June 28th, 2015 -
Alpha Team Returns!!
Allies & Rivals:
- Icare Slav | Ghim
- Nybelln Ghim | Zsofia
- Ghim Chiara | Icare
- Zsofia Ghim | Nybelln
- Chiara Ghim | Icare
- Slav Icare | Icare
When last we left The Adventurers, we were on a boat after losing Crash in the dungeon.
Fast forward through the voyage.
Arrival at the Expeditionary Camp. A week has passed here.
We came across a pod of the sea creatures that we saw in our very first
session, living in the ocean.
We set out with two boats, a bout of syphilis (?) hit the other boat and they
had to turn back.
Sally grew a mouth.
We saw many ruins, a network of old civilizations.
We saw a giant fire from a big black plume of smoke from inland while we
passed, don’t know what it was.
We see a beach! We get out at the beach. The Marquis stays on the boat.
He sends two representatives, Anna the Asset Management Specialist, sword
& board, and Wedge, claymore-guy. Slav starts giving them orders, this is
a comfortable dynamic for them. Also the orders correspond with those of
Note, it’s been four weeks since Icare’s vision.
We sense a storm, Zsofia tells us that it will pass. We see wood ship-debris,
but we none of us are experts. Icare goes a-huntin’ for treasure. Chiara
uses her senses to detect undead.
Rachel wants to turn Sally the doll into a familiar for Nybelln. For now,
Sally must content herself with following Icare with her eyes as he searches
for things that she (& Nybelln?) already sense.
Working together, Icare assists Zsofia in her search of the beach. This
debris is old – very old – at least a few hundred years old. Zsofia
recalls something about a Cape Jane Mercantile expedition which went
missing. We probably found one of their ships. Note: Omega team worked
for this company in the past!
Chiara can scent a dragon in the distance, as well as the Fae, familiar from
before when we fought the faerie at the Fort. Also senses a fiend.
Icare trying to get Anna to dig up the beach (??) to find treasure & not
tell the Marquis, it doesn’t work. Icare personally declares that Anna
will get her comeuppance for not listening to him.
Ghim rallies the team. Based on Ghim’s notes and Chiara’s coastal expertise,
they locate the camp within a couple hours. The trail leads north up the
coast – this could become the Coastal Road. They find a burnt watchpost.
Icare finds an arm caught in the watchpost when he pokes it.
Icare has a feeling that in about twenty seconds, they will encounter a
sight that will disturb Ghim, and Slav and Icare decide not to say anything.
Icare sees dwarf-shaped burn marks, and when he looks up into the hills
sees a big round tower, a few miles away.
Chiara can tell that the tracks of many many Slavs came through here (not
Slav). Beyond is a Gorimssen camp that is no more. 3w-old blood spatter
on the ground, this place has been trampled and torched.
Ghim attempts to identify bodies, Chiara helps, Nybelln sets up a series of
rocks and stones, along with some pretty crystals which seem to have come
out of nowhere, and Nybelln begins flipping bodies so they are face up,
and cleaning their faces, putting makeup on them and dressing their faces
for death/burial ceremony.
Slav saw a vision of this. The other Lizard people torched this encampment.
Other major Lizard person woke other lesser lizard people to torch this.
Slav says “this looks like the work of my people, but very undiplomatic.
We should have enslaved them instead.” Only dead present are dwarves.
Ghim is able to figure out which of the structures was his brother’s. Finds
no body of his brother. Finds a false floor, dwarf-sized crawlspace below.
Finds a chest in the crawlspace. The chest can open with the family signet
ring which – ba-bam! – Ghim has! Opens the right half of the chest. Finds
record-keeping books, one of them is a journal, one is accounting, one is
written in cypher. Amber monkey figurines, one fragile tiny brass key, and
one old key which smells like cinnamon.
Icare is going to root thru the tents. He finds heavy footfall, and a
trap that has been sprung, a mechanism to take out whoever may have tried
to sneak up on the camp. Below, there are cracks leading to a cave.
Gorm wrote some notes about the fort, made plans to begin expedition after
securing perimeter. They encountered some kind of many legged arachnid,
lost two people. This was a human structure. The fort was burned when Gorm
and co found it. Icare finds Stuff that he is probably not going to share
with people ;-) and then gets himself stuck 35f down the cliff.
Zsofia starts to panic, “where’s Icare?!” Icare is stuck
Ghim looks around, finds the place where Icare climbs down, slides down the
rope, falls down, takes 18damage!! :(
Chiara tries to see if she can track Icare, she can’t. Nybelln ventriloquys
Sally into wanting to go into the tunnels. Sally likes tunnels.
Something is stalking the tree that Icare is in! It is one of the Iguanadons
which he blew a dart up the ass of, once. Ghim looks at the map his brother drew,
heads back to camp.
Icare uses the blowdart, rolls a natural 1, and the dart becomes BEES which then
attack Icare. He does a reflex save, makes it, but takes 17 damage and passes
Chiara lights a fire. How insensitive. A beacon fire is lit as a result
of an arm-wrestling contest between Chiara and Zsofia.
Icare is trying to escape the wretched bees lol so he falls, and then shadowsteps
40 feet down, safely. Runs toward-ish the camp.
Slav sleeps, Nybelln sleeps, Ghim stays awake.
Icare successfully hides from the iguanadon. Is not allergic to bees. Is
able to zero in on the beacon, gets back ~few hours before sunrise. Chiara
heals him, and Icare THANKS HER. WHAT. WOW.
Slav repairs the rope down into the tunnel. The party takes the long
way around to the tunnel. There is rustling in the brush !!! THE IGUANADON
Iguanadon kills Anna immediately, so Nybelln peaces out with Rope Trick,
which lasts for an hour. From up there she sees the party wipe the Ig out,
and then Slav frightens the rest of the small lizards away. Slav has learned
to dominate/intimidate/command lizards.
The dwarves looped back around & met the road, then some went to the tower, then
one went north.