The Azure Shroud of Doom

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The Indigo Galleon


Dramatis personæ:
Fenfaril the Wizard………………………………………………………….a master of arcane arts
Hrog the Giant…………………………………………………………….a dwarven barbarian, an outcast from his home
Ragner the Cleric………………………………………………………..a devotee of Khorne, god of Bloody Conquest

Captain-Senator Balbus………………………………………………Captian of the Imperial treasure galleon, HMS Relentless
Apothiko Vitula…………………………………………………………..an alchemist and sorcerer, Balbus’s bodyguard

Jovon…………………………………………………………………………mayor of Codcliffe
Beatrix………………………………………………………………………Jovon’s wife
Gordig…………………………………………………………………………an innkeeper and former Imperial soldier
Atria……………………………………………………………………………Gordig’s daughter
Elizabeth…………………………………………………………………….a barmaid at Gordig’s inn
Fatima………………………………………………………………………….a barmaid and “seamstress”
Helifino………………………………………………………………………owner of a general store
Dengar………………………………………………………………………..a fisherman and head fish-monger for the village
Henoc………………………………………………………………………..a older man, a strong proponent of the Empire
Calix……………………………………………………………………………a suitor for Elizabeth’s hand
Felix…………………………………………………………………………..Calix’s younger brother


Scene:
A hard scrabble fishing village far from the heart of the Empire. Codcliffe is perched upon a 100’ cliff.  Two hundred souls live humble but stable lives here, fishing and trading their bounty with nearby dwarven settlements


Ragner and Fenfaril have made their way across the Great Sea and entered the lands of the Empire. Recently, while exploring an abandoned dwarven forge inhabited by a small pack of kobolds, they met and were joined by a dwarven barbarian who calls himself Hrog the Giant. The three are soon beset upon by a prodigious, week-long storm and seek shelter in the village of Codcliffe. They wait out what the locals call a once-a-decade storm, taking the time to get to know a few of the villagers and restock on supplies.

This morning, after the storm broke, the party was joined there by a Captain-Senator and his bodyguard. These impressive persons are castaways from HMS Relentless, an indigo-sailed Imperial treasure galleon. She lies beached on a nearby tide flat that is shunned by the villagers, a place where the octopus folk gather to bellow at the comets.

These ragged Imperials come not as guests but as overseers, and they demand the service their Empire is due. For in the chaos of the wreck, Relentless lost her most valuable cargo: the prisoner Mr. Hobart and his notorious crew of corsairs. The Emperor has commanded that Hobart’s marauders be presented to the Court in time for High Season, so that he might proclaim a nine-day execution feast in their honor and Captain-Senator Balbus demands Codcliffe’s assistance in recapturing his prisoners

The villagers are apprehensive to aid the Blabus and his sorcerer bodyguard. They loathe the tax-hungry Imperials, they are terrified of marauders, and they have known for generations that it is unwise to trespass on the lands of the octopus folk. When Balbus’s calls for aid from loyal Imperials are once again met with silence, it is the Imperial sorcerer, Apothiko Vitula,who responds, by using his mystical powers to polymorph several of the villagers into chickens. The villagers watch on in horror as Gordig, Helifino, and Dengar contort into avian forms. Apothiko announces that he will change the transformed back into their natural shapes once the village has given their due assistance.

Apothiko has barely finished speaking before hasty Hrog the Giant leaps forward, slicing viciously into to the sorcerer with his mighty dwarven sword. The sorcerer responds with a blast of arcane magics, pitting and scoring the sword, and biting deep into Hrog’s flesh. As Ragner and Blabus exchange blows, several villagers charge forward, piling onto Hrog to attempt to subdue him. Fenfaril releases his own arcane blast in the form of an ill-timed fireball, killing the sorcerer but also savagely burning the nearby villagers, including Fatima, Atria, and Felix. As Ragner lands the killing blow to Captain-Senator Balbus, the Imperial soldier coughs out a warning against the justice that will fall upon the village.
The woeful wizard does what he can to lend aid and succor to the injured villagers, promising to attempt to reverse the sorcerer’s polymorphic magics while Ragner and Hrog the Giant carefully sort through the Imperials’ belongings. One of the villagers, Henoc, is loudly proclaiming doom upon the adventurers and gathering others to his side. Sensing the growing sentiment against them, the party departs the village towards the tidal flats, interested in what the beached ship may hold.

Hrog the Giant leads the Fenfaril and Ragner to the nearby tidal flats, carefully maneuvering close to the ship. The Relentless is beached upon the sandy flats, her rigging in tatters from the storm. The ship will still float, but without repairs she will not be seaworthy. From the treeline, the adventurous trio spies several shapes clamboring about the upper deck and rigging of the ship. Sea ghouls, bearing sharp fangs and razor talons, quickly detect the party as they try to creep closer and run for the gangplank. Hrog the Giant surges forward, chopping at the first ghoul, but is quickly surrounded as the others leap to the plank. Ragner charges in behind the dwarf, warhammer swinging as Fenfaril fires bolts of eldritch fire at the creatures. In short order, the sea ghouls are defeated and left in the slowly rising tide. As Fenfaril and Ragner board the ship, Hrog the Giant announces that he will not be able to accompany them. He must continue his journey to the eastern reaches of the Empire.

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