16th Sunsebb,CY 613: Aely, Kevrey, Kaywen, Styvesandt and Whyspurr left the rest behind on the Sea Wyvern and teleported to town to head for the Minting House. Scoping out the place, a narrow brick building of three stories with a steeply gabled roof and a towering chimney, they found and broke in through a back door. At first the place seemed empty. But as Aely went upstairs she was set upon by some thugs, almost killed, yet again, by a yuan-ti assassin, among others. In the fight and flight that followed, they took some prisoners, encountered a yuan-ti sorcerer, and found the final missing Jade Raven, Tolin. They could now search the Minting House in peace and then decide where to next.
Aely, Byrker, Kevrey, Kaywen, and Styvesandt searched the Minting House. They found a secret tunnel which turned out to be an escape route/secret entrance which exited some 200’ away from this building. They also came to realize that the workers here were in the business of melting down coins and then re minting them in a lighter weight form, thus getting more bang for the buck. As well, on one of those they slew they found a map of Serkovia, the hideout of the Crimson Fleet. It was located some 11 mile northeast of Scuttle Cove.
18th Sunsebb,CY 613: Aely, Byrker, Kevrey, Kaywen, and Styvesandt spent a day resting up on the Sea Wyvern and then prepared to visit Serkovia. Rather than hike through the jungle or sail up the river, Kaywen created phantasmal steeds so they could fly over. Unfortunately the closer they got to the area indicated on the map, the mistier it got. They had little choice but to drop through the mist for a better look. Even then things did not seem all that clear because there appeared to be an infestation of insects as another barrier. Still they continued downward eventually settling down atop a tower of some sort. Kevrey snuck into the upper room and got the drop on the pirates there while Byrker levitated down to the only door they could see to watch for escapers. They managed to capture a Captain Longshanks who reluctantly volunteered that the place to go was the ‘Wreck.’ Only now at ground level, their vision no longer encumbered by various restraints cold they see the massive structure which was to their east. It was a number of ships, in whole or in parts, somehow held together by rope bridges, chains and some tree trunks, which rose some 100’ from the water level. While Longshanks claimed to have no knowledge of the location of Vanthus or Lavinia, he suggested that they might be on The Wreck.
Aely, Byrker, Kevrey, Kaywen, and Styvesandt snuck over to and made their way onto the main, lower, deck where they encountered and dealt with some more yuan-ti and pirates. Below deck was more of the same. On the other side of this deck they encountered a retriever and set off a trap which temporarily had Styvesandt fleeing.
Below deck on this side Aely, Kevrey, Kaywen, and Styvesandt found another captain, one Ratline Sid, imprisoned. He was more forthcoming with information since he was no longer on the good side of their leader Captain Whyther. He told of how Vanthus had been here, with ‘some female,’ It was because of Vanthus presence and then his leaving, with this ‘female,’ on Whyther’s ship, the Crimosn Scar, that Ratline and a few others had attempted to mutiny against Whyther. It seems their leader had become more and more strange since his visit to Lemoriax on Gaping Maw through the use of a special device called a wake portal. It was there that Whyther and now Sid and most of the other captains had begun the transformation into lemorians. According to Sid, Whyther had given himself over to the worship of Demogorgon and that the fleet had, or was in the process of, delivering a number of shadow pearls to many, maybe 35 different sites in the southern areas of Greyhawk.
Aely, Kevrey, Kaywen, and Styvesandt left Ratline Sid where he was and took the nearest rope bridge upward. As they tried to climb they were assaulted with arrow, Aely doing a wonderful swan dive to the deck below. Eventually they got to the deck of the Anger and dealt with the pirates there. Below deck they found a shrine to Demogorgon, which confirmed Sid’s story, which they accidentally began to activate but did not use. They also met some other captains, one of which transformed into some demonic form before taking its leave.