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Act One: Castaways

Session One 06/29/14

GM Note: We begin again with new players in the mix! All that has gone before is half-remembered dream/prophecy/Fae story for Alina & Aradin.

4 exp granted per 1/2 mile hex explored.

Characters Adra Alina Aradin Caelim Ulgrim
Starting Experience 0 0 0 0 0
Session Experience 457
Earned Experience 68 164 164 68 0
Ending Experience 525 621 621 525 0

The cast of characters

Day 1 (361 exp)
Morning
Alina awakens to a painful nip on her foot. Small sea scorpions move amongst the castways, hoping for an easy meal. Several castaways are stung and nipped painfully before the creatures are killed. (81 exp)

Some of the party head out to the wrecked ship to recover what they can. They are attacked by a much larger sea scorpion. They recover food, maps, charts, potions, and some treasure. Also Jask's manacle keys. (80 exp)

Afternoon
The party sets up shelter and set about learning what they can of the NPCs and their predicament. After Alina frees Jask, he volunteers himself as a medic or hunter. It is decided to use his healing skills. It rains for 3 hours, from 1 to 4. Aradin buries the bodies of the cook and First Mate as best he can.

Evening
Adra has contracted Mindfire. Caelim shares the fine bottle of brandy found on the wrecked ship with Sasha, a gesture not wasted as she takes a liking to him and offers her services as a hunter or guard for the camp. She chatters on about how she would love one of the adorable local fangbirds as a pet, should the party happen on an egg or baby. Ishiru approves of Alina and steps forward to offer his services as a guard or defender for the camp. (100exp)

Dinner is served: -10 mandays food (from 48)

The camp is attacked by four Thrunefang cannibals as the party settles around the fire for their evening meal. Fortunately, the ambush is spoiled when one of the cannibals snaps a branch. A very brutal and bloody battle ensues. The party is happy the NPCs help in the fight. (100exp)

Night
Caelim dreams of the ship and bailing it with a wooden soup spoon. Glowing shapes are seen in the surf, some moving against the tide and currents.

Day 2 (96 exp)
Morning
Ghelik and Isharu have had a restful night's sleep and awaken refreshed, no longer shaken by their ordeals. Aerys, Jask and Sasha have begun to be worn down by the oppressive atmosphere of the isle, and are frightened by every sound, wearing their and the party's nerves down.

It is decided to burn all the bodies, cannibals and crew, so wood is gathered and a pyre built.

The party decides to strike out and explore late in the morning.

Afternoon
Yesterday's rains fail to arrive, making the trek particularly unpleasant. The party spots a small herd of goats but it is too late to track them. Marking the spot they found them, they return to camp. (16exp)

Evening
Adra has begun to show signs of the Mindfire…and fights off an infection of Red Ache.

Aradin comes on strong with Aerys, and is almost challenged to a fight by the prickly woman who refuses to be defined by her beauty. Alina attempts to draw the castaways into a bit of elven folk dancing to lighten the mood, but it falls awkwardly flat, making everyone a little uncomfortable. To break the silence, Caelim pulls out the remainder of the fine brandy and shares it with everyone, making a grand toast at the same time which buoys spirits . Aerys desperately drinks more than her share from the bottle, and seems somewhat mollified towards Aradin, offering her services as an entertainer or guard for the camp. Gelik remains somewhat hostile towards the castaways, turning the majority of his venom on Ulgrim, who seems pitifully unaware of the mockery being directed at him.

Dinner is served: net -2 mandays (+8 for Sasha hunting, -10 for 10 people) (36 mandays)

Night
A ghoul creeps up unnoticed on the camp, waiting for its opportunity to strike. Aerys, on first watch with Aradin (much to her dismay), has to answer the call of nature and is attacked. Aradin sees the killing played out in his mind, but fortunately, the elven lass is immune to the ghoul's paralysis, and it is slain by Ulgrim and Aerys after it attacks and paralyses him. Infected with Ghoul Fever, Aradin is given the party's cure disease potion. (80 exp)

On watch, Ulgrim feels he is being watched from a nearby tree, but can see nothing. Adra dreams of blood red eyes peering at her, rendering her unable to move or cry out. In the morning the two discover that the feeling was coming from the same place, and in the branches of the tree they find the half-eaten body of a monkey. Caelim dreams again of wooden spoons, but this time a serpent is hidden in his bowl which bites his tongue. Trying to bite through it, he awakens having bitten his own tongue.

Session Two 7/3/14

Characters Adra Alina Aradin Caelim Ulgrim
Starting Experience 525 621 621 525 0
Session Experience 916
Earned Experience 138 132 186 150 30
Ending Experience 1,579 1,669 1,723 1,579 0

The cast of characters

Day 3 (300exp)
Morning
Morale among the NPCs has taken a turn for the worse. People are panicky. The party stays in camp so Adra can receive care for her Mindfire fever. Alina and Caelim attempt to lift spirits, while Aradin hunts with Sasha. Once again, Alina's dancing and antics fall short. Ulgrim joins Ishiru on guard duty.

Afternoon
No rain and the afternoon is very hot. Tempers are flaring. Aradin calls Ghellik out for his boorish behavior towards the orc, and when Ghellik turns his ire and waspish humor on him, he gives back even better, which seems to amuse the gnome to no end, who immediately becomes friendly and pitches in his services buoying spirits.

Evening
Dinner is served: net +6 (42 food). Caelim has been talking to Aerys all day, much to Aradin's displeasure, and gets her to admit her drinking problem and desire for a cure. She mentions the possibility of nettleberries helping and from her description of them, he is sure they had already seen such berries a few days ago while exploring (100exp). Adra is feeling much better, due in large part to the ministrations of Jask. She has spent much of the day trying to get to know the man and his story, but he seems unwilling to open up fully.

Ulgrim and Ishiru spent the day chatting while on guard, and Aradin saw the furtive looks he was casting at Aerys. Pulling the man aside he gives it to him straight: she is out of his league and he should just move on. Although this pep talk serves Aradin's interests more than his own, the man seems to accept the inevitable, and after dinner tells of his life working for the Consortium and his fondnest for collecting treasure maps. Pulling one out, he shows where a pirate treasure might be hidden here on the isle. (100exp)

Ghellik mentions his "double-secret" probation from the Pathfinder's Society and that there is a chance that The Nightvoice, a lost Pathfinder ship, could have wrecked on the isle and that its recovery would go a long way towards making amends with his superiors. (100exp)

Night
The night is uneventful, save Caelim dreams he is in the lifeboat with the First Mate who drops him off on a snake infested beach.

Day 4 (8exp)
Morning
Even with all the buoying of spirits, little changes in the morale of the castaways. The party decides to go gather the nettleberries for Aerys. Alina and Caelim brave the thorns receiving several deep scratches and, in Alina's case, a painful and irritating rash. After returning to camp, Jask recognizes the berries as being very good at fighting off disease, in addition to addictions. Adra eats a handful as well to stave off her Mindfire fever, which has not fully broken.

Afternoon
The party decides to head out to explore a bit more, but it begins to rain almost immediately and they become lost for an hour. (8exp)

Evening
Adra's fever breaks. Dinner is served: net -2 (40 days). Aerys is still sick with her withdrawal.

Night
The night is quiet.

Day 5 (220exp)
Morning
Morale has begun to improve for some of the castaways, notably Jask, who, along with Ishiru seems hopeful of the future. Aerys, still sick, seems about to bolt at any sound.

If the past few days have been hot, today makes them pale in comparison. The temperature and humidity spike early in the morning, a harbinger the party does not ignore. They plan to spend the day resting and avoiding the heat. A trio of venomous snakes does as well and seem peeved when Aerys steps on them. Fortunately, though painfully bitten, she is not poisoned, and the party not consoling the hysterical girl makes short work of the reptiles. (120exp)

Afternoon
Brutal heat and no rain. It is draining on everyone.

Evening
Dinner is served: net +14 (54days). Aradin fights of the Red Ache.

Caelim approaches Adra and voices his misgivings over Jask and allowing his continued freedom. Aradin lends his voice on Jask's side, feeling he has sized the man up and not found him lacking. Alina expresses her continued support as well. All this seems to have worked to open Jask up and he reveals more of his story and the slim chance that proof of his innocence might be aboard a shipwreck here on the isle, The Brine Demon. (100exp).

Night
A hot, sweaty, and uncomfortable night, but nothing dangerous.

Day 6 (388exp)
Morning
The party feel that their experiences on the island have made them more competent and better able to face the dangers ahead (Level 2). It is decides that the party will strike out north along the coast, searching for wrecks and fangbird nests. About 3 hours after they have left camp, Sasha spots a swarm of spiders headed towards camps and runs back to warn them of the danger. It is decided to abandon the camp until the danger passes.

Afternoon
The party has traveled several miles up the coast (28exp). Searching a wreck, The Golden Bow, they find nothing. Later they see signs of fangbirds and spot a nest. About the same time, Caelim yells out a warning as three fangbirds swoop down to the attack! Alina and Caelim pepper the incoming animals with bow fire, but on the rocky shore there is little mobility and the beasts tear into Alina, who is badly poisoned by the weakening numbness. One bird manages to get away and returns to its nest. (160exp)

Caelim decides to scale the cliff and attempt to surprise the beast with Alina providing covering fire. He manages to reach the nest, but the animal's keen sense of smell alerts it to the intruder and it rears to attack, almost knocking him off the ledge. Alina, meanwhile cannot get a good shot, between the melee combat and the fact of shooting up into the nest from below, so she opts to fire magic missile aftermagic missile into the bird. Finally it is put down, but not before savaging the half-elf and poisoning him as well. Two eggs are recovered and the party starts the long journey back to camp. (80exp)

Evening
The party is late returning to camp and before they arrive, a trio of zombies lurches out of the surf and attacks the camp. Ishuru takes the brunt of the initial attacks and is overborne, his head caved in by a solid blow from a zombie. Jask does what he can to drive the undead off, but his gods are not as powerful as the Light against such abominations and several other castaways are injured. Ghellik, with his child-sized longsword is the most effective at dispatching the lumbering corpses. The party returns to a somber camp…though Ulgrim is happy with his new sword. (120exp)

Net -10 food (44 days)

Night
On watch, late in the wee hours of the morning with Sasha, Caelim hears a strange rustling sound and looks up to see a barnacle encrusted skeleton about to attack!

Session Three //

Characters Adra Alina Aradin Caelim Ulgrim
Starting Experience 0 621 621 0 0
Session Experience
Earned Experience 0 0 0 0 0
Ending Experience 0 0 0 0 0

The cast of characters

Day 7
Morning
Afternoon
Evening
Night

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