The Barnacle's Revenge Campaign

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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Slaving the day away
Session 17

Following information gathered from the freed slaves of the defeated Truewind, the Crew tracks down a slaver den on Mohr Cay. Deciding to attack the slavers from land and sea, Xorlox leads most of the crew through the jungle while Teech Blackfyre, Fae, Jheron, Solaruus Grakkor, Clyde, Rosie Cusswell, and Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop rowed toward the slaver’s dock. Sandra was left in charge of a skeleton crew on the ship.

The Captain’s party was met with initial suspicion but after some tactful diplomacy, they were introduced to Haku, the leader of the Slaver’s den. He invited the party to a large pavilion for drinks, served by his elderly grandmother, Granny. Teech talks her way into inspecting the slaves to see which ones might suit their fake buyer. Clyde accompanies her to view the slaves.

Meanwhile Xorlox gets lost in the jungle and takes his party in circles. Finally figuring out the correct path they make their way towards the slavers’ den, but they are running much later than anticipated. While waiting for Xorlox’s group to arrive, Fae occupies Haku with ribald tales and Teech has Clyde assist her with knocking out their guide and freeing the slaves.

Granny takes offense to Fae’s stories and declares the negotiations finished. Haku argues with her, but she orders him to escort the group back to their ship. Despite Fae’s best efforts, Haku complies with Granny’s wishes, forcing Fae to attack him to prevent him from calling out more guards. Meanwhile, Teech and Clyde lead the slaves out of the slave pens, with the slaves arming themselves with the weapons from the dead guards.

While Fae leads her group in taking out Haku and his guards, they are surprised when Granny emerges from her hut to speed across the ground to knock Fishguts out with a single flurry of blows. Granny’s charge seemed to turn the tide against the pirates as guard dogs race out to hinder Jheron, while their human counterparts attack Rosie and Solaruus.

After killing the last of the slave pen guards, Teech rushes to help out at the pavilion, while Clyde chases after the slaves who run towards the Revenge’s cutter. Fae faces down Haku while most of the rest of the crew fights the guards and dogs. Jheron dodged around several of the dogs, while killing them with well placed arrows to the eyes and throat.

Clyde takes off with the slaves in the cutter but can’t convince them to row to the ship without arguing with them.

Solaruus emits viscous fluid which causes fear in several of the guards, forcing them to flee, straight into Xorlox and the rest of the crew arriving from the far side of the island. Fae manages to kill a guard attempting to stop her from killing Haku, while Granny knocks out several of the crew with deadly martial arts moves before heading after Jheron, whose arrows she easily deflects.

Between Xorlox’s reinforcements and the remaining conscious members of Fae’s team, the guards are mopped up, while Fae takes out Haku. Granny cries out at Haku’s death, then chugged a potion and disappeared.

After searching the village, the crew finds an altar to an unknown religion in Granny’s hut and correspondence from the Aspis Consortium that originated from Bloodcove in Sragava. The freed slaves agree to join the Barnacle’s Crew and the ship set sail for Bloodcove.

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Parties, Peg legs and Piracy
Session 16

The Crew were reacquainted with Captain Merril Pegsworthy at the rechristening ceremony of The Barnacle’s Revenge. After the ceremony, Fae and Pegsworthy enjoyed some private conversations before retiring for the night.

The next morning the Crew leaves Rickety’s Squibs for adventures on the high seas. At the advice of Ambrose “Fishguts” Kroop, the travel the merchants routes, searching for vessels to plunder. However, their first adventure occurs their first night at sea, when the Crew is awoken by alarms. Jheron and Solaruus Grakkor are on night watch when they catch some sahuagin sneaking on board. The Crew clashes with the creatures, killing all but one. They try to take the last sahuagin alive, but he ate a posionous fish before shouting out “Krill of Krillort will be avenged.”

A few days later the Revenge came across a merchant vessel and Teech orders it taken. After a few hours of chasing down the sailing ship, the Crew manages to grapple their target and closed for a fight with Captain Portia Runescar, a slaver merchant. After defeating Runescar and her slavers, the Crew freed the slaves and left them in command of the ship. Before leaving the ship though, several of the slaves described being held on an island a few days away. The Crew decided to track down that slaver den to conquer it.

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Getting Buzzed While In Port
Session 15

Relaxing Days

After the encounter with the water naga, the crew spent 2 calm days at Rickety’s Squibs,while the The Barnacle’s Revenge was in port being worked on. Fae spent her time spreading tales of the Barnacles crew, while Teech Blackfyre attempted to recruit more crew for the ship. Clyde spent time getting to know some of the Barnacles crew, and Xorlox helped out the local druid, Steward Chandra Bristlewick, with creating water for the wells of the port. Jheron spent his time with Rickety Hake, learning about carpentry, and Solaruus Grakkor disappeared with Sandra Quinn.

Buzzing good time

On the fifth day in port, the crew were talking about their plans for the day when, suddenly a swarm of giant wasps exited the jungle and begin attacking the village. The crew managed to defend themselves and get several villagers to safety before taking refuge in the Commons. They had just begun to relax when several villagers spotted Chandra carrying her injured apprentice out of the jungle, followed closely by several more giant wasps. The crew jumped in to save her and managed to drive away the remnants of the swarm.

Unexpected visitors

Concerned for their allies on the docks, the crew hurried down there to discover the Jheron along with Rickety Hake had managed to save most of the dock workers. They were just beginning to assess the damage when shouts rang out, that the Chelish navy had entered the cove. While Hake and most of his people ran for cover, the crew watched as a longboat pulled up to the docks, depositing several armed men.

After observing the trespassers, the crew determined they were not naval officers but other pirates, who had taken control of a Chelish ship. Teech and Fae approached the group and called out for parley. The leader of the group approached and identified himself as Merril Pegsworthy, a Free Captain come to have his new vessel squibbed. Pegsworthy said that since they had not received a signal to stay away from the cove, they assumed they could approach to conduct negotiations with Hake.

Captain Pegsworthy recognized the Man’s Promise and mentioned that Captain Harrigan was rumored to have sent his first mate to sell that vessel. Fae, sensing that Pegsworthy did not like Harrigan, said that they had reclaimed the vessel from Mr. Plugg. Pegsworthy said that he was glad to hear that Plugg and Master Scourge had finally been shown the same generosity and kindness they gave others.

Since by strict Shackles tradition, Pegsworthy had compromised the secrecy of the identity of the The Barnacle’s Revenge, the lives of he and his crew were at stake. Teech and Fae allowed him to leave without fighting. In response, Pegsworthy asked to be allowed to return in a few days for the rechristening ceremony. Since having a Free Captain christen a vessel is considered good luck in the Shackles, Teech agreed and Pegsworthy left with his men.

Boar-ed and ready for adventure

After Pegsworthy left, Hake approached to say he was thankful to the crew for peacfeully resolving the situation with Pegsworthy. He was concerned about his watchman, who usually would have prevented such an encounter from happening. He asked for the crew to travel along the treacherous trail to investigate the lookout tower on the other end of the cove. Teech, Fae, Clyde and Xorlox set out single file along the path, pinned in by sheer cliff and a 80 foot drop to jagged rocks.

While moving along the path, they came across 2 wild boars, who immediately attacked the party. Xorlox and Teech engaged the creatures in melee combat, while Fae provided support and Clyde summoned a divine weapon on Gorum. They made short work of the beasts and were able to move on to the watch tower. As they approached, a voice called out, “Shoo fly, don’t bother me!” and a large colorful parrot flapped down to circle the crew. It repeated its catch phrase and then flew back up to the watchtower. Fae and Clyde climbed up and found the dead body of the watchman, who apprently had been attacked by the wasps and died of an allergic reaction to the sting he received from the fight.

While searching the tower, the parrot took a liking to Teech and claimed her as his new owner. They also recovered his magical weapon, which along with the body and parrot, they returned to the village. Hake was grateful to have the body, so he allowed the crew to keep the weapon and told Teech that the parrot’s name was Rotgut.

Repairs and preparations

Over the next few days, Xorlox assisted Chandra in healing the injuried, while Clyde help to gather wood for repairs. Fae and Teech, now recognized as heroes to the villagers, were able to finish recruiting the rest of the crew they would need to sail out on the The Barnacles’ Revenge. Everyone was looking forward to the rechristening ceremony scheduled for the end of the week.

Session details:

1,267 xp for everyone
Gained 3 Infamy and Dispute points
Jheron- gain +1 bonus to craft(Shipbuilding) or Profession (shipbuilder)
Solaruus has cemented his relationship with Sandra
Teech gained a new pet, Rotgut the parrot
You now have enough crew to sail the ship without penalties

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Squibs, Brawls and Nagas, Oh My!
Session 14

Lacking sufficient crew, it took the Man’s Promise 4 days to reach the Slithering Coast and Rickety’s Squibs estuary. Teech Blackfyre and Fae showed the Rickety Hake around the ship. He said it would take 2,000 gp and 8 days to complete the squibbing of the Man’s Promise into the The Barnacle’s Revenge. By selling all the ship’s Plunder, as well as most of the other treasure on the ship, plus Teech and Fae throwing in their own personal money into the deal, Hake was paid his money. He also offered to install a hidden compartment on the ship for an additional 500 gp. When the officers couldn’t pay for it, Hake offered to front the ship a loan for the compartment, with 50% interest due as shares of the ship’s haul, until the debt was paid. The officers agreed and the ship was towed into port for work to begin.

The crew were taken to the Commons, the local inn, where they were provided rooms for free but told they had to pay for their food, drinks and other supplies. Fae made friends with Chandra Bristlewick, the local druid, who told her about the drought they had been experiencing for several months, and how it had caused tensions between the village and the local naga population. Chandra had also been creating water to provide to the village farmers. Meanwhile, Teech had wandered over to a boisterous crowd centered on a human man named Clyde, who turned out to be a shipwrecked cleric of Gorum, who was saved by the village supply ship. Teech challenged Clyde to an arm wrestling contest, and when it was a draw, they began talking about Clyde’s future and came to terms for Clyde to join the ship’s crew. Solaruus Grakkor had wandered off with Sandra Quinn, while Jheron was touring the craftsman shops with Hake.

As afternoon turned to evening, Fae began to tell stories of the crews battles with the undead on Bonewrack Isle while Teech recruited some additional crew. Xorlox was enjoying a drink with Narissa, and most of the other crew had gone to bed. A drunk began bothering Clyde, who responded by shoving the man away. When the drunk fell into a table of his friends, all four of them jumped up to attack Clyde. Fae jumped off the stage to help out but missed her target, while Teech ordered the 3 new crew members to help out Clyde. With Fae and the new crew involved in the fight, a few other bystanders decided to jump in to help out the locals, forcing Xorlox and Teech to join the fray. After a few minutes, all the attackers had either been beaten unconscious or surrendered to the crew. The staff thanked the crew for not damaging any of the Common’s property. Fae gave money for the locals to pay for drinks on them, and then paid gold for the new crew. Clyde was told he would be serving in the bilges, once the ship left port.

The next morning, the crew received invitations from some of the locals, to join them for a game of nine pin, in thanks for not damaging the inn. After arriving at the dock, though, one of the locals was injuried and another knocked into the water, when a naga attacked. Apparently, driven mad by “drought rage,” the naga was lashing out at the village for taking her water. Xorlox tried to negotiate with the creature but it attacked him instead. While Fae and Clyde dried to rescue the local, Xorlox, Narissa and Teech engaged the creature. With the local rescued, Fae rushed to join the melee, while Clyde summoned a spiritual greatsword to attack the create from the water.

After a few tense moments of attack and counterattack, the naga dove back into the water where it was ultimately killed. Shortly after that, Hake arrived to thank the Crew for saving his men. To repay their bravery, he added a second hidden compartment to the Revenge for free.

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A Queen and her Whale
Session 13

The party entered the central cave of the Rip Tide Cove and were confronted by the Brinebrood Queen of the grindylows and her abnormally large sized son, the Whale. They had been feeding off Rosie and Sandra and had them hanging from the ceiling of the large pool like chamber with silver ingots tied to their arms and legs. As the party entered, the Brinebrood Queen told them that their companions would be punished for the “fleshlings invading her domain” and then cut the bonds holding their missing companions, forcing them into the water to drown.

Xorlox, Solaruusand Jheron, who were standing on the edge of the cave floor right beside water, were attacked by the Whale, who tried to eat Solaruus, but missed. Solaruus used his half-orc strength to jump over the Whale and land in the water behind the large grindylow. He swam towards Sandra and Rosie to rescue the drowning pirates. The Brinebrood Queen pulled out a wand and summoned an octopus revealing her to be a spellcaster of some kind. While Xorlox enchanted his mace and Jheron pulled out his box, Teech leapt onto the back of the Whale and began slashing at it. Fae moved up to starting hindering the monster from the front. Crimson moved up from the rear to fire at the Queen, but missed. Rosie and Sandra both sank down in the water.

Jheron fired a shot at the Queen, managing to bypass her defensive spells, but made himself the target of the Whale’s rage. With one gulp of his large mouth, the Grindylow abomination swallowed Jheron whole. Solaruus dove under water and managed to free Sandra’s hands. But then he was grappled by the octopus at the Queen’s command. Having finished his enchantment to his mace, Xorlox used the hardened wood to hit the Whale on the nose, dislodging Jheron’s body from the aberration’s mouth. Teech took advantage of the creature’s pain to continuing slashing at its back. Fae and Crimson both tried to help but to failed to hit. Sandra tried to free herself from her leg shackles but could not cut through the tight sinew and seaweed bonding her to the silver weights. Rosie continued to drown as her body was carried along on the tide pool currents, running into the Octopus who was startled into letting go of Solaruus.

While Jheron’s bleeding body began to drift under water, the Whale flung himself backward against the wall of the cave, causing damage to Teech but not knocking him off. Solaruus grabbed hold of Rosie, swam down to Sandra’s legs and released her bonds. The Queen then turned her attention to Teech by throwing her harpoon at the half-elf, sinking the weapon deep into her body and telling her to get off her son. Then to everyone’s surprise, the harpoon slid back out of the pirate’s body and back into the hands of the Queen. Xorlox dove into the pool and landed a final blow on the Whale, killing it with a mighty blow. Teech manged to leap off the back of the dead grindylow and then swam towards the Queen. She was shocked when her rapier failed to pierce the creature’s toughened skin. Fae jumped in after Jheron, pulling him out of the water and using a healing scroll on him. Crimson fired at the octopus but missed. Sandra casting a healing spell on Rosie and then helped to free her from her bonds.

Jheron, now conscious but still badly injured, was dismayed to find his bow had remained in the body of the Whale and pulled a dagger out to fight with. Solaruus cut the last of the bonds off Rosie’s body then returned to the surface to breath in air. The Queen moved in close to Teech and impaled the half-elf on her harpoon, claiming vengeance for her son’s death. Removing the weapon from the dying pirate, the Queen jetted across the pool and exploded out of the water to land next to Crimson. She knocked the surprised pirate into the pool and made her escape. Xorlox rescued the dying Teech and her weapons, then Sandra managed to stabilize her wounds.

After searching through the chamber, the group made their way out of the caves to find a dingy from the ship had made its way around the island to pick them up. They returned to the ship to heal their wounds, then made a last foray onto the island to collect those items that were too large to carry with them across the island. Then the crew set sail for Rickety Squibs, to modify the Man’s Promise to become their new pirate vessel.

Teech is elected Captain of the new pirate crew, with Fae as her first mate. Solaruus becomes the Ship’s Navigator, Xorlox the Master at Arms, Jheron the Ship’s Surgeon. Fishguts remains as the ship’s cook.

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This is the story of some ghouls

Session 12

Moving further through the swamp, the party comes across a large tent nestled among some tents. Teech and Jheron move closer to investigate, slicing holes in the side of the tent in an attempt to be stealthy. Teech manages her section quietly without attracting too much attention, but as soon as Jheron sliced open a hole in the tent, he was pulled through the hole and into the tent.

The party managed to defeat the ghouls and moved on from the swamp to a sandy beach. While traveling along the beach the group had to survive attacks from several giant crabs. The beach lead to a path that cut up the steep mountain side to a stockade that overlooked the entire island.

After fending off a couple of vine chokers, the group explored the stockade further, finding a spyglass affixed to the wall of the stockade that looked down at the cove where the grindlylows had taken the missing pirates. At the back of the stockade, the party found what appeared to be a small room containing the remains of a dead man hanging from the ceiling and a journal. When Teech picked up the journal, the body moved and revealed itself to be a ghast. Using Jheron as a stepping stool, the ghast freed itself from the roof and attacked the party. With the help of all the party, the ghast was defeated.

The journal described the life of Arron Ivy, the surviving crew member of the Infernus, a Chelish scout ship whose mage captain used ghouls as shock troops in battle. The Infernus crashed into the reef across from Rip Tide Cove and between the ghouls escaping their bonds to attack their captors and the grindylows attacking the fleshlings who invaded their cove, most of the crew died.

A few managed to make it to shore, including the three ship’s whores and Arron Ivy, the ship’s quartermaster. Unfortunately, the mosquitos on the island transformed after feeding off the escaped ghouls, turning them into carriers of ghoul fever. The mosquitos were attracted to the perfume of the ship’s whore’s infecting them with ghoul fever. When they died of the disease all 3 whores rose again as ghouls, feeding on most of the surviving crew. Arron Ivy, managed to gather a few sailors and build a stockade to keep the ghouls out. However, over time all of the survivors succumbed to ghoul fever and were either killed by their living companions or escaped to roam the island. Arron Ivy, infected with ghoul fever and the only survivor left, attempted to hang himself but failed to kill himself instantly. Thus, he died from the fever and rose as a ghast.

Using the information fro the journal, the party found a healing spring on the island and a secret route down to Rip Tide Cove. Entering the cove, they fought of grindylows, lacedon (water ghouls) and a devilfish, without finding any sign of their missing companions.

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That Sinking Sensation
Session 11

A sinking feeling
The group continued moving across the island, intent on rescuing their shipmates and finding water and food to replenish the ship supplies. They entered a swamp but kept moving along the path from the abandoned fishing village. That path led them to patch of quicksand 70 feet across, with the remnants of a bridge that had long ago been reclaimed by the island.

After taking stock of the situation, Teech Blackfyre deftly climbed up a tree and attached a rope to a branch hanging over the innocuous looking sand. After securing her rope, she used it to jump down from the branch in an attempt to cross this obstacle blocking their path to the grindlyglows’ home. Just as she was about to make it across, two giant frogs revealed themselves in the quicksand and attempted to catch her with their large tongues. Narrowly missing one, Teech thought she was in the clear but was jarred when the second one grabbed her around her leg, causing her to loose her grip on the rope and fall into the quicksand.

Jheron immediately loosed an arrow at Teech’s amphibian captor, while Fae and Solaruus Grakkor used the rope to reach the opposite side of the quicksand and be closer help for their comrade. Xorlox tried to follow but lost he too lost his grip on the rope and fell through the brittle boards that remained from the bridge that once spanned this ancient river. The second frog took advantage of his fall to grab him up with its tongue.

Conchobhar and Crimson joined Fae and Solaruus while Teech tried to gather a rope tied around her waist to throw it to the rescuers on the solid ground. The rope fell short of the shore and Teech’s captor, slowly retracted its tongue, bringing the pirate closer to its maw of razor sharp teeth.

Jheron fired another arrow that grazed the head of Teech’s frog, while Fae picked up a fist sized rock and threw it at her captor. Suddenly the temperature on Fae’s left dropped and she looked over just in time to see Solaruus breath into his hands and gasped as it turned into a ray of ice that hit the same frog. As the temperature returned to normal, he turned around without any harm and moved towards the trees to find a large branch to use to pull their comrades back to safety.

Meanwhile, Xorlox attempted to free himself from the grasp of his frog’s tongue but was unable to find any leverage from the slimy saliva of the giant creature. While he struggled he noticed something moving through the quicksand towards them and called out a warning. Crimson and Conchobhar both fired their bows at the frog holding Xorlox, which only towed the druid closer toward its mouth.

Teech pulled out her cutlass and slashed at her captor by failed to hit it as he began to chew on her leg. Jheron, still stranded on the other side of the quicksand from the party while the rope hung loose in the middle of the liquified sand, began to leap from piling to piling, stopping on one to loose a shot from his bow that severed the tongue from the frog holding Teech. The creature’s death throes tossed the half-elf back towards the shore where Fae was able to roll her out of the tongue and onto solid ground.

Solaruus, returning with a branch, saw that Teech was safe and moved closer to assist Xorlox. At that moment, the druid was astonished to see a snake fly out of the water and attack the frog grappling him with its tongue, and was even more surprised to see the frog release him from its grasp. Taking advantage of his fortune, Xorlox began to swim back to shore in serpentine movements he had seen the snake use.

Once Xorlox was clear of the frog, Conchobhar and Crimson killed it with two well placed arrows. Unfortunately, the frog knocked the snake 20 feet on to dry land with its death throes. Xorlox was able to tend to it and realized it was only stunned. He fed the animal and became its friend. Fae asked Solaruus about the temperature change but was told that he did not talk about those things.

Swarmed
Leaving the quicksand behind them, the party moved further along the path into the swamp. As they were crossing an especially dense area of the swamp, they stopped at the sounds of a large number of bugs in a tree ahead. After a quick conversation, it was decided to try and sneak through the area and hopefully avoid another encounter. Unfortunately, Fae tripped on a vine and crashed into a muddy puddle of water, attracting the attention of a swarm of mosquitoes which attacked Jheron. Teech called out for everyone to run.

Jheron, cover with bleeding bites from hundreds of the blood sucking insects and infected him with ghoul fever, darted down the path, followed by Fae, Xorlox, and Crimson. The bugs, high with lust for the flesh and blood beings in front of them, swarmed over Fae next and covered too with bleeding wounds. Solaruus rushed by and dragged her out of the swarm and down the path, followed by Teech. Conchobhar, realizing he could not keep up with his longer legged companions, attempted to sneak through the dense swamp brush.

Jheron tried to move further down the path but fell unconscious from his excessive wounds, dropping to the ground in an expanding puddle of blood. Solaruus had no time to help the ranger though, as Fae too fell unconscious from her extensive wounds, forcing him to continue to drag her to safety. Xorlox moved to help the Elven archer but was trying to not move too far away from his new serpent friend, so Crimson reached him first and dragged him further down the path away from the blood sucking insects.

The swarm however was more enticed with the slower moving flesh and blood behind it, and enveloped the Gnome bard trying to sneak by it. Teech realizing they had no weapons to stop the insects decided to leave the Gnome to his fate, since anyone who tried to save him would probably only end up consumed as well. She shouted for everyone to keep moving and handed Solaruus a healing potion to give to Fae.

Being dragged down the path caused one of Jheron’s potions of health to break open and be absorbed into him, healing some of his injuries and stopping his bleeding. Xorlox reached the Elf in time to help him to his feet and moved down the path and across a large, shallow puddle of water that covered the entire width of the path. As the others joined them at this zone of safety they watched the insects return to feed off the fallen Gnome’s body. Teech ordered everyone to move on down the path and made a comment about the Gnome being responsible for his own fate.

Confrontation with Crimson
Crimson told them that he had not wanted to come on this rescue mission because he thought he would be used as cannon fodder for the new officers but that Conchobhar had convinced him to come by saying the new officers had taken care of their allies and would do the same for them. Apparently the Gnome had been mistaken because Teech had no problem leaving him behind while Crimson saved one of Teech’s friends. Teech responded that friendship was loosely defined and that Conchobhar got what he deserved. Fae interrupted to say that they needed to focus on saving the living then approached Crimson to give her condolences for Conchobhar’s death. Crimson replied that he only wanted to make it off this island alive and that he would remember what Teech had said.

PCs earned 320 xp.

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Good G-reef!
Session 10

In the aftermath of the mutiny, the group takes charge of the remaining pirates. Teech is assigned as Captain, Fae as acting Boatswain, Solar as Navigator, and Jheron as Carpenter. Sandra Quinn tended to the wounded, while Teech and Fae rallied the rest of the crew to keep the ship upright during the storm they found themselves in.

Wounded from the fight to take control of the ship and exhausted from their efforts to keep the ship afloat from the massive storm, the group was just about to relax as the sun came up, when a commotion below decks drew their attention. Fae, Xorlox, and Jheron went below to see Sandra Quinn and Rosie being carried down to the lower hold by Grindlylows. Fae, Jheron and Xorlox each killed one quickly before the small abberations could react, but soon found themselves facing off against one each. Fae and Xorlox ended up prone from the Grindlylows tentacels as Jheron managed to kill another one with an arrow.

As Teech rallied several pirates above deck to help out, Fae was stabbed through the chest by a Grindlylow spear and dragged towards the stairs to the lower hold. Xorlox couldn’t kill his opponent because he kept being tripped. Jheron tried to stop the Grindlylow from getting away with Fae, as Teech came down the stairs with backup. Xorlox’s opponent pinned him to the floor and would have bit his throat out except Jheron managed to distract him with a well placed arrow while, Teech finished it off. The former merchants turned pirates, ran over to the stairs and grabbed on to Fae to keep the Grindlylow from taking her below deck.

With acrobatic skill, Xorlox jumped down on the Grindlylow from above, but failed to injure him. Jheron tried to fire down at the Grindlylow on the stairs but hit the stairs instead as Teech followed Xorlox’s lead and leapt on to the stairs above the Grindlylow to block it’s tentacles from getting to Fae. As it tried to trip Xorlox, it fought off Teech, Xorlox and Jheron, while trying to find a way of escape. It finally succeeded in tripping Xorlox and leapt on him to bite him, when Jheron managed to kill it with an arrow through the head.

Xorlox untangled himself from the monster to get downstairs to try to save Sandra Quinn and Rosie. However all he found was the body of a former merchant in the forward bilges, and a trail of blood leading out into the ocean outside. At that moment, Solaruus Grakkor looked up in time to notice land appearing out of the dark in front of them and despite a valiant effort, the could not stop the ship from hitting the coral reed surrounding the land. As he was thrown in the air, Solaruus saw Sandra being taken below water by the Grindlylows.

Teech, Jheron and Xorlox raced to the upper deck where they found Solaruus injured from the crash. As Jheron pointed out the direction the Grindlylows were headed, Solaruus ran over to the jig to start untying it to go after the Grindlylows and rescue Sandra. Teech tried to stop him by insulting his grandfather. At the same time, the former merchants brought the critically wounded Fae to the Captain’s quarters, where Conchobar found and healed her, only to brag how she needed his superior skills to survive.

With her knowledge of Grindlylow behavior, Faw managed to to convince Solaruus to wait long enough for them to heal, rest and recover before heading out after the Grindlylows. While they recovered, Teech took stock of the damage to the ship and found a massive hole in the lower hold of the ship, plus the main water container was damaged, leaving the crew with only a few days of fresh water and low on supplies after the Grindlylow attack.

That afternoon, the group set out with Conchobar and Crimson in the jig headed toward some building seen in the distance. They found a deserted fishing village whose population was killed off by the Grindlylows. After exploring the village they realized that the only way to find the Grindlylow caves was to head further inland, into the swamp visible on the horizon.

OOC: Earned 240 XP

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