Kings of the Endless Sea

Session 5

Stormy weather

Players: Chris Cluck, Jeremy Condon, Robert Griffin, Grant Martin, Don Thorpe

Having escaped Freeport with their new ship Filth Fever, the Street Urchins decide to make for Monmouth, the nearest port, to provision their ship and fence some of the treasure they’ve found. First they explore their new ship, finding six more crewmen belowdecks. They debate how best to get the crew on their side, and concoct a plan to meet with the crew two by two to either win them over or kill them. The first two they meet with are the two who saw them kill a crewman on the docks of Freeport, and these two refuse to be intimidated, so the Street Urchins kill them and toss their corpses overboard. After that, the rest of the crew, led by a man named Dirk the Ropesman, agree to sign on with the Street Urchins in return for one share of treasure each, a promise not to kill any more of the crew, and the promotion of Dirk to Chief Petty Officer.

It’s a six-day sail to Monmouth, and the journey is quite eventful. Filth Fever loses the first day stuck in the doldrums, and watches a merchant caravan row by, headed for Monmouth. On day two, they get underway in rain that doesn’t otherwise slow them. By day three, the rain has turned to a proper storm, and an abandoned fishing boat bumps up against Filth Fever. Peering down into the boat, the party sees the corpses of a few fishermen, and are suddenly attacked by the giant frogs who killed them. They easily defeat the frogs, but as they rest that night they’re awoken by Dirk, who calls them up top. The storm has worsened even more, and there is a ship nearby. The Street Urchins leap into action to keep their ship from being battered too badly, while drawing nearer to the stranger ship. Soon they see that it’s a pinnace belonging to none other than the Most Honorable Guild of Wealth Redistribution.

They attempt to parley with the ship’s captain, but parley quickly turns to combat when Kun Aguero leaps the gap between ships with a boarding rope in hand. The battle is long and fierce, and Fuzzy and the mage are knocked unconscious, while Kun Aguero is killed after returning to the Guild ship with only one hit point. Bronn the Bold, alone on the enemy ship against two panicked crossbowmen, is dropped with a crossbow bolt through his throat, leaving only Seltous standing aboard Filth Fever— but Bronn immediately stands up, and the vision of a towering slayer returning from the dead in a midnight storm is too much for the remaining Guildsmen, who surrender on the spot.

Experience per player: 590
Treasure gained: Two fine paintings worth 250 gp each, a jeweled chalice worth 100 gp, and the Bloodstone of Morgai, a huge blood-red ruby whose many facets are covered with relief carvings of strange animal gods and human sacrifices and is said to be cursed. The Bloodstone is worth 500 gp.

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