Tales of the Crescent Sea

Session Eleven
The Weaves of Thought

The party departs the lands of Clan Emdor, after celebrating the defeat of Norvar. They fly on an airship back to the port of Clan Gorunn, where they link up with Captain Vana and her ship, freshly returned from Gower, from where they brought news.

The young king of Gower had recently ascended to the throne, and things were looking grim, until a dragonborn sorcerer named Ghesh arrived to serve as the boy’s tutor. The kingdom turned around overnight: the boy king made several wise decisions, and the lands suddenly became quite fertile and bountiful.

While en route to Gower, Belial’s familiar informed the party that Belial’s infernal patron was attempting to steal the Essence Stones from the pocket plane where they were being stored.

The imp opened a door into the pocket plane, where they encountered a shifting landscape, filled with visions and projections of past fears and battles. After fighting past many of these projections, the party encounters one of the band of hunters: a four-armed bull demon and a pack of imps. They defeat the hunters, and proceed to track down the other groups sent by the patron.

After facing more projections, they defeat two other infernal warlocks. The other hunters flee back to the mortal world. For the moment, the Essence Stones have been saved from the clutches of Belial’s patron.

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Session Twelve
Strife in Tidewatch

The party resumes its sea journey towards Gower. On the way, they hear rumors from other sailors of the resurgence of the Tempest: an armada of orcish raiders and pirates that have been terrorizing the seas.

After a few days at sea, they come across a damaged ship, asking for help. The vessel’s crew claimed that they had been set upon by raiders of the Tempest. After a few friendly sailors came aboard the crippled ship to help with repairs, the other sailors attacked, revealing themselves to be orcs of the Tempest, who had been disguised by magic.

The party defeated the orcs and stormed the crippled ship, finding an imprisoned goblin shaman named Thokk, who had been forced by the Tempest to use his magic to aid in their raids.

The party rescued Thokk and resumed their journey towards Gower.

Upon arriving in the capital at Tidewatch, they learned from the harbormaster that there was a small but notable tournament being held to celebrate a marriage between two minor families.

At the tourney, Vintari won the minstrel’s competition, while Loddur won the joust. Will questioned a woman named Sariel, who was the Speaker for the Wild: the elven representative to the crown. She revealed that Hadarai had been in Gower, and that he’d been researching Exile’s End and the Wyrmwood. During the tourney, the party heard whispers of a skilled bard named Korlash, said to be even more skilled than Vintari.

After the tourney, a grand feast was held, but the joy did not last long. Twisted centipedes burst out of the boar: the centerpiece of the feast. Poisoned wine and stew sickened and killed hundreds of guests. A strange fire also erupted in the commoners’ camp. The party managed to slay the centipedes and put out the fire, but hundreds fell to the poison and magical wasps spawned by those slain by the poison.

The party immediately set out in pursuit of Hadarai, heading to Exile’s End. Along the way, they encountered many Blessed Talon patrols, who were out searching for those responsible for the attack in the capital. The patrols informed the party that a strange drow who matched Soveliss’ description had been traveling Gower over the past few days.

An innkeeper in the small town of Riverwatch knew of Hadarai: he had stopped there a few days before. He claimed that the elf had left something behind, and asked the party to return it to him, thinking that the party and Hadarai were friends. The item-a small pouch-turned out to be an object that served as a magical lens: allowing remote viewing from another location.

The party continued their pursuit, taking wagons further towards Exile’s End. On the way, they were stopped by a Blessed Talon unit, who explained that they had a warrant for the party’s arrest. According to the commander, Duke Davin and Knight-Commander Nesgor had issued a warrant for the arrest of the party. According to the warrant, an informant had revealed that the party was responsible for the attack in the capital.

Garryk willingly surrendered, but his companions refused. With the aid of magic, his companions distracted the soldiers and rescued him, then raced off into the marshes.

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Session Thirteen
Exile's End

Upon escaping into the swamp, Garryk and Loddur engaged in a brief scuffle, as a result of the former’s anger for turning on the Blessed Talons and endangering his family as a result.

Pressing on into the swamps, they encountered three hags, whose twisted and befuddling magic was little match for the party. Upon defeating the hags, the party moved on. They eventually made camp, and their dreams were disturbed by the arrival of Malyse, a legendary witch of the swamps.

She explained that Hadarai had come through her lands, and had offered several trinkets and the eyes of slain poachers in exchange for safe passage, and in exchange for summoning wild allies for him.

Malyse explained that Hadarai was in pursuit of Ghesh, whom Hadarai claimed was using the power of the Dead God for wicked ends. Ghesh was at Exile’s End, using the prisoners there for twisted experiments and blood magic.

After offering Garryk’s signet ring and a stunningly beautiful song from Vintari, Malyse agreed to spirit the party closer to the great fortress.

The party arrived at a village that had been destroyed by Hadarai’s wild horde of animals. After commandeering a fishing boat, the party made their way to the prison island, slaying a giant crocodile in the process.

There, they found the fortress and its garrison of Blessed Talons under assault by a hydra and an army of beasts. They aided the Talons in slaying the hydra, then pressed into the keep, in pursuit of Ghesh and Hadarai.

After slaying a band of corrupt Blessed Talons, the party burst in on a duel between Hadarai and Ghesh. With them was a young woman and a child, cowering in terror.

The druid and the dragonborn sorcerer were both defeated, and the young woman revealed that her name was Lestra, and that she was Duke Davin’s mistress, and the boy with her was his bastard. She explained that she and her son had been kidnapped by Ghesh, Commander Nesgar-the commander of the Gower chapter of the Blessed Talons. They had done so in order to blackmail Davin into helping them.

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Session Fourteen
Of Storms and Crowns

The party interrogated the captive Hadarai and Ghesh. The former revealed that he was hunting Ghesh, to stop him from unleashing the power of the Dead God. He showed no remorse for slaying Will’s family, and the dragonborn finished him off with a blast of his fiery breath.

Ghesh, after having his arm amputated by Loddur, revealed that he and his friend, Nesgar, had been pursuing artifacts of the Dead God, in order to ‘ascend’ into draconic form. He revealed that the Gower chapter of the Blessed Talons was corrupt, and sworn personally to them, rather than to Hakuun.

They planned on finding all the relics of the Dead God within Gower, and using them to turn themselves into dragons. They intended to take over Gower completely with the aid of the corrupt knights. Ghesh revealed that Nesgar had already likely ascended to a draconic form, and was likely already on his way to the capital to lay waste to it, creating a power vacuum so the Blessed Talons could take over.

Loddur executed Ghesh, and the party found a grisly chamber used for blood magic: the blood of dozens of noble prisoners was being used to unlock the power of a small, pearl-sized Essence Stone.

The party then set out, bluffing their way through the ranks of the Blessed Talons. They commandeered a Blessed Talon ship and made their way south along the river. Upon making a stop in a small village to dump off the noble prisoners, they ran into a Blessed Talon patrol: made up of the same men that had stopped them at the checkpoint a few days before.

The Talons attacked, and a fight on the docks ensued. The knights were defeated, but the alarm was raised, and a surviving knight and the villagers scattered to spread the alarm.

The party was hotly pursued by the corrupt Blessed Talons, but they managed to either defeat or evade their pursuers at every turn.

As they made their way south, they found themselves caught in an intense, unnatural storm. Torrents of rain and hail, along with gusts of wind, shredded the countryside.

They pressed on through the raging storm, making it to Tidewatch. Thousands of refugees were attempting to escape the horrific storms, and some revealed that a black and silver dragon was rampaging through the city, summoning the storms in the process.

The party was attacked by the dragon, which had already destroyed the royal palace. After a bloody fight in the streets, the dragon retreated, flying off to the east. The storms abated, however, and the heroes headed to the palace.

There, they found that the nobles were grieving the death of the young king, who had been slain in the dragon attack. It seemed Duke Davin was now the unofficial ruler of Gower: his wife, the king’s sister, had been slain. Thus the royal family of Gower had been extinguished.

Loddur revealed that his mistress and son were safe: he thanked them, and officially pardoned them to end the hunts against them. He offered them weapons from the royal armory and a sum of gold for their help.

But he revealed that dark days were ahead for Gower: with the royal family dead, civil war was likely to erupt. Yet he still believed that Nesgar needed killed, so he offered a great fortune and his island estate as a reward if the beast was killed.

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