Part One: A Fiery Welcome
19th Reaping, CY612
A good day’s paddling brought them all to within sight of the island on which the colony of Farshore was located. From a distance it became obvious that trouble was afoot. They spotted plumes of smoke rising in the air. Screams and the unmistakable sounds of battle reached their ears. They recognized the Blue Nixie, Lavinia’s ship, docked at one of several piers along with multiple smaller vessels. Yet there was one ship that did not belong, a rugged-looking caravel with red sails and a crimson jolly-roger flying from its main mast. The pirates of the Crimson Fleet had come to Farshore and their attack was well under way!
The Olman paddlers, the native from the village of Mora, were not keen on getting anywhere near shore. Aely gathered the canoe carrying herself and Kaywen and the one with Bryker and Kevrey together. She examined the nearby shore areas for where she could see the largest group of invaders. Through the smoke she saw a group of about 6-8 pirates outside what looked like a chapel. She quickly teleported the four of them there. Meanwhile Styvesandt and Whyspurr got paddled close enough to shore so they could wade in. Once on dry land they heard screams – female screams- coming from inside a nearby building that was on fire. Ever the gentlemen, they began to try to get whoever was inside out.
Aely, Kaywen, Bryker, and Kevrey surprised this group of pirates who were trying to battering ram the door to the chapel. It did not take them long to send them to Davy Jones’ Locker. For Styvesandt and Whyspurr their task was a bit more challenging. Whyspurr used Styvesandt as a ladder to slip in through a window only to find the attractive female inside was too much woman for him, in that she was full sized and passing out from the smoke. Styvesandt tried to break down the door to no avail and Whyspurr found it difficult to lift the woman up to the window especially considering that his hair was on fire! Luckily Aely had done some conjuring and sent a celestial bison to their aid.
Meanwhile the other four set off after whatever each saw. Kevrey went to the aid of a wounded villager who was lying among his broken vials only to be set upon by two pirates. Aely brought along another of her bison to lead to a crushing victory. Byrker chased after some other pirates who were chasing after a woman. When he and Kaywen caught up, they were easily dealt with.
Aely took flight bringing Kevrey with her. They spotted a large band of pirates further in the village. Aely decided to bowl them over using Kevrey as her ball. Soon they were joined by Byrker and the now flying Kaywen. There were some tense moments as they were facing a group of about a dozen pirates which contained their leader, one Slipknot Peet, and his lieutenant Dread Head Fred, but eventually the heroes won out. Aely had also conjured a water elemental which helped put out many of the fires. They helped a group of villagers save the journals from the hall of records and eventually got that fire out as well.
As the smoke began to clear and the buildings began to cool, Aely, Kaywen, Bryker, Kevrey, Styvesandt and Whyspurr reunited. They were relived and gladdened to see, emerging from some smoke, Lavinia Vanderboren and her Jade Ravens, battered but alive! She was equally glad to see them.
The village was searched, the dead pirates gathered up, and Lavinia suggested they meet in the chapel in two hours. The party decided to search the pirate ship, a rather run down caravel named the Hellfish. A search of the pirates’ ship turned up some interesting papers and one survivor, a hapless creature named Lefty. Aely befriended him and got some extremely useful and frightening information. While this motley crew was just the Rat’s End gang, they were supposedly scouting ahead for the Crimson Pirates. For whatever reasons, the Crimson Pirates had the intention of making a visit, a surprise visit, a raid actually on Farshore in about two months time.
The colony had until about the middle of Harvester, the month after Goodmonth, to get ready, or to run. . . . .
Later that day the party met with Lavinia, the Jade Ravens, and some key villagers in the chapel. A group of concerned citizens looked on and listened. They were introduced to Lord Manthaly Meravnchi, Avner’s father, who was challenging Lavina for the position of Lord Mayor of Farshore. He loudly blamed her parents for neglecting the colony for four years and demanded an immediate election call. The other council members were Professor Aldwattle, the man Kevrey had saved from dying, Vesserin Catherly, a cleric of Ehlonna and caretaker of the chapel. Both of them asked for calm and look to the party for some sense of order and leadership. There was also a female ahlf elf, Telda Syren, an herbalist, and the semi-embarrassed head of the militia, a male half elf named Captain Ulvar Kabanja. Aely and Kaywen presented the papers found on the Hellfish, and Lefty was encouraged to tell what he knew.
Manthalay continued to push for an election with some vocal crowd support. He also wanted Lefty strung up! Others thought fleeing might be the better option. But most resigned themselves to mount some sort of defense of the colony. Lavinia suggested that they Council reconvene in the morning with the Party and the Jade Ravens present to explore their option.
Through the evening into the night the Party did party a bit. Whyspurr and Styvesandt, ahem, sought the favor of one Hilde Swenten, the woman whom they saved. Byrker found himself the center of the attentions of pretty much every single woman, including Lavinia. The Party eventually set up headquarters in one of the available buildings and rested for the night.
20th Reaping, CY612
Aely used the early morning hours to attempt to contact the spirit of the deceased Slipknot Peet, but his spirit was not willing on this day. She had hoped to learn why he had decided to attack the colony and how he had been in contact with the Crimson Fleet. Maybe some other day would be better.
At mid-morning, the invited guests assembled in the Chapel. The chapel was not limited to the adornments of Ehlonna; there were also some relics of Pelor and of Fharlanghan spread around. Lavinia was still Lord Mayor so she took the floor and outlines what ideas/needs she had come up with. Firstly, that this rag tag bunch cold reek so much havoc suggested the colony’s defenses and militia needed a serious upgrade. Second, with a population of a mere 250 people, some of whom where children, the colony could use some allies. She wondered if the Olman tribes of the southern Isle of dread might be willing to help. Third, there were other tribes on the Isle, the phanatons, for example, who might have a vested interest in opposing the Crimson Fleet. And there was the legend of the cat like humanoids, the “rakastas,” who were renowned for their craftsmanship of fine weapons. Perhaps some of these could be found? Finally, the colony was very low on supplies. There were some on the wreck of the Sea Wyvern. Either these supplies could be recovered and/or the ship itself could be repaired and salvaged. Amella had said this way back when she surveyed the wreckage, Lefty claimed to know something about ship repair and the colony did have a master carpenter, Dranys Selis, who could be enlisted for this task. As well, there were supposed to be tar pits on the Isle. This commodity could prove useful in resealing the ship, and well as upgrading the Hellfire and even Lavnia’s Blue Nixie.
21st Reaping, CY612
With all these in mind, some early plans were made. Byrker would start to help Ulvar recruit and train a better militia. Styvesandt would aid in this with his knowledge of bowmanship. They did have a reasonable collection of masterwork weapons in Aely’s Bag of Holding which could be distributed to the militia. Aely also began to plan how she could travel via teleport or plane shift back to Sasserine to cash in some valuables and purchase needed supplies, like new sails for the Sea Wyvern. Kevery had his scribe ready to go over the colony’s books, perhaps to optimize them while he’s at it. He wanted to see how it was fairing economically and to make sure no one else was optimizing them already.