2/28/15 – 72nd Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 5 – To the Prytanian Channel)
Game Dates: 2/18/901 N.Y. – 3/3/901 N.Y.
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 38, hamingja: 2
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 89, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 89, hamingja: 1
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 44, hamingja: 1
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 39, hamingja: 1
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 87
Odhinsdagur, the 18th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.
Before going to bed, Estrid Freysteinn made a heartfelt appeal to Bergsveinn Farisson to try to bring back Hakon Finehair the Skald from the land of the dead. After a good night’s sleep in the dragons’ lair, the heroes began the process of butchering the dragons’ corpses for their useful components and sorting the hoard of the dragons.
Bergsveinn prepared to try to use his power to raise dead on Hakon, when the valkyrie Hjalmthrimull appeared from nowhere, riding a magnificent steed. She informed the heroes that she had spoken to Hakon in Valholl, and that the skald was willing to come back from the realms of the dead to help his comrades – but that there was concern of robbing Valholl of an honored warrior. Salome Arkonides swore that she would take his place in Valholl if necessary.
Hjalmthrimull furthermore informed them that great powers had been set in motion, and that the King of Storms had allies previously unsuspected among the Jotnar. “There will be a great battle on Torgar Island at Midsummer – many will be slain!” Not the most comforting of prophecies! The heroes concluded that perhaps they should begin to recruit an army, or seek alliances in unlikely places – such as seeking the aid of The One King, perhaps through his son Thorgill Haraldsson, who was known to be sailing back to the North at this time as well.
Salome Arkonides also confronted Hjalmthrimull about her identity and the gaps in her memory. “Who am I?” she asked the valkyrie. “Who do you remember being?” countered Hjalmthrimull. It was revealed that the woman the heroes know as Salome was not who they thought she was, but was in fact a woman named Theodora who had been chosen to take the place of the real Salome who was slain because Theodora had tried heroically to save her, and the valkyrie had admired her bravery and virtue. Salome will remain who she is, but she seemed to feel that she had achieved some clarity and peace by having the gaps in her memory restored somewhat.
After Hjalmthrimull departed (with some fury at Kasimir von Schosse, who had braided bright ribbons into the mane of Skullcrusher, her steed), Bergsveinn did raise Hakon from the dead, and Salome helped restore him to health by laying on hands and saying, “Welcome back!” Hakon remembered his time in Valholl as a dream, and spoke of his willingness to do anything – even come back to Midhgardhur and risk his chance of getting back to Valholl – to help those who have become his closest friends.
The heroes decided to spend the next couple of days in the lair of the dragons, making sure they didn’t miss any treasure, healing from their fight, and planning for the future (including plans for enchantments by Caelrath).
Freyjudagur, the 20th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.
The heroes returned to the beach, only to find a patrol of soldiers and tax assessors from Ul-Lixbuna had been sent to harass the Kallaeki refugees. Negotiations were made with Wazir, the captain of the patrol, and the situation was resolved when the heroes decided to welcome to Kallaeki as members of their crew (with the agreement of the last elder of the Kallaeki tribe, Fionbharr). So Fionbharr, Aonghus, Aodhan, Etain, Doireann, and about 25 other Kallaeki joined the crew of the Helgiask.
Sjaundidagur, the 21st of Thorri, 901 N.Y.
On this day, the Helgiask set sail once more, sailing from the coast of the lands claimed by the Caliphate of Nonorra towards the coast of Gaunorria.
Thorsdagur, the 26th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.
After several days of smooth sailing, the skies again threatened snow and fouler weather, so the Helgiask made for port on the coast of Gaunorria (in what turned out to be the petty kingdom of Bretagnia. As they approached the harbor, they came in under trained bows and armed guard. The habormaster did not speak Thjodhisk, but it seemed apparent that the folk were very frightened of them, and Estrid speculated that they must suffer viking raids from the folk of the North – a Northern longship is not a welcome sight in these waters! Bergsveinn cast a spell of tongues on the harbormaster in order to communicate, which seemed to deeply frighten the man, for the Hierarchy (the local church) frowns upon witchcraft and “heathen” magics. Nevertheless, the heroes were shown to a local inn, the Auberge de L’Hermine Volant – “The Inn of the Flying Stoat”
That night, while dining at the bar in the cozy common area of the inn while the snow was falling outside, Estrid was talking to the proprietor, Henrique, and the topic arose of whence the heroes came. She mentioned that she had been born in Noregur, and the discussion turned to The One King and his son, Thorgill Haraldsson. Henrique, visibly shaken, mentioned that this town, Sant-Malou, had been raided by Thorgill Haraldsson some months earlier, and that while there had not been much damage done nor loss of life, it was still a sore spot for the people of Sant-Malou. When Estrid mentioned that she had a score to settle with Thorgill, Henrique mentioned that the prince was rumored to be wintering just up the coast, at the settlement of Cherbourg (or Kirkjuborg, as Northerners call it).
Freyjudagur, the 27th of Thorri, 901 N.Y.
The snow had stopped and the skies cleared, so the heroes prepared the Helgiask to sail. Estrid Freysteinn organized the Kallaeki into 3 shifts of 10, to be instructed in the Thjodhisk language, instructed in arms by experts like Salome, and do chores associated with life aboard ship. This way, the Kallaeki would become full members of the crew.
Manadagur, the 2nd of Goa, 901 N.Y.
As the Helgiask was approaching Kirkjuborg, the ship became lost in shallows along the coast. Estrid was preparing to dive into the water and assume a wild shape to help lead the ship out of the rocks, when it was noticed that a crystalline ooze monster, a freezing flow, was lurking in the waters. Kasimir took to the air and disintegrated it, then scouted, saw another one, and disintegrated that one as well. Meanwhile, Estrid took the wild shape of a great white shark and led the ship to safety.
Once the crew of the Helgiask sighted Kirkjuborg, a Northern-controlled port of the coast that folk are beginning to call Normannia, they anchored for the night, in order to enter the city fresh in the morning.
Tysdagur, the 3rd of Goa, 901 N.Y.
As the Helgiask sailed into the harbor of Kirkjuborg, the heroes noted The Dark Serpent, the longship of Thorgill Haraldsson, anchored in the harbor, as they had hoped . . .
XP Earned: 71,694 (11,934 each)
Total XP: 237,908 each
XP to level 13: 315,000