We began our trip back to Ft. Groon after receiving correspondence from Branch that we had an opportunity to free the priests from the museum and church of Shelyn. We made a brief stop at Mackeral Jacks to snag a few supplies, and a stow-away that we would kick off at Ft. Groon. Once in Groon, we set out to speak to Branch.
Apparently, the museum was setting up a special viewing party at the beach. This left us with a unique opportunity… the museum itself was supposedly empty. Seeing no reason to delay, we set out immediately. As advertised, the museum was unguarded. We unlocked the doors and snuck around. Eventually we found the church.
Upon opening the doors to the church, which opened to a large dome formed of stained glass, we discovered that we were expected. The buggers threw several bombs at us. Battle ensued. I spent my time running about inspecting the "priests’ whom were being drained, and discovered they were all children. Halfway through said battle, after which I felt we had the upper hand, a large and fairly familiar flying machine broke through the stained glass. A primitive form of my hang gliders brought a group of 4 men and one lizardman, bearing the threeclawed path I had seen on Solo’s lizardfolk. They dropped down, revived a giant that had been being drained for his priestly goo by the evil alchemists, and promptly ran away.
Deciding that we had bigger priorities, we let Solo’s men flee, and finished off the remaining alchemists. I revived one of the boys, and he had no idea where he was or what was going on. I revived the four I could with my supplies, and tried to convince Vega and Thomas to snag the relic. They insisted on staying to protect the children. Honorable I suppose. Thinking fast, I decided to fly out the broken glass dome and get our sailors to come carry children. Outside, I saw a large group of our adversaries rushing towards the museum. After a quick reconsideration, I flew back to the group.
Vega decided to stay and protect the children, while Thadeus and Thomas went out to stall the angry mob. Lexius and I took the four awake children, along with whichever kids they could carry, and rushed back to our ship. I quickly convinced the sailors to follow me back to the museum to get as many more kids as we could. When we returned, Thadeus was spinning a grand tale that had our opponents thoroughly distracted. The sailors and I snuck in the back door, and was able to get a solid thirty or so more children. That left another 15 or so to get, so again Vega stayed behind while we went back to the ship.
On our way back for the sailor’s second trip, we heard a commotion which we avoided on our way to the museum. When we got there, it was strangely completely unguarded. Strange, but Thadeus must have succeeded in whatever his plan was. We snagged Vega, the remaining children, and the relic before heading back to the ship.
Thadeus and Thomas were still missing in action, but we couldn’t risk the children. Vega took charge of the sailors, getting the junk ready to roll. I drank a potion, shrunk myself while making me quicker, and set out to find Thadeus. I quickly found Tim the Gilled Monkey, and he led me straight to Thadeus. Tim and I jumped on his back, I made Thadeus fly, and we made our escape into the sunset towards our fleeing ship.
Thaddeus’s Monkey Tim: