A Jolly Rogers Tale: Skull & Shackles

On to Port Peril

Dragoneye Jim, Sandy “Scruffy” Trufflebottom, Santiago Fairwind, and Tangata Kohuru found themselves on the sandy shores of a coastal swamp. Tangata found a trail through the dunes as Jim poked around some debris on the beach. Before Tangata got too far up the path the shout of “HALT!” came forth as a spear landed in the sand in front of his feet. The next few moments were tense as the rest of the party came up with weapons drawn, but luckily for the lizard folk scout Jim and Scruffy could speak polyglot. According to the scout his village was nearby and that a band of pirates where causing trouble in the area for unknown reasons. There also seemed to be friendly people to his tribe that lived in a tall stone building with light.

Along the trip two crossbow bolts pierced the scouts chest dropping him permanently when the odd group was passing a sort of crossroads on the path they were taking. Before they could react though two pirates charged out of the jungle towards them, but the fight was over before it truly began as they were literally cut down. Clearly they didn’t know who they were messing with. As the other three searched the bodies of the pirates Tangata noticed a sign that had been hacked down and tossed into the tall grass. Jim was able to point out that it stated lighthouse in polyglot and it was meant to direct those on the trail connecting to the path they were on. On and on down the original trail they were taking the ship wrecked went until they came upon a smokey clearing. Objects began to be clearly seen as well as the burnt remnants of the lizard folk village that the pirates ransacked just recently.

Just as night began to fall Jim, Scruffy, Santiago, and Tangata had double backed to the crossroads and made their way to the lighthouse. After searching all four floors only the bodies of the previous owners, some books, and a telescope were found. The next morning using the telescope from the roof of the lighthouse a clearing with a scaffolding and some tents about a days travel away.

During a foggy afternoon while the crew was wading its way across a waterway in the swamp Tangata felt something brush up against his leg. Instantly the water around them exploded as three very large snakes attacked. One snake leapt out towards Scruffy but missed while another bit Santiago before he himself cut it in half. Meanwhile the third and largest snake began to coil around Tangata and squeeze the life from him. Tangata fought back the best he could but felt his ribs begin to strain to their limits as Scruffy and Jim finished off the second snake with their spells. Santiago and the others rushed over to help Tangata, but even with help it took him a while to free himself then he cut the snake’s head clean off.

They rested nearby for the night as Santiago had apparently been poisoned and Tangata was looking the worse for wear. Jim and Scruffy had roasted up the largest snake on sticks over the campfire. The next morning after an uneventful night the four shipwrecked headed on their way to where they saw the possible pirate camp. It only took them another couple of hours to stumble upon a clearing at the edge of the tree line. From behind the cover of some jungle trees they watched what was happening. From what they could see the scaffolding structure was indeed what looked like a false lighthouse they were using to wreck ships on a reef. They could also tell most of the pirates must be out working on their latest haul as the ones they could see couldn’t possibly fill all the tents in the area.

Captain Ashilim was in the process of going through the events of the past few weeks since she lost her ship. They’d mad it to this gods forsaken shore in their launches after the storm. Out of the corner of her eye she caught movement near the treeline and could make out a humanoid shape. It must be one of the lizard folk that they missed after ransacking their village. She prepared a spell and covertly signaled her First Mate Sven Stonefist. She finished the spell as Tangata came rushing out of the brush and slid across the clearing as he fell asleep moments later. He wasn’t asleep long as Jim recognized the spell and kicked him to wake Tangata up. The Captain, Sven, and two pirates on patrol rushed to meet the intruders head on, but the Captain was cut down instantly. Sven rushed to her aid with a potion of cure wounds but was himself brought down. The last two pirates were slain shortly afterwards.

The ship wrecked searched the camp, but were unable to fine anything of note other than the light source for the light house on the scaffolding and a map of the region. There wasn’t even a record of where the pirates were keeping their goods after they brought them off the ships that got wrecked on the reef. After leaving the pirate’s clearing they journeyed back towards the light house. During their dinner they devised a route using the map to Parley Point even though it would take a week on foot to get there. On and on they slogged through the swamp land until one day they were attacked by a crocodile. The beast charged out of a nearby waterway and attacked. With jaws snapping and tail swiping left and right the crocodile injured the party severely before it was finally brought down.

It took three more days to reach the town of Parley Point, told their tale of the ship wreckers, drank at the taverns, sold their wares that they picked up, and booked passage to Port Peril.

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