Arodus 16

 

Oswald spent the morning repairing his gun.

 

The party had known the night before that their new camp was near the hunting grounds of a Shiv Dragon, but they had been too beat by the horrible encounter at the cannibal village to seek out the danger and destroy it. They set out before the heat of the day to fight it, and made fairly quick work of the beast, taking the meat back to camp to add to their rations.

There were no rains and the rest of the day was spent quietly at camp until near nightfall, when it cooled enough to try and move the camp. They knew that the village was still inhabited, but thought it would make the ideal place to set up a safer, more permanent camp until they found some way off of the island. They moved camp to the jungle about an hour from the village and planned a night raid on the remaining cannibals.

 

The plan was to be stealthy. The best laid plans of rats and gnomes oft go astray. Because of the rat, of course. The party soon found themselves fighting nine barbarian men and an old woman who seemed to have mystical powers. The party spent more of this encounter hiding in the jungle, falling prone often and keeping to cover, this had been Oswald and Yosemite’s saving strategy in the previous battle and it served the party fairly well. Though Korva was dropped before the battle was done, it lasted less than a minute and Jask was nearby to heal the party.

They made a cursory check of the compound to search for dangers before bedding down for the night. They found signs of cannibalism and butchery, human jerky and skeletal remains, but also signs that Captain Kovack and Ieana had been there in rations stamped in the same way they had been on the Jenivere. The found a shrine to Asmodius, and a figurehead of that god that seemed to be about 70 years old. One of the structures was an unfinished lighthouse. There was also a hut that contained an alchemical lab. They found the entrance to an underground chamber, presumably the ruins that Og-log had mentioned. Establishing that there was no immediate threat within the village, they moved the camp there  and put a watch on for the night. They called it a night in the wee hours.

 

Arodus 17

 

Korva and Yosemite awoke feeling sore in body and mind respectively.

The party pooled their endure elements and spent the whole day cleaning up the cannibal muck in the village. Oswald and Ken focused on crafting antiplagues.

 

Arodus 18

 

That morning Korva didn’t feel any worse from her red ache. Yosemite’s mindfire was still raging, so he thought it would be a good idea to get himself lowered into the chamber underneath the village. There he found an uneven floor, littered with blood, bones and debris, with a tunnel leading into the gloom. The rest of the party joined him below.

 

The tunnel sloped up and opened onto a chamber with a few Festrogs. The fight was swift but Jumper, the crocodile, got diseased.

 

On the ground, written on a piece of leather in blood,  the party found a letter written by the Captain of the Jenivere. He expressed regret for having brought his ship and her crew to this doomed island, explaining that he was enslaved to a “serpentine demon”, the missing Ieana. He asked that whoever reads the letter destroy the creature he has become and seek out Ieana and slay her as well.

 

In another chamber they found more ghouls, feasting on a great pile of bloodied bones. They made very quick work of them and examined the room. It seemed to be a temple to Ydersius, a serpentfolk god. There was a low stone altar that had a necromantic aura. The walls were covered in Aklo text. No one in the party could read it, but they copied down a bit of text that had been cleared of dust recently and planned to ask there rest of their companions aboveground if they could decipher it.

 

They moved deeper into the underground structure, where they could hear the slight lapping of waves and smell dank sea air. Listening closely they heard something slither into the water. One chamber was mostly under water, with a slender cliff circumventing it, the series of tunnels all echoed with the lapping of water, but it was the central, wider tunnel that the party entered. They found a number of ghouls, which seemed an easy target, until another one, clearly female, emerged from the water and channeled negative energy, greatly damaging the party. Korva and Jumper had moved into the chamber first, and two ghouls immediately attacked them, paralyzing both, while another ghoul made its way around to the back of the party and paralyzed Oswald. Ken was nearest and began to focus disrupt undead on the latter ghoul, while Yosemite fired his gun point blank and Eshe cast buffs on Bamidele, who in turn attempted to bite and claw at the ghouls. It was a very tight spot, and moving without taking attacks was very difficult. All the while the female ghoul was casting spells, channeling energy and dominating the battle.

Eshe attempted to pull Korva and Jumper out of the range of attacks while they were still paralyzed and, and while she managed to heal Korva, paralyzed and near death, took enough damage to fall herself, causing Bamidele to return to his home plane.

Oswald attempted to stealthily move into surprising places, taking flying leaps from cliff to cliff.

Ken summoned a mount for the movement speed and healed Eshe. Now Eshe was reduced to throwing her chakrams and summoning eagles. As soon as Korva recovered from her paralysis, she too summoned eagles every round, surrounding and distracting the cleric ghoul. Ken cast grease behind the cleric so her escape would be hindered. Jumper and the eagles focused on the cleric while Yosemite worked on the other ghouls, who had flanked him in one of the narrow tunnels.

The grease trick worked, and as the cleric ghoul turned to flee, she fell. The rest of the ghouls taken care of, Yosemite ran up and dealt the killing blow with his handaxe.

After disposing of this threat, the party returned to the surface for healing from Jask and asked Aerys if she could read their scrawled Aklo notes from the walls below: All Glory to Great Ydersius. She followed them down to translate more and the acquired what appeared to be instructions for a ritual involving something called The Tide Stone.

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