Pathfinder: Skull & Shackles 2018

Session 168
June 10th 2018

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Day 343 10:30AM Captain Damiano nimbly moved through the combatants and attacked the female gnoll – Ray Lan followed up and slew her quickly. The magaavs flew above the party striking them with their bardiches. Having been stuck in teleportation stasis, Nico recast Haste upon the party. Ray Lan then moved up to the female pirate, Cyclops Jane and savaged her with his claws, killing her. The Rahadoumi, Farzam, attacked Pyrlig but he was unable to counter-attack the pirate with his trident. Temujin, cautious among all the magaavs, stayed put and readied a dispel magic. The male priest of Asmodeus moved away from the party and completed his summons – a blood lion appeared: Similar to a lion, this creature possesses vampiric fangs, glowing red eyes, and bone spikes on its back. It flew up to the party and roared, deafening Nico and Pyrlig.

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The blind mage was able to stumble down the stairs in the lower deck. Damiano heard a jolly, rumbling laugh, obviously taking delight in the plight of the stricken, blind mage. Some religious words were spoken – Damiano guessed it might have been a remove blindness. A small hatch in the front bulkhead doors opened and four marines and a leopard came out on deck and took up defensive positions. A female in armor stepped up also.

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The Captain moved towards midship attacking the priest of Asmodeus, Retrovio. Druvalia stepped up out of the hatch and stood near the foremast. She eyed the Captain and said, “It is too bad things didn’t work out. This could have gone easier!” Damiano replied, “Things are working out right now!” Druvalia attempted to cast Unwilling Shield upon Damiano but he resisted it’s effects. Mittens Chain Lightning’d the opponents forming up on the bow slaying the marines and leopard. However Retrovio was entirely unhurt and Druvalia and her two body guards were lightly damaged. Mittens them moved up to the bow to bolster the Captain’s position.

Pyrlig channeled against the magaavs flying about and harassing them. Temujin lashed out with a Stormbolts spell weakening the magaavs and the blood lion. Nico summoned three movanic devas to assist against the magaavs. The devas found themselves repelled by the magaavs protective magics and smote them from range.

Seeing Mittens move up to the bow, One of Druvalia’s bodyguards, the Paracountess, fired an Umbral Strike, a could-not-fail attack upon Mittens; she slipped and fired the black bolt into the decking.

Damiano, getting his game on, slices up Retrovio. Druvalia Thrune slides up close to Mittens and hits him with her mace, backed with a Forceful Punch spell. Mittens is starting to feel the pain of this short combat. Valeria, one of Druvalia’s bodyguards steps out of the hatch to get hit by Mittens’ claw. Ray Lan moves up to the bow, behind Valeria – as he moves the magaavs swing their bardiche’s at him – one hit sinking deep. Ray starts in upon Valeria as she is flanked between Ray and Mittens.

The corpulent, yet jolly, priest of Zon-Kuthon steps out of the mid-ship hatch and successfully hits Father Pyrlig with a black ray of Energy Drain. The no-longer blind mage flying above the deck at mid-ship is struck by Nico’s Dimensional Anchor. He shoots a Polar Ray at Mittens, but misses.

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Mittens brutally butchers the Paracountess and then starts in upon Druvalia Thrune. Druvalia is severely bloodied, but Mittens holds back…Ray continues attacking Valeria and kills her. Father Pyrlig moves alongside Mittens and gives the good healing!

Belor, the priest of Zon-Kuthon revels in the death and blood about him, but knows this fight is nearly lost. He prepares to withdraw to his sanctum. Ray moves up and gives Belor a slice…he can’t help himself, giggling at the pain unleashed at Ray, he has to give a little back. Belor gives a hearty, fell cry casting Wail of the Banshee – but the party has been bit by this spell before – everyone survives! Ray Lan and Mittens roll into Belor, savagely slaying him. Perhaps he should have used Word of Recall instead!

Druvalia Thrune, wounded yet still standing, defiant to the end as Captain Damiano closes in upon her. He swaps out his rapier for Aiger’s Kiss and drives it through her chest – as Druvalia’s legs give way, she falls backward and Damiano’s blade pins her to the deck. As Druvalia gasps her last breath, her eyes look about wildly – Damiano sees something. A ghostly apparition appears over her shoulders – a floating torso of a man, with a horn jutting from the right side of his skull. He embraces Druvalia, gives her a kiss on the cheek and she lets out her last breath. As her eyes close a soft light glows in his hand – as an aspect of the devil Geryon, he has claimed her soul as she lost the deal between herself and her grandfather, Lord Ezaliah Thrune. The aspect smiles at Damiano and fades away.

The party has taken the Chelish Man o’ War, the Abrogail’s Fury. The party put the Chelish sailors to death (with the aid of Nico’s devas) – but Temujin is a bit chagrined at the extreme cost of victory to the Chelish crew. They found much of the treasure looted from the Mystic Redoubt below in the hold. The question is, do they go directly after the coward Bonefist or head back to the battle transpiring at Saravent? Damiano gives the word that while he would like to finish off Bonefist, they owe the Free-Captains and Free Booters of the Shackles their aid first.

Day 343 Noon Mittens summons spectral sailors to man the ship and clear the decks of the valued dead, their treasures they would review soon The ensign of Captain Damiano is raised upon the main mast. The Abrogail’s Fury raises anchor and prepares to sail out of the sheltered cove, past Lucrehold and onward to Saravent.

[end of session 168]
{Day 343}

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Session 167
July 2nd, 2018

Day 343 Midnight Jonny Tom returned to Endymion and the fleet to share the fate of Andronicus’ fleet and the news of Jol Blassey at the Blood Fountain. The party and Tessa get their ships in order in the next few hours and set sail to join the fleet near Saravent. Before they leave the area, Temujin uses Vision and finds Sandara, swimming behind the Purl having been polymorphed into a turtle. Mittens failed to counter the polymorph, however Pyrlig is successful in returning Sandara to her given form. Healing is doled out and the fleet makes way the party settles in for some rest. As Sandara is back in command of the Purrl, Christopher Hawke takes command of the frigate, the Lord of the Pit.

Day 343 10AM The party is rested and Temujin casts more divinations to discover the location of the missing Ray Lan. He finds that Ray is on the plane of elemental earth. Temujin scryes Ray and plane shifts the party to the plane of elemental earth – they find themselves in an underground cavern. No sign of Ray – he could still be miles away. Mittens reads Temujin’s thoughts and gleans some details of Ray and his location and teleports the party – they land some 50’ in front of Ray – who is overjoyed at seeing them. Since he woke up that morning he had been stumbling and climbing his way through rocky underground caverns with no idea of where he was going. As Ray moved up to greet the party, two huge obsidian elementals slid out of the stone and attack the party. Damaino dashed up to one of them and sliced it up with his rapier – with each slice into it’s stony skin, liquid glass sprayed from the wound but the Captain deftly avoided the spray. Ray attacked the second elemental and Nico summoned an invisible stalker to harry Ray’s opponent. The rest of the party started ganging up on the Captain’s foe – as it was beaten up and hit with a fatal stroke by the Captain’s rapier, it’s death throes caused the beast to explode with sharp obsidian fragments spraying the party. The party pulled back from the second elemental as the invisible stalker continued to fight on. Father Pyrlig plane shifted the party back to Golarion. They were deep in a jungle…not quite sure where, but definitely in the correct hemisphere. Nico teleported the party to the wharf in Port Peril.

Day 343 10:30AM The city was quiet. There were folks out but they were pensive…would the defense fleet be victorious or would the Chelish raiding parties be sailing into port? The party spent some time talking to drunks and children; They spread coin to spread rumor of Bonefist’s cowardice. A small troop of boys told the party that the Filthy Lucre sailed into port last night, around dusk. It paused in the harbor and then sailed northeast around Lucrehold – out of the boy’s sight. With their eyeglass they could see no sign of the Filthy Lucre moored near the island fort at all.

The party debated their target, the Chelish or Bonefist. Temujin prepared an augury: Where is the Chelish flagship? The Abrogail’s Fury has secreted itself in a cove under the Mystic Redoubt. As much as they wanted to go after Bonefist – the Chelish were the priority. Before Nico teleports the party to a beach near the cove, they reinforce their magical wards.

After teleporting to the beach they scamper up the grassy ridge and note the masts of the ship…they also note smoke seeping out of the shutters of the Mystic Redoubt. They spotted winged devils, called magaavs roosting across the cove. They marched on up over the ridge where they can now make out the ship anchored in a sheltered cove. Temujin hit the deck with a sunburst spell. Only 800’ away, Mittens d’ doors the party to the ship. The party, in magical transition, feel a pause – they know this: They are subject to a greater anticipate teleport! The Chelish would be aware of their coming and have moments to prepare.

The party arrive between midship and aft of the man of war – They are surrounded by magaavs and various officers of the ship: A Rahadoumi male, a female Shackles’ pirate and a female gnoll. At midship a robed figure was crying out about being blinded. A sailor was attempting to aid him and lead him down below decks. Nearby a Chelish male stood eyeing the party.

[end of session 167]
{Day 343}

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Session 166
June 25th 2018

Day 342 8PM As the fighting continued aboard the Luck of the Draw and the attacking frigate, the Lord of the Pit, Damiano, Temujin and Mittens stayed behind to help defend Tessa’s ship and crew. Meanwhile Ray, Pyrlig and Nico (along with Nico’s earth elemental) flew off into the darkness heading for the Splash and to see how they could assist there.

Temujin cast creeping doom – a swarm of insects acted as a defensive perimeter between the two vessels so sailors attacking from the frigate were loathe to board Tessa’s sloop. Damiano waded into the crowd of attackers cutting down those that boarded her ship. Mittens, knowing that there was a caster near, flew upward scanning for the missing spell-caster.

As Pyrlig, Nico and Ray closed in on the Splash, they saw the main deck just above waves – the water about the ship was in a froth as two elementals continued to bash the hull. Glaive was flying high attacking the elementals in an attempt to defend his ship to the very end. As the trio closed in, a multi-colored cone of light hit them. Nico and Pyrlig shrugged off the damage, but Ray, hit with a violet beam, vanished. Back at the Luck of the Draw, Mittens saw the flash of color in the distance and started flying over to join his team mates at the Splash. A familiar face appeared upon the bow of the Luck of the Draw. The party recognized it as a Shackles ship mage for Bela Hawkeye – a reputable mage named Jonny Tom.

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On the Lord of the Pit, Temujin cast his own prismatic spray at the attackers as Damiano continued to thin their ranks. Mittens, Nico and Nico’s elemental closed on the invisible halfling attempting to strike it but it’s defensive magics denied them solid hits upon his person. Pyrlig cast control water on the Splash, reducing the flooding.

On the Luck of the Draw, Temujin provided Harlan Valance with much needed healing as the Lord of the Pit and it’s demoralized crew peeled off from the Luck of the Draw. Damiano joined Tessa, Harlan and Temujin at the aft deck and gave Tessa a courtly kiss upon her hand – to demonstrate that they are always at her service! Temujin then flew off to the Purrl and found the gaping passwall below decks. He was successful in dispelling the magic and sealing the hole. He spent a few moments looking for Sandara below and above decks, but without any luck.

Damiano flew to see what has happened to the Splash and the Wildcard. The party found themselves stymied by the halfling’s displacement spell. Finally Mittens casts glitter dust upon the area, lighting up the little fellow, who knew he had no position to flee. Mittens and Nico’s earth elemental pounded the halfling. As the halfling fell, Nico grabbed it’s valuable corpse – just then a small icy globe flew from the aft of the Splash and hit the party, blasting them in sweet icy damage. As the party prepared to close in upon this new caster, they heard the ‘poof’ as it teleported away.

Pyrlig helped Glaive slay the last water elemental beating up on the Splash. Damiano arrived at the Wildcard as the ship’s hull sunk with only it’s tattered masts sticking above the waves. Off in the dark, the party heard more sounds of naval combat. It sounded as if Madshanks had caught up with the rear line of the Bloody Carnage’s ships. The battle for Dahak’s Teeth has ended.

At the Captain’s command, Knuckles, captain of the brig, the Lehigh and Tessa’s sloop, the Lash of the Whip sailed after the Lord of the Pit and were able to secure it in the wee hours of the night. Nico gave Glaive a wand of make whole. Delegating the wand’s use to one of his ship sorcerers, she starts fixing the damage as she is able to.

Temujin cast a divination and found that while Sandara was missing, she was at least alive. While not definitive, it provided Temujin with hope that they could find her when they had rested and have more spells at their command. They also realized that they must see where Ray, if alive, had disappeared to.

Day 343 Midnight After the party had given orders to get the ships repaired, if possible. And to fish surviving sailors from the sea, they met up with Tessa, Harlan and Jonny Tom. The latter was able to report the following:

  • Abrogail’s Fury led the Chelish charge – it was met by Endymion and Bonefist’s fleets
  • The Chelish had additional irregular forces: drakes, caecalia’s, aquatic devils, all causing chaos behind the Defense Fleet’s lines
  • The Endurance engaged/intercepted Endymion and while many of the lesser ships were engaging Harrigan’s fleet
  • Abrogail’s Fury, led with summoned monsters (devils attacking from air and sea) appeared to be taking the Filthy Lucre. After some furious moments the Filthy Lucre appeared to clear it’s decks, drop some broadsides into the Fury and pull back quickly (likely with magical aid). With the Filthy Lucre’s surprising retreat – additional southern shackles reserves moved in, such as The Destiny (Van Marin), The Bonaventure (Pegsworthy) & the Hand of Fate (Fergal Tweens) holding the line.
  • The Chelish pulled some magical subterfuge of their own, masking their ship in a bank of fog, the Fury disappeared.
  • While the defending vessels were getting their bearings, Abrogail’s Fury was spotted south of both fleets, chasing the Filthy Lucre towards Port Peril.
  • No chase orders were given, the remaining Shackles Defense Fleet is engaged at the Line of Death.

With this information, the surviving vessels would turn and sail towards Saravent. In the morning they would see what could be done for Sandara and Ray Lan. It was highly possible that the party would disembark and teleport direct to Port Peril and see what transpired between the Hurricane King and Admiral Druvalia Thrune.

Epilogue: One moment Ray Lan was flying above the waves about to engage a pesky halfling spell-caster and the next moment he stood in a rough hewn tunnel deep underground. Vexed, he decides to move forward. While moving stealthily, a monstrous three-footed beast, with three arms and a great maw at the top of it’s body slid out from the stone. Ray continued to try and move past it, but the beast sensed his movement and slashed at him. Ray leaped back retreating. However the beast continued to give chase, shambling after Ray. Ray, more fleet than the beast sprinted down the passage and eventually lots the beast. He continued onward finding himself at a Y intersection. He chose the upper passage and some time later found the temperature rising, with steam seeping out of fissures throughout the stony passage. Soon the passageway opened into a monstrous underground cavern. Ray cannot see the full dimensions of the cavern but the temperature is hot and steamy. His progress made difficult by numerous crystal formations as big as tree trunks criss-crossing his path.

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He decided to back track and take the lower Y passage at the last intersection. Eventually he found himself in a large, but cooler cavern. Time had passed, he was tired. Ray Lan found a defensive cranny in the rocks and tries to get a little rest.

[end of session 166]
{Day 342-343}

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Session 165
June 19th 2018

Day 342 8PM The party is on the Bloody Carnage – facing southeast just after 8PM at night. The sky is clear and there is no moon. Tessa’s forces are on the starboard side, 300’ away – vague glimpses of the Luck of the Draw can be seen by lantern light. Beyond Tessa’s sloop is the attacking frigate, the Lord of the Pit. The Splash is off the port side, about 500’ away and the Wildcard is beyond the Splash. Straight ahead, 300’ and closing is the oncoming Purrl.

Round 1

Damiano slays the halfling ranger (Pia) while Temujin flies to the top of the main mast and cuts the pennant off the Bloody Carnage.

Ray joins Pyrlig and becomes invisible, but Ray Lan must have b.o. because Pyrlig moves mid-ship, heading towards the aft to join with the rest of the party. Nico moves aft-ward to Mittens while his diplodocus starts shattering the deck. Mittens stays pat as the party converges.

Round 2

Damiano grabs Pia and flies up the hatch to join Pyrlig. When he meets up with Nico, Pia goes into the corpse-bag. Temujin flies down to join the party aft-ward. All by himself mid-ship, Ray moves back to join the party, where Pyrlig casts moment of greatness upon everyone and then Nico hastes the party. The party quickly discusses the details and decide to split up. Pyrlig, Ray & Nico start flying over to the Purrl while Temujin, Damiano & Mittens fly towards the Luck of the Draw.

Round 3

Temujin, Damiano & Mittens flying to the Luck of the Draw spot a D.B. Fireball strike the deck of the Luck of the Draw but they can’t identify the caster in the dark. Pyrlig, Ray & Nico continue flying to the Purrl

Round 4

Temujin, Damiano & Mittens start closing in on the Luck of the Draw, seeing the Lord of the Pit alongside and attacking sailors pouring over the deck onto Tessa’s sloop. Still no one could spot the caster.

Aboard the Purrl, Ray noted a small fellow floating off the deck, over the sea and mentioned it to Ray and Pyrlig. Ray flew up to the trickster and sliced him up with his claws. Pyrlig flew up to the trickster and hit him with an umbral ray. The halfling didn’t suffer from any blinding side effects but winced at the pain. Nico went below deck and attempted to dispel passwall but failed.

Round 5

Damiano notes the dire straits of Harlan and Tessa – he moved to the Lord of the Pit to attack an officer; he strikes true, but takes cold damage in return. Temujin moves up to the aft deck of the Luck of the draw with Harlan and Tessa. The officer attacked by Damiano steps back and points a Finger of Death at Damiano – who withstands the massive damage and just winces a bit. Temujin healed Tessa. A second caster/officer attempted to cast Feeblemind on Damiano but he resisted it’s effects. Mittens cast a chain lightning upon the Lord of the Pit vessel hitting many sailors and killing one officer.

Ray sliced up the halfling caster who was tottering/floating in the air, only to receive a flame strike cast by Father Pyrlig – the halfling fell into the sea. Nico calls upon the ship and crews villainy and infamy and casts control water to reduce the flooding in the Purrl and hold off further flooding for some time. Two other casters, unseen, cast baleful polymorph and curse of magic negation upon Father Pyrlig but his faith and resolve was strong.

Round 6

Damiano flies up 10’ and throws daggers as the officer – 2 hit true past his magical defenses. Temujin shot the caster, yet he still stands alive. The officer Damiano was fighting steps to the ship’s rail and casts ice strike at Temujin and moonstruck at Damiano. Temujin, Tessa and Harlan take the cold damage but Damiano’s mind stays intact. Another officer attempts a baleful polymorph but fails. Mittens closes in on the mid-ship officer and attacks.

Aboard the Purrl a great wave crests and lands on the main deck. Two huge elementals stand up and attack Pyrlig and Ray. Ray attacks the smaller elemental and Pyrlig follows up with a chain lightning up the two elementals. Nico summons an earth elemental who sidles up behind the larger elemental and strikes it.

Round 7

Damiano threw daggers at the officer he was targeting and slays him. Temujin attempted to sleep the second officer but his resolve is firm (and he was chocked up on caffeine). However Mittens claws up the second officer.

Ray, Pyrlig and Nico’s elemental all gang up on the single, larger, elemental with weapons, slams and magic missiles. Pyrlig is hit by a slay living spell, but survives, taking just a bit of pain.

Round 8

The officers slain, Damiano wades into combat with the sailors still trying to get aboard the Luck of the Draw. Temujin casts stormbolt and Mittens cast lightning ball upon the deck of the frigate further thinning out the crowd of sailors.

Ray slays the largest elemental and it dissipates into sea water. Pyrlig starts to heal himself but is then struck by a freezing sphere for more damage. Nico’s earth elemental turns upon the smaller water elemental.

Round 9

Damiano continues to wade through sailors aboard the Lord of the Pit. Temujin adds to the chaos by casting creeping doom between the two ships to hem in the frigate’s attackers. Mittens looks around for that missing spell caster but finds no one in sight.

Ray attacks the elemental again, but it clings to life, but is looking tatty. Father Pyrlig channels healing, and pain against the elemental. The water elemental shrinks and transforms to the body of a dead gnome lying upon the deck.

Battle over

With the immediate combat over, Kroops, Badger, Otondo, get the crew back in order to get the Purrl ship shape now that the immediate danger of sinking is over. Sandara is still nowhere to be found. Pyrlig, Ray & Nico (and Nico’s flying elemental) start flying towards the Splash – which is also sitting low in the water. The water about the ship is thrashing but he churning power of many water elementals hammering away upon the hull of the Splash. A large round hole, possibly from a disintegrate spell also is evident.

Temujin, Damiano & Mittens continue to defend the Luck of the Draw from the continual flow of attacking sailors from the Lord of the Pit.

And the battle continues…

[end of session 165]
{Day 342}

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Session 164
June 12th 2018

Day 342 8PM Mittens Dimension Door’d the group above the deck. All but Mittens were hidden by invisibility spells and the party planned their first move against the crew of the Bloody Carnage!

Temujin & Damiano landed midship – the Captain could feel a magical repulsion forcing him away from the aft deck. Ray landed in the bow and sliced up the elven rogue, Molar. Father Pyrlig landed near the fore mast and Nico landed in the rigging of the fore mast.

Moving back, midship, Captain Damiano gutted the priestess of Urgathoa, Birna, but she clung to life. However the gash left by Damiano’s rapier caused her to bleed to death, moments before she could have saved herself. Temujin readied a dispel magic spell and looked about at the activity on the deck. Ray finished off Molar, slaying him. He moved up to the female officer, Lissa, being flanked by Mittens. Pyrlig started moving back towards Damiano and Temujin, but buccaneers on deck started closing around him. They flashed their blades but couldn’t land a hit through Pyrlig’s armor and magical protections. Mittens, on the bow, sliced away at a buccaneer. Nico landed on deck at midship and summoned a huge diplodocus which slew a buccaneer and then sliced away at Captain Arcel.

The sounds of fighting started to escalate. A dour chanting could be heard, but the source not seen, somewhere on the aft deck. Temujin surmised that a bard was back there, bolstering the crew. The chants were pushing the crew to do their best – or face Andronicus’ wrath! Temujin continued to ready a dispel magic as Damiano slew the female fighter, Eralin (all the officer’s have name tags) in moments. Meanwhile, on the bow, Ray Lan slew Eralin’s sister, Lissa on the bow. Nico hasted his companions and mounted up on his diplodocus, the latter slew another buccaneer. At the bow, Mittens breathed out a stroke of lightning slaying two more buccaneers.

Off in the dark, some hundreds of feet away, a collective groan floated in the air. To the port side, a brutal screech was heard as the brig, the Wildcard, grated against a magical ice floe.

Moving aft, Captain Damiano slew two buccaneers. Temujin looked to the Luck of the Draw off the starboard side and saw writhing tentacles flailing about the deck. However he failed to dispel the black tentacles. Ray descended from the bow to the main deck, slicing up a buccaneer in his path. Father Pyrlig launched hellfire rays at Captain Arcel – while bolstered with powerful magical protections, Pyrlig’s rays landed true, slaying the Captain of the Bloody Carnage. On the aft deck, as the scene looked grim, the halfling ranger, Pia opened a hatch in the floor and dropped into the captain’s quarters. Dia, the priestess of Urgathoa, followed Pia into the hatch. Mittens started moving aft, charging a powerful detonate spell – he prepared to move in close to a cluster of buccaneers.

Seeing the halfling and female priest of Urgathoa jump down a hatch on the aft deck, Damiano followed them, landing in the captain’s quarters. The priest reached out to touch Damiano with an ensorcelled hand, but he reposted and slew her. Only the halfling remained. Temujin received a sending from one of the crew sorcerers upon the Purrl – a large hole opened up in the Purrl – he advised them to dispel the magical hole. Temujin slew one of the buccaneer crossbowman with his arrows. Ray continued moving aft, staying near to Father Pyrlig – who channeled healing and harm to those around him. Mittens moved up to the aft deck and blasted out a ring of lightning killing many buccaneers. Nico, astride his diplodocus, slew the half-orc bard. The main deck was straining and cracking under the weight of the beast.

While pirates remained, it appeared that nearly all the officer’s of the Bloody Carnage were slain. Now the party had to quickly take stock of what was transpiring with their allies and their ships, off in the darkness.

[end of session 164]
{Day 342}

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Session 163
June 5th 2018

Day 342 10AM Arriving back aboard the Purrl, the party checked in with Glaive and then headed below to the officer’s quarters. They proceeded to divvy up the treasure. After everyone received their selections, Nico and Mittens returned to their research and magical scribing.

Mittens seeking solitude for his work went to the Captain’s quarters – there he found Lady Camilla in residence. She had taken Damiano’s older clothes and made curtains for the rear windows and was darning those clothes fit for re-use. Mittens bowed out and returned to the officer’s quarters. Damiano in turn, returned to his quarters and spent some quality time with Lady Camilla.

Temujin wandered the ship, invisibly, listening to the scuttlebutt – specifically to the rumors concerning Ray Lan, and his plan to kill his half-brother and claim the ship for himself. Ray, in turn, also hearing the [LINK =>} rumors, stayed out of sight – also invisible and stayed out of contact with the crew.

Day 342 Noon Temujin was upon the main deck, when the rain clouds finally cleared and the sun came out. Off the starboard bow, a pegasus flew up and hovered ahead of the ship – with effort it kept pace with the Purrl. A woman with green eyes and sea-green hair sat side-saddle upon the pegasus She wore a dress of a pale sea-green silk. Her manner was haughty, cool. Temujin summoned the Captain and officers from below deck. When they assembled, the woman addressed them.

“I come with tidings during this time of war. My mistress states that you have been forewarned yet forsake her aid and safety at the fortress of Sigguros. Despite your folly and recklessness, my lady sees you worthy of aid, as you have proffered protection to those she loves (Damiano correctly surmised that she was indicating Lady Camilla/Lady Sabella Ezeel). My lady has seen yet has not shared the details, that there is a prize nearby that may be had. An elusive agent of the Chelish – one called Captain Jol Blassey, of the sloop the Ravage Dawn, is anchored nearby at the Bloody Fountain.”

The party discussed among themselves and what they knew of this Blood Fountain. The Blood Fountain is a Ghol-Gan ruin on the island of Dahak’s Tooth in the Shackles. A magical cistern stands at the center of the ancient ruined settlement. The cistern appears to be fully functional, save that red, bilious liquid constantly pours from it, seeping into the ground around it and ensuring that no flora grows there.

They also knew that the Bloody Carnage was the priority, they had nothing more to discuss with this messenger. Before she left, she added, “Should you need it, the lady continues to extend her protection to you at Sigguros, as the lady is generous and kind…And remember, the lady pales in comparison to the King in Yellow, who is a great god, and a great king above all gods. Beneath his cloak are the dark places of the earth.” And she flew off.

Temujin cast his divinations and received a cryptic response – The battle ahead should defeat Andronicus’ forces. Yet Andronicus remains. Yet Blassey and his role remains. The party planned to stick to the course of action – working together with Tessa’s forces to crush the upcoming ships of Andronicus. While they had the time, they rested, and researched and prepared themselves for the imminent battle.

Day 342 8PM The intended meeting between the two forces overdue – they finally make out in light of the sunset four ships closing with three more in the distance. In the dark, the party prepared and they gathered together as Mittens Dimension Door’d the group above the deck. All but Mittens are hidden by invisibility spells and the party plan their first move against the crew of the Bloody Carnage!

[end of session 163]
{Day 342}

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Session 162
May 29th, 2018

8:27 AM As the fight continued, Nico, safe from immediate harm, surrounded by his summoned devas, continued to get hit by musket fire from the lieutenant situated on the bow. The Captain ripped through the undead ship captain with his rapier and Temujin restored his stolen life force. Dwarf bowman continued to fire upon Ray and Father Pyrlig.

Mittens moved to the aft, eyeing the invisible dwarven sorcerer and laid into him with claws, jaws, wings and tail. Temujin followed up and put the hurt sorcerer into a deep sleep. The priest reached out to Mittens with a deadly touch, but Mittens took the pain and stayed standing. As Captain Damiano joined Mittens on the aft deck, he attacked the priest of Urgathoa, joined by Mittens – the duo slew the priest.

Ray leapt/flew up over the railing leaving the hobgoblins, that he had been scuffling with and closed in on the musket-firing lieutenant – in a few moments Ray shredded the officer leaving him dead on the deck, much to Nico’s pleasure. Nearby the halfling sorcerer rained down a pair of chain lightnings across the deck striking the members of the party. Temujin noted one of the invisible casters alongside the ship – he dispelled her fly spell and she slowly floated down into the waves.

Ray, was taking pains from the chain lightning, the gnome launching into him with a war axe and the bowmen up above in the crow’s nest – he was pleased when Father Pyrlig moved up and delivered much needed healing and channel’s as well – the remainder of the hobgoblins were slain, as were the dwarven crossbowmen from Father Pyrlig’s channels. Re-invigorated, Ray swept the bow of hostiles, slaying the gnome and pesky halfling sorcerer.

Temujin moved back to the helm and kept an eye on shore and nearby shoals, trying to keep the ship true to course. Temujin noted that the invisible caster that he dropped into the sea, was back up again, but falling behind as the ship continued south. Mittens turned about and found he just had the range and dropped a chain lightning upon the fleeing caster – she was smote by the powerful lightning strike and dropped dead into the sea.

The fighting concluded. The party took stock of their situation, quickly doled out some healing. They pushed past the cowed sailors hiding below deck to scrape the valuables from the captain’s and officer’s quarters. The party formed up on the aft deck as Mittens squinted, eyeing the Claw & Bite – the brig had been aiming at the Night Terror, but after Temujin’s sunburst, the ship had veered off. The party could hear the sounds of battle – Madshanks must have caught up to the Claw & Bite.

The party, grasping each other’s hands, Mittens D’ Door’d them alland they found their distance a bit short as they hovered over the sea due to Father Pyrlig’s air walk spell. But only a few hundred feet away, Mittens could see the crow’s nest clearly despite the fog and teleported the party – they arrived adjacent to the mizzenmast crow’s nest. In the crow’s nest were dwarves, blinded by the sunburst, bemoaning their situation and holding on tightly. On the main deck, were pirate thugs, also blind, hugging the deck as the deck was receiving shot from Madshanks’ ship, the Howl of Winter, which was quickly closing in.

At the midship hatch was an elven priest of Norgerber and a old woman. Mittens dropped down attacking the woman. She in turn attempted to put Mittens in a deep sleep, but his resolve held firm. Captain Damiano and Ray moved aftward, slaying the priest and the desperate captain, still at the helm, in mere moments. As the Howl of Winter hove to, the battle was over.

9:00 AM The party conferred with Madshanks. They knew that Tessa and the Purrl hadn’t yet met up with The Bloody Carnage. The party took what they wanted, bid Madshanks happy hunting, and they teleported back to the Purrl.

[end of session 162]
{Day 342}

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Session 161
March 16th, 2018

8:27 AM The party, taking a moment to breathe after the last battle, refresh their magical protections as they watch the brig, the Night Terror close in on them. The Claw & Bite is also closing in on a parallel tack. As the Night Terror pushes through a fog bank, Temujin and Nico realize the main deck is shrouded in a Mage’s Private Sanctum. They won’t be able to teleport. Mittens yells for everybody to get ready, they hold hands and Mittens, waiting….waiting, dimension door’s the party between midship and bow. Several members of the party feel a bump and slide a few feet towards the aft as some sailors were already standing in their destination.

Taking in their surroundings, Captain Damiano sprints midship eyeing a large minotaur. The beast, nostrils flaring is wary and pulls a great axe off his back. On the bow, an officer with a musket eyes Nico and shoots him repeatedly – some shots strike through, others are repelled by Nico’s protections. Mittens casts a chain lightning upon targets across the midship – only to be countered by the halfling sorcerer, in turn countered by Temujin. At the helm is an undead captain, who fires arrows at Damiano, then moves up to a flanking position as Damaino slices the minotaur repeatedly with his rapier. A female priestess retreats up to the aft deck and protects herself with a blade barrier – but the land lubber that she is, she doesn’t realize that the barrier is stuck in place and not locked to the deck of the ship – she screams as she is pulled through the barrier as the ship continues moving forward under sail.

Nico is aware of another female, invisible, flying off the port side as she lines herself up and fires a cold ice strike at Nico and his leonel.

Overhead the dwarven crossbowmen take shots at the party from up in the crow’s nest, with occasional hits. On the deck the hobgoblins continue to harry the party. Ray Lan starts slicing his way through the hobgoblins. Temujin is wary of the oncoming brig, the Claw & Bite and blasts the main deck with a Sunburst spell. Too far away to see it’s effectiveness, he is aware of the ship starting to move off course.

Mittens is targeted with a chain lightning but is protected by spell turning – it bounces back at the caster, also protected by spell turning. The lightning fades away and both casters spell turning defense is suppressed.

As Captain Hiss, the draugr, closes in on Damiano, the Captain turns about ignoring the minotaur. Damiano is struck once and feels his life force wane and he counter attacks. Mittens moves up and slays the minotaur mauling him with his claws and jaws. Captain Damiano finds himself the target of two spells, one from an invisible caster, nearby – he hears a male voice. Damiano steels himself and resists…nothing happens. The priestess in the aft also casts a spell and he succumbs to the damage of her Slay Living spell – but he lives.

Father Pyrlig restores the party as he can channelling Gozreh’s healing power, however Nico is still wounded having been repeatedly shot by the lieutenant’s musket fire and then a stormbolt spell ripped through the party. Nico summons devas to form a protective circle around him – and they administer healing to him also.

And the battle continues…

[end of session 161]
{Day 342}

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Session 160
May 8th, 2018

8:15 AM Mittens moved towards the captain’s quarters, shouldering the door, it didn’t give. It felt extremely solid as if it was part of the wall. Working against the door, Mittens noticed a halfling glide out of the shadows, moving hastily it sliced into him with a dagger. On his flank, a tall shadowy human glided out and struck him with a longsword.

Ray Lan attempted to harry the invisible, female spell caster – he knew she was there but he couldn’t land a hit upon her. She cast a spell upon Ray and dominated his mind, but he shrugged it off a few moments later. Father Pyrlig unsure of what to do seeing that both attackers were invisible, he magically buffed himself.

Mittens and Temujin were aware of the door to the officer’s quarters opening. An arrow shot from the doorway missing Temujin. A cloaked archer now stood in the doorway. Moments later chain lightning rang out striking Mittens and Temujin. Nico moved up to the stairway, summoning a leonel and sent it after the archer – where it leaped upon him clawing and biting.

Mittens turned on the halfling, clawing and biting. The shadowy human with the longsword attacked Mittens repeatedly until Temujin moved up alongside and the human gave in to Temujin’s dreaming sleep spell. Trading blows with the halfling, Temujin eventually savaged him, killing him. Another chain lightning stroke rang out – attacking the leonel, but it was immune to the magic. It continued to savage the archer. Mittens finished off the sleeping rogue while Temujin moved alongside the leonel. The archer also collapsed, to be finished off by the leonel. Looking into the room, Temujin and Mittens noted that the officer’s quarters were now empty.

Above the ship, after one of the rocs killed the female, blond barbarian, it dropped her corpse upon the deck. The second scooped up the cloaked figure from the water and dropped it upon the deck. The pugilist orc’s body was not found. The rocs took up a surveillance pattern.

As Ray continued to get his claws in on the invisible mage, a thin green ray struck him critically, directly at his heart – a powerful destructive wave ran through his body, but he resisted the bulk of the disintegrate damage. The human male, also invisible cast a spell at Father Pyrlig, who immediately disappeared, magically transported into an otherworldly labyrinth. Father Pyrlig struggled, trying to find the way out.

Above on the main deck, Captain Damiano heard lightning flashes from the hold and the sounds of combat from Mittens, he heard yells of alarm and frustrated swearing from the captain’s quarters – he jumped down into the room to join Ray. As Damiano closed in, both he and Ray were struck by a blast of multicolored rays. A purple ray hit Ray – his mind scrambled for a moment but he held it together. A blue ray struck the Captain, his body stiffened for a moment and he pushed through it, resisting the petrifying magic. Captain Damiano attacked the human wizard, slicing him up fatally in moments. However the female wizard’s magic continued to hide herself from both the Captain and Ray. Then, Ray got a few claws in on her, through her many defenses – and a moment passed, like the blinking of an eye – and Ray and the Captain continued to tag team the female wizard. They realized something was wrong, there was no resistance – she had disappeared, but how? They pondered and reviewed the chamber. Ray found a trap door in the floor going into the hold, but that surely wasn’t the wizard’s escape route. Damiano could smell a trace of her on a half-step against the wall, but no door could be found. Finally, Father Pyrlig found the exit to the maze and <blip> returned to the captain’s quarters.

Nico ventured up onto the main deck and headed towards the aft to check in on the Captain – unaware that that the female wizard moved past him towards the bow. Temujin ventured up on the deck also, and heard magical chanting from the bow, moving up, he heard a scrape of a foot leaping off into the air. Nico magic jar’d into his soul gem and sought out life force. He felt a powerful presence moving off the starboard side of the ship. He tried to jump into the escaping body, but her will was too strong. Nico settled back into his own body.

The party converged on the main deck. They surveyed their status and saw ahead that the two brigs had turned about and would be closing in on them in the minutes to come. They gathered the valued dead into their sacks. The Captain intimidated the remainder of the sailor/gladiators stuck below deck and forced them to the ropes – to get the Leucrotta back under control. The party was aware that while they worked, the crewman were surly and giving the party plenty of side-eye. The ship was quickly looked over and Father Pyrlig and Nico doled out healing in the minutes remaining to them. Temujin divined that of the two oncoming ships: The Night Terror and the Claw and Bite, that the Night Terror would be a target of greater significance.

8:27 AM Time passed as the three vessels closed in upon each other. The party waited, for their moment when they would be able to see a clear line upon the opposing deck to teleport over and bring the battle to the brig, the Night Terror.

[end of session 160]
{Day 342}

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Session 159
May 2nd, 2018

Day 342 8AM The party is aboard the Howl of Winter. Standing in a pounding rain as lightning strikes light up the sky, Madshanks hands off his eyeglass to Temujin and then Damiano. They can see the frigate, the Leucrota some eight miles ahead. But Madshanks has given the word and the crew leap to their positions maximizing sail. The frigate rips through the waves as it starts to close the distance with the Leucrota. Temujin and Damiano note through the swirling fog and sea mist, beyond their quarry, there are two brigs, perhaps a mile or two beyond the Leucrota. Madshanks informs them that they will close for battle in about three hours. The party is ready now, there is no time to wait.

The party prepares themselves, casting all manner of magical protections upon themselves. Mittens enlarges himself, and leaning over, takes his comrades’ hands in his claws, and teleports to the deck of the Leucrota.

8:15 AM The party arrived between midship and the aft. At the aft, there was a large minotaur, wearing leather armor and had a great axe strapped to his back. At his side was a lightly dressed goth girl wielding a cutlass and a hammer. Midship, there was a cloaked figure holding a long spear. At the bow stood a large, armored male orc. Nearby was a statuesque blond woman armed with a bow an axe. In the crow’s nests, were teams of armored archers. Across the main deck, were men and women, scarred and tattooed – they appeared as if the deck of a ship was their second home – that many were gladiators picked up from the city of Arena.

Taking in the positions of their foes, Damiano wheeled about and started slicing sailors standing at the port-side stairs heading up to the poop deck. Ray Lan followed suit, slicing his way up the starboard stairs. Temujin and Mittens headed midship. In the bow, the orc, pulled a javelin out of a quiver on his back, and hurled it at Damiano. It missed – but magically returned to his hand. Nico summoned great birds, called rocs, and they swept across the ship grabbing the orc, the blond female and the cloaked figure nearby to Temujin and Mittens. The grappled foes fought back but the rocs flexed their claws as they flew over the sea. Only the orc managed to grab and pummel away at the beast carrying him with any success.

Father Pyrlig cast a firestorm across the vessel – while not harming the ship, flames ripped across the deck and up into the rigging and crow’s nests. The deck was awash with screaming and falling, burnt bodies hitting the boards – and it moments, the busy-ness of the main deck was quiet.

The minotaur and goth chic closed in on Damiano but could not get past the Captain’s defenses. As the Captain slew his opponents, Ray moved up to the door leading to the captain’s quarters – he knew that he could get this lock…until he realized the door was false – it was just a wall. Pyrlig moved up to the poop deck and spied markings on the floor. He yelled out to Ray and the Captain – they joined him. Captain Damiano started slicing into the wall to carve a way in. Ray noted that it didn’t appear to be a door there at all! Pyrlig kept an eye out across the deck.

Nico stayed pat where he had arrived when teleporting to the ship – he monitored the progress of his rocs. One had crushed the cloaked figure and dropped it’s corpse into the sea. The second roc continued to fly circles about the ship as the blond attempted to hack away ineffectually at it with her hand axe. The orc was mauling the roc in return – the third roc flipped the orc away and he fell into the sea. The orc did not rise back to the surface.

Temujiin and Mittens went below deck. Temujin was invisible and had an aura of magical dreams – those sailors adjacent to him, fell asleep. Mittens squeezed below decks, menacing the crew. A shadow appeared near to Temujin and clawed at him. Mittens raked him with his claw, and Temujin struck the shadow with his magical spear – dispelling him. As Temujin planned to move towards the officer’s cabin, Mittens looked to the rear, to the door to the captain’s quarters.

Above, Damiano had ripped a hole in the wood. The trio heard a female elven voice say, “The Leucrotta is lost. The captain is dead. We should regroup back on the ‘Night Terror.’" A male voice simply assented to her statement. Ray wasted no time, he leaped through the hole, into the room, followed by Father Pyrlig. The captain’s quarters were not that large. They were facing the front of the ship – but they saw no one.

The fight to take the Leucrota continues…

[end of session 159]
{Day 342}

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