A Relic of the Past

Session 11
To the Death

Almsday, 1844 Rain 14th

The party debates a few options of how to deal with Falco and Jerrosh. They don’t really trust either one.

Falco is content to wait in the cave, and D’Jango doesn’t want to kill his mentor, who seemed to have his interests in mind. Falco’s Sending Stone continues to pulse with a faint green light, a reminder that there is limited time before his reinforcements arrive.

Vayol won’t leave without the relic, which Jerrosh (probably) has. Rif is irritated with Jerrosh for slowing down their return to Baleton where her father can receive care. They’ve repelled Jerrosh twice now, and they feel they would have an advantage on land, even without Falco’s help.

Eventually, they decide to confirm Falco’s story by asking Jerrosh about the item his kobolds took. D’Jango suggests not revealing the item’s value, as the dragonborn may try to use that against them. Rif decides to pretend it has sentimental value to Falco and that he won’t come out of the cave without it.

When they emerge from the crevice, they see that Jerrosh has worn a spot on the sand by pacing. He also has some friends of his own: three winged kobolds perching on the huge rocks jutting out of the sand. He demands to know what took so long and why they haven’t brought “the one who shamed [him]” out of the crevice.

Rif sticks to the script, and Jerrosh suspects nothing. He’s had the relic—a humanoid jawbone—hanging by a strap on his belt as a sort of trophy. He hands it to Vayol. It feels hot to the touch and has symbols carved into it—something to investigate later. Jerrosh grows more impatient. “Lead that dog out here with his bone, and I’ll have my revenge.”

As the group heads back into the cave, Vayol is the first to notice some unusual signs. The sand is dry, but it gives under his foot as if it’s wet. The stone wall deforms under his hand and is then solid. These effects become more pronounced and noticeable to everyone in the party as they move deeper into the cave. They see a green pulsing light ahead of them where Falco is, now bright enough to fill the space and overcome the light of Falco’s small campfire. Vayol suspects that Falco’s reinforcements will arrive imminently. Rif feels her stomach lurch, as often accompanies her Wild Magic Surge, only this is continuous.

They retreat from the cave. As they near the exit, they hear Jerrosh cursing after his kobolds, calling them cowards. The unusual effects are present and obvious outside the cave also. As the party emerges, Jerrosh notices they still don’t have Falco with them. His rage is singularly focused on them. He has been abandoned by his followers, shamed by a halfling he can’t reach, and is in the middle of some kind of chaotic effect he doesn’t understand. He attacks, catching the whole party in a poison cloud he coughs up.

Jerrosh fights with reckless abandon. He lands a few hits and mostly ignores the physical attacks of the party. As fight goes on, eyes and mouths and eyes within mouths and mouths within mouths appear on rock faces and sand. Two gibbering mouthers emerge from the earth. They attack everyone indiscriminately.

Rif falls back and casts a spell. Her Wild Magic triggers, causing her hair to fall out. (Don’t worry, Megan. It will grow back in 24 hours.)

Jerrosh crits Vayol, dropping him, and drops Rif with his next attack. D’Jango casts dissonant whispers on Jerrosh, causing him to flee toward one of the mouthers. It lashes out at his leg, and he goes down. It immediately begins devouring the dragonborn, merging his flesh with its own, popping off his equipment from the inside, like a banana being squeezed out of its peel.

The other mouther attacks an unconscious Vayol, putting him on death’s doorstep. D’Jango administers a healing potion to Vayol and pulls him to his feet.

At this point, Falco emerges from the crevice and the mouther stops attacking. He extends a hand toward it, and it pets itself against him like an affectionate cat. (The mouther consuming Jerrosh continues doing so.) Falco instructs the mouther to take the knowledge it came for, and it eyes Vayol. Falco tells Vayol to let it touch the relic and they can be on their way.

Vayol, not about to risk parting with the relic he just recovered, casts sanctuary on himself, retreats with D’Jango, then casts healing word on Rif to get her on her feet.


Session 10
Thieves and Liars

Soberday, 1844 Rain 13th

Having struck a deal with Jerrosh, the dragonborn marauder, to bring Falco out of hiding so he can exact revenge, the party rests briefly while the engineer of the Dreamer’s Wake assesses the damage. Most of the crew, especially the engineer, are not pleased with the party making deals with this dragonborn who attacked the ship twice. The delays could cost Veluar his life.

The engineer estimates he can salvage a replacement rudder and steering column from other ships and have the repairs done in about a day. The group will set out with Jerrosh in the morning. They have time to rest and prepare. Rif fetches an item from the cargo hold.

Almsday, 1844 Rain 14th

The next morning, Vayol prepares spells for battle. Jerrosh is waiting on a sandbar, helps the group pull their longboat above the high tide mark, and leads them along the beach. He looks well-rested and well-armed. He is taking a fairly direct route to the crevice where Falco is holed up, which sometimes means cutting through parts of the forest. During one of these shortcuts, the group happens upon a giant spider. It restrains Jerrosh with its webbing, then disappears into the trees above them. Jerrosh breaks out easily and starts shopping down tree branches. The rest of the group draws weapons and prepares to fire when they see it again. Vayol separates from the group slightly, hoping to make himself a target (as he has the best chance to withstand attacks and poisons). While doing this, he instructs Jerrosh to continue bushwhacking toward the clearing ahead. The plan works; the spider drops suddenly from the dense tree canopy onto Vayol, and while Vayol is bitten, he suffers no ill effects from the spider’s poison. Everyone focuses fire on the spider and withdraws up the path Jerrosh makes through the underbrush. Rif’s chromatic orb burns away the tree branches, and the spider drops to the forest floor. D’Jango is distracted by a desire to draw his sword, and his crossbow shots miss their mark. Vayol closes to melee and heals himself, delivering another blow but suffering a second bite. Rif, enlightened by true strike, finishes the vermin off with a critical hit from her longbow.

Jerrosh is embarrassed and angry. Not only has he been rebuffed twice by this group of mostly halflings, he’s now been saved by them. His pace quickens, and he’s even more eager to have his revenge on the one who took his eye, Falco.

They reach the cave, and they see Falco’s ship, the Silvered Crest, has run aground nearby. Jerrosh reminds them, “You bring him out here, I’ll have my revenge, and then we’ll settle our business.” The group is confused. What other business is there to settle?

Rif drinks a potion of reduce person and is able to follow Vayol and D’Jango into the crevice. As they travel deeper, the opening above them disappears and it turns into a narrow cave. The the box that Vayol had been asked to safeguard is sitting on the ground, open and empty. Vayol takes the box. They notice streaks of dried blood on the walls, then wisps of smoke and a glimmer of light up ahead. Falco is sitting on the floor in an opening. He looks injured and weak, but he is armed with a rapier and has a glowing rock in his hand.

Falco heard them coming. The group demands to know what the rock is, assuming it came from the box. Falco insists it’s not whatever they’re after; he’s had it for months. Vayol recognizes it as a Sending Stone. The persistent glow is unusual though. He claims he’s called for “reinforcements,” and they’ll be arriving on a couple of hours. He continues:

How much was that contract worth, D’Jango? 1500? That paralyzing poison cost me more. And Tessa Welker wasn’t running a charity either. Look at me. I’m your friend. Everything I’ve done was to keep you alive and safe. That trinket wasn’t part of the deal anyway. Go on and finish the job like I taught you.

The group presses him for information. Falco shares that he dueled Jerrosh after his crew was slain but that the dragonborn didn’t keep up his end of the bargain. While they were dueling, kobolds ransacked his ship. It was at that point that they grabbed the relic. So Jerrosh has it, he claims.

He directs his answers to D’Jango. He expresses pride in D’Jango’s previous professionalism, keeping the secret job a secret during their journey to Potterstead, but he’s clearly disappointed that D’Jango seems to be taking cues from Vayol instead of asserting himself. “What happened to you? You taking orders from this choir boy now?”

The group is skeptical of Falco’s story. They want to frisk him to search for the relic, but he won’t let them get close. “How do I know you won’t just drag me out there to your new friend?” He disrobes and lets the group search his clothes. This reveals some pretty bad cuts on his upper body. “As a professional courtesy, I’ll tell you, you probably shouldn’t be here with my reinforcements arrive.”

The group debates about what to do. Take Falco’s sending stone? Heal him so he can duel Jerrosh again? Leave him here to be rescued and engage Jerrosh themselves for the relic?

Session 9
Enemy of My Enemy

Soberday, 1844 Rain 13th

The dragonborn has returned, and this time he brought friends! (By the way, the Vawaryn’s yacht is called the Dreamer’s Wake. Yes, I know that sounds pretentious. It’s supposed to.)

The kobolds toss ropes with hooks at the Dreamer’s Wake and begin reeling themselves in. The first mate slices the ropes, but the kobolds throw more. Meanwhile, the dragonborn boards and critically hits Rif. Up close, it’s clear he’s missing an eye. He’s also attacking very recklessly. Vayol hands Rif a potion, and she withdraws to drink it. Then Vayol stabs at the dragonborn, which he seems to resist, but it gets his attention. D’Jango fails at comedy (i.e. Tasha’s hideous laughter) but succeeds at driving the dragonborn away with dissonant whispers. The dragonborn dives into the water.

Meanwhile, the first mate is doing his best to fend off the kobolds on his own. He takes a slash across the gut but mostly repels their coordinated attack. Each party member fells at least one kobold with bow or crossbow. The last one tries to flee and is shot through the heart by Rif.

A noise from the bottom of the ship suggests that the rudder has been disabled, limiting maneuverability. With a sandbar ahead, the first mate gives the instructions to stow the sails, drop anchor, and bring the ship to a stop.

After a deafening calm that stretches into minutes, the dragonborn emerges from the water about 150 feet off the starboard side and attempts to parley. He first offers to duel anyone on board, with the winner deciding the fate of the vessel. When that is declined, he asks for a counter-offer.

D’Jango tries to offer him whale oil and convincingly presents it as a magical salve that will increase his strength. The dragonborn dismisses the offer, gesturing to the “graveyard” of ships around him as a sign of his strength. He counters, asking what valuables are on board that they might offer to him and his master in exchange for safe passage. D’Jango offers to spread word of his fearsome reputation, asking for his name (which he gives: Jerrosh Undaz) and that of his master (which he refuses to say).

There’s some kind of weird honor thing going on with Jerrosh. He’s taken part of his master’s name as his own, but he was recently “shamed” when another halfling took his eye and got away from him, so he doesn’t want to share that shame with his master by uttering the master’s full name. D’Jango concludes this other halfling must be Falco, the guy they’re chasing. He asks Jerrosh if revenge is more important than wealth, to which Jerrosh replies, “For a time.”

Session 8
Not THAT kind of Dragonborn

Soberday, 1844 Rain 13th

The ship nears the opening into Potter’s Cove. The first mate is pretty sure that’s where the danger lurks.

D’Jango and Vayol speak with the ship’s engineer to learn about the ship’s maximum speed. D’Jango also gets a bit of whale oil in several bottles he finds. Then he climbs to the top of the main mast to look for danger.

Vayol checks on Valuar. He uses detect poison and disease to determine that Veluar does indeed have a disease, but is appears to be magical in nature and beyond his ability to identify. Veluar, though weak, agrees with Vayol that the disease is related to him sealing the cave back in Potterstead.

Based on evidence of poison in the bodies pulled from the water, Vayol patrols the ship, continually casting detect poison and disease as a ritual. He detects something beneath the ship—a humanoid as revealed by his spell—and is able to warn the others before it attacks. Vayol channels divinity to tap into the vast knowledge of the Vigilant Eye in matters of nature. He also prepares to attack with his crossbow when he has a clear shot.

A greenish dragonborn with several different weapons emerges from the water and immediately takes a critical hit from Vayol’s crossbow. It claws its way up the side of the hull and responds by throwing a spear into Vayol’s arm. D’Jango peppers it with vicious mockery from the top of the main mast. The shipmaster retrieves his saber from the cabin. Rif emerges from the lower decks.

Based on his divine knowledge of the dragonborn’s poison cone breath weapon, Vayol instructs the others not to clump together. Possessing poison resistance himself, he drops his crossbow and charges into melee, but his mace just bounces off the dragonborn’s thick hide. It tries and fails to push him over the side, then begins climbing the rigging on the foremast. D’Jango flings another vicious mockery and maintains his elevated position. The shipmaster pursues the dragonborn up the rigging with saber in hand, and Rif shoots it with an icy chromatic orb.

Vayol retrieves his crossbow. The dragonborn slices through the taut rigging, catapulting himself upward and sending the shipmaster slamming into the deck. As it rises, it also slices through several of the sail’s anchors, and upon reaching the top of the foremast, it dives off into the water. D’Jango watches for it to surface, and Rif fires another icy chromatic orb into the water, hoping to trap it in ice. She fails, and all is quiet as it disappears into the deep.

The damage to the ship is not disabling, but it does slow them down. The engineer begins repairs immediately with Rif’s help. Vayol resumes his magical patrols, and D’Jango stays perched on top of the main mast. They pass the first outer point of the cove and see several shipwrecks within the shallower waters. Not long after, they spot a single rowboat moving in their direction, waving a white cloth. Vayol gets his detect magic up and asks for the ship to be slowed to come within range.

As the rowboat gets closer, they learn it has six kobolds. From a distance, the party shouts and tries to ascertain what the kobolds want, but their command of Common is somewhat lacking. Vayol, who understands Draconic, picks up a few names: “Jerrosh” and “Undazudrir.” The kobolds claim to be slaves escaping from these two larger “dragonkin.” They come within range of Vayol’s spell, and they are not magical. However, something magical does briefly pass through the spell’s range. Vayol demands to know what that magical thing was, and the kobolds look very frightened. Then a familiar sound: claws against the hull.

Session 7
Underway to Baleton

Soberday, 1844 Rain 6th

The two halflings find a key on Ona‘s body and make their way to her chamber. It features ornate furniture, a small stockpile of weapons and armor, a wardrobe full of nice clothing, and a large iron door set into the far wall. This is in contrast to the rest of the cave, which featured fairly ramshackle furnishings. Ona’s key opens the vault, and inside they find three chests. Vayol takes the time to identify their contents:

  • A sword wrapped in white silk (Rapier, +1)
  • A wand wrapped in black silk (Wand of the War Mage, +1)
  • Scroll case containing a scroll of Warding Bond
  • Goggles of the Night

They make their way back to town. Vayol, acting on the authority of his church with holy symbol on display, has taken the lone survivor prisoner. The guards at the gate summon the lieutenant (the next ranking officer after Captain Tesh), who takes the party’s prisoner into custody.

The Vawaryns offer the party the use of the guest rooms in their home.

Almsday, 1844 Rain 7th

Veluar recovers at home. The Vawaryns’ servants begin packing their belongings and loading it onto their yacht.

Vayol probably deals with some judicial proceedings and other administrative junk. The prisoner from the cave confesses. Vayol also identifies the items found earlier: Oil of slipperiness, potion of growth, potions of healing (x4), and a potion of poison (which is pretty powerful).

D’Jango scopes out the town and finds a tavern/brothel called the Bitter Kiss. They’re decidedly disinterested in his musical talents.

The PCs apply their level-up.

Loneday, 1844 Rain 8th

While Lythie oversees the final preparations for travel, Veluar gathers a few scrolls and heads back to the cave to seal it. The halflings accompany him to make sure there’s no trouble. His first attempt to use a Stone Shape scroll fails, but his second attempt succeeds. He molds the stone around the entrance to close it. During the walk back, he asks Vayol if he could see the Baleton Grand Library’s private collection (the works that have yet to be copied). Vayol gives him hope without promising anything, knowing it could ruffle some feathers. Before they make it back to town, Veluar collapses. With help, they make it to the mansion, and Veluar’s footman helps him onto the wagon and conveys the group to the waiting yacht.

Veluar is taken to his quarters on deck 2 immediately. Lythie gives a brief tour of the ship (two masts, 3 decks, a whale oil engine, crew of 3 – shipmaster, first mate, engineer) and then goes to be with her husband. Veluar’s personal physician is in Baleton, so the crew is eager to be underway. The ship departs Potterstead. The first mate estimates the trip will take about two weeks.

Truesday, 1844 Rain 9th

Smooth sailing.

Zealday, 1844 Rain 10th

Smooth sailing.

Peaceday, 1844 Rain 11th

Lythie hasn’t left Veluar’s side. Elves don’t sleep anyway, but she also isn’t trancing. She looks exhausted.

Rif takes a break from sitting with her ailing father and visits the top deck. She leans against the railing, alone, using Prestidigitation to distract herself.

Fastday, 1844 Rain 12th

The ship passes by a body in the water. The gnome engineer has rigged up a harness to lower someone to fetch the body, and he’s prepared a funeral pyre for burial at sea because “It’s the right thing to do.” After an awkward game of “Not-It,” the first mate reluctantly volunteers to retrieve the body. The corpse is that of a half-orc, with bruises and cuts from battle. The party recognizes it as one of Falco’s crew. It’s been in the water about two days.

Falco had a three-day head start. Assuming the body hasn’t drifted far, they’re only two days behind, meaning they’ve caught up to him by one day. (They surmise that this larger vessel was able to take a more direct route across open water instead of hugging the shore.) At this rate, they should overtake Falco before he reaches Baleton. However, they don’t share their goal with anyone else.

The engineer douses the pyre with a bit of whale oil, and Vayol lights it with Sacred Flame. A column of black smoke issues forth.

Soberday, 1844 Rain 13th

Early that morning, another body. It’s the other half-orc from Falco’s crew. This one is in worse shape—his leg was severed by a large blade which cut through the femur—and it appears he went in the water at the same time as the first body. The wounds are obviously from combat and not an execution. Besides his wounds, there is discoloration around the mouth and nose, which Vayol ascribes to poison. Also, something about this orc’s teeth remind Vayol of the sadistic jailer from the cave. Perhaps they were related? Another pyre is prepared and lit.

The party discusses what this means. Falco can handle his ship by himself, but he’ll be slower.

The shipmaster and the first mate get into an argument about whether to alter course. Veluar’s health is on the shipmaster’s mind, and he intends to stay on their present course. The first mate, meanwhile, has already charted an alternative that will take a little longer and avoid what he fears is danger on their present course. The party, wanting to catch Falco, sides with the shipmaster to stay on the present course. Vayol assures the first mate that he and D’Jango are capable warriors and can handle any trouble that comes their way.

Famous last words.

Session 6
Ona Gets Owned

Soberday, 1844 Rain 6th

Before being tied up and gagged, the party’s prisoner shares one last detail: the jailer likes to torture people. Rif is alarmed at this and urges the party forward.

According to the map, there appears to be a wing for the jail and a smaller chamber where Ona stays. The party heads for the jail. Once again, Rif barges in, opening fire at the surprised jailer with chromatic orb, her most potent spell. However, it misses. D’Jango follows up with sleep, ending the fight quietly.

They drag the sleeping jailer into one of the cells and lock it. They discover a few dead bodies in other cells as well as two barely-alive elves: Rif’s parents. Vayol revives them both with magic and a potion. Rif’s mother is incredulous before she is appreciative. The jailer wakes up and screams for Ona. They hear heavy footfalls outside.

D’Jango leaps behind the jailer’s desk, taking aim at the door. Rif’s mother Lythie grabs her daughter’s bow, and she and Vayol aim down the jail’s hallway. The extremely beefy jailer grabs Rif through the bars and begins pulling the bars out of the wall as he chokes her. Upon opening the door, Ona is peppered with bolts and arrows. She closes to melee with Vayol, then proceeds down the hallway. Rif’s parents are pretty worthless in battle, despite their best efforts. Still, Ona is set upon from all sides and falls. The jailer tosses the heavy bars onto the weakened Vawaryn family and attacks Vayol also. D’Jango puts a bolt through his throat.

Veluar laments his involvement in the events leading up to this, explaining he had hired Ona to guard the cave and keep people away from what he believed to be a dangerous magical site. He explains his intention to ward the cave magically while he returns to Baleton to research it. The party asks for passage to Baleton, which Veluar happily agrees. “We owe you our very lives. Of course!”

The Vawaryns will need a few days to recover and pack, giving the party a bit of downtime. They ransack Ona’s vault and spend the time identifying their magical items.

Session 5
The Bandits' Cave

Soberday, 1844 Rain 6th

The party makes their way into the cave, with Rif leading the way as the only one capable of seeing. She relays what she sees in the first room: weapon racks and a door to the right, and ahead silhouettes of several archways into a larger central room. They enter the door to the right. It is a dimly-lit kitchen.

The kitchen looks to be recently used, but there is no one inside. Rif casts light on a ladel to illuminate the room, which the party explores. They find the remains of a book in the oven. Rif recognizes it as one of her father’s spellbooks. Now she is sure he’s here. They also find some expensive-looking silverware and a wine cellar—also unoccupied.

Moving through the kitchen, they come to another large room filled with tables and benches. It’s also dark, and it connects to the central room. Vayol, still with his detect magic up, senses a powerful magical circle in the central room, radiating enchantment magic. The group maneuvers around it, crossing to the other side past and back into the room with the weapon racks and toward two more doors in the dark. They find racks of armor as well. Among them are Potterstead town guard uniforms. They hear someone snoring on the other side of the door.

D’Jango clumsily knocks one of the armor racks over, waking the sleeping person. He opens the door, sleepily scolds whoever woke him, and returns to his bed. At this point, Vayol considers identifying some items, but Rif becomes impatient and storms into the room to find out where her father is. The halflings rush in after her.

The fight is over before it starts. D’Jango recognizes the man as the one who slew their prisoner the previous night. One well-placed stab later (“Ow. OW!”), and he’s more interested in talking than dying. He reveals that there are two other occupants: the jailer and their boss Ona. He begs the party to protect him from her.

Session 4
Keeping up with the Vawaryns

Soberday, 1844 Rain 6th

As the rowdy bar patrons close in on Rif, Vayol leaps to her defense. He casts Inflict Wounds, killing one of the patrons immediately. Most of the patrons are too drunk to notice that he’s dead. D’Jango vaults over the bar and gathers their equipment from the chest. Tess doesn’t interfere, merely choosing to watch the drama unfold. Rif casts Thunderclap, injuring one of the patrons and also Vayol. D’Jango casts Sleep on the crowd, halving the number of hostiles, and then brings Vayol his shield and mace.

After a couple of rounds of everyone missing, Tess casts Calm Emotions on the room, causing the remaining patrons to lose interest in fighting. She then clears the bar and pulls Rif aside to address her in Elvish. (Vayol, who knows the language, hears Tess encourage Rif to control her power, lest that power control her.) Vayol explains to Rif that he’s pretty sure he knows where her parents are. That’s all she needs to hear to join up. Tess points them to the back door, saying the town guard will be there soon to respond to the report of a death within the city limits.

Rif leads the two halflings to her home to gather supplies and rain gear, as the storm continues. Rif’s parents are wizards, and their Potterstead vacation home is an opulent three-story mansion. She asks the party to be quiet so the servants don’t know they’re there. They make their way to the third floor, where Rif equips herself, and then down to the second floor where Veluar (Rif’s father) has set up his study. D’Jango finds a crude map where a spring has been labeled outside of a cave. Vayol asks if he can have a 100gp pearl (for his Identify spell), which Rif finds in a small chest full of various gems. By the time they’re done, the town guard has mobilized around the Rolling Leaf, and the group barely manages to avoid them and make their way to the east gate.

On the way to the bandit hideout, Rif finds Erathar‘s body. He’d been a friend of the family for so long, but Vayol explains that he had attacked them the previous night. Rif is confused by this. They find two notes on his body, missed in the rush in the night.

Dated Zealday, 1843 Hearths 10th (eight months ago):

Your assistance tracking down the escapees was, as always, much appreciated. Please find enclosed an official recognition of your service to our city. Maybe I can unofficially recognize you this weekend at the glade.

Dated Fastday, 1844 Nets 26th (last week):

My dock contacts tell me our wizards just arrived. I want to know everything they know about the cave. They trust you. Can you bring them to me?
- Ona

The party follows a trail off the main road to a cave entrance. Two thick wooden doors fill the entrance into what Vayol recognizes as ancient stonework. With Detect Magic, Vayol is immediately aware of powerful magical energy from inside the cave, though the source is well outside the range of his spell. A clear pool of water to the right of the opening (a spring?) signals to D’Jango that his map may prove handy. The doors are elaborately trapped; moving the handles causes hidden crossbows to fire. D’Jango learns this safely at the expense of his Unseen Servant. After careful search, he finds dozens of trap holes and a handle in a small cavity in the stone above the door. Rif, the only one who can reach the handle, cautiously ties a rope to it. The party flanks the doors while D’Jango pulls the rope to turn the handle from a safe distance. The doors swing open.

Inside the cave, there is no light. The group is reluctant to light a torch, as it would reveal their presence to whoever is inside. Only Rif can see in the dark. They use the rope to form a chain of people, with about 10 feet of slack between them. Rif takes the lead into the cave.

Session 3
The Inn Crowd

Soberday, 1844 Rain 6th

While lying paralyzed on the docks, D’Jango and Vayol drift off to sleep. They are awakened shortly thereafter by the fishmonger that D’Jango met the day before. He introduces himself as Gus Welker and offers to take them to The Rolling Leaf Inn where they can rest and stay dry from the storm.

The poison has worn off. Falco’s ship is nowhere to be found. While Gus leads the two halflings to the inn, they discover that Falco also stole their gems but fortunately not their potions.

It has already started to rain, and the wind is picking up. The Rolling Leaf Inn is mostly empty this early in the morning. The party members reluctantly relinquish their weapons and spell component pouches. Tessa Welker, the inn’s proprietor, has food and two private rooms prepared, and Gus covers the costs.

After a rest, the halflings wake to find the inn full of sailors who are waiting for the storm to blow over. D’Jango tries to win over the crowd and find passage to Baleton with mixed results. He also learns that several shipments from the north are late. Meanwhile, a young elven woman (~80 years old, the equivalent of a human teenager) watches the festivities with a look of concern. Tess tells Vayol that her name is Aerifyn Vawaryn, the daughter of two “insufferable wizards” who vacation in Potterstead. He approaches. She introduces herself as “Rif” and nervously explains that her parents are missing, then brushes past him to address the room, pleading for help.

Rif’s parents had left town a few days prior, she explains, with the local guide Erathar. They’d gone on similar excursions with him many times before and assured Rif they would return to Potterstead and depart for their home in Baleton before the storm hit. They are late, and Rif is desperate for help. Vayol recalls that the captured bandit had mentioned hostages at their base in the nearby foothills.

Instead of receiving sympathy, Rif is assaulted by a seedy patron and angrily defends herself with Shocking Grasp. He collapses. A hush falls on the room as the unconscious patron’s friends stand up and surround Rif…

Session 2
Trust No One

Soberday, 1844 Rain 6th

D’Jango interrogates one of the captured bandits while the other flees. The visibly shaken bandit lets on that they were sent for the halfling to be taken alive and back to their camp nearby. The camp is said to be comprised of 4 others: their leader (named Ona), some spirit presence, and a few scouts. Ona had recruited the bandits from Potterstead.

Vayol, D’Jango, and Durnoth decide to turn in the bandits back in town. On their way they are ambushed by a single scout (likely the one who ran away or escaped from the rope). Durnoth does his best dwarven pincushion impersonation until Vayol scares them off.

Further on up the road, a fallen tree blocks the road. The group is ambushed by 3 more bandits who kill the captured bandit the group was aiming to turn in. D’Jango puts faerie fire on the scout, and Vayol shoots him dead. The other two bandits flee.

The group arrives at town in early morning, with a storm rolling in at sea. They hail Falco, who now has two hired deck hands. Falco has prepared a marvelous feast below deck, in which D’Jango and Vayol happily partake. In their fatigue, they don’t notice they’ve been hexed, and the poisoned food paralyzes them. Falco takes a box from Vayol and mutters things to D’Jango about it being just a job. Falco then leaves the two on the docks in Potterstead and sails away with the box (which contains the relic).


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