I guess sleeping forever and ever on Thursday did me good, because I
was up in plenty of time to get an 11:00 start on...
Amazon Quartet of Justice VIIIb: "Storms Gathering over
Pelagos! Attack of the Lecherous King!"
Having beaten off the nagas, Our Heroines continue sailing merrily
toward the Pelagos until, a couple of days from landfall, the lookout
spots the ship commanded by the wife of Captain Evo being pursued by a pirate
Taking to the air, the Amazons zip over to see what's going on,
but their warning shot is answered by a hail of arrows from
both ships! Worse, a tentacled fish-monster reaches up from the
ocean and mauls Alyra as she tries to hide beneath the curve of a
Having failed to eat Alyra, the aboleth then tries to mentally dominate
her, but fails at that too. It makes the sailors from Captain Calypso's
ship leap overboard to distract the Amazons, but Amaryllis makes an ice
floe to keep them afloat and imprisons the aboleth in a sphere of ice.
Before it can break through the ice and escape, it is slain by archery and
magic. The captain of the pirate ship tries to escape overboard, but is
knocked out and captured before he can do more than splash.
However, while all this is going on, Captain Evo's ship, with the Rati
ambassador Barr on board, is being attacked by nagas. Again. However, this
time there are only two of them, and they are unable to stand against the
Amazons. The weaker is killed immediately and the stronger, apparently the
leader of the whole naga gang, can't dive deep enough fast enough to avoid
Amaryllis's and Fresa's spells.
The chief naga and the pirate captain are eaten by the captain's
former animal companion, an orca, but post-mortem interrogation of the
remaining naga reveals that they were specifically attempting to kill
the Rati ambassador.
"Where can we find those who seek to raise the dark god?" asks
"We are everywhere."
Despite that, nothing else happens before the Amazons, the two
merchant ships, and their prize arrive in the Pelagos. Captains Evo and
Caly buy the captured pirate ship for a substantial sum, and the
Pelagian government pays a small bounty on the pirates themselves, so
once again the Quartet has done well by doing good. (But the source of
disagreement about pirates becomes apparent: Rati pays a good bounty for
pirates and executes them, while the Pelagos pays a small bounty and
tries to reform pirates.)
The majordomo at the castle attempts to tell the Amazons they will be
granted an audience in a few days, but Captain Caly ignores him and
drags them to tea with her good friend Queen Ditte, Ditte's husband Penn,
and assorted flowers of the local nobility. Fresa glowers at the
frivolity and Alyra hides from the crowd of city folk, but Gabrielle and
Amaryllis make themselves popular.
Amaryllis possibly makes herself too popular, as the king
offers to give her a tour of the palace and she is unable to resist his
roguish charm. Fortunately for the future of international relations, Fresa
notices this and sends Alyra to break up the incident, which she
accomplishes by tracking the couple down (just ahead of the queen),
snatching Amaryllis from Penn's arms, and leaping out the third-story
window. Fortunately only a few of the tea-drinkers notice them alighting on
the lawn outside.
Fresa takes charge and assigns Amaryllis and Gabrielle to take up Evo
and Caly's invitation of lodgings; only herself and the equally
unattractive Alyra will stay in the palace to guard Ambassador Barr. This
turns out for the best, as Amaryllis is able to have a chat with Lizbet's
pen pal in the Pelagos, Lord Pudius, at one of the Captains' shindigs. Lord
Pudius explains that while Barr is doing much to reduce the enmity between
the two countries, Queen Ditte is still strongly opposed to joining any
sort of war effort, preferring a more isolationist stance.
After several days of cooling-off, Amaryllis feels able to accept
Penn's invitation to lunch without getting in trouble. However, what he
wants this time is not her delectable person; he contrives to mention
that while Ditte will never commit the Pelagos to a war against evil, he
definitely would if he were in a position to do so. Amaryllis promises
to think about it.
The pirate-hunting drow that
the Quartet met earlier arrive in the Pelagos, where they are apparently
local heroes. The drow are fully in favor of saving world (as anyone led
by a paladin would have to be), but concur with Pudius's assessment of
the political situation.
Apparently Amaryllis isn't the only one Penn has been hinting at, as
Alyra's hanging out in seedy bars reveals a widespread sentiment among
the populace that Penn would make a better ruler. Despite some
suggestions about encouraging the necrotheologians to attack Ditte so
that either she takes the threat seriously or Penn becomes king, the
Amazons don't have a solution for this. Further research will be
* * *
Harold fled Bay-ward at 17:00, because he had something he wanted to
do with his Chris in the evening, but the rest of us decided to stick
around and entertain Sherilyn some more so that we wouldn't be driving
home directly into the setting sun.
Pizza was ordered and consumed, and Munchkin was played. As seems to
be my habit in board games, I looked like a threat early on so everyone
hosed me in a big fight, and I never quite recovered.
Sherilyn won, which seems only just after she had to put up with us
as players all afternoon.
* * *
Yay! More Chess!