After the chaos of battle we rushed indoors from the sound of a woman calling for help. Inside the structure with the ballista on the roof is the captain’s quarters. There we found a tired up druidess named Valania. We searched the room finding a magic book, but not the tome we set out to find. Hedherijannikker claimed some fetching pirate garb with matching hat and eye patch. I found some documents mentioning Korval and shipping orders. I’ll have to read on this more, but for now we have to keep moving. Further searching revealed a golden, ornate compass as well as other navigational tools. We found a magical pouch filled with gold coins. We came across Valania’s animal servant, a leopard… whatever that is. The creature resembles an over-sized, feral, house cat with golden fur and dark spots.
We left the building and spotted our companions, Worak and Mikel. Dragging with them down the path we came up was a pirate taken prisoner. The prisoner told us that the captain keeps his treasure in a guarded shack next to the bluff. He says that the dead protect the trove. He also told us that the pirate captain uses signal fires to guide their ships in from sea. We devised a plan to smother one flame marker and then create a new one further inland. This will create a pair of signal fires which will lead the pirates aground. This will buy us some time and possibly sink the pirates’ ship.
We moved on to the pirate captain’s treasure cave. Worak triggered a trap and we moved on. Inside the tunnel we found a hefty pile of gold and a few side passages. Down the tunnel beyond the gold is a glittering tunnel. Gemstone and rock that shine like stars; I’ve never seen anything like this. Rulpsen led the way down here; the dwarf moved as if he knew where to go. These crystals seem to ring and twinkle like tiny beads of glass or marble. A loud shattering sound and bladed shards fell on Mikel and Worak wounding them further. These tunnels may not be totally sound. We ran to cover from the falling shards after Valania and Rulpsen were injured.
After a time we entered another chamber with a great saltwater pond. Before us is a small dock and paddle boat. We piled into the boat and began rowing to the other side. Suddenly zombified hands seized the raft. Worak and Mikel rowed with their powerful arms while I cried out to the Champion to route our undead enemies. Valania summoned a shark to defend us while the others fought the zombies. Just as we were approaching the shore our boat crashed and Valania and I fell out. Worak fell in as well and sank quickly. Rulpsen and Sarlinas threw us ropes, but the dark water and bloated zombies made escape difficult. Eventually my allies rescued me from the depths.
We found even more treasure at the far end of the pool: 8,000 gold, and an assortment of gems, a diamond-studded crown, 5 scrolls and 2 vials. We also found barrels sealed shut with stolen valuables inside. Fortunately the pirates kept a magic scroll for walking across the water with them. We marched across the surface of the pond with the treasure and began the arduous process of getting the loot out. On our way to the surface I slipped down a pit trap, injuring myself a little.
When we reached the outside we saw the wreckage of a pirate ship. Corpses everywhere and ruined rigging and debris littered the beach. It seems our trap worked. It looks like the Red Wave pirates have been destroyed. Gods be good; I pray there were no prisoners or innocents with the pirates on that boat.
We got our horses and rode for Krag. There we boarded our ship and sailed back to Ark with the spoils from the quest. The trip took a week and a day. The captain of the Rift Sea Company offered to buy the recovered valuables off of us. He identified the magical items for us; we got quite a bounty!
Hedherijannikker equipped the captain’s magical outfit. The gold we have decided to keep in a party fund. The magic book boosts the reader’s personal strength, which we have given to Worak.