BeiLin's Journal Entry 4

Today we cleared Serpent’s Pass. Our journey has seen no shortage of strange occurrences, and today was no exception. One of the group spotted smoke over the horizon, far too much to be a camp fire. Fearing the worst, it was our duty to see if we could lend any aid to a bad situation. As it turns out, the situation was a lot worse than we could have imagined. It seemed a small band of desert nomads had caught up to some thugs that had robbed them of their food supply and, despite all human decency, ruled that they were to be punished by the crime they committed. They had already eaten two of the bandits when we got there, and were cooking a third. The last bandit remained bound in a cage. I can’t describe the horrible feeling this place had on me. People eating people. Whatever this man had done, whatever his crime, this was not justice. I had to put an end to this madness. It took some convincing, but the leader of the nomads agreed to hand the prisoner over to me to be taken to Ba Sing Se where he would stand trial for his crimes, and in return I would replace the food they had stolen. The only problem was the old man wanted the food first. It took some doing, but Zero, Lakoda, and myself managed to track down and kill a bear-ant lion. I have to admit, I wasn’t much use on the sand. The beast was much bigger than I, and I didn’t feel rooted. This is a problem. I wish Shou were here. I practice every day, but only what I know. I haven’t had any new instruction. Maybe there is a Sifu in Ba Sing Se that could show me new forms. At any rate, the bandit we now have in tow turned out to be an Air Nomad, and doesn’t remember anything. At least that’s his story. Once we get to Ba Sing Se I’ll have him properly examined before turning him over to the authorities.

BeiLin's Journal Entry 4

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