The Empty Keg bid found farewell to their beloved sorceror, Sinks. May the moon, stars, sun, moon-stars, sun-moons, comets, spaceships, alien faces, monoliths, and blazing starfalls keep him safe on his way to the 13th moon.
After Yeraa made her offer of formal alliance clear, the Keg left the catacombs beneath Six Kings only to see that their path was barred by the reanimated husks of their Bladebearer foes. Yeraa gave their leader a clean death — they were foes in life, but no one deserved to be raised as a twisted mockery of what they were while living! The company leaped into action and made short work of the remaining zombies before pausing to take stock of the situation. Yeraa’s seekers were nowhere to be found. A quick check of the sending stone revealed that they were under attack at the airship, the Kordanga!
Rushing up the mountainside, the company arrived after Tikulti and Govaan had beat back their attackers — men wearing the insignia of the Emerald Claw. Injuries were few, but the struts that supported the captive fire elemental on the Kordanga were damaged. The ship’s captain, Delan, informs the party that repairs will take just over a day. Some quick investigation reveals that the attack was meant to damage and delay the ship, not destroy it.
The company gets to know Delan and his crew better and engages in some drinking and mischief — notable Barnaby gets Govaan in trouble with Akitani, while Krumroc learns that Yeraa and Tikulti share a room, and that Govaan harbors feelings for his liege-lady and seething jealousy for Tikulti. Morose over love lost, or in Govaan’s case, love never attempted, the party retires for the evening. Within a day, repairs have been made and the ship is airworthy again and the Keg takes to the skies to travel towards the great monstrous city of Greywall!
The Kordanga touches down outside the city proper, and Joshua uses some well forged slave traded credentials to get the company inside the city itself. On the streets of the city, heading towards the Golden Dragon, a pair of minotaurs take exception to Barnaby wearing a minotaur skull and try to teach him some manners, only to be beaten back, dumped down wells, and into sewers. The Keg is compassionate enough to let Chombley, the dim-witted troll, take his friends and go once it’s clear that the troll just can’t die and continue on their way.
At the Golden Dragon, the characters get a well cooked meal, a fine suite of rooms, and all the amenities of home to refresh and rejuvenate them. The innkeep tells Barnaby that he’s seen Emerald Claw soldiers walking the streets the past few weeks, but none in the last few days, and that a woman matching Demise’s description arranged portal transit out of the city two days ago. The company gets it’s ducks in a row, making purchases and bank withdrawals, and then meets up with Yeraa and her seekers to search the city for the last piece of the Crown. It takes all day, but they determine that the shard lays beneath the goblin marketplace.
The Keg appropriates a pot merchant’s stall and goes to work distracting passers-by while the seekers do the heavy lifting. Acting as union members building shelves, Joshua and Krumroc talk their way past nosy Tharashk “peace officers” and nosy old hobgoblins to maintain their cover while Lan and Barnaby seek out a gnoll druid to soften the earth and convince Yeraa to foot the bill. When a harpy magistrate is brought back by the merchant with accusations of wrong doing, the Keg manages to convince her to delay any legal summons until the merchant can produce some actual proof that they didn’t rent the stall. Then Barnaby threatens to cook the orc merchant’s children.
Finally, the goblins break through and discover the ruins of an ancient tower, covered with goblin runes of warding. Barnaby tries to scale the tower only to be pushed back by several layers of wards that don’t seem to affect the goblins. The company stays behind while the seekers descend to search for the last orb. In a few hours, Tikulti calls to say that they’ve located their prize and are on their way up! It is then that Lan notices Demise staring him down from the other side of the marketplace.
Demise sends her wraiths and gnolls at the party, but Barnaby rushes forward and puts her to a quick and brutal end only to discover it was a foul disguised undead creature! One of the wraiths succeeds in filching Ashurta’s Blade from Joshua’s hand, but no force on earth can keep a Swordmage from his weapon. Krumroc wreaks havoc with his axe, chopping off gnoll heads and discorporating wraiths, while Lan causes as much property damage as possibly by shoving gnolls into stalls.
When the last wraith falls, the company hears Yeraa calling to them, laughing. Barnaby sees through the terrifying disguise — Yeraa is but a twisted memory, raised from her untimely grave. The rest of the company hesitates uncertainly. Neither Tikulti nor Govaan is anywhere to be seen as Yeraa and her seekers throw themselves, howling, at the party. (Aaaaand SCENE!)
250 gp necklace