Rise of the Runelords

To Sandpoint
Burnt Offerings

We find our heroes sailing the high seas from Magnimar on their way to Sandpoint each with their own set of reasons for the journey. After a day of sailing, the ship is attacked by several small blue scaled creatures who board the ship. After a short, but intense fight in which our heroes prevail, the First Mate Mallick burst from below decks to claim, “the Ambassador is dead!”

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Murder On the Throaty Mermaid
Burnt Offerings

Note: This is a temporary summary until I figure out the format I want

  • after the outburst of the first mate, the captain came out and they headed below decks to the first mate’s cabin
  • the adventurers followed and came upon the dead body of an elf, face down on the bed
  • the captain became agitated before the first mate mentioned this would look bad when they reached mordant spire and he turned and said that he would accuse the adventurers at Sandpoint and throw them to the mercy of the court and then stormed off with the first mate
  • after a moment of surprise, the adventurers looked over the body and explored the room. On the body, they discovered many long scratches in the back as well as a wooden mask on his face, pulling off this mask revealed the look of someone who is sleeping peacefully
  • Elly believes a dagger was used to make the scratches and it was done about the same time as the attack on the ship
  • among his things they found some clothes, a few books written in a strange language, and a pipe and tobacco bag
  • they also discover that the door didn’t seem to be forced open in any way and the lock didn’t seem to be picked
  • while the others are searching the room, Bjorn heads up and grabs a couple of the creature bodies and brings them back down where he tries to see if their claws made the damage and if they could have made it through the port hole, the answer was no to both of them, Ellie believed them to be semi-intelligent reef claws
  • Bjorn suggests they frame the little blue scaled monsters if push comes to shove
  • After discussing what they might do, Malith heads off to find the first mate whom he finds on the deck cleaning up after the battle. Approaching him, Malith talks to him about the situation and tries to gauge how willing he is to frame someone. The First Mate (Marzaack) says if it was up to him he would let them off at the port, but what the captain says is what goes.
  • Malith then heads off to talk with the captain.
  • At the same time, Leonda heads to look at the hold and heads in to the crew quarters where she finds Killick. Elly and Bjorn follow in and they talk with Killick. Killick tries to get them to pay him for information, but Leonda intimidates him and he provides the following information:
    • the ambassador came on board when they were in Korvosa and is headed to the Mordant Spire
    • he kept to himself during the ship ride and talked to his body guard mostly
    • Killick has been on the ship for the last 1.5 years and is a medic
    • Killick had seen the body and knew he was dead with deep wound which were the cause of death
    • doesn’t know a lot about the rest of the crew, but the first mate was on board when got here, 3 of the rest of the crew were also like that, the cook, been as long as the captain, the woman with the bird, came on recently within the last 6 months, a half-elf woman who had been on board before him
    • at that point he wanted something for his information again, coin or certain favors, which ended the conversation quite quickly
  • Elly offers him a clover which stops him up short.
  • Bjorn and Elly head out to look for the body guard, while Leondra heads out to find the woman with the bird.
  • As Bjorn and Elly are passing by the first mate cabin they hear a voice talking and head inside to see an elf talking to himself while sitting next to the ambassador’s body
  • As they are talking to him Leondra wanders by and hears part of the conversation
  • Talking with the body guard (Thanzeriel) they learn the following:
    • he says he was tempted by the half-elf (Azzerreta) and was pulled away during the attack and met her in the forward cargo hold
    • mentions he will be imprisoned when he reaches the Spire
    • also mentions the other woman (Anera) was slurring him and his employer
    • mentions Anera might be on deck
    • was not there when the attack occurred
    • learn ambassador’s name is Sephriel, and he had been with him for the past two years, been traveling the Inner Sea to Absalom and Korvosa to talk with various diplomats, but he is quite conservative and will not make alliances with other races who might be able to help the elves, they did not see eye to eye
    • ambassador is one of the court members of the Mordant Spire, and probably has enemies as there some at home and abroad who would want to see his mission fail
    • He wasn’t sure if Anera hated them because of her hate of elves or the fact the guard had turned her down for a game of knivesies
    • he won’t leave now since he failed his duty
  • On deck, Malith makes it to the Captain’s cabin and raps on the door, when he goes inside, he sees the half-elven woman lounging on the bed while the captain is reading some papers at his desk.
  • Malith speaks with Captain Veane and Azzerreta and learns the following:
    • in response to an accusation that he was paid to kill the elf, he responds with it wasn’t him and that it was convenient to accuse him when he is the one who can get them put in prison
    • Veane just wants proof of who did it and he will then let them off the hook (which Malith believes to be true)
    • mentions the ambassador has been on the ship for a couple months and kept mostly to himself
    • overheard him arguing with the body guard a few times, but mostly about politics
    • Azzerreta mentions she was the body guard’s friend and after their tryst she might call him “The Hammer”, a light hammer
    • Azzereta was in the forward hold with the body guard during the attack
    • Azzereta had propositioned the ambassador, but had been rebuffed which was a novelty on this ship
    • Azzereta has no opinion about Anera who keeps mostly to herself
  • Malith then heads out and sees Leondra, Elly and Bjorn come up on deck where everyone sees Anera, the first mate, and the helmsman.
  • All of them head to see and talk with Anera who is looking out of the water and fiddling with a black bladed knife.
  • She provides the following information:
    • she doesn’t seem to like elves and makes no bones about her antipathy towards them
    • seems upset when Bjorn mentions she wishes she had killed the elf
    • learn the bird follows Anera around
    • she claims she was sick and in the crew quarters during the attack
    • she slams the knife in to the railing and tells them that elves killed her lover
    • it certainly seems like she hates elves
    • she mentions they have no proof and will do as the captain asks
    • Anera was on the ship before the elves boarded and couldn’t leave the ship because the money is too good and the captain wouldn’t not take the elves
    • she does odds and ends on the ship, whatever is needed
    • Anera has a tattoo on her forearm of a dead tree which she mentions she got awhile ago and is vague about why she has it
    • asked about the First Mate she mentions he might have his own designs on the captain’s spot
    • also mentions he wasn’t on deck during the attack, she says she was throwing up and saw him there
    • he was coming out of the crew cabin when she saw him
  • Bjorn and Elly head to the captain’s office while Malith continues to talk to Anera and attempts to ingratiates himself with her.
  • Bjorn enters the cabin and the half-elf woman walks out.
  • Bjorn tries to the clear the air with the captain and gets more and more angry to the point were he is about to attack the captain who seems un-intimidated and very calm through the ordeal.
  • Leondra heads to talk with the captain, and enters just in time to calm Bjorn down by pointing out that killing the captain will definitely lead to a gibbet. She then heads below decks to search the fore hold.
  • Bjorn calms down and heads out to start looking for the dagger in the crew cabin.
  • At the same time, Malith heads to talk with the Ulamon.
  • Malith talks with Ulamon the helmsman and learns the following:
    • The sailing is going well and smoothly although he smells the beginnings of rain
    • He has been sailing for many years in the service of his god and following the ways of the sea
    • he talks about his god (Bonawat) in glowing and awe inspiring terms
    • Ulamon seems unhappy with his current life as helmsman
    • has been on this ship for 3 years ever since he was picked up from Riddleport after his previous ship, The Barnacle had been destroyed
    • finds Azzereta to be good enough in a pinch
    • knows the first mate was here when he got here and know the captain and he had went way back and had served the previous captain who died, the crew chose Veane over Marzaak, rumor is that Marzaak got the previous captain killed
  • Malith takes his leave and heads below decks.
  • Bjorn over turns everything in the crew quarters and starts going through the footlockers. Killick just watches as he does this. Bjorn doesn’t find anything other than some personal effects and some clothes. Then finally, he reaches Killick’s footlocker and opens it only to have it explode in his face.
  • In the mean time, Leondra makes it to the bottom of the ship where she finds a person she didn’t know was on the ship. A slight man named Velagon. He seems to be keeping track of a cage with two really large insect-like creatures.
  • Leondra learns the following information from Velagon:
    • Velagon traffics in exotic creatures for various clients, these creatures can be sold in Riddlepoint
    • He has been stealing spoons from the galley and feeding them to the creatures who eat metal
    • Veane and he have an arrangement
    • He sleeps in the cargo hold above
    • he seemed interesting in the blue scaled creatures and was disheartened when they were all dead
    • he mentioned hearing someone throw up when he was getting spoons
    • He noticed the elf guard heading down in to cargo hold, but didn’t see him when he got down there
    • thought there may have been some bumps in the forward cargohold
    • can get 750gp for the pair or 500gp each individually
    • will look for a pseudodragon for Leondra
  • Bjorn, Elly and Malith find Shira the dwarven cook in the galley. The sea life has not been very kind to her. She is currently trying to make some food. Bjorn and Elly are looking through the cabinets for the dagger while they talk.
  • They learn the following information from her:
    • when asked about the first mate she mentions he has been here as long as she has
    • she’s been cook on the ship longer than either of those two have been on it
    • she mentions the first mate’s father was the previous captain
  • Bjorn finds the regular things in the galley, but also some vials and a book which seem odd. He and Elly then head down to the lower cargo hold.
  • Leondra heads in to the forward cargo hold and finds a man-rat thing called Snig.
  • Snig lives in the forward cargo hold and provides the following information:
    • he keeps the rat population down
    • he watched the elf and the half-elf have romantic relations
    • doesn’t want anyone to know he is living there
  • Meanwhile, Malith talks with Bjorn about trying to intimidate the First Mate, but wants to talk with the captain first, so for Bjorn to come up on deck in a little bit.
  • At this point Leondra heads toward the upper deck, and passes by the rest where she mentions Velagon.
  • Talking with Velagon, Bjorn learns the creatures eat metal and that the first mate, Azzereta, and the guard might know about the creatures.
  • This gives Bjorn an idea and he asks Velagon to help him with his plan which is to say they found the dagger in the cages of the creatures. Velagon provides a dirk, and then Bjorne heads to the upper deck to put his plan in to motion…
  • Malith and Leondra enter the captain’s cabin where they find the Captain and the first mate going over some charts.
  • The captain sends the first mate out and Leondra follows.
  • Malith asks the captain how he got the ship…
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