Dinah certainly picked a very poor time to run off to a wild new branch! It is true that I want to be an Adventurer, and that being an Adventurer means Adventuring, but Surprise is a month where I think I would have preferred to stay indoors and box spells for Minnowchaser. The best we can do is travel when the sun's gone out, so at least it doesn't add to the heat. Escaanahauvis, of course, has no issue with the weather, and I suspect the heat bothers the Sleeth less than some of us, as well (after all, who hasn't seen a Sleeth laze away all day in the sun given half an excuse?), but for the rest of us, Herethroy and Rassimel and Orren and Gormoror, the weather is a nuisance.
A very predictable sort of unpredictable nuisance, in Surprise, now that it's started.
Of course, the party Dinah has found for us is a very unpredictable sort of unpredictable! It is curious enough, to see a Rassimel with bright fur and stripes like a krango, but to have the Rassimel, shortly after setting out, be a krango!!! This is not what I signed up for; how am I supposed to tell the monsters from the Primes if the Primes turn into monsters around me? Maybe I took care to keep a little extra distance from him after that — monsters are not to be trusted and I don't know, now, whether Chrysomerax is a Rassimel or a monster, anymore.
Some ways out Tantamerakis found a vine of hyprie; a good treasure for us (which is about all I knew about it from my time in the City Guard), and I'm quite content with the fruit being in his pack. I am not so sure what to think about the Sleeth-who-calls-himself-a-healer wanting one of the fruits for himself, for when we must fight the river-gunch. It's not because I would rather have the amber from selling that fruit, I am not greedy, but something has to be wrong when a Sleeth wants to eat fruit.
I asked Dinah, and she, of course, knew hyprie better than I.
I swear Chrysomerax must be out of both his krango-heads, to think it a good idea to give the Sleeth something that makes decent sensible Primes all but Wild Rush. Now I know for certain he's going to run off at the first sign of trouble.