Eh? Oh shit! Fuck!

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The Adventure Begins: Skaug, and the Warring Genasi

The Misty Gale arrived at Skaug two days later, a tough journey for a large passenger transport manned only by a handful of landlovers. The ports were being monitored by some cutters for hire, paid to give government officials the run around and weed out bounty hunters. The party easily slipped by with the cunning tricks of Veddi the rogue.

The city’s inhabitants were extraordinarily shady, or dangerously violent, or, in many cases, both. All of Skaugs residents, merchant and pirate alike, dropped everything they were doing and ran toward the Bazaar beneath the ship. A magnificent flying ship with sails of glass, hovering atop a small cloud, darted along the ceiling of the enormous cove that covered the city. Laughter could be heard from above as it literally started to rain gold. Before the party members knew it, they found themselves amidst a massive brawl. Pirates were beating the snot out of eachother in vain attempts to grab a few coins from weaker-looking opponents.

After several minutes of this, (when even the party members’ pouches and pockets jingled with the familiar ring of coin, with their fists bloodied and their brows sweaty) the rain came to a halt. The five heroes of the Misty Gale stood victorious over the scum of Skaug. A ranking officer of the floating pirate ship, an Air Genasi whose name remains unknown to this very day, jumped off the deck and flew toward the ground, laughing at the misery and chaos he created below.

Thonlok took this as an insult. Who is this flying man to laugh in such a mocking tone at Thonlok? Before the Genasi even touched the ground, Thonlok was airborn, enraged, and clashed midair with the crystaline pirate. The Genasi lieutenant called for his brothers. Outnumbered, the party started to make a run for it, diving into the water below the floating terraces. You’d have thought it was their first time swimming; the panic of the oncoming slaughter dulled their senses, becoming disoriented under water. The Genasi quickly caught up, and a deadly conflict spiraled out of control below the water.

They struggled to remain conscious while holding their breaths through all the fighting. When things began to look gritty, the adventurers were joined by a small group of Water Genasi, who aided in slaying the Air Genasi forces. They made their escape, safe at last.

The water Genasi were the Bluebeard pirates of the ship Poseidon, and the air Genasi called themselves the Cloudstalkers, of The Skygoddess. The two factions of pirates were warring over some matter, a dispute between the captains of the two collectives.

The water Genasi invited the crew to the Bluebeard deck of Keelhaul Tavern, an ancient ship that was turned into Skaug’s greatest and most notoriously violent Tavern. When there, they were shown to Poseidon’s First Mate, Krethik Aqueon, a huge genasi with a blue crystaline beard and flesh of watery swirls behind a sapphire skin. He made a deal—he offered the party a treasure map, and a ride to Candledeep, and all he wanted in return was one item: A scroll, with a symbol of a magical rune, and what looked like dragon heads atop it.

The item was aboard an ancient pre-bluefire ship called the Sea Witch. It was a ship manned entirely by the most fearsome wizards and sorcerers of the Sea of Swords. It went missing nigh 100 years ago, but rumors of its location had begun to resurface.

One of Krethik’s servants put the sweet Rose into the caring hands of his wife, and guided the party to Hullcarver reef.

Comments

This campaign portion was fun, because I had a lot of roleplay around the city planned out for the party. They were going to meet the two Genasi factions, and pick a side. Well, chad jumped the gun and I threw away 6-8 pages of notes, and we went straight to the dungeon. Well played sir.

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You know, we’re gonna have a really cool publishable book by the end of this.

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That’s the goal!

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