Our story (or at least these chapters) began at months after the Long Night in the small Tortillan port of Tankard Town. Our heroes were contracted by once-prosperous merchant Aubrek Drallion to aid in the recovery of his lost flagship, the Laurel Crown.
Before embarking on this journey they bulked up their crew, adding elven cousins Haikar and Smiles. The new crew set off to salvage the Crown. They made a brief stop at a floating market known as Pelican Cay and befriended a group of kobold alchemists, even defending them when violence broke out.
When they discovered the foundering wreck of the Laurel Crown, it had been taken over by a fouled troglodyte druid and his obscene pestilent god. Fighting through giant insects, undead and even a crazed demonic squid the party failed to save the ship, but rescued Drallion’s most precious cargo.
Soon after their victory they were visited by Kharsus Fantoul, whom they thought they had killed in a fire. This burned and wracked shape arrived on a skeletal wyvern and demanded a ring they ‘stolen’ from an agent of his. They did not have it, but Fantoul pulled its location from their minds and disappeared off to Propserity Cay to get his ring from the halflings there.
They set off to Saltmeadow port to make the most of their gains. Unfortunately, they ran afoul of the trifling guardsmen almost immediately, spilling blood, and had to flee to town. Not before they warned the hobbits to destroy the ring and foil Fantoul. Drallion and Quill stayed and set up a rendezvous to sell the party’s loot. There he met the gnome Dokken and Clangorn the dwarf, who enlisted the party to deliver newly smithed props to an airship fighting for the resistance.
They sailed to the island of Donatel and struck into the jungle to find the lost airship. There they came upon a strange idol worshiped by strange chuuls. Our heroes defeated the hideous crayfish, rescued the crew of the airship Soaring Anvil and delivered the props. They were then enlisted to help ‘liberate’ a store of fuel called Salamander Breath from a former dwarves trading post on the far side of the isle.
This outpost was currently being held by a tiefling fire mage and his cohorts. The party fought their way through his defenses and defeated him and his pet pyrohydra, only to be caught in the act by some force on the far side of a keyed scrying device known as a Sehenstone. Our heroes took the device to a town called Gullet on the island of Laenart to dispose of it with an old ally of the airship captain Aard.
When they arrived they found this ally. Nils Dekovya, planning a siege against the nearby mining community of Pirren’s Bluff. Dekovya convinced the party to travel ahead of the army and dispatch the head of the opposing forces. After exploring many options, the party joined forces with mine owner who showed them a secret tunnel into the keep. Once inside they discovered the Baron was in league with devils and the sahuagin and they had to put him down. They quickly followed to the tiefling priestess that was ‘brokering’ souls in the outpost, who tried to negotiate with them. These negotiations did not pay off, and she had to flee, but freed her dragonborn servants on the way out.
The party brought the dragonborn back to Gullet and hid them in the local theatre where they were staying. The Gullet Mercantile League ‘gifted’ them with rule over nearby Roller Cay, an island primarily populated by pigs. They went to survey their new domain, only to find that some foul creatures had been attacking the pigs and forcing the swineherds away from prime pasture. Going off to investigate, the party found an otherworldly creature known as Qlippoth who was leaving behind ‘fruits’ that turned whatever ate them into ravenous acid-spewing aberrations. Defeating the creature, our heroes returned to Gullet, in preparation for a journey back to Prosperity Cay, to relocate the halfling colonists to their new domain.
When they returned to the theatre, the group was attacked by a group of blast shadows summoned through fires set for stagecraft. When the undead horrors were finally dispatched, the group discovered the words ‘we have not forgotten’ burned into the backdrop curtain with some kind of tiefling wizard mark below.
Undeterred, our heroes were to set out for Prosperity Cay at first light.