Pathfinder: Skull & Shackles 2018

Session 153
March 14th, 2018

Kevin R./Ray Lan was ill and resigned to the ship’s head

Day 338 Midnight Seeing the party close in, the glowing stranger (due to Mittens glitterdust), withdrew, flying over the ocean. Nico summoned a water elemental, but due to the foe’s protective magics, it couldn’t land a hit. Mittens dispelled the woman’s flying spell and she plopped into the ocean. Father Pyrlig followed up by dispelling her magical displacement – as she attempted to retreat, swimming away from the elemental, the beast landed a hit upon her fouling her harm spell. He hit her again and again and then Captain Damiano flew up and the two of them slew her. The elemental carried her back to the deck of the Lehigh.

They found that the woman was tiannese and likely from Shenchu Bay. Among her things she had a holy symbol to Urgathoa. Followers of Urgathoa were the ones responsible for the attack on the party at the wharf in Port Peril a week ago. Nico trundled her up in his sack and the crew of the Lehigh seemed to be in better standing now that the disease was purged. The party returned to their ship.

Day 339 10AM The party rested, they cast multiple sendings. The Free Captain, Hemdeck Wavebaiter appeared to be dragging his feet, bringing his fleet to Jeopardy Bay. However Wide Olga was nearby and expected to join her ships to the fleet later this day. Avimore Sorrinash stated that all his underlings have reported in with him and they were ready to hold the western passages through the Shackles, against any attack that would come from House Hanji.

Sending with Alhandra Boisich, they found that Chalk Harbor had already been crushed by the Chelish fleet – Alhandra reported her ships and city defenses destroyed, she and the population had withdrawn back into the mines outside the city. Checking in with Lord Arronax, the party found that Hell Harbor had been assaulted starting this day, just before dawn. His ships had pulled back to Balthus Strait. And while Arronax was helping direct the defense and evacuation of his city, once that was complete, he would magically rejoin with his fleet.

Mittens cast a sending to Lo Shei Wen and why she and her cohorts were absent from the Defense Fleet. She responded that she was in the middle of a turf war with the free captain, Jie Hui, at her city of Cho-Tzu. Mittens couldn’t gauge if this was a legitimate beef or contrived as a stalling technique.

Broks Madshanks ship mage, Leilana Olie arrived. She was checking in her his fleet to find that Captain Orsilir, of the carrack – Fearsome Tide, was found dead this morning in his cabin. There was no sign of foul play. She left the captain’s body with the party and returned to the Fearsome Tide – the first officer would take over and rejoin Broks to the north.

The party cast speak with dead on the tiannese woman but even in death, she rebuffed their attempts to get information from her. However Captain Orsilir wanted to talk – why was he dead? He heard a soft woman’s voice in the dark of his cabin and then, all went black!

Recent events timeline

  • Day 334 – Attack on Drenchport
  • Day 336 – Attack on Chalk Harbor/Party’s attack of Fort Anadile
  • Day 337/338 – Party rested/leveled up
  • Day 339 – Attack on Hell Harbor/Party purchasing spree
    NOTE: The timeframe got jumbled in my notes over the past two weeks. While the party rested/leveled, there would be 8 hours available to Nico for item crafting.

Day 339 11AM The party stowed their corpses and joined the Aspis Consortium’s floating bazaar at Jeopardy Bay to do some wheeling and dealing. They offloaded tons of items from the hold of the Black Purrl and various members of the party sent runners looking for this or that precious items. To the party’s delight the Aspis Consortium had a wide array of magics that they were looking for and they made their purchases.

Day 339 2PM The party teleported over to the Mystic Redoubt. The master mages of the Redoubt feared the oncoming Chelish – they were stowing everything. Most common items have already snapped up by many captains, mercenaries and petty mages. They still have stock of more expensive items that many can’t afford. The library would likely prove to be the best opportunity to find magic spells – however all business will only take place after the 5K GP fee is paid! Nico paid the 5,000 GP fee and Mittens picked up many scrolls while Captain Damiano found himself a shiny magical rapier!

Day 339 5PM After their good fortune burning through their purses, the party had one more stop. Nico needed to pick up magical supplies at the Knotworks and Sunken Plaza – as the party still had custom magical item requests for him, should he have the time. The party stowed their new purchases on their persons and prepared to teleport over to the Knotworks.

[end of session 153]
{Day 338-339}

Session 152
March 6th, 2018

Day 337 8AM The party, having returned to the Black Purrl, took some time to rest up, train and sharpen their weapons for the days ahead. They rooted through their treasures and determined what to keep and what to sell.

The party noted the defense fleet, in disarray, spread across Jeopardy Bay. Harlan Valance swung by in a cutter to touch base with Captain Damiano and company. They reviewed the lack of organization and that Captain Harrigan has done nothing up to this point. It was agreed that Tessa would start with the free captains from Motaku Island in organizing the fleet and sending out reconnaissance ships to determine how far away the Chelish were.

Many small ships and cutters moved back and forth through the bay, sharing information and jawing on about the oncoming threat. Some gray clouds appeared on the horizon and a light rain fell upon the ships.

Day 337 9PM At evening, Juba called down to Mittens who was on deck. A row boat was just off the port side. Mittens recognized that it was Ghorza, a female half, and a member of the Loot Squad. She remarked that Knuckles and a number of the crew was ill aboard the Lehigh. Mittens got word to the party and they rowed over to the Lehigh. They found the salt pox to be rampant aboard the ship. Nico’s summoned angels help purge the sickness over the next few hours.

The party found an unbalanced half-elf, named Harisko, running the galley. He was putting ‘special spices’ in with the bouillabaisse. After an interview, someone unseen had been talking, and providing the spices, to add to his recipes. The party kept Harisko under watch.

Day 338 Midnight In the wee hours, Hariso went to the head, Nico had Andurial tail him and he appeared to be talking to someone, yet unseen. The party teleported to the bow of the ship and attempted to close on the invisible stranger.

Mittes bathed the area in glitterdust and Nico struck it with a dimensional anchor. The person floated off the port-side head and was hard to reach. The party carefully closed in.


[end of session 152]
{Day 337-338}

Session 151
February 27th 2018

Day 336 7:35AM The party, standing in the shadows of the hallway, looking out over the ocean and eyeing the Chelish man o’ war, the Nightstalker considered their plans. They decided to draw back, but they wanted to gauge their enemies’ reactions. Mittens made an illusion of the party, hovering over the balcony and then began to fly up and over the ship – there was an alarm sounded on the deck of the ship and the guns immediately let loose, being trained upon the balcony. As the illusion flew over the ship, the marines on deck fired off in that direction. The party ducked for cover as the cannon fire ripped through the hallway and stone shrapnel flew everywhere. Nico noted that the water surrounding the Nightstalker rolled and frothed while just beyond the vessel, in the harbor, the water was calm.

The party withdrew into the temple of Asmodeus. They ventured down the tight hall way that Ray Lan had already investigated. They opened the door and eyed the passage. It was 20’ around, 8’ of air and the remainder 12’ was submerged. At the water line and lower, the tunnel was choked with seaweed and other aquatic growth. Nico summoned lillends who flew slowly overhead. Then, Nico summoned water elementals who towed the party down the channel.

As the party proceeded, they noted spikes driven into the stone underwater, lit with a magical light spell. Nothing else appeared amiss. The continued down the tunnel where they came across two more lit spikes. Then, to the right, a large dry tunnel turned 90’ and headed off into the darkness. The party followed the water-borne tunnel down until it turned a 45 degrees to the south and emptied into the sea.

Beyond the exit of the culvert, was the man o’ war, the Endurance. It’s port side faced the tunnel, with gun ports open and cannons primed and pulled into firing position. With the assistance of their elementals and Father Pyrlig’s water breathing, the party stayed out of sight and dove down and followed along the submerged cliff-face. As the party descended, Temujin noted a huge humanoid floating in the distance. The party closed cautiously and queried if he served the foul devil-followers above on the ship. The marid, named Sereal replied that he did indeed serve the devil-followers above. The party asked if he required his freedom – but he didn’t answer the question. He was quite clear that he knew that they were the ones responsible for the rampage throughout the temple to Asmodeus. As the party talked to Sereal, his hand went to his face, and then he interrupted the conversation to blow a clear tone on a small silver whistle. The party wasn’t waiting to see who else might be showing up – they attacked!

Nico’s elementals pulled the party members close by to engage the marid. Damiano and Ray closed on the marid, but his magical defenses prevented some of their attacks from landing. Nico and Pyrlig stayed back from the fray – but Nico’s lillends became aware of closing elementals. The water churned as four huge water elementals closed and started pounding away at Nico and Pyrlig. Nico slowly began to swim away and allow his own elemental get some fisticuff action with the fiendish water elementals that had arrived.

Mittens successfully dispelled three of the four elementals – they were whisked away back to their own plane – with only one remaining to brawl with Nico’s elemental. As Nico and Damiano slew the marid, another huge shape closed in on the party – that of a scylla: This horrifying creature has the upper body of a beautiful woman, but a lower body of snapping wolf heads and writhing tentacles.


The party regrouped as the scylla had stopped short, just next to Pyrlig and Nico. The beast had many defenses but Mittens learned that electricity wasn’t one of them and struck her with a lightning snowball. After Damiano and Ray ripped into the scylla, she bared her teeth, her wolf-heads howled and her tentacles writhed menacingly – Mittens, Damiano and many lillends fled in fear; the scylla turned its’ attention upon Father Pyrlig – lashing and biting at him.

Before the party swam too far, Nico was able to summon a deva whom immediately removed fear from the fleeing party members – they quickly returned and redoubled their efforts to slay the scylla and the last remaining fiendish water elemental.

Nico sent word to his elementals to scour the sea floor for the party’s dropped items and in turn they found the cave to the dragon’s lair. The cave was entirely submerged. They gathered the items and teleported back to the Purrl.

Day 337 8AM Back aboard the ship, the party spent the remainder of the day resting and perusing their new-found treasure.

[end of session 151]
{Day 336-337}

Session 150
February 20th 2018

Day 336 7AM As the party encircled the great black wyrm, Nico sent his angels to harry the high priest of Asmodeus, Gabbiano Brutus. The hidden mage seemed to be silent, or missing. Ray and Damiano proceeded to tear up the dragon as Mittens laid into it with his magic – the beast overcome, fell dead into the channel.

Gabbiano Brutus was hard to hit with his protective magics, but hard pressed to cast with so many attackers upon him. He proceed to channel negative energy to all those around him – but in the end, as the party closed in, they delivered a killing blow. The battle in the great hall of Asmodeus was now over.

The chamber was over 120’ across, with a great pool in the center. A 40’ channel exited the pool and the chamber out a culvert in the distant southern wall. The southern wall split with a 20’ hall heading east and a narrower 10’ hall heading west. Temujin and Mittens went to investigate the hallway. Nico had his angels deposit the priest’s corpse in his sack, along with his dropped things. Against the eastern wall was a 30’ high tall statue of Asmodeus – like the statue of Glasya in the sub-temple, his eyes glowed red – large rubies were inset into the statue.

Temujin noted a door close on the far side of the hall – they made haste – on the other side of the door they heard a voice (that of the hidden spell caster) casting a spell: teleport! Ray joined the duo and carefully moving down the hall, searching for traps, the hall switched back before heading south and opened up into a wide tunnel. The outflow of water from the great pool in the temple of Asmodeus, likely passed through this tunnel and out into the sea as the tunnel appeared to turn west towards the ocean. The party returned back to the great pool and took the eastern tunnel. With Ray again in the lead, searching for traps, they entered a 30’ x 40’ chamber – a well appointed, private temple to Asmodeus. There was a door upon the far wall.

Ray popped the door to find private living quarters and a huge four-armed, four-legged devilish beast waiting there for him – he retreated back into the private temple as the beast clawed at him.


Nico sent the angels in, and while they took a beating there were many of them. In moments the party squeezed into the chamber. From the back of the room, Temujin hexed the great, powerful, impressive and intimidating devil…moments later, it fell to the ground, asleep. <sigh>

Captain Damiano strode forward, circling his (sleeping) foe, and delivered a powerful coup de grace upon the devil – killing it (and with it, killing the GMs dreams of savaging the party with this powerful beastie).

The party gathered the items in the chamber and pulled back to the temple of Asmodeus. They wondered where the dragon’s treasure was. Father Pyrlig and Temujin dove into the large pool and swam north. They passed a large great in the wall – it like fed to a channel that wound back to the temple of Glasya. They continued swimming north into a dark tunnel.

Pyrlig and Temujin exited the dark tunnel and swam to the surface and found themselves in the large square room where they had previously fought the charybdis, piscodaemons and sarglagons. A large grate in the floor below, slid aside and four sarglagons swam to the surface and attacked! Father Pyrlig gave the call back to the party that they were under attack – the party fleet footed it back through the halls, passed the temple of Glasya, down the large hall, finally arriving some moments later to see Father Pyrlig and Temujin getting harassed by these aquatic devils. The party closed in and killed the beasts.

Day 336 7:35AM Heading back to the great hall, they turned west. The hall was hewn from the stone, 20’ wide and high. Proceeding they could see light up ahead and smell the salt air. The tunnel ahead was bisected by a thin column and just beyond was a balcony opening up over the sea – beyond, some few hundred feet away, was the man o’ war, the Nightstalker – the command ship of Ezaliah Thrune, Admiral Druvalia Thrune’s grandfather. The portside gun ports were open, with cannons pulled into firing position – there was action upon the deck.

The party paused, scratched their collective chins, trying to gauge the readiness of the ship’s complement – and then they wondered, together, where is that dragon’s treasure? Maybe we should go look for that…

[end of session 150]
{Day 336}

Session 149
February 13th 2018

Day 336 7AM As the great BLACK wyrm, Vermithrax, erupted out of the water, it’s powerful presence was noted by the party – brave Captain Damiano and his brother Mittens advanced to the rear, back down the tunnel that they had come. In solidarity, brother Ray Lan left the scene of battle to keep pace with his two brothers. Wondering how to proceed, the party started to pull back down the hall. Nico’s angelic bodyguard attempted to alleviate the fear, but had to keep up with the fleeing party members and fellow angels already taking off down the hallway.

Purging the fear, the party regrouped and returned to the great hall, with Captain Damiano in the lead. Damiano sidled up next to Nico’s barbed devil and brought the fight back to the three blood reaver devils. As the party was about to turn the corner and join Damiano, a wall of force closed off the hallway, leaving Damiano stranded alone on one side.

Mittens remembered some of their gathered magical swag, pulling out a rod, he disintegrated the wall of force and the party poured around the corner to engage the blood reaver devils and the BLACK wyrm, Vermithrax. From out of the dark, there was foul chanting and Damiano felt the twinge of a fell magic power, an Implosion spell. But he resisted. But the spell casters knew that the Implosion would be targeted upon there fellows in the moments to come. From out of the dark, slid a great three-headed serpent, that slashed and slapped at the party with it’s tail.


Father Pyrlig covered the dragon in a sleet storm – which hid the party from view too.

Nico planned to separate the dragon and the high priest, Gabbiano Brutus from the rest of the fray with a wall of force of his own – but the great serpent, Xacarba, disrupted the spell and moved it to partition off the party – the party had to fly over the wall or scrabble up it to get back into the fight.

The party and Nico’s angels, ganged up and slew the blood reaver devils and the Xacarba – they began forming up to make a safe approach (as possible) upon Vermithrax. Damiano and Ray Lan closed in on the dragon – the beast slashed away at the Captain. Ray Lan sliced the wyrm in return, giving it enough pause so the remainder of the party could close in safely.

And the fight continued…

[end of session 149]
{Day 336}

Session 148
February 6th 2018

Day 336 7AM Not wanting to waste any time, the party quickly healed and buffed while Captain Damiano and Ray Lan checked the great double doors. Pushing the door open, the party found themselves in a hewn-stone hall, 20’ wide and with a 20’ arched ceiling. It was quiet and the hall appeared empty. The hall was relatively clean of debris and there was a variety of footprints: human, large humanoids, armored feet and large claws. Moving in a tight group, the duo led the party to a set of double doors 40’ down the hallway. As the party pulled up, Damiano and Ray noted that while the room sounded quiet, there was a rank, charnel odor seeping from the cracks in the door. Damiano opened the door to see a landing on the other side, and switched back to a small set of stairs – the party closed the door and moved down another 50’ feet to a large stairway that descended in a straight line.

The party proceeded down the long stair which ended in a landing. A large door faced south – it was ornately decorated with infernal carvings. Ray checked the door and pushed it open – he found himself in a 50’x80’ rectangular chamber, there was an unsettling aura about the chamber. There was a door on the opposing southern wall. On the eastern floor, a large iron grate was set in the floor against the wall. Artistic stone buttresses along the western wall arched up to the ceiling. In the center of the room was a copper plated statue of a beautiful woman – she wore actual silks, draped about her body. Her attractive form also sported wings, forked tail and horns – her eyes glowed red and appeared to be rubies.

Ray moved up to the statue and became aware of movement about the room. Multiple forms started to slink about the room, many closing on Ray. Slinking forth on bent limbs and gnarled claws, these twisted abominations bear a resemblance to a starved, plague-ridden apes, their forms bestial and bent, with pallid skin stretched unnaturally over knotted bone. Yet its visage holds a greater terror, for amid fangs and milky eyes linger the withered features of a living corpse.


Nico’s barbed devil also moved into the room – both Ray and the devil, Barbie, were struck by these fiends horrid countenances and paralyzed with fear. Many of the undead fiends closed on Barbie and clawed and bit at her – but her barbed skin hurt the undead with every strike.

The party moved into the chamber. Temujin recognized these undead as vrykolakas and knew that they were susceptible to fire. As Mittens entered the room, he lit up a tight group of vrykolakas surrounding Barbie with a blast of fire. As the party closed, they knew felt the undead’s pestilent nature, but none succumbed to any potential diseases.

Nico’s angels moved into the room and supported Damiano and Mittens who fronted the assault in the chamber. No one was yet hurt, so Father Pyrlig moved alongside Damiano and counter attacked the vrykolakas. Pyrlig also recognized the statue – it was of Glasya, the daughter of Asmodeus, and she was an arch-devil. Glasya is a minor patron of corruption, growth, and agony. As the undead were mopped up. Nico investigated the grate – it was easily removed and he could see that there was a wide water-filled channel beneath them. The channel looked to run both north and south in a straight line.

Not wasting any time, Mittens checked the southern door and found that there was another stairway ascending to the west. The party gathered itself and headed up the stairs. As the party came up the rise, they turned a corner. Beyond in an archway was a statue of a devilish statue. Ray determined that it may be trapped. He was able to foil the trap and they moved on. Turning the corner of the hallway, the party could see that the hall opened up into a much larger hall to the south. The 20’ hall did proceed to the west, likely heading back towards the bay of the Atoll. The greater hall opening to the south was 90’ wide. In the northern wall, there was a 30’ channel of water proceeding south. This likely was the same channel the party battled the charybdis and sarglagon devils.


The party didn’t know whether to proceed west down the smaller hall or head south into the much larger hall. Temujin cast a divination spell asking which direction would gain them – the answer was that if they go straight, they would encounter Ezaliah Thrune, the grandfather of Admiral Druvalia Thrune who is leading the Chelish armada against the Shackles. Should they go south, they will face the master of this house, Gabbiano Brutus.

In the great hall, the party heard the shuffle of armored feet, they started to move into the room. In the hall alcoves stood armed devilish guards, this tall reddish-bronze colored humanoid has leathery flesh and gleaming, gold eyes. Its hands end in blood-stained claws, and a long snake-like and forked tail trails behind it. The smell of fresh blood hangs in the air. It wields a wicked dual-headed flail. The party could see that the hall widened up 90’ beyond.

As the party closed in on the armored devilish guards, they heard a familiar human voice from the darkness beyond, “See Master Brutus, I told you they would come.” “So you did,” answered Gabbiano Brutus, “let Captain Damiano and his comrades be welcomed in our hall – come Vermithrax, come Xacarba, greet our friends warmly.” From the channel, a great green black wyrm emerged from the water. It’s jaws snapped at Mittens, nearly hitting him, but popping one of his mirror images instead.


And the fight continued.

[end of session 148]
{Day 336}

Session 147
January 23rd 2018

Ian/Temujin was ill and resigned to the ship’s head

Day 336 7AM Damiano, Nico’s summoned barbed devil and Ray Lan continued to pummel one of the piscodaemons. One of the other piscodaemons took to the air and flew, with the intent to engage Father Pyrlig. Two other piscodaemons flew up to brace Mittens – who really wanted to get some distance from the huge charybdis nearby that was clawing at him. The water in the channel was roiling when four more aquatic devils washed up onto the pavers. One of the four drowning devils, or sarglagons, closed in on Mittens. The other three focused on Damiano, Ray and Father Pyrlig. On multiple occasions the party felt a bubbling of water in their lungs, as if they might drown, but they were able to shrug off the devil’s magic.


Mittens, getting boxed in by foes, found his moment to sneak past them all and turn around and unleash some chain lightning across the chamber. The charybdis convulsed and sank beneath the water. As Mittens retreated past the lemure pool, it continued to babble and talk to him, “Daddy’s home! Is it heads? Or is it tails? Daddy! Is it you or the Admiral who joins our quivering flesh?”

After slaying the barbed devil, Damiano flew to Pyrlig’s side to receive a magical buff. Then Father Pyrlig and Damiano started flying to join in with the remainder of the combatants on the far side of the chamber. Ray engaged the closest sarglagon.

The piscodaemons and sarglagons were clawing, biting and whipping at the party with tentacles – but for the most part the party’s defenses were staving off any major damage – the party continued to whittle down the devilish defenders.

The great double doors opened and there was a stirring in the wind. A male voice speaking in ‘high Chelish’ spoke to the party, “What have we here? I couldn’t believe it when Mr. Flap stated that there were pirates, here?? Well I suppose among you pirate, scavenger-types some are here to pick away while your better brethren honorably die at sea at the hands of our armada. No matter, you will find us more than prepared to fend off you rabble. And should I fail, Mr Flap will insure that Master Brutus will have a warm welcome for you.” Two chain lightnings rang through the room striking Pyrlig, Damiano, Ray and the barbed devil. Father Pyrlig felt a deathly magical effect ripple through him, but he pulled together and resisted a slay living cast upon him. There seemed to be three new combatants here, but all were unseen!

Damiano and Ray took on the remaining piscodaemons and sarglagons. Nico and his leonel pulled back to the fine sitting room to summon more aid – as they retreated through the round house, the grate in the floor burst up and a sarglagon entered the room through the floor.

Mittens glitterdusted the foe near to Father Pyrlig the large devil was now visible. It had huge black bat wings extend from the back of this powerful serpentine humanoid. In its claws hands it swings a vicious-looking scythe.


It turned on Father Pyrlig striking with it’s scythe and it’s wings, and it struck only once. But this one critical hit ripped a huge wound into Pyrlig. The devil’s fearsome demeanor filled Mittens with fear and he dropped his spear and retreated the way he had entered the chamber. As he neared the round room, Nico’s summoned angel squad successfully removed his fear and returned his sanity. In the round room, Nico and his angel squad mopped up the one sarglagon that had just appeared.

The fight was concentrated before the great double doors, the party slowly dropping foes. Mittens noted that the Chelish male seemed quiet for a few moments. As the fight ended, they surmised that the invisible male foe, must have made his exit recently – the party wanted to be quick to follow.


Father Pyrlig cast some healing on himself and the party while Nico cast a haste spell as the party formed up before the double doors. Without pause, the party prepared to push onward into the hallway beyond.

[end of session 147]
{Day 336}

Session 146
January 16th 2018

Day 336 7AM The party stood in the hallway, and Nico told them to wait right here and sprinted back down the hallway to the fancy sitting room. He summoned a barbed devil and a leonel, and returned. While they waited, the party buffed up. Now they were ready! Ray Lan burst into the room to find an array of devilish folk there, waiting for them. There were many bearded devils, forming up lines to block Ray. Flying, were three eryines peppering the party with fire arrows, however very few got through the party’s protections and armor. In the back of the 30’ room was a barbed devil and another devil the party had encountered in their attack on Senara, a handmaiden devil also known as a gylou.


The gylou attempted to subjugate Ray’s mind but he stayed strong and continued fighting.

Damiano closed in on the gylou – she attacked him with her claws and whirling tentacles. Temujin and Mittens lit the room up with chain lightnings which smoked a number of the bearded devils. The remaining devils kept their glaives slicing at Ray, but he was joined by Nico’s barbed devil. The summoned leonel stayed back to guard Nico.

The barbed devil lashed out at Mittens with it’s Order’s Wrath, dazing him for a few moments. As Ray and the barbed devil cleaned up the remaining bearded devils, Ray closed in on the flying eryines. Temujin fired back with his bow at the eryines and at the barbed devil. Father Pyrlig moved into the room to provide healing and get in a few attacks in as well.

Captain Damiano slew the gylou before her claws could do much damage. The eryines were slain and Nico’s barbed devil and Temujin slew the defending barbed devil…and the room was quiet for a moment.

The party noted a large steel grate in the floor, covered in debris. Mittens and Damiano moved up to the sole door in the room and opened the view port to look around. The port opened to a large square chamber that was 150’ across. There was a square pool in the center, 50’ across and the pool had a 40’ channel heading south across the floor to a high arch in the wall. The water ran out in the direction of the channel. The party could tell that they were in the northwest corner of the chamber. Each of the other corners also had a round outcropping with a door. Bisecting the east wall was a large double door. Next the doors was a viscous, pinkish goo that appeared to be moving. Not moving across the floor in any direction, but just jiggling a bit. At the door in the southeast corner, both Mittens and Damiano saw the opposed view port open and a tengu was looking back at them. Then the port was rapidly closed.

In these few, quick moments, while Damiano and Mittens were looking about, Father Pyrlig was doling out some healing – the party was ready to move, and they burst out of the northeast corner chamber and started flying up, and across the large chamber.

Entering the room, the party could hear the pink puddle and it was talking: “Come back! Turn us into something wonderful! Ohhhh, how pitiful you are, in your mortal flesh.” But the party was not interested in conversation at this time. As the party flew, the various doors around the room opened up and four piscodaemons entered the chamber – however only one was close by. Damiano, Nico’s barbed devil and Ray closed in to engage the closest piscodaemon.


As the party moved in and across the chamber, the water in the large pool and channel started to bubble and froth. A great beast erupted from the pool just underneath Mittens. An immense spiny monster, its back plated in chitin and its belly in thick folds of blubber, rises hungrily from the center of a whirlpool.


Mittens attempted to shadow walk to gain some distance from the beast, but realized the Forbiddance magic was still prevalent through this chamber and the spell failed. The beast attempted to bite him but missed. Nico, his leonel, Temujin and Pyrlig moved to get further distance from this beast’s claws and failing tentacles.


And the fight continued…

[end of session 146]
{Day 336}

Session 145
January 9th 2018

Day 335 10AM The party left Parley Point, teleporting back to the Purrl. It was mid morning and the party rested up, ready to depart for Fort Anadile the next morning. Nico crafted magic items in the meantime.

Day 336 7AM The next morning, the party was about to disembark for shore, when they were hailed by a frigate, the Howl of Winter. A weathered, blond fellow screamed out to them – he was pleased to meet them and glad to be in service alongside Captain Damiano and his crew. This was {click link==>} Brok "Madshanks” Cordain. The Howl of Winter and four other vessels had signed on with Damaino after the Captain and the party helped Lord Arronax Endymion in Hell Harbor. Madshanks expressed his interest in taking the fight to the Chelish – the sooner, the better!

The party took their leave, disembarked and Temujin cast his Teleport via plants and the party arrived on a rocky spit of an island, covered in foliage, north east of the center of the Bhudrek Atoll. Looking south, they saw:

  • 1/4 mile to south-west, the King Crimson – Chelish Cutter.
  • 3/4 mile to south-west, the Endurance – man-o-war.
  • 1/4 mile to west: Tower #1
  • 1/2 mile to south-west: Tower #2
  • 1/4 mile To south/south-east: Circle/Square tower connecting to shore

The party teleported to the roof of the round tower. Ray Lan popped the lock on the trap door and found a 20’ ladder descending down a shaft – he stealthily dropped down. Ray dropped into a conference room. There was a large table, some maps and papers but otherwise the room looked disused. Ray moved to the door and quietly opened it – the door opened into a hallway, with a left-handside door some 15’ away and 20’ away a stairwell led down. Ray summoned the party to join him as he moved down the hall. Opening the left-handside door he saw a barracks, empty. Ray moved to the stair where he heard voices, in High Chelish, below. From time to time, additional voices chimed in, speaking in a guttural language that he didn’t recognize. The party moved up – others noted that the other language was Infernal.

Ray stealthed down the stairway invisibly. The stair emptied into the first floor common room with an exit facing north, and another facing east. There were three bearded devils in the room and two humans, Chelish by their dress. Ray snuck past all of them and no one was the wiser – he gave the word and Nico teleported the party behind the group and attacked. Ray and Damiano lashed out at the older Chelish gentlemen, ripping him open savagely. The bearded devils tried to get in place to use their glaives, but they failed to connect and draw blood. Having gotten the drop on the Chelish forces, the party took advantage of the surprise and in moments the party slew everyone, except one bearded devil teleported away from the combat.

Wasting no time, the Mittens, Pyrlig and Nico bagged the two Chelish males while Temujin and Damiano looked to the eastern door. Ray checked out the northern door. Ray’s door led outside down a curving stair. He could see the boat morning some 50’ away and he stood on a small stone plaza covered with stacked crates and other maritime supplies. He saw a door to his right. Temujin ventured down the hall and noted the door and realized Ray was just outside. Temujin called for Ray to return to the party – and he did. Damiano and Temujin moved to the end of the hallway and listened at the door. Again they noted Infernal speech between some ladies. And then everyone heard the distant tolling of an alarm bell – likely due to that escaping bearded devil! Temujin and Damiano listened again – they heard, “That is the alarm – we must retire to the temple now. Ladies, come…come.” Damiano and Ray picked the lock and ripped at the door hinges (as it was barred from the other side) and they entered the base of square tower. It was a fine sitting room, decorated delicately with ladies’ things – with just a hint of a sharp musk scent in the air.

At the far side of the room there was another door, it was stout and locked. It took several moments for Ray to get it open. The tunnel proceeded forward over 60’ into the dark. The party surmised that the tunnel led directly into the hillside at this point – they proceeded down the hallway. They came to another door. They heard the gruff Infernal voices of bearded devils beyond. Nico attempted to summon some elementals, but they were blocked by a Forbiddance – the party feeling it’s sting. [starting round 11] The party prepared to fight on!

[end of session 145]
{Day 335-336}

Session 144
January 3rd 2018

Ahoy! There be good pictures here!

Day 334 9PM The party deliberated and decided that Father Pyrlig and Temujin were too low on resources to drop into a major fracas that may await them in Drenchport. They took their rest while Nico crafted his guiding star wand.

Day 335 7AM Everyone restored, Temujin did a sending to Master of the Gales to determine the status of Drenchport’s resistance. The sending was blocked. The party buffed themselves and Nico teleported the party behind a tavern that they knew, called the Dandelion Wine.

The Eye of Abendago has reached out to Drenchport, covering it in storm clouds. A steady rain poured down on the city, but despite the rain, the city burned. The tavern, the Dandelion Wine burned and smoked beside them. Looking to the harbor, the Master of the Gales’ defending war ships were sunken hulks in the harbor, the defensive emplacements have been pulled down into the sea and the wharf was a smoldering ruin. Across the plaza were bodies of bearded devils and ranks of fire-blasted defenders that had attempted to hold the line. The city showed signs that the Chelish war ships had peppered shore positions with catapult and cannon fire. The Master of the Gales manor house burned to the northwest of the plaza. The town was quiet.


Nico summoned lillends to scout for survivors while the party looked about. They found a sailor trapped under some wreckage. They pulled him free and healed him up. His name was Dane Hornbelly. The sailors had attempted to hold the line but were pushed back – the bearded devils charged recklessly wreaking havoc as they came. But we put up a good fight, until we heard the explosions from the Master’s manor behind us, that is when the fire really started and we didn’t know which way to run! The party mentioned to Dane that this was his time to gather a few things and head west to join up with any survivors in the logging village outside of Drenchport – the Free Captain Damiano and his crew were looking to put things to right, any way that they could! After Dane left, Captain Damiano added that he felt that they had missed an opportunity to help out here…as he looked about eyeing the ruins of Drenchport.

Day 335 8AM The party wondered what they should do next. Arena would be the possible next target for the armada…however, the party guessed that Andronicus the Ass was in league with the Chelish. If that was true, that Chalk Harbor at Whyrlis Rock would likely be the next target. They had never traveled there and knowing that Chalk Harbor was a smaller city compared to Drenchport and Hell Harbor…it likely would be able to put up less of a fight. The party decided to head to Hell Harbor and join up with Lord Endymion.

Arriving in the town square in Hell Harbor, they were swiftly greeted by Lt. Octan Greso. The lieutenant led the party to Lord Endymion’s manor where a war council was already in session. Arronax brought the party up to speed – his ships were on the look out for the armada, but preparing to leave and join up with the Shackles’ defense fleet. His population were taking their belongings and boarding small craft to head down river to the city Tyvas-Devas.

The party knew that the defense fleet needed more ships, more men and more capable captains. They needed someone like Eldred Seabreaker. Would Seabreaker join under Damiano’s banner? Could they kill Seabreaker and take his ships? While they spoke, Lord Endymion’s butler entered the room, stating that their was a messenger boy here for Captain Damiano. The boy stated that there was a dwarf named Olen Jack looking to meet them at the tavern, the Devil’s Pyre. The party followed the boy.

Day 335 9:30AM The party arrived at the Devil’s Pyre – it was empty, save for a well dressed dwarf in the back of the room. The table was covered in breakfast food on platters and plenty of flagons of beer. Olen Jack the Axe, introduced himself and welcomed the party to his table. His mission was to approach the party on behalf of Eldred Seabreaker. His master was looking for a way back in – into the good graces of the fellow Shackles’ pirates. He wanted a holding and amnesty. He offered his six frigates, to help in the Shackles’ defense in return. If the party was interested, they could meet Eldred Seabreaker in Parley Point.

Day 335 10AM The party teleported to the burg, Parley Point. Two frigates were in the harbor and men and women were hard at work about town. There was a heavy pirate presence of Seabreaker’s sailors around the town. The party entered the only bar in town, the Fell Wind. The bar was full of patrons – many of which appeared to be Seabreaker’s loyal retainers. The party was greeted by Eldred Seabreaker as he stood to greet them and invited them to sit as his table.


They discussed options of Seabreaker rejoining the fold – but Seabreaker pointed out that Bonefist was a major obstacle since he had placed a fire-at-will edict upon him. He pushed that he wanted amnesty and a holding of his own. He would not bend the knee – and Seabreaker would only raise Damiano’s ensign, in alliance, if Damiano raised Seabreaker’s upon his ships also. There was too much pride for him to take a subservient position. When Nico and Pyrlig pushed back that a little deference may be required, Seabreaker offered his rebuttle in an open threat: If we can’t come to terms, then things stand as they are now. The Shackles’ defense fleet sails north to fight the Chelish armada, leaving most of the Shackles’ cities exposed, to me!

It was decided that a show of faith was required. And to keep all aggressive parties separated. Seabreaker would show good will, in defense of the Shackles by sailing his fleet west, to aid in the defense of Bag Island, against the forces of Bedu Hanjii and the Rampore Isles. Seabreaker added that the House of Hanjii were of an infernal bloodline and were indeed allied with the Chelish and they members of the royal house of the Rampore Isles were rakshasas.

Eldred Seabreaker departed leaving the party with the arguable questions: What can we do now to best help the defense of the Shackles? Any attack on Hell Harbor was likely a day away and it would be useful to see the Chelish tactics, but does the party just sit and idly wait? Temujin divined the nature of Fort Anadile at Bhudrek Atoll – and realized that it was still a threat, as a fully operational battle station. Fort Anadile was a combat rich target – that is where they would go!

[end of session 144]
{Day 334-335}


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