- 4 skiffs were circling the ship. 3 filled with boarders and one filled with archers. Two other passengers appeared on deck when the alarm was raised. A creature with a tail and horns and a tipsy looking human fighter. The fighter launched himself off the deck onto a skiff. He proceeded to bash the boarders bare handed. The creature on deck launched burst of Eldritch power at a group of boarders making their way below decks. I heard foot steps behind me and felt an arrow hit my back. The wound was superficial.
- I spun and drew my crossbow. Six boarders had landed on deck. Three rushed me and three ran to the port side. After missing my shot, I reached into my satchel and pulled out a fire flask. I chucked that at the port three. Finally hit a target. Actually three targets. It was time to take care of my immediate threats. I drew my missile wand and dropped one of the pirates. I use the term pirates loosely. They looked like pirates from a pantomime. They were all dressed alike right down to the striped frocks. What little I know of pirates they don’t dress in uniforms. A motley crew is what you’d expect, not a troupe of mummers.
- I fell back to the tavern area and alerted Stickpin of my thinking. He made his way below decks. Rumia leaped onto a skiff and cleared it except for the skipper. He fell for Rumia’s physical attributes and martial abilities. The fighter and warlock continued to fight with us.
- Capt. Morgas made his way below decks. Looks like this melee is moving. Hopefully Stickpin will use the fight to get into the looked room. The Cloud’s Destiny’s crew fought ferociously and slowed the boarders. Morgas manned the starboard ballista and I took control of the port ballista. The Jade Fire (the name on the pirate ship) approached on my side. I fired up at the pilot house. The ballista passed through the Jade Fire’s air elemental which unleashed it from it’s pilot.
- The Jade Fire veered toward the Destiny’s port side. Our pilot lost control of the fire elemental and both elementals attacked each other. The Jade Fire crashed into us. Probably not the best time for my aim to return. I hope Theirastra’s Feather Fall spell works on seven.
- I cleared from the ballista and made my way for the stairs. I caught up with Stickpin and told him we may have a chance of surviving. Hiding in the ship’s galley. The galley contained magical cabinets similar to Bags of Holding. We could get inside, survive the crash and step out when we thought it was safe. We did this with House Cannith chests and closets of Holding. As long as we stay together and in contact with the portal entrance we could survive. Stickpin was speechless but the expression on his face told me all I needed to know, the cabinets would be Plan B or Z.
- We emerged on deck and saw Rumia and Alex the fighter clearing a skiff. Capt. Morgas and the remaining crew members ran down stairs to stow themselves in a cabinet. I smacked down a boarder with my mace and made my way to the skiff. I shared my plan and the rest wanted to take the skiff to safety. Hmph. Alden and Therastra sailed the skiff to the crash site..
- Capt. Morgas and the surviving crew members emerged unscathed from the cabinet. Morgas tried to berate us but Alden pulled rank and told him the Lyander Ship’s Guild would hear about this debacle. I had to bite my cheeks to keep from laughing. We started off toward Staringrad in the skiff. We traveled most of the night and arrived at a gated, walled town. Alden almost got us in. He impressed the first guard, but a second was not impressed. Time to use our backup – the travel passes.
Gurney's Journal pt. 11