised an eyebrow, “I’ve heard tales of that day. That must’ve taken some serious nerve. It’s moments like those that prove Frig’s worth in unpredictable situations.”

Their conversation wove plans and past adventures, merging old tales with present challenges. The past’s shadows intertwined with the looming darkness, making The Burly Earl a crucible of whispered strategies and forming alliances.

Battlefield Loaf

Asmund and Valoric, two old comrades-in-arms, share the memories of battlefields and the delicious "Battlefield Loaf" bread while having breakfast. Try the recipe now!
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup rye flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk or substitute with 1 1/2 cups milk mixed with 1 tablespoon white vinegar, let sit for 5 minutes
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons mixed seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin, or flaxseeds for topping
  • Instructions:

Instructions

  • Preparation: Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C). Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or lightly grease it.
  • Mixing Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, combine the whole wheat flour, rye flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and brown sugar. Mix well to combine.
  • Adding Wet Ingredient: Create a well in the center of the dry ingredients. Pour the buttermilk (or milk-vinegar mixture) into the well. Using a wooden spoon, gently stir the mixture until it forms a dough. Be careful not to overmix, as this will result in a denser loaf.
  • Shaping: Transfer the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Gently shape it into a round loaf, about 7-8 inches in diameter. If the dough is too sticky, lightly dust it with more whole wheat flour.
  • Topping (Optional): If using, sprinkle the mixed seeds on top of the loaf and lightly press them into the dough.
  • Baking: Place the loaf on the prepared baking sheet. Use a sharp knife to score an ‘X’ on top of the loaf, about 1/2-inch deep. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
  • Cooling: Allow the loaf to cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before slicing.

Character Information

Valoric – Human Male Fighter

Valoric

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Valoric “The Shield”
Medium humanoid, any alignment
Armor Class 12 (chain and leather armor)
Hit Points 33 (6d10)
Speed 30 ft.
STR DEX CON INT WIS CHA
16 (+3) 14 (+2) 12 (+1) 10 (+0) 10 (+0) 10 (+0)
Saving Throws none
Skills Perception +2
Senses Passive Perception 12
Languages Common
Challenge 2 (450 XP)
Seasoned Warrior. Valoric has advantage on saving throws against being frightened.
Master of Weapons. Valoric is proficient with longswords, daggers, and crossbows, and deals +2 damage with them.
Actions
Shield Bash. Valoric charges forward and attempts to slam his shield into an enemy. The target must make a DC 13 Dexterity saving throw or take 10 (2d6 + 3) bludgeoning damage and be knocked prone.
Precise Stab. Valoric takes advantage of an opening in the enemy’s defense and stabs with precision. The target must make a DC 13 Constitution saving throw or take 6 (1d4 + 3) piercing damage and suffer from bleeding, taking 3 (1d6) piercing damage at the start of each of its turns. The target can repeat the saving throw at the end of each of its turns, ending the effect on a success.

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