Slaves of New Arkos

Crates, Creeps, and Crazies

Or Pearls, Pirates, and Prophets

Our heroes began the day overlooking the wreck of a pirate ship in search of a powerful alcohol. While Boswell and Grin remained on the rocky promontory to hold the rope for the heroes, Gungidum, Durn, and Gretch climbed down the slippery rocks to explore the shipwreck. In their search, they accidentally opened an unmarked crate on the ship, revealing a black translucent pearl slightly larger than a human heart. This magical pearl created a shock-wave of necrotic energy which damaged those close by, and sickened those overlooking the scene. It also animated the dozens of dead bodies surrounding the wreck. Soon the heroes were fighting for their lives against the undead horde, and if it weren’t for Durn’s amazing accuracy with a bow, Gretch’s ability to incinerate swaths of zombies at a time, and surprising heroism of Mylon Lushlawlfliphen, Boswell and Grin would have surely died. After the battle, the heroes finished their search of the ship and found three bottles of Skooma and some treasure. While most of the other heroes were distracted with a locked treasure chest, Gretch formed a magical connection with the mysterious black pearl and kept it for himself.
The heroes then focused their efforts towards recovering their stolen weapons. The heroes administered a small amount of Skooma to Proctor and instructed the rest of the noncombatants to hide at the beach, while the heroes stalked along the tree line to find the captain of the slaving ship. After a few hours, they spotted a campfire on the beach where their quarry, a large Wereboar, was torturing an emaciated woman in rags while a disinterested elf woman in robes and a bugbear looked on. In the brief moment when the heroes were listening in to their conversation, the Wereboar was accusing his victim of knowing something about how they found themselves in this situation. After hearing that, the heroes were extremely eager to stop the torture and exact their revenge on the ship’s captain, and so they began the fight in earnest. Unfortunately for the pirates, the heroes handily defeated them even without magic weapons.
After the fight, Durn tended to the wounds of the pirates’ captive, who they learned is named Andraste. In between fits of laughter and sobbing, she spoke strange things about the party.

(to Gungidum and Grin) “Two sons under the sun. One is a true son. Not to say the other is a daughter or a moon; just not a son. The father can tell the difference, but the true son may have to make the father see before he can sit in the gold.”

(to Durn) “We’re locked in history; a noxious mystery; a pox on…sistery? Sister!! Oh, your blood and her blood will weep in her next age. Or not. You only have a moon or two until she’s twice and twice of four. Good thing there’s plenty of moons here.”

(to Boswell) “He who can change contains great chains. Common as death, but rarer than murder.”

(to Gretch) “Your poor mother.”

(to the party) “Eons ago and eons to come. Only one way, but which way is it? The horns of dilemma are…(laughs). Horns!! (laughs) Horns must mourn when this be borne. So forlorn those horns that mourn. They’ll be torn!!”

(to no one in particular) “Someone told me that history repeats itself. At least it definitely can. Or could be. Or won’t be. I suppose the past is as changeable as the future when it’s all said and done.”

As she was spouting out these nonsense phrases, the party walked all the way back to their initial camp to find Brawna missing from their group. Proctor and Mylon told the heroes that the Bullywugs returned and the halfling was able to speak with them. She apparently went with the frog-men willingly, leaving Proctor and Mylon to fend for themselves.

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