The Fire Within

Things we know (1/22)
First Impressions

So! Interesting folks. I’m not entirely sure any of them actually enjoying being on a boat, but they all seem decent enough. Sherfin seems to keep to himself. Literate, despite his brutal looks. Probably keeping tabs on us or something, considering how secretive he is. Speaking of secrets, Victoria, odd girl trying to get me drunk and all despite you being entirely drunk already well sure. But she is transporting some kind of box. Some kind. She wouldn’t explain it. Maybe we didn’t ask. Maybe she didn’t. My nose says shifty.

Mandi and Morant seemed to hit something off, the former being a young woman returning home after some “not good.” So she’s running from something. To something. Who knows. Maybe Morant. He’s some kind of low noble looking into his lands I guess. I’m very surprised to see you remembered all this. Psh. I also remembered he is a linguist. Intelligent, I guess. Probably should be with noble learnings and all. Though I doubt anyone was as thoughtful as Casy. He sat in the corner most the night, listening. Didn’t even notice him, despite his otherwise proper presence. Few words from him. What he did say made sense. Explained himself quite a bit. A man of action over words. This should be an interesting voyage yet!

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Sand, Ships and Spankings (2/5)

So. As it turns out we’ve been marooned! Some kind of island or another with a strange and foreboding name. We washed up on ashore, a little dizzy. Probably from the drink. I know what drunk feels like. This was a bit different. Well you should stop anyways. Anyway, we awoke on the shore with some kind of lobstrocities trying to eat us (we ate them instead). The other passengers were there, and they don’t remember a thing either.
Not everyone though. On board the breaking Jenivere, we found Alton Devers dead (stabbbbbbed in the chest), and Rambar Terillo the cook was poisoned by some kind of snake (and not the kind you get from eating one). No evidence of the captain or his squeeze, Ileana. Well, we took what we could from the wreckage and built a raft (and isn’t it just fine!) and hauled the goods back to shore. Then there was a storm and we moved a bit into the jungle so were weren’t washed away.
And we made camp. Well, I made camp. Everyone else just made a fire and talked most the night. Argued most the night? I dunno. Nandi and Sasha had lady scar bonding, Vikki and Aerys had stubborn non-bonding, although the girl did take a shine onto Jask. He seems alright, though I’m sure he’s not telling us everything. Regardless, we unshackled him because otherwise he would just be in the way I guess. Its good to help a fellow priest. Have you seen me give a sermon? I am by no means a priest. I just help people. All the same. Ugh.
Anyway. Mr. Grumbles grumbled at us you the whole time and Ishirou made fun of us you. Not as much as the gnome. Although I don’t think it was the best course of action while trying to survive in the jungle, anywhere else I would have agreed to Nandi’s punishment. Demeaning someone like that isn’t a proper form of punishment. I does not allow one to grow in character in any other way other than resentment. Made me a fine chap, didn’t it? Hello?
Uhh… And then everyone slept. Any then we had a little discussion about why you didn’t tell me about any of this. Do you really think I know? I am as much suprised by this as you are, although I had my doubts about you becoming a pioneer doctor. What’s that supposed to mean? I didn’t think they’d send me just to be a pioneer doctor. Oooo. All high an mighty are we? Hush. As much as you don’t want to be here, neither do I. Fine fine. Looks like our shift is up.

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A Day at the Beach (2/19)

Well that was boring. We just kind of ran around the skinny edge of the island. Though probably better than listen to all those other people complain all day… We did fight (or rather watched Nandi murder) some leathery bird things though. And we saw an old ship. It was pretty much a piece of crap. Oh! And a creepy island. Its very creepy. And some kind of giant snake skin. Also creepy.
More creepier was that apparently Mr. Knight has been missing all day. Without his armor. Not a good sign. Neither are the giant blood puddle or drag marks in the wet ground. And! Despite it being a terrible idea. We are investigating tonight! To find whoever did this and possibly watch Nandi murder it. And save the paladin. And save Mr. Knight. Who is apparently a paladin.

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Epic dolphin exploding light maneuver, GO! (3/4)

So. Casy is dead. Who would have thought? You could have a little more respect… Nah. Looks like he had the blood sucked out of him. Slurp slurp. I’m going to stop you there. …Yes miss… Jask buried him the next day while we went exploring. We found… a river thing. And an old campsite that was probably the captain’s. Evidence of his pinch there too. We decided that if we’re to get anything done, we need to move the camp more south. Probably where the captain too camp. Seems fine enough, and we can ambush him if he comes back. I mean, who wouldn’t come back for their sweet hat?

We took to coast line back up to old camp. The first ship we found, Grumbles and Nandi found some treasure (note: no one else went, because we can’t swim). The second they found skeletons. A lot of skeletons. Enough where they ran out of the hull screaming, waving their arms. So we had this epic plan. I jumped into the water, and Mr. Wizard summoned a dolphin and I rode on the back all cool and smooth and when I jumped onto the deck, I was all like, “don’t worry guys, I got this.” in a cool, tough guy voice.

Not how I remember it. I seem to remember you holding on for your dear life screaming up until the point the dolphin slapped you onto the deck, face first into the old wood and skidding about two feet.

Oh fine. Yes, that’s how it happened. I’m still pulling splinters from my face… But I was cool afterwords. I got up and was all “boom!” flashing lights. Skeleton’s dead. Then some more flashing lights. Everyone feeling good. Then I had a conversation with a skull. Interesting guy, an old pirate. Wonder why Nandi or Grumbles didn’t talk to him. Oh well. We found some old paintings. I’m sure if we ever get off this island, we’ll be mighty comfortable with wealth.

Then we got back to camp, conversed with the lazies. Turns out old man Ishi saw some kind of lights last night. We’re taking turns with the watch, checking the beach every now and again for ghosts. And they will burn in holy fire. Aww… What if they turn out friendly and just want to have a chat?_ The undead deserve no quarter. If you want to bring them peace, destroy them._ Fine fine…

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Poison Pinata

Okay: Going to try and describe today in ten words.
Stupid ghosts, rafting, Grumbles meets Mumbles, Lobstrosity smashing, dead friends.
Oh, and snake piñata. So… twelve words. Good try anyways. Yeah, whatever. Still doesn’t make me feel any better. We shouldn’t have left them alone. You can’t save everyone. You couldn’t have expected this. No one could of have. Still doesn’t make me feel any better. I know.

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Scary Growl, sleeping gnome

Continuing to explore the island the group becomes detoured by a tangled mess of nettles. It was then decided to go around the mess towards the west coast. A scary growling sound put the group on the defenses and they apprehensively go to explore the strange sound. As they approach the source four Will-o’-Wisp appear and buzz about a hollow tree trunk. Much to the groups relief a gnome steps out, raggedly dressed and looking a bit rumpled from just waking. Some conversation later and it discovered that the gnome, Bogliwig Wizzlewhindle, was a stowaway on the ill fated Jenivere. Deciding that being alone is deadly on this hostile island, Bogliwig ask to join the larger party of survivors.

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Rumbles instead of Grumbles
4/23

Guess what we found today? …you mean that terrible growth in between your toes? No! I thought we discussed we wouldn’t discuss that. Ever again. But it was all- No. Just no. We found a dwarf. Are dwarves disgusting growths between one’s toes? Well- No. Just, no. Okay? Yeah. Turns out that he was left here by pirates. Pirates whom stole Mr. Grumbles! I’m sure he just left with them. I know! Its terrible! No, I mean that he willingly left with them. Well, when its go with pirates or be cut down by pirates. That’s not… Nevermind. Carry on. I will thank you very much.
Oh. So we start heading down the beach and we’re all “Hey, crabs!” and the crabs are all “Hey, snack foods!” and we jump at each other and we fight and a gnome kept on making things slick and shine like he’s got a fetish or something and we smash them all! Especially that dwarf man. He knows how to wield an axe while being tossed about by a Mr. Crabman. If I might add, my displays were quite spectacular. Well, yeah, Ms. Toots-your-own-horn. Fire is fun! Especially when you use it to take down crabfaces. Which we then ate. Yum.

Well if no one else is going to do it…
Hey! I thought we were done. If not, I’ma just keep talking.
No- Aten, that is entirely unnecessary. We are done for now.
Good.

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Everybody Does Something
4/30

So yeah, we beat those crabfaces, then were all like “oh no, its raining” and run back to camp with our new food stores. Then the dwarf is all “you know what would be real good with this crab? Meeeeead.” So he went to go look for honey. Turns out he found it. After me and Mr.Mime nearly burned down the whole jungle. Got me some berries too! All the smoke helped the dwarf with his bee problem. That and punching beehives. Apparently the best way to get honey.

Oh, then we decide to leave and make a new camp down south, because all the smoke and the lingering smell of pyromancy. You should probably get used to that. Aww… Anyways, turns out that in the next cove, there’s this huuuuuge crusty ship with a devily looking thing on the outside of it. And of course we’re all, “hey, let’s explore it!” and that’s usually when the skeletons pop out. No skeletons. Other than, you know, a dead one. It amazes me that you think a dead skeleton isn’t normal. You try getting jumped by every single dead crew we’ve ever come across. I… I have. I’ve been here with you the whole time. Even when that one stabbed you. Not talking about that. Talking about how he had some kinda coffer thing in his hands, and the paperwork we foun that ended up being important to that Jask guy.

So me and the other halfling return to camp while the otehrs try to dismantle the brass mantle. Later Vicky opens up the coffer, and there’s a cool knife inside! Yeah. Uh. Then we ate and went to sleep.
Aren’t you forgetting that whole episode where the dwarf sundered a constrictor that was constricting him? Yes, yes I am. So we were in the jungle, and this snake’s all “whapow” and must’ve had some kinda shield or something because all everyone’s arrows and knives and stuff were just blomping into the ground. Then it starts around the dwarf’s feet, and he’s all “n’uh.” And goes “kerwahmsmack” and it fell dead. That guy? Tough.

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Funky little shack
5/14-21

So we did some more exploring of the island. We found a shack we teeth stuck in the wall. We found another boat wreck and explored it. We decided to move camp to the shack site. Borin was on watch and some weird ghost thing followed him back to camp. Luckily we managed to wake up to face this new threat. After trying unsuccessfully trying to communicate with the ghost thing we then attack and destroyed it. I had some difficulty going back to sleep after that.

In the morning Victoria told us about a treasure map. So as it is a TREASURE map, we decided to go and find out what great treasure this is to find. After digging for a bit we found a dwarf skeleton. After some more digging we found that the hill area was actually dirt on top of wood. Borin decided to break through the wood but was smart enough to use a rope in case the drop was far. The entire pit we dug collapsed under us from the mighty blow of Borins axe. Borin, Alten, and I are now all on a rope dangling in a dark pit with some kind of undead sloshing in the darkness below.

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lessons learned
let's-not-ever-have-to-spend-a-hero-point-on-plot-points-again

We decided on checking out more of the island. Bogliwig got all heroic and led the way. The halfling got his sarcastic on.

Coming to the edge of a clearing, the local flora appear to be yellowed and dying. Zombie plants? There’s definitely something not quite right about the plant – something not quite plant like about it. Bogliwig (ever intelligent) ate some of one of these things and got sprayed with pollen. (these are yellow musk zombies). After killing a few zombies, Borin walks just a wee bit too close to the momma plant and gets brain tendriled (and got less smart). Victoria retrieved her daggers and found a sapphire gem. But then she didn’t feel so well, kinda like Bogliwig.

We wandered around the beach for a while, found a few shelters and a few more zombies who were dispached without significant issue (ie an all out encounter). We decided to make camp. With five 90 minute watches. And Aten is taking the witching hour watch.

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