Fifth Session (9 page pdf) – “The Way South” – The crew finishes up their business and intelligence gathering in Azir and set sail to Mediogalti Island. Along the way they pick up a castaway and a strange sea dragon begins picking off crewmen!
The first part is the PCs wrapping up all the various subplots they self-initiated while in the city. Warnings of Chelaxian warships, information about White Estrid, hook-ups between the aasimar women and the ship’s officers… Local lad Said becomes Sindawe’s cabin boy… And per “the deal,” the Argentate Blades are put to use *by* the PCs and abduct Zorzi back!
Sindawe is initially really worried and thinks the woman will be traumatized or damaged. As is my wont I roll d20 off the cuff to determine magnitude of things and – she was unfazed.
“I got fed and bathed and lounged around and all I had to do was some sex with a modestly ugly man.”
The scene with the warring stevedores is drawn from my reading of historical naval stuff… The amount of cajoling, threatening, outright bribery, competition, duplicity, etc. is mind-boggling so I tried to capture some of that flavor. Sindawe’s player has read a lot of the same things so he’s pretty clever about making it all work out OK.
Then it’s goodbyes and off with their hired navigator Tarek to go to Ilizmagorti, home of the Red Mantis assassins and friendly pirate port.
And then they pick up a gnomish castaway! His name is Kemblor and he seems nice, but his last ship got destroyed by some kind of monster. Some kind of monster that then begins to raid the Teeth of Araska!
More on that next time…