[Some good pictures here!]
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.
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.
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.
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]