July 3, 2016
Swimmin' in the Dark
Friday October 27
Smuggler's Tunnels Under Parrot Island
Arn, Moonscar and Fortis wait back in the sandy tunnel near the door to the main chamber, waiting for their friends and watching out for more undead attackers, but the way behind remains quiet and clear.
Silver struggles while swimming in the dark, occasionally spitting small blasts of flame into the air to get her bearings. The chaotic nature of the waves and undercurrent threaten to pull her under on more than one occasion though she manages to keep her head above the water for the most part.
Eventually the dragon finds herself in a larger underground chamber. The water is calmer here and a sandy beach can be seen at the far side with some stonework on the walls and a hacked open door. As Silver approaches this beach, Seeker and Valinya appear out of the doorway. Seeker holds a piece of parchment and declares that he found Penkus. Dead. For at least 2 weeks.
The three left behind in the tunnel discuss the zombies and ghost as well as doing a quick analysis of Silver's swimming style, whether it was a do
ggy-paddle or a dragon-paddle. The others begin making their way back through the sea caves, this time not under the effects of a magical fear.
Once reunited, the group looks over the note that was clutched in old dead Penkus's hands when Seeker and Silver found him. It says that Penkus died due to being infected with some undead infection but that he blames Vanthus Vanderboren for leading him here and double crossing him in the first place. He implicates the Sea Harpies as well, tying Vanthus to the gang and giving the location of their hideout as being "below the Taxidermist's Hall."
After a short rest, the group decides to head out but find the way they came blocked by a cave in, no doubt caused by Silver's earlier fall when entering the place. They also notice that the doors at the far end of the hallway were not closed, though they had been recently opened when the zombies attacked. They retreat back to the main room to devise another plan.
The group goes over several possible plans of exit, all of which involve magic to traverse the caved in area, but the idea of encountering another no-mana zone while magically passing through the rocks sounds completely undesirable. Seeker volunteers to scout a possible underwater exit using his magical ring. The whole while, Moonscar attempts to make contact with the ghost, believing it to be that of Penkus himself, by yelling and calling out throughout the chamber. He is sadly disappointed when the spirit does not make contact with him.
|Seeker's underwater escape tunnel|
Valinya, Silver, Seeker and Arn all make the swim easily enough, though Moonscar encounters trouble about halfway through the tunnel and loses his air. Seeker sees him struggling and comes to his rescue but the Kankoran takes on too much water and passes out. Seeker drags him out and up to the surface and to the shore easily. Some quick first aid releases the water from the Druid's lungs and Moonscar begins coughing and laughing at the same time for having spit water all over Fortis.
The group rests for a moment on the north shore of Parrot Island then makes their way back around to their boat. They row back to the Fox and the Hound, get out of their wet clothes and fall almost immediately asleep.
Saturday October 28
Fox and Hound Inn
Before they leave, Fortis puts an illusion disguise on Seeker, making him look like an Ogre-blooded sailor. On the way out the door, Moonscar asks Seeker, "Hey Brother, how long do you think before the humans come accusing us of having something to do with the harbormaster's death?"
Cast of Characters:
+Arne Jamtgaard plays Seeker, a teenage Wolfen Warlord
+Ben Zittere plays Fortis, an Ellyl trickster and Mage
+Mike Biancone plays Arn, a surly Dwarven Warrior
+Amergin O'Kai plays Moonscar, the esoteric Kankoran Druid