GC & Friends

Session 16

Brief Summary

Detailed Summary

After being stabbed in the gut by Mushu’s poisoned blade, Arroway fell unconscious. Mushu tied up Arroway and retrieved the warhorn while the party tied all their rope together and descended down the tree, one by one. Instead of taking the rope. Manitari took advantage of his umbrella-like headshape and floated down from the tree house, Mary Poppins-style. After reaching the ground, they retraced their steps and returned to Brekka. They greeted Roger with carrots that made him the most happy he had ever been.

The group found beds for the evening, and Mushu slept in the castle. guarding Arroway in the a jail cell. The next morning they headed to Skuuld leaving Jamond andArroway’s other prisoner behind. On the road a group of bandits tried to ambush them, but the greatsword of warning altered the party of the danger and the bandits were dealt with swiftly. At the conclusion of the battle, the two Arroway hostages caught up to them on foot, however the party soon took off towards Skuuld on horseback, leaving them behind.

The team brought Arroway to Captain Naalo, who was overjoyed by their success. She shared that she wished to celebrate their achievement later this evening, and they agreed that they would remain in Skuuld for at least that length of time. She also asked if their group had a name. They revealed that they are called The H&M. Secretly it stands for Three Humanoids and a Mushroom, but they don’t share that with many.

While awaiting their celebration, the group headed to The Blacksmith, who kept his word and provided each party member with a magic item of their choosing from his shop. Mushu returned to the castle to speak with Mina to see if she can transfer the magic from the Greatsword of Warning into the Flame Tongue, the new, more magical sword he received from The Blacksmith. She informed him that she did think it was possible, but would take her some time, and he expressed that this would work well with his schedule.

Meanwhile, Manitari and the rest of the party decided to head to The Black Cauldron to check in on Jamond post-kidnapping. Upon arrival however, he was nowhere to be found. Manitari proceeded into the back room where he spoke with Nelebrie. He informed her in a very roundabout and confusing way that Jamond had been kidnapped by Arroway but that they had since rescued him and he was safe. Nelebrie, shocked by this new information lashed out at Manitari for more information, which he only kind of provided. Manitari then left to forage for alchemical ingredients in the forest. On his way back to Brekka he encountered Jamond and the other hostage, and informed them that they should both check in with Nelebrie because she is very worried about them. Sadly, his brief foraging excursion was unsuccessful. This may be because Manitari’s player was eating weird chicken taco pringles at the time.

Elyza begins to notice that since spending time in the Jaro Bay, the smell of her ear had increased, and it had sogged slightly.

The H&M then proceeded to the celebration. They were greeted by Captain Naalo who led them to the stage. The group noticed some recognizable individuals in the crowd, including:

Captain Naalo proceeded to give her speech:

“Today we recognize four brave individuals who have saved the entire region from the torment of a dragonborn named ”/characters/traaver-arroway" class=“wiki-content-link”>Traaver Arroway. These brave men and women came to our aide when we needed it most. They are not from here. They had no obligation to dedicate their time and energy to our cause, but they did so without thought. May we all strive to embody the ideals of courage, benevolence, and selflessness as they do."

The audience clapped

“I would now like to introduce our four honourees:

Elyza has dedicated her life to caring for others. Before becoming an adventurer, she ran an orphanage, and spent her days caring for children without families, in the hopes of giving them a better life. In the hunt for Arroway she used her incredible druidic talents to obtain information on his location. Elyza, thank you for all that you have done for Skuuld and Brekka. Please step forward.

Captain Naalo pinned a cloak to Elyza. The cloak was the same as the one that The Captain wears; a long green cloak embroidered with the image of a lion, except Elyza’s was customised with the image of a crescent moon.

“I am pleased to make you an honourary member of the Skuuld guard.”

“An Alchemist by trade, ”/characters/manitari" class=“wiki-content-link”>Manitari’s skills assisted our alchemists at The Black Cauldron in creating the potions needed to take Arroway’s main source of power away. A creature of simple needs, he is often content with a bowl of juice and some moist soil to soak his feet in. Today however, let us show him our appreciation with this feast! Please step forward."

Manitari teleported forward, and the crowd applauded. Captain Naalo pinned a similar cloak onto Manitari, but his was customised with the symbol of the Alchemist’s guild.

“I am pleased to make you an honourary member of the Skuuld guard. "

“”/characters/mushu" class=“wiki-content-link”>Mushu Dragonocleas Knobi. When you arrived we did not welcome you to our city. We questioned your motives, but you helped us all the same. During their battle with Arroway, Mushu’s brave actions separated Arroway from the rest of the group, allowing Arroway’s hostages to be quickly saved. He also strategically delivered the final blow that left Arroway unconscious. Please step forward."

She pinned another similar cloak onto Mushu, customised with an embroidered flame. Mushu saluted The Captain and she saluted in return.

“”/characters/reqlin-treewalker" class=“wiki-content-link”>Reqlin Treewalker. Another individual who was misjudged from the start…by me personally. What I didn’t know at our first meeting is that Reqlin is honourable, fun, and is a damn good shot. Reqlin’s archery skills were invaluable in fighting off the numerous Sahuagin attacks on the shores of Brekka, and it was his arrows that initiated the battle against Arroway where he was taken down. Reqlin is an elf, who I am happy to call my friend. Please step forward."

Reqlin’s cloak was customised with an embroidered bow and arrow. Following Mushu’s lead, he salutes The Captain as well.

The H&M then left the stage, and the feast began. An entire roasted cow was served to the guests along with potatoes, rice, bread vegetables, and a wide array of beverages. A Manitari corner was also set up, where a stack of bowls sat next to a moist pot of soil.

They spoke with many guests that evening. After eating too much, Reqlin noticed a new saddle on Roger: a green saddle with the lion of Skuuld, and a small embroidered apple. Roger then showed Reqlin the new trick that Mina taught him; briefly standing with his front two legs about a foot off the ground.

Mushu was in a good mood, and playfully asked Reqlin is he was going to make a move on Captain Naalo that evening. Reqlin felt that she had made it clear to him that they were only friends, and he’d tried enough in the past. Mushu nudged him some more, and so Reqlin asked Mina if she thought he had any chance with Captain Naalo, to which she exclaimed “Absolutely not!”

Continuing his playful streak, Mushu approached Lozu and informed him that Elyza had recently experienced a lot in the forest, and that she really wanted to talk to him about it. Lozu quickly rushed over and asked to hear about it all, but first offered Elyza some wine, which she accepted. While he was getting the wine, Elyza ran away and used her gnome hat, while Manitari created an illusion of Elyza. The illusion was so lifelike and into him that Lozu noticed no difference and happily listened to the illusion Elyza. However as the spell’s magic ran out, illusion Elyza ran from the castle and disappeared into Skuuld, leaving Lozu to chase after her.

Elyza then began to wonder what would happen to Traaver Arroway now that he was in custody, and so the group approached Captain Naalo to discuss it. She shared that there would be a trial at noon tomorrow, and that he would likely be hanged. The group also shared that [[:traaver-arroway Arroway]] had taken prisoners, and fetched them so that Captain Naalo could speak with them. The group learned that the second prisoner was Lasark, assistant librarian at the Jevith Memorial Library. He shared that [[:traaver-arroway Arroway]] was trying to gain control of Brekka and The Jaro Bay so that he could gain power over the region, but also because he thought water was cool. Captain Naalo asked the prisoners, as well as The H&M to attend the trial tomorrow, and give statements.

At the trial, the group learned that Captain Naalo had kidnapped Lasark because he was researching the Sahuagin. Lasark studied at the Centre for the Enhancement Of Lexicology, and was able to speak Sahuagin. He wanted to learn more about the various languages he knew how to speak, and so he was researching the Sahuagin. [[:traaver-arroway Arroway]] found out about this and assumed that Lasark was a threat, and so he kidnapped him. Jamond was kidnapped because of his ability to create the potions of water breathing, which [[:traaver-arroway Arroway]] thought might be cool and helpful. The trial concluded, and [[:traaver-arroway Arroway]] was found guilty, and was hanged.

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Session 15

Brief Summary

The group returned to the Aquatic Elves home where they ate a celebratory feast. Leena discussed with the group her desire to leave the Aquatic Elves and find her family, and the group agreed that this was a valid quest. Upon leaving the Aquatic Elves, the group were ambushed by the angry shark friends of the Sahuagin.

Upon returning to Brekka they heard the warhorn sound, but no Sahuagin appeared. They decided to quickly head after Traaver Arroway, since it was clear the sound had come from the west. Landa was happy to accompany them. A bird and squirrel aided them, and they soon came upon a forest that had been entirely cut down, save for one 200-foot-tall tree with a tree house at the top. Elyza transformed into a rat and climbed up the tree. She soon returned to the group and was fairly certain that Arroway was inside this tree house.

Firing arrows at the tree house alerted Arroway to their presence, but Mushu was quick to jump on the rope ladder that Arroway had begun to pull inside. Soon the group was climbing the tree, and Arroway pelted them with various objects. There were a few falls, but luckily no one fell to their death.

Upon reaching the tree house the group soon realised that Arroway had two hostages precariously tied to tree branches. However there was nothing they could do, as Arroway soon attacked. With Mushu’s quick thinking the fight was cut short; he threw Arroway out the window! But at the last second, Arroway was able to grab onto a tree branch and save himself from the deadly fall. Seeing this, Mushu followed, leaping out the window and grabbing onto the same branch. He chased after Arroway, coating his blade with poison. Seeing this Arroway stopped running and turned around, only to be stabbed by Mushu and falling to the ground. The group that remained in the tree house was able to free the prisoners.

Detailed Summary

After a long and hard-fought battle against the Sahuagin, the party looted the Sahuagin base and found 4831 GP worth of coins and art, as well as a +1 Wand of the War Mage for Mani and Pipes of Haunting for Reqlin.

Narissa then invited the group back to their home for a celebratory feast, which the team gladly took part in. While waiting for the feast to be ready, the group was approached by Leena, who told them that she was considering leaving the Aquatic Elves behind to seek out her family. The group weighed in, and encouraged Leena to head to land to pursue this task. Elyza proposed that Leena could help out at her orphanage if she lacked meaning in her life once on land, and Leena agreed that this would be a great use of her time. Then the group feasted on freshly caught fish and seaweed salad. After much out-of-game deliberation it was decided that the underwater celebratory drink of choice was flavoured oil which when freed from its container could be consumed by the droplet.

After saying their goodbyes the party left the Aquatic Elves, but were quickly ambushed by four sharks, which they disposed on easily. Elyza helped Mani harvest 10 shark teeth.

As they approached Brekka, Reqlin greeted Roger, who was waiting for them on the shore. Roger, as usual was confused by most of the information that the party gave him about what happened under the sea, but he was relieved that there would be no more attacks by the Sea Wenches. Soon the warhorn sounded, causing Landa to rush from her home, only to see that no Sahuagin were summoned. The group had succeeded in removing the power from the warhorn by exterminating all of the Sahugin in the area. After briefly deliberating the group decided to take a short rest and then immediately head in the direction of the warhorn (west). Landa was happy to accompany them.

The path through the western area quickly disappeared, and Elyza was left to search for tracks that might belong to Arroway. She found three paths and wasn’t able to descern which path to follow, and so she enlisted the help of a nearby bird named George. George recalled seeing a Dragonborn man and lead them in the direction that he had headed. He led them partway through a forest before being unsure of the direction Arroway had headed. Soon Reqlin spotted a net trap, which he triggered from a distance with a stick. Unsure of the next direction, Elyza recruited a squirrel whose name was never obtained. He negotiated payment for his services, and Elyza promised him ten nuts. Chasing after the squirrel was not difficult, however the group failed to continue to keep an eye out for traps, and Elyza tripped over a wire and was struck with a cleaver. From then on the group spotted all traps that were set, and triggered them from afar with sticks. The unnamed squirrel lead them all the way to the edge of the forest, where he was promptly rewarded with what turned out to be an overwhelming amount of nuts.

Now at the edge of the forest, the group could see a 200 foot tall tree with a treehouse at its top. On the ground the tree was surrounded by trees just as tall that had been chopped to the ground. The group suspected that Arroway was likely inside the treehouse, but wanted to be sure. Elyza decided to turn into a rat and climbed up the tree to investigate. Though she was unable to climb all the way up, she got close enough to catch a familiar scent: Dragonborn. She returned to the group and informed them that there was likely a Dragonborn inside.

After setting some arrows aflame, Reqlin attempted to shoot them into the window of the treehouse. He initially missed horribly, but his next two arrows were able to pierce the window frame of the nearest window. The distance however, caused the flames to go out before reaching their destination. These arrows caught the attention of whoever was inside of the treehouse, and they began to pull the rope ladder that lead from treehouse to ground up inside. Mushu sprinted towards the ladder and leaped at it, but missed and skidded into the tree. Luckily he was able to get to his feet and grab the ladder before it was out of reach.

The rest of the party quickly followed Mushu’s lead, and soon the entire party was on the ladder. After this, the person above dropped the ladder and began to throw things at the party, including blocks of wood, butter knives, an axe, some rocks, and daggers. These items caused Mushu, Manitari, and Elyza to fall from the ladder at various times during their climb. Mushu was saved when Elyza was able to entangle him in vines. Reqlin was able to grab onto Manitari’s light frame and swing him back onto the ladder. Mushu caught Elyza and swung her onto his back, where she remained for the rest of the climb. Mushu attempted to throw an axe back at Arroway, and was successful in throwing it into the treehouse, but not in hitting Traaver.

Once inside, the party heard screams coming from the two windows. Elyza quickly rushed to one, and a halfling man named Lasark was tied to a tree branch. From the other window, Elyza could see Jamond in a similar situation. Arroway quickly attacked the group, and did enough damage to knock Manitari unconscious. Mushu’s quick thinking allowed him to burn the rope ladder before tossing Arroway down the hole in the floor. At the last moment, ten feet from certain death, Arroway was able to grab onto a tree branch, which he hopped off of before starting to run away. Mushu then jumped down after him, managing to also grab the same branch. He coated his blade with Oil of Taggit Seeing this, Arroway stopped in his tracks and turned to Mushu, but Mushu didn’t hesitate, and stabbed him in the gut. Before dropping to the ground, Arroway asked “why’d you stab me?”

Back in the treehouse, Manitari and Elyza were able to free the two prisoners from the weak branches that they were tied to.

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Session 14

Brief Summary

Potions obtained
Riddles solved
Information obtained
Sahuagin killed
Elves convinced
Tons of Sahugin killed

I will write this for real later.

Detailed Summary

The party passed the time waiting for the potions of water breathing to be made. Manitari foraged for alchemical ingredients during this time.

The party then proceeded to The Black Cauldron to retrieve the potions of water breathing. Upon arrival, Jamond was not at his usual spot behind the desk so the party proceeded to the back where they obtained the potions from Nelebrie, the head alchemist. She told them that Jamond hadn’t shown up to work in a few days. She also suggested that the party return to Captain Naalo, as she had some information for them.

Upon returning to The Captain her office was astray, and she appeared flustered to the group. She seemed disappointed when the party informed her that the potions were ready. She shared that she has no idea how they are going to convince the water elves to help them. She has tried to get information from the scholar that they recruited, but she can’t get any information out of him and is at her wit’s end. She agreed that it couldn’t hurt for the party to try to talk to him.

They headed to The Jevith Memorial Library where they encountered the librarian speaking with a man who they assumed to be the scholar, Mercius. For the first time, it appears that the librarian is actually keeping up a conversation with this man, which the group found quite astonishing. When they approached however and the conversation halted, the librarian quickly took off.

The group introduced themselves to Mercius, explained their reason for seeking him out. Mercius however did not introduce himself, and simply asked the party a riddle. They solved it quite easily, and proceeded to answer two more riddles, after which, Mercius spoke with them freely. The group learned that Mercius holds himself in high regard, and doesn’t want to waste his time speaking with individuals who can’t solve simple riddles. Unfortunately, Mercius wasn’t able to provide the party with a surefire way to gain the trust of Aquatic elves, but he was able to provide them with information that might help them along. He told them that the only outsiders who he has known that have gained entry into the Aquatic Elf Kingdom have been traders. The elves are known to trade pearls for magic items. He also informed them that they are friends with dolphins, and that while as a group the elves will always support their leader, they may be swayed individually. Mercius had soon had enough of talking with the party, and left.

The group returned to The Captain who was astonished to hear that they were able to get information out of Mercius. When the party shared Mercius’s conversational criteria with The Captain, she admitted that she had never attempted to answer the riddles, and just got frustrated with the man immediately. The group inquired about any magic items that The Captain might have at her disposal that they could use to trade with the elves to gain their trust. The Captain couldn’t think of anything off the top of her head, but planned to ask the guards. The party decided to go find Mina, which surprised the DM greatly, as she suspected the group may forget about both her, and Roger. The party proceeded to The Jungle where the owner, Thrinarv, promptly fetched Mina who had spent all three days there. Upon returning to The Captain she had not been able to locate any magic items that she could provide the party with, but Mina suggested that the potions they had in their possession may be magical enough to impress the elves. The party agreed, and proceeded to Brekka.

On their way to Brekka, the party heard the sound that they dreaded most, Traaver Arroway’s warhorn. They rushed towards Brekka and found Landa, Rarder and Rione’s daughter, taking on a group of Sahuagin. She asked them to head to the dock, as another group of Sahuagin were approaching, and insisted that she could handle the current group of Sahuagin on her own. The party raced by her on horseback, expertly sniping down each Sahuagin that attacked her as they road by. At Landa’s instruction the group was able to avoid the traps that they had laid and swiftly took out the remaining Sahuagin. After the battle, the group learned from Landa that Rione had left Brekka, leaving Landa alone. Landa insisted that she will be just fine on her own, and Mina convinced the party that Landa has been training as a monk, and is perfectly capable of looking after herself. Reqlin’s dislike for Rione continued to grow.

The party was then ready to make their descent into the bay, and finally meet with the The Aquatic elves. Manitari grabbed a rock, which he used to help his lightweight body sink to the bottom of the bay. The group spotted the magnificent pink coral reef known to be the home to the elves, and were soon greeted by a pair of dolphins. Elyza explained their reason for visiting the elves to the dolphins, but the dolphins were not sure what the aquatic elf leader would make of the group, and so they delivered them to her.

The dolphins lead the group through the twists and turns of the reef that the elves had carved into their home. They eventually arrived at a throne room where a female aquatic elf, two male aquatic elves, and two aquatic elf children were relaxing. The female proceeded to take the throne, and introduced herself as Narissa. The group explained their situation to her, and shared that if the aquatic elves helped the party defeat the Sahuagin that their home would be safe from future Sahuagin attacks. Narissa explained that the Sahuagin hadn’t attacked them very frequently lately, which the group attributed to the Sahuagin’s new preoccupation for attacking Brekka instead. During this discussion, Reqlin noticed a female eavesdropping on their conversation from outside the room. At the conclusion of the discussion, Narissa asked them for half an hour in private to discuss things with her advisor. The room emptied, leaving Narissa alone with one of the males.

Reqlin went to speak with the spying female, whose name is Leena. She explained that she heard them discussing the Sahuagin, which piqued her interest. She shared that when she was young she was taken prisoner by the Sahuagin, and so she knows a great deal about their community and culture. Leena informed them that the Sahuagin worship sharks, and in time the party realised that the warhorn was likely designed to sound like a shark’s call. Discussing these topics was difficult for Leena, but she shared her knowledge willingly. She seemed intrigued by Reqlin in some way. Leena gave the group a tour of the reef, introducing the party to Narissa’s partner Jacques, and their two children Orta and three-year-old Marilla who expresses to Elyza that the best strategy would be to just kill all the Sahuagin.

Soon the male aquatic elf left the throne room, and the party spoke with him as well. He introduces himself as Shar, Narissa’s second in command. Though he didnt tell them directly, the party learned over time that Shar has strong feelings for Narissa and would go out of his way if he felt like it would impress her.

The group reconvened in the throne room and though it took a bit more convincing, Narissa agreed to help the party. They decided that the best plan of action would be to infiltrate the Sahuagin’s home and defeat the tribe, causing there to be no more Sahuagin remaining for the warhorn to summon. The group, including, Narissa, Shar, fighter-in-training Orta, as well as five aquatic elf fighters proceeded to storm the Sahuagin home. The battle was long and grueling. Shar’s need to impress Narissa nearly got him killed, but he was eventually healed and convinced to stay out of combat for a short time. Orta did surprisingly well. Close calls were had, but eventually the group succeeded in taking down all of the Sahuagin, as well as their leader. Oh, and Elyza turned into a shark, which was really confusing for them when she attacked.

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Session 13

Brief Summary

The party headed to the medic to get Elyza’s ear reattached. There they met Olvash, an unusual looking green dragonborn who wears a pink wig. He cannot reattach Elyza’s ear and so offers to make a prosthetic one out of a tree bark poultice.

Manitari and Mushu leave Reqlin and Elyza behind and head to The Jevith Memorial Library. Manitari quickly upsets Mushu by altering the statues outside the library, and Mushu storms inside. He quickly meets the mess of a librarian before heading downstairs. He finds a slightly less messy office and starts to explore, but soon his Greatsword of Warning alerts him to danger and he is able to dodge an attack from… a book?!

Mushu lights one of the books on fire and makes a break for the door, but before he can escape Manitari teleports into the room dramatically. Not wanting to harm the books, he stuns them, unfortunately stunning Mushu in the process and preventing his escape. Manitari is able to subdue the books just as Mushu becomes unstunned. He storms off again, and pressure between the two party members builds.

The two return to the medic to get patched up after their book battle. A heated argument breaks out when Mushu suggests that Reqlin and Elyza should head to the library to see if the books attack them. Mushu believes that he was targeted by the books because of his race. Manitari expresses his extreme dislike for this plan, revealing that books were his main companion during his time in the underdark. He explains that he doesn’t want the books provoked or harmed, but eventually the group decides to proceed with Mushu’s plan.

Upon arrival at the library Reqlin is initially intrigued by the female elf at the library, but soon realises she is crazy and he calms down. Reqlin and Elyza cautiously enter the office and are not attacked. Elyza intuits that the books aren’t attacking because they don’t believe the office is in danger. The two head back upstairs, and enter a back room. Just as they approach, they hear someone leave. Reqlin spots a dwarf quickly leaving from the back door, and a chase ensues. Elyza becomes a warhorse and the two quickly catch up to the terrified dwarf, who wets himself before passing out.

They return the dwarf to the medic where they learn that he is part of a group of bandits. Mushu brings him to the guard, and Captain Naalo who hasn’t had time to deal with the bandits with all her focus on Arroway. While Mushu is gone, the party, including warhorse Elyza smoke some wizardz weed, eat snacks, and share stories. Reqlin nicknames Olvash “Big O” and gives him some wizardz weed seedz to grow in his orange garden. Mushu returns and gets high from being in the room. The party soon head to bed.

They spend 3 more days in the city, passing the time until the potions of water breathing are created. Manitari spends his time searching the area for alchemical ingredients.

Detailed Summary

The party decided to proceed to the medic to get Elyza’s ear reattached. They arrived at The Orange Garden Clinic and met Olvash, the town medic. Upon examining Elyza’s head, Olvash determined that there wasn’t enough flesh on her head for him to reattach the ear. He offered her many options, including the fashioning of a hat or helmet to cover the area, as well as a prosthetic ear made out of a tree bark poultice. Elyza elected for the poultice option. As the medic was doing his work, Manitari and Mushu decided to go visit The Jevith Memorial Library. Feeling more responsible for the safety of Elyza since she saved his life earlier, Reqlin stayed behind while Elyza’s prosthetic ear was being created.

At the library, Manitari and Mushu came upon the frost-covered dragon statues that flank the library doors. Uncomfortable with the horrified looks on the faces of the statues, Manitari painted a happy face on one of the statues with some sort of mystery substance from his body. Mushu was not amused, and went inside. Inside Mushu examined the foyer with Jevith’s statue as well as the books on either side of the room which contained information about The Tragedy from various perspectives. Mushu proceeded up the stairs where he was greeted by the spacey librarian. The satchel she wore contained miscellaneous items, including a spoon, a shirt, and some stained papers. They may have been stained with mustard. Mushu was surprised by the state of this women, and the state that she kept the library in. Meanwhile, Manitari entered the library and picked up the most used book in the foyer. It was a book with a white cover that detailed the history of The Jevith Memorial Library. He read the introduction which provided a great summary of it’s history.

Mushu then proceeded down a set of stairs and found himself in an office. This office was a bit neater than the general library area, but some books were still astray on the desk and floor. Mushu poked around the office for a bit, seeing that most of the books were focused on different types of creatures. Upon further examination of the books, his Greatsword of Warning provided him with warning.. Mushu spun around to see a book slamming towards his face, and quickly ducked out of the way. Soon six books were flying around the room, trying to slam into him and give him serious paper cuts. He grabbed one book and set it on fire with his breathe, and tried to run out of the room. Soon Manitari teleported in, and tried to stun the books so they would stop attacking. While he was successful in stunning one book, he unfortunately also stunned his friend, preventing him from leaving the room.

Fearing for the books’ safety, Manitari extinguished the book that was lit on fire. He proceeded to take down the remaining books before Mushu ceased to be stunned Mushu was quite displeased with Manitari and stormed off. Manitari healed the books and tidied them up, turning on a small desk light before he closed the door behind him. Mushu was quite frustrated by the recent events, and so he confronted the librarian to inform her of what had just gone on, but she seemed like she wasn’t really hearing him. She began to walk towards the office to investigate the books that attacked them, but got distracted before she got there.

Back at The Orange Garden Clinic. Olvash was drying Elyza’s newly formed ear. It is slightly larger than her other ear, and smells quite a bit, but it was well carved and matches her skin tone quite well. Upset with the events that took place at the library, Mushu proposed that Elyza and Reqlin return to the library and see if they can provoke the books to attack. Manitari passionately expressed that they should not pursue this plan. While living in The Underdark, Manitari spent a great deal of time surrounded by books, and so he disliked the idea of upsetting him again. He knows that the books just wanted to protect the office space, and had good intentions. Mushu believes that the books targeted him due to his race, and wants the books investigated so that they can better understand if they will harm others in the future. A heated debate broke out, but eventually Mushu convinced the group that Elyza and Reqlin should check things out. Mushu and Manitari stayed behind with Olvash to have their paper cuts tended to.

Upon arrival at the library, Reqlin quickly spotted the librarian, and was immediately intrigued by her as she is a female elf who is not unattractive Soon after speaking with her however he became aware of how spacey she is, and he lost interest. He and Elyza found the stairs to the office. Wary of being attacked by books, Elyza used her gnome hat and had Reqlin gently place her in the office. As she was not attacked, Reqlin entered the office, and no harm came to him. They carefully explored the office space, and were not harmed. Elyza determined that the books don’t necessarily want to hurt people, but it is their job to protect the office from anyone who might harm it or take things from it. As he examined the desk, Reqlin discovered a piece of parchment that had the word “kid” written in Elvish. There would have been room for more writing on this paper, but he didn’t know what to make of it, so the two of them left, closing the door behind them.

After returning upstairs, the two proceeded to a door at the back of the library. Listening in, Reqlin heard another door beyond this one close. He entered, and didn’t see anyone in the room. Listening in on the other door, he heard the hustle and bustle of the city. He opened the door to see what was on the other side, and saw a dwarf leaving the area. He called out for the dwarf to come back, but the dwarf began to sprint away. Unable to catch up with the dwarf, Elyza transformed into a warhorse with a leather ear, and the two caught up to the drawf quickly. Simply being captured put enough fear into the heart of this dwarf, and he wet himself. Reqlin took his intimidation a bit too far, causing the dwarf to pass out. The two brought the dwarf back to the medic where he woke up. Further interrogation along with supplemental information provided by Olvash revealed that this dwarf is a lowly bandit who was trying to steal valuables from the library. Mushu, who has now been patched up, decided to turn the dwarf into the guard. Upon doing so he spoke with Captain Naalo who expressed that the bandits have been increasing in number lately, but she can’t say if it is at all related to the problems with Traaver Arroway. If she weren’t so focused on Arroway these bandits would be more of a focus for her.

Back at the clinic, Reqlin, in true Treewalker fashion, offered Olvash and warhorse Elyza some wizardz weed, which they both accepted. Having trouble remembering Olvash’s name, Reqlin gave him the nickname “Big O”, which Olvash took to well. They shared stories and got to know each other. Big O provided snacks which included jerky made from cow meat, and orange slices from oranges he grows in his back garden. Reqlin provided Big O with some wizardz weed seedz so that he could try to grow them in his garden. Mushu returned to the clinic, and since they had hotboxed the place, got high as well. Soon the party became quite sleepy, and decided to go to bed for the evening.

The potions of water breathing will be ready in 2-3 days. Manitari has decided to spend this time searching the areas surrounding the city for alchemical ingredients.

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Session 12
Skuuld

Brief Summary

After Reqlin’s failed attempt at getting with Captain Naalo, the Captain informs the party that the scholar they have been waiting for has arrived in Skuuld. The scholar has confirmed that they will require the help of The Aquatic elves if they are to defeat Arroway. The captain asks the party to head to The Black Cauldron to assist the alchemists in creating the potions of water breathing that will be required to visit the elves.

Using his secret alchemist knowledge, Manitari convinces the alchemists to let them help, and the party is sent off to gather ingredients. While collecting them, they are made to believe that a young girl is in danger of being killed by a crocodile, but later realise that they were tricked by a hag.

Once all the ingredients are collected, the party returns to Skuuld for a night on the town. When they wake up in the morning, Mina is nowhere to be found. The eventually find her at The Forest; seedy brothel in Skuuld. The party plans to visit the local medic to have Elyza’s ear reattached, as the Jevith Memorial Library.

Detailed Summary

The party retires to the barracks and has dinner with Captain Naalo and her guard. Reqlin boldly approaches the captain and proposes that she spend the night with him, but leaves before she can respond. The captain doesn’t take him up on his offer, which he brings up to her the next morning. She states plainly that she was not interested. She tells that party that the scholar has arrived in Skuuld and informed them that they will need to enlist the help of the Aquatic elves. The elves will be most familiar with the weaknesses of the Sahuagin and will know more about the war horn that Traaver Arroway is using to control them. In order to visit the Aquatic elves the party will require potions of water breathing. The alchemists at The Black Cauldron are working on them now. The captain asks the party to visit the alchemists to see if they need any help creating the potions.

The party goes to The Black Cauldron and receive a lukewarm welcome from Jamond until Manitari performs the secret handshake of the alchemist’s guild: a high five. Jamond introduces them to the head alchemist at The Black Cauldron, Nelebrie. She provides the party with a list of ingredients that she needs to finish the potions of water breathing.Their first stop with be the Eastern Shallows, the lake that the party had come across previously.

As the party approaches the lake they hear the sound of a small girl screaming. Mushu and Elyza rush in to find a small girl being attacked by a crocodile. The party deals with the crocodile quickly, and Elyza rushes to the girl’s aide. As she comforts her, the girl starts to cackle, and the girl claws at Elyza’s face! Manitari realises that this is actually a Green Hag disguised as a little girl. The party defeats the hag as well. Reqlin skins the crocodile, as the scales were a required potion ingredient, and Elyza collects some cat tails for the potions as well.

The party then heads to Brekka to obtain some sea water from The Jaro Bay. They update Rione on what they are up to. The party also suggests that there is potential for another attack from the bay, and that they should set some traps just in case. Rione will discuss this with the guards, and asks the party to return to her before they visit with the elves.

The party returns to Skuuld and provides Nelebrie with the requested ingredients. Manitari offers to stay behind to help make the potions, and proves to her that he is capable with the secret alchemist’s handshake. The other party members decide to have a night on the town, though it takes some work to convince Mushu to come along.

They head to The Ivory Jester where they are served by a humourless tiefling. She spends a great length of time ignoring her customers and arguing with another tiefling woman who they later find out is her sister. She is not eager to talk about this dispute with Reqlin. Mina has a few glasses of red wine, and uses a spell to make Elyza’s egg salad taste like a green salad.

Meanwhile, Manitari is at The Black Cauldron making potions when he hears a ruckus coming from the front of the store. Upon investigating he sees that Jamond is being robbed by two bandits with daggers. Manitari tries to give one a high five, but gets stabbed in the hand instead. Manitari holds his own against the bandits, but soon Nelebrie arrives with the guards and the bandits are arrested. Nelebrie is perplexed about why Manitari tried to take on the bandits alone.

The rest of the party soon moves upstairs where a band of bards begin to play some tunes. After a bit of dancing, which Mina quite enjoyed, Mushu and Reqlin teach the bards the song that they learned while on Captain Emmil’s ship: Hapuro’s Tears. They then head back to The Black Cauldron to pick up Manitari. Most of the party decides to retire to the barracks for the evening, but Mina and Manitari decide that they haven’t had enough fun yet, and head out to The Ashamed Queen, where the two of them drink. Manitari gets tired and decides to sleep on the floor, and though she is not pleased about it, Mina carries him home and puts him to bed. She doesn’t notice him try to high five her as she leaves.

In the morning Mina is nowhere to be found in the barracks. They talk to the guard who was on duty last night and he informs them that Mina did go back out after she dropped Manitari off and she didn’t return. They head back to The Ashamed Queen and the tiefling informs them that Mina likes to frequent The Forest, one of Skuuld‘s brothels. They arrive at The Forest where a dwarf woman sweeping up. She knows Mina, and knows that by this time of day she would be alone in her room, and offers to go get her for them. Mina comes down in a pleasant mood. The party can tell that she is not hungover, and that she got some four times last night. They cannot tell if this was with a single person or with multiple. The party now plans on heading to the medic to have Elyza’s ear re-attached, and to the library which was built to honour a dragonborn scholar from Skuuld who was killed in the tragedy.

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Session 11
Arrival in Skuuld

Brief Summary

After defeating the Sahuagin, the party travels to Skuuld to obtain their help in defeating Arroway. On the road, the party is attacked by bandits, which nearly cost Reqlin his life. Elyza loses an ear. Upon arrival in Skuuld the party speaks with Captain Naalo. She wishes to believe their story, but can’t help them without proof that they are helping and working with Brekka. The captain provides them with horses and they travel back to Brekka, picking up Mina to help corroborate their story. They return to Skuuld an the captain reveals that she is enlisting the help of a scholar with knowledge of the aquatic elves who are enemies of the Sahuagin. This scholar will arrive in Skuuld in the morning, and the party will return to the captain at that time. They spend the rest of the evening exploring the shopping district of Skuuld. They meet The Blacksmith and make a deal with him that if they defeat Arroway, they will each receive one item of their choosing from him.

Detailed Summary

After the defeating the Sahuagin (known to the party as “sea wenches”)the party discussed the events with Brekka‘s city guard, and Rione. Rione believes that Traaver Arroway has obtained the Sahuagin warhorn and now has the power to summon and control them. If this is the case, Brekka can no longer deal with Arroway alone. Rione requests that the party travel north to the city of Skuuld, to obtain their help. They should meet with the captain of Skuuld’s guard, Captain Naalo.

The party quickly departs for Skuuld, forgetting their previous plan to meet Mina that evening. On their way, the road north is quieter than expected. Suddenly, the party is attacked by bandits. Manitari attempts to intimidate the bandits, but only the lesser two are affected. This battle would prove to be the most difficult that the party has faced so far. Reqlin is taken down by the bandits, but is healed just before his life slips away from him. Elyza, though never close to death, has one of her ears removed by a bandit’s blade. The party soon defeats the bandits, but Mushu leaves angry, feeling as though he let his party down. Elyza retrieves her ear and cleans it, and allows Manitari to try and reattach it, but his medical skills fail him greatly and he chops the ear lobe off. The party takes a short rest before proceeding toward Skuuld.

Upon arrival in Skuuld the door to the city is closed, and about ten guards are standing by. The guards wear chain mail and each has a lion painted in green on their shield. The party discusses the reason for their arrival. The guards inform them that all they know is that a dragonborn man sounded the warhorn that was heard, and that he poses a great threat to their city. They have been instructed to not let anyone enter the city at this time. They are very suspicious of Mushu, as “dragonborn” is the only description of the enemy that they have received.

The party persuades the guards to fetch Captain Naalo so that they can speak with her directly about their purpose in Skuuld. Reqlin is taken with the captain immediately, as she is the first female elf that he has seen in a great deal of time. The captain wears leather armour and a green cloak with the image of a lion embroidered on it. Manitari high fives the captain with his mage hand, which startles her a bit. The Captain listens politely to the party. She expresses that she wants to believe that they are here to help Brekka, but she cannot trust them 100%. She knows all of the citizens of Brekka, and the timing of their arrival is just too suspicious since she knows none of them. She agrees to provide them with horses so that they can quickly get back to Brekka and obtain some sort of proof for their story.

The party sleeps outside the castle walls, as the sun has now set. The characters are now level 4! A guard brings the party three horses; one white, one grey, and one black. They names the white horse Blanco, the grey horse Traveller, and the black horse Blackie. Upon arrival in Brekka, the party explains to Rione what happened in Skuuld. She informs them that Mina was expecting them last night, but that they never came back for her. The party quickly finds Mina and apologises, and Mina forgives them. She agrees to join them on their journey to Skuuld.

The trip back to Skuuld is uneventful. When they arrive the guards fetch the captain. Captain Naalo turns out to be an old friend of Mina’s, and they are delighted to see each other again. The captain brings the group to her headquarters. The castle contains a large field, equipped for the guards to train. The party keeps their horses at the castle’s stable and follow the captain inside. They talk, and the captain apologises for her mistrust of them earlier. She provides them with a bit of information about the Sahuagin. She informs them that an ambassador for Skuuld is travelling to enlist the aid of a colleague who has knowledge of the aquatic elves, the natural enemy of the Sahuagin. They believe the aquatic elves are the key to defeating Arroway and his Sahuagin.

The ambassador and his colleague are set to return to Skuuld in the morning. The captain suggests that the party return to her office at 9am tomorrow morning to discuss any new information she has learned, and next steps. She offers the party dinner in their dining hall, and bunks in the barracks, or suggests that they explore the city for the evening. The party doesn’t decide where they will spend the night, but would like to visit the blacksmith to potentially upgrade their weapons. Captain Naalo informs them that the northeast quadrant of the city is the shopping district. They can find the blacksmith there.

The party travels to the shopping district and meets with The Blacksmith. They ask his name, but he only answers " The Blacksmith “. They intuit that this dwarf has a shady past. He wishes to build a better life for himself here, and in order to do so he must conceal his past identity. Most of the items here are out of the price range that the party can afford. ”/characters/mushu" class=“wiki-content-link”>Mushu proposes to The Blacksmith that if they defeat Arroway, he shall reward them by allowing them each to choose an item from his store. To their surprise, The Blacksmith agrees.

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