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As the Phoenix from the Ashes
Prologue

Dear Journal,

Today marks the two-year anniversary of our victory over Captain Krogan. I still remember that final battle; it haunts me still to this day. After we escaped from that horrid prison on Buck’s pirate ship, we journeyed to the Island of the Crystals. There, we removed the curse of the Soulsword from Buck and Belarin was more than happy to take up the charge. Blade in hand, we set out to put a stop to the pending doom that we unknowingly brought to all of Ferramorrah, killing the four ghosts we released and filling the Soulsword. The last ghost was particularly gruesome, I recall, and we almost lost Peregrine in the fight, but we were victorious all the same. We had never felt so close, so connected. Buck, Peregrine, Belarin, Borris, and I, a group set out to change the world, we were invincible.

It wasn’t until we returned to our ship that we realized the apocalypse was still coming; the clouds of doom almost enveloped Lavanda. We had failed. The seas began to roar and churn, the wind howling through the ears of men, women, and children alike. Upon returning to Lavanda, we were surprised to find a fleet of ships, both Lavandan and Bishkan, awaiting our arrival. If we were to go down, we were to go down fighting. The joint fleet of Lavanda and Bishk, such an alliance not seen in neigh a millennia, assembled north of the Lavandan capital. And there we stood. On the edge of sanity and light, me, Buck, Peregrine, Borris, and Belarin, standing shoulder to shoulder, weapons drawn, a sense of doom creeping up our spines and that strange exhilaration battle brings. There we stood; well knowing this could be the end of us all. We needed not any words, for we all knew what was at stake.

Then, the battle began. Demon after demon, ghoul after ghoul, body after body, we fought our way into the heart of the storm. Time seemed to stand still as we worked our way through wave after wave of monstrosity, friend and foe falling at all sides. There, in the eye of the storm, as our ships entwined in the midst of a great whirlpool, we confronted none other than Krogan himself. We started this war, and we were going to end it, no matter the cost. It was a bitter battle, and in the midst of the fighting, we all watched in horror as Krogan struck down Borris. His body fell limp, lifeless in front of me, and I got one last chance to see the life fading from his eyes as his body fell into the raging waters. We didn’t even get a chance to give our friend and ally a proper burial. Filled with renewed vigor and a reawakened strength, we took our revenge on Krogan. Belarin struck him through his black heart with the Soulstealer, and with one last vengeful wail, Krogan’s soul and essence returned to the blade, and the Soulstealer shattered in Belarin’s hand.

The fighting was over, Krogan was defeated, Ferramorrah was saved, but at what cost?

After the battle, everyone seemed so numbed and so shaken, that the group slowly began to drift apart. First to leave was Buck, who decided to remain in Lavanda and continue his fallen comrade Jackson’s memory. I’ve tried keeping in touch with Buck, but I fear he’s becoming more distant and more withdrawn. He’s been writing less and less, and I fear the man who I once counted as my closest friend is lost forever.

When we returned to Gootham, we found that Mersh had vanished without a trace, leaving a note making it clear that he did not want to be found. I know not what transpired while we were across the sea, but whatever happened, it was enough to drive Mersh away as well. I have searched across the land for my old friend, but to no avail. For the time being, Mersh wants to remain missing, and I have no choice but to abide by his wishes.

Next to leave was Belarin, whom without his sovereign, Buck, to whom he swore fealty, left the group shortly after returning to Ashan. I’ve kept tabs on Belarin, and it seems he’s made some success as a sword-for-hire in northern Ashan. He seems more confident since we parted ways, and I hope he hasn’t become too invested in his mercenary business to ignore my call.

Finally, Peregrine was the last to leave my company. We traveled together for a few weeks. We were both still recovering from the aftermath of the battle, and Peregrine was more solemn than I ever care to see him again. He eventually left when we encountered Bonnie near Nailo Harbour. We still keep in touch, and I go down to visit him at his cottage home in western Ashan. He tells me his new home reminds him of the Shire, and he plans on settling down there with Bonnie. Last I checked he had a son with Bonnie, Baldor, who I have yet to meet, and is making a living growing copious amounts of longbottom leaf.

As for me, I’ve spent the last couple years wandering about Ashan, and I fear something evil is once again on the horizon. A shadow creeps across the southern borders, and I can’t help but ignore a feeling of dread creeping into the edge of my mind. The assassin that has long-since haunted my dreams is still on the lookout for me, and I fear that his employer is growing more and more restless. Until recently, I had been staying in Gootham, trying to unravel the mystery of his motives. One night, as I was returning from Artemis’s office, I was pursued by a group of dretch, degenerate demons who were clearly serving whim of some higher master. Fearing the worst, I retaliated, and went into hiding in the city sewers for fear of being exposed.

It wasn’t long after that night in Goothum that Artemis contacted me. He told me of a pub in Almernae where I could find sanctuary. He said in his letter that an old friend of mine was helping run the pub, and it turned out to be none other than Teresa.

It turns out Teresa is helping her new friend, Kiana Alan, run the pub after her father’s death at the hands of Alexis Machine. The moment I entered the pub, it all came back to me. Machine’s cruel sneer, his merciless eyes, and the lifeless body of her father bleeding out on the table… I can’t bring myself to tell her I know of her father’s death, not yet, not until Machine is dead and buried. Teresa and Kiana have sheltered me for the past 6 weeks, and only now do we finally have a lead on the whereabouts of Alexis Machine. It’s not much to go on, but Artemis was contacted by an anonymous informant who stays that he has information on the assassin. I feel that I have no other alternative but to call my old friends and reunite The Tiki Company. Together, we may have a chance to solve this puzzle.

“And, as the phoenixes of lore,
Rising from the ashes anew,
Their friendship shall be rekindled,
The Staunch Dragonborn,
The Stoneminded halfling,
The Silver-tongued maiden,
The Heirslayer,
And the Wandering Wizard,
They will rise once more
To defend this world from the evil that plagues it”
-Kluya, Seer of All, “Chronicles of the Blue Leaf Clan”

If you’re wondering why I’ve waited until now to start writing, it is because I can feel that my time is running out, and this may be my last chance to chronicle the adventures of what is left of The Tiki Company. I can only hope that my friends will hear my call and answer before it is too late…

-Tibles
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Spiders, Loot, and Rogues Oh My!
Part 15 in Crazy's Campaign

We introduced Edward to Buck, and after Buck shouted a few commands to his pirate compadres, we decided to find the rest of our missing party, namely Jackson, Nakisha, and Bonnie. We all knew how invincible Belarin is, so we decided to leave him to his devices, and was probably plundering underneath the prison having the time of his life, no chance at all he was stuck on a staircase and drowning, right? We swam through the flooded trap room, picking up what could be salvaged, and we came into a non-flooded tunnel, and while Peregrine explored a tunnel only he could fit through, Buck, Borris, and I searched through a storage room while Edward tried to remember which way to go from here. Not only did we recover all of our stolen equipment, but I found that the containers also contained greater goods than we already possessed. For me, a Serpentine Staff, Crystalline Orb, Belt of Fortitude, and Ornament of Perception. For Buck, a cloak that allowed him to teleport and belt. For Peregrine, a magic cloak and amulet. We also found some loot for Belarin and would hold on to it for him. Borris also found a belt too, but that’s not important.

Peregrine exited the small tunnel carrying with him for weed than he had already possessed, and seemed higher than usual. Edward remembered the way and led us up a ladder into a very dusty room with footprints leading out into the hall. Edward and I followed the footprints into a large room with a pool table and the footprints continuing down to a blocked door. Buck took the initiative here and set some explosives and lit the fuse, and after the ka-boom, we saw a creepy looking old guy with spider tattoos on the other side. He spoke something insane to Peregrine, and both he and Edward drew their bows, and the rest of us prepared for battle as well. Borris decided to run back to the ship, but it mattered not, for it was 4 vs. 1, or at least it was, until the old guy batted aside the arrows launched and from him arm spawned 3 spiders that blocked the way to him. The spiders were easy enough to dispose of, or at least they were until the old guy spawned another one, this one the size of me, and very angry.

When things were looking up for us, the insane guy simply laughed, retreated further into the chamber, and pushed over a pillar, blocking the way to him. We slaughtered the spider, and when Buck, Peregrine, and I returned to the main chamber saw an elvish woman standing by the pool table. We stood agasp, and when we asked her how she got here, she said she swam, training for a marathon. She introduced herself in elvish, leaving Buck and Peregrine confused, and she simplified her name to Rhia for Buck and Peregrine, and we introduced ourselves. She was shocked to say the least when Edward walked into the room with his scythe covered in spider gore, and Buck gave her a torch and told her to make herself useful. There was yet another door that Edward took care of this time, and it conveniently led to the same room the crazy old guy was in.

He had fled the room however, and while Rhia, Edward and I investigated the far right side of the room, Buck and Peregrine examined a couple of rooms in the back. At the far right side of the room, Rhia and I found a spiral staircase heading downwards with water at the bottom, but before we could investigate further we heard maniacal laughter coming from a pit at the left side of the room. The pit was littered with dry spider webs and seemed to go down for eternity and it wasn’t until Buck pried himself away that I came. He broke down the door to one of the two rooms in the back and found it littered with bodies, each wearing the same uniform, and each from the Lavandran Imperial Army.

Buck let loose a cry, and when I came I found him standing over the body of his fallen friend, Jackson. We saw that the soldiers died in battle, and Jackson with them, and that one of the soldiers was wearing a strange amulet. Buck in dismay, I promised him we would find who did this, and we would exact vengeance for Jackson’s death.

-Tibles
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Oh, There He Is...
Part 14 in Crazy's Campaign

We continued delving into the depths of this prison in the middle of the ocean, and we found that there was indeed a port, but the entrance to it was blocked by some surviving dragonborn guards who refused to allow us access. We soon found a single hallway leading towards the back of the prison, so Borris and I decided to investigate while Belarin and Peregrine were off exploring. It didn’t take long to notice that the hallway was littered with trap wires, each releasing separate and more dangerous traps as you progressed. I went in first, and despite my best efforts, was hit with a few traps, but eventually made my way through to the other side soon followed by Peregrine and Belarin who triggered their fair share of traps. Borris, being the ass he is, waited for all of us to progress through until he made his way through, so very confident we had triggered all but one or two of the traps, and it brought a smile to my face when he found that no, there were still a fair number left. Whoever did this was clever and had a lot of material to work with, alchemic and otherwise.

After everyone had made their way through, we entered into a large room supported by several pillars, and on the balcony at the back of the room stood an elf wielding a giant scythe, and instead of launching his assault, he asked us whether we were friendlies. We answered yes, and he made his way down to us, Peregrine still not trusting of him (probably because of the traps) and he introduced himself as Content Not Found: edward-v-tribal, an artificer who had been locked up in this prison for misleading a known mob-boss from Bishk in search of his wares. He explained to us why he had set up the traps (because of the various insane and dangerous prisoners kept here) and lent us his assistance. He provided Belarin with new armor and gave us a place to sleep for the night, away from the jail cells and insane cannibals.

In the middle of the night, however, something stirred us from our sleep, and as Edward approached the far wall of the cavern, he told us all to back away to the other end of the chamber. Before any of us could ask why a GIANT PIRATE SHIP CRASHED IN THROUGH THE WALL FLOODING THE CHAMBER ALMOST KILLING US, APPARENTLY PIRATES ARE NOTORIOUSLY BAD SHIP DRIVERS, OR AT LEAST THE CAPTAIN OF THIS SHIP WAS!!! Belarin swam away down the stairs as the chamber flooded, probably in an attempt to save all of our lives, and Edward’s familiar Edgar didn’t return after being sent to the ship, so I sent Emrys ahead. Whilst we swam towards the ship, we saw Buck, wearing a rather large pirate hat, stand at the front of the ship and called our names into the flooded chamber. We answered, and he threw his trusty chain into the chamber so we could climb up. Wet as dogs, we each greeted our lost friend and my question was answered. Buck’s on a pirate ship, and he almost killed us, great.

Well, what are friends for, right?

-Tibles
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Where's Buck?
Part 13 of Crazy's Campaign

I awoke on a haystack in a dimly lit jail cell. My head throbbing, I tried to get my bearings and saw Peregrine smoking a hidden joint in the cell across from mine and saw what appeared to be three dragonborn guards soaked in blood, dead on the floor. After exchanging a few words with Peregrine, I summoned up a makeshift key and was able to pick the lock to my cell, and as I did so a skinny old man approached on all fours like some kind of animal. He didn’t see me, but commented on how “delicious” Peregrine looked, and that he would come back for him later, it was then he began dragging one of the dead guards around the corner and we heard the sickening noises of him feasting on flesh.

A window of opportunity came before us, and we took it. I opened my cell and handed Peregrine my makeshift key and he skillfully opened the door of his cell. With no weapons, Peregrine made due with his fists whilst I used some magic to quickly dispose of the cannibal, and while we could not give these guards a burial, we stopped their bodies from being desecrated any further. We found a couple tools for Peregrine to use, a small key, and a note mentioning a prison riot. We began to roam the prison, and found a couple barrels filled with weapons so Peregrine and I armed ourselves and took a couple extra swords for the others for when we would find them. We also found what looked like an office, and in it, we found another dead dragonborn who appeared to be a prison warden as he carried a key ring which we liberated him of. In the office was another jail cell, and in it was an old man strapped onto some kind of torture device. We liberated him and healed him as best we could, the man, named Rufus, was to weak to go on, so we let him lie down and rest his weary soul.

Leaving Rufus behind, Peregrine and I continued onwards and were soon forced to split up, Peregrine heading up a large spiral staircase whilst I journeyed up a large staircase blocked by a cage wall, which I was able to open thanks to the key ring. At the top of the stairs, I found a makeshift barrier manned by three dragonborn guards who were not pleased to see me. After negotiating with them and dropping my weapons, they allowed me to approach and enter their infirmary and I was sent to work before I could ask any questions making potions for their doctor. When I finished, I found the head guard, a tall, stubborn, and rather unpleasant dragonborn who refused to let me leave to find Peregrine and the others. I convinced him to let me go, but I could not return, but it bothered me not as I did not want to return to a place such as that. I ventured up the spiral staircase and at the top found a nearly dead knoll, Peregrine’s handiwork for sure, and I later found him at odds with Belarin, dangling in a cage several feet off the ground.

Belarin, stubborn as he is, insisted on somehow bending the bars of his cage on his own, and we noticed a sort of pulley system that passed through the wall behind Belarin into another room. We exited the courtyard and in an adjacent room, we found Borris in a cell, looking as if he had enjoyed his stay more than we had, and once we freed him and supplied him with proper weapons, we found the control room of the pulley system and released Belarin’s cage. Once we freed him from the crater his cage created, we saw he was ill equipped and not in pique conditions. Nonetheless, he took charge and ventured forth into the prison. Now with Belarin and Borris freed, this left one important question.

Where’s Buck?

-Tibles
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The End?
Part 12
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The blaring of rifles echo through the darkened mist around us. From silence to thunder it echoes across the corpses of the enemy; peacefulness broken by ear-splitting cries from barrels as the remaining heroes rush to rescue their unconscious comrades from the hell-fire of lead. The brave and valiant Peregrine, Buck, and Belarin rush to pull some of the bound individuals away and successfully save 3; Bonnie, Tibles, and Nakisha respectively. As the bullets pelt our heroes Buck and Peregrine grip each others hands with an air of bromance. Belarin, furious as he is, is deflecting almost every pellet that spikes towards him.

As the flurry calms and the thick gun-powdery smoke clears. Buck and Peregrine are standing, blood spilling from their still stable bodies, while Belarin remains virtually untouched. As the two martyrs now lazily drift to their backs, words struggle out of Buck's quivering mouth; "So this is the end?" They fall prone and spill blood into thick, crimson pools; their faces tell tales of friendship and hardship, good and bad, but being together all the way. Fond regard of this time together is shared between them as liveliness fades from their faces. Rain drops start to drizzle over the barely living souls that are collapsed on the ground, glaring at the sky.

Rain falls, blood drips as silence fills the air, descending faster and faster as they fall. Arms increasing to flex and contort around the hilt of his blades, Belarin stares down at the bodies of his friends, his comrades, his new family. Raising his pale and sunken face, a single tear runs down his left cheek and falls to the ground. His own blood trickling down his arms and across to the tips of les épée. Various emotions brooding, he slinks forward.

The crew of the ship quickly drops their now exhausted ranged arsenal and draw various melee combat tools. Ranging from clubs to long swords to halberds they all shuffle towards Belarin. Both blades gripped tightly he reels around and quickly guts a pirate. They all begin to draw upon him. Both blades flying independently yet in unison, they blocks and shield attacks left and right. Rain pouring across the sleek metallic shafts gives them hints of glory, bloodied they are not, and valiant they will stand upon this impossible battle.

But alas, an impossible battle cannot be won, as a halberd flies down he has to use both blades crossed to block, a moment of opportunity taken by a pirate behind him. Sleek crimson spires jut out from the weakened hero then quickly retract. Falling to the knees... blood spilling from an open stab wound into puddles of water and blood onto the deck. The rain dribbles down his armor to the ground with an air of completeness, from ground to sky then it returns to ground, finishing it's only goal just to start it again. Wild eyes turn to disappointed ones as they close for the penultimate time. Foot steps trod across the damp wooden deck towards Belarin. His eyes glance up and a figure seen through warm tears and cold rain is possibly the captain. The eyes close shut and a sharp push backwards sends Belarin to his end. The great, intrepid adventurer sails backwards and clatters lifelessly against the cold, wet wood.

With all of them unconscious, this may be the end… the end to love, hate, agreeance, and debate. The end to smiles, frowns, empty-pockets, and crowns. The end to it all.

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Battle in the Sky
Part 11

The shit’s hit the whirling device here. After a few hours in the airship, we noticed that a big black arcane cloud was approaching us from the stern. Tibles sent his eagle Emryss to scout it out for us, and the demonic little bird came back to us with a warning that we were being chased by a military vessel.

Tibles had equipped us with special ammunition and alchemical weapons, but that certainly wouldn’t be enough. We were overtaken by the superior ship, and before we knew it, we had been enveloped in dark purple fog. We manned our battle-stations and prepared for the worst. They were upon us in an instant, and wasted no time in ripping holes in the side of our airship, then boarding us. Belarin and Peregrine swung over to their ship, while me, Tibles, Boris, Jackson, Bonnie, Nakisha, and most of the crew stayed behind. When pirates set foot on our deck, I knew our ship would be going down. Tibles headed below deck, and found Jackson. I headed down there as fast as I could, and helped Tibles carry out an injured Nakisha and a terror-stricken bonnie.

Meanwhile, our crew was being slaughtered, and Peregrine and Belarin were ripping holes in the enemy’s forces aboard their own ship. Our vessel was done for, so me, Tibles, Boris, Nakisha, and Bonnie swung onto the pirate ship.

Through the fog it was hard to make out, but I thought I heard Belarin and Peregrine towards the stern. I made my way over, to see them standing atop a pile of corpses, fighting with all their might. Amidst the chaos, I lost track of the others, but the three of us fought as hard as we could. Peregrine delivering precise cuts with his scimitars, Belarin repeatedly cheating death and defying all odds against him, and me, giving as much medical support as I could.

In the end, we killed the guards, and stood panting atop a pile of mutilated corpses. We took a moment to catch our breath, enveloped in fog, taking in the utterly silent stillness around us. Our ship was gone, as was the crew.

Peregrine began walking towards the ship’s bow, and immediately his sighs of relief turned to calls of alarm. The mist lifted enough to show a force of pirates, at least three dozen, surrounding our bound and restrained comrades. They had guns aimed at us.

I told them that if they were planning on killing us, we would gladly take them down too. I aimed my crossbow at the air bladder above us. Belarin and Peregrine both aimed up as well. Whoever the captain was, he must have had some sort of death wish. He told us to go ahead. We obliged, and with a loud pop, broke three nicely shaped holes in the only thing holding us afloat. The ship began to descend.

The captain demanded that I relinquish the sword that I had taken. I politely told him ‘no.’

He ordered the crew to fire upon us.



-Richard J. Buckles

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The Monsoon
Part 10 of Crazy's Campaign

With Krogan seemingly vanquished, we began drawing up plans of escape, and our choices were narrowed down to the hole in the 90 foot tall roof in Krogan’s room, seeing as the way behind was blocked by cave-ins and giant spiders. At long last, we finally tied together enough rope and chain to a grappling hook and tossed it and got it latched onto the ground outside. Peregrine, being the lightest of us, climbed up first and upon reaching the top, found that a monsoon had formed outside during our spelunking in the pirate cave on Dweller’s Isle. He found a palm tree nearby to tie the grappling hook to for further support, and one by one, we began to climb the rope. First Bonnie, then Nakisha, the other woman, myself, Jackson, Belarin, Borris, and finally Buck.

Once we had all reached the fresh air of the outside world we looked around and found ourselves on the top of a mountain in the middle of the island. The gale force winds and relentless downpour of rain forced us to improvise ways of getting down the slippery, muddy mountain. Buck, Bonnie, and Peregrine all shared Buck’s heavy shield and tobogganed down the mountain side, soon followed by Borris on his axe, and Jackson, Nakisha, and the other woman on Jackson’s giant shield. Belarin and I were forced to use our cloaks as makeshift sails and glided down the mountainside, landing far away from the others in the middle of a forest. Belarin and I made our way to the shoreline from where we saw the docks and walked along the coastline until we met up with Buck and the others.

With the monsoon still in great strength, we were forced to make camp on the beach using whatever we could find as shelter and Buck pitching a tent. I awoke early the next morning and found the captain of the airship wandering around the island looking for us and I also saw that our ship had been taken away by the monsoon. The captain explained to me that by taking the crystal sword, we unleashed a curse that threatened to destroy the entire world unless we find and kill 5 of the spirits that escaped when we took the sword. After telling my friends this at breakfast, not only had we found that the mysterious woman had disappeared, but also decided to travel to Vender’s Islands where there was a crystal that would free Buck’s hand. The 5 spirits we needed to kill would find us, and if we cured Buck, Belarin, a master of the sword, would take the sword and would deal the final blow to each of the 5 spirits we needed to kill.

We packed up camp and with Nakisha and Bonnie, jumped aboard the captain’s airship, and began the quest we had unknowingly set ourselves…

-Tibles

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The Cursed Crystal Sword
Part 9 of Crazy's Campaign
The battle ensued, and the room was soon filled with the chaotic battle cries, screams, and clang of steel on steel as Borris, Belarin, and I fought to hold our ground against the hordes of pirates, and soon, much to our despair, knolls. As the knolls attacked, Belarin threw himself into the heat of battle and challenged two of the four knolls at once, parrying their blows but unable to avoid taking a few hits, and in Belarin's state, was a perilous risk he took. Borris soon came to his aid while I held the pirates at bay with Stinking Cloud, blinding and slowly killing the vast hordes.

Strangely enough, however, in the middle of the battle the iron gate in the room swung open and Buck and Peregrine, along with two new friends, burst into the room, and seeing the chaos of the battle, Buck drew Polaris while Peregrine drew his new gold scimitars and jumped into the fray. Soon, the vast numbers of Valthorn’s hordes dwindled as I held off the pirates while Buck, Belarin, Borris, and Peregrine felled the knolls. As Valthorn witnessed our imminent victory, he retreated shorty and returned with Bonnie Baillie, held up by the throat with a pistol against her head. The fool thought that this would be enough to stop us, but Peregrine tricked the pirate into releasing Bonnie and he soon fled further into the scaffolding.

Peregrine, thirsty for revenge, slew the pirate blocking his path and began to climb the scaffolding. Buck shared his idea, and climbed the scaffolding like a freight-train and ended up standing precious few feet from Valthorn. Peregrine joined Buck on the scaffolding and in his cowardice, Valthorn began to cut the supports to the giant battering ram and the scaffolding, but his actions proved useless as Peregrine and Buck simply charged in to defeat him. While the duo kept Valthorn busy up top, Belarin, Borris, and I took care of the remaining pirates and knolls on the main level, with assistance from Buck’s new friend Jackson Volkin, and soon left to join our friends up top.

We soon had Valthorn cornered on the ground level, and as he was about to attempt one last desperate strike, Peregrine pushed a chair from the scaffolding onto Valthorn’s head, knocking him unconscious. The battle over, and us weary, we bound Valthorn in chain and explored the back of the scaffolding, where Bonnie and I found a crazy man by name of Thomas scribbling in a journal. He ignored me as I attempted to speak to him, so I used my Mage Hand to take his journal from him which made him go berserk, and when he tried to climb the ladder and attack me, I knocked him unconscious and bound his hands and feet. Bonnie and I then climbed down and found Nakisha Airalin lying in a jail cell across from an emptied one. So, taking advantage of these jail cells, we locked Valthorn in one cell and Thomas in the other, and began our interrogation of Thomas, with Buckles and I playing good cop, and Borris and Peregrine playing bad cop. Through this, we were finally able to extract from Thomas that Commodore Krogan, the very man we were sent to hunt down, was trapped beyond this gate, but when Thomas told us he’d “unlock” the gate, he instead locked it further.

Seeing as we could not convince Thomas to unlock the gate for us, I took his journal and prepared my Comprehend Language ritual to understand the abyssal writing within. Meanwhile, the others continued their interrogation of Thomas which led to his near death, including a missing middle finger, no nipples, and urine on his chest (I don’t wanna know what happened). Then, Buck led the interrogation of Valthorn, but when they began the interrogation, all Valthorn spoke was abyssal, and I then entered and translated for him. Before our very eyes, Valthorn began to transform, his body growing and bulging, and, realizing the danger, Belarin took action and decapitated the demonesque Valthorn and with his head removed, the body shrank back to normal size.

I unlocked the gate, and we proceeded inwards single-file as the small path leading to a single throne at the back of the room was surrounded by the same black liquid that melted a couple knolls in the previous room. On the throne sat a crumpled old man, missing some skin, and a sword sticking out of his chest. We approached, and he introduced himself as Krogan, and said that the sword impaled in his chest was the only thing keeping him alive. We were foolish to believe him, and as Buck removed the crystal sword from his chest, his spirit vanished from his body and thousands upon thousands of spirits appeared and flew out of the only exit of this room sitting 90 feet above us. Buck dropped the sword and felt a strange, dark power in his hand, and after some examination, was discovered to be possessed.

-Tibles

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Then There Were Three
Part 8 of Crazy's Campaign
We began questioning the pirate, James, and tired and beaten as he was, he was is in no position to protest and he told us the tale of Commodore Krogan and how because of the sword he wields, has been living as the undead for 30 long years. He also told us of Captain Valthorn whom, under Krogan's orders, was attempting to open a mystical gate in the back of the cave. Throughout all of this, Peregrine heard the distant voice of Buck through a small crack in the cave wall that only he could fit through. We bade our miniature friend farewell as he squirmed through the small tunnel to help Buck and the girl we saved from the collapsing cave, Emma, told us that she was the daughter of Valthorn and that she hated her father.

She insisted on coming with us, and after leaving James, now safe from the monstrous spider, opened the stone door leading down a dark tunnel where we could hear the laughter and voices of many pirates enjoying a feast by the gate. Emma ran on ahead and I followed, invisible, to scout out the room ahead. Emma entered the grand room, and addressed her father, Captain Valthron, and after telling him how a group of adventurers saved her from dangers in the cave, said to his daughter “Well, I never really wanted a daughter anyways” and shot her in cold blood. I knew I had to remain hidden and not do anything rash until Belarin and Borris could cause some sort of distraction.

Right on cue, Belarin quickly worked out a plan and rolled a barrel filled with hard alcohol into the room, stopped by a pirate and while he was gloating that they now had something to drink, I caught on to Belarin’s plan and ignited the barrel with my magic. The explosion of the barrel caused the perfect diversion for Belarin and Borris to charge into the room and strike two of the guards. Upon Belarin’s entry, Valthorn asked him his name, and as Belarin replied "I am Belarin Uthador of the Ontas Family, a strange green hue came into his bleak gray eyes, but only for a moment. Valthorn seemed unsurprised by the presence of Belarin and Borris in his cave, so I decided to make my presence known and thought to introduced myself to Valthorn with a fireball to the face. However, I was able to get my emotions under control and figured out a much better plan to utilize my Fireball by not hitting Valthorn, but instead aiming ever so slightly to the right to not only decimate him, but a good number of his pirate crew.

As my fireball landed I heard an explosion from down below and smiled with relief as it seemed that Buck and Peregrine were causing some trouble of their own. 11 pirates were blown back by my assault, but despite this, Valthorn stood up and calmly brushed the ashes off his clothes and smiled at me and said “Well, perhaps this will provide a challenging test for you adventurers” and two of his pirates opened cages and 2 knolls, blood dripping from their maws, were ordered to attack us. Belarin and Borris had their weapons drawn and as we looked at the mass of enemies before us, we all knew, the battle had begun…

-Tibles

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Goddamn Spiders...
Part 7 of Crazy's Campaign
With Buck gone, we all felt that we now had to find our dragonborn friend and try and find a way out of this horrid, accursed cave, and our only options were to open the remaining two doors in the room. Belarin took charge and opened the first and inside, we found the floor to be covered with diamond, and I saw the greed light up in Belarin's eyes, and I knew that this was all too easy, and Peregrine, being the merchant that he was, jumped up to examine the diamond to determine if it was real or not. Whilst Peregrine examined the diamond, I cautiously moved towards the back of the room and examined an ancient book sitting on a table and discovered that the any whom dare take the diamond will become it. I turned to tell the others to stop taking it, but was too late as I saw Peregrine writhing with the diamond beginning to cover his hand and expand up his arm to his wrist. After realizing what was happening, Belarin quickly emptied his bag of all the diamond he took and went to Peregrine but only made matters worse by covering his hand with gold which began to spread as well.

I read more of the book and discovered that of the two chests in the room, one would free a person cursed from the diamond and the other, well, I’d rather not go into the details… Peregrine had already begun to break the diamond encasing his hand when Belarin moved to the wooden gold-rimmed chest and opened it to find a diamond knife, with which Peregrine was able to free himself from his diamond bindings and in the other chest I found a small ring at the mouth of a long tunnel, and the moment I moved the ring hundreds upon thousands of spiders began to crawl up the tunnel. I shut the chest and sealed it, looked to my friends and we quickly left the room and shut the door, and since we knew the chest would not hold for long, I picked the lock to the last room and quietly opened it to find a gargantuan spider sleeping on the other side.

Trapped by spiders on both ends, we were forced to advance forwards onto the spot where Buckles fell and with the combined strength of Borris, Peregrine, and Belarin, were able to open the giant iron door that stood before us. This racket woke the giant spider, and enraged, began to crash and scream and push itself through the cave wall to reach us. We fled forwards to find a small barracks in the cave guarded by 4 pirates whom attacked us, and with pirates ahead and spiders behind, we nimbly climbed the barracks wall and began to fight the pirates, and throughout the fight Belarin protected the girl we saved from before while laying waste to our foes. I was felled, but soon mended by the healing skills of Peregrine and Belarin, and awoke to find that they had already killed all but one of the pirates, and also found that the monstrous spider was upon us.

The last of the pirates, named James, aided us to rid ourselves of the giant spider that had easily destroyed the barracks and was now advancing on us. James, Peregrine, Borris and I used our power to charge a mechanism that would create a force-field to ward off giant spiders living in the cave, and while Belarin distracted it, we were able to do so and the menace was sent reeling and screaming back to its hole. Safe for the moment, we all took some rest and then began to question the pirate James as to the whereabouts of Commodore Krogan, so that we may finish our mission, find Buck, and leave this hellhole for good.

-Tibles

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