The Barnacle's Revenge Campaign

Lines Drawn in the Rigging- And Then Crossed!
Session 7

September 2013 session

The death of Narwhal had a polarizing effect on most of the non-officers, causing most of them to choose sides with either the party or Narwhal’s former companions. Captain Plugg seems to start taking a personal interest in the party and assigns them to permanent tasks on the ships, most of which are ill-suited to the character’s strengths. Teech is assigned to hoisting and lowering the sails, usually by herself. Fae is charged with hauling rope from one side of the ship to another. Jheron is offended to find himself assigned to deck swabbing and Solaruus is confused as to how he ended up as a message runner. Xorlox seems to be quite happy with his assignment to the bilges. After a mostly successful, if somewhat tiring day, spent toiling at their new tasks, the party tries to solidify their standing with the last few neutral crew members. Solaruus asks Tilly to talk to Barefoot Samms Toppins, which Tilly agrees to do.

The next day is spent on the same tasks, but Jheron manages to talk with Giffer Tibbs, finding out about her former life as a flower girl who was engaged to a merchant, until she had the misfortune of picking the wrong tavern to find a wedding singer. She was pressganged much like the party, but on a different ship. She got into a fight with another pirate on that ship, which is how she lost her eye.

Xorlox spent the day in the bilges with Fipps, the wannabe dwarf. After Fipps mentioned how Sly would cut off his face, Xorlox used his aggressive pleasantness to drive him batty, to the point where he was deemed unfit for duty the next day. Aretta, Jape and Sly all took offense to this and confronted Xorlox that night before dinner. Before leaving they hinted that something bad would happen the next day.

Meanwhile, Solaruus went looking for Tilly and was told by Rosie that she was taken below by Sandra, after she was beaten up by Jape and Shivika. Solaruus began to watch Jape closely for an opportunity to attack him.

While Teech went to sleep off the fatigue from her long day raising and lowering the sails, Jheron checked on his bow and was told by Jack Scrimshaw that it would be ready soon, but that he did not want anyone to find out about what he was doing, since tensions were mounting.

Fae talked with the Grok the quartermaster and was told that whatever was in the chest that Narwhal tried to open had gotten many people killed and would mostly likely lead to the deaths of others as well. Grok warned Fae not to count on the Captain for too much, as he was as likely to kill her himself if she got in his way.

Xorlox found Solaruus and mentioned the threat from Aretta and the others. While talking, he realized the half-orc appeared to be acting like a young hunter after his first big kill. Meanwhile, Fae stopped below decks and found Sandra treating Tilly. After assisting with tending to the beaten woman, Fae decided that it would be better if all of their allies stayed close as much as possible and headed up to get the rest of their allies to head to bed.

She runs into Xorlox, who warns her about the next day’s possible threat and Solaruus. She runs up on deck and runs into Rosie and Badger at the top of the stairs, in time to hear Solaruus talking with Jape, in what they guess to be orc. In fact, Solaruus was insulting Jape’s parents and his orcish pride, all while speaking in a conversational tone. Fae tried to get Solaruus to come below, stating that Tilly was asking for him. While Solaruus was deciding whether to go check on Tilly, his insults provoked Jape, who tried to charge Solaruus, but slipped in water and slid into the barrel of grog instead. Mr. Plugg, the officer on duty, ordered everyone below deck.

The next day, most of the officers seemed to be keeping an eye out for trouble and were trying to separate the rivals as much as possible. Even then, Jheron managed to provoke Shivikah with a comment about her slave work ethic, which got him time in the box. However, it was in the bilges where things came to a head. Scourge tried to confiscate Xorlox’s club before he went down to the bilges, but Xorlox managed to bluff him into thinking it was a cleaning implement. This saved his life as he realized his bilge-mates, Jape and Sly, both had hidden daggers on them.

Sly started the trouble, stating that they did not believe in the pirate code and that they would take care of troublemakers however they could. She threw a dagger, which Xorlox dodged while casting a spell on his club, while Jape took up position blocking the ladder up. Xorlox managed to knockout Sly with one well placed hit of his club, but had a harder time with Jape. After taking a couple minor cuts from Jape’s dagger, Xorlox managed to critically injury the half-orc. While running upstairs to find an officer to report the incident, Jape succumbed to his injuries and drowned in the fetid water of the bilges. Finding Grok, he returned down to the bilges with the quartermaster, who began to search the water for the code-breakers. While Xorlox tried to prolong the search for Sly, Grok acknowledged that she knew what he was doing and hoped that he had a good story ready for the captain.

OOC: Entire party made it to level 2.

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Treachery and Thieves!
Session 6

August 2013 Session Notes

Sandra Quinn hid a poisoned Teech in the middle hold to try to treat her. Meanwhile the rest of the party was sent to search the ship for whomever tried to break into the captain’s quarters. While searching near the middle hold, they found Narwhal in the quartermaster’s office, trying to break into a steel box.

When Scourge showed up to take charge of the situation, the party realized that Scourge did not seem surprised to see Narwhal there and suspect that Scourge actually sent Narwhal to break into the box. Fae ran to the top deck to notify the captain about Narwhal and mentioned her suspicions about Scourge.

Sandra called out for help at this point and claimed that she found Teech wounded and Teech then blamed Narwhal for her injuries. The Captain ordered Narwhal to be put in the sweatbox for the night.

The next day all of the party except Teech, were trained on boarding maneuvers by Riaris Krine. Contrary to all expectations, Solaruus was the first to make it from the jolly boat across grappling hook lines to the Wormwood. Xorlox followed right after but Fae and Jheron both had difficulties with the exercise. That night Narwhal was keelhauled during the bloody hour.

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Reefclaws and Traps
Session 5

Feb. 2013 Session Notes
After working through the night of the storm, the party was told that they would also have to complete a full day’s work the next morning (Day 9). That night the entire crew slept without issue.

A couple of days later, the party along with Rosie were ordered to shore to collect some crabs for the captain. While trying to fill their crab pots, they were attached by a couple of reefclaws. Through might of fists and magic, the party overwhelmed killed the reefclaws and returned them to the ship. The captain rewarded them for such a large bounty and the crew feasted well that night. During the festivities Jheron talked Jack Scrimshaw into crafting a bow for him from some wood scraps.

The next night, while much of the crew was taking part in pirate entertainments, Teech tried to sneak into the captain’s quarters, but failed to spot a trap and was poisoned.Sandra Quinn showed up in time to help get her down below decks while the captain ordered a search of the ship for the person who tried to break into his quarters.

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Owlbear and Overboard Halflings
Session 4

Day 5 started as any other until after dinner when Mr. Plugg had Owlbear brought up and challenged Hogarth’s bravery by offering him 100 gp if he could win in a fight against Owlbear. The fight was supposed to be a barehanded fight, and things looked bad when Owlbear’s first hit staggered Hogarth. But Hogarth valiantly recovered and saw that Owlbear had poor sight on the left side and by standing over there, could better dodge his blows. After a few of Hogarth’s hits connected, Owlbear was was getting a little punch drunk. But Mr. Plugg had a trick up his sleeves, and Hogarth’s allies watched in horror as he threw a mace to Owlbear. Despite Owlbear being armed though, Hogarth managed to hit him in the face, knocking him back and knocking the fight right out of him. Mr. Plugg ordered Owlbear to keep fighting but Hogarth sensed that Owlbear was beaten and no longer wished to fight. Hogarth declared that he would not continue a fight against a beaten opponent, winning Owlbear’s friendship. Mr. Plugg tried to continue the fight but realizing he had no support from the rest of the crew, declared it over.

Day 6, saw Solaruus Grakkor make friends with Tilly Bracket while hauling rope on the deck. That night Jheron was beaten unconscious for failing to properly swab the deck while Conchobar performed another song about a female, half-elf bard who tried to juggle demon, dwarf and orc lovers at the same time. Grokk, Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop and others enjoyed the song, and Grokk became indifferent to Solaruus after he tried to interrupt her fun by having her open the quartermaster store. Xorlox gave Tilly money during a game of Heave with Narwhal’s gang and earned her friendship as well.

Day 7 started with heavy rain and a building storm. The voyage became so rough that Hogarth became sea sick, and Fae and Jheron had to fight to keep their food down. Jheron worked as a rat catcher and helped Badger Medlar out, earning her friendship. Solaruus manned the bilges alongside Sandra and Jack Scrimshaw. Asking about Jack’s wound from earlier earned Solaruus Jack’s friendship. Fae tried to make amends with Aretta Bansion but failed to change her mind about the heroes. Hogarth was given the day to talk to Grokk when Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop woke up with a hangover and wanted quiet in the galley. Bartering some items and gold found in the kitchen, Hogarth was able to retrieve Rosie’s fiddle from the quartermaster. He also talked to Grokk about the possibility of there being brandy on board that was not controlled by the Captain.

That night, Hogarth gives the fiddle to Jheron with instructions to return it to Rosie. When he does, Rosie becomes helpful to the heroes. Solaruus goes looking for Sandra but runs into Tilly instead. Very taken with the half-orc, the woman seduces Solaruus by saying even though this was not a slave ship, he had enslaved her heart and the two spent a short time in a jolly boat teaching Solaruus about humanoid mating rituals.

Day 8 started very early as the building storm finally hit the Wormwood. All of the crew were needed on deck and all of the heroes were assigned work in the rigging. Jheron worked with Badger on repairing the rigging and made her friendly. Fae was working in the upper rigging while trying to talk to Conchobar. Unfortunately her inattention to her duties but a sail at risk and Rosie was knocked overboard while trying to help fix the situation. Fae threw a rope to her while yelling out “Man overboard” but unfortunately was not strong enough to assist and Rosie slipped further and further from the ship. Xorlox though heard the shout and came to assist but trying to pull her in and calling for others to assist. Jheron and Solaruus arrived soon to help pull and Fae tried to climb down the mast to help pull Rosie back on board.

The rain and winds caused Fae to slip and fall to the deck below, taking some damage. Hogarth, hearing the commotion, took over for Solaruus and started to pull Rosie back to the ship. Solaruus tried to also climb down the mast to help Fae pull Rosie onboard but slipped and managed to catch himself on the mast. As Fae made it to the port side of the ship to try to spot Rosie, Hogarth, Jheron and Xorlox managed to pull Rosie closer to the ship. Solaruus, after slipping again off the mast, landed on the deck and went to help Fae pull Rosie on board. However, the wind and wet deck caused Fae to slip and slam into Solaruus, losing their grip on her. Thankfully, Rosie was able to grab the side of the ship and pull herself back on board.

Soon thereafter, the crew was allowed time on the deck to receive their dinner of sea biscuits and the news that they would all need to work through the night, until the storm passed.

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Battle of the Bilge!
Session 3

Day 4 started with Jack Scrimshaw, running out on deck from the bilges. He was bleeding from something that attacked him. Mr. Plugg ordered the heroes down into the Bilges to investigate. There they found and fought some dire rats. After the battle, many items were found lost in the broken crates and ankle deep waters.

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A Rude Awakening!
Session 2

Day 2 started off with a fight between the heroes and a druid name Xorlox and Tam Narwhal Nate’s gang. Some memorable moments included Hogarth kneecapping Fibbs Chumlett and cutting off his beard; Fae facing off against the killer Slippery Sly Lonegan; Solaruus Grakkor putting the half-orc Jaundiced Jape to sleep; and Xorlox hitting Arreta Bansion with a static charge as she tried to flee. The barehanded fight ended with Narwhal’s gang unconscious on the ground and the heroes victorious.

Mr. Plugg was shocked to see the heroes arrive on deck and Narwhal’s gang unconscious below deck. Xorlox, Teech Blackfyre, Slaruus, and Fae all were given rope bashes as punishment for arriving on deck late. Hogarth talked to Grokk while taking care of the inebriated Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop and made her helpful. Fae worked with Badger while hauling rope and made her Indifferent. Teech insulted Crimson, making him hostile, and then got punishment duty for not paying attention to her job as lookout. That night, Conchobar started to perform a song, but Fae wanted more attention so she sang over the top of him while using some magics to create an outstanding show. Conchobar, becoming hostile from this action, beginnings to recount tales of female bards who are harlots, prideful and/or failures.

Day 3 was fairly unremarkable except Hogarth made Krosp friendly.

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Press-ganged!
Session 1

Teech Blackfyre novice pirate, Jheron elven ranger, Solaruus Grakkor half-orc sorcerer, Hogarth dwarf cook and fighter, and Fae the half-elven bard were five strangers who all went to the Formidably Maid in Port Peril. While at the Maid, or as they were leaving, they are beset by Master Scourge and his minions and press-ganged to join the crew of the Wormwood.

After waking up in the hold of the Wormwood, Master Scourge and some of his cronies, forced the quintet to the main deck of the ship. There they were introduced to CaptainBarnabas Harrigan and told they were now crew of the Wormwood. With Port Peril quickly fading away in the distance, Barnabas Harrigan left the new pirates in the hands of Mr. Plugg do give new jobs.

The first job was to find a new rigger. Teech Blackfyre, Jheron, Solaruus Grakkor and Fae were all ordered to climb the main mast. Teech Blackfyre and Jheron seemed to find the task very simple, while Solaruus Grakkor and Fae seemed to struggle a lot. As Teech Blackfyre and Jheron reached about halfway up the mast, Solaruus Grakkor was still not even hardly started, while Fae actually slipped in water and fell on the deck to the delight of the watching pirates. Mr. Plugg was so disappointed in Fae that he ordered Hogarth to start up the mast. No sooner had Hogarth started to protest that he was a cook not a monkey then Teech Blackfyre managed to leap to a nearby rigging line and launched herself to the top of the mast, thus securing her a position as the newest rigger and being ordered to the crow’s nest.

Mr. Plugg then ordered Hogarth to the Galley where he was to serve as the new Cook’s mate, working with Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop. Jheron, Solaruus Grakkor and Fae were all designated as swabs and given different tasks. While working on ropes, Fae tried to make friends with Giffer Tibbs, but talked too much and just bored her. Solaruus Grakkor worked hard on ship repairs all day, while Jheron became familiar with the ship while running messages between officers and crew.

Hogarth was taken to the Galley where he met Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop. Before falling into a drunken stupor, Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop ordered Hogarth to gather fish for the nights dinner. Hogarth searched the galley and found some bags for fish and a belt pouch, in which he placed the empty rum bottle. Hogarth spent a few hours collecting fish from the starboard nets, including a blue marlin, before returning to the galley to cook dinner. While the fish stew was boiling for the crew and the blue marlin baking for the captain, Hogarth spent some time organizing the pantry.

At the end of the day, the Crew was ordered to the Main Deck for the “Bloody Hour.” This particular night saw the interrogation and keelhauling of Jake Magpie, a rigger caught stealing from the Quartermaster’s Store. After watching the thief be thrown overboard to be ripped apart by the rudders and drown in the deep ocean of the Shackles, his body was thrown to the sharks below.

After dinner, the crew was given their rum ration, except Solaruus Grakkorforced Barefoot Samms Toppin to drink his instead. With rum in their bellies, the crew began to have some fun and games. Fae enchanted the crew with a lively sea chanty. Hogarth returned to the Galley to continue sorting it and found a dagger. Solaruus Grakkor attempted to take the steering wheel but was kicked down the stairs by Content Not Found: riaris-krine, the Master Gunner of the Wormwood. Teech Blackfyre tries her hand at the drinking game Heave, but passes out after her first cup. Jheron talks with Rosie Cusswell about her missing fiddle.

As the crew starts to bed down, Sandara Quinn heals Solaruus Grakkor and Jheron of their wounds.

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