9 Flamerule 1487
Aidelwiess comes over to Oak in the afternoon. “I would like to give you a present. I’ve been thinking I missed a lot of holidays and birthdays, and what I could give you… I might be able to make you a present. In Tabaxi fashion. It’ll… take some patience on your part, is that alright?”
Oak agrees, and the pair go for a walk on the beach, Oak asking questions as to the nature of the present. Aidelwiess speaks of how their magic comes to the coast, how they have a special connection here. He will show her. He finds a large stick and carves patterns in the sand, then starts a ritualistic dance, watching the sky. It begins to darken overhead; a massive thunderhead develops over the next twenty minutes or so. Once it is established, he begins walking down the beach. Oak follows. They repeat the process several more times, and then Aidel asks Oak to bring up earth elementals and quartz.
Aidel dances, while elementals bring him quartz. He calls to the thunderhead, which moves toward him. As it moves, it begins to discharge lightning. It is a beautiful lightshow as the lightning strikes the crystals and flashes and dissipates into the beach. Aidel is still dancing: he has been creating a latticework of cloud cover that catch the sunset light and send it streaming down onto the beach. It is a beautiful natural painting, just for her. Oak is crying. They sit in silence for the rest of the evening, enjoying the sunset.
Later that week, Oak pesters Pyrrhus with further divinations. She gets very emo answers; “Leave me be.” “You wouldn’t understand.”
Oak says “I don’t need to understand, I just need to know where you are!”
“I am wandering alone, without a path, without a purpose.”
One night after working, Korotir is awakened by a kid’s voice in his ear. “And that’s how the spell works! And then you just say your message—what?”
There is no one there. Korotir is unamused by magic. He tells the voice to come to Neverwinter; it’s been arranged.”
In the morning, he hears the voice again. “Idiot, what do you want? I guess I’ll hear from you tomorrow.”
It has been long enough that Gart has Korotir’s trident ready. Gart did want to see the shield, so Korotir asks about it. Gart sets up a demonstration with a piece of ogre plate mail and asks Korotir to try to score it. Korotir obliges and mostly just dulls his blade.
Gart returns with a trident made from strange metal alloys, white and black. With the tiniest amount of pressure, the trident sinks through the ogre plate like butter. Gart assures Korotir he is not supernaturally strong, it’s just that the voidsteel is really, really rare and for good reason. Which is why the trident is going to cost him 10k gold.
The price could be lowered by allowing Gart to investigate and take a sample of his shield (down to 8k). Between the gold the party has and some magic items they haven’t sold yet, maybe they can cover it. Gart asks for the history of the shield and Korotir obliges while Gart takes samples.
Korotir offers to kill Gart’s enemies for a further discount. Gart doesn’t have any? But he will buy any monster pieces from Korotir. Or items used in the slaying of magical creatures.
Once the transaction is complete, Gart tells Korotir about the voidsteel. It’s very fragile but also incredibly sharp, hence the alloying. If it fractures, pick up the pieces with metal tongs and keep them, and Gard will reforge it no cost.
By the end of the week, everyone’s errands are complete and preparations have been made. It is time to get on… the Ship.
There is gossip on the way to the docks about the formerly-missing Egg of the Golden Dragon God (which Oak klepto-stole during the Red Wedding) and how the magic shop in Yartar is now under investigation for connection with the Fallen Oak Society (aka the Left Hand). Oak is chagrined.
They have been told to look for the captain who is a blue dragonborn and thus hard to miss. The ship is a longer two-master, a large sailing ship.
Tranled notices a large male tiefling wearing a cape as part of the crew. They grim-off.
Atarah hails the captain, staying down on the docks until the Captain approaches. (Captain Yarrenest Hilde of the Seafir). They greet each other and exchange small talk; the Captain has a black housecat following her who speaks: “The dark one stands between her and her father.”
“Oh, Odissour likes you.”
Atarah is ?? and asks which dark one? but the cat ignores her. Oak is suspicious. The Captain gives out ground rules: no damage whatsoever, no flaming objects or magic. They go to her quarters for business talk.
Captain wants to know who and where and why for the journey. Envar is suspicious, but with the benefit of her Amulet of Truthseeking, Atarah is happy to tell their tale. Captain is satisfied.
Atarah asks, “What is your cat?” The cat explains: he is a Glorious Red Mage in Time-Out and is Not to be Trifled With. Huh. The Captain explains he is skilled in petty revenge so really, don’t piss him off.
The deal is made. Quick and Kill will show the party their quarters. Four bunks per room, below decks. QujMeh will sleep on deck. The ship will leave in the morning on the tide; they have one more day to finish anything else.
Korotir and Tranled find a pub. They toast: “To the furthering of the Ulgin.”
Korotir asks Tranled if he’s going to get a tattoo around his eye like Korotir’s. Since it helps you keep an eye on those you need to. Tranled says he would rather have it on his fighting arm. They stumble out to find a tattoo parlor (Korotir is not drunk).
“All these names around my eye; they are my brothers and sisters. I am going to get you guys added to it,” Korotir says.
Korotir neglects to tip the sailor that tells them where to find the Inkwell. Tranled pays him with a haiku; the sailor is never helping anyone again.Korotir wants to know if the tattoo shop will add each other’s blood to the ink used for tattooing. Inkwell will do that? But you guys are weird. Tranled gets names around his arm, and Korotir gets the party’s names as more rays to the sun-ish pattern around his eye.
When they’re done being stuck, Korotir drags Tranled off to get into a fight. They ask the long-suffering sailor again where to find a fighting arena and pay him in another poem.
Alfdan Purpleplume arrives to arrange the fight, popping up out of nowhere at the prospect of profit. Korotir doesn’t know why his hair is purple.
(Meanwhile on the ship, Atarah has gotten tired of being good the entire week and pesters Envar into sparring with her. This is frustrating because he is too fast and Atarah can’t ever get to him to hit him until he takes pity on her and settles down for a proper bout).
Tranled and Korotir do a tag-team cage match with the Bulwark—the big red tiefling from the Seafir— and a few others. Tranled wins the first match and Bulwark tags in a lizardman to go against him. The lizardman gets him good with piston-blows to the face; Tranled instinctively flares his aasimar ghost-wings and gets the upper hand — the organizers call a halt to the match because magic. Korotir tackles him back down to the ground and tells him they need to leave. Tranled experiments with the wings a bit until he notices the bouncers with the crossbows pointed at him. The boys headbutt each other to get bloody and go back to the ship.
They leave port; Tranled notices one of the crew is the purple haired halfling to which he owes two favors for arranging the fight. Oh, god.
The crew is gossiping about Tran’s scary wings. Atarah leans over and says, “He’s not the only one of us who can do that.” She smiles and winks and moves on.
Oak finds the cat to have a discussion about what he said about Atarah’s father. The Cat says the way this works is that she gives him something and he’ll give her something. Oak offers Salt. And Herbs. And a gem. The cat is unamused: “Not those kinds of things.”
He wants to know if she’s heard of a temple with powerful stored magics. She might have. Why does he want to know?
Because he seeks to know everything. If she seeks his knowledge she must give him knowledge in return. Oak wants to know more about him first. The Cat says he will be happy to ignore her for a full day until she sees reason. Oak says Ok Bye!
Later, Oak and Tranled are nearby when the Captain introduces Oak to someone who may have something in common with her. The Lizardman from the cage fight climbs up onto the deck.
The Captain explains Kublick here is a member of the Emerald Enclave; his job is to look out for underwater threats so he’s usually under the ship. She leaves them to talk.
Tranled asks the captain if he may borrow some of her books? So long as they are not returned damaged. She also assures him that lizardfolk do not hold grudges and he is safe on the ship; which book were you interested in?
Tranled wants to know if she has any favored or hidden books? The Captain does not have any hidden ones; it’s a small ship, but she does have a particular fiction favorite.
They start to go off course, not that any of the passengers notice. The crew does not seem concerned. There is a serpentine shaped angry cloud out on the horizon—the incorporeal leviathan.
Oak goes back to talk to the Cat. She mentions the Air Temple of Elemental Evil where there’s magic. He is interested; where is it?
She’ll tell him when he tells her of the dark one.
The Cat sighs. Talks about how he is a master of divination magics but they come in symbolic forms. He saw Atarah and he saw a shadow humanoid figure standing between her and the figure of light. And the shadow split away from the light so that it was half shadow and half light. The darkness was silent but solid, and there was a voice in the light.
Oak comes to sit next to Atarah at the stern of the ship. They speak of everything Oak has learned and scried and put together about Summerheart — that Summerheart has been torn apart; that Tranled maybe is embodying the Shadow side of Summerheart. Atarah doesn’t know what to think about this. But they have time to figure out how to put a god back together.
Atarah thanks Oak and gives her a hug; and ties off the line she was fishing with. She climbs the ratlines and sits in the crowsnest, in the full sun, and withdraws her father’s holy symbol of Lathander. She prays — not so much a request as desperation, :How:
After an hour and a half, she feels calmer.
Just in time for something to attack the ship.
Kublick-the-lizardman-druid rises out of the water as a sea serpent and asks Oak and Envar if they’d like to join him below. Envar with the cloak of the Manta Ray, waits . Atarah and Tranled hurry into their armor.
Korotir was tying himself to the stone golem as an anchor point when a harpoon arcs out of the water and embeds itself into his arm and try to drag him backwards into the water. A second one hooks him in the chest and drags him overboard. Merrows attack him with scratching and biting.
A harpoon hits another crewmember; Envar’s acquaintance from months ago. He goes overboard.
Atarah grabs the rope that Korotir had tied around him and calls to KujMeh to PULL — both of them start pulling but don’t have a good enough grip to pull Korotir back on board. A harpoon clangs off her armor but she doesn’t manage to grab it before it slides off the edge again.
Tranled activates his Giant Rune cloak to negate further harpoon attacks, then Compels one of the monsters onto the deck. It’s a merrow, and it focuses entirely on Tranled.
Oak jumps into the water and casts Freedom of Movement on Korotir, then shapeshifts into a Giant Giant Octopus.
Korotir spits at them to Hunter’s Mark one, and attacks with his shiny new trident. When he gets done with them they are bloodied and looking hurt; one breaks and attempts to swim off. The other bites into his neck and claws at his face.
Envar dives in and attacks the merrow who took his friend and takes off its tail in one hit, killing it instantly. He helps his friend to the surface and then dives back down after more merrow. The ladder rung on the ship itself moves to pull his elven friend up. (this is a cool ship).
The compelled Merrow slashes at Tranled but some of the crew has surrounded it and are attacking. The orc crewmembers do a good amount of damage.
There’s a few going after Envar as well and get a few hits in; none sufficient to break his concentration.
KujMeh drops the rope and pounces on the compelled Merrow, biting the flopping tail and dragging it backwards to neatly set up Atarah to bisect it. One more down.
Tranled compels another onto the deck and swings at it but misses each time. But at least it’s on the deck.
Oak grapples one, winding tentacles around the thing. It struggles but cannot escape.
Korotir dispatches his last opponent, bisecting it upwards and then heads back to the ship, leaving Envar and Oak to handle the very last one in the water. Envar stabs it in the face.
On the ship, the last merrow is compelled versus Tranled. He Rebukes it in a welter of fire damage, and Atarah finishes it off with a stab through the chest. Tranled thunder-smites it off the deck.
The crew starts cheering after the all-clear signal is given.
Envar sees sea elves in the distance, under the water. One of them waves at him; he waves back and they approach and make hand gestures. He doesn’t understand them so they go up to the surface to speak; they smelled the conflict and asks if there’s anyone in need of medical assistance. They don’t want to alarm anyone. Envar will check.
There are scratches and cuts but no one in need of serious medical assistance. The Captain says now is not great but they’ll be happy to speak in about an hour after they have dealt with their injured and repairs to the ship.
The sea elves offer to escort the ship; there’s an elemental rift nearby and there have been sauhaugin troubles. They saw a Storm Giant go by about a week and a half ago; a heavily armored female with a trident, but the elves try not to trouble the giants.
Envar asks if the giant was acting unusually? No, not really. They talk about the Maelstrom and other landmarks in the area, none of which Envar knows.
the Captain tells Atarah the Seafir says not to worry about it, he understands. Atarah ???. The Captain asks if she wants the story? She wants the story but is now really a good time?
The ship used to have a different name but it took a lot of damage. They beached and repaired it, but only after they put back out to sea did they realized they’d accidentally cut down an awakened tree or an ent or something and built him into the boat. Originally he was quite disgruntled about it but has learned to love being on the ocean, has grown and is slowly taking over the rest of the ship.
Oak is ecstatic. She wants to make Best Friends with Seafir and they realize its possible to maybe treestride to the ship and anywhere else.
The elves escort them for four days. (26 Flamerule)
On the 10th of Elesias they sight the Purple Rocks on the horizon.