Big Damn Heroes

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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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…

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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.)))

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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.

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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.

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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…

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Episode Seven: Under the Mountain
The race to stop the orcs

After a short rest, and some concerted effort by those familiar with First Aid, the crew was able to revive the lone surviving dwarf. He said his name was Kal’laad (sp?), and that he was a retired paladin of the Sovereign Host. He explained that the fire and rubble in the basement of the Monastery was part of a fail safe device put in place in case of invasion. It made sure that the orcs couldn’t go through the mountains via secret passageways under ground.

He also mentioned there was a second access point, right under the mountain fortress. This was one of the other dangerous jobs that was mentioned in the Town Hall meeting, back at port. After Kal’laad filled them in on what they should expect there, the crew got the dwarf started on his trip down the mountain and then hurried to the second fail safe. Before they split ways, he gave the group his holy symbol, so that they would be recognized. Jin saw loot being handed out and immediately grabbed it. It was promptly taken from him.

Out side the entrance, they noticed camp marks. Due to the excessive amount of empty ale bottles, it appeared that it belonged to a group of pirate-like adventurers that had accepted the other volunteer mission. These were also one of the groups that took passage on thePurple Jewel (episode 5). As they were looking over the camp, they came across the loan cleric that had booked passage with them earlier ((I still don’t remember greg’s cleric’s name)). No one had heard from the barbarian group, so he had been sent as reinforcements. As he was also a follower of the Sovereign Host, Illeith’atharia gave the old paladin’s holy symbol to him.

After some travel through the steam tunnels, the crew ran into a group of crazed looking orcs. The orcs seemed to be arguing about going into a room. The crazed look in their eye became understandable once half of the orcs started throwing incendiary bombs at the crew. During the inevitable battle, one of the dieing orcs used his last breath to dominate Dak-o-do Dak-o-da. The controlled minotaur quickly walked into the next room…which set off an elaborate dwarven trap. Large weapons dropped from the ceiling and walls and constructs awoke from the back of the hall. Dak was quickly peppered with arrows, taking heavy damage. After the last of the orcs were defeated, the crew made a hasty retreat. With the help of notes from Kal’laad, the group was able to wait for the trap to reset and continue.

The next set of rooms proved to be filled with both orcs and fire beetles. The grisly remains of the pirate-adventurers were also present. These things aside, the crew’s attention was quickly taken up by a large troll. Oak immediately moved forward to occupy the troll while the rest of the group dealt with the orcs and fire beetles. Many of these died fairly quickly, but complications arose when the dieing orcs dominated Dak-o-do Dak-o-da to move into the fire beetles and attack the crew. Things got even more complicated when the troll picked up Oak and used him to bash other crew members. Even with these troubles, the group prevailed.

While others were dealing with the pipes and setting up that stage of the fail safe, Jin and Shroeder got in a brief fight about who got the dead pirate’s eye patch. Jin was very enamored with the idea, but Shroeder got to the body first. Eventually, Jin gave up the fight while Shroeder happily contemplated which eye to wear it on.

As the crew moved into the next room, they realized how quickly time was pressing on them. They were confronted with a large room that had a staircase and walk way circling up the side of it. 90 feet up and all the way around the room, there was a control panel. Orcs began to pile out of tunnels on the side as the group rushed upwards. A quarter of the way up, they noticed a very large orc with a double handed axe come out just ahead of them. While the crew was bogged down with multitudes of orc drudges, this fellow ran straight for the control panel.

The crew put on a burst of speed. Oak and Dak-o-do Dak-o-da began pushing orcs of the ledges while Shroeder and Ur-gyse tried to kill as many as possible. Jin and ((greg’s cleric)) furiously attempted to keep the group healed, and Illeith’atharia simple ran forward; evading orcs when she could, or simply just being hit as she run by.

As she got in range, she Oathed the orc running for the control panel. Realizing that he had been challenged, the orc turned around to make quick work of the meddling avenger. Far ahead of her fellow crew and surrounded by orcs, Illeith’atharia stabbed her Oath target and teleported him off the side of the 80 foot ledge. As he was falling to his doom, she dropped a smoke flare, went invisible, and ran for the control panel. Shortly after that, the crew caught up to the top. Though the double axe wielding monster was grievously wounded and most of the crew was at the top of the stairs, the trouble was far from over. More orcs piled out of the steam tunnels. Illeith’atharia manipulated the control panel in an attempt to fill the base of the room with boiling water, but Ur-gyse had fallen over the edge and was dieing on the floor. ((greg’s cleric)) was able to heal him in time for him to run to a rope Jin had thrown off the side.

In the mean time, Dak-o-do Dak-o-da was destroying massive amounts of orcs in shouts and stomps of rage, and Oak was keeping a whole group of them from attacking Jin and Illeith’atharia. The rest desperately tried to keep the crew from flinging themselves off the side as they were dominated by dieing orcs. Just as Ur-gyse was climbing the rope to safety, Illeith’atharia started the fail safe and the room was quickly flooded with boiling water. The whole crew watched in satisfaction as the last of the orcs were scalded to death, then they quickly headed up a ladder to the fortress above. They emerged in a storage cellar…

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Episode 8: Just Desserts
Visiting a dwarven bank

After coming out the of the basement of the Dwarven fortress, the crew was sent on their way back to port to collect their earnings. Once they were back in town, they met up with Captain Edrickand Trisha at a fairly nice inn.

Edrick had a letter for them. After some initial concern over the possible contents of said letter, it was opened up with no incident. It seems the old paladin they saved from the monastery, Kal’laad, wanted to offer them a reward for their services. The monastery had a bank vault at the Dwarven capital city, and Kal’laad requested that the crew meet him there so that he could give them their choice of the treasure in the vault. The crew quickly agreed that this was a fabulous plan.

Shortly after that, Trish insisted they all come to her room in the inn to show them her latest project. She was tinkering with the extra dragon shards they had, and found a way to ‘fix’ them. With her modifications, the stones would soak up ambient magical energy; this would slowly increase the power of the enchantment modifications that the stone could bestow. While Trish was explaining what she had done, she tripped and dropped an extra dragon shard…which Lemesh Taper caught. Thus the cleric was bonded with the Orange colored stone. What followed was brief explanation to Lemesh about the stones and how the crew got them. This also explained why Trish has a metal arm and the crew as a whole avoids House Cannith. Around this time Lemesh agreed to stay on with the crew for a while. While the group talked things over (and Illeith’atharia and Lemesh got in a religious debate), Trish quickly tinkered with everyone’s stone to upgrade it.

Sometime in the night, Ur-gyse snuck off to meet up with an orc druid. They exchanged information about the siege at the mountains. The orc explained to Ur-Gyse that the siege wasn’t planned. It was carried out by an offshoot of her tribe; one that randomly and erratically split away from the main hordes. As a ‘thank you’ for stopping the crazy ones, the orc woman gave Ur-gyse a set of clawed gloves.

Shortly after Ur-gyse returned from his nocturnal activities, everyone in the upper floor of the inn was awoken by Jin running up and down the hall screaming. He was being chased by a parrot. The crew convinced Jin to stop screaming and running, at which point Jin convinced the parrot to be his partner in crime; together, they would take over the pirate kingdoms… With the screaming stopped, the rest of the crew retired for the night a second time; their eyes now strained by severe rolling. Sometime in the morning it was discovered that Shroeder had acquired a little dragon pet too.

The crew hired a carriage to take them to the capital, and on the way over they discussed the possibility of finding someone to get the scry ritual taken off their boat. Lemesh relayed that he knew someone in House Cannith who wasn’t very popular and might be willing to do some work on the down low. Upon arriving at the capital, the crew checked in with Kal’laad, and then with this contact.

The contact was willing to give some disenchantment dust to us in exchange for a little larceny. After much debate among the crew, and much planning, they agreed. While they were getting their reward from Kal’laad, the crew would rob the vault they were in. The contact tossed in a bag of holding to sweeten the deal (and to help get the safety deposit box he wanted out of the bank).

Even after much planning, the crew managed to pull off the heist, though not without considerable stress and made up distractions. In the mean time, Kal’laad gave a number of nice items to the crew. Oak received a necklace to help him stay up in fights. Dak-o-do Dak-o-da got a falchion with some kind of thundering power; which he tried out right there in an effort to distract the guards from Jin. Lemesh picked up a bunch of generic Sovereign Host gear, and Illeith’atharia was gifted with a ridiculously large sword, built to aid Avenger magic.

Hasty to get out of town, the group left with thanks and turned in the lock box they stole to their contact. After that they quickly left town in another rented carriage. On the second day out, they were attacked by a group of barbarians; the same barbarians that had cast the scry ritual on the boat.

They were quickly killed or subdued. The ones who were left alive turned out to be hollowed out husks of flesh, with their intellect possessed by ‘cousins’ of Lemesh. After they expressed their undying enmity and chuckled over the vast resources at their disposal, they were quickly killed. At this point Lemesh was welcomed as a true member of the crew, and everyone made great haste to flee the current port as quickly as possible…

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Episode 9: On A Boat...
Fixing the boat...again

((It’s been a while…this is what I remember?))

With the disenchantment dust acquired, the crew quickly takes the scry ritual off of the boat and gets the hell out of the Dwarven cities. Several days into the voyage, the crew were attacked by fish people ((sp for name?)).

The crew never questioned if they could kill the attackers, though there was a few moments of doubt about if they could do it before the ship sank. After an irritating battle with the followers of The Devourer, not to mention a ridiculous chain of crew hanging off the boat, the invaders were repelled.

The ship quickly was quickly beached on the somewhat nearby shore and the full extent of the damage was discovered. It turns out that the disenchantment dust not only removed the scry spell, but it also removed the enchantments holding the ship together. The crew was quickly dispatched to find materials in the forest to repair the rotting hole in the ship.

The woods there were exceptionally quiet, but eventually the crew encountered a strange circular grove. Illeith’atharia recognized the place as somewhere close to the Fae lands that she hailed from, and Jin supplied a historical explanation that no one was quite sure if they should believe or not.

Eerie whispering in Elven was then heard from the trees as a small group of Red Caps attacked the crew. After a short heated battle filled with Oak being kicked many many times in his otherwise nonexistent genitalia, the crew prevailed. Unsurprisingly, the bodies were quickly looted.

Something like a map scrawled in Elven was found on one of the bodies. After much deciphering, the crew figured out it pointed toward a large heavy rock near the ring of trees. Eventually the rock was moved and the crew was covered in mud. But the crew’s perseverance was rewarded with tiny clothes and other items that were packed under the rock.

With the various loot items distributed and some lumber gathered, the crew headed back to the boat…

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Episode 10: Looking at the Boat
Fixing the Boat...still...

Stole—BORROWED by Jin, from the personal journal of Ur-gyse

Day 2578:

Boat still broke. Got drunk. Was fun. Miss those pirate adventurererers. They had good grog.

Went out to look for trouble, so trouble wouldn’t find us. Killed some gnolls. Nolls? Nowls? Taste dusty.

Nowls had map to find Emerald Claw guys. Went to go kill them. Maybe they have some grog.

Found them already dead. Found an undead thing. Slept a little in the corner. Got woken up when we went back to boat.

Captain looks sad. Keeps saying, “there’s a lick on the boat.” Confused. I don’t see any ice cream.

( strange scrawl that may or may not be a signature )

As read in Jin’s journal:

Today was a marvelous day!

Sure, it started poorly as we ran into some mangy dogmen. Gnolls, I think they were called? Whatever they were, they were hungry and unpleasant, and once again, I was victim to the universe’s cruel whimsy as they assaulted me. Well, not me personally. I mean, Oak took most of the beatings. But at least he doesn’t have to smell them – it was truly awful, a stench like the waste chamber after Dok’s done with it.

After I defeated the gnolls (with the help of the others, of course), I found a journal which pointed us to the tomb of another of the dead Captains who traveled with the late Captain Lazharr. Eager to find out if all of her Captains were bards, I pointed out to the crew that if we went, there was a good chance we could find treasure. They were not entirely impressed, until I further pointed out there was a deadline – the Emerald Claw had nearly beaten us to the first of these tombs that we’d heard of, and as we spoke they might have been homing in on the second. That got those lazy guys to move their legs.

Inside the tomb were, of course, undead, because the number of tombs not filled with the ravenous dead in Khorvarre must be near or equal to zero. This was to our advantage, for once, as the murderous undead had managed to keep the pesky Emerald Claw from making off with my – our – treasure. With ease I polished off the undead (again, with the help of the crew), and we went into the next room, where we encountered the most pleasant lich I have ever met. Well, the only lich I’ve ever met, but that’s a minor detail. It turns out that she found a song to sing which made her immortal, and now she’s been sitting in her tomb hoping for adventurers to stop by so she could trade questions with them. We exchanged information, which was quite pleasant, and then I convinced her that if she wanted to know about the world, she had best come with us so she could experience it herself. She agreed, and offered all of her material goods in her tomb as payment – quite nice! M’lady gave me an amulet to which her awareness was tied, and then she crumbled into dust – apparently she can have a body whenever she would like, but she feels no requirement to maintain one.

Truly, once again, the day had been saved by Jin.

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