The most intelligent enemies yet.
They just happened to be ineffectual ogres.

The gnomes spent a week in Talowdale with the epic party. There the gnomes rested their wounds. The epic party identified the magic items of the gnomes, instructed them in the newly opened ways of magic.

Glauben was accosted and dragged off by Lincoln on a hunting expedition. On the hunt Glauben impressed a burrowing owl named Rufus who joined the gnome’s party.

The quest to save their chieftain and noble father was resumed by the gnomes who delved back into the Underhalls with the new found power of Halastair’s Horned Ring.

The Darkness Extends Above Ground
Wherein the Party finds a wet way out of the Dungeon
Where the Evinki goes underwater

After the ice flow the Evinki continues north toward Stoord island. That day smoke was spotted rising from three places off beyond the horizon. The smoke got more distinct as the day went on.

Then a giant tsunami struck the Evinki. First, the ship was pulled down into a steep trough as the wave approached. Then the ship was thrust upward along the leading edge of the giant wave. The party lashed themselves to their stations and Captain Petey struggled to maintain control of the ship. The Evinki climbed higher and higher on the wave and began to take on water. The captain finally lost control. The Evinki plunged deep into the tsunami becoming completely swallowed by the wave. The hull began to fill with water, a hole was torn in the ship, the rigging and the sails were ripped from the mast. As Captain Petey regained control of the Evinki he brought the ship out of the wave to surf along the front.

The party went below deck to frantically make repairs and work the pumps. Another hole was torn in the side and the party members were tossed about the inside of the ship by rushing water. The dog came below deck spreading hair among the oily water. After repeated attempts, the party was able to patch the holes in the ship just as it crested the wave and began its rapid decent down the back side of the wave. The Evinki came crashing down into the sea and eventually drifted to a stop in calm waters. Without sails and adrift on the open ocean.

The crew quickly re-rigged the ship with the spare set of sails and got on their way before sundown. Just before the sun set a derelict ship was spotted in the distance. It was decided that the Evinki would try to render aid. The derelict was heavily damaged, sails torn and hanging loose from their rigging, the rudder ripped from the ship. As a moonless night set in, Captain petey ordered lanterns lit. After being lost in nightfall, the derelict ship emerged from the gloom almost suddenly. The lanterns cast an eerie, shifting light over the derelict, The Whale Fever. Someone could be seen in torn clothes, dragging himself around face-down on the deck.

Calladarumanna and Grim Giantkiller Longstick Silverfist jumped on board and were immediately attacked by grisly creatures. They had a green pallor of rotten flesh that had been soaked in sea brine, filthy clawed hands, torn and dirty clothes, and gore dripping from their hideous mouths.

Battle ensued. The party started out with most of the hits on the enemy but were soon overwhelmed as more of the creatures emerged from the sea on the far side of the Evinki and Grim and Glauben took severe injuries from the filthy creatures’ claws. The crew cut the Evinki loose from the Whale Fever and made a break for it under full sail. The two monstrous corpse-creatures on board were dispatched and thrown to the sharks.

The next day the Evinki made port in the town of Stood on the island Stood. The town had been damaged in the earthquake and tsunami the day before and it looked as if the whole town was working to get the place back in order. The port was full of damaged ships. The Evinki put in to the drydock at the shipyard in town for repairs.

Captain Petey took Grim Giantkiller Longstick Silverfist, Glauben Silverfist, Calladarumanna into town to make arrangements. He met with several merchants who spoke common with an almost unintelligible accent. The crew was told to load up a mule cart and haul all 80 long tons of the whale blubber to the rendering facility with the barrels necessary to hold it.

Grim Giantkiller Longstick Silverfist and Glauben Silverfist realized late into the day of heavy lifting that their wounds from the creatures the night before were getting worse. Fearing disease they went to find a cleric for healing only to discover that the gods have forsaken humans and do not grant healing magic to human clerics. The cleric of Njord was kind enough to take the injured gnomes to the local surgeon who fixed up Grim quickly. Glauben had a harder time of it though and it took two days of surgery and healing to stop the advancement of the disease.

Cured but still weak, the gnomes made their way to the Pelican’s Perch Inn to join the rest of the crew only to find a commotion in the tavern. Inside they saw a middle aged human clearly cast the spell prestidigitation.

Black Eyed Petey and the Eviki II
Wherein sailing is learned

July 15, 2011 22:30

The party is taught by black Eyed Petey to navigate, man th ehelm, ties some knots and map location using the sun. Within just a couple hours, Silky Smooth notices a starless spot of the sky. The captain quickly warns of a storm. Four hours later, and after a possible loss of exact direction, the winter ice storm ended. Lil Sneezy and Biggie Smalls took the the sails with giant hammers to knock off the ever growing ice layers.

The next day, the party encountered dolphins hunting squids. Lil Sneezy even caught three of them. The squids were humorously put upon the faces of the three sleeping members of the party and laughs were had by all. The party also saw killer whales, blue sharks, and hammerheads.

The fourth deadly sea beast the party seas is a megalodon, a shark as large as the Eviki. In response to a prayer by Silverspoon, the shark leaps over the ship itself and shakes it mightily. It then disappears and is replaced by a flock of frigates. The party eats, sings and watches the sunset as a pod of dolphins, a good sign, swims with them. “Praise Umberly!”

One night, Silverspoon was attacked whilst at the helm by a man from the sea. Fishlike yet so human, the creature put a crossbow bolt into Lil Sneezy’s back, and a slash across his bony chest. Silky Smooth and Biggie Smalls shot errant bolts at the seaman. The captain stuck his axe in the creature. Yet, it was the injured Lil Sneezy that used some nearby rope to break the merman’s neck.

Two days later, the “right” whale is seen by Silverspoon in the crow’s nest. A whole pod is discovered and the party took two of the whales and their blubber as loot. With Biggie Smalls on the balista and Tyler on the helm, the whales were slew.

Another night a group of five sea devils attacked the ship. A bloody battle followed. One attempted to pull Yoink into the sea and scarred him badly, leaving him unconscious, but not before yoink cast him overboard by slicing off the devils hand with his rapier. Another left the Captain bed ridden. Lil Sneezy was gutted yet remained astute enough to kill two of the sea devils. Biggie Smalls and Silky Smooth finished off the others.

A deadly storm follows. The less said about its madness the better. The gnomes all lost a part of their soul in its throes. When they emerged from the tempest, there was a highway of ice surrounded by leagues of ice. And 80 leagues from Verland.

Loot: Some gold and silver jewlery and other merman crap.

Black Eyed Petey and the Evinki
Out To Sea

The party sold their orcish loot for 350 gold worth of Guild Notes to the somewhat shady merchant recommended by the very shady innkeeper.

+350 gp [Guild notes]

Searching for a ship, the group met a fisherman Belado who sold the finest, cheapest fish and pointed them along to Black Eyed Petey, who was looking for a crew.

-2 cp

Black Eyed Petey, captain of the Evinki, was desperate for a crew after his previous one left him. He was willing to take on the inexperienced sailors due to their magical talents, mostly. Their combat experience was also a plus. They bought up provisions; sailing gear and booze, mostly. Three half barrels of ale, one cask of ale, and one cask of wine.

-35 gp (sailing clothes) -12 gp (booze)

The crew loaded up the ship with their own provisions and the captain’s. Ziggy did his magic fixin’ and the crew got some basic sailor’s training. They visited temples of three sea gods: Aegir, Njord, and Umberlee. Late that night, the Evinki and its gnome crew sailed out with the tide from Clam Bay.

The Road to Clam Bay
Where The Inns Suck

The party left the orc cave in the morning, avoiding trouble with the wolves feasting on the orc bodies. Taking no note originally of the horse slowly catching up to them from behind, the group spotted an ambush from a pass through a hill. The horseman turned out to be an orc, part of the ambush. After two orcs on the hill fell quickly, the horseman fled.

8g, 4s, 8c, Steel Breastplate x2, Shortsword, Dwarven Mithral Battleaxe [Troll’s Bloodfire]

They arrived in a small village and spoke with the village leader, Hob. They learned about the Horse Eater clan of orcs that has been harassing their town and stealing horses. Their baron is responsible for their protection, but the villagers think worse of the soldiers than the orcs.

The party spent the evening entertaining the children with magic and enjoying the festivities of the village’s harvest festival. During the night, they did their gnomely thing and cleaned people’s houses and talked to the burrowing animals of the area. In the morning, they discussed the journey to Clam Bay and passage to Verland.

Upon reaching Clam Bay, the gnomes were met by guards who gave them a good searching and taxed them for the arms and armor they were bringing in. Looking for a placed to stay, Karaflan found a bar and accompanying barfight in The Drunken Mermaid. Shopping around, a stranger found them on the street and offered them a place for 5s a room. Skeptical, the group tentatively followed and got rooms at The Golden Dragon.

-4g, 15s, 8c

Suspicions were met when Glauben discovered a secret room with a trapdoor. The party set plans to be ready for intruders which were validated during Glauben’s watch. Oddly, the almost-intruders called it off, and the night was otherwise uneventful.

New Beginnings
The Gnomes of Raer Baer Depart

Ziggy, Karaflan, Yoink, Tyl, Grim, Calladarumanna, and Glauben volunteered (or were volunteered) to quest on behalf of their Cheiftain, Gild Silverfist. After gathering provisions and receiving a grand sendoff from Raer Baer, they left on a road to a human port to find passage to Verland.

On the road, they passed some deer and a human carriage. Most of the group hid, except for Ziggy and Grim. Grim spoke (briefly and curtly) with the passing humans. Later, the group saw a small group of orcs headed towards them. Volleyed with arrows and crossbow bolts, two orcs were felled before Grim and Flan closed with the remaining pair. Glauben misfired and hit Gibbles, Cal’s riding dog. Flan splattered one orc, and the other surrendered. When it tried to flee in reaction to Ziggy’s healing magic, Grim splattered it.

16 gp, 24 sp, 4 studded leather suits

Yoink, Tyl, and Glauben went to investigate the orcs’ cave and found a stash of treasure and food. The food was magically purified and cooked (very poorly). During Tyl’s watch, a pack of raccoons came to the cave. When she went to wake Yoink, she woke the dog who woke everyone else. During Flan’s watch, a pack of lambosauruses wandered by harmlessly.

400 gp

Total treasure:
416 gp, 24 sp
4 medium suits of studded leather

This place is a bit too warm.
Wherein the Party gets slapped by Mordenkinen's Disjunction

Evil Daggers are not very persuasive.

Discretion is the better part of valor.

And Then There Were 6
Wherein the Party reconsiders a few things

All of our goals are really long-term

We attempt parley
h2. Lontros the Red is killed and his trump card is played.

The Court Comes A Callin'
Wherein the Party makes it clear exactly who is in charge.

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