Having recuperated from our fun with our insect playmates, We packed up and headed out of the lair, but as we stood blinking in the sunlight trying to accustom our eyes, who should we see but a group of goliath. Not wild ones either, these had the manners of city goliaths and the scars of previous inprisonment. I went forward to parlay, as a fight with 4 armed goliaths at this point would not go well for anyone.
The smallest of them appeared to be a shaman, and also the leader, held high in the others eyes. We talked in our native tongue, and despite the constant rude interruptions by the other members of the party, i discovered that these goliaths were indeed escapees from Levenge, and through what they believed to be divine will they were led to me to enlist me in their crusade to free their imprisoned brothers and cleanse the colaberators. I saw no reason to antagonize them so advised my sympathies and agreed to see what i could do to help.
The goliaths left and we headed on our way, making a swift pace to try and reach town before our small charges hatched. As we traveled we noticed a storm on the horizon, heading our way, and since only the most violent of weather would separate from the roil in this fashion, we knew that it would not be pleasant be caught unprotected when the full force hit. To this end we redoubled our efforts, and pushed on to the limits of the others feeble endurance. Aparently the moisture from the approaching storm triggered the hatching of one of the Krithik’s, which promptly fell to eating the other.
Fast and long as we traveled, the storm soon began to catch us, and by the time we reached the river bank the winds were fierce and the rain thick and unpleasant. To our joy, we see on the bank of the river a disused building, what we assume to be an abandoned trading post. Since i was now carrying the eladrin and the attempt of the elf to turn into a beast of burden for the saint had failed, we were overjoyed and made one final push into the building. There the party rested while some of us repaired or barricaded the doors and windows. We then waited out the worst of the storm.
Once the storm eased, i tried to get Badden to go and get The Lobster Man and bring him to us, but he seemed reluctant, and stared moaning about webbed footprints. With a rush the Eladrin was outside, and trouble ensued. We were assaulted by a mob of fish men, and while most of them seemed quite weak one of them was very nasty indeed. They had not bargained on our prowess however and were rapidly dispatched. Badden then headed off while we waited, and i fed Derek the baby Krithik some of the fish man which he ate but did not relish.
From what i can piece together, Badden crossed the river safely and walked around for a while (since Levenge was not in sight) before relenting and asking for directions and then reversing his direction and heading into the city. Then after some intensive negotiations he managed to get our free return journey upgraded to 100gp and and the heads of the monsters we killed. Luckily for us the man seemed desperate enough to ignore Baddens social blunders and actually headed out across the river. With the elf’s guidance they eventually found our hiding spot.
Sensing things might go badly for him if we got desperate, Lobster Man then ignored our further attempts at negotiation and transported us back to Levenge, and even had the good graces to offer us a drink. Our business acumen never ceases to amaze me. While we partake of some of the nastiest booze i have ever tasted, Saint heads of to the lady for delivery instructions. From what i understand another brilliant session of intense negotiations takes place, but once again luck seems to be on our side; I believe that she already had a buyer and didn’t want to disappoint by telling us where we could shove out Krithik.
Saint comes back and lets us know we are to head strait to her offices. We place Derek’s cage into a box to avoid comment, and head off through the quiet near-pulse streets. We only encounter one patrol, and as nobody does or says anything they just walk past us without incident. This is a new one for us, but effective, we may have to add it to our list of popular tactics. We reach the lady’s office and hand over Derek. She seems moderately pleased once she sees the merchandise is acceptable, and even seems a little fascinated by Derek’s lovable antics as he tries to rip her face off from behind the bars of his cage. The scamp!
We receive our payment, 150gp each, and most of us seem happy. The Eladrin alone seems to take this sum as an insult, and takes his revenge by giving the lady some shells taken off the fish men, apparently enjoying the fact that she didn’t seem to notice they were really worthless. For some reason we broke from tradition and didn’t try to re-negotiate the now completed business transaction, but instead left and went to the Top’n’Tail for the night.
The next day we decide to ponder our next move. The Eladrin sells some tridents he had found embedded in him yesterday, and i buy a nice big chunky executioners axe, partly to make beheading monsters for bounty easier and partly because it looked really scary. Badden refuses to upgrade his imaginary dagger, assuring us he has a real one in reserve if things get too bad. From the news rag ‘The Jester” we find out about current events. Of note was that some church guy died, and also that Albrech Mouldt caused another riot due to his bad treatment of slaves. We decide to make inquiries to get as much info as possible on both happenings for later, and sign up with the emperor’s new venture to rid the city of the attacking fish men: 100gp per man to lure out and eradicate the fish men and track them back to their lair and clean it out.
We head down to the docks, and board the floating wreck called the Reprisal, and begin sailing up and down the river dropping bits of dead cow overboard. Why do i have a bad feeling about this?
“Excerpt from the diary of a Goliath”