Return To Vretsia

Published 27th of January, 2019

View from the Tavern

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We will also be publishing an accompanying film that coincides with this blog. I found a new music site with royalty-free music, so it is worth watching with the sound up.

More Ruins

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These ruins are to the right of the tavern. I haven't explored them yet, but they are more substantial than I first thought.

The Main Event

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Anyway, let's get to the main reason for this blog. Up until now, this building has always been locked shut. I presumed it was still seasonally inhabited by hunters. However, on recent visits (we travel through here quite a lot, as it is handy for the forest) I observed that the gate and front door was now open.

Guard Donkey

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The house was not, however, deserted. This donkey gazed at us from the back garden.

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As you can see, the gate is now open, and the front door has been removed.

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