I guess today is when the traffic was bad, because Harold (and his
Chris) were delayed on their way to Roseville, but we still sat down to
at a reasonable time to play ...
Amazon Quintet of Justice VIIId: "Fall of the Naga Pirates!"
Before Our Heroines can follow the escaping nagas, Fresa is laid low
by the illness dwarves suffer after being surrounded by ocean for weeks
and has to retreat to the boat. (Don't ask.) Fortunately, Marika shows
up at about this time, having followed the other Amazons with a message
from Princess Lisbet. This is deemed sufficient strength, and the
The underwater tunnels are not too complicated, and the Quartet soon
find the naga ambush. Two nagas fully prepared for battle are a tough
match, but one is soon killed and the other flees deeper into the caves.
It makes its stand once it meets up with its allies: three magic snakes,
a yuan-ti, and a vrock demon. Marika and Alyra charge while Amaryllis
and Gabrielle attack from afar, but Alyra is once again strucken with a
magically-induced fear of snakes and flees the battle. Marika is
overwhelmed and slain, and since none of their foes have been taken out
of the fight, the remaining Amazons execute a strategic withdrawal,
leaving the tunnel sealed behind them.
Under cover of invisibility, Amaryllis teleports back to the site of
the battle, grabs Marika's body, and teleports away before the pirates
can do anything. The three Amazons take Marika back to the boat so that
Fresa can resurrect her, and lay their plans.
The next morning, fully enhanced by Fresa's magic, Our Heroines make
another assault on the pirate lair. This time they teleport in,
bypassing the wall they created last time as well as any ambushes that might
have been laid for them, and catch the snakes sleeping on the beach
where the last battle was fought. The three snakes are easily
dispatched, but as the last one expires, Alyra hears someone coming down
The naga isn't taken by surprise when the Amazons jump her, but
outnumbered three to one and without her full armaments of magic, she is
quickly put to flight, and then surrounded and killed before her yuan-ti
ally can do much to help her. The yuan-ti is then mentally controlled
and interrogated, then killed when she tries to escape into the stone
The inner sanctum of the pirates is behind a solid stone wall which
only the chief naga knew the spells to open, but Amaryllis's magic gets
the Amazons in easily, and the
looting search of the pirates'
temple and personal quarters begins! Sadly, not a lot of information
about the pirate's greater motives or secret masters is found; according
to the yuan-ti, the Great Master just teleports in when he wants to
deliver orders. However, some papers in Dwarvish are appropriated for
Stephen to study later, and the ominous tapestries from the temple are
seized. As is, really, everything else, except for those items too close
to the pool of seething evil that strongly resembled the one the Amazons
had found in
another dark temple.
Having furnished their pocket dimension with the best of the pirates'
personal effects (including an opulent four-poster bed and a gold and
silver bathtub in the shape of a squid, which produces its own hot water)
and stored everything else for later sale, Our Heroines return triumphant
A few days afterward, Amaryllis is approached by a seedy individual
who claims to represent some people interested in buying the tapestries
from the pirate temple. Amaryllis cautiously admits to having only ten
of the twelve, at which the agent shakes his head sadly and names the
outrageous sum that is all he can pay for a partial set. A meet is
arranged, at which Amaryllis and Marika will show up with the tapestries
while, hopefully unbeknownst to the villains, Alyra and Gabrielle will
lurk nearby to follow the purchasers back to their lair.
The night of the meet comes, and Amaryllis and Marika cart the
tapestries to a deserted warehouse, where the agent inspects each one
and hands over a sack of platinum when he approves it. As the last
exchange is made, two dozen people appear out of thin air, grab the
tapestries and the money, and teleport away again! Fortunately Marika's
emotional attachment to nearly twice Amaryllis's weight in platinum keeps
the villain from taking it away with him, but the tapestries are are now in
the hands of the dark cultists.
Half a dozen short ninjas (halfling or gnomes, perhaps) are left
behind, but rather than fight them, Amaryllis and Marika teleport away,
leaving the agent and his two goons to deal with them or not as they
please. Amaryllis tries to scry the location of the teleporters, but is
The Amazons have already recorded the writing on each of the
tapestries for Stephen's later examination, so after some discussion
they destroy the two they still have, to ensure the cultists never get a
complete set. Still, with that many high-powered magicians in their
ranks, the cultists are clearly much more of a threat than previously
believed, and will need to be dealt with soon.
The next day, the word on the street is that one of the major
merchant families had a great deal of money stolen from them recently.
With a sinking feeling, Amaryllis and Gabrielle wangle a dinner
invitation, and discover in the course of conversation that yes, the
money the cultists used to pay them is the coined platinum that was
stolen from the merchants. At least they get a 10% finder's fee.
Not long after that, news spreads that King Penn has taken a
large fleet and set sail for Rati with unknown intentions. Before
rushing off to stop him, the Amazons meet with Queen Ditte and learn
that she has changed her mind on the issue of the war and now fully
supports saving the world. Later, Captain Callie explains that the queen
had taken her anti-war stance to keep the support of the major merchant
families, but when the merchants suddenly reversed their position, she
was able to reverse hers.
With the Rati ambassador and his signed treaty, Our Heroines set out
for Rati and the Pelagos fleet!
* * *
We had to break when Harold and Chris left, but it was a good
stopping place anyway.
This session, we decided on a new way of calculating experience,
which I guess is the 3.5 way: each character gets experience as though
the average party level was equal to her level, so lower-level
characters get significantly more than higher-level ones. Hopefully this
will catch Gabrielle and Marika up to the rest fairly quickly.
* * *
Sometime during all this, Chrisber and Christy showed up, but they
didn't come along when Al dragged Ken and I out to the local comics and
gaming store and forced us to buy stuff at 20% off. The fiend! Ken
picked up a massively out-of-print Exalted book he had been longing for,
and I went mad with the card games and Exalted novels (the third is by
Jess Hartley, so I had to buy it, and I figured I might as well get the
first two so I could I read them in order...). Then we went back and
played the Nodwick card game, which is all about assembling henchmen,
from parts, with duct tape, in real time. I got squished like the insect
* * *
Eventually there was more sleeping.