Sunday July 16,2017
Players: Sameera, Rontor, Arcturus, Cornelius, Aurelia, TKW III
Although I know the situation is nebulous there, I hope this letter finds you, Nazim, and those at the Temple well. As always the Captain sends his regards. I know news of the admiral are always of special interest to you so I decided to send you a report post haste.
Aurelia’s very competent network gave us solid intel that one of the traitor’s warships had been seen off the coast of a small uninhabited island. Since it was near an island familiar to us Arcturus was able to teleport us there. After briefly reconnoitering on the island we determined that the ship was there for some project under the water. I noticed that Faruk ibn Faruk appeared to be in charge of the warship, we knew he had been associated with the admiral, but it is still upsetting to see that another fine family has betrayed the Emperor… or at least its heir. The ship had a skeleton crew so we teleported to the deck and proceeded to battle them. The advantage was ours, given their surprise, yet in my arrogance I miscalculated … luckily Thomas is such a skilled paladin that he was able to save me from a dire situation. Rontor, TKW and Arcturus handled themselves well as usual. We were able to capture 5 sailors, but Faruk and his cleric fled beneath the water.
Instead of giving chase immediately, we decided to disable the ship and to look for the oarsmen slaves. While we were securing the crew and freeing the slaves Cornelius appeared on the ship… apparently on accident. We had a small debate on whether to move the ship or pursue Faruk and ultimately decided to follow. We put the slaves on the island and I told Rais where to find them in case we couldn’t come back. The five of us followed the rope down to the floor and followed strangely glowing rocks that led us to an underground cave. We were met by a very prepared Faruk. He had around 10 men who had very obviously been preparing for us. They had both anti-teleport and anti-flying damper on the caves… it seemed a bit strange and maybe something you should look into. Regardless both Arcturus and Cornelius were forced to walk… Arcturus was not pleased.
TKW prepared as he was moving into position, Cornelius got in the way of a spear or 8 which caused Rontor to get a bit impatient and charge forward without the paladin. I was still underwater when Rontor was near death, I did what I could from the water but I could not keep up with the relentless assault on Rontor. To our horror when he struck down one of the men he immediately took undead form… they all did eventually. When Rontor finally fell I admit I did not think it through clearly, I ran to the frontline to raise him. They focused on him for a bit but of course when he did not fall again they turned their ire to me. As I was falling to Faruk, I heard Aurelia behind me in the water; I was falling in and out of consciousness, but when I came to still near death I saw the poor girl paralyzed and drowning in 9 inches of water.
I will admit much of the fight is a blur to me, I’d no sooner healed myself and I would injured, by the grace of Calistria the others picked them off one by one as I floundered. TKW, and an invisible Rontor and Cornelius picked them of with the help of Arcturus and even poor Aurelia. I was finally catching my breath as we neared the end of the fight, when Arcturus called out there was a black robe, a sea hag, and a black crystal up ahead. I heard Cornelius directing Rontor into the room… despite the fact we 3 felt a powerful spell being prepared. We could hear them battling and were making our way in their when Cornelius yelled that Rontor was gone… some thought he meant invisible but he had been sent to another plane.
Cornelius and the hag were battling as we all made our way down the hall, by the cackles turning into cries of pain Cornelius was getting the better of her. There was no sign of the black robe. TKW got there about when the hag disappeared, the gnome jumped on his back and said she was fleeing and ordered him to follow the invisible hag. I was frustratingly ignorant to much of this… simply trying to catch up, but the two followed the hag to a symbol that allowed one to teleport in and out of the suppression field. We all searched the caves after and Cornelius blew up the crystal. We took the crew and the slaves back to Darrow to be questioned and the crew to face justice.
Through the paperwork and interrogations we have found out that Mackerel Jack is leading the slavers in Caras Shallows. That because of the insecurity of Mackerel Jack’s he is building a new base on an new island from which to run his operations. It is confirmed that Carlis and the traitors are in league with each other…as well as Mackerel Jack. Please share the appropriate information with the parties that would derive the most use from them. If you find anything out I will be glad of the help… the times are desperate and all good people must work to see things right.