The Barnacle's Revenge Campaign

Entering the Sahaugin Tunnels
Session 28

2400 XP Earned

After a night of rest and recovery, the crew was treated to a spectacular show at sunrise. As the sun hit the cliffs of Mancatcher Cove, the shadows created the illusion of a grinning skull, with a flash of gold giving the impression that the skull had a golden tooth. The Crew had found the “Grave Lady’s prize tooth” mentioned in the verse on the treasurer map.

Teech Blackfyre, Fae, Xorlox and Narissa traveled up the cliff face to find the two cave “eyes” of the skull. Teech crept down the corridor of the right eye and detected a trap. Unfortunately, while trying to disarm the trap she accidentally set it off, sending her flying back to the tunnel entrance as a stake covered log punched her in the stomach.

Meanwhile, Xorlox squeezed through the entrance of the left eye, finding the roots of a large tree in the shape of a old man with an ancient beard. The half-elf druid had found the “Old King’s Hoard” from the verse. Fae healed the captain and then everyone joined Xorlox in his tunnel. They dug ten feet down and found a layer of wooden beams across the pit bottom. Xorlox tried to bash the beams, and slid 30 feet down into a underwater chamber. The Crew had found an entrance into the tunnels of Krelloort’s sahuagin tribe.

After taking several potions of underwater breathing, the party journeyed underwater and right into a sahuagin ambush. Alerted by the The Barnacle’s Revenge fight with the canopy creeper the night before, Krelloort had ordered guards to stake out the old entrance from Captain Wolfe’s former treasure hoard. After fighting their way through several underwater chambers, the crew came across a hatchery of locathah eggs. In the next chamber they found a locathah matriarch, whose legs had been savagely removed by the sahuagin to keep her penned up. After being freed, the matriarch collected her eggs in a sack. The matriarch asked for help escaping the sahuagin. The crew agreed but needed to find a way out first.

After shapeshifting into a jigsaw shark, Xorlox was able to scout out the next underground chamber, which turned out to be a feeding hall with three sahuagin warriors and eight sahuagin noncombatants (elderly, infirm or young) feasting on the remains of a lacathah rescue party send to save the captured locathah matriarch. While Teetch and Xorlox fought the warriors, Fae captured a disabled sahuagin named Gimpy who told her about some of the underwater caves.

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Welcome to Mancatcher Cove
Session 27

2280 XP

Recovered from the attack on Tidewater Rock of Windward Isle. Deciphered the map from Isabelle Locke’s body and determined that it lead to Mancatcher Cove. After a week of travel, The Barnacle’s Revenge sailed into the blue waters of Mancather Cove just as twilight descended.

The Cove was surrounded by steep cliff walls, leading to a jungle covered isle. The ancient jungle trees and vines have grown so large as to span the hundreds of feet of the cove, creating a canopy of foliage that ran over the top of the ship.

Captain Teech, First Mate Fae, Ship’s Surgeon Jheron, and Armsmaster Xorlox heard something coming from the tiller. Xorlox jumped into the water and turned into a shark to investigate, while the other gathered at the rear of the ship to keep an eye out. Xorlox found several sahaugin sabotaging the tiller while their hammerhead shark mounts served as guards. The sharks attacked Xorlox and the crew quickly joined combat.

While concentrating on the attackers in the water, the crew was caught by surprise when a canopy creeper started grappling crew by the front of the ship. Those on the ship quickly turned to this new attacker. After employing the ballista, many spells, arrows and bolts, the crew managed to kill the plant attacker, while Xorlox protected the tiller from further attacks.

As deep night settled on Mancatcher Cove, the crew started to tend to their wounds and wondered if they would make it to morning, when they could start their hunt for the treasure indicated on the map.

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Holding the Rock
Session 26

Captain Isabelle Locke and her crew from the Thresher attacked Tidewater Rock of Windward Isle. Two row boats full of pirates were prevented from entering the keep by a quick spell from Xorlox that sealed off the entrance to the keep while Jheron directed the island’s defenders to fire at the attacking ship.

Captain Locke turned out to be a spellcaster of some skill, when she turned herself invisible and flew to the top of the keep to attack the defenders directly. After neutralizing Telemain d’Cannith, she blasted the other defenders with lightning bolts and other magic attacks. Teech and Solaruus were able to take her out, allowing them to discover a map tattooed to the back of the female pirate captain.

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Manticore's Roar
Session 25

A few days after Jheron and Agasta Smythee were married, Captain Teech Blackfyre, First Mate Fae and Xorlox tried out the farglass that the Lady of Tidewater Rock gave as a dowry to her new elven husband. Teech did not have any luck with using the farglass, but Xorlox was able to see a Rahadoumi schooner a half day’s journey from Windward Isle. He noticed a few marines and a large cage on the upper deck.

Leaving Jheron to get acquainted with his new wife, the rest of the Crew boarded the The Barnacle’s Revenge to head after the merchant vessel. To surprise the Rahadoumi, Xorlox created a fog in front of the Revenge. Then the druid turned into an eagle and flew above the pirate ship, preparing to cast a spell while Teech ordered the crew to ready the catapults. When they were close enough to the other ship, Xorlox created a fog cloud on the other ship’s deck.

The crew opened the cage releasing a manticore into the air. The crew fought the manticore and defeated the crew of the vessel.

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Cracking the Rock
Session 24

The crew sailed to Tidewater Rock of Windward Isle. As they journeyed, Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop and Fae provided information about the history of Tidewater Rock and its current owner, Lady Agasta Smythee. Fishguts explained that the crew could take the Rock by force, stealth or diplomacy. The crew decided on a diplomatic route.

As the crew approached Windward Isle, they purposefully made efforts to present a non-threatening posture. When The Barnacle’s Revenge pulled into the lagoon of Windward Isle, they were soon greeted by Lady Smythee herself who wanted to know about their reasons for coming to Windward Isle.

Captain Teech Blackfyre told the lady that they were there to make an alliance with Tidewater Rock against [[:barnabas-harrigan | Barnabas Harrigan. Lady Smythee was interested in hearing more over dinner, but required a hostage to guarantee the good behavior of the five people who would negotiate the alliance. [[:tilly-brackett | Tilly Brackett]] was chosen to be the hostage.

While Tilly was searched for weapons and escorted to the tower, the negotiation party of Teech, Fae, Jheron, Solaruus Grakkor, and Xorlox cleaned themselves up for dinner. Royster McCleagh, the sergeant-at-arms for Tidewater Rock, came down to the ship to escort the negotiation party to dinner. While he escorted them into the tower he mentioned that Lady Smythee had rules of etiquette and that she would dismiss people from the meal if they failed to meet her expectations of decorum.

Royster escorted the party to the fourth floor of the tower to the feast hall where the table was laid with fine china at seven places. Lady Smythee sat at one end of the table, the party in the middle, and Royster at the other end. Four guards stood watch around the room.

Lady Smythee introduced herself and then asked for the crew to introduce themselves. Teech introduced herself as the Captain of the Revenge and Fae as the first mate. Jheron was introduced as ship’s surgeon, Xorlox as the master-at-arms and Solaruus as the ship’s helmsman. Lady Smythee was impressed with Teech, Fae and Jheron but less impressed with Solaruus and Xorlox.

During the first course, Xorlox used the tablecloth as a napkin and Teech spat on the floor, causing the lady to banish them from her presence. Over the next few courses, Fae entertained with stories of the crew’s prowess and their hatred for Captain Harrigan. At the end of the meal, she told the remaining Crew that she would think about their offer, and provide an answer the next morning.

Xorlox and Teech ate the rest of their meal with the guards. After he finished, Xorlox left the tower and shifted into a bird. Taking flight, he explored the island looking for other buildings, but found only a small goat shed instead. Meanwhile, Teech used her hat of disguise to transform into a guard to explore the tower. She managed to pass herself off as a new guard who journeyed to the island on the pirate vessels and explored most of the tower. To leave, she transformed into a young serving wench and talked her way past the guards at the door.

After the dinner, Fae, Jheron and Solaruus are joined by Tilly who talks about a fascinating man who visited her while she had dinner in a cell. He called himself Telemain and told Tilly tales of another land far away from the Shackles, where he worked with beings made of metal. She cannot remember the name he called it, but it was war-something Tilly says.

As everyone returns to the ship, they share their impressions of the inhabitants. Many believe something is going on and that the Lady Smythee is up to something. However, they all agree to wait until she makes her decision the next morning before taking additional actions.

The next morning, Royster brings a roll of parchment to the ship. The officers read it to discover that Lady Smythee is willing to enter into an alliance with the Crew if Jheron agrees to marry Lady Smythee following Shackles custom. After a few negotiations, the party agrees to Lady Smythee’s plan and the wedding occurs that evening. Lady Smythee introduces the Crew to the residents of Tidewater Rock, which includes Telemain d’Cannith, the crafter of the magical items Lady Smythee sells to keep the tower operating.

Earned 320 XP each

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The Dominating Barnacles
Session 23

To replenish the ship’s repaired water tank, the The Barnacle’s Revenge set out for a nearby island with a known fresh water spring at its center. Upon arriving at the island, the narrow Revenge easily navigated up a river and further inland. Upon reaching a narrowed delta at the mouth of the river, Captain Teech Blackfyre sent First Mate Fae to lead an expedition to retrieve the needed water. Fae took Jheron, Owlbear Hartshorn, Rosie Cusswell, Solaruus Grakkor, and Xorlox. The group easily maneuvered up a river to the water source and returned to the ship without incident.

However, on returning to the ship, they noticed birds retreating towards the center of the island, fleeing something that had entered the same cove the Revenge had left earlier that day. Xorlox turned himself into a parrot and flew towards the cove to find the cause of the birds’ distress. He found a massive four-masted Chelish warship called the Dominator had anchored in the cove, apparently seeking a safe harbor to dock for the approaching night.

After Xorlox reported the situation, Teech suggested they try to take the ship, but Xorlox convinced her this was a bad idea based on the number of Chelish marines he had seen onbaord. Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop provided another option. He explained how he and several other pirates had rowed up to a similiar man-o’-war and disabled the tiller by cutting the rope that moves it. It was agreed this was the best option, so Teech ordered Fae to leading the attack on the Dominator.

Fae, Jheron, Narissa, Sandra Quinn, Solaruus, and Xorlox quietly rowed the ship’s cutter up to the Dominator. Fae used her magic to send a rope up to the outcropping next to the windows of the tiller cabin and tie itself off. Jheron climbed up the rope and peaked in, just as the ship’s boatswain led a security patrol through the room. Hanging next to a window, Jheron had no where to hide when a marine came to check that the window was secured. The marine alerted the other 2 Chelish guards, however, with his quick wits, Jheron quickly pulled the surprised marine out the window, causing him to land in water next to the partiy’s boat.

Jheron proceeded to swing himself into the room, and launched arrows at the boatswain, who identified himself as Commander Kyan Kain. Fae, scurrying up the rope behind Jheron, ordered him to fire again, causing Commander Kain to challenge her before sounding the alarm. Xorlox and Narissa rushed to climb the rope to the tiller room, while Solaruus coldly caused the swimming Chelish marine to fall asleep and drown. Sandra pulled a grappling hook and rope out of her bag and quickly ascended to a second window, only to watch it be blocked by the addition of more guards.

As Jheron moved to block one of the tiller room doors, marines poured out of both entrances and began attacking him and moving to flank Fae while Commander Kain pulled a glowing battleaxe out and struck at Fae. Fae fought back with her own crossbow and hit Kain. Meanwhile, Solaruus summoned a fire bettle into the battle, which took the attention of some of the guards so they attacked it instead of Jheron. Xorlox climbed through the window, but Narissa got halfway in because of the crowd already in the room. Sandra kicked open the window in front of her and summoned a surge of water to knock Commander Kain back into the complex system of ropes and pulleys that controlled the tiller.

While Kain was tangled in the ropes, Jheron hit him again. Fae drank a potion of healing as marines started to target Solaruus from the upper deck . He fired back with magic missiles, killing one of the enemy bowmen. Xorlox and Narissa entered the combat, killing a marine. Seeing the room be overran with more marines, Sandra cast a spell that knocked out the marines, freeing the Crew up long enough to kill Kain and slice the rope keeping the tiller working.

While evacuating the Dominator, the Crew came under fire, and one marine tried to board the skiff. Solaruus shocked everyone by killing the wounded marine with a single spell. Soon the Crew cleared the Dominators’s bowmen and returned to the Revenge. Teech ordered the ship to depart after the others returned, and using the cover of a fog cloud, the ship quickly made it’s escape from the island their Chelish enemies.

A few days later, the Revenge came across a Sargavan galleon under attack by another pirate vessel, the Devil’s Pallor. Fishguts recognized the ship as belonging to the notorious slaver Captain Gortus Svard. The crew decided to reclaim the galleon from Svard and to take his ship as their own. With some expert maneuvering, Solaruus managed to use a feint to get in close to the pirate vessel.

While Teech manned the Revenge, the rest of the officers quickly attacked Svard, under the impression that Svard’s crew will surrender if their captain is captured or dead. After precision shots from Jheron’s bow, a geyser of air throwing him into the air that was summoned by Xorlox, and deadly magic missiles fired by Solaruus, Svard was dead before he or his crew could react. The Squallor’s crew quickly surrendered. After looting the plunder from the merchant vessel, Teech evenly split the Squallor’s crew with the crew of the Revenge and then took command of the Squallor with Rosie Cusswell as his first mate, and Clyde, Jack Scrimshaw and Ty Le filling in as the rest of the officers. Then both ships set sail for Tidewater Rock.

Plunder: Gained 2 points from Sargavan galley

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Downtime in Bloodcove
Session 21

Group puttered around in Bloodcove buying items and gearing up for departure from the port.

Met some new people in port:

  • Cassandra of the Crone’s Eye, an arcana shop in Free Trade Square. She had a conversation with Solaruus Grakkor, telling him he needed to accept his past with Lamashtu before he could move into his future. Also gave him a book written by a Sorcerer who had an aberrant past as well.
    *Florea of the Conclave of Bloodcove Badgers, head of the Druids in the area. She bartered with Xorlox for the creation of magical items.
    *Ty Le, a monk who was drinking at the Witchlight Inn. Teech Blackfyre took umbrage with Ty Le for his comment about her her poor attempt at gaining Infamy for the crew. This triggered a bar fight that forced Clyde, Devanor Ondovir, Fae and Rosie Cusswell to come to their aid. Rosie was taken down by 3 bar patrons, while Fae took on an enraged prostitute who took issue with Fae putting “her man” to sleep. At the end, Ty Le agreed to join the crew and
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Peering Through the Veil
Session 20

Fae, Teech Blackfyre and Xorlox met with Devanor at the Witchlight Inn after the fight with the naga. Because of their concerns about the disappearances, Devanor offered to look for information about the former innkeeper’s nephew, Mynafee Gorse, from his local contacts. Teech still did not trust Devanor, but Fae did not find a hidden motive, except to impress her. Fae and Xorlox stayed at the Inn to tell tails of the crew of the The Barnacle’s Revenge, in an effort to increase the crew’s infamy.

Bored the Inn, Teech went to Shaduk’s Ninepins to gather information. Learned about different things, including sightings of the ghost ship Deathknell and the Thresher, a ship belonging to Isabella “Inkskin” Locke but when she tried to get more information about attacks on pirate vessels by Cheliax patrols, she was spotted and caused an exodus from the gambling den.

While trying to sneak back to the Witchlight inn, she ran into Crimson Cogward and 3 others. Crimson wanted revenge for the death of Conchobar, so Teech challenged him to a duel. They fought, and were pretty evenly matched, quickly wounding each other, until Crimson lost his temper and flew at Teech knocking them both into the water. Teech surfaced away from the remaining guards and saw them retrieve something from water. Nearly dead on her feet, Teech hurried back to the ship for healing.

The next morning, Fae, Teech and Xorlox met with Devanor to discuss what he had learned. He explained that everyone had gone to ground in regards to the Aspis Consortium and that Mynafee Gorse had disappeared from his lodgings sometime the night before. Devanor explained that Petrune the current innkeeper had worked for Gorse’s uncle Minegul but had taken over the inn after he disappeared.

Teech said she wanted to look into Petrune more, so Devanor suggested they check out his office on the second floor of the Inn. Xorlox broke the door down and they began looking through Petrune personal things. In his personal office, they found a ledger that Fae determined was faked to conceal large sums of money being spent on something. In his rooms they found robes; black candles; and hidden in a secret compartment a key, spellbook and spell components.

Teech kicked in the door into the last compartment and found an altar with journal from Petrune, discussing how he developed his necromatic abilities and how he was using those abilities to serve Groteus. Devanor recognized the altar symbols as belonging to Groteus, God of the End Times and Devourer of Worlds.

Using key from secret compartment, unlocked door to stairs leading down beneath the Inn.
Among the lower roots, they ran into zombies before finding a secret entrance into the city sewers. Sewers lead to underground chamber where Petrune had zombie guards and set up altar to Groteus. During fight with zombies, Devanor reveals he is also a cleric of Cayden Cailean, god of alcohol, bravery and freedom.

The foursome fights through zombie guards only to be hit by a fireball from Petrune that knocked Devanor and Fae unconscious, and left Xorlox and Teech barely able to stand. Petrune revealed how ha had sacrificed slaves to Groteus then raised them as zombies to do his bidding. He thought Devanor’s god had sent him here to stop Petrune from summoning Groteus. Xorlox revived Devanor, and Teech took healing potions. Devanor healed the party, reviving Fae. Petrune fire magic missiles at the group, then summoned more zombies.

Xorlox cast Fog Cloud to provide cover the zombies, and shield the Crew from Petrune’s view. As the wounded group was trying desperately to heal themselves to confront the necromancer, they suddenly heard someone coming up the sewer tunnel to their rear. Fearing the worst, the group was surprised when it turned out Sandra had brought Jheron, Rosie, Owlbear, and Clyde plus Aspis Consortium mercenaries, all to save the party and kill Petrune.

The clerics healed the group, while Narissa and Xorlox went to attack the zombies in the fog. Teech drank a potion of invisibility, then sneaked through the fog using a wall to guide her towards Petrune. The clerics kill the rest of the zombies with channeled positive energy and Clyde, Jheron, Narissa, Sandra and Xorlox all run into the fog after Petrune. Devanor tells Fae that she had to choose her destiney to go into the fog or not, but his path led another direction. Fae decides to join the others and plunges through the fog as well.

Teech sneak attacks Petrune, piercing him through the back with her rapier, with Narissa and Xorlox joining her soon after. As the others came out of the fog to confront him, Petrune steps back towards the altar kills himself as a final sacrifice to reveal Golarion to Groteus. As his blood touched the altars, greenish blue energy tears open a rip in space, revealing the presence of Groteus. He energy unleashed creates a strong wind that blows away the fog and knocks any not by the altars down the sewer tunnel.

Groteus tries to enter the plane, but Sandra and Clyde channel energy to fight him off, but cannot do it alone. The rest of the remaining crew by the altar joins in and concentrates on closing the portal. They are successful but it leaves a mark on the group.

While recovering from fight, Sandra reveals about Kelim Esteban tracking down Fishguts because of Aspis Consortium captain being ransomed back to them, only captain was never hired by official Aspis Consortium. Turned out Petrune had killed his boss, Minegul Gorse and pretended to be him to conduct unapproved business as the Aspis Consortium, including the slave trade operations. Aspis Consortium rewards group for the death of Petrune.

1100 XP Awarded. Everyone is now level 5 and the Ascension of rest of group.

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Disappearance at the Witchlight Inn
Session 19

The Crew arrives at Bloodcove, a small port city built on the roots, trunks and branches of huge mangrove trees. Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop directs Solaruus Grakkor to steer the The Barnacle’s Revenge to the docks at Warehouse Row.

There they are met by Tesha Umbertine, the Dockmaster of Bloodcove, who asks Teech Blackfyre for information about their ship, and purpose in Bloodcove. After docking, Teech leads the officers and Clyde towards the Witchlight Inn, a prominent inn in Warehouse Row. Moss hangs from the inn’s eaves and glimmers in moonlight, giving the inn the eerie appearance from which it takes its name. Fishguts recommends the Inn and states the rumors about the Inn are not true and no one has disappeared on any of his stays.

Soon the Revenge’s Crew is seated at a table by a mouthy waitress. After serving everyone their drinks (Withlight ales for the Captain and Navigator, Elven wine for Fae, Orc’s Balls for Xorlox and water for Jheron and Clyde, the waitress left to get their food. A handsome half-elf stopped by the table and introduced himself as Devanor Ondovir, a traveling storyteller. He asks for tales of their recent adventures, and after permission from Teech, Fae recounts their exploits on Bonewrack Isle with the Brinebrood Queen.

Soon the officers get tired and start to go to bed. Devanor escorted Fae up to her room, with Xorlox and Narissa following soon after. Teech made arrangements for room and board for the officers, while Clyde and Jheron went up to sleep. Teech was escorted up to the Captain’s accommodations, leaving Solaruus at the table, falling asleep. The last thing he felt before passing out was clawed hands gripping his shoulders.

The next morning, Fae woke up to Devanor knocking at her door. She asked him if the Elven wine was normally so potent, and he replied that the previous night was the first time that he had been left with a hangover. Fae grew suspicious and went to check on the other officers. Clyde and Jheron were both in their rooms, experiencing similar after effects, but Xorlox’s room was empty like it had never been slept in.

Devanor followed Fae downstairs where she questioned the barkeep to find that the barmaid had told him that the half-orc and the snake guy would be returning to their ship and would not need rooms. Worried about her shipmates, Fae decided to head back to the ship to find Solaruus Xorlox. Clyde and Jheron soon followed after they were told that Fae had headed back to the ship.

Xorlox woke up to snoring. He was chained to a wall in a dark room, with only the small flames of a cooking fire providing faint illumination. Xorlox spotted Narissa asleep in a cage by the fire. Xorlox tried to force his chains open but could hardly budge them. After a few moments, Xorlox recognized the snoring belonged to Solaruus and woke him up. Solaruus asked what was going on, and Xorlox told him what he knew.

While they were talking, they heard the sound of scales sliding over stone. A hissing voice told them they were here on the orders of “Mother”, Solaruus to receive a gift from their mother and Xorlox because he had killed the Whale. The voice identified itself as Jolissess.

Teech woke up and found out his crew had left for the ship looking for 2 of the officers. Teech traveled to the ship to find Fae had left looking for the missing crew and Jheron and Clyde had gone below deck looking for Xorlox and Solaruus. Teech told Rosie Cusswell that she was going shopping and that the crew could leave notes for her at the Witchlight Inn. Clyde and Jheron soon followed after, hoping to find Teech or Fae to help in the search for the missing crew.

Meanwhile Fae was looking for their missing friends with Devanor’s help. By gathering information in Free Trade Square, they learned that barmaid was named Krella and was the daughter, and only child, of the missing original owner of the Witchlight Inn and that she lived in Free Trade Square.

While looking for magic items, Teech ended up at the store of Mikail, a merchant of some repute, while talking about possible purchases, Mikail gave Teech an offer for exclusive rights to sail the Revenge’s merchandise in Bloodcove. Teech took the contract to discuss with the rest of the officers later. While leaving the merchant’s store, she ran into Fae, Clyde and Jheron who were looking for the missing officers.

In their dark prison, Jolissess told Solaruus that his mother was actually Lamashtu, the Mother of Monsters. The naga reached into the pot on the stove and removed a purple clam shell that had opened in the flame. As she brought it closer, the captives realized that the shell held a purple pearl. With a quick motion the naga thrust the pearl at Solaruus’ forehead, where it merged with the half-orc. Solaruus began to have visions about his powers and other unknown scenes. As he began to become overwhelmed by the images, his last thought was an image of his mother. The naga then told the druid that he was her payment for delivering the Mother’s gift and then speared him with her tail, forcing her sleeping poison to reenter his system and causing him to pass out as well.

With the information about Krella’s apartment being in the area, Teech and Fae questioned nearby merchants about where she lived and Jheron and Clyde used the information to locate her home. Breaking down her door, they find her absent, so they search her place, finding an unknown holy symbol. Clyde calls on Gorum to detect magic, and locates an illusionary wall. Behind the wall is a staircase leading down into the ground.

Following the stairs, the search party encounters several lizard men who claim to be working the “the Dark One” and attacks the group. However, the reptiles are soon overwhelmed by the officers, who move deeper into the underground chambers. After spotting their missing crew, they are attacked by Jolissess who uses a superior knowledge of arcane magic in conjunction with her poisoned tail to try to debilitate most of the group. During the fight, Solaruus regains consciousness and using a newfound mastery of his gifts to free himself from his bonds and then to attack the naga, defeating her.

They release Xorlox and Narissa from their bonds and then searched the naga’s nest, finding many useful and valuable items.

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The Bloody Trek to Bloodcove
Session 18

The Barnacle’s Revenge is heading toward Bloodcove on the Mwangi Coast, following the slavers’ of the Aspis Consortium to their headquarters. A few hours before sundown one night, Jheron spots a column of black smoke rising into the sky. Since the ship was out at sea, with no land in sight, the Crew determines it can only be a ship burning and decide to investigate.

Soon, the Crew can see a Chelish naval cutter has defeated a Shackles pirate ship. Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop tells the Officers that Chelaxians typically attack pirate ships, and then execute any surviving pirates by locking them below decks and setting the pirate vessel on fire. Teech Blackfyre orders the Revenge to approach the Chelish cutter with setting sun behind them so they can catch them unaware.

Solaruus Grakkor maneuvers the Revenge skillfully into place beside the cutter, catching them completely off guard. The Crew quickly grappled the Chelish ship, and the Officers lead the attack on the few marines manning the ship. Despite casualties among the Crew, they kill the marines and take Captain Cyvantris Tisserond of the Famished Mane captive. They quickly, send Crew over to the burning pirate ship and capture the remaining Chelish marines, and free the pirates. The pirates turn out to be the remaining crew of the former pirate ship Vorsfang, infamous for the bad luck that befalls its crew. All fourteen of them agree to join the crew of the Revenge.

Fishguts points out that there is now enough crew to man a second ship, and that they could ransom the Mane and her crew back to Cheliax through special brokers in Bloodcove. Solaruus, Jheron, Rosie and Fishguts serve as officers on the Mane with most of the Revenge’s Crew, while the Vorsfang crew mans the Revenge, under Xorlox’s guidance.

Several days later on the trek to Bloodcove, both ships spot a fishing trawler riding low in the water, heeling several degrees to port, obviously taking on water, with a fishing net dragging in the water on the starboard side. There is no sign of any crew.

Fae summons a dolphin to join Xorlox, also in dolphin form, in swimming over and investigating the ship. Circling the ship, the scouts find a breach in the hull on the port side and the dinghy on the stern is missing, indicating the crew possibly abandoned ship. However, on their way back to report to the ship, Xorlox spots a dinghy deep underwater and slowly sinking, with no crew on board. Teech suspects it is a trap but is convinced to send a party over to investigate the ship, since there might be something of value on board.

Most of the Officers on board the Revenge lead the search of the upper decks of trawler, finding signs of someone hurriedly removing signs of a battle. Suspecting a trap, the Crew splits up into fighting groups to traverse the stairs leading to the hull belowdecks. There they find four sahuagin lying in wait. After a short but intense battle, all but one is killed. At the end though, the last sahuagin calls out, “Krelloort will avenge us!” before biting a puffer fish spine and dies suffocating from the swelling of its throat from the effects of the poision.

After searching the bodies and gathering any usable supplies, the Crew scuttles the trawler further, to prevent it from being used as bait again. Fae wonders who Krelloort might be and how come they keep encountering their sahuagin.

A few days later, both ships reach the coastal city of Bloodcove.

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