While we are back looking around in the Harbor Master’s office Lemm hears screams down the street. He looks and sees zombie skeleton hordes attacking a couple with halfwit militia trying to help.
After some deliberation, we go to help. We attack!
After everyone but Lilura helps to eradicate the skeletons, we notice that they have the makings of being sailors or fishermen. Hmm, they are water-logged like the other zombies.
A few of us recall that there were recently 3 ships broken up on the reef outside the harbor with no survivors and no bodies discovered. They all broke up within the last month.
Lemm sees in one of the books he’s got from Clough’s office that one of the ships was the Sea Sprite. It was carrying silks and regular trade goods. Another, a Talden ship, was called the Osprey. It was carrying lumber and finished iron, which is a very valuable commodity. Not sure what the Chilaxian ship was carrying. No entry for that one. (They’re horrible people, slavers, and Harbor Master Clough was writing in Chilaxian in that magicky journal.)
Rusila leaves us saying “I’m sick of this shit.”
It’s almost dawn, so I’m going back to my place to go to sleep at Crabbe’s. Lemm also stays there, as does. Rusila. Gaeron stays in a shack outside of town.
Rusila asks to stay with Lilura, then says I need to go downstairs and drink with her. We eventually get some sleep. When we awake, we meet Lemm downstairs where he’s having fish stew for breakfast. Rusila drinks with him. We decide to go to the docks because we think the zombies are from the broken-up ships.
At the docks we see Gaeron. Lilura asks Lemm to go get Gaeron. She spied a gentleman working on his boat and goes to speak with him. She asks to come aboard and Jeb says yes, he’s mending his net. She inquires what would make such a hole and touches (Touch of Idiocy) his shoulder, asking about the hole but then asking if we could borrow his boat for a spell. He says sure and points out a leak. I tell Rusila that Jeb says that we can use his ship but perhaps he should come and bale while we use it, as it appears that he may have heatstroke.
We get out to the reef where there’s the ruins of an old shipwreck in that’s been there for some time. I see my baby sea drake, Anguis, he dives into the water and says “Don’t like the water here. Not healthy.” I ask him why it’s unhealthy and tell him I’ll be quick. Ask him if there’s anything I can do to protect self/comrades. He replies “All dead here.” Baby sea drake doesn’t know what’s dangerous, just that it is.
With Anguis’ help, Liliura spies the 3 shipwrecks and points out the closest one in the shallowest water to Rusila, who then prepares us go into the water.
“All dead here. No life. Water sick. Bad magic here.” I detect lots of necromantic magic in the area. I don’t think it’d be a problem to go into the water but I get the impression that someone’s been casting widespread necromantic spells to raise the dead.
Rusila and I go into the water. It appears that the ship ran into the reef. Rusila goes into the aft compartment (the poopdeck). I then see 4 figures walking from the fore (?) part of the ship. I swim deeper to get to Rusila, which means that I have to go into the ship and then down the ladder. Lilura tries to Evil Eye the dude and then get to Rusila and then tries to affect the skeleton that’s on Rusila. Not so much with the helping. Rusila is kicking ass!
Lemm is climbing on the old shipwreck and is attacked by 2 zombies!
Gaeron is on the rocks/reef and is attacked by zombies, too! What is up with all these zombies?!
Lilura gets her ass kicked by 2 of the zombies that come after her. She swims past and into the room and out the porthole to get to the surface. She asks Anguis to stay behind and help Rusila. Casts Marid’s Mystery through Anguis to help Rusila.
Eventually Rusila bails, too. When Lilura gets to the top of of the water, she hears noise of fighting. She then sees Gaeron fighting a felled zombie and Torval 7 down but moving. She casts Fog Cloud in the direction of the melee. She can’t see (Lemm). We barely are able to kill one zombie and decide to get the hell out there. Phew!
We exchange curse and information about Port Dagger (Besmara cursed, necromancer at old swamp watchtower).
We decide to go after Clough to find out who he’s in cahoots with. Rusila and Gaeron go to the front door and a portly woman answers and says Clough isn’t there. Lemm & Lilura go to the back and find a bedroom window to climb in. Lilura makes noise and Rusila helps mask it. Lemm looks for documents or the notebook (on Clough). Lilura looks for magical items.
99-minor wondrous item, 97, 89, *87, 37
5 spellcraft roles 14, 16, 17, 22, 26… Succeeded on 4 roles!
1 potion-cure light wounds
2 potions – don’t know what they are
1 potion – bull strength
1 scroll – 2nd level spell
1 minor wondrous item – type 5 Necklace of Fireballs (4 beads 1-3d6 fireball, 1-5d6 fireball, 1-7d6 fireball, 1-9d6fireball)
The house lady goes outside so we search the rest of the house. Lemm finds a secret compartment. He opens it and ‘sproing!’, he is stung by poison needles. Inside the compartment is 100 gold trade bars ($500 gp) with the symbol of Cheliax on them. Word has it that they are demon-worshippers. (Lilura pockets the gold, Lemm is not interested.)
Rusila & Gaeron went to the Harbor Master’s office with the housekeeper. They get there and Clough is there. Gaeron tries to punch him. He calls for guards & 4 guys with truncheons. They both get beat down and are unconscious (even after Rusila healed Gaeron enough to get up again). They’re hauled off to the jail.
Lemm & Lilura get to the City Hall, when they can’t find the others. It’s where the mayor’s office & Harbor Master’s office are,. They see some guards coming out trying to get rid of some mist that was billowing out of the City Hall. Lilura asks them what happened. They say these two weirdos attacked the Harbor Master. Lilura runs in saying ‘oh my goodness, is the Harbor Master okay?’ The guards pursue. She doesn’t see R & G and gets to the HM’s office. She asks him if he’s okay, he’s got a squished nose and is being assisted by a healer. He relates what happened and she says ‘Thank the gods it wasn’t zombies, the last time I saw mist like that it was caused by zombies. She leaves, passing the guards saying, ’it’s okay, he’s okay’.