High Seas and Fallen Stars

Session 3

Characters: Hoary Halfwell, Lucius Savoyard, Octavian di Raperazzi, Vincent Demetrius.

NPCs: Jomo Shanbaeren, 12 Dire Rats, 3 Pirates (crew of Fortune’s Favor), 3 Pirates (crew of Maiden’s Kiss), Mr. Roadsen, Tonara, the crew of Fearless Strumpet.

Booty: Jar of 14 Archon Mushrooms, free fare at the Creaking Cutlass tavern.

Dates: 3 Kythorn 1358.

  • Arriving at the Creaking Cutlass Tavern are: Vincent, then Lucius and Hoary, followed later by Octavian; all weary from their travels and in much need of food and drink.
  • All but Octavian slice their foreheads on the rusted cutlass which hangs low over the threshold much to the amusement of the owner Jomo Shanbaeren.
  • The Party overhears three pirates from the crew of Fortune’s Favor drunkenly bragging about Captain Sheamus Carran’s exploits (most of which seem impossible).
  • Jomo lets Lucius drink for free (because he is a cleric of Valkur) and Lucius gets sloppy drunk on a near-empty stomach along with Hoary.
  • Lucius passed out, falls off his stool, and rolls slowly down the slope of the tavern floor and off the pier into the water of Immurk’s Harbor.
  • While passed out the laughter of the tavern turns into hideous laughter within Lucius’ mind and he has a vision.
  • Lucius’ vision is of his wife on the rowboat, but this time she is fighting bravely as she is viciously bitten by numerous black snakes. Her many bloody bite wounds drain and the blood forms a red snake which slithers up her leg and fights off the black snakes. Still, she dies of her wounds.
  • Lucius wakes up as he splashes into the water of Immurk’s Harbor, and the first thing he sees when he rises from the cold water is Vincent’s armband (the sigil of Cecil Thompkins.
  • Lucius prays briefly to Valkur, and records his vision in the Liturgy of Valkur.
  • Vincent introduces himself to Hoary and Lucius and the three decipher vincent-s-sketch with the help of Jomo.
  • Octavian ravenously eats multiple bowls of Jomo’s Brown Stew and drinks sparingly.
  • Hoary notices Octavian (calling him “Westgate” by his appearances) and drunkenly picks a fight with him because of the dishonesty of most men from Westgate.
  • During the brief fight, Hoary slams Octavian into the back wall of the tavern, knocking the baseboard loose which allows a startled pack of twelve Dire Rats (whom were feeding in the back storeroom) to run into the tavern’s dining room.
  • The other severely drunken patrons run out of the Creaking Cutlass screaming Filth Fever!, Filth Fever!
  • Vincent incapacitates nine of the twelve rats with numerous bursts of Color Spray from his staff, but is bitten and scratched multiple times in the process.
  • Octavian, Lucius, and Hoary kill three rats and cut the heads off the remaining 9 incapacitated ones.
  • Lucius and Vincent drag the diseased bodies onto the pier and dump them in Immurk’s Harbor while a terrible storm pours rain down on Immurk’s Hold.
  • Lucius and Vincent note that each Dire Rat has a triangular mark of three festering sores on it’s body (a symbol of Talona).
  • Vincent contracts Filth Fever.
  • Jomo profusely thanks the Party and says they don’t have to pay for all their food and drink, they are welcome back anytime.
  • Hoary notices a strange jar of white mushrooms (Archon Mushrooms) behind the bar and Jomo gives them to him for his fighting, but warns not to eat too many too fast.
  • After the fight, Vincent recruits Hoary, Lucius, and Octavian to be men-at-arms aboard Fearless Strumpet.
  • Vincent leads Hoary, Lucius, and Octavian to Fearless Strumpet as the bosun Tonara and first mate Mr. Roadsen direct the final resupply.
  • Mr. Roadsen directs a roll call for the ship’s crew, all but Captain Cecil Thompkins are present.
  • Lucius leads the crew in a brief prayer to Valkur aboard the Strumpet in the darkness of a torrential downpour.

Rumors

  • Misc
    – Teldar’s men as well as any cleric of Valkur eat and drink for free at the Creaking Cutlass Tavern.
  • Filth Fever!
    – An unusually potent strain of Filth Fever is spreading rapidly through Immmurk’s Hold starting just about a ten-day ago.
    – Jomo has heard of a number of massive rats (Dire Rats) which have been seen near the ancient caves to which Immurk’s Hold is built against.
    – Based on this and the finding of a symbol of Talona on the rats, Jomo thinks there is a priest of Talona whom is spreading the plague from the caves by way of Dire Rats.
  • The Slaying of the Sun-Eater
    Vurgrom slayed Brightmaw on the Alamber Sea recently and returned with the body to be carved up at Immurk’s Hold.
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Session 2

Characters: Argis Reed, Ebwin Marsh, Eoghan Smyth, Hoary Halfwell, Lucius Savoyard, Octavian di Raperazzi, Vincent Demetrius.

NPCs: Cecil Thompkins, Jezgar Skentzin, crew of Fearless Strumpet, crew of Umberlee’s Get, 1 Seawolf pirate (Jezgar’s man), Vurgrom, 1 pirate brawler (Vurgrom’s man), 3 night mask assassins, Hector Barabus, crew of Black Bell, 2 pirates (Barabus’ men), the Black Beast, Phillip Londel, crew for Phillip Londel, 1 Statue That Walks (Londel’s guard).

Booty: None.

Dates: 2 Kythorn 1358 – 3 Kythorn 1358

  • While stalking the North Sealane for a merchant vessel, the caravel Fearless Strumpet is pursued by the caravel Umberlee’s Get.
  • The crew of Umberlee’s Get has the clear favor from the winds and rapidly gains on Fearless Strumpet.
  • Terribly depressed, and obviously drunk, captain Thompkins tells his crew to pick up arms and fight to their certain deaths against the fearsome reavers from Umberlee’s Get; moral on the ship sinks.
  • Hours later as Umberlee’s Get approaches faster, captain Thompkins emerges from his quarters holding his Lord’s Coin and thanks the gods (even Umberlee) in joyous happiness. He then rouses the crew with a speech and tells all the able-bodied-seaman to ready to sail away while the men at arms should stay on the Strumpet and not board against Umberlee’s Get.
  • The caravels Fearless Strumpet and Umberlee’s engaged in fierce boarding actions against one another.
  • Eoghan and Vincent defend the helm from a fierce pirate from captain Skentzin’s crew and discover he is a Seawolf before killing him.
  • Captain Thompkins swings over to Umberlee’s Get, engages in swordplay with captain Skentzin, kills 3 of Skentzin’s crew, and cuts loose a good portion of the ship’s rigging.
  • During the battle Vincent is bitten in the neck by the Seawolf, and Fearless Strumpet takes heavy casualties. All of the men-at-arms are killed as well as a number of the able-bodied-seamen.
  • Vincent contracts Seawolf Lycanthropy.
  • With Ummberlee’s Get disabled from torn rigging, captain Thompkins swings back to the Strumpet and orders a full retreat back to Immurk’s Hold.
  • Vincent casts Animate Rope to free the ties between the two caravels and then helps prepare the dead crew for a burial.
  • Eoghan deftly steers Fearless Strumpet free, helps repair the ship’s own rigging, and sets a direct course to Immurk’s Hold.
  • Eoghan sails the Strumpet through a terrible storm and brings her safely against the private pier for Pirate Lord Cecil Thompkins at Immurk’s Hold Harbor.
  • Captain Thompkins orders Eoghan and Vincent to come with him on shore and the rest of the crew to rapidly re-supply the ship and make repairs such that the Strumpet can make a departure within hours.
  • Eoghan and Vincent follow captain Thompkins who strides into The Pit below Greyrock Fortress and subsequently challenges Pirate Lord Vurgrom to a bare-fisted, bare-chested one-on-one combat to unconsciousness.
  • On Thompkin’s orders, Vincent (not so inconspicuously) draws a picture of Vurgrom’s freshest tattoo as Thompkins is pummeled mercilessly by the brute. Eoghan fights off one of Vurgrom’s men with fisticuffs who threatens Vincent during the melee.
  • After the melee, captain Thompkins marches off (seemingly inspired again) and tells Eoghan and Vincent to find a new crew of men-at-arms to replace the Strumpets losses and points them in the direction of the Creaking Cutlass.
  • During their walk through Immurk’s Hold, Eoghan and Vincent see the carcass of a massive grey leviathan Brightmaw being butchers by multiple crews of workers in the shipyards.
  • Eoghan and Vincent walk into the Creaking Cutlass for more than a swig of grog while captain Thompkins goes off to Greyrock Fortress to attend the Hurricane Court.
  • Octavian, fleeing a number of pursuing Night Mask assassins, arrives in Tidetown at the Bent Mermaid Inn.
  • Just outside the Inn Octavian sees a Cormyrian Freesailor caravel nearly ready to set sail; inside he finds a Cormyrian Freesaling captain having a last drink with 4 of his men.
  • Desperate, and without time to spare, Octavian buys the men a round of ale and initiates some conversation.
  • The captain quickly surmises that Octavian is a di Raperizzi lordling and offers Octavian a position on his ship.
  • Octavian kisses the captain’s blade and walks aboard the caravel just in time to see 3 assassins on the pier in pursuit.
  • While safely at sea Octavian is surprised when the crew disassembles parts of the vessel’s gunwales and sails, changing the vessels profile to that of the infamous pirate ship, Black Bell.
  • In self defense, Octavian draws his rapier lunges and is immediately parried and disarmed by the savvy captain of Black Bell, Hector Barabus.
  • Octavian is flogged nearly to death and tied up in the Black Bell’s lower deck.
  • Ebb escapes lynching due to his “abnormality” and joins up with a merchant crew at Port Spandeliyon in Altumbel, however while at sea the brutal bosun and his mates discover Ebb’s “abnormality” and decide to maroon him.
  • Ebb is marooned on a tiny circular desert island on the edge of a vast archipelago and discovers that beneath the sand is a sunken temple to an ancient cyclopian pantheon of 6 gods (each statue has a massive and priceless gem within it’s eye socket).
  • Ebb is driven to madness by a deep humming “song” from a massive beast with black tentacles from the depths below the temple.
  • Argis has difficulty finding passage from Telflamm to the Pirate Isles until he impresses a jolly, indulgent pig-faced merchant from Procampur named Phillip Londel while singing for coppers in a dockside tavern.
  • Argis joins Phillip Londel’s crew as his minstrel and quickly raises the spirits of the ship’s crew, becoming a favorite on the ship.
  • At sea one day Argis spots movement on a tiny isle and alerts the crew whom send out a rescue boat on Phillip Londel’s orders.
  • Argis arrives at the tiny isle to find Ebb dancing and murmuring to himself in madness and begins to hear the deep rhythmic “song” which has overwhelmed Ebb’s mind.
  • Ebb flees from Argis in a hallucinatory state, until Agris sings a Countersong.
  • Ebb breaks free of the maddening tones and comes aboard Phillip Londel’s ship.
  • Just two days later, their merchant ship is pursued and boarded by the crew of the fearsome Black Bell led by Hector Barabus.
  • Argis and Ebb valiantly defend the ship’s sterncastle against 3 pirate attackers, but the battle is lost on the main deck and forecastle.
  • Argis and Ebb are flogged and tied up in the lower deck of Black Bell with Octavian.
  • Pillip Londel is taken captive on the upperdeck of Black Bell and the merchant vessel.
  • The merchant vessel is sailed back to Oresk by some of Black Bell’s crew and the Black Bell makes haste for Immurk’s Hold.
  • While in port, Argis, Ebb, and Octavian escape their bonds, kill 2 of captain Barabus’ men, and escape the Black Bell to arrive at the Creaking Cutlass.

Rumors

  • The Reaving Seawolf
    – Jezgar Skentzin, the Pirate Lord of Telfar and the crew of his caravel, Umberlee’s Get, have become reavers, attacking anyone (including pirates).
  • The Slaying of the Sun-Eater
    – Recently, in the Alamber Sea, Vurgrom killed a legendary leviathan known as Brightmaw and then towed the body back to Immurk’s Hold for butchering and glory.
    – Towing the body to Immurk’s Hold has stirred up the host of aggressive Megalodons whom make their home in the waters just southwest of Dragonisle.
  • The Hurricane Calls
    – Pirate Lord Teldar has called his Pirate Lords back to the Hurricane Court at Greyrock Fortress in Immurk’s Hold.
  • Misc
    – Hector Barabus forbids his men to go to the Creaking Cutlass while in Immurk’s Hold.
  • Ancient Ghol-Gan
    – There is a pristine and massive cyclopian temple to 6 ancient gods sunken somewhere in the Inner Sea.
    – Each statue contains a priceless gem within it’s eye-socket. The site is home to the Black Beast.
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Session 1

Characters: Lucius Savoyard, Hoary Halfwell.

NPCs: Cristoph Ryemark, 5 Sembian merchant sailors (Cristoph Rymerk’s men), 1 poisonous Small Spider, 8 Zhentilar pirates (Damon Adder’s men), Aldus Dual, numerous Stormclaw Crabs, Little Thom (blacksmith rescued by Aldus Dual), 30 “crabtown” refugees.

Booty: None.

Dates: 1 Kythorn 1358 DR – 2 Kythorn 1358 DR

  • Hoary Halfwell, Cristoph Ryemark, and five of Ryemark’s sailors are imprisoned in an underground cell in Darkharbor after being captured at sea by the Zhentilar captain Damon Adder.
  • Hoary learns that Damon Adder plans on selling them into slavery to a nearby Drow chieftain.
  • Hoary kills a poisonous small spider creating confusion drawing 2 Zhentilar pirates.
  • Hoary and Cristoph kill the 2 pirates and escape out of the dungeon.
  • Hoary and Cristoph are hit by poisoned darts as they escape Darkharbor on a rowboat and are pursued by 6 of Damon Adder’s men.
  • A large storm at sea capsizes their ship and Cristoph Ryemark drowns.
  • Hoary nearly drowns himself and is washed to shore near Stormclaw Bay with waterlung.
  • Aldus tells Lucius before he leaves Stormclaw Bay that he is leaving the Temple to Valkur to Lucius. Also he tells Lucius that “When the great storm comes, it shall bring with it a feast for the crabs.”
  • In prayer, Lucius has a vision of his wife on a boat floating towards him and crying out for help. She collapses with a dart in her arm.
  • Lucius makes preparations for a storm and sets watch at the shore. That night, a terrible storm rises from the north.
  • During the storm Lucius sees several broken bodies with Zhentilar garb being torn apart against a rocky patch of shore.
  • Lucius is attacked by numerous poisonous Stormclaw Crabs and climbs slippery rocks to arrive at the scene.
  • Lucius rescues the only potential survivor: Hoary Halfwell. Performs first aid, heals his wounds, and feeds him Stormclaw Stew.
  • Little Thom (a rescued blacksmith) strikes the manacles off Hoary.
  • Lucius and Hoary speak together about their past.
  • The storm makes landfall and begins destroying the shoddily built Temple of Valkur.
  • Lucius and Hoary set out to help the refugees reach the safety of Immurk’s Hold by way of the jungle.

Rumors Gathered

  • Dark dealings at Darkharbor
    – Damon Adder is selling slaves to the drow from Darkharbor.
  • The Summer Storm
    – Many seers have predicted that a great Summer Storm is coming.
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Prologue

13th of Tarsakh, 1346

  • Man-at-crossroads: “Greetings traveler. Though with the rain it seems not be the best time on the road.”
  • Traveler: "… I.. I thought…:
  • Man-at-crossroads: "Sorry to disappoint, but believe it or not I actually prefer these dung-caked boots and this soaking cloak.
  • Traveler: “Your choice.”
  • Man-at-crossroads: “Quite. But I doubt you came all this way to stand in the Bitch Queen’s piss to talk to me about attire. You’re shouting out for a… deal”
  • Traveler: “Yes. I… I want.”
  • Man-at-crossroads: "You want to be truly free. To be the invincible captain of the Inner Sea’s greatest ship. Immurk born again. Glory, fame, riches… The kind of man whom wenches fight over and Princes wish to be. All of that and one more thing… vengeance.
  • Traveler: "…yes. How did you know?
  • Man-at-crossroads: “Lucky guess.”
  • Traveler: “So you’ll make me that then? For the rest of my life?”
  • Man-at-crossroads: “Oh let’s not jump ahead of ourselves here. We’re just getting to my favorite part. The numbers.”
  • Traveler: But you’d have it! My soul! Surely that should be enough.
  • Man-at-crossroads: "You’re past two-tens now my friend; your life could be three-tens or more longer still. The standard price is six. A… devil’s number.
  • Traveler: “Six years? Never, I’ll walk away now and live in this rainy shithole of a village for the next three-tens then.”
  • Man-at-crossroads: "Oh come now, don’t get discouraged over a little… negotiation. How about seven then? A lucky number! Anyone would agree.
  • Traveler: “… Two-tens.”
  • Man-at-crossroads: “There it is. But still too high. How about nine?”
  • Traveler: “Five and ten.”
  • Man-at-crossroads: “Ohhh, I’m starting to like this. Ten and one.”
  • Traveler: “Ten and four.”
  • Man-at-crossroads: "Ten and three. A sweet offer indeed. I don’t recall the last one of these I’ve made for ten and three.

The direction of the heavy rain continues to shift in the wind, pattering into the already saturated mud.

  • Man-at-crossroads: “It is my last offer.”
  • Traveler: “Ten and three?”
  • Man-at-crossroads: “Ten and three years to be the greatest warrior on the Inner Sea, master and commander of your own ship, and glory, fame, riches, and most of all… vengeance. All for the price of your soul.”
  • Traveler: “Ten and three.”
  • Man-at-crossroads: “Ten and three.”
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