The older Jebediah shares a bit of his history now on the walk out to save his family. While born to wealth his wanderlust had always taken him down a different path. He studied magic in the Spire, but found it not everything he wanted out of life. He left to return to the Ilmara and find the love he was looking for.
Working odd jobs upon his return he ended up helping a group of farmers with some construction. It was there he found his first love Jillian. He joined the simple community of farmers and eventually won the hand of his love. In time he had three children, Lissa, Erik and Wes.
JD Flashback #1
...the laughter died down and Garret continued to speak. His weathered face took on a more serious look, though a small smile still shone between his fiery red mustache and beard. "But since then, ye've shown yer mettle time after time, and a good man has shown hisself from behind that horrific mug." The guests burst into laughter again. Garret continued, raising his goblet, "And so, I wish ye and my sister the best that life has to offer, and may the One bless ye both with a long life filled with happiness, love...and many, many babies!" A mixture of applause, laughs, and various toasts rang through the gaily decorated barn. JD's barrel-chested brother-in-law drained his goblet, slammed it on the table with a hearty "ha!", and embraced his sister and her new husband. The three then sat down and continued to enjoy the wedding feast of Avendale's latest newlyweds.
JD Flashback #2
"But maaaama!" Erik whined. "No 'buts', " replied Jillian angrily. "It's dangerous and dirty, and I forbid you to return there." "Calhawk Silvertorch wrote Celestial Reflections while living in a cave!" retorted Erik. "Yes, he did, " agreed Jillian, "but then he was a prophet of the One, clothed in His divine grace, whereas you are but an eight-year old boy!" The exasperated mother turned to her husband. "Jebediah, talk to your son!" she exclaimed as she stormed out the door of their cottage.
JD waited until the door closed, then turned to his son. "I thought that was supposed to be a secret! How did she find out?" JD asked. "Wes told her, " the boy replied sullenly. The former wizard knelt down to face his son face-to-face. "Well, let's stay away from there for awhile. And Wes is much too young to be bringing out there right now."
JD Flashback #3
Garret's face suddenly turned very sober. He looked back and forth around the taproom, then back to JD, relieved that no one else had heard. He whispered to JD, "Hsssst! Mind yer tongue, lad! Now, look, I done told ye that I'm not quite the most devoted sheep in the herd, but most of these other folk - yer Jillian included, bless her zealous heart! - they'd just as soon cut yer throat as look atcha if'n they knew that! Can't say I'm much for that sort of thing meself, but I'm a wee bit more open-minded than some of these folk. Seen a few things when I was with the Red Hawks, y'know." He stood up, fairly steady, and helped JD to his feet. "Let's get ye home to bed, an' hope you donna talk in yer sleep!"
JD Flashback #4
JD winced as another stone struck him in the head, accompanied by cries of "witch!" and "demon worshiper!" He struggled to rise to his feet, but his left knee gave out under the weight of the heavy wooden yoke. The wizard choked back a cry as the welts and bruises flared from his efforts.
A familiar figure strode up the hill, with a cudgel in hand and a short sword strapped to his waist. The rock throwing ceased.
Garret reached down, grabbed JD's hair, and yanked his head back. "By the power vested in me by the faithful of the One, " he bellowed, "I claim the honor of destroying this agent of darkness!" The crowd of villagers roared its approval. Garret released the wizard's mane, stowed his club in his belt, and drew his short sword. Holding the sword in his right hand, he hefted the yoke up with his left, dragging JD to his feet. Giving it a shove, he barked "March, dog of the Abyss." The magician looked at his once stalwart friend, but saw a face that might have been chiseled from stone. Seeing no other option, JD turned and slowly plodded to the trees.
The pair walked for another 20 minutes or so until they could see nothing behind them but oaks and maples. "Stop," commanded Garret. JD halted and turned. His brother-in-law was looking around. Seemingly satisfied, he sheathed his sword, drew his dagger, and began removing the wooden yoke binding JD. "Dammit, lad, " he cursed, "I wish you'd just gotten rid of that thing. I knew something like this would happen." As the yoke fell to the forest floor, he told the wizard, "Hold still" and began to cut large chunks of his tunic off. Noticing the somewhat bewildered look on JD's face, Garret demeanor softened a bit and he allowed himself the faintest of smiles. "I couldn't allow ye to meet such a foul end - as I've said, I've ne'er bin the most devoted Adonhimite meself." Then he hardened again. "Go north, to the elf city. They should be able to get you on your way. I'll check a couple of my traps around here, wrap some kill in these rags, and throw them into a ravine. Anyone thinks to come looking for your remains'll think something ate the body."
JD thanked his brother-in-law; the two shared a (manly) embrace for a moment. "Go, brother!" Garret commanded. He turned to return to the village, and the wizard ran the opposite way, towards the city of Corathmyr.
The Story Continues
Hearing Avendale had been sent to the Fey Wild JD convinced his friend to resuce them. After a long adventure to find them and gain the allies needed the townsfolk were found and freed, along with Jillian and Wes. JD hears from Jillian that Lissa had been sent to work as a seamstress in Ilmara and Erik is missing, lost in the woods. Through a sending JD has found Erik is alive, but working for some Dwarves as a slave somewhere far away.