From the Journal of Aframos Longjourney, Pilgrim
With notes by Avos Torr, Scholar of Rheve Library
Marday, Thirteenth Cycle, Seventh Year, 81st Turn
I have done it. This morning, I left the clan at the late spring oasis. Now I will have a cycle of travel before the solstice, and will hopefully avoid misfortune. I will need as much luck as I can find.
Today, travel was fairly uneventful. I am travelling north, towards the Fardowns1. I have never been there, but I have heard that the goatherders there are friendly. The money my first-father gave me will be useful in dealing with them, so I am confident in that leg of my journey. Perhaps they can give me advice on where to go from there.
I do have one note of interest. I passed by a large stone this afternoon. For the most part, it was identical to many other such stones in the desert; reddish-brown, rough to the hand, and roughly spherical. It was about twice my height in diameter, and at eye-height, there was writing. It indicated that someone, I could not make out the name, had been there. There was a strange, almost totemic picture enscribed next to the writing, depicting some sort of creature peering over what I took to be a wall. Only the creatures fingers and the top of its head appeared over the "wall." It had two crudely made circles for eyes, and an oval snout. The head had neither fur nor scales on it, but that may be due to the stylized nature of the drawing. The only other significant feature of the figure were two large, pointed ears, much like a fox's. I wonder who left it there?2