Forgotten Keep and the Western Lands

Apes and Sunshine

After Talwyn escaped from the angry Ankylosaurus she climbed the hill back to the rest of the group. From the hill they watched the Ankylosaurs slowly grazing their way along the edge of the swamp.

As they observed the creatures Talwyn, Delen and Theoren decided to try move down to the swamp edge to where the creatures had been grazing and follow their tracks to see where they had come from. As the three of them moved along the edge of the swamp they noticed a variety of tracks. Various small and medium sized animals as well as a pair of humanoid tracks and a large narrow clawed track much larger than human. The largest of the tracks were from Ankylosaurs.

As the half-elf, human and dwarf followed the large tracks backward they heard the sound of clattering rocks to the right. As they looked towards the hills two large apes rushing towards them. Taking no chances Talwyn fired her crossbow hitting one of the apes in the leg and then took cover behind a medium sized rock formation. Delen and Theoren also moved behind rocks as the apes rushed forward. The first ape leapt over the rocks Delen had taken cover behind and smashed him with a powerful blow. The other rushed Talwyn and badgered her with its fist. As Talwyn defended herself with her shield and bastard sword Delen fled from the ape. Theoren engaged the ape that had smashed Delen and as he did Delen stopped his retreat and began firing his crossbow at the ape. His fist bolt struck the ape in its the leg. The ape, enraged, brought its fist down catching Theoren in the top of his leg as he tried to move out of its reach. Back peddling Theoren turned and jumped off a large rock back towards the ape with both his rapiers leading. They they both impaling the ape it gasp and collapsed to the ground.

Meanwhile Talwyn was unable to strike the other ape as it knocked her shield aside with one blow and smashed the side of her face and shoulder with its other fist. She staggered under the force of the blow and collapsed to the ground in a heap. Theoren quickly dropped his pack and retrieved the net from within as the ape moved toward Talwyn and prepared to pick her from the ground. Delen rushed back to help, drawing his short sword and momentarily distracting the ape. Theoren quickly ran up a series of rocks and flung himself with the net in hand onto the back of the ape. Delen tried to subdue the ape with his sword but was unable to strike it effectively. Talwyn gasped for air as she returned to consciousness, using what little breath she had she muttered words of magic and healed her face and shoulder. Then she steadied herself, pulled the rope from her pack and hit the ape hard in the legs with her shoulder bringing it back to the ground. Delen also retrieved his rope and between the three of them they managed to restrain the ape in net and rope.

After a quick rest they built a travois, tied the ape to it and began to drag it back to their other companions. Dragging the ape in tow the six companions traversed the edge of the hills and swamp towards the trail from the tar pits.

After resting the night they continued the journey along the trail back to the village of Tanaroa. As evening approached the great stone wall appeared in the distance. Galvin signaled the ship and and after a while a small boat glided across the bay towards the narrow straight in front of the huge stone wall. As it did Delen noticed some of the debris in the small bay slide towards the boat in the form of a huge crocodile. Several others moved towards the boat as well. Delen called a warning to Phlan and he turned the boat away towards the village on the other side of the wall. After dragging the ape through the huge gates the party hauled it onto the boat and returned to the Sea Dagger for the night with their first capture.

After a restful night in the safety of the Sea Dagger the group returned to the village of Tanaroa in the morning and inquired about the twenty foot net. While in the village Theoren negotiated for the villagers to build a large raft to for them. Gilvan ended up paying with two bottles of wine from the orc caves. With the large net finished and in their possession the group once again passed through the gates and onto the main island.

After traveling along the trail to the tar pit and resting for the night they veered to the north, returned to where they had last seen the Ankylosaurs. After searching for a bit Talwyn noticed the tracks passing along the edge of the lake and the rocky hills. Following the Ankylosaurs tracks lead the group through the swamp to the west and then they turned north along the edge of rocky hills to the west.

After a few more hours the group of Ankylosaurs were spotted grazing along the edge of the swam. Nemi carefully moved to within fifty feet of the huge creatures at which point the largest one moved few steps in her direction and glared. Nemi threw a piece of fruit near the largest Ankylosaurus but he ignored it. The smallest of the Ankylosaurus moved up and quickly ate the fruit. After throwing and few more and watching the smallest one greedily devour them she put two and a half doses of the poison powder and tossed it towards the smallest Ankylosaurus. After eating the fruit, “Sunshine” as Nemi called it began to lounge in the sun as the other two Ankylosaurs wandered off along the edge of the swamp. The group patiently waited till the larger animals had moved out of view. Sunshine appeared very groggy by this time and the party moved close and splinted Sunshines tail for safety. After waiting for the Ankylosaurus to come regain some of its conrdination Nemi began feeding it fruit and coaxing it to start moving to the south. Delen climbed a tree to pick some more fruit and then fastened a piece of fruit to a stick with a rope and climbed on top of the Ankylosaurus. With the fruit dangling in front of the Ankylosaurus it began moving south along the edge of the swamp with Delen and Nemi on top of it. Nemi tossed fruit in front of Sunshine occasionally to keep it moving. As night fell Sunshine turned found a place to sleep and the rest of the group slept as well.

The next morning they set off again to the south along the swamp till a huge tar pit blocked their progress. Making their way east through the swamp and around the tarpit the party and the Ankylosaurus found the trail leading back towards the great wall and village. Night caught up with the group before they could reach the wall and they set camp off the trail. Early the next morning the watch noticed some lights moving along the trail from the south. Staying hidden while Sunshine slept the party observed group of seven cavemen like humans traveling north carrying a large crocodile which it appeared they had killed. After they has passed Sunshine awoke and the party set off again to the south.

As the gate and wall neared some of the party went into Tanaroa and secured two half barrels of fermented fruit and brought it out to Nemi. Then they returned to the village and launched the newly built raft into the bay. As the rest of the party rowed the raft around the wall towards the narrow straight Nemi fed Sunshine one of the vats of fermented fruit and half of the other. When the raft reached the shore Nemi passed the half empty vat of fermented fruit onto the raft and Sunshine followed by trying to climb onto the raft.

The weight of Sunshine caused the raft to lurch knocking Nemi into the water. As she splashed a huge crocodile slid towards her. Just before it reached her Talwyn fired her crossbow striking the crocodile in the neck and it disappeared into the water. With help Nemi climbed onto the raft and they pulled the vat to the other side of the raft. As Sunshine climbed onto the raft it shifted again and Nemi and Galvin both slipped and fell into the water. Two more crocodiles attracted by the attention quickly slid forward. As Nemi tried to climb onto the raft one of the crocodiles grabbed her by the legs. Another crocodile’s jaws clamped on down on Galvin’s shoulders and torso. Concentrating on his staff Galvin reached back and struck the crocodile with a loud crack causing a shock wave to ripple through the water. Rolf brought his ax down on the back of the crocodile nearly cutting it in half. It released its grip on Galvin and fell into the water. Talwyn rushed to the edge of the raft and slashed her bastard sword deep into the side of neck of the crocodile holding Nemi allowing her to scramble onto the raft and to safety. Phlann pulled the small boat up to the raft and most of the group scrambled onto the boat to allow the raft to float a bit higher in the water as they tied it to the boat and pulled it out to the ship securing the second capture.

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O Brother Where Art Thou

After spending the night on the Sea Dagger the adventurers awoke to a extraordinarily calm and pleasant day. They took the large raft and rowed it to the village of Tanaroa. There Rolf caught up with Mira and found out that her brother had been captured by humans and taken to an island just to the west of the Red Isle. Rolf also inquired about the location of the “Magic Water” which she seemed to understand and agreed to provide more information with the return of her brother. Rolf was able with help from Nemi and Lars was able to negotiate an exchange: Mira’s brother for a saber toothed tiger.

With the location of the island on their map and no other information the party returned to the Sea Dagger and asked if they could sail around the southern tip of the Red Isle and west to the island where Mira’s brother was taken. Due to calm winds the Sea Dagger made very little progress till early morning when a strong wind picked up. By daylight the Sea Dagger was passing around the southern tip of the Red Isle and past a small village. With perfect sailing conditions the Sea Dagger turned west and soon approached the other southwestern coast of the Red Isle. Navigating between the main island and another smaller one Rolf and Lars noticed some kind of webbing under the water in the mists of a thick seaweed field. As they passed over Gilven spotted a webbed bundle beneath the water which was attached a large kelp. It appeared to contain bones and leather. With the ship moving quickly they were past it before anything else could be done, but Gilven asked Captain Katrien if they could stop on their return voyage.

After a few more hours the island appeared in the distance and as they approached a beach could be seen on its eastern shore. There were four large objects on the beach that looked to be simple boats. With nightfall approaching the ship turned to the south staying a few miles away from the island and dropped anchor.

As the sun set the full moon rose over the ship several fires could be seen beyond the beach. The party waited till early morning and the cover of darkness to approach the island. When the moon finally set the small boat landed south of the beach they had seen in the light and the group disembarked onto the rocky shore. The island seemed to be mostly jungle and hills with a few rocky and sandy beaches. The group moved north along the edge of the jungle till they spotted the glow of a few camp fires which had burned low in the morning.

Moving inland for a few minutes and then continuing north Gilven noticed a thorny parameter protecting an area of huts and several towers. Talwyn moved up and investigated the parameter and determined it probably wrapped around the back of the camp and to the other side. She then quietly moved up to barrier and cut out a small section which they could move through to access the camp. Then Gilven, Rolf, Lars, Theoren and Talwyn moved through the opening under the cover of darkness. Nemi and Delen remained behind because of their poor night vision and made bets on which of their companions would blow their cover first.

The strong wind blowing down the beach helped cover the sounds of Lars and Theoren crashing through brambles but several humans in the wooden post tower near the beach came to investigate. The group quickly took cover in a hut but Lars was spotted as they did. Inside the hut a man and woman were sleeping, the woman awoke as they entered but Gilven rushed forward with a dagger and threatened her to keep quiet. He then asked where the captives were kept and she motioned to a hut adjacent to theirs.

From inside the hut the sound of the humans from the tower approaching could be heard. One was heard saying he would go sound the alarm. With this Rolf, Lars, Talwyn and Theoren rushed out of the hut towards them. With a mighty swing Rolf cut a deep wound into one of the guards sending him crashing to the ground. In one motion he brought his ax in a wide sweep driving it deep into the other guards chest and he spun into the thorns and collapse. Lars rushed forward for the third guard who was returning to the tower but the guard heard his rush and dodged the swing of his war hammer. As he took another step and opened his mouth to yell a bolt from Talwyn’s crossbow entered the back of his skull and he fell to the ground dead.

As the third human fell to the ground the other guards in the tower began to sound the alarm and the sound of people waking up echoed throughout the large camp. The quickly returned to the hut and decide to try and find Mira’s brother and escape with him. While Gilven restrained the two humans the rest of the group rushed towards the captives hut. As they did three groups of humans, seven in total spotted them and move towards them scimitars drawn. The group rushed into the hut and found five natives shackled to the huts posts. Rolf and Lars smashed one of the posts and freed a native with a long braid but determined he was too short to be Mira’s brother. The rest of the group continued managed to free two more of the captives but the sounds of the camp alarm could be heard all around them. Soon a large group could be heard outside the hut.

With all the activity in the camp Nemi and Delen made their way to the opening in the thorn blockade. From there they could see the entire camp was awake with armed humans rushing for all directions some carrying torches others just armed with scimitars and crossbows. They stayed hidden watching and deciding what to do next.

Meanwhile Gilven asked the humans he had restrained how many captive huts there are and their location. They said four and said one was three up from theirs and the other two were on the other side of the camp. Gilven left the hut and tried to move along the thorn bushes to the other tower but one of the four humans in the tower spotted him. Gilven made a quick gesture and four streaks of force stuck the human in the chest and he fell back into the tower. The other guards alerted by their companions collapse turned on Gilven with their crossbows as he ran under the tower. After hearing the guards above him yelling his position Galvin ran out from under the tower to one of the huts. As he did a crossbow bolt struck him in the side. Inside the hut it was obvious it was not a captives hut, so he grabbed a small bench to use for cover and ran to the next. This hut was much nicer than the others with a large wooden cabinet, mattress, table and chairs. Using the table as cover Gilven ran out of that hut to the next hut to the south which was also a simple living hut with a mattress and bench. From here he could see the large group of humans gathered about the hut containing his companions. A leader seemed to be addressing them while the rest of the ground surrounded the hut.

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From Hut to Hut

As Lars peered out of the hut entrance from behind his shield he could see from between two humans, one with a crossbow and the other with a net another human speaking above the murmur of the group that had surrounded the grass hut and the crackle of torches. “Thrown down ye weapons and show ye selves and ye lives will be spared ye land lubbers!” and a cheer went up from all around the tent. Beside this blond haired human was another hunched over human with numerous beads and necklaces in his hair and around his neck. He appeared to be occasionally whispering and leaning on his thick walking stick.

Nemi and Delen could see the large group of mismatched humans surrounded the hut with crossbows and nets at the ready. With their attention focused on the grass hut containing Rolf, Lars, Theoren and Talwyn it was easy for Nemi to slip through the opening in the brambles and move to the body that had been crushed into the brambles a few minutes earlier by Rolf’s ax. Nemi quickly slung the body over her shoulder and moved back through the hole in the brambles.

Gilven could hear all the voices clearly from the next hut over, this back and leg throbbing from two wounds he removed a blue colored potion from his back and drank it in a single gulp. He immediately felt a warm tingling sensation fill his body and this wounds cease their throbbing. Still hearing several humans from the tower calling out his location he parted the wall of the grass hut and slipped out into the shadows. Moving quickly to the bramble wall he found the opening in which they had all come in and quickly ducked through it. There Nemi and Delen were stripping clothing off the dead slaver and splitting it among themselves. After a minute of dressing Nemi and Delen looked similar to the human slavers inside the camp. After a few seconds of discussion Gilven moved off along the outside of the bramble barrier towards the tower which he had been shot from. As he did Nemi and Delen heard someone exclaim they had spotted the opening in the bramble barrier. In a surprisingly accurate imitation of the slaves speech Delen replied he was already looking into it and him and Nemi lit torches and moved into the camp. Satisfied the human turned his attention back to the grass hut as Delen and Nemi moved along the brambles toward the tower mirroring Galven but on the inside of the camp.

Meanwhile inside the hut Theoren and Talwyn had managed to free all five of the native captives and equip them with a battle ax from Lars and Rolf, a spear from Talwyn, hand axe from? and a bow from ?. They also managed to move two of the posts from the wall of the hut. As they prepared to to rush out of the hut Talwyn crawled in the back of the hut till she could see the human leader who had demanded their surrender. With her heavy crossbow loaded she fired a bolt past his two guards striking him in the leg. His painful cry quickly changed to an order to fire and the clack of crossbows could be heard from all directions. Bolts flew through the hut walls and skipped off armor, posts and the dirt and then Theoren and the three dwarfs rushed forward from the hut. Nets flew from every direction as the group exited the tent but they were able to avoid them as they rushed towards the leader. The smaller hunched human quickly chanted in a surprisingly strong voice. He gestured towards Talwyn and a green bolt of what looked like living fog streaked towards and engulfed her and sinking into her skin. As it did she cried in pain as her skin seemed to sag and welt as if the life had been drained from her. Lars and Theoren tossed the two posts at the guards in front of the leader knocking on of them to the ground and the other back a few steps. Rolf rushed past them swinging his Ax wildly at the leader. Talwyn staggering and unable to keep up with the others reached into her pack and produced a healing potion which she quickly drank.

Theoren lept over a guard and avoided a second green ray as he managed to wound the hunched beady eyed human with his rapier. Lars and Rolf managed to wound the leader as humans rushed at them from all directions. Talwyn was surrounded a bit behind the rest of the group. Lars and Rolf took several wounds from the leader and the other slavers surrounding them before Rolf hit the leader with a staggering blow which he surprisingly was able to withstand before he retreated away from the group with one other human protecting him. As he did Lars was struck from behind and collapsed to the ground unconscious and bleeding. As had happened with Talwyn, Rolf and Theoren were quickly separated from Lars in the chaos of battle. Rolf with enemies at his back and sides rushed forward pursuing the leader taking wounds as he did. The leaders guard braced himself to meet Rolfs change but turned to the side at the last moment as Rolf’s ax slashed into the ground beside him. Counter attacking he slashed Rolf in the side. Theoren being pressed from all directions managed to wound the spell casting human again but sustained a wound himself as a human in chainmail wielding a longsword slashed him across the back.

Galvin, crouched and moving stealthily along the brambles suddenly heard the cries of battle erupt inside from inside the camp. Standing up he moved to get a view of the leader of the slavers but his view was blocked by the mob of warriors. Concentrating for a moment he sent four streaks of blue energy towards the chainmail clad warrior on Theoren’s flank. With the warrior at his back momentarily distracted Theoren rushed forward as the spell caster tried to retreat and stabbed him twice with his rapiers. As the blood stained his clothing the hunched man stumbled and fell to the dirt and remained there in a slowly growing puddle of his own blood.

Galvin moved again looking for an angle between the huts where he could help Theoren and Rolf, as he rushed farther around the bramble barrier he spotted the leader with his silvery longsword and chainmail armor holding his side backed up against a hut. Galvin quickly recited a few words of arcana and four more blue streaks of light left his hands and blasted into the leaders side and he fell to the ground. Rolf seeing the leader drop turned to face the slavers on his flank. As he did Theoren rushing to him with numerous slavers in pursuit. With their backs to the grass hut Theoren and Rolf stood their ground as the slavers attacked from all around them. Rolf surrounded and pressed hard from all sides turned and crashed through the wall of the grass hut landing on a small table which he flattened and crashed to the dirt floor. As Theoren struggled with attackers from all directions Galvin rushed out of the darkness behind him, his clothing torn and covered in brambles. As he raised his hands fire rushed forward engulfing the area and its occupants except Theoren whom the flames warped around leaving him untouched. Using this distraction Theoren crashed through the wall a few seconds later with Galvin right behind him. As the three battered warriors planned their next move they quickly consumed healing potions. As they did another slaver moved to the entrance of the hut and slashed at Rolf who had moved to protect it. Another slaver slashed at Theoren through one of the holes made by their entrance. Rolf Slammed his ax into the chest of the slaver and as he fell to the ground sound of crossbows clacked as several bolts pierce the grass hut but missed the elf, dwarf and human inside.

Nemi and Delen hearing the dwarfs charge dropped their torches and ducked into the shadows quickly moving towards the tower. In the tower they could four guards peering out at the battle with crossbows drawn. Moving undetected to the base of the tower Delen raced up the ladder and stabbed one of the guards with his shortsword, Nemi close behind lept into the tower and struck the hard with her quarter staff knocking him unconscious. The guards dropped their crossbows and drew steel and they squared off with Delen and Nemi. Delen slashed one as Nemi’s staff exploded his nose and he collapsed to the ground. The last guard dressed in chainmail and wielding a longsword dodged Nemi’s swing and caught her off balancing propelling her over the half-wall of the tower. Her staff clattered to the ground and she rotated in mid air grabbing the edge of the half-wall and catching her self. As she pulled herself back into the tower Delen managed to parry the attacks directed at him. Nemi dropped back into the tower, picking up her staff and cracked the guard in the back of the leg as Delen sword slashed his side and his dagger pierces his armor at his armpit dropping him to the group. With the tower secure Delen once again imitating the slavers called for help at the tower. Four of them moved away from the group to investigate. As they did Delen and Nemi fired on them dropping one, the Slavers quickly returned fire striking Nemi with a deep wound that sent her staggering back into the tower barely able to remain standing.

Meanwhile Rolf once again rushed out of the hut toward a group of four humans armed with crossbows take fire as he did but reaching them none the less as they scrambled to draw cutlasses. As Rolf rushed forward Theoren lept from the opening which he had come through and moved to help Rolf draw the slavers into a group. As he left the hut a slaver slashed at him and gave chase. Gilven waited a few seconds before moving out of the hut towards the group attacking his companions and once again raised his hands as flames leapt forward engulfing the group but somehow leaving Rolf and Theoren unharmed. Several of the slavers screamed in pain and one ran a few feet before succumbing to the flames. The rest continued to fight…

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Freedom and Loss

Nemi retrieved the blue potion from her back and drank it as Delen fired another arrow from the tower then with a cry he fell to the tower floor with a huge gash in his forehead. As a feeling of warmth filled Nemi’s body she got back to her feet and peered over the edge of the tower wall. The humans that had been firing crossbows at the tower were nowhere to be seen. In the darkness she could see several other shapes moving past the huts just north of the tower. Unsure of what to do Nemi stepped over Delens body being careful not to slip on the puddle of blood quickly growing beneath his head. She quietly moved down the ladder and past a grass hut towards the main group of combatants.

Rolf’s ax opened a huge gash in the side the man in front of him before momentum of the swing took the ax head through the hip of a second slaver. Theoren held the third human at bay but as he turned he saw Rolf grasp his back and collapse to the ground. When Theoren turned back to his opponent he had backed away and was retreating towards the west of the camp. Theoren gave chase trying to tackle the man as he ran but he managed to keep his feet and headed towards an opening in a hill on the west of the camp. Inside Theoren could see at least a half dozen slavers armed with crossbows guarding the opening.

As Gilven glanced around the battlefield a human was dragging the body of the leader towards the west side of the camp. Gilven rushed to him with his staff at the ready, the man dropped the body and slashed Gilven with his cutlass. As Nemi approached Gilven he focused on his staff and swung it low at the slavers side striking him with a loud crack sending his body flying into the side of a hut where it collapsed in a heap. Nemi quickly searched the leaders body finding only a cord necklace with a silver key on it. It was apparent that his sword and a ring were missing from his body. His throat has also be cut. With the slavers in the cave opening Gilven searched the huts and free all the captives. Nemi and Theoren searched the bodies and several huts. With help from the captives the group managed to bring the bodies of Delen, Lars, Thalwyn and Rolf back to the Sea Dagger. Rolf and Talwyn regained consciousness within a few hours but there was nothing that could be done for Delen and Lars, their connections to this plane has been broken and they were lost.

Strong winds provided full sails which carried the Sea Dagger back to the village by early evening. As the freed natives raced up the beach the villagers rejoiced and Doran rejoined his sister, Mira of the Hawk and welcomed the group back to the village as heroes. The following day a feast was held to honor of the bravery and sacrifices made in the rescue of the villagers. At the end of the feast the adventurers were presented with a captured saber tooth tiger.

Treasure from Slavers:
210 cp
11 sp
12 ep

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Wind and web

Among the rescued captives was a human named Gannic, a religious man worshiping the the life tree. He offered to help the adventures as a way off the island and back to his home in the Mari kingdom. After discussion with Mira about the “Magic Water” and the location of a rich pearl bed the group decided to return to the slavers camp and avenge their fallen comrades. Mira described a central mountain with a flat top and a village at the top. A place where “The Gods” had built upon, the same ones who had built the great wall. This was where the magic water would be found. As they prepared to leave the young zombie mistress approached them about the bodies of the fallen. She agreed to preserve them in exchange for two other bodies brought to her within two moons. As the Sea Dagger again set sail for the south western island the wind was light and progress was slow. After a full day of sailing the winds picked up a bit and the next day brought them ship back through were Gilven had spotted something under the water.

Gilven, Gannic and Theoren along with the first mate, Flann dropped into the boat and rowed through the kelp forest where Gilven had first noticed something underwater. After a few minutes the boat lurched and stopped, caught on something underwater. As it did two huge spiders climbed out of the water from both sides of the boat. Gilven brought forth four blue bolts and sent them into one of the huge spiders as Theoren slashed it twice sending it splashing into the sea. On the other side of the boat the spider was hit by a bolt from the archers on the ship and Gannic stabbed his spear into the spider but it slid down his spear and bite his arm before he could push it into the ocean. Another two spiders climbed up the sides of the boat but one was struck by a bolt from Nemi and Talwyn pinning its corpse to the boat. On the other end Gilven and Theoren quickly defeated the last spider and sent it back to the sea. With the spider threat over Theoren went overboard and cut the boat free from their webs. Then with a rope tied to him swam to a bundle of webbing and pulled a water logged backpack from it.

As the boat returned to the Sea Dagger Theoren pulled three opaque bottles from the bottom of the pack. Galven identified two of them as healing potions. The third was clear and steamed when opened. Once back on board the Sea Dagger, it continued towards the slavers island and arrived shortly before nightfall. Staying to the south the Sea Dagger dropped anchor and a few hours before daylight the group once again dropped into the boat and made their way to the shore. With the humans waiting at the boat the rest of the group moved quietly to within sight of the encampment. There they could see the towers were manned with guards. After observing for a few minutes they returned to the Nemi and Gannic to make a plan.

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Slavers last stand

Gannic brought the party together and let the tree of life’s leaves flow over them in a blessing which would bring favor on them in the upcoming battle. Then Rolf, Galvin, Theoren and Gannic moved into position on the edge of the darkness below the wooden tower overlooking the encampment as Nemi and Talwyn moved west through the dunes to the approach the other tower. After waiting a few minutes in unison Theoren and Galvin hit one of the guards in the tower with an arrow and magic missiles as Rolf hit the other with a crossbow bolt and Gannic engulfed him in divine flames causing him to tumble out of the tower in a panic and fall to his death.
With both the guards silenced the group moved to the beach and around he bramble barriers into the camp. As Theoren prepared to drag the body from next to the tower he noticed another guard at the fire looking over in his direction. Galvin reacted quickly with a gesture and streaks of force sent the slaver falling backwards in a heap onto another human sleeping near the fire. As he awake Rolf’s crossbow put him back to permanent sleep.

Meanwhile Talwyn guide Nemi within range of the raised western tower. At the edge of the torch light they took aim at the two guards and fired. Nemi’s arrow streaked into one of the guards and Talwyn’s bolt unleashed a swarm of thorns which pierced the other guards armor. As the guard struggled to react they were hit by another wave of thorns as well as Talwyns crossbow bolt and both collapsed into the tower. With the tower no longer guarded they began gathering wood and cutting a path through the brambles to reach the tower and set it on fire

Galvin and Gannic moved up to the fire to cover the bodies as Rolf and Theoren searched the southernmost huts finding only tools. With bodies back under their blankets Galvin and Gannic moved into the hut near the fire and saw two sleeping humans. As Gavlin moved towards one with this dagger Gannic tripped over the small table waking both the inhabitants. As they sprung out of bed for their cutlasses their yells could be heard throughout the village. Gannic was cut across the leg before stabbing the woman twice with his spear. Galvin was slashed across the arm before his staff smashed into the side of the human sending him into the hut wall in a crumpled heap. The woman staggered back crashing through the wall of the hut and tried to run for the cave but Galvin stepped through the hole she left and dropped her to the ground with magic missiles.

Rolf and Theoren rushed up to the next hut to find to more slavers raising from their slumber. They immediately recognized the shaman as green energy flowed from his hand just missing Rolf. The other human slashed at Rolf with familiar engraved longsword but missed as Rolf brought his ax across the chest of the magic wielder. In one motion with a stab and a leg sweep Theoren send the longsword wielding human to the group and turned with this second rapier and pierced the rib cage of the shaman sending him to the ground as his last breath bubbled out of the hole left in his side. Seeing the shaman dead the new leader stumbled to his feet and crashed out of the side of the hut. Rolf gave chase and clipped him with the side of his ax but was momentarily distracted when an arrow streaked into his back from Theoren’s bow. Seizing the opportunity to escape the man ran for the cave opening.

Nemi and Talwyn hearing the commotion for the camp, reloaded their crossbows and fired at slavers as they ran towards the cave. Talwyn’s excellent darkvision allowed her to see the leader of the group just before he reached the cave opening. With a single shot from her large crossbow he cried out as he fell to the ground his sword slipping from his hand.

With the encampment cleared and all the residents holed up in the cave Nemi quickly built a small pyre on the floor of the raised tower over a dark dried pool. As the fires reached the roof of the tower and engulfed it, flames rose like a pillar into the sky illuminating the encampment. Nemi looked on in glee as a faint wisp rose out of the fire and disappeared into the early morning darkness. Gannic stood in the center of the village with the flames leaping from the tower casting shadows across his face. As he demanded surrender little was heard from the cave.

After a few minutes with Rolf growing noticeable impatient Galvin slipped over to the side of the cave, laying prone he crawled to the entrance and peering inside unleashed three rays of fire at the occupants as a crossbow bolt skipped past him. Seconds later Rolf rushed the cave entrance with the rest of the group in tow and raced headlong into the cave. A rapid clatter of crossbows left him with several serious injured as he tripped on a hidden wire across the entrance and fell to the cavern floor unconscious. Theoren following close behind noticed the trip wire at the last second and leapt over it running towards the right wall of the cave slashing down the slaver there. Talwyn was not able to notice the tripwire in time and fell to the ground near Rolf. Behind her came Nemi who fired a her crossbow at the left side and then retreated back outside the cave. As Galvin passed Nemi he turned to the right and unleashed flames which burned three of the slavers but they all were able to fight on.

Last into the cave was Gannic, as chaos roared around him he calmly strode into the center of the cavern holding aloft a symbol marked with only a tree. As he did glowing roots appeared to grow from him and move across the floor towards the group of deceased sailors whom had begun to shamble towards the group with cutlasses raised. The root grasped at the creatures and as they did most of the creatures fell into a panic, retreating to the back of the cave and disappearing through a dark hole there. One creature fearlessly shambled forward slashing at Gannic. Three more of the creatures tried to continue forward but their unnatural life force was drawn from them into the roots and they fell to the cave floor never to raise again.

The remaining slavers rushed forward drawing long sword and shield or cutlass. Galvin could not retreat and was slashed twice. Several other slavers fired crossbows towards the dwarfs in the center of the room but they ricocheted off harmlessly. With a grumble Rolf sat up and looked around confused. Talwyn crawled to him and with a few words healing energy flowed into his body relieving his pain. Theoren pierced the leather armor of the second slaver to rush towards him sending him to the ground. Rolf and Talwyn rose and moved to protect Gannic from the last remaining undead. Rolf’s ax gashed it deeply before Talwyn’s sword sliced through its abdomen sending it falling to the ground in two parts. Gannic then moved to Galvins side and healed his wounds. Galvin, refreshed unleashed another wave of fire which dropped two of the previously burnt humans. The third slashed Galvin again before Nemi’s staff cracked him across the side of his head dropping him to the ground. With most of the slavers dead or dying the small group with crossbows in the back rushed through the dark opening in the back of the cave and disappeared. Galvins magic missiles finished off the last remaining enemy and the cave fell quiet except the crackling of fire burning the tower just outside the entrance.

Tucked into the side of the cave was a large metal box which Nemi opened with the key she had found on the previous leaders neck. The box was filled with thousands of silver, copper and electrum coins. Several gems could be seen among the coins as well. Searching the camp revealed little else except some tools, food and tar. The bodies had few coins but the engraved longsword and silver etched ring both glowed of magic under Gannics spell.

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Giant sized misunderstanding

With the slavers defeated and the camp deserted Nemi and Talwyn went about searching the huts. They dragged the outrigger sails out of a locked wooden cabinet in the with the most decedent furnishings before setting fire to it. The huts which had contained captives contained manacles which Nemi noticed had a small symbol of crossed chains attached to manacles on it. Nemi set fire to the rest of the huts after searching them finding only mondain personal items and furniture in all except the tool hut. The tool hut was emptied before set ablaze.

Meanwhile Gannic set about jamming the secret door in the back of the cavern with some tools from the tool shed after healing Galvin. Rolf took time to dress his wounds before he and Galvin sorted the treasure in the chest into piles of copper, silver, electrum and seventeen uniform gems. Galvin also noticed a small symbol of crossed chains attached to manacles on the iron chest. As they worked Rolf asked Galvin if he had heard of the name Oskar. Galvin remembered a dwarven religious legend with a figure called Oskar Ornbreaker.

As the encampment burned some of the embers caught one of the sails on fire as well as a few trees to the north but the island was humid and rain had fallen recently so there was little change of a larger fire starting. After resting for an hour the group decided to investigate the escape passage. After unlocking the door they moved through the damp passageway for several hundred feet before it opened from the side of a rocky dune hidden by foliage. Talwyn spotted several tracks leading away from the opening in different directions but they soon congregated in what looked like seven sets traveling to the north.

After a few hours of following the tracks across sandy and rocky dunes another set of tracks appeared to join in, this set was much much larger and fresher. After another hour the group crested a dune to see a huge primitive humanoid standing about ten fight tall. She was armed with a club and spear and wearing simple furs. Her hair was thin and as dark as her beady eyes as she peered at the group from the side of the next dune.

Rolf and Galvin move to the front of the group and greeted her with friendly gestures. She cautiously approached, grumbling about being hungry which only Nemi and Galvin could understand. Galvin offered her rations which she took by the handful till he asked in a strange deep voice speaking the language of giants if she had seen a giant ape in the area. Taking offense to being called a giant ape she rushed forward swinging her club but slipped in the sand before Rolf knocked her over sending her to the sand in a heap. She picked herself up still hungry and managed to eat several more days of Galvin’s rations before Galvin asked if she had a family which seemed to anger her a bit but when asked where she lived she said a cave and gestured to the south before catching herself and again becoming angry about Galvin trying to trick her. When Galvin promised that they would lead her to “umans” to eat she followed for a few minutes before stopping and asking to eat Gannic. Galvin gave her a few more ration and she suddenly proclaimed she was full and wandered off to the south.

The tracks continued to the north and lead onto a dry rocky area where Talwyn was unable to continue to follow the trail, however the group continued north and came to edge of the island were a sandy beach lead into the water. On the beach three slavers sat next to a stick with a shirt tied to it. Near them stood four slavers who had passed from life into undeath. After observing for a few minutes Nemi and Talwyn moved to the western edge of the beach and then the rest of the group rushed from cover with Rolf yelling at the humans to lay down their arms which they did. However as Rolf dragged the one named Dagda into the water the injured one panicked and yelled “Attack” and ran for the cover of the trees. About half way there Nemi’s arrow caught up with him and he collapsed into the sand. The four undead attacked but Rolf with Fimbric split the skulls of two in half and the rest were defeated easily with a few minor injuries. When Rolf forced Dagda’s head underwater the other human took off running for the trees but three streaks of blue energy from Galvins hands ended his run.

Under threats of death Dagda explained that he was no slaver and he had been captured and forced to join them just a few moons ago. He said they exchanged natives for coin with a boat on the island to the north every couple moons and it had been about that long since an exchange had taken place. He did not know much about the boat but said the symbol of crossed chains attached to manacles was their flag. Galvin and Rolf offered to take Dagda back to the mainland with them so he could return to his family in the north. As followed their own trail back to the encampment Gannic and Rolf noticed the Dagda was obviously nervous and uneasy. Rolf began yelling at Galvin in dwarvish and then Galvin demanded Dagda tell them why he was nervous or he would let Rolf at him. Dagda swore he would tell them whatever they wanted to know Galvin used his magic powers to assure that Dagda was telling the truth but Dagda just swore he was telling the the truth and asked what they wanted to know. Then Gannic playing the “Better” constable grabbed Dagda and protected him from Galvin the “Good” constable, Rolf the “Bad” constable just cursed in dwarvish and glared pacing with his ax drawn.

As darkness fell the group continued following their tracks and made their way back to the cave entrance and through it to the encampment. Most of the camp was now smoldering and covered in ash. Loading up the supplies from the camp, six of the most “attractive” bodies into one of the outriggers and rowed back to the Sea Dagger leaving the outrigger in tow of the Sea Dagger.

The next morning was extra muggy and hot and the Sea Dagger was becalmed so everyone except Nemi took one of the outriggers and rowed north along the shore of the island looking for any signs of giant apes. They had been able to find any signs on the norther interior of the island and Dagda had not heard of any. The misunderstanding with the she-giant had lead to any further clues. As they passed a rocky done Galvins sharp elvish eyes glimpsed several hunched figured in a small gully.

Pulling the outrigger up on a rocky beach the group walked through the gully towards where Galvin has seen the figures. As they rounded a bend four figures were hunched over a body and appeared to be feasting. One stood and turned spotting the adventures and hissed. The others rose in unison and rushed covered in gore and blood. Rolf rushed forward to meet one with his blade striking a glancing blow. Galvin unleashed rays of fire being one to the ground in a sizzling heap and damaging a second one. The two emaciated naked humanoids ferociously attacked Rolf with teeth and nails scratching him twice. The third rushed Theoren and Talwyn but they stabbed and slashed it to the ground with Talwyn receiving only a minor scratch. The two attacking Rolf were quickly defeated and the group investigated the body these foul creatures had been eating. It appeared to be human, probably from the encampment. The group returned to the boat and continued their search along the coast finding nothing else that day before returning to the Sea Dagger.

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Swimming with Snakes

With strong winds the Sea Dagger sailed east till they spotted a flying creature near the island to the north west. The Sea Dagger turned north west towards the island. As they approached the crows nest spotted three ships near the southern tip of the island. Fleeing south along the slaver island the Sea Dagger was able to lose the pursuing ships and make their way off the coast of an island for the night. The next day the Sea Dagger arrived at the village of Tanaroa and delivered the corpses to Huita.

The next day following Mira’s directions the Sea Dagger made its way to the oyster beds on the east of the reef. There Galvin, Theoren and Gannic dove for oysters for half of the day defeating five huge sea snakes in the process and finding three pearls.

The following day the Sea Dagger continued north along the coast of the red isle. As they moved up the coast a small cave was spotted on one of the rocky cliffs inland. Using the ring of water walking Rolf carried the party to the rocky shore and they moved up a ravine towards the opening in the rocky wall above. As the party approached they were attacked by three rock skinned flying gargoyles. After defeating them creatures Rolf and Theoren climbed up the rocky cliff into the small cave. There they found a large ruby and a scroll. As Rolf began climbing down from the cave he slipped on a loose rock but as he began to fall he floated like a feather landing on the ground unharmed. Back on the Sea Dagger they continued north and west till the rocky cliffs and Ravines turned to dense jungles and the sun sank behind the Red Isle. There they looked for a place to make landfall.

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Strong winds and aquatic reptiles

With strong winds the Sea Dagger sailed north along the coast of the Red Isle. After passing a mountainous coastline the island turned to jungle. After a few hours the jungle turned to swamp and the sea dagger turned west along the northern tip of the island. As the coast changed back to jungle the ship continued west past two smaller islands, a coral reef, and another island. There, the Sea Dagger turned south back to the Red Isle and a coast of sheer rock where mountains met the ocean.

As the party looked out over the Sea Dagger Talwyn noticed a huge, dark shape moving beneath the water towards the ship. As she alerted the others, a huge reptilian creature with four webbed feet and five snake-like heads exploded out of the water onto the side of the Sea Dagger’s deck. Rolf and Theoren rushed forward, slashing and stabbing the giant beast as Talwyn tossed her grappling hook across its back. Nemi fired arrows at it as Gannic, hearing the commotion, appeared from below and began a blessing for the group. As the vicious creature’s teeth tore into Rolf and Theoren, Galvin unleashed a ball of fire over the side of the ship, burning the sea reptile. Talywn, unable to move past the creature with her rope to ensnare its heads, backed up and launched a magical hail of thorns, digging into the creature’s side. As the creature continued to suffer wounds from all directions, Gannic was able to heal some of the wounds the snake-like teeth delivered.

After another explosion of fire blistered the reptile’s back and destroyed one of its heads, it began to slip back off the side of the ship, grabbing Rolf and Theoren in two of its toothy jaws as it did. With Rolf desperately clinging to a broken railing, Nemi and Talwyn sunk an arrow and bolt deep into the neck and head of the creature which went limp, releasing Rolf from its grasp. Meanwhile, with Theoren clinging to Talwyn’s rope, Galvin’s gestures brought forth four streaking bolts of force which blasted the head of the jaws holding Theoren and they released him as the creature fell away from the Sea Dagger into the ocean.

With the creature dead, the Sea Dagger towed it behind as it continued south along the coast till at the southernmost point it stopped in view of a small beach and cave. As it was late in the day, the part rested the night on the Sea Dagger and next morning landed on the beach and cut into the stomach of the huge reptile they had slain.

As they did, Talwyn explored the entrance to the cave and the pool that filled most of it. There she heard a hissing voice and repeating it to Galvin he recognized it as a dragonic dialect. When he tried to speak with them and did not receive a response Talwyn snuck along the seaweed covered shore of the dark foul smelling pool into the cave. On the right she spotted five reptilian humanoids with spears and clubs. Unnoticed, she returned to the group and told them what she had seen.

Theoren rushed across the seaweed path and into the passageway. There he was besieged by spears from the creatures, suffering several wounds. The rest of the group rushed along the seaweed path but slipped and fell into the pool. As they all managed to scramble out of the pool into the cavern, Galvin walked across the surface of the pool to the other side. There he was attacked by spears from the passageway to the left. Rolf, seeing Galvin wounded from the spears, ran past him to the left and engaged five more of the foul smelling reptilian humanoids. After Galvin responded with two fiery explosions down the left passageway, Rolf was about to defeat the rest of the creatures in the left cavern opening. Gannic and Theoren, with Nemi and Talwyn providing missile support, defeated the remaining creatures in the right cavern with Theoren dropping the last one with an arrow as it tried to escape through a pool farther down the passageway.

With all the creatures slain, the group explored the cavern, finding several chambers with rocky sleeping quarters and many bones and seaweed littering the rooms. Pools dominated much of the chambers with two being dark and deep enough that the bottom was not visible. The other pools contained several of the mysterious dog fish, which are prized by the wealthy Mari women as an aphrodisiac.

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Mountains and Trails

Day 1:
Leaving the foul smelling caves and the friendly deck of the Sea Dagger behind the party headed south climbing large mountains. At the peak of the mountain pass they looked down on jungle turning into swamp around a huge lake to the South West. The mountain range continued to the south blocking off the center of the island interior. Thalyn lead the way down the mountains to the edge of the jungle and along the western edge of mountain range. The party was able to avoid much of the swamp and jungles by staying in the foothills of the mountains.

Day 2:
As the party progressed south Talwyn saw a huge dragon high overhead and quickly lead the party into the cover of forest to the west. In the forest a deranged Ankylosaurus came crashing through the trees and attacked. As they group fought the Ankylosaurus an Allosaurus rushed Theoren from the trees, grabbed him in its jaws, easily lifting him into the air and almost swallowing him but before it could the party damaged it severely and it dropped Theoren and fled into the forest where Gilvens magic missiles followed and fell the giant reptile. After defeating both the huge beasts the adventures continued south along the mountain edge.

Day 3:
After several days of travel the mountains lead to a large open rocky plane. The group continued moving cautiously around the plane avoiding the open area with. After skirting the open rocky area the Talwyn heard screams from over a rocky hill. The party hid and witnessed another huge reptile similar in size to the Allosaurus eating something. After a few minutes it wandered off and the party found backpack near where the dinosaur was seen. The backpack contained gold nugget wrapped in map and several weeks of dried rations. After inspecting the backpack’s contents they set off again followed mountains south.

Day 4:
The group decided to turn east and climb the mountains. After almost a full day of travel they managed to reach the other side of the mountains where they dropped down into a river gorge.

Day 5:
Descending from the mountains was much quicker than climbing them and the group reached the edge of the river gorge. Theoren noticed a trail on the other side of the river canyon during the descent but no obvious way of crossing the gorge the party turned south traveling along canyon rim. The canyon fell away as the group continued south and the ocean came into view in the distance.

Day 6:
Eventually the river split and opened into a huge swampy area and Talwyn found a trail through the swamp to the other side of the river and north back up the opposite side of the canyon rim.

Day 7-8:
Now following what looked like a small footpath which climbed steadily into the mountains along the edge of the river gorge the group suspected they were following the trail shown on the map they had found. Eventually the path turned east where three rivers came together deep in the river gorge. After less than a days more travel the group came to a rope bridge that stretched across the river canyon and the path looked to continue on the other side. High winds and rain swept over the mountains forcing the group to take shelter for the night and wait for the storm to pass.

Treasure:
Small gold nugget

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