7/27/14 – 64th Session – Module HM11 – Voyage to Torgar (Act 2 – At the Pillars of Melkartes)
Game Dates: 1/20/901 N.Y.
Bergsveinn Farisson (Metellus) – domur: 26, hamingja: 3
Caelrath (Josh) – domur: – 76, hamingja: 3
Estrid (Tanya) – domur: 77, hamingja: 3
Kasimir (Chris) – domur: 32, hamingja: 3
Salome Arkonides (Jessie) – domur: 25, hamingja: 0
Hakon Finehair the Skald (NPC) – domur: 75
Tysdagur, the 20th of Morsugur, 901 N.Y.
On this day, as the heroes approached the straits known as the Pillars of Melkartes, they first noticed a terrible storm raging over the ocean beyond the straits – Bergsveinn Farisson and Estrid Freysteinn could see strange lights from atop the mountains that seemed to be flashing up into the sky, stirring the storm clouds above and the maelstrom below. The heroes feared that they would have to take shelter on land and wait out this seemingly unnatural storm. But it was almost at the same time that all the heroes (except Salome Arkonides ) spotted the Urrabite pirate ship bearing down upon them.
The heroes decided not to wait until the pirates were close enough to engage them in a fair fight. As the pirates drew close, they pummeled the ship with blasting spells – Kasimir von Schosse flung fireballs and Estrid Freysteinn rained down volcanic storms upon them. For the terror that Estrid can rain down upon her enemies, with volcanic fury or lightning, Hakon Finehair the Skald named her Hridhbani – “Stormkiller”.
By the time the pirates got close enough for boarding action, it was a burned-out hulk and most of the deck crew had been turned to ash. It was then a fairly simple matter to take the ship and all its plunder, and free the one captive they had aboard – Karlsefni Thorsgodhi, who explained that he had been sailing back to Uppsalir when he was captured by means of foul sorcery.
The heroes also took on a couple of Urrabites who could be useful guides and translators – Khalid who spoke some Palnorran, and Hasan who spoke some Norrani. They asked about a nearby port to take shelter from the storm, and learned that they might be safe at the nearby walled port town of Yazirat. And so they sailed towards that port . . .
Arriving at the port of Yazirat, the heroes were interrogated by a guardsman named Jaffar. He was friendly and helpful, and informed the heroes that the people of Yazirat do not condone piracy. He seemed quite surprised at the appearance of Estrid, and wanted to know if she wore red pants – it was not until later that she learned of the stories of the Iratxoak. To Kas, who was inquiring about the religion of the Urrabites, Jaffar said that he should read the Kitab Ul-Qisam (Book of Fates). When asked where they might find lodgings, he told them to avoid The Hospice of Faruq, for he is a “cheat and a liar”, but rather seek The Oasis Inn in the northern district. Jaffar also informed them that the storm had been raging over the straits for weeks, and that when an expedition had been sent into the mountains to seek the cause, they had been driven back by vicious one-eyed giants of the Ayn Hasud – “The Evil Eye Tribe”.
The heroes did indeed seek lodging at The Oasis Inn, where the proprietor, Nadya, gave them a large suite of rooms for 16 gold coins, and for 25 additional gold coins agreed to get a copy of Kitab Ul-Qisam for Kas. While the other heroes were settling in and making plans, Bergsveinn Farisson set off in search of a library. Having asked Jaffar, he was directed to the Bayt Ul-Hikma Ul-Yazirat – “The Yazirat House of Wisdom”.
At the “House of Wisdom”, Bergsveinn’s research into the phenomenon of the storm over the straits revealed tales of an ancient storm god’s conflict with giants in those mountains. A thunder-god, with a club or hammer, who fights giants . . . it seemed that this could be a reference to Thorr!
Reconvening at The Oasis Inn, the heroes compared notes and decided that they should seek authorization from the local authorities before going into the mountains to seek the source of these unholy storms. They also decided to get Karlsefni Thorsgodhi to accompany them – they invited him to stay at their suite at The Oasis Inn. Tomorrow they would go to see the local lord, and then head to the mountains . . .
XP Earned: 32,004 (5334 each)
Total XP: 165,845 each
XP to level 12: 220,000