STARSAILOR CHRONICLES by Lady Blu Starsailor
Waking up and realizing we were pretty much broke and unable to pay the levy to remain in the town, we gathered at The Grey Gander, our local tavern, to determine what to do about it.
It seemed clear to us all that we needed to find work that paid well, and perhaps a better understanding of what would be worth a good trade at the local shops if we came upon it in our travels.
We decided to part ways to increase our chances of finding income opportunities quickly.
Dax, Alouuudin, Rakuul, Eravan and Longwang went off to the area of town where all the riff raff gathered, affectionately termed Murder Row, to see what errand work or black market opportunities there may be available. Mappo went on his own to consort with his very secretive Conclave order.
Taurin and the Lord Red Baron headed directly & with purpose to the Beurgermeister’s palace.
I joined Geddrahm to seek out the Sheriff. We knew our Warden had been working each day to ensure the lands remain safe but lately more and more attacks by the denizens surrounding the settlement had grown. Perhaps this would be our best chance for some income & adventure!
Upon arrival to the Barracks, we could see a lot of activity; the Sheriff preparing his men for battle and the Master of Arms busy with quill and paper at his desk. I tucked into Geddrahm’s collar and he engaged the Master in conversation. We learned that Adventurer’s were needed to locate a convoy that was missing. 2 days late arriving to the Duchy with an important sealed document from the King. The reward for recovering the document, still sealed, was 50 gp.
The Master was quite an obnoxious fellow – he challenged Geddrahm’s ability to manage himself in the forest. My temper got the better of me & I burst out of his collar to set the man straight – with a Pixie in the party, we’d have no issues in the Forest. The Master had no respect for me and assumed I was Geddrahm’s pet! I would have no more of this ridiculous and demeaning talk so I flew out of the damn place and awaited Geddrahm outside.
When Geddrahm rejoined me in the courtyard, he shared that after speaking with the Sheriff, that 2 other adventure groups had left the Duchy bent on recovering the envoy and reward for the scroll. One group was made up of 3 elves. The others were a group of dwarves, dragonborns & halflings.
So we had some competition! At least we’d have a better chance of recognizing them, rather than assuming they were thieves and murderers of the King’s envoy.
He had also learned that for every goblin scalp we brought back, he’d award 10gp as a bounty for each scalp. In addition, there were three of the most vilest enemies who had special bounties on their heads; 200gp, 100gp & 500gp. Geddrahm had a copy of the wanted posters so we could share the names and images with the group later on.
The only other income opportunity was for animal pelts (wolves, bears, etc) which would fetch a very attractive rate in town to satisfy the current fashion trends of the city’s elite.
We began to make our way back to the Tavern, when I decided to detour over to the General Store. I thought perhaps that the owner, Dargon, could give me some insights into the popular wares of the town. Not as expected, the most trivial of items he would be willing to deal with. It may be more hassle to carry such items back to the Duchy for such low return on the investment.
I rejoined Geddrahm on the road & we returned to the Grey Gander together.
Once everyone had returned and settled in with a golden brew, Eravan remarked on a horrendous urine stench coming from the Lord Red Baron. His reply and further discourse with Eravan prompted me to take a closer look. The Lord was wearing a cloak and clutching a box which was partially concealed underneath. I noticed quite a bit of blood spatter on his shirt. He maintained that he had been quite ill and had been vomitting blood, then proceeded to ask if anyone could unlock the box he had found? Although I was a bit concerned at what foul illness or disease had its grips on him, I gave my best attempt but failed. A curious thing, the symbols decorating the box were not recognizable to me. Taurin was grumbling about some rude Paladin at the Burgermeister’s Palace.
Dax was kind enough to order us another round from the barkeep.
Geddrahm shared the details of our visit to the Barracks with the rest of our Adventure party. They agreed the rewards were well worth leaving the safety (and cost) of remaining in the Duchy.
Longwang let us know that they’d be returning to Murder Row at dusk to determine if there was a job opportunity there.
Mappo didn’t say much, he just had an odd dried up branch in his hands. I suppose he didn’t have much luck with the Conclave.
Taurin left to secure a room for the Lord Red Baron.
Later that afternoon, we heard quite a ruckus growing in the town. Apparently an Acolyte had been found murdered in the Temple of Avandria this very morning! I suppose the timing of our adventure could not be better with murderers running about town. I decided to leave the Duchy at once and told the others I would await them along the treeline. Taurin wanted to join me, which was fine. He ran a quick errand over by the Begermeister’s palace before heading out of the gates with me.
I found my lovely Baynat snoozing under a tree. I gently woke him and my sweet owlbear was ready to carry me onto our next adventure. We waited together along the treeline until the sunset and the stars came out.
Finally our fellow adventurers joined us outside the Duchy and we made our way into the forest. On the road, Dax told us that we were given an escort mission, to free the Seer Renlana Thoreya from the Duchy of the Nine Blades. We had plenty of time to make our way there, so the King’s envoy would be our prime focus for some fast gold.
We eventually found an old campsite. The fire had been out for some time now. Wagons were overturned, horses were dead and bodies were strewn everywhere. Taurin got a bit closer to inspect the bodies and hollered back that some were still moving.
Suddenly our foes were upon us and a great battle ensued. I may have singed one of my allies, but no matter, we were victorious!
We searched the area, the bodies and the wagon.
Eravan with his expert nature skills was able to determine that the envoy had been dead 1-2 days and that small reptile creatures had been all over this area, and had headed off together after ravaging the cart. There was a hidden compartment on the cart which had been bashed open. It was certain that these reptiles had taken the scroll.
Dax took a closer look at the tracks leading off into the brush. It was Kobolds, definitely Kobolds.
We beat a quick path after them into the night.
STARSAILOR CHRONICLES by Lady Blu Starsailor
(OOC: Game night Feb 24)
__Arknaught and Conan the Jedi joined us in the forest and we had some success tracking the Kobolds despite their efforts to conceal their trail. At least 30 pairs of tracks were identified and we re-established the trail over rocky terrain, across a river and towards a mountain range. We were about 12km from town, we traveled well into the night and early morning. We were certain that the Kobolds had gone into the mountains somewhere but could not establish an entry point. We backtracked 30minutes and stealthily covered our tracks until we found a good rest spot. We slept. When we awoke, we noticed a patch of green foliage that appeared faded. Upon closer inspection we discovered it was covering a large iron grate. It was locked and we all failed miserably at opening it (I “may” have broken it). My trusty owlbear, Baynat, pounded it with his feathery paws and it smashed open. We stepped in and made our way through the tunnel._
We could hear voices ahead and Dax translated the draconic “I told you to watch him, keep digging.” We approached the room and saw all kinds of dragon-lizard creatures. Kobolds! We dove into battle and they were no match for our strength and skill.
Looting the corpses, Rakuul found a little bottle of green swirling mist and as he was trying to determine what kind of potion it might be, Dax alerted us to more draconic voices echoing in the halls ahead. We expected a large cavern ahead, and indeed we came upon more Kobolds who were quickly dispatched but one of the Kobolds ran off screaming an alert to his comrades ahead.
Not to let him get away, we quickly looted and found scroll cases with draconic sigils on them. Alouudin determined they were ritual scrolls and kept them since it would take time to determine what rituals they were for. In addition to the scrolls we found 2 peridots, which Mappo found to be special and more than they might appear, so he kept them for more closer examination later on. We also recovered 20 gold pieces before heading off after the Kobold which had escaped the battle._
(OOC: Game night March 4)
We chased the Kobold down a hallway and came upon an anti-chamber filled with Kobolds and beds overturned. We sliced and diced our way through them quite easily, although I took a fair amount of damage from the construct’s glave. Luckily Dax was able to heal me before my wounds became too grave. When all were vanquished, part of the group surged ahead while the rest of us remained behind to search the room. Dax and I searched for hidden areas within the room, Conan searched for treasure, Mappo searched for arcane items and Arknaught found a couple more scrolls/rolls of parchment. We realized we had lingered too long and were unsure of where our party had gone. Fortune was on our side and we rejoined them from a different entrance to the chamber they had emerged into. A very strange room indeed!
I charged forward and annihilated a group of Kobolds with my Hellfire Blast. Blood ripped from their bodies towards the centre of the room. There was a large symbol in the floor and several sorcerers chanting around it. The blood was absorbed and disappeared into a vortex.
Dax killed a sorcerer and got knocked dead from doing so! Luckily a mighty healing surge saved him from the grave. He valiantly regained his feet, ran around the vortex and attacked the next sorcerer.
Kobolds were starting to leak blood from their noses and I could feel a throbbing in my bones. A Kobold ran screaming from the room as another Kobold’s head exploded and got sucked into the vortex. Another sorcerer fell at the hands of Amoksoohn, and at that moment all of the remaining Kobolds exploded and fed the vortex. A carnage demon suddenly appeared!!
Instincts kicked in and we all immediately focused our attacks on the carnage demon before he could react, and I got the killing blow!
__Behind Mappo, a huge surge of light energy came out of the branch on his back. The room went white and when we could see again, I saw the room in splendid repair; the columns were up in the corners of the room, a woman was sitting at a table wearing plate mail. Her hair was like the night sky. I could see stars and constellations moving in her hair, it was like looking into the entire universe! She had no face, which was mildly disturbing, but she was sitting calmly with her hands folded at the table. There was a seat for each person and a full setting for each. We all took a seat and each of our favorite meals and drink materialized before us. She spoke…_
Universe: “My heroes, you’ve been measured and found to be at a crossroads to your destinies. You are unlike any other at this turn of the wheel. Every cycle, new branches must form from the tree. I have chosen all of you to be my champion. You may wonder why strange beings such as yourselves have found camaraderie with each other. To balance the upset that is coming. The world is askew, I cannot interfere, we will never meet. You will be my children and set right what is unbalanced.”
Mappo: “If we are to be your champions, will you identify yourself?”
Universe: “For your concept, I am Law, I am Order. The cycle is spinning.”
Mappo: “What is coming?”
Mappo: “Where do we go from here?”
Universe: “Some of you know, you will be tested and hurt, but in the end you are the next. You do not have a choice to accept this offer. you have started your journey on this day. Rest here – it may be the last rest you have for a very long time. You are safe here – it may be the last time you will be safe again.”
The room went from white to dark and we had returned to the ritual room with the sorcerer and kobolds slain around us. I felt stronger than before.
In searching the bodies we found 3 clear potions, a Jaycenth, 50 gold and a sapphire with draconic sigils on it. Alouudin kept it for the time being, seeing the word “fire” as a clue that saying fire in draconic might activate it for some purpose.
In addition we discovered that these symbols represent the letters U and D.
STARSAILOR CHRONICLES by Lady Blu Starsailor
(OOC: Game night March 23)
We entered a heavily webbed room, thick as hemp and stickier than toffee. I declared OhNONONONONONNoooooooo to the group, this would be as far as I dared go. Lady Blu + webs is a no go my friends. The group tried to set fire to it. I suggested to Alouddin that his fire gem might work but he tossed it in, said “Fire!” in draconic and it had no effect… we heared it bounce and skitter away into the darkness.
Alouddin tossed a bit of oil on the webbing and Dax struck a flame with his flint and steel. The first 25 feet across burnt away until all of the oil was consumed and petered out.
We saw vermin carcasses and small skeletons on the floor, disgusting! Everyone was hell bent on retrieving the gem. Dax headed in and a terrifying jet of webbing shot out, grabbed and pulled him in before anyone could react. The webbing collapsed around and covered him from our sight.
Dax cried out “I’m in the web!”
Alouddin asked “Are you hurt?”
Dax replied “Not YET!”
We heard a scuffling and realized something had attacked him in the web.
Rakuul moved silently towards the web. Mappo set his light effects on Dax so he would glow in the darkness. There were large spiders in the room…and at this point I backed riiiight out into the entrance way and tucked in behind Baynat’s feathery neck.
“See! I warned you about webs!!” Silly creatures.
At this point I could hardly stand it and backed Baynat away and around the corner from sight.
I could hear quite a ruckus as a battle ensued to rescue Dax. However, hidden from view I would surely enjoy the recount of that battle another time.
“Are you guys coming back this way?” I asked once the spiders were vanquished.
Rakuul said “Still looking for sapphire” as he searched the bodies.
The party found 2 big wooden panels with charcoal artwork and 20 gold pieces.
We backtracked to the 1st room which was empty.
When we entered the 2nd room, I flew in and noticed 2 humans in plate armor having a conversation
Human1: “I can’t believe I got put on this assignment, this sucks”
Human2: “Shut up, if darkling hears you, you’ll be stuck in with the ghouls.”
So obviously, one has a bad attitude about his position, which appeared to be some kind of clerical work. The other is interested in blindly following his duty.
Taurin walks in, bears his vampire teeth and says “Where is your commander?”
They didn’t even flinch. Instead, they readied their weapons.
He repeats “Where is your commander?!”
Human2 yells “ALARM!!” and more humans start coming forward. They are all wearing chain armor and appear ready to take us down.
The battle was fierce, we were up against 7 heavily armored humans. I used my Well of Light and Baynat scratched one human’s eyes out, we killed the first human quite easily.
Then fortune turned on Dax once more as he fell into a pit! I hammered my Eldritch Bolt against our foes and even though Baynat missed a few of his deadly swipes, we managed to kill another human and bloody another who was down below in the pit.
Finally all of them fell to our heroic strength and skills in battle. We recovered Dax and as we took a breather, Erevan discovered a crack in the wall. It was a thin crack, looking into it, we could see that it ran downwards and over a lip, but could not see beyond that. We were unable to stick down a probe to determine what lay beyond. Erevan, the brave, stuck his arm in and quickly discovered that it was boobytrapped! His arm was in a vice of pins and he was badly wounded. Despite his perilous circumstance, he could still feel around and told us he could feel keys or buttons of some kind at the end of the lip that matched up with his 4 fingers.
We checked the desk and clerical papers for clues to this boobytrap, and found a note scrawled on an officer’s pad “Remember not to use one of the numbers” and we discovered “Use 3 twice” as another clue.
Erevan tried a few combinations, failing each time until he pressed 2-3-3-1 and he was relieved to feel the pins retract from his arm. The wall shifted to open and his arm was released. This opening led to a large cavernous room. It was extremely dark and we could see a slight ambient light emanating from some really gross swampy water ahead that smelled like dead fish punch to the face.
In the far reaches of the room we could see fire pots in the corners, barrels, chests, sacks, armor and supplies piled up. There was a lot of water and no clear way to travel across to the amazing bounty of loot that we feasted our eyes on.
The roof of the cavern was cylindrical and pitched up towards an opening. Smoke rose up from the fire pots, wafting up in tendrils towards the exit.
[OOC Note: Milestone reached]
[OOC: Game Night April 6]
We entered the pitch black room, Arknaught lit his sun rod and we could see the bound figure of a gnome female unconscious on the ground nearby. Half of our party decided to investigate the body and the other half headed along the side wall towards the glorious mountain of loot.
The gnome awakened and cowered under Arknaught as he leaned forward to inspect her. “What happened to you?” he asked, and she told us she was named Nicetats, the envoy of the King, she was on her way to deliver scrolls to the Bergermeister at Krayden’s Pass but got jumped on her way there and taken captive. I untied her and as I did so, 2 creatures emerged from the shadows and tried to jab us with their daggers.
They were strange looking creatures with beak like noses and white globes for eyes. Longwang got stabbed and Baynat was bloodied before they vanished into the walls again. Baynat cried in pain and I set my healing hand upon him.
We were quite taken by surprise, but not nearly as much as when a large black dragon came up from the swampy waters behind us and sprayed us with his acid breath!!
I was wounded by the acid, as were Nicetats & Erevan. We blindly attacked the wall hoping to hit the shadowy creatures who had assaulted us, but all was in vain.
Finally the creatures became visible and I struck one with my mighty Eldritch Bolt while Baynat hooked another on his claw. Arknaught bloodied the creature using his lance of faith to bolster my damage strength, which was perfectly timed as my next attack dealt a killing blow. The creature died but exploded, causing a burst of darkness to blind us temporarily.
Riding atop Baynat, I directed him to charge along the water, once we reached the edge, I cast my Pixie Dust upon him and we flew across the murky water to the opposite shore. From there I had the perfect vantage point to target the dragon, who had flown across to the other half of our party and was doing a fair bit of damage there…
My bolt had a devastating critical effect on the dragon and when it was gravely damaged and tried to escape, Mappo cast a sleep spell upon it, made it drop from the sky and he immobilized it with further mind tricks. He was awesome!
Mappo served the killing blow, and upon closer inspection of the corpse we could see that it had deep claw marks across it’s face, his eyes were ruined from some previous battle.
Standing next to the loot, I was able to relay to the party what we had before us as booty;
A jewel box, which had no hinge, no opening or any evidence of a keyhole, made of shiny metal and gem covered (50lbs) – MAPPO took possession of this item to investigate its properties and hopefully discover how to open it.
There was a satchel of papers marked with the King’s seal – ARKNAUGHT took possession of this item, with intent to turn it over to the Burgermeister in exchange for our reward.
There were 2,600 gold worth of gold, silver and copper coins in a steamer trunk (360lbs) – we used rope from our adventure kits to strap this heavy load onto Baynat’s back, so we could leverage him like a pack mule for the journey back to town.
There were several suits of armor, weapons, etc, crates of rare fabrics, silks and spices – CONAN took possession of these items
There was also a box of carefully wrapped clear liquid, which EREVAN packed up into his bag.
Upon discovering a leather scroll case, Erevan opened it and found a strange map inside.
[OOC: This map may be viewed in the MAP tab of the Campaign Page]
I had not realized until now, but evidently Rakuul had decided to jump in the murky water and had fallen prey to the dragon early in the fight. We recovered his body from the watery depths.
We checked his body for any signs of life, there were none. We salvaged what we could of his supplies, weapons and as we did so we discovered in the weeds around his corpse the missing FIRE SAPPHIRE that we had thought lost in the spider cave. A very suspicious circumstance indeed.
We rested and decided that after attaining such a large bounty of loot, and the completion of our first quest, that we should make our way back to Krayden’s Pass to sell of the goods and receive payment for our first conquest. With such a heavy burden, it took us an extra days travel. After the 2nd day, Erevan told us he had the feeling we were being watched, but by the 3rd day this feeling passed. We arrived to Krayden’s pass 4 days after leaving the caves.
Upon entering the town, we heard news that a local cut throat had been found guilty of the Acolyte’s murder and put to death for it. The paladin had been cleared of any wrongdoing.
Alouddin and Lady Blu took the bounty to negotiate the sale among the local trades and shop keeps.
We received 3,040 for all of the misc. which, after making our monthly city tax payment, worked out to 253 gold left over for each of us.
The bounty for the scroll delivery to the Burgermeister gained 50 gold pieces.
ONE WEEK LATER…
The Burgermeister summoned us to him – the scrolls were handed to us and he told us that the Conclave had charged us with the task of deciphering the meaning of the scrolls. They said that one among our group had some of the knowledge to do so, and that if we could figure out what it was, he would reward us with 5,000 gold and deeded titles (which would let us stay in the town for FREE!)
Of note: Alouddin learned a ritual and Mappo determined the base elements of the stones.
We will determine soon if we plan to return to that cave, since there were many areas left undiscovered and the bounty was certainly not the only treasure to be found there. If we ever return, I’ve kept a map of where we had been, to help us easily retrace our steps there.
Starsailor Chronicles by Lady Blu Starsailor
(OOC Game night April 20)
One week passed while in Krayden’s Pass. A man called Erik Vi’Lar approached us and explained that he had a strong desire to join our adventure party. He claimed to have experienced visions a few days ago, of a burning sigil which appeared to him as a cross inside a circle, and that he was drawn to us for some unknown purpose. We allowed him to join our group.
The next morning, Longwang awoke and gathered us all to the apothecary. There had been some excitement in town and he explained that a woman from his monastery had ridden to seek his help. His childhood home, the monastery, was under siege by Goblins! She had collapsed and was near death. Arknaught determined that she had been poisoned by something she had eaten or drank over 30 days ago, which led us to believe that the monastery may be consuming poisonous foods to weaken them. It did not appear that this warrior-woman would last much longer, Dax and Erevan prayed for her. I suggested that we get underway to the monastery immediately to help them against the goblins. Everyone agreed to join Longwang in his journey to save the monastery. We purchased a wagon and 4 horses (700g). Lady Blu lent Mappo 50g to buy his rituals. Everyone purchased rations for the journey.
Since it would take us several days journey, Mappo send his sparrow “Twitter” with a note attached to its leg. It read: “Longwang and his party are coming to assist. Beware your food & water may be poisoned.”
Mithruin, the vampire minotaur, traveled ahead of the party, figuring he might reach it 2 days ahead of the adventure party.
During our journey, Alouddin set his mind to deciphering the scrolls. Lady Blu provided the two letters they had learned from the Kobold cave and he masterfully worked out the translation. The scolls read as follows;
*"Elvardian was the first and Nogoroth was the second. All five rods form the key. The rod of stars shines high in the heavens. The rod of the path forms the bridge. The rod of man lays low in times of war. The rod of eyes watches over all. The rod of balance hold the two at arms length. Speak their names and the way in open to you."
After a couple days travel, the Baron decided to drink a potion, after which he ran off ahead with lightening speed. He returned to tell us the monastery was been overrun by the Goblins, with many ranged Goblins along the walls.
We traveled for another day 1/2 and finally arrived to the monastery.
We advanced on the gate and killed one of the Goblins along the wall who had been attacking us with a crossbow. When he fell, two more took his place on the wall.
It started to rain and it was cold.
Mappo hypnotizes one and has it step off the wall to his death!
One of the Goblins shouts out – seems like a warning – and the battle continues.
I fly over the mountain gorge and sock one with my Eldritch Bolt. Dax takes one of the goblins down and Arknaught ONE SHOTS a goblin from the wall! Geddran’s magic missle hits and the goblin stumbles along the wall and crashes over.
With the wall clear of goblins, we advance on the gate. After much effort, I summon my owlbear, Baynat, whose brute force smashes open the heavy gate.
We see a beast pack and goblin riders approaching us from within, and multiple structures within the monastery walls. To our right appears to be a stables.
Mappo sleeps & slows the beasts and I unleash a wave of hellfire fury from my hands, blasting the pack with a fiery blast. The smell of burnt fur fills the air.
More beasts leap out of the stables. Furious, they swarm the Baron. Baynat swipes at the beasts as they run past and shreds one of them dead.
The adventure party battled hard and made meat puddles out of the beasts. Longwang leaped up to the rooftop and took out the goblins who had been raining down arrows upon us from above.
The battle continued… stay tuned for more Starsailor Chronicles next week… perhaps we will find out what happened to Mithruin… is he alive, dead, undead… or worse?!?