Recap of the last game.
Returning from the Temple of the Spider God was a quicker and easier trek than the way there and through. Captain Vanus regained his senses with the help of a good night’s rest and a few Healing spells Tholrik of Gozreh cast on the behalf of the party. Already above one could sense the Foul Magic that had caused the Drought in the area had dissipated and the Jungle was being restored to its natural balance. Birds called, lions roared, hippos danced. Although they did wonder what had become of the traitorous Druidess Chandra Bristlewick , their curiosity was soon abated as they found her body on the road. She had been poisoned and slain by hundreds of spiders and her bloated corpse was even now rotting beneath the morning sun. From her corpse they retrieved a small pouch of gems, aa dozen silver hairpins decorated with onyx, and a Minor Ring of Spell Storing which all agreed would go well on the finger of Cazran the Soon to be Mighty.
Returning to the lair of the Naga, they were surprised to be greeted instead by the Yuan-ti (whose story I posted on the Wiki, your welcome). With the waking of Ysidrius (Reptilian deity of unquenchable anger and passion) the Yuan-ti also awoke from a long slumber now full of plans to rebuild their millennium old empire once more and offering the heroic crew rewards in coin and in magic with a +2 Serpent Hide Armor inscribed with the symbols of Ysidrius (AC +6) and a +2 Light Mace of Corrosive Burst. Captain and Crew readily accepted these gifts as well as the news that the Yuan-yi would be sending an emissary with them to make arrangements for trade with Rickety Hake as he had the only working port in the area. Plans were made, excellent wine was drunk, and the Crew feasted on what tasted like chicken. The leader of the Yuan-ti is the Abomination, Shulassakar, a Cleric of Ydesrius while the Emmisary sent with them to meet Rickety Hake was the pureblood Sarlona, a Diplomat, Seductress, and Serpent Blood Sorceress.
But first the Crew decided to reclaim the skiff they had abandoned on the river. Mostly because they did not feel like carrying 300lbs of treasure chest downriver. The boat had been captured by a local tribe of Lizard-folk who brought it to their town and were currently watching their children play pirate when the party arrived. Captain Vanus, always taking the lead, bravely scaled the wall to the village and stood Captain-like on the palisade while Cazran (using Stealth) peeked thru the front gates. The rest of the Crew were no where to be seen. After a quick negotiation the boat was returned to the river and the Lizard king was 3 Steel Daggers and one Steel Drinking Mug richer. The tribe also noticed Captain Vanus’ Golden Torque given to him by the Yuan-ti. They seemed greatly interested and contemplative. That night they performed a sacred ritual, which the party heard while camped at the shore.
Retrieving Sarlona and their treasure, the Crew returned to the Squibbs as heroes, feasted on boar and drank heartily of ale while Sarlona and Rickety Hake, now amazed and confused, spoke about the future growth of the Yuan-ti empire. As the Squibbs was no longer to be a simple hidden cove, great plans and offers were made on both sides. Capatin Vanus, agreeing to a commission of 3% of the total wealth, assigned both Rosie Cusswell and Conchobar Shortstone to stay at the Squibbs and guard their interests. Rosie, now 500gp richer due to her reward from Hake, and Conchobar, greedy to learn songs and tales of an empire some 2000 years past, both agreed to this eagerly.
Sandara Quinn also had news. While they were gone she had recruited 13 new sailors from a passing ship whose pirate captain had run into so much bad luck as a pirate that he decided to go straight. Tilly Brakket was also bailed out of the Ogre run jail-house for 75 gold as she cut 3 fingers off a man who grabbed her ass at the tavern without asking first.
Also, as part of the reward from Hake, the town’s only tavern, was also to be owned by the Crew. Placing the former tavern wench, Anastanji Tendaji in charge of the tavern, who was last seen making plans with Conchobar Shortstone concerning something called roulette.
With the return of Captain Merrill Peggsworthy and his new Galleon, Kraken’s Fist, their new ship, The Crimson Scourge, was christened and launched. Making the decision to head straight for the Rock and see where Fate had in store for them, the ship left port to a lot of waving and cheering and drinking of rum. With them were the 13 new crew-members and Patti, the new Cabin-girl, a young lass of 14 who is now proud to be a member of the crew.
A few days into the voyage the ship was attacked by 3 Sahuagin who stole aboard the ship at night under a full moon and killed one of the new crewmembers who was guarding the deck. Luckily Cazran the Magnificent was also on watch and as he sounded the ship’s bell the Sahuagin were quickly killed and chased off by the generally naked crew. Order was restored and no one asked why Aron Helstrom was wearing the Manacles of Intimidation and leopard-skin Speedo.
Now things got interesting, passing up a passing Absolonian merchant ship, they soon sailed into a scene of carnage. A Chalaxian naval cutter, the Famished Mane had met and defeated a pirate brig, the Vorsfang. As the Crew watched, their ship unnoticed, the Chelaxian crew was trapping the surviving pirates down below as they lit the defeated vessel aflame.
With no hesitation did Capatin Vanus and the Crew decide to engage and destroy the Chalaxians.
As this journal ends they sail into battle. Besmara ….and Gozreh…be with them.