March 31, 2017 @ 8:00-11:00 P.M.
< WARNING SPOILERS FOR 50 FATHOMS AHEAD MATEY!>
PLACE: AZY CAY
The group dropped off Stumpy Pete and Lorlo off at Azy Cay. Stumpy Pete bought the group a round at The Shipwreck Surprise. He toasted to Jesus, lost to the Razor Wings the previous day, for helping him get back home. He apologized to Red Pirate Roberts about Redbeard Rufus. He surmised that perhaps one of the relics that they had obtained was attracting Redbeard Rufus to them. Lorlo (a Doreen) left the group, refusing to travel with the group anymore with Stripe (a Kehana) aboard. Lorlo as a former British East India Company scout was also fed up with Unk for murdering people in Baltimus and with the group for failing to help him get aid for Vittoria in Torath-Ka.
PLACE: THE PIRATE SEA
The group traveled from Azy Cay to Bluff's Crown. Travel was mostly uneventful although some provisions rotted away.
PLACE: BLUFF's CROWN
The group traveled to Bluff's Crown and was met by Manuel Domingo on the beach shore. He requested that they help him free his brother, Luis, from the Kieran Empire mines in the Coaker Mountains in exchange for L'Espada de Vampiro, a magical sword.
"Well we have to go there anyway for Pars Portri, so sure!"--Red Pirate Roberts
Manuel entered the ship and made ready his cabin.
The group exchanged a gold ingot from the Kehana Flumes for 1,500 pieces of eight and a Bleeding Heart Potion and Night Vision Potion (an inky black potion that Horventerous identified). Horventerous removed the wax from the scrolls and ink vial they found at the Lost Library beneath the waves. He identified the scrolls as a Storm, Settle Storm, Fly, and Light/Obscure master scrolls and paid Pars Portri 200 pieces of eight to identify the other two scrolls as another Fly scroll and Farsight. Pars Portri explained that these master scrolls take more time to cast, but they guide the user's hand gestures and speech in casting them before being consumed. The ink they had gained was master ink and with the ink pen of a master could be used to make scrolls. Horventerous wanted to know if he could use the scrolls. Pars Portri explained that much like potions, scrolls took up a user's magical power until they were cast. So a spell like healing would take away a portion of the user's magical power that would not regenerate until the scroll was cast. The group after Horventerous decided he didn't like that outcome as a price for making scrolls sold Pars Portri the ink and pen they had found for 900 pieces of eight. Pars had no idea about what the runes on the golden triangle depicted.
The group consulted an apprentice French mage called Gaston Dupui about the golden triangle. He couldn't tell them what the sigils meant but he could tell that they were incomplete. He seemed to believe that this triangle could be linked with other triangles or other geometric patterns but had a clear break line in the pattern along the sides where the glyphs were torn in parts.
PLACE: THE PIRATE SEA
WEATHER: HEAVY FOG
The spirit of Captain Iago Alfonso de Toledo snuck up on Unk in the crow's nest. When Unk turned around and saw his rotting, ethereal form, he had a heart attack and nearly died. Iago explained that he needed a locket that his wife gave to him that was submerged in his sunken galleon, the Black Prince, to break the curse keeping him tethered to Caribdus.
PLACE: THE PIRATE SEA
[The Rojo Cazadora, a sloop, depicted by DramaScape's Above Decks Volume II: Smuggler's Sloop and The Wave Cutter. Iago is the zombie in the crow's nest.]
Iago touched Unk and he started to cry, but the tears bounced off his cheek and made him cry even more. Horventerous went up to the crow's nest and was also touched by Iago. The pair leaped off the Rojo Cazadora and submerged into the sea. Unk found that he could breathe underwater, somehow protected from the effects of drowning. He could even speak and move freely.
As they dived, they were approached by four maneater sharks. Two each closed on Unk and Horventerous, but missed their attacks.
Unk countered by ripping out the throat of one of the maneater sharks. With blood in the water, the remaining sharks frenzied and shook. Unk punched the other one in the belly to no effect. Horventerous used a water bolt to rip apart one of the maneater sharks with a supersonic wave and hit the other maneater shark across the nose with the pommel of his bone sword.
Horventerous attempted a back swing on the shark but it dodged out of the way. The maneater sharks attacked ferociously, but Unk ripped out teeth with his hook to prevent a bite from striking and Horventerous used his sword with two hands to prevent the shark's jaws from closing on him. Unk used his hook to rip open the stomach of the maneater shark on him and punched the other maneater shark in the nose. Horventerous removed his sword from the jaw of the maneater shark and then thrusted the blade down its gullet to finish off the last shark.
Twenty one minutes had elapsed since the pair had submerged and they finally found the wreck of the Black Prince, twenty fathoms deep.
[I almost had enough zombie figures, only two off, but apparently I need to make some more considering some scenarios (29 is not enough? lol). I used the bottom of the cargo ship from DramaScape's River Barge Print on Demand map for the sunken Black Prince. If I had prepared this Savage Tale in advance, I would have printed out the bottom of DramaScape's The Light Cutter, which has an actual slave ship bottom for this scenario. Not that it mattered too much as you shall soon read.]
The pair entered the Black Prince from a gaping hole in its midsection. They looked right and saw the remains of a kitchen with a barnacled iron pot and crew quarters including tattered cots. To the left they saw a slave pen holding over thirty corpses in manacles attached to the hull. They went right and grabbed a chest out of Iago's Captain Quarters. The two corpses in his room animated and both Horventerous and Unk panicked.
[Seriously they fled that sunken ship so fast even Scooby and Shaggy would have been proud of their pace.]
Horventerous and Unk watched as the hull shook as the force of over thirty zombies trying to free their manacles sent shock waves throughout the water. The unshackled zombies pursued them but could not keep up with them in a prolonged chase. Unk and Horventerous reached the surface first and Iago demanded the locket with his hand held out. Horventerous opened the chest and grabbed the locket as the persistent
zombies started to climb up the hull of the skiff after them.
Horventerous gave the locket to Iago. Iago vanished and the zombies fell off the
bulwark becoming nothing more than floating corpses on the surface of the water.
The chest contained a portrait, a map of North and South America, charts and papers, and 500 pieces of eight.
PLACE: THE PIRATE SEA
The crew saw the visage of The Flying Dutchman, an ill-omen promising terrible luck in the near future.
PLACE: THE PIRATE SEA
"Did ye think you had seen the last of me? It's about time to show you why my ship is called The Incinerator! Fire!"--Redbeard Rufus
Redbeard Rufus' crew fired but missed the Rojo Cazadora at long range. Manuel fired a cannon but the cannonball simply passed through The Incinerator's holes in the hull.
Red Pirate Roberts barely managed to avoid a shoal that would have ripped apart the lower hull as The Incinerator fired a second volley that missed as the gave chase at a distance. But, Redbeard Rufus seized the opportunity to do a Hard About to flip his ship 180 degrees as the zombies moved to the cannons on the other side of the ship followed by Crossing the T to get into a perfect short range attack position, firing six guns at the group.
[Note that it's six instead of eight possible on that side because of 2 Zombies per Hero, or 6 Zombies total that could fire cannons.]
The hull was hit and caught fire. Unk got together a team to fight the fire, but it spread before his team could quench the flames and the fire further damaged the ship's hull. Red Pirate Roberts then turned towards the shoals, navigating them towards a small island. Redbeard Rufus gave up the chase as they headed towards land and into shallow water where The Incinerator seemed to have trouble maneuvering.
PLACE: ISLAND NEAR TORATH-KA
Joseph managed to harvest enough timber from a small island near Torath-Ka to repair the hull fully. Unk got a very bad case of gastrointestinal problems from eating plant food on the island. From then on they ate only fish and rations.
[Chessie played Convenient Repairs which made this process take only a few days with Joe's expertise.]
[I found it kind of funny how close an island was for their Convenient Repairs maneuver. Like one in 15 miles and slightly to the northwest even. I prefer the grayscale map to the color ones as pencil marks can be seen easier and then be erased to keep using the same map. Being made of cardstock, the map might even make it the whole campaign through.]
I used the blue tablecloth for sea this week on the tabletop. I used DramaScape's print on demand (POD) maps from Above Decks Volume II: The Smuggler's Sloop and The Wave Cutter, Smuggler's Sloop side, for the Rojo Cazadora and the River Barge for the sunken below deck of the Black Prince.
Tri-folds used are from the 50 Fathoms Figure Flat Pack PDF and a metal 50 Fathoms miniature by Pinnacle Entertainment Group. The figure flat for Unk is from Deadly Missions Mercenaries by Grey Matter Games.