A Relic of the Past

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.”

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