The Western Islands

Sailing to Tedleesi

The next few months are spend resting and training. Hassan the architect has assembled all his equipment and is ready to sail. He hires space on the Jade Eagle, a merchant ship owned by Habib. He is a regular on the trade routes between Chum city and the Western islands, and the party met him in Tedleesi last year. ship.jpg

Kimara says she will be spending the next six months or so with the genies studying magic on the Plane of Air. She wants Perex and Juntti to sail on the ship with Hassan as soon as Perex has finished training with Constanza. Inky decides to stay in the north as Chopper wouldn’t really like being cooped up on a ship for months, and Habib and his crew would like it even less. After a month of waiting for the winds, the ship sets sail for the Western Islands. On board, Juntti spends the nights staring at and studying the stars, and Perex takes up fishing, becoming quite good at catching large sharks and marlins. After two months of travel, the ship arrives at Akod and Amiat and sails into port at Tedleesi. Juntti activates the Jann amulet, alerting Kimara that the ship has arrived, and the sailors throw ropes and tie up the Jade Eagle at the docks of Tedleesi.

The death of Waseek

Back in Chum the party have a short break and go their separate ways for a few weeks. Inky stays at the crematorium with his Tengu friends and spends his time getting to know Chopper his giant hyena

Kimara spends time at the Chum school of wizardry, doing research into the sorcerers of the islands. While she is there Bitzen casts a scrying spell for her, which allows her to see and speak to her mother Hexena. Hexena is safe and well and living in a town called Samakeelah at the northern end of Khusin. Juntti falls in love with Helga, a barbarian slave who is employed as the door person at the school.

One evening the party are visiting Bitzen at the wizardry school when Juntti and Perex spot a familiar figure in the courtyard. They immediately attack Waseek the filthy and a violent fight breaks out with people on both sides using magic and flying around the courtyard. Juntti leaps of the roof of a building and falls with his full weight, onto Waseek knocking him out. Waseek is taken prisoner and removed to a secure underground prison at the wizards school.

The next morning, the wizards council meets to decide on the fate of the party members who started a fight in the courtyard. After hearing witnesses they decide in favour of the party and they are free to go. Juntti stays and helps guard Waseek, while Kimara and Perex go and find Inky and look for Waseeks rooms. They take two junior wizards with them and find an Inn called the Golden Goblin, where Waseek’s rooms are guarded by two young men. The two men quickly admit that they work for a criminal gang and have no interest in fighting for Waseek now that he is near death. Entering the rooms, Kimara is attacked by a monstrous cloaker that wraps and suffocates her. It emits a hideous moaning that causes Perex, Inky, and the wizards to flee in terror. Perex even wets his pants as he is running away (If only Anazar was there to see it). Kimara manages to cast all her remaining spells and drive the cloaker off. It crashes through the wall of the Inn and flaps up and over the rooftops as Kimara collapses exhausted in the room. After a rest and a quick change of underpants, the room is searched and several small items of magic are taken before the party return to the wizards school.cloaker4e.jpg

The next day, Kimara returns to the Golden Goblin to look for more clues. She finds a strange man in the rooms, apparently also looking for clues. He says his name is Sabu. He is elderly and ragged looking but has a very very threatening manner. Juntti casts a detect evil spell on him and is immediately knocked unconscious as the power of the evil in Sabu overcomes him. Kimara and Juntti quickly leave the empty rooms.

Later that day KImara and Juntti get word that Waseek is awake so they go down to the prison to interrogate their prisoner. While they are there they tell Waseek about Sabu and he looks terrified. He explains that Sabu is a demon and has been sent to kill him. The worm cult does not accept failure. Kimara and Juntti reassure Waseek that he is in a secure and magic proof prison protected by powerful magic and dozens of guards. Just then, Sabu, the creepy old man, appears inside the prison, knocks several guards aside, runs through the magic barrier and seizes Waseek from his bed. Sabu knocks Juntti over and flees through the magic barrier carrying a screaming Waseek. Once he is outside the barrier, Sabu is able to use magic again and sets off a magical vortex. Kimara and Juntti run towards Sabu and are caught up in the vortex. A few seconds later they find themselves in a cold wintery landscape surrounded by snow covered mountains. Sabu is holding a semi-conscious Waseek in front of a stone altar. Behind him are three dead trees, each with a tattered child’s corpse hanging from its branches. Sabu grins at the heroes and tells them he is going to torture and kill Waseek and they are welcome to watch but if they interfere he will be forced to hurt them. Juntti prepares to attack Sabu but Kimara holds him back. Sabu just grins, daring Juntti to attack him. Kimara points her fingers and Waseek and blasts him with a bolt of electricity, putting him out of his misery. Sabu looks deeply disappointed as Kimara and Juntii walk away. They wander through the snow for a few hours and, having figured out that they are in the mortal world and not in some demon hell, they use the Jann amulet to call Akhdar and get a lift back to the elemental plane of Air for a rest at the genie palace, and then a short flight back to Chum city.

After the Party

These updates are way behind so this summary is even briefer than usual.
After the disastrous military parade. Juntti, Kimara and Perex attend the official banquet at the Temple of Baal Cha’aka. They meet and mingle with the elite of the city and Perex is presented with a small ivory elephant sculpture as a token of gratitude from the city for his part in the military campaign against the town of Owey.

The next day they go to see Hassan the architect to arrange for his trip to the islands so he can build a palace for the party’s janni friends. To cut a long story short, it turns out he is being blackmailed by a woman called Constanza. She is forcing him to be a spy for her (unknown) employer, and therefore he is unable to go to the islands until the problem is solved. The party promises to investigate and quickly find themselves in a fight with a small boy in the street who turns out to be a doppelganger. Juntti heals the monster before it dies and they tie it up and lock it in the basement of Hassan’s house.

Meanwhile, Anazar goes to see his Uncle Sidrah, and asks him to help get him out of town. They both notice a strange invisible ball following Anazar and decide, rightly, that someone is using magical means to spy on him. They split up and attempt to get away from it. The ball follows Anazar as he runs through the town, mugs a passing local and steals his purse and papers. He goes to Sidrahs house and offers the money and papers to him. Sidrah points out that the guy was a local magistrate, and mob is roaming the street outside looking for a mugger. Next morning Sidrah takes Anazar to the docks (red cloak and new clean clothes) and gets him a job as a sailor on a ship leaving port that day. Anazar leaves the city and disappears. . .

Inky continues his adventures in the desert chasing gnolls.

Back in town, Perex, Kimara and Juntti lie low at Hassans house, and once the doppelganger has recovered sufficiently, interrogate it and discover it is called Zinn. Zinn tells them how to find Constanza. They meet her at a market, posing as Zinn and his prisoners, but she is suspicious and leaves. They follow her back to her house which is above a pigsty. They smash their way into the pigsty compound and get into a big fight with her retainers and a giant pig. The fight is going quite well for the party until Kimara is suddenly captured by one of the thugs and a giant toad creature. Swords are dropped and negotiations take place. Kimara will stay with Constanza at the pigsty, and Zinn will return with Juntti and Perex, while they figure out how to satisfy Constanza’s need for information on the Zarakas family (Hassan was being made to spy on them for her) so that Hassan is free to go south with the party. Kimara and Constanza get along nicely and by the next day Constanza has invited Kimara to stay with her at her country house.

Zinn ends up staying with Perex and Juntti for several weeks while they meet up with Inky, and go into the southern desert border to investigate sightings of wagarra the gnoll queen. They end up uncovering a plot by Saeed of Owey who is in hiding at the gnoll fort, and somehow getting into a fight with several ghouls. . He is trying to do a deal and convince the men of Two Ridge village to provide aid to the Owey rebellion. There is a fight. Wagarra the gnoll is killed immediately, Saeed’s top officer is captured and the villagers agree to le the party leave with the prisoner and half of Saeed’s money in return for not telling the Chum nobles of the village’s part in the failed plot. The day after the party leaves all of them start getting really sick as the infections carried by the ghouls start to flower. They end up stuck in bed in a small village at the mercy of a local Baal priest. He wants to know what on earth they have been doing and who the prisoner is. They manage to convince him they are working on behalf of the Chum government so he heals them and lets them take their prisoner back to the city.

Rampaging Elephants in a crowded street
session 21

The next morning a mob of staff and guests from the Black Lobster are waiting outside the Inn where Horatio and Kimara stayed the night. They demand to be taken to Anazar so he can be arrested for destruction of property (namely one 17yr old male slave called Med, replacement value 200gp).

Horatio takes the mob to the temple in the centre of the city, while Kimara slips out invisibly and goes to find Anazar at the Six Snails Inn. She eventually finds him making potions in the brothel next door. He refuses to come with her and leaps out a window, leaving only a puff of smoke and flames. She goes to the temple to meet Horatio.

Meanwhile Perex, who slept at the barracks, also turned up at the Six Snails. He talks to Uncle Sidrah who tells him what he knows. Perex returns to his barracks so he can prepare for his victory parade at noon.

Meanwhile, Anazar goes to the docks and gets himself hired as a casual labourer, unloading a ship. He gives himself a haircut and shave, he also pays a dude to punch him in the face in order to change his appearance.

At the temple Horatio talks with a priestess call Arishana, and then negotiates with a bouncer from the Black Lobster Inn, and pays him 200gp compensation for the death of Med.

At noon, everybody goes to see Perex ride his elephant at the victory parade for the War of Owey. Perex is at the head of his army unit, with the prisoner in chains in front of them.
Everything is happy and glorious until Anazar shows up. He has talked a group of his new workmates into coming to the parade and as the elephants pass him, he throws an alchemy bomb in front of them. One of the elephants panics and charges into the soldiers. Chaos breaks out as the crowds flee in terror. Kimara and Horatio manage to get away unharmed but at least ten people are killed before the handler manages to kill his elephant. Anazar magically disguises himself and slips away in the chaos. The prisoner, Marhal El Qadey, manages to escape in the confusion. Perex drives his elephant forward down the empty street and into a side street. His big day is ruined so he sits on the elephant by himself and gets really drunk.

That night Kimara, Perex and Horatio all meet at the barracks. The banquet planned for the evening is still going ahead. The prisoner has been recaptured an hour or two after he escaped. The Chum govt assume the bomb was part of an escape plan and are investigating. Several dock workers have given them a description of a man calling himself “Omar”, who threw the bomb. Various wizards are investigating him.

A reunion dinner goes horribly wrong

Session 20

The party meet up as agreed on the night of the full moon for a dinner at the Black Lobster Inn. Everyone is there except Inky. No one is worried, he is often late.

Edo the Innkeeper suggests the Reefclaw Roast. ReefClaw are large dangerous crustaceans and only the rich can afford to eat one so the party order Reefclaw and retired to a private room for the evening.

Perex tells the group about his adventures and proposes that the group think up a plan to break Marhal elQadey out of the city prison, to claim the huge reward. As the party discuss this, Anazar uses a vial of white powder to create a circle on the floor around the table. He says a few magic words and claims this is a protective spell he has recently learnt.

Halfway through the dinner, Anazar goes out to the toilet, He discovers the slaveboy, Med, near the door and possibly listening in on the party’s plans (which by this stage involve a definite plot to break a prisoner out of jail). Anazar quickly grabs Med and cuts his throat. He drags the body into an adjoining room and locks the door. Then he climbs out the window and back through into the party’s room, warm blood still dripping from his hands. The party are horrified and a shouting match begins. The dinner is abandoned and the party all decide to sneak out the window and get away before the body (and bloody hallway) is noticed. The argument continues as the party run through the streets of the city.

They decide to split up and meet in the morning. Horatio and Kimara have second thoughts and decide to go back and tell the innkeeper that Anazar killed Med. There is uproar at the inn, and Kimara and Horatio are taken to a nearby Inn to sleep until morning when a proper investigation will begin.

Summer Sun part two

The party have decided to split up and do their own thing, having a relaxing break from each other in the city.
Kimara floats off for a few weeks with Akhdar. They spend a few weeks on the plane of elemental Air with the Djinn, Asnan el Reeh, in the floating palace. The Djinn teachs Kimara a few spells.

Inky is sick of humans and decides to spend time with a group of Tengu who run a crematorium just outside the city. Each day he helps them to the chamberpot run. They pull a large cauldron on wheels around the streets each morning and householders come out and pour the contents of the chamberpots into it. The tengu use the collected pee for tanning and other industrial uses. Inky meets a tengu elder who asks him to go and track down the base of a group of gnolls in the desert. The gnolls are known to be working with the local government in some sort of crime deal. Recently they killed two tengu. Inkys job is to locate the lair and report back alive. Inky spends a week looking for the gnolls in the desert. He eventually runs into a group of them, defeats them, and tracks a lone survivor to the lair. Unfortunately by the time he has found the lair, he is out of food and water, and the gnoll sentries spot him . . .

Perex is hanging with chum soldiers. He trains under Panos of Nellos, a mercenary captain working for the Chum army. He goes on a mission with Yeshu Zil (a noble youth) and they lead (on elephants) 100 men in an attack on a small fort where the lord of Owey is hiding. Perex chases the Lord all night and all day and finally captures him in the desert. The Lord, Marhal elqadey, is brought back to Chum in chains, but not before offering Perex a huge amount of money to arrange an escape.

Horatio goes wandering, visiting the sites of two large battles he fought in as a youth, before he was captured and enslaved by the Chum. He sees and hears ghosts at one site, and on his return to the city, he has a dream which leads him to the beach where he sees an angel. The angel speaks to him and Horatio returns to the group with divine powers, He says he now follows a mysterious sky goddess who lives in the stars.

Anazar leaves the group and makes contact with a few nasty characters from his youth. He spends a few weeks with a “dirty midget” who teachs him how to use poison and make alchemy bombs. He returns to the group with a satchel full of vials and bottles, and newfound magical skills.

Summer Sun in Chum Cha'aka

The party are spending a few weeks in Chum Cha’aka. Kimara decides to go off with her Jann boyfriend and visit the elemental plane of air. She leaves the genie amulet with Perex, so she and Akhdar can find their way back to the party when they return. Perex has made friends with some Chum soldiers and is hanging around with them and admiring the Chumchakan war elephants. Maybe they will take him out for a ride on one. Horatio, well he is just being weird and says he wants to be by himself for a few weeks. Anazar has gone off to look up some old friends from his youth in the city, and Inky just says he needs to spend some time with his tengu people. The party agree to meet up on the night of the next full moon for dinner at the Black Lobster Inn.

Flaming Camel Poo and a gloomy barbarian

The party have met Najma, the half elven nobleman, who is travelling with an escort of six Chum soldiers, and ten nomad horsemen. He says he is a merchant on his way home to Chum chaka via coastal city of Owey, so the party decide to travel with him.

That night as they set up camp, Anazar wanders off to find stones for the campfire, when the sand suddenly collapses and he falls into a rapidly growing pit. The others rush to the pit and see tentacles writhing out from the bottom of the sand pit and around Anazar who is screaming and choking in the sand. Horatio grabs a rope, ties one end around himself and throws the other end to Inky. Horatio lowers himself into the pit and starts hacking at the tentacles. Anazar manages to draw his dagger and also starts hacking at the tentacles. A huge mouth appears at the bottom of the pit and Horatio throws himself at it, slashing with his sword. Najma’s men rush forward and take the rope from Inky, allowing him to hurl himself into the pit at the monster. He lands in the swirling sand without much effect, and Kimara also slides down the pit on her bum, casting a shocking grasp spell as she goes. Perex, still injured and unable to fight well, tips out the food from the campfire and uses the pot to scoop up the flaming embers and runs to the pit with it. The desert campfire is fuelled by camel dung and kindling, so when Perex hurls the contents of the pot into the monsters mouth and misses, Anazar is showered with flaming camel dung! Horatio is stuck in the monsters mouth, being chewed as he stabs the mouth repeatedly. Kimara directs her spell into the monsters mouth and Horatio hacks off a tentacle. Anazar has also managed to hack off one of the tentacles around him and the monster withdraws into the sand. Everyone grabs hold of Horatio and the soldiers pull on the rope until everyone is safely out of the pit.

The following two days are hot, dusty and uneventful, although on the second day Inky and Kimara both spot a distant figure dressed in black and riding a huge hyena.

The party arrive at the coastal city of Owey, to find it occupied by groups of dodgy looking mercenaries with an assortment of weapons and very little discipline. Najma knows their commander and introduces the party to him, a man called Mustafa who likes to drink beer and talk philosophy. Mustafa explains his ideas about good and evil, and how neither of them really matter, as he is happy to employ who ever will help him achieve his aims. The party decide he is a very bad man. That evening, Inky and Horatio go to the docks and visit a group of Tengu who live in a rotting old warship hulk full of rubbish and junk. Anazar decided to for a walk and meet the locals. He decides to annoy a couple of passing mercenaries and ends up getting a beating and being thrown into the prison. The next morning the party have to go to Mustafa’s headquarters and pay a small bribe for Anazar’s release.

Najma offers the party a place on a ship sailing to Chumchaka later that day. The trip takes two days and the weather is warm and sunny. When they arrive at the city of Chum Cha’aka, it is by far the biggest city any of them have ever seen. The artificial harbour has three bays. Two are full of merchant ships from all over the world and the third is full of dozens of war galleys, each with a crew of over a hundred men. The central commercial area around the harbours is made up of multi story brown and yellow brick buildings. A hill above the harbour has many large houses, and a large flat temple complex on the summit.

Najma recommends an Inn, the Black Lobster, so the party book themselves in. Kimara and Perex pose as husband and wife, and the rest of the party are introduced as their servants. The next morning Kimara and Perex go shopping for expensive new cloths so they look the part of classy rich people. That afternoon they approach the boss of a building site and ask (bribe) him to introduce them to a quality architect. He takes them up the hill to meet Hassan the architect. They explain they want to hire him to manage a project rebuilding a mansion in the Western Islands.

Meanwhile, out on the street, Inky and Anazar, who noticed some men following them, diverted off to a side street and then got them into a fight. Two men ran off and one, bleeding badly after being stabbed by Anazar, surrendered. He said they were hoping to kidnap Inky and sell him into slavery.

The party (except Horatio, who disappeared for the day), returned to the Inn that night, fairly satisfied with their day. Kimara used the genies amulet to signal Akhdar that he should come to them. Over dinner, the party met Bitzen a wizard, and his friend Elissa, an elf from the east. Conversation was limited as Ellissa did not speak Mazikeen and none of the party spoke much Chumaat. Akhdar announced by telepathy that he had arrived and wished to speak somewhere private. Kimara went up to the hotel room and remained with him for the rest of the evening. Apparently very little business was discussed. Kimara came back downstairs after a few hours and announced that Perex would be sleeping in the servant’s room. She returned upstairs to join Akhdar in the hotel room for the night. Horatio turned up at the Inn later that night, covered in scratches and grazes, and wearing new clean clothes. He refused to explain where he has been all day and seemed gloomy and depressed. Before the others went to bed they decided that they would all stay in the city for a few weeks and explore individually.

a wild windy tale

The next morning the party wake up on the ship and prepare for the march inland to the mountain of the wind. Anazar is up early and on the beach shirtless, and covered in gore as he dissects and guts the wyvern. He manages to extract and bottle several doses of powerful poison from the corpse. Inky goes for a wander and reports that he can see smoke from a village a mile or so away.

As breakfast is being prepared Kimara slips and hurts her foot. She decides she cannot face a day’s hard marching so stays on the ship. The others decide to go without her, and they take Fengo’s magic helmet with them. Ingky leads them inland towards the village. The village turns out to be three small adobe farmhouses with gardens beside a stream. The inhabitants are very cautious and not very welcome so the party march past them towards the mountain. By late afternoon they have made it up most of the conical mountain when they spot several lizardfolk stalking them. Inky calls out to them in their own language and they agree to talk. They point out that this mountain belongs to them but are willing to let the party pass if they supply them with fresh meat. The lizardfolk suggest a human but Ingky manages to haggle them down to a donkey instead. Ekky is most upset but gives up the donkey. Ingky agrees to carry most of the donkeys load for the rest of the march. As they climb up towards the mountain they hear the lizardfolk kill and noisily eat the donkey.

At the summit the party discover a ruined gatehouse protects the entrance to the volcanic crater. Inside the crater is a ruined mansion and lots of overgrown bushes and trees. They are suddenly attacked by a fast moving streak of smoke which they identify as a small air elemental. They take cover in the ruined mansion and try to drive it off with crossbow bolts. The air elemental picks ekky up and hurls him high into the air and he drops to his death. By the time it also grabs Perex it is much weaker and although he is also hurled thru the air onto the second story of the ruins, he is injured badly but not killed. Then the elemental turns into a whirlwind and disappears.

The party retreat into a dark room in the ruins and prepare to camp for the night as a large storm is approaching. Perex is tended to by Anazar while Inky and Horatio explore the crater discovering a small tomb. Inside are the bodies of the sorcerer Rhuyyum el Dasiya and his wife Haren. Horatio breaks the sarcophagi open and removes all the jewellery from the skeletons. And doesn’t even feel bad about it.

Night is very wet and windy as the storm arrives. In the middle of the night several figures appear outside the ruined house and challenge the party. They are tall men and women dressed like desert nomads with scimitars and bows, and they have strange sparkling/glowing eyes. They say they serve the lord of the mountain and demand to know what business the party has in the area. Anazar explains they are avoiding the storm and are recovering from an attack by the elemental. The leader of the strangers sasy his name ias Akhdar and they are Jann. He says the party can stay for a few days until Perex recovers, and Akhdar uses magic to produce enough food and wine for the party to stuff themselves. The strangers leave but promise to come back and check on the party each day.

Meanwhile back at the beach, Kimara, Amaia and gobbo are with the crew and their prisoner Fengo.
Kimara spends a morning interrogating Fengo. Then she spends the following night in the village where she makes friends with Tiserkit, the sorcerer, who knows a lot about the mythology of the mountain. Tisirkit claims to be descended from Bodash the grandson of Rhuyyum and Haren.
Kimara and one of the village men try to go up the mountain the following day but are attacked by lizardfolk and forced to turn back

Up on the mountain, Anazar and Inky decide to go off and spend a few days hunting in the mountains while Perex and Horatio rest a bit and then go down to find Kimara. They meet her at the village and spend a night there with Tisirkit.

The next day Horatio, Perex and Kimara climb the mountain so that Kimara can have a look around at the ruins. Akhdar and the other Jann appear and say the party owes them a service. They want the party to organise some builders to renovate and repair the ruins so that the Jann can move in. Kimara manages to sweet talk them and they take Horatio, Perex and Kimara to meet their lord Asnan el Reeh on the elemental plane of air. They fly through the air until they arrive at a massive floating castle island. There they meet Asnan el Reeh, the Genie lord, and agree to a deal where they will be transported to the biggest city they know, Chum Cha’aka, where they will organise and hire builders and architects to travel by ship to the islands and build the palace. Then the party will be transported by genie back to the islands.Jann1

Horatio, Perex and Kimara return to the crater ruin where they find Anazar and Inky avoiding the rain in the ruined building. They explain the plan and Anazar gets really angry saying he does not trust the Jann, and certainly doesn’t want to be a building contractor for them. Perex is drunk and he and Anazar get into a fist fight. Anazar loses of course and is knocked out cold. The others go out in the rain and talk to Akhdar who is waiting for them.

The next day Anazar decides that a magical trip to a foreign city could mean the potential to make a lot of money and commit crimes and get away with it. He agrees to go. The party return to the village, talk to the ship’s crew and pack their gear for the trip.
The following day Akhdar plane shifts the party to the plane of air, where they find themselves falling for an hour in a vast empty sky. Then he shifts them back to the prime plane, hopefully near the city of Chum cha’aka.

The party materialises in a dusty field on the outskirts of a village. It is very hot and no one is around. Kimara goes up to the nearest house and knocks on the door. The inhabitants seem really alarmed and call for help. Suddenly groups of armed men appear from the houses around the party. Soon they are surrounded by about fifty tribesmen/soldiers. Their leader Saeff Qadda, explains that the village is about to be attacked by a rival tribe and the party have walked into the middle of a small civil war. After much discussion and nervousness on both sides, Saeef agrees to let the party walk out of the village.

The night on the road, the party camp out in the desert under blankets and are ambushed by a small group of gnolls. Perex is badly stabbed but the gnolls are killed. Inky collects five gnoll tails to add to his collection. The next morning, while Kimara tries to activate a wand to heal Perex, a group of horsemen approach. The leader introduces himself as Najma. He is a young noble Chum, with green eyes and pointed ears, and asks the party if they would like to travel to Chum with his group.

Whacking a wyvern and bashing a bounty hunter

As the rainy season begins the town is filling up with ships and sailors. The party has now been relaxing in Tedleesi for several months. The ship has been fitted out with carpets and other luxury goods and half of the hold is now a fairly comfortable living area with carpets and other luxuries.

The party consider their options:
Habibi has offered them a job travelling to Manada where his business partner there could use some highly trained violent people to protect his business interests.

Sailors are saying the pirate kings of Dar el Kalaab are recruiting soldiers and pirates for a major pirate raid on the Bok coast next season.

Horatio wants to go back to LiHarbo and find the slaves that were rescued by the party and left with Mezwar.

Kimara wants to go visit the Mountain of the Wind, which is rumoured to be haunted by genies.

The party decides to do a short trip to the Mountain of the Wind which is only a couple of days sailing up the coast. Horatio hires Ekky to guide the party to the mountain.
On the second day of sailing up the coast the party notices a small sailing boat approaching them. It starts a signal fire and clouds of white smoke start coming off the boat as it raises the red flag of piracy. As the party prepare to defend the ship, they see a flying creature coming out from the coast. It is a wyvern with an armoured human rider. The wyvern makes several swoops over the boat lashing at Kimara and Inky who are in the crow’s nest. The rider shouts that he is the bounty hunter Fengo Sakeen and has a warrant to arrest Anazar, Perex and Inky for the slave breakout at Liharbo.

Inky ties himself to the rigging and makes a spectacular leap at the passing wyvern as it flaps past him. He misses and dangles from the rigging. Perex and Horatio fire volleys of crossbow bolts at the wyvern, hitting it several times and driving it away. Gobbo and Amea are reloading the heavy crossbows as fast as they can while Anazar and the crew turn the ship towards the small pirate boat.
The wyvern and rider make a clumsy crash landing on the pirate boat and a few minutes later take off again heading for the coast. The ship is now close enough that Horatio and Perex manage to hit the wyvern again with crossbow bolts. The wyvern crashes into the sea, and the pirate boat turns away from the ship and towards the wyvern and rider (who is wearing armour and struggling to stay above water).

Anazar orders all hands to the oars and the ship lurches forward and rams the sailboat amidships throwing two of it’s crew into the sea. Inky grabs a rope and slides down the rigging to the bow of the ship where Horatio and perex are fighting off the pirate captain. Horatio throws the pirate captain overboard and Perex leaps across to the boat threatening the sailors. Inky also leaps across and kills one pirate as he was “resisted while trying to surrender”. Eventually the pirate ship is secure and the surviving pirates are captured. The boat is looted and the crew are stripped and forced back on board. The boat is then pushed out and left to the sea with a crew in their underpants and no sails.

Then the party sails the ship alongside the wyvern which is now floating dead in the water with the armoured rider clinging to the body. Fengo surrenders to them but the crossbows seem to be malfunctioning, as he is “accidently” shot twice in the arm and chest as he is surrendering. Eventually Kimara and Horatio convince the others not to kill him and Fengo is stripped, tied up and brought on board the ship. The dead wyvern is towed and the ship drips anchor just off the coast. Anazar and Horatio go ashore and drag the wyvern’s body onto the beach and butcher it. Gobbo says he knows how to cook wyvern meat and a rather strange barbeque is had that evening.

The party can see the conical mountain of the wind a few miles inland. They think they can probably climb it the next day.


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