Jay/Nico was ill and resigned to the ship’s head
Day 349 8PM Free to do his own bidding, Captain Damiano launched himself at the beast, his rapier slicing the worm-flesh repeatedly. Temujin, paralyzed, had fallen down into the seats with a hard lurch. Father Pyrlig edged up behind Temujin and dispelled the paralysis. From the mouth of the great worm came magic phrases and the party was struck with a Mass Suffocation spell – however only Damiano succumbed as the air was extracted from his lungs – the party could see he was struggling for breath! Ray paused for breath, taking a short step backwards, unsure of his next action Mittens, back down the aisle attempted to Dispel Magic upon the Captain but he could overcome the beast’s magic.
The Captain collapsed to the ground as Temujin also tried his own Dispel Magic, but without success. Ray Lan attacked the beast, slicing it up – in turn the worm focused on Ray dealing grievous damage with it’s toothy maw, whipping tentacles and spiked tail. Father Pyrlig was able to heal Ray at a distance but Ray and the worm continued to focus on each other. The beast caught up Ray in it’s tentacles…moments away from swallowing him whole – but Temujin teleported Ray from the beast’s grasp, depositing him just behind the worm.
Temujin finally dispelled the suffocation effects upon the Captain – who was still prone and barely clinging to life until Pyrlig healed his wounds too. The Captain kipped up and attacked the beast again. Mittens attempted to light the beast up with Chain Lightning but he could not get past it’s magical protections. Ray and Damiano pressed their attack until a few moments later they were able to kill the beast – it’s corpse faded away.
Mittens scanned the theatre – he knew the yellow sign marked upon the tapestry was powerful magic and it’s aura would last for some time. He was able to dispel the sigil. Damiano looked about, some of the curtain wavered slightly, as if in a breeze. When the Captain went backstage, a door was ajar. The party gathered Lady Camilla who was a sobbing mess. Nearly hysterical, she was afraid for her life and for that of her dear Damiano. The Captain was a bit disgusted by Lady Camilla by this point.
Temujin forcibly intruded into Lady’s Camilla’s mind, sifting for information. He found that she was legitimately afraid of the beast, and in her mind, a great piece of theatre was taking place, even though no action had taken place on stage, she had merely dictated the story to Captain Damiano. However, Temujin did note that Lady Camilla had seen an old dear friend – a fellow actress (lesser to Lady Camilla, but still a dear friend). Lady Camilla feared for her friend Giaconda during the fight. Good thing it appeared Giaconda had fled the fight upon the stage.
The party had Lady Camilla lead them up to Giaconda’s dressing room – a tiny garret, which was cleared of all belongings or detritus. Where other rooms had evidence of costumes, wigs, combs, etc, Giaconda’s room was clean.
The party felt that they had had enough of opera, shows and this theatre. It had the taint of the king in yellow – but burning it down would risk many high profile buildings in this upscale neighborhood. Perhaps the party couldn’t deal with it now – but they all felt that it’s days were numbered!
The party teleported back to the Black Purrl where they took their rest and healed up.
Day 350 8AM The next morning Temujin attempted to Discern Location on Giaconda, the wayward actress-friend of Lady Camilla. She appeared to have protective magical defenses and was untraceable. However Temujin had more luck finding Hypatia – the serpentine consort of Lord Bonefist – Temujin found her hiding in a jungle cave deep in the Terwa Uplands – inland to the East.
The party paid Lon Ezeel a visit in the hold – he was a sorry sight, pummeled into a state of perpetual weakness. His heyday was over. Lon asked about his ex-wife, Sabella Ezeel, ie Lady Camilla. With the conversation going nowhere, the Captain gave Glaive leave to execute Lon Ezeel, which he did with a single stroke of his great axe.
The party was visited by the young priest of Norgerber, Janson. He greeted the party warmly and politely and offered his and his master’s, Lord Grosvene’s, congratulations to Captain Damiano – the new Hurricane King. Janson offered some learned intrigue: Assassins appeared to be mobilizing out of Sargava, eyeing Damiano and his officers. The speculation was that either the clients were happier with the status quo with Bonefist’s rule and were hiring the assassins to show their displeasure. Or, perhaps the powers in Saragava wanted to assert a little pushback, a little threat to the new Hurricane King, to show what they can do, before any new treaties are renegotiated between Sargava and the Shackles. Janson stated that the information was inconclusive – but leads were being chased and people were being hurt – all to search for the truth!
Captain Damiano gave word to allow Captain Madshanks and his fleet to return to Lord Endymion – this would allow Endymion to keep a closer eye upon the movements of Andronicus the Ass at Arena. There was talk on whether to give Eldred Seabreaker D.C.I., but there was no definitive decision on this topic. Also, it was undecided who should succeed the Master of the Gales in ruling Drenchport – Free Captain Bradesmar Wache had solicited Damiano twice…but the Captain made no ruling. Whylris Rock also needed rulership.
Les Pickens was seeing to the cleansing of Lucrehold, to remove the Bonefist stench from the premises. Mittens thought this would be ideal time for some training – and the librarians at the Mystic Redoubt, having had their treasures returned, would be more then happy to offer such training, comp’d at 100%.
Lastly, Lady Camilla would be going into her favorite haunts in Port Peril to look for her dear friend Giaconda. The party was loathe that she go unattended, but this task of accompanying her was a time sink as Lady Camilla would be wining and dining, buying doilies, pot pourri and other shit for the Captain’s quarters, spending hours talking about this play and that opera with her dear actor friends and of course, looking for her friend, Giaconda. Something needed to be done about the Camilla Situation.
[end of session 176]