HAPPY HAPPY AYSEDAY!!!
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In a (fruitless) attempt to accomodate Marith's sleep schedule, we
left for Roseville at 7:00 and arrived with almost no doom. However,
Marith started falling asleep again about the time gaming started, so
there were some nap breaks in...
Amazon Quartet of Justice VIIIc: "The Pirate Warren!"
Since a whole week must elapse before the dead naga can be questioned
further, the Amazons decide to spend the time hunting for live nagas or
their human flunkies. Since Pelagos was unified by Queen Ditte, there
are no more pirates (just ask anyone!), but if there were, they would be
in a region of small rocky islands called the Warren. Our Heroines hire
a friend of Captain Evo's named Mucky Pete and his sloop, and set
The most promising islands in the Warren are a small group known to
be riddled with sea caves, so it is there that the Amazons first look
for monsters. The inhabitants of the small fishing village they first
land at claim there are no such thing as sea monsters, but judicious
application of sweets and healing spells reveals that not only are there
"sea serpents" around, but the village headman has been paid off by
someone. In the meantime, Alyra (who isn't so good at talking to people)
has scouted the island and found a concealed observation post, although
its occupants are not paying attention to much beyond the bounds of
The Quartet ostentatiously sail onward after buying some fresh food and
water from the villagers, but return under cover of darkness to raid the
observation post. The couple there are easily subdued and quickly persuaded
to spill what few beans they have.
It turns out that the watchman was hired by parties unknown to keep
an eye on what ships and people pass by, and report by putting colored
cards up where they can be seen through an enchanted crystal orb. He was
brought in from another island, and only has contact with his employers
on the irregular occasions that someone stops by to deliver more
supplies and his pay. Because the job is so boring, he brought his
girlfriend to the watchpost to keep him company while he saves up enough
that they can get married. The Amazons suggest he find a more honest
line of work and turn the couple loose.
Mortal investigation having failed them, the Amazons consult Moradin
directly. A binary search localizes the naga's lair to one side of a
particular island, and reveals that the Quartet will have to go
underwater to fight them, but should be able to defeat them fairly
In an attempt to sneak up on the pirate base, Our Heroines engage in
an unpleasant cross-country trek which does not avoid the guards waiting
to push rocks down on anyone getting too close. However, the guards are
easily captured and questioned. They claim to be privateers rather than
pirates, and say that their leader Monk even makes them keep their hands
off the village girls. Heartened by the prospect of being able to talk
sensibly to the pirates, the Amazons forge onward, putting the other
guards to flight without having to hurt them.
The pirate lair is a huge hidden harbor carved out of the rock,
camouflaged by a curtain painted to resemble the cliff face from the
outside. In the harbor are several dozen pirate vessels, many of them
busy casting off and rowing for the sea. The Amazons yell that they just
want to talk to Monk, and that if no one starts anything, no one will
get hurt. However, a squad of pirates take up bows and start annoying
the Quartet, and a tall bald man who fits the description of Monk bursts
out of a passageway and smites the Amazons with holy fire.
Although the pillars of flame seriously injure a couple of the
Amazons, Monk is quickly dispatched, along with those archers who don't
take the hint. From aloft, Amaryllis sees serpentine shapes beneath the
water: the nagas are trying to escape! She gives everyone the power of
flight and Fresa gives them all gills, and they prepare to give chase!
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Harold and his Chris wanted to leave so they could get back at a
reasonable hour, so we stopped there. Marith took another nap while Dave
and I entertained Sherilyn by letting her almost win at Guillotine and
then crush us like bugs at Munchkin. At the appointed hour we woke
Marith up, fed her pizza, and zoomed back to Mountain View.