Big Damn Heroes

Episode Six: Short vs Green
Leaving the boat for the mountains

((Work in progress))

Upon arriving in the Dwarven port, the port master informed the crew that there was a town hall meeting scheduled. The point of which was that the town was hiring mercenaries to deal with the orc threat in the north.

Shortly after that, the various passengers that the crew were carrying scurried off to where ever they were headed. Being on the somewhat suspicious side, Illeith’atharia noted that something was odd about the group of barbarians and decided to check the rooms they stayed in to make sure they hadn’t left anything. After realizing things didn’t look quite right, she gathered up Shroeder who then gathered up Trish who then attracted Jin. Between the group of them they figured out that some type of ritual magic had been cast in their boat.

At that point the crew scattered. Jin went to pump the streets for info about what was going on in town and Ur-gyse went to find someplace to drink at. Dak-o-do Dak-o-da and Oak both went looking for the barbarians that cast magic in the hull while Shroeder went to find more info about the spell that had been cast. Illeith’atharia snuck off searching for more Blood of Vol members.

While Ur-gyse was drinking himself silly, and Oak and Dok were unsuccessfully looking for the barbarians, Shroeder and Illeith’atharia ended up at the same place; an old magic shop in a sleazy part of town. Careful not to let her religious associations become public knowledge, Illeith’atharia stealthily followed Shroeder into the shop and listened to what went on there. After Shroeder left, she spent a little time doing an information trade with the shop keep; turns out that he was the Blood of Vol contact she was pointed to at the last cult meeting.

Eventually everyone returned back to the ship and shared (most) of what they learned. The ritual was something to make the ship easier to scry, and it would be very expensive to get undone; not to mention no one in town could do it. Those who had cast it were no where to be found. Many of the crew vacated the ship after that and many went to the town hall meeting to look for work.

There the crew volunteered for one of the more dangerous jobs the Dwarves had to offer; go deep into the mountains and evacuate a small monastery there. The crew got some gear and promptly left town, eager to make some cash to ‘fix’ their boat.

The trip up the mountain was fairly uneventful. Once they reached the monastery, they noticed the gates were open and there was a marked lack of Dwarves. They found them all inside; dead with an Orc witch chanting over them. The crew fought and slayed many Orcs there, and followed them down a deep tunnel near the alter.

On the long stairs down they encountered more Orcs, as well as a drake. Once they reached the bottom, they got the drop on several more of them interrogating the one loan Dwarvish survivor. A furious battle was fought, but the crew managed to kill all of the Orcs there and stabilize the last Dwarf…

Episode Five: Filling the Ship
The crew picks up some passengers

((I think this is what came next?))

Arriving at another port ((name?)), the crew were informed by the Captain that they should look for cargo or passengers to take on board. The crew left with these instructions, and Jin promptly left to go do something else, presumably cause trouble. Shortly thereafter, Illeith’atharia also left to go wandering, and Ur-gyse went to the seediest bar he could find to get drunk on the nastiest swill someone could pass off as beer.

The rest of the crew, not having ADHD, actually attempted to accomplish their task, and found a posting board where people listed where they wanted passage to. Apparently the Dwarves were hiring people to kill dwarves, and mercenaries looking for passage there were plentiful and offering good pay. They quickly found a cleric of the Sovereign Host who was interested in passage, and he followed the crew as they looked for more passengers. As the crew tried to determine which passengers were least likely to burn the ship down, they walked by someone who was selling some sort of ‘healing tonic’ to a crowd of nearby people. As someone started to wonder if that charlatan was maybe Jin, Ankhegs burst from the ground and tried to eat the party. Illeith’atharia, who had apparently been standing on rooftops, jumped down to help, and the charlatan, who turned out to be Jin, also helped fight them off.

The Cleric and the rest of the crew (minus Ur-gyse, who was too drunk to fight) slew the Ankhegs, and Jin quickly went off to blend back in the crowd, now selling the ‘healing tonic’ as ‘100% genuine ankheg repellant.’ The crew managed to track down what appeared to be a group of barbarians and another group that appeared to be pirates, and took them on as passengers. When the crew arrived back at the Purple Jewel, they were informed that Trish was still missing. The crew quickly mobilized to go find her, and tracked down another crew member who had been sent to accompany her knocked out, but Trish was nowhere to be seen. The crew followed tracks leading from the scene, and found a warehouse. Busting inside determined to rescue Trish, the party came across a group of Dreugar, who as Jin pointed out, “looked like dwarves getting facefucked by a porcupine.” The party dispatched the foul deep dwarves, and searched the warehouse for Trish, who didn’t seem to be present. However, there were piles of goods that were the sorts of think Trish would buy, and a chair with some rope, and the crew guessed that maybe Trish had escaped. Taking what was presumably her stuff back to the ship, they discovered that Trish had actually split up with her escort before the attack, and he was supposed to be getting goods back to the ship.

While everyone else was ‘rescuing’ Trish (or more accurately, Trish’s stuff), Illeith’atharia was off meeting her fellow worshipers of the Blood of Vol, something the rest of the crew was unaware of. She showed up, however, in time for when the ship cast of the next day to drop off their passengers.

Episode Four: Lightning Strikes
Fixing the ship...again

((Once again, it’s been a while so the details may be fuzzy))

After five years of patient gathering of supplies, the box that had been chained to Trish’s arm was finally open. Captain Edrick Tyvran, Dak-o-do Dak-o-da, Illeith’atharia, Jin, Shroeder, Trisha “Double T” Tyvran, Ur-gyse, and Oak were all there. The box contained eight dragon shards, each about the size of a chicken egg and each glowing a different color. Each stone had a mark on it, though few could read the Draconic it was written in ((I also don’t remember what they all said)).

Jin promptly grabbed the purple one in the box, and discovered it were sentient. The stone explained that it could absorb enchantments, and give them to the wearer of the stone. Everyone in the room picked one, except Edrick and Trish. When Ur-gyse picked up his stone, a huge bolt of lightning cracked across the sky, hit the ship, and completely destroying the mast.

The very next day, the crew went out to find a replacement. While they were around town checking prices on things, they heard rumors about a haunted castle with treasure from the first colonization of the island. Rather than buying a new mast, or making one themselves, in the end they decided to go hunt up the components needed to fix the mast. So the group went out to kill off some small dragons, which went mostly uneventfully aside from a few bite marks. After that they headed to pick up some spider silk. This went less smoothly, but the group still did fairly well and got their silk.

After some discussion, they decided to check out the haunted ruins. It took a few hours to find it, but eventually they discovered a stone stair leading down into a crypt. Several of the crew wanted to pillage the crypt; though Illieth’atharia was hesitant, citing the possibility of curses and undead. While the party was debating about whether or not to open the coffins and get whatever treasure there may be, they were joined by a large group of Emerald Claw soldiers. The Emerald Claw had no scruples about grave robbing, and promptly ordered the party to leave or be killed.

Suffice to say, fighting ensued. It was a very close battle, and after all the Emerald Claw lay dead, only three of the crew remained standing. They quickly patched up their comrades. Upon rising, Oak opened the largest sarcophagus and found a magic blade with sonic enhancing powers. Jin quickly claimed this piece as his right, and everyone else went about stripping the bodies down, removing the symbols on their armor, and burning the bodies. They returned to town with a plethora of items to sell and plenty of components to repair the mast.

Episode Three: Things to Mourn
Assembling the Crew

((Guys, you’re going to have to help me on this one. I don’t recall off the top of my head who was on whose crew. IIRC, Phil was on the ex-Captain’s crew, right, and… Oak and Ur-Gyse were on the Captain’s crew?)) ((ook, at this point I’m also a bit foggy, so sure, I’m gonna run with that. Also, if the Fog of Eternity has warped some of this for me, feel free to fix.))

As the crew stared intently at what lay in the box, everyone couldn’t help but be reminded of how the box came into the possession of the crew of the Purple Jewel… ((flash back music))

The day the box came to the ship was the same day of the disaster at Cyre. A large ship of the Cyran Navy was doing a routine inspection of another boat in harbor. Captain Edrick Tyvran, Ur-gyse, and Oak were all employed in the navy at the time, though Dak-o-do Dak-o-da was the second mate on the ship that was being boarded, the Purple Jewel. At this point, Jin and Shroeder had not yet joined the ship.

The normal traffics of the harbor were interrupted by a strange lightning storm that developed. As people looked inland, a vast red cloud could be seen spreading from the very farthest point of Cyre toward the sea. Considering the amount of land it was covering, it moved with unimaginable speed. People began fleeing the city to try and get away, many of them just jumping in the harbor and swimming. The cloud quickly covered the city ((what was it again?)) and started to slowly seep out into the water. Where the cloud covered, nothing could be seen.

Once the cloud started to cover their ship, Edrick quickly ordered his crew onto the Purple Jewel. The massive red cloud stopped about half way through the navel boat. Crew members started helping people out of the water as well; refugees who had managed to swim away before the cloud hit. Of those was an Eladrin Avenger, Illeith’atharia, as well as a dazed young girl and her several armed guards. The girl had a large case handcuffed to her wrist. Soon the water was stained red with the blood flowing out of the cloud, and body parts began drifting out.

In an attempt to get the boat as quickly out of harbor as possible, a small mixed group of crew and refugees raided the half-uncovered ship next to them Edrick quickly stopped by the captain’s quarters while everyone else picked up the ((can’t remember the name of that ship thingy, that pulls the boat?)). During their task, they were attacked by a number of oozes and other creatures identified to be demonic in nature.

Having acquired the necessary goods and equipment, the ship started the long process of leaving Cyre behind. As the boat was heading out, the current captain of the ship noticed something amiss with the girl and her guards. After a few moments of quiet conversation with the girls guards, one of them chopped off the girl’s arm and grabbed the case, while the others attacked the captain. Soon much of the crew jumped in to aid the captain, though not in time to save her.

The nefarious guards were dispatched despite their best efforts to the contrary, and the little girl was stabilized. It was discovered that she was drugged heavily, which turned out to be fortunate; the pain from losing an arm would be excruciating. Edrick gave the little girl his coat, and she was bandaged up and put in a bed; Illieth’atharia stayed to watch over her. The rest of the crew promptly accepted Edrick as their new captain, and set sail.

The arm the girl had lost turned out to have a dragon mark on it from House Cannith. The box that was chained to her severed arm turned out to be heavily locked. No one could open it. At the next port many of the refuges left the boat; Illieth’atharia, Dak-o-do Dak-o-da, and the girl decided to stay. The girl turned out to be Trisha “Double T” Tyvran.

Later, the ship arrived at the City of Towers, where cargo was sold and purchased. After leaving port, a few days in, the crew discovered that there were two of the same person on the ship! One of the two turned out to be Jin, who was fleeing the city after apparently Jin’s latest elaborate scheme had come to ruin. The Captain agreed to take Jin as a crew member, as Jin’s skill with numbers and negotiations could later prove useful for the crew. They then set sail again.

At the next stop, at ((uhh, gnomeport)), the crew took on Shroeder, who was just leaving her previous post on another ship. Apparently she and her previous crew had differences of opinion, but she was welcome aboard the Purple Jewel.

((This is largely a placeholder while I get details to flesh out this summary (and while I do some actual work instead of mucking about while I wait for cells to do their thing.)))

Episode Two: Honest Work
A trip for a few supplies

The crew split up into two groups as per the Captain’s orders upon arrival at Regalport. Jin, the Captain, Ur-gyse, and Oak all went to retrieve an object he’d purchased, while Trish, Illeith’atharia, Shroeder, and Dok all went to sell off the cargo and acquire new supplies.

The Captain’s team successfully made the transaction with an individual Jin noted was another changeling, and just as the Captain picked up the goods, the group was ambushed by goblin mercenaries. The party managed to fight off their enemies (just barely).

Meanwhile, Trish’s team was conducting business when they noted two halflings stealing off with some sort of jar. The halflings dropped the jar when confronted, and an ooze attacked both them and the halflings. The team attempted to subdue their enemies, but the halflings fled before they could be knocked out and brought to justice. The jar’s owner, unfortunately, had not had any interest in the now subdued ooze inside the jar, because the jar itself was the valuable item, and it now lay in pieces on the ground.

Trish’s team, while asking around ((who made this check so I can give credit?)), found out about some sort of fungus infestation was causing the price of food on the island to skyrocket, and that there were rewards for anyone who took care of this. Eager to make more money, the party agreed to investigate, but found that rather than some sort of minor fungal infection of the crops, giant fungal forests had started to grow outside the city! While sneaking around trying to find the cause, Illeith’atharia was spotted by several mushroom people, the Myconids, who then attacked. The party managed to fend them off, only to then be attacked shortly afterwards by some sort of blue-haired fey creature. This would not have been particularly threatening, except she was capable of blasting the party with powerful ice attacks and could summon deadly ice spirits to fight for her. During this conflict, Ur-gyse was slain, and when the ice fairy creature fell, the party returned the favor, killing her. They stripped Ur-Gyse of his equipment and buried his naked body in the soil, so that he might be returned to nature.

Having then returned to Regalport, triumphant but mourning the loss of one of their own, the party was surprised that amongst the rewards they received was a voucher for services from House Jorasco, which included having someone raised from the dead. So Oak went back, dug up Ur-Gyse, and and carried his naked body to the local House J to have him revived.

The Captain revealed the item he’d acquired from the changeling was a dragonshard, one that contained a fire elemental. Using it, Trish was able to build a cutting device which opened a locked box the crew had been keeping for quite some time…

Episode One: Avant
Where the Captain finds us a new nemesis

The crew, having stopped at Edgeport to take on supplies found themselves having to rush getting everything on board when Captain Edrick Tyvran came running up to them, putting his belt on and carrying a suspicious bag. Behind him, he was being chased by the wizard Lyle Garvan and a group of thugs (...or city guards.) The crew, used to this (Ur-gyse even muttered “not again” as they prepared to defend themselves) bludgeoned everyone into unconsciousness. Lyle mentioned something about his apprentice which left the crew with little allusions as to what his beef with the Captain was, so the crew chose to leave everyone unconscious, grab the rest of their goods, and hoof it out of port before the city guard showed up to murder them all.

Once on board, the Captain revealed that his business with Lyle Garvan (as opposed to his business with Lyle’s apprentice) involved acquiring a box of some sort of magic dust, which he had Jin deliver to Trisha “Double T” Tyvran.


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