A Pint of Piracy

The adventure begins
Lost!

Their are many reasons why people hire on as caravan guards; for some it is a carreer, others an escape from the boring life they faced in their small villages, for a few a last chance to make a living with their sword. They came from all over the known world guarding the fortune of others, their pay a tentrid a day less stoppages. Several days travel into the deep desert of the Emirates of Ylaruam, in an area devoid of life a massive sandstorm rose up forcing everyone in the caravan to seek shelter. We now focus on a group of guards that took shelter in a group of rocks when the storm hit.

The wizard Austin & Prowler the fighter both Dwarves from Rockholm, High Elves Hader & Tammi Treewardens from Alfheim, & Abu Dhabi High Elf Mageblade of the Deserts of Ylaruam dig out from under the sand of the storm to see no familiar landmarks, the storm has rearranged the whole landscape & their is no sign of the caravan. Sand has gotten into their food, flying rocks have damaged their canteens & they have no idea where the nearest oasis is.

The group of survivors moves off through the trackless desert hoping to find food, water, and civilization.

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Safety?

Searching for food & water the party staggers through the desert for days. Most nights went quietly but occasionally packs of lizards the size of Chihuahuas attacked during the night. Soon after the last of the food & water was gone & the dwarves fading due to lack of water they come across an ancient city long buried by the sands that was unearthed by the last storm.

An ancient city that time itself has forgotten and in the center a ziggurat topped with 3 statues. A strong bearded man holding a balance in one hand and a lightning bolt in the other, a winged child with 2 snakes entwined about his body with a wand in one hand and some coins in the other, a beautiful woman holding a sheaf of wheat and a sword.

Splitting up to search the city they find the city dry & without food but they find a dead hobgoblin on the top of the ziggurat propping open a concealed door.

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Into the darkness

The Hobgoblin was bloated and putrified lying naked on the floor preventing the wall from closing and sealing off the ziggurat from the harsh desert. While the rest of the group was searching for food & water in the city. Austin (Dwarven Wizard)in a morbid frenzy danced upon the corpse of the hobgoblin releasing foul gasses pent up within the body, encrusting his boots with rank fluids and spreading the rotting remains all over the immediate area.

He then searched for any loot the hobgoblin may have swallowed.

When the rest of the group returned they found the entrance had closed, a quick search found the concealed door & they entered the ziggurat. The cool stones were a welcome relief from the unrelenting sun that had been bathing them in an inferno for the last week, their eyes adjusted to see a crossbow aimed directly at head level. Diving for cover they looked up to see the crossbow had alreadly loosed its bolt. Hader (High Elf Treewarden)ran over to the crossbow and rips, it from its mounting, throws it on the floor and jumps up and down on it. While Hader is feeling rather pleased with himself that he has destroyed the crossbow trap Prowler not seeing and ammunition for the crossbow walks over and pops out the tension spring. Then the door slides closed plunging the group into near total darkness, the only light a sliver peaking through the edge of the door. Austin popped off a flare to provide the elves with sufficent light to see then the group began to follow the corridor in hopes that it would lead to food & water. The corridor led into an odd room, it had 3 bronze cylinders running from floor to ceiling. Looking around the room they say that the middle cylinder had a pool of dried blood in front of it.

At this point the group suddenly thought about the possibility of traps

Harads’ ears detect a faint hissing sound & the party starts looking around the room finding several small holes. Abu Dhabi starts poking around inside the holes & finds a firing mechanism to shoot small darts. After he rips out the mechanism the party searches the left cylinder finding a pressure plate right before the door that is pryed off with a sword but the hissing continues making it hard to breath for everone so the group quickly enters the door on the cylinder & closes it shut.

Just as the door closes on the party a Wood Elven scout who was working as an outrider for the caravan enters the city, tracking the other survivors of the sandstorm. He reaches the summet of the ziggurat and noticing the blood stain from the hobgoblin that Austin had pulverised begins to search for a hidden entrance. Quickly finding it he opens the door & enters. Finding traces of the preceeding groups searches he enters the corridor and collects the crossbow. The crossbow proves to be unworkable when he examines it while the hidden door closes sending Croy into near total darkness, only a sliver of light enters through an opening in the secret door. While Croy works in the darkness to build a fire for light the 1st group climbs up the ladder to find an odd room full of levers & knobs & switches, with a couple of holes at eyelevel. As they look out through the eyeholes they see outside the ziggurat & realise they are seeing the city through the eyes of one of the statues mounted at the top. Finding no food or water they revers direction & climb down the ladder. Tammy now leading the group down the ladder sees several large glowing beetles, beetles the size of Rottweilers. Frighted she immediatly teleports as far up as she can materialising in midair, grabs for the ladder and missed. As she falls she sets up a domino effect landing on the rearmost member causing him to loose his grip & fall onto the next person up who looses their grip & so on until the whole group lands in a broken bloody mess at the bottom of the ladder.

Croy slowly enters the room with the cylinders holding part of the broken crossbow aflame like a torch & begins to search for traps.

Austin gets to his feet first & rapidly throws a small ball of fire at one of the beetles causing a small explosion when it hits, Prowler bursts off of the floor slamming his axe into one of the beetles using it as support to keep weight off of his broken leg, Abu Dhabi snaps his hand out & a lash of green fire jumps from his palm to entangle a beetle & drags it closer to him & Prowler. Bolts of light fly from the hands of the Treewardens Tamy & Harad causing burns with the intense power of their faith. The beetles used to small desert animals feebly attempting to defend themselves quickly succumb under the combines assault from the 5 caravan guards. Abu Dhabi & Austin remove the glowing rear part of the beetles carapace while others examine the corpses for food potential but determine they would be poisonous unless prepared properly with spices & cooking tools unavailable to them. The rest of the room contained a small forge & several clay jars that once held oil that had mostly evaperated over the years but they still managed to extract a litre of oil from the hundreds of litres once stored in the room.

As they searched the room; Croy feeling sick & dizzy in the cylinder room entered the central cylinder & climbed down the ladder.



END OF SESSION 1

Croy actually entered the campaign in session 2, his actions were played out at the beginning of session 2 but they were included here to keep the cronology.

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Enter the Croy

As the rest of the group searched Cory climbed down the ladder & entered the room. He looked at them, they looked at him & everyone recognised each other. Croy was relieved to have found more members of the doomed caravan while the rest of them were not as happy. One more mouth to feed & water. Moving quickly before more predators arrived drawn by the scent of blood & food they quickly moved off deeper into the ziggurat. Looking down the corridor they saw 2 doors. 1 to the left & one to the right, past it ran a corridor running left to right forming a “T” with the one they were in. Moving first to the right hand door they threw it open & saw nothing. Nothing but an ancient bedroom, dust piled up on the floor & furniture inches deep. Flesh starving for fluid they frantically searched for water but found nothing, the room had been abandoned so long that the ink at the writing desk had dryed up. Immediatly they crossed the hallway to the other room, and saw a mirror of the previous room with one important difference. A huge lizard sat behind the bed chewing on a humanoid body that looked vagely human. Sane men would have thought of the danger, but these were not sane men.

These were starving adventurers dying of dehydration.

Austen screamed out “FOOD” and unleashed a barrage of Arcane might that staggered the lizard while the rest of the hunger crazed group charged into butcher it. The miniature fireballs erupted into a small inferno engulfing the desiccated bed and illuminating the room with a hellish glow that framed the insanity their faces. Croy flipped over the flames and slashed at the lizard in midair landing in the corner trapped between the flames and the lizard. Moving at the same time Abu Dhabi ran to the head of the bed, his sword flashed green with arcane might as he drove his strike home. Austin started screaming “THE HEAD IS MINE SAVE THE HEAD FOR ME” The two Treewardens threw bolts of diving light from thir fingers while Prowler threw his dwarven javelin into the lizard while moved into the corner opposite Croy and fumbled for another weapon.
The fire continued to burn as Croys twin scimitars flashed blood red his armour smoldering in the heat, Abu screamed as razor sharp teeth sank into his leg, Prowler was slammed into the ground as 200 pounds of hungry lizard fell from the roof while the wizard & Treewardens continued to send bolt after bolt of magical death toward the lizard. The lizard pinning Prowler bend to bite when Prowler headbutted it then taking advantage of the momentary distraction quickly pushed up on his shield throwing it next to Abu Dhabi. Austin mumbled “Sorry”, he saw a tactical opportunity and targeted Abu Dhabi.
Abu Dhabi became ground zero as waves of arcane fire struck him and exploded sending flares toward both of the lizards. As the life began to leave Abu, Hadar called on the lifeforce of the Earth to heal his wounds while Tammy continued her divine assault against the lizard behind the bed.
The lizard Prowler had thrown regained it’s footing and lashed out at Abu, Prowler immediately slashed it with his axe punishing it for ignoring him staggering it with a mighty strike and proceded to unleash blow after blow at the hapless lizard while the burning bed blackened the leather armour worn by Croy. Ignoring the blistering pain Croy continued to lash at the first lizard with his twin scimitars.

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City of the Dead
I just want to goto bed

Leaving the room with the mummy & the remains of shattered bone the party fled up to the relative safety of their bolthole. Abu tryed to teleport but couldn’t visualise the room well enough. A black robed man arrived with a dozen followers before Abu could regain his arcane power. Croy wanted to kill them but Abu wanted to join when he heard that they had Drugs, Booze & Hookers. Black Robe led the party through the city of the dead & when Black Robe & half of his followers had gone down to the next level Abu exploded killing the 6 uptop. The rest of the party rained missile attacks on Black Robe & his remaining followers. They then looted & resting among the corpses of the Black Robes while Croy looked for secret doors. Croy found a door leading out of the room leading to a corridor with a dead end. Croy then looked for a secret door & while searching a green bumpy hobgoblin entered through a secret door. Croy attacked hitting the greeny but its wounds healed. Then the rest of the party attacked killing the greeny & Abu hit it with his green flame blade until it stopped regenerating. Then the party retreated up the ladder & found a room in the city of the dead where they holed up & tryed to goto sleep. Several wandering monsters tried to get into the baracaded room & soon after they got to sleep a group of hobgoblins broke down the door to attack the party. Much killing happened & the party won.

Session ends

GM Note: I skipped past several sessions & posted it in point form so I wouldn’t get so far behind.

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Homeward bound

Standing among the bodies of the hobgoblins who so rudely interrupted their slumber our marauding psychos decide to find a new place to nap. They wander down the hallway into a twisty part of the city of the dead where there are several corridors that turn out of sight. Proceeding down one that they think is the way to the top they arrive at an unexpected door. Listening at the door everything is dead quiet they open the door, see a 2 foot deep layer of bones in a 30 foot square room and promptly shut the door. Abu & Austin use their arcane knowledge to try to detect the presence of magic. They sense magic but it is to the left & slightly behind them. Going back they take the other corridor and find the path they were looking for. Listening at the first door in the long passageway they hear walking & flip a coin to see if they want to enter the room. Based on the coin toss they continue up the corridor to the next room, over 100 feet down. Just as they are about to reach the door they hear a deafening crash and see a huge boulder rolling down the hall towards them, running down the corridor they reach the safety of a side passage. The boulder continues past them down the main corridor smashing into the wall at the end, blocking the pathway. Without batting an eye they return their planned path & continue all the way to their bolthole. Settling down for a nice well deserved sleep the dwarves begin snoring while the elves settle into a meditative trace. less that 30 minutes later the elves hear a chop chop chopping at the statue. Waiting to see what will come of the sounds they hear the statue then the outer door splinter under the assault of axes. They then hear two creatures speaking hobgoblin shout out. “Sweet, food. Lets grab this shit” Abu then wakes the dwarves & the party preps for combat. Abu opens the door, Hadar hits them with a Daunting light, Austen fires off a Force orb and Prowler charges one of the Hobgoblins grabbing a crate while the hobgoblins look up in shock and awe. One of the hobgoblins gets his wits about him, leaps over the crates and slashes at Prowler missing completely but still manages to form a shield wall with his compatriot. Abu throws his sword at the hobgoblins & it explodes shattering bones rending flesh before the first bit even hits the ground Austin conjures up a cloud of elemental ice, flash freezing the enemies and Prowler who lashes out with his axe shattering one of the frozen hobgoblins. As the remaining 2 hobgoblins attempt to attack their frozen limbs shear off & shatter on the ground rendering the helpless as they bleed out onto the floor. After they catch their breath Hadar throws up his hands “This is hopeless, we’ve never going to get a good nights sleep down here, lets camp outside”. Following their map out to the surrounding city they find an abandoned house & set up camp for the night. Several bliss filled hours later they wake up and loll around the house planning to reenter the ziggurat several hours later in the after noon. As they are preparing their lunch Abu spots a rider in the desert & hails him. Some negotiating happens & the party trades the city they are in and 100gp for passage out of the deep desert. The nomads accept the offer but they need to get it approved by the Sheikh when they camp for the night. When the night arrives & after the camp is set up the Sheikh agrees to see the group, makes the agreement to take them out of the deep desert & tells them to get out.

Session Ends

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On the Road to Selenica

As they walked into the Frontier capital of Pasha, the adventurers ran for the shops to quickly spend their wealth. Hours later while Prowler was showing off his new warpony Abu Dhabi heard a hue & cry go up.

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