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4/17/2014 Session: “So… Are we just murderers now, or what?”

Missing: Stan [We REALLY need you to come back…]

When we last left the party they had just managed to kill a literal boatload of kobold pirates, save a few dozen people from a shipwreck and claim a second boat as their own.  One of the men picked from the shipwreck, Captain Saldu, was inconsolable over the loss of his daughter.  Gracie O’Malley was gravely wounded in the attack and was taken below deck by First Matron Mercy and Amon.

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As Gracie is dragged below deck to be stabilized, Myles dresses his wounds and takes stock of the situation on the deck of the Renaldo’s Rage.  Three dead sailors lie on the deck, and a gaping hole has been torn in the side of this ship by the kobold pirates’ ballista.  He tasks the Bosun with attempting to repair the hole in the hull as best he can as he and Barundar lead the oarsmen in clearing the decks of the two ships.

Sometime later, the party reconvenes to decide the fate of the pirate ship that floats alongside the Renaldo’s Rage.  Discussing with Mercy, they are confident that if they are to take it into port, it will need the party’s entire team of oarsmen [because SOMEONE ::cough:: Amon ::cough:: decided to burn the ship’s sails and main mast] to bring it in.  They move the oarsmen to the former pirate ship and assign the Bosun to helm the ship for the short voyage into Reyshire.

As they approach the port, the party is taken aback by the scale of the city.  Great walls line high cliffs and through a small gate along the seawall, sprawling hills in a deep valley are marked with many buildings.  It turns out that Reyshire, being an independent city-state is quite a bit more fortified and larger than Otemshire.  Darius and Amon notice a very old keep at the point of the bay, high above the water.  They both get a very foreboding feeling when looking upon it and they remark about how it almost looks like it’s in a shadow.  [Canopic jars a’hoy??]

It's a pretty big city.

It’s a pretty big city.

The Renaldo’s Rage and the party’s new boat are stopped at a gate blocking the bay.  Trumpets sound and many soldiers appear along the wall.  Almost instantly, cries of amazement reach the party’s ears and it becomes apparent that the boat the party is dragging in is very well known.  Darius’ keen ears pic up one of the guards saying “Is… is that the Deceitful Eel?  How in the world did someone capture it, that’s the scourge of the sea?!”

The guard at the gate opens it and many of the soldiers cheer.  When asked how they acquired the boat, Myles responds, “Well… you know… this is kindof what we do” And Darius add in, annoyed, “Yea… adventure just seems to find us” reminding Myles that, had they not stopped to pick up the people in the water, they wouldn’t have had to fight so many kobolds, and their crew and boat would still be in one piece.  Myles, still waving to the soldiers triumphantly says, “Yea.. and we wouldn’t be heroes about to sell this boat, either…”  The prospect of boat-selling-money puts Darius back in his place for the time being.

"Hah, well, I *guess* I can do a *few* autographs..."

“Hah, well, I *guess* I can do a *few* autographs…”

Once the boats are docked, the harbormaster comes by and begins to tabulate port fees.  While looking at his ledger he makes the mistake of asking the group what kind of vessels they’re docking.  Amon and Myles respond in unison, “Uhhh… Boats, duh.”  The harbormaster looks very annoyed until Darius appears with Mercy.  Mercy addresses the harbormaster saying, “Cut the crap, Hoyle…”  Some negotiations occur in which the party informs Hoyle that they’ve captured a pirate ship and he eventually decides to waive the port fees, on account of them being heroes and all.

As the Renaldo’s Rage crew and the survivors of the shipwreck file off of the boat, Saldu approaches he party, once more earnestly requesting their help in finding his daughter.  He reveals that there was another pirate ship that sank his boat and kidnapped his daughter.  [This comes after an Abbot-and-Costello-esque moment; Saldu – “There were two boats!”  Darius – “Yea, ours and the pirate ship, so what?”  Saldu – “No, no, there were three boats.”  Barundar – “Yea, ours, the pirate ship and yours that sank, you’re not making sense man!”  Saldu – “NO, come on! There were FOUR boats.”  Amon – “Well now you’re just being crazy…”]  The party steps aside to discuss.  Darius is very against the idea, saying, “We should have left him to prune in the water in the first place!”  Myles looks at his many wounds and burns and reluctantly confirms that taking on another pirate ship is not really on his wishlist either.  Barundar says, “Well… we’re heading North anyway, I don’t see any reason that we can’t bring him along but I’m with you guys, I say we don’t go out of our way to search for some girl…”  This no-lose, no-commitment scenario eventually wins out.

Amon decides to deliver the message to Saldu in a most interesting way.  As Saldu continues to sob over the loss of his daughter, Amon approaches and says angrily, “GODS, would you stop crying!?  You can come with us as we go North but 1) we can’t guarantee that we’ll go looking for your daughter, 2) you’ll have to earn your keep on the boat and 3) if you keep crying I swear to God that I’ll thunderwave you straight to the bottom of the sea…”  With no other options, Saldu agrees to accompany the party as part of their crew.

Five of Saldu’s former crew were among those plucked from the water [enough men to give us 2 extra sailors/gunners, not counting Saldu]  The men trudge off towards the bar, followed closely by Darius and Barundar who intend to negotiate with them to join the party’s crew.  Amon and Mercy carry Gracie through the streets towards the chapel to get her some good, old-fashioned healing.  Myles stays behind with the Deceitful Eel to discuss options with the harbormaster.  [SELL SELL SELL!]

Darius tails the sailors to a rather blue-collar looking tavern.  Once inside, the pair scope out the scene and are somewhat surprised to see a relatively diverse clientele.  Whereas Redmark’s population is typically 90% human, it would seem that Reyshire is more like 50% human with significant Halfling, Dwarf and even Elven populations.  Barundar recalls that Reyshire used to be a Halfling village, but that gold and gems were discovered following a natural disaster [although he can’t recall if it was an earthquake or mudslide or what…] and that for the last 200 years, the city has been ruled by Dwarven mining companies.

After the history lesson, Darius reveals his plan.  He intends to hide behind Barundar as the dwarf negotiates with the sailors to join their crew.  When this inevitably fails, Darius will step forth with his crossbow and “convince” them to join.  The first half of Darius’ plan goes well with Barundar completely botching the negotiations and causing all of the sailors in the bar to laugh at his offer.

The ponytail condom gives a +4 to intimidation.

The ponytail condom gives a +4 to intimidation.

Darius activates phase two of his plan, popping out of the shadows and placing his crossbow on the table pointed directly at the sailors.  He says, “Listen here! My friend said that we need some sailors… and he made you a generous offer and now you’re giving him the cold shoulder… What are we going to do about this situation?”  Half of the sailors get up, hands raised, and begin to back away from the halfling.  Darius forces them back into their seats with his crossbow.  Somehow the plan works and 6 men agree to join the crew for 60sp/mo.  [This would give the party 3 extra sailors and potentially increase the ship’s speed!]

A dwarf across the bar stomps his iron-clad boot on the tavern floor and, with a booming voice, commands everyone to sit down.  As the newly conscripted sailors falter, unsure what to do, it becomes clear to Darius that this dwarf is some sort of union representative, likely part of the sailor’s union.  The loud dwarf informs Darius that the contract he negotiated with the sailors was not a fair wage, and that he broke protocol by not going through the union.  Darius says, “Union, eh?  You guys don’t need a stinkin’ union, you’ve got us!”  At this, he picks up his crossbow and points it at the union representative and says, far overestimating his ability to incite revolt, “Now… who in here with WITH the union and who is AGAINST it?”  Everyone in the bar stands and begins to close in on Barundar and Darius…

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Meanwhile, across town at the docks, Myles discusses the Deceptive Eel with the harbormaster.  Hoyle informs him that he’s not the right person to talk to about trying to sell a boat and that the man Myles is looking for has left for the evening and is probably at the tavern. [Great…]  Hoyle does, however, give Myles an estimated value for the boat of 2,500gp [!!!!!]  in its current state of disrepair.  Myles sets off to the tavern, blissfully unaware of what’s happening there.

2,500 gp?! Say whaaaaaat?

2,500 gp?! Say whaaaaaat?

Darius is attacked by a mob of men, but uses the opportunity to sneak away behind the bar – leaving Barudar seemingly alone in the bar against 40-50 angry, drunken sailors and one particularly steamed union boss.  Barundar is attacked by a number of the groups but is able to hold his own, taking only nominal damage before roundhouse kicking one of the men in the face [after a crit].

Barundar is pretty tough...

Barundar is pretty tough…

Behind the bar, Darius scopes out the 6 sailors the party had just hired and finds that one of them has a light crossbow on his belt.  His Halfling brain whirrs and he comes up with a plan.  He takes 5 of his crossbow bolts and plants them on the sailor, then takes aim and shoots the union boss, wounding him.

Outside the tavern, Myles and Amon cross paths and the two nonchalantly stroll towards the tavern.  Once there, Myles opens the door for Amon and both are taken aback by the noise in the bar.  They stand at the opening in utter shock as they arrive just in time to see the union boss get shot by a crossbow bolt.

Amon rushes in, throws the barkeep a few coins as a pre-apology and [after talking him down from thunderwaving] casts a Minor Illusion of the chandeliers in the bar exploding into flame.  He screams, “STOP IT!!!!”

BUT I'M SETTING THIS BITCH ON FIRE!

BUT I’M SETTING THIS BITCH ON FIRE!

The wounded union leader and the angry sailors begin to stampede out of the seemingly flaming bar.  Amon is trampled in the process and Myles is left holding the door open as 50+ hysterical men rush from the bar.

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In the commotion, Darius leaps from behind the bar to cut off the union leader.  He screams, “Hey! Watch out!!” and shoots the sailor upon which he had planted bolts right in the head, killing him instantly.  He follows up, “That guy just tried to kill you!  Look at those bolts he was carrying!  We gotta get you outta here and somewhere safe!”

Darius' reaction.

Darius’ reaction.

Pretty much everyone else's reaction

Pretty much everyone else’s reaction

The wave of men finally subsiding, Myles is finally able to enter the bar.  He steps in to see flames licking the ceiling of the building, 5 utterly terrified sailors standing at the bar, a dead man slumped to the floor with a bolt in his forehead and Darius, with his arm still outstretched from when he took the shot.  Myles processes what likely occurred quickly in his head, sighs heavily and says, “Uhhhhh, maybe this is a bad time, but I’m here to talk to a guy about selling a boat?”  The union leader, now screaming in both pain and terror points to the bolt in his leg, then to the dead man on the floor and says, “AAHHHHIIII’M A LITTLE BUSY!!!”

Amon snaps his fingers and dispels his illusion and the flames instantly disappear.  He walks calmly to the bar and throws the barkeep a few coins, apologizing again and ordering a beer.  Myles joins him.

Darius continues to lay it on the union leader, “Oh man, are you lucky I was here.  I mean, that guy tried to kill you!  Say, I didn’t catch your name, champ.”  The union leader reveals his name to be Franthar.  “Man, Franthar, that was a close one, you see, I was sent here to stop a conspiracy to kill you.  I’m sorry I had to pretend to hire those sailors there for less than a fair wage, but it was the only way to weasel out the conspirator!”  Franthar takes it hook, line and sinker.

After stabilizing the dwarf, Darius informs him that he does actually know a man trying to sell a boat.  Franthar responds, “Well, I need to get home and rest, but have him come see me first thing in the morning at my office and I’ll be more than happy to do business with him.  Say, what is my heroes name, anyway?”  Darius doesn’t skip a beat and responds that his name is Renaldo.  Across the bar, Amon and Myles choke on their beer.

The remainder of the party bellies up to the bar after Franthar hobbles out and heads home.  They enjoy drinks as the corpse of the framed sailor slowly sinks further and further down.  Eventually, the bartender sends out a [probably unionized] janitor to clean up.  A guard stops by moments later and asks if there’s anything to report, “We heard some strange stories about this place being on fire!”  The barkeep responds, “Just another union fight,  I’ll bring the victim by tomorrow…”

Union janitors really take their time.

Union janitors really take their time.

As the party heads to turn in, Amon returns to Gracie, eventually falling asleep at her bedside.

In the morning, Myles, Darius and Barundar head to Franthar’s office to sell the Deceptive Eel.  Franthar reveals that the Deceptive Eel has a sister ship, the Damned Whore, that is also a pirate ship that plagues the city.  He continues that the Deceptive Eel is known for its speed and would be highly prized by many different types of buyers.  Before they head down to see the boat, Myles tries to prepare Franthar for the ship’s current state, but the dwarf is still shocked by the damage.

Myles quotes the harbormaster’s estimate of 2,500gp and Franthar somewhat agrees but says that, together with the Damned Whore, the pairing could fetch upwards of 8-10,000gp [!!!!!].  Myles concedes that the ship is rather damaged [thanks, Amon…] and offers 2,200gp, but that Franthar will be more forthcoming should they manage to capture the Damned Whore as well.  Franthar extends his hand and Myles shakes it.

agreed boat

[WE’RE RICH BEEEYOTCH!]

The party takes their new found wealth and discusses a plan.  It is decided that they will each take 200gp of spending money, they will purchase a masterclass greataxe for sale to a noble/warlord in Hirflindr and keep the rest in a pool for group expenditures.  Franthar explains that there are upgrades that can be made to the Renaldo’s Rage, but that the price/time will be dependent on what the party is looking to have done.

LOOT:

1,000gp (200/ea)

1 Masterwork +1 Greataxe (330gp)

870gp party treasury

absolutely fucking not

4/10/2014 Session: “Rise of the rowboatmen” or, “I’d like to see you come on my pro bono…”

Missing: Stan, Matt :(

When we last left the party, they had just waylaid the three Lords of Dahyrst.  A series of ambushes led to the deaths of 300 of the Dahyrst (and hopefully therefore Triumvirate) guards and delivered two of the three lords alive to Bella Bloomthorn for execution.  The party was left standing in a field on the edge of the elven forest surrounded by the corpses of fallen guards.

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After many moments discussing the morality of their actions, the party decides to move along.  Barundar struggles to mount his horse saddle saying, “I don’t give a piss about what it took, at least that fungus is out of my lungs and I can taste again, now, where’s the closest tavern?” before promptly slumping forward and passing out.

The metal chair was actually a rock, but you get the idea.

The metal chair was actually a rock, but you get the idea.

The party decides that heading back to Dahyrst would be a bad idea after killing almost all of the guards and leaving the city understaffed to prevent a [likely violent] revolt at the height of a festival and so heads Southward towards Otemshire.  Myles removes Tyson’s armor and helmet and finds the corpse of the most mangled guard to place it on before leaving.  [Okay, maybe he asks Ash to bash one’s face in a bit with his mace…]

The group recovers the bloodied and beaten Tyson from wherever they stashed him, tie his hands tightly with rope and place a sack on his head.  They then ride the few days’ ride back to Otemshire without incident.

Just outside of town, Twila stops the group and begins to negotiate with the party… Figuring that, without her, the party would have never captured Tyson, she demands half of whatever reward Cletus has in store for the group.  “Like hell!” Darius shouts, “I could have killed you, your reward is your life.”  Not taking it that far, Myles reminds Twila that she obviously would have had no chance at capturing Tyson since she couldn’t even tell him apart from Willem.  Amon jumps in and says, “Plus, you never returned the reward you got from Cletus for turning Willem in in the first place!”

Unfortunately for Amon, this does nothing to score him any points with his wanna-be lady and she informs him that she never got a reward for turning in Willem because the party interrupted the ceremony.  Frustrated, Twila throws her hands in the air and says, “What, so I came on this job pro bono?” [At this point, Cameron had missed like 10 opportunities for crude, dick jokes throughout the session, so Paul decided to knock one out of the park for him, saying, “I’d like to see you come on my pro-bono” in his best Amon voice.]  Myles calms Twila’s nerves and assures her that she will be compensated for her time and contribution towards capturing Tyson.

The party marches Tyson through the streets and to the guard post, where they kick in the door and demand an audience with Cletus, who eventually floats his way down to meet themCletus reveals that he’s shocked to see them so soon [it’s only been like a week since we left and we already came back with him].  Darius forces Tyson to his knees and rips the bag off of his head, revealing the NicCageFace.  Cletus asks, “Before I reward you, how can I be sure that this is the real Tyson?”

Look at all those Myles clones....

Look at all those Myles clones….

Sensing he has very little to lose, Tyson’s bloodstained mouth smirks revealing a number of broken teeth.  Pointing with a restrained elbow towards Myles, he says, “I dunno… it could be that guy…”  Myles places a boot on the side of Tyson’s shattered face and gives him a solid push to the ground.  Foot planted triumphantly on the neck of his greatest foe, Myles glares at Cletus and demands their reward.

Cletus relents and scurries away to his desk and tabulates for a while.  After a few moments he announces the party’s reward for returning the real Tyson Alway more or less in one piece; 600gp.

Immediately all forms of discourse among the group fall to shambles under the weight of greed and a huddle is formed as the party argues over the gold.  Darius begins the negotiation claiming that the loot should be split 9 ways [including Winston, Qian Ban and Jack as full members, fat freaking chance].  Amon says, “Let’s tell Twila that we’re splitting it 9 ways, then after she takes 1/9th, we’ll actually split it 5 ways!” before actually realizing that Twila is in the huddle.  After some time, the party decides to do the most fair thing and split it 6 ways, giving Twila a full share.

Darius says, "Twila is right HERE, Amon... Look, your arm is around HER shoulder in the huddle!"

Darius says, “Twila is right HERE, Amon… Look, your arm is around HER shoulder in the huddle!”

Twila begrudgingly agrees.  She thanks Myles [who’s suggestion it was to give her a full share] and, stopping just short of apologizing for having hunted him for so long turns to leave.  Finding Amon in her way, she gives him one final disgusted snarl before shoving him aside.  Everyone enjoys the view as she stomps her way past, boobs all-a-jiggle.

LOOT:

600gp – 100gp [for Twila] = 500gp; 100gp/ea divided amongst platinum, gold and silver coins

After Twila leaves, the party reminds Cletus that he owes them a boat and a safehouse as reward for clearing the Badlands.  The party soon comes to learn that the cost of maintaining a boat is really high.  Cletus explains these costs to them as they walk through the town towards the docks.

What da fuq... Who knew it was so friggin' expensive!?

On a more positive note, the boat comes complete with 4 ballistas.

Before them at the dock is a relatively small, brigantine-type transport ship.  Cletus explains that it can hold around 10,000gp worth of trade goods  and will require a crew.

Faced with the cost of upkeep, the party decides to invest their newly found fortune in items to sell for a profit in the great white north.  They buy 500gp worth of local specialties that will go for a premium in a barbarian village like;

Hardy foodstuffs, fabrics, metal ores, various trinkets that may be rarer up north, 2 great axes and 3 mauls.

Myles suddenly remembers the magical arrows he found and has Amon identify them.  As it turns out they are +1 to everything and +3 to magic-immune enemies.

As the party heads from the docks to the inn, Myles sneaks away to check in on Ravella and Willem.  Peeking in the window he sees a picturesque family dinner.  Ravella barks orders at Willem who dutifully serves his queen, the children bound into the room and hug their “dad” crying out how happy they are that he’s finally home.  Outside the window, a chilly sea breeze blows against Myles’ scarred and rugged face.  He emits a heavy sigh that fogs his view of the happy family.  He seems to struggle with a thought for a brief moment before perking straight up and running back to the main road to rejoin his friends.

:*(

:*(

[It is at this point that Nathan and Paul realize that Myles has pretty much run out of NPC connections.  He beat Tyson, his main enemy, almost befriended Twila, his pursuer and literally gave away his wife… Aside from his old captain, Myles is a total loner.]

Arriving at the inn, the party is soon greeted by a number of guards who address them as “the real heroes of Otemshire” and buy them rounds of drinks for saving the city from the evil of the Badlands.  Amon steps forward and leads the bar in a chant…

“Who wants to make some money!?” (wild, drunken cheers)

“Who wants glory!?” (raucous screaming)

“WHO WANTS TO GO TO THE FAR NORTHWEST VILLAGE OF HRIFILNDIR AND KILL SOME SHIT ON THE ICE FIELDS!?!?” (confused mumbling and then immediate silence)

Across the now silent, confused bar, Darius spots a tall, redheaded woman laughing at Amon’s spectacle.  Her tri-cornered hat and the parrot resting on her shoulder indicate to him that she might be a captain suitable for their journey.  Darius chats her up for a bit, complementing her “bird”.  The two do the verbal dance of two seasoned professionals; he wowing her with stories from his days in “waste management”.  She thrilling him with stories of her exploits in “logistics”.

Darius eventually gets down to the brass tax and asks if she is a captain.  She asks him if the parrot gave it away.  Darius decides to test her with a word problem, “Suppose a boat left dock at 7am and the wind was out of the SSW at 10 mph…”  When she corrects him that wind speed is measured in “knots”, Darius promptly tells her that she’s hired.

She goes on to explain that she’s got a crew, but that “natural disasters” and pirates have robbed her of her ship.  When Darius asks her what sorts of “natural disasters” she ran into and the captain explains that her ship was badly damaged by a series of rogue waves off the shore of Wenshire a few weeks prior.  Amon and Myles had just been approaching the table she Darius and the captain were sitting and they heard her tell this story.  The two quickly retreat back to the bar.

"Ohhh hey, what's going on over he-nevermind."

“Ohhh hey, what’s going on over he-nevermind.”

Darius and the lady quickly negotiate on her pay and she finally reveals herself to be Captain Gracie O’Malley and that she and her crew will meet the party at their boat at first light.

[The boat’s speed is 90 miles, 3 hexes/day at peak crew]

The party sets a course towards Reyshire to the Northwest of Pelor.  As they approach the dock they find a very upset Gracie O’Malley surrounded by a few dozen men.  She rushes towards Darius screaming, “This is MY BOAT, how did you get MY BOAT?”  Myles throws the burlap sack containing Renaldo’s body over his shoulder and pushes past Gracie and walks up the gangplank and onto the newly re-named “RENADLO’S RAGE”.  He says, “Take it up with Cletus the next time we’re in town.”

As Darius goes to board the boat, Gracie stops him with a set of rolled up papers.  Darius inspects the papers and finds them to be a rather comprehensive and well-drafted contract.  He looks up at the captain and says, “ ‘ey, you know what, O’Malley?  You’re a good person… you didn’t even try to hoodwink us on the contract.”  Gracie laughs and responds, “I would say it takes one to know one, but we both know that isn’t true.”  A second, buxom lady boards the ship and is introduced as Gracie’s sister, Mercy O’Malley, the first mate[ron].

After four uneventful days at sea, the Renaldo’s Rage approaches the port of Reyshire.  Mercy calls down from the crow’s nest that a ship is approaching from their port side.  Gracie takes evasive maneuvers and an eagle-eyed gunner is able to spot wreckage of another boat and a number of people floating in the water.  Myles and the crew immediately start fishing people out of the water and are able to grab 9 of the 20 by the time the second ship sets upon the party.

When Nathan said the boat was crawling with kobolds, we thought it was a metaphor... it was not a metaphor.

When Nathan said the boat was crawling with kobolds, we thought it was a metaphor… it was not a metaphor.

As the boat approaches, Gracie looks through her spyglass and cries out that the boat is crawling with Kobold pirates.  The party immediately sets about shooting the Kobolds.  Darius and Myles drop two each and Amon sets the ship’s masts ablaze and kills a single kobold.

As the boat draws closer, Myles shoots three more kobolds, Amon sends forth a set of magic missiles, dropping  another three kobolds.  The ballista gunners shoot into the crowded kobold pirate ship and manage to knock two of the reptiles off of the boat.

The kobolds reveal a series of their own ballistas and they release a bolt directly into the hull of the Renaldo’s Rage.  The jostling of the boat rocks Darius, but his bolt still manages to kill four kobolds.

The kobolds on the pirate ship begin to reel in a rope tied to the ballista bolt lodged in the side of the party’s boat, drawing the Renaldo’s Rage directly alongside.  A large group of Kobolds jump across and begin to assault Gracie and the ballista gunners on the bow of the ship.

Myles jumps across to the pirate ship and attacks and kills a single kobold.  Using his action surge [ohhh no] he crit fails and [AGAIN, for the second session in a row!] launches his sword across the boat.  [But for the grace of Nathan, the sword would have been lost to the depths of the sea… thankfully he accepted Paul’s logic that Myles really swung hard, and the sword was able to lodge itself in the side of the Renaldo’s Rage.]

DEATH, CARNAGE, A SUPER-MAGICAL SWORD, FLYING THROUGH THE AIR TOWARDS THE DEEP SEA.

DEATH, CARNAGE, A SUPER-MAGICAL SWORD, FLYING THROUGH THE AIR TOWARDS THE DEEP SEA.

[Paul excuses himself to change his pants.]

Volleys of ballista rounds and a devastating Flaming Hands from Amon kill a great number of the remaining pirates.

Meanwhile, the kobolds on the party’s ship manage to kill the two bow-gunners and drop Macie to the deck.  A kobold takes hold of the wheel of the Renaldo’s Rage.  Despite the deaths of many of his friends, the kobold hoots and hollers in excitement.

Meanwhile, back on the pirate ship, two somewhat more imposing kobolds appear and attack Myles.  The first, an alchemist, lobs a container at him, coating him in a sticky liquid at him and the second, a slinger, throws a bottle of red liquid at him that explodes into fire.  Myles quickly finds himself disarmed, slowed and on fire on an enemy boat.

As Myles trudges across the boat and wrenches his sword from the side of the boat, Amon and Darius kill many of the remaining kobolds on the party’s boat.  As he contemplates his actions, two more kobold commandos come up from below and attack him with small knives, one stabbing him in the back.

"Just getting my sword."

“Just getting my sword.”

The final kobold on the party’s boat rushes to attack Amon, but biffs and flies off the side of the boat instead.  Amon rushes to Gracie’s aid and heals her.

The alchemist frenzies the two commandos, but Darius quickly shoots one right in the face as Myles attacks and wounds the second before springing away to let the red-shirted gunner impale the final commando with a ballista bolt.

Unfortunately for redshirt, this draws the attention of the slinger, and he is quickly poisoned to death by a green vial lobbed by the kobold.  The alchemist throws a potion on the ground and quickly escapes [to where, no one knows because he was on a boat] behind a thick, blue-grey fog.

The Red Shirt was everyone's favorite.

The Red Shirt was everyone’s favorite.

Darius gives Mercy a wink and runs to a ballista and tries to impress her by killing the final kobold.  Instead, he almost kills Myles in the process.

Myles and Amon both attack the slinger kobold, but he is able to escape into the sea.  When the party last sees him, he is swimming away into the open ocean.  Myles arches an arrow into his leg as he swims away.

The party quickly recovers the remaining 11 people still floating in the water nearby before searching the vessel for loot.  One of the men pulled from the water identifies himself as one Captain Saldu.  After he looks through those recovered, he goes into a frenzy, asking everyone about his daughter’s whereabouts.

LOOT:

880sp

10gp worth of gems

A strange wand

A small velvet lined box with a small white sphere

Two heavily damaged ships, many dead crew members and precisely one, gravely wounded captain.