It has been a long time since Ciri taught me a set runes and how to read them. This is the first time since then that I have had a reason to really use them. I am not even sure where to start. What led to me appearing on the Island is probably the best place. I lived on a small farm about a day's ride from a city called Stockholm. The city used to go by other names from what I am told by my father when I was still young. At the time, I was living on my own as both my mother and father had died. My father was killed when I was a boy by a group of raiders. He tried to protect us. That is what my mother tells me whenever I ask. He had been a warrior in his younger days but took an arrow to the knee as they say. My mother perished several seasons ago from a particularly harsh winter. The harvest had been lean and we weren't as prepared as we had hoped. It seemed to be peaceful as it happened during the night.
I still remember the night that led to my arrival here. Winter was fast approaching and I had only just sold the crops for furs and dried meat I would need to survive it. The animals were still in the barn as the chill had yet to arrive. As I finish supper, I hear the animals making noise and occasional growl alongside them. Wolves, I thought as I reached for my bow and quiver of arrows. Running outside, I find my horse, Strider, battling two wolves as the others were busy with the other animals. They were trying to separate them from the rest. I fired an arrow, and it found its mark in the side of the wolves attacking Strider. I injured the second with another arrow before I grab the axe I use to chop wood. I charged the remain wolves, scattering them as I swung my axe. I immediately chase them from my property. When I stop, I realize that I had made a grave error. The rest of the pack was waiting just on the edge of my property.
Just as they were about stride, the earth began to shake and open up beneath us. I remember the earth swallowing me before blackness overtook my vision. When I woke, water was splashing over my face. Tasting the water, it was salty. Opening my eyes, I found myself on the shores of unknown lands stripped down to my underwear and a stone in my arm. And dragons walking around me. All of them of various shapes and sizes. Some looking at my curiously as I looked back and others ignoring my very presence. Looking around, I begin collecting plant fibers and began making menial clothing. As I began exploring the shores, I stumble upon living quarters and what seemed to be a small village. I mean a group of people calling themselves, The Travellers. I talk to a particularly nice woman by the name of Emilie. I hear other voices coming from the stone in my arm. As I express my interest in making myself a place to live and possibly a group to join. An eager female voice answers the call almost immediately. Emilie responds to the voice and tells her to calm down. She calls the voice, Ciri. That is an odd name, I think to myself. I agree to set up my home near Ciri's place for the time being while I figure out what I want to do. Emilie offers an old raptor she had that she didn't use much anymore as I will need him as I travel with Ciri to where she lived. We wait for a bit as Ciri was busy in the middle of things. I see her crossing the bridge as we wait. She is on her own raptor wearing shiny armor and what looks like to be a skull on her head. Frankly, I found that to be a bit odd, but she was offering me a place to build a home. I followed her to the lands to which she laid claim to. Once we arrived, she properly introduced herself and told me I was welcome to build anywhere on the cliff.
After looking around, I found the armstone would prevent me from building on certain parts of the land that were too close to her buildings. As a result, I was forced to build near the edge of the cliff. The house was originally built from very basic materials until I learned how to properly work wood logs. That is when I created the home I have now. Only, it didn't have the tower that it has now. I added that at a later time. During this time of building, Ciri was quite helpful and acting quite odd. She would bring me new tools and a weapon on occasion, but never stay around long to say more than a few words. Things didn't really improve too much. She was asleep a lot of the time. As a result, I would go out and explore the island. I mostly spent my time checking out these bright lights in the sky that would leave items for people to gather. While I was doing this, I ended up losing the raptor that Emilie was so kind to gift me. Giant ants attacked and overwhelmed us. I was able to escape, but the raptor could not get out.
This would go on for a good amount of time until I noticed that Ciri was starting to build something around the land. I was not sure what she was doing, but she wanted to talk to me about something. I was still deciding if I wanted to move to the Black Wolf Village or stay where I was. I had met with Alpheus about potentially joining up with him. I was given a tour of the Black Wolf Village. I was not convinced if I should join as Ciri had yet to talk with me about something she deemed important. When I returned to my home, I found that she was awake and spoke to me about possibly joining her in the Chimera Kingdom. She was the only member, but she had a good heart and a warrior spirit. I accepted her offer and joined the Chimera Kingdom officially.
The first thing we needed to do was finish building the walls, which she had made a lot of progress thus far. I started gathering the necessary material and made foundations for the walls. During that time, I decided to make a few contributions. The first one was making a warehouse, to store goods and keep track of things we have found while investigating the strange lights. It took plenty of stone and wood to make it and it was a simple structure at first that evolved a little as we expanded. It no longer stands now, but it was a good building that served its purpose.
The next several weeks we spent time working building. I helped finish putting down foundations for walls. That was a long process due to the limited about of gathering we could do. Every time I woke, it seemed like Ciri had tamed a new creature. Sometimes, we would go out and tame animals together. Pteranodons were the first creatures we tamed since they were the easiest to subdue. They also allowed greater access to the rest of the island as a result. After getting the pteranodons, Ciri decided that we needed Argentavises. I had never seen or heard of them so I decided to hold back and help gather after she knocked one out. The first she tamed for herself and went off searching for another. The second she found and subdued fairly easily. I came and helped her gather meat for the taming. She was a beautiful bird to which I named Iolair. Iolair was my preferred mode of transportation.
Since we were going to start taming on a larger scale, I took the liberty to build a taming pen near my home to allow us to safely knock out animals we wished to tame. It was fairly basic in terms of looks, but I added a catwalk to my home to allow us to fire tranq arrows without fear of danger. Later, I would add windows to allow others to help tame from the ground as we could not have that many on my roof. From there, we started taming another we could carry without a quetz.
It was also during this time that we started to grow in population. The first person to join us since was William though he went by a different name then. He was/is helpful, but he has a bad tendency to act without talking to anyone about beforehand. Then, we had another one join us named Bran, who was quite helpful but slept a lot more. It wasn't until the next member joined, that we realized that we were way too accepting of people who needed a place to stay. As a result, we implemented some new rules into who we let in and how. From there, we started to grow at a better rate without problems with members.