Skies of Arcadia

Brief Summary of 4/18 session

The party set off in the morning despite Catrin’s excessive grogginess. Immediately before leaving, Jessica purchased two bottles of high-quality blue loqua for good luck.

The leg of the trip which took them to Shrine Island was uneventful. As they turned toward Sailor’s Island, though, a thick and unnatural fog closed in around them. They noticed just a little too late that the silhouette of an impossibly large arkwhale was closing in on them.

Thud, crunch, fade to black.
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One by one people woke up, aching severely, to find themselves lying in hammocks. As they struggled to stand, a man with an eyepatch and large metal arm entered their space. Upon seeing they were conscious, he began berating them severely for having gotten too close to the arkwhale and obligating him to save their idiotic lives. The party learned the man’s name was Drachma, and he had been hunting the colossal beast for most of his life. Nazar, inquiring more about the arkwhale, only made the captain more livid. Eventually Jessica (taking cues from Hanna) was able to talk him into transporting them to Sailor’s Island – they would make themselves useful on the way (Captain Drachma is normally the sole crewman on his ship) and then they would bother him no longer.

Upon reaching Sailor’s Island, Jessica surreptitiously put one of the bottles of loqua in the ship’s galley for the captain to find later, and the party headed directly to Polly’s Tavern for a break and to find a lead on a way into Valua. To their delight, one of the prominent rumors circulating was that Admiral Alfonso had been relieved of his duties in Middle Ocean for gross incompetence and falsification of records (to cover up said incompetence), though he somehow retained his rank and position. They also heard tell that Valua was now making a harpoon-cannon available for general public purchase as a ship weapon – their military felt it was not dangerous enough to keep all to themselves.

Fortunately, the news about the recently captured pirates was that their execution was set for about a week in the future. Unfortunately, they learned that there were not any passenger ships heading to Valua at the moment, no ships were allowed into Valua without a proper passport, and when they checked with the Sailor’s Guild about obtaining a ship’s passport to sail there themselves, they learned it would be a three-month process to obtain one.

As they left the guildhall, a white-haired Nasran approached them, saying that he would give them his Valuan passport in exchange for them escorting him back to Nasrad – Baltor the Bearded had been spotted in the skies near there and he was fearful of making the journey alone.

The group returned to Polly’s and noticed that Captain Drachma had sat down to a meal at the bar. They told him of the Valuan harpoon-cannon technology, which roused his interest greatly, but he had neither a passport nor the funds for such an upgrade. The group knew how to get a passport easily enough, now, but the idea of amassing hundreds of thousands of gold pieces stymied them. Jessica gave in to despair, but eventually Nazar was inspired to check the Sailor’s Guild again. Sure enough, there were numerous and large enough bounties set on Baltor’s head that if they encountered and defeated him while escorting their newest acquaintance back to Nasrad, it would equal or exceed the cost of the harpoon-cannon.

When Nazar brought the bounty notices back to Captain Drachma, he nearly slapped Nazar upside the head for the sheer idiocy of the proposed plan. Tyrhe began to upbraid Drachma for his cowardice, and this time Jessica did not stop him. Eventually, and with the help of a well-timed suggestion spell from Nazar, Drachma agreed to let the Little Jack serve as an escort vessel.

Session ended there both because of player fatigue and strong hinting from the GM that ship-to-ship combat was inevitable in the near future, so best to try for having everyone present. Next session scheduled for May 9th. Review of Ship Combat Rules recommended.

Comments

Note to self: Look into possibility of beginning the passport acquisition process, for use later.

Brief Summary of 4/18 session
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