8th Ready’reat CY 612: North Olman Isle
The trip from Fort Thunder to Caer Garrion took about a week. Following the course set by Arn Galter beforehand, his captain and crew got the heroes to the destination without a hitch. By mid-day they had rounded the southern edge of the isle and found the inlet where the village lay. They could see the beach with some boats at a dock, some other small skiffs on shore, the tree line beyond and could make out some structures beyond the trees. But, there was not one person in sight. The captain explained that he would anchor offshore and send the Five to the beach in a long boat rowed by two of the crew. When they needed to be picked up they had but to signal the ship and the rowers would return.
Aely, Byrker, Kaywen, Kevrey, and Styvesandt boarded the longboat and kept careful watch as they neared the shore. Once there they made a search of the beach and the one barn like structure that was on it. The boats seemed in good condition with poles and nets that suggested a fishing operation, the building appeared to be a storage facility for the boats and supplies needed for fishing. From shore they could better see through the trees and clearly made out the village – a number of buildings with a low stone wall separating them from the beach area. But, still no signs of life to be found.
They made their way thought he trees and entered the village – about twenty buildings – through the open main gates. They immediately spotted a huge pit at the bottom of which lay a female person seemingly dead. Byrker was lowered down and confirmed that it was an old woman with a broken neck. The area around the pit showed signs of foot traffic leaving the village. Moving in through some of the buildings they were ambushed by some ogre types – verbeegs – who were in the process of looting the houses and stores. In the midst of the fight, Kawyen spotted a horse like creature, perhaps a centaur, rise up from beyond the fray and fly north up a hill. Once the verbeegs were dealt with, they continued the search of the buildings, following a stream of smoke rising from the southern section. They came to the constabulary and entered. Inside they found the source of the smoke – an ever burning fire in the stove. IN one of the jail cells they encountered a man, a moaning whimpering, crying man who had bleed from his ears. Magical healing made him a bit more sensible as he repeated his mantra of ‘darkness bringing on the songs of sadness beyond reason’ over and over. When let out of the cell he made for the village gates and would likely have fallen in the pit had Aely not tackled him. He was put back in the cell for his own safety.
No other signs of life were found.
Styvesandt mentioned that he had seen tracks back at the village gates which led towards the hill beyond the village so they decided to follow them. As they reached the base of the hill Styvesandt noted that the tracks split in two directions. While some of them did follow the winding narrow path that led up the hill, others turned right and headed north. These tracks had been met by some coming from the north. As well, they found some shackles and some indication that someone had attempted to cover these tracks but had done a poor job of it. Kaywen flew up to scout out the top of the hill. He saw a grove of dear trees, a verbeegs cooking over a fire near a pond and many dead people with faces frozen in terror.
For now the FIVE decided to head north as the shackles put the idea of slavers in their minds. The dead people on the hill top were not going anywhere soon.
They followed the tacks north, using groves of tress as cover, for about two miles. From this vantage point they could see another inlet where two large ships lay at anchor near shore. They had not seen this from their earlier entry point due to a peninsula which stretched out into the bay. There appeared to be a building out on it. They also saw some tents on the beach and some armored men moving about. The ships flew the flag of the Sea Princes. Convinced that these people were slavers it was decided to sneak up to and attack the ship. They made their way east to the beach to the tune of some baying hounds where Aely cast water breathing on them so they could make their way around the peninsula unseen.
They approached and boarded the larger warship from the rear and proceeded to fight with and pretty much kill any who got in there way. When the armored men from the beach tried to stop them, they killed them as well.
By 8 PM they had control of the situation. The opposition was dead, including a female cleric of Procan, except for two soldiers taken prisoner, and one who had been sent to another plain of existence, and the ship with its ‘slaves’ – what sounded like a large group of moaning and whimpering slaves – in the galley at their disposal.