Champions of Bhumant

Tosas; entering the teeth and the attempt to meet Tessa the Red
And the second attempt to meet Tessa the red. Session 5

The journey into the teeth was very nerve wracking at first but it seemed to get easier as we went along, (might have been the numbers of wrecked ships that made it easier to see the hazards.
As we got in close to the fount holding the Island aloft a ship with a figurehead of a green dolphin seemed very unusual to me, as the figurehead was in fantastic shape but the ship was so rotted that it was falling apart as we watched.
DJ told me that it was magical after I pointed it out to him, so I maneuvered the ship beside it so we could retrieve the figurehead.
In short order the figurehead was on our ship bringing the Captain to renaming the ship The Green Dolphin.
I am much glad in this as the previous name seemed to bode ill for us.

After this Equias WC gave us a history of what she knew about this place, but they always had an emissary that met them, there was no such for us, so we made to move up the fount to talk to the arch-mage.
After a very harsh trip up to the top of the island we got told by a bird that they weren’t receiving visitors.
We rested awhile then took it on ourselves to move into the tower itself , there the bird was again taunting us, after we started to figure out the tests of this place we started our way through. at the water trail I along with the others failed and later woke up at the bottom on an island. the harrowing trip up the fount for naught.

After resting and recovering from our trails we started to scavenge around not finding much until DJ sensed magic from sails on a sunken ship, we went down to help him free the sails after he noticed a bunch of sharks in the area around it.
After we fought the sharks off, DJ killing most of the sharks and then healing those of us that were injured, we were able to get the sails back up to our ship.
After resting into the next day we decided to try the trip up again , I am worried as the first trip was almost the end of me but DJ says he learned some magic from a book that should help us get there, (maybe I should borrow that book from him later)
Well the trip up was still quite a chore but we did make it with a lot less trouble, we met the bird again in the tower and started our way through the tests, the water trip went a lot better this time we got to see the arch-mage and her wonderful collection of study materials. She was a lot nicer to DJ and the rest of us than I thought she might be.
After time spent studying in her home and resting we were sent back to our ship and the teeth seem to part for the ship with us on it to leave. We have decided to head west and attempt to acquire a larger ship.
We need to do this and find rum before the little crew we have decide food and water is not enough to stay happy
Hoping for happy hunting….

The Arch Mage

We reached The Teeth, home to the Arch Mage Tessa the Red. The whole crew worked together to get us through The Gullet. We found a crashed ship with a magical masthead that we were able to take as our own. DJ says it will make the ship more maneuverable. I have renamed the ship “The Green Dolphin” in its honour.

AT the end of The Gullet, we found a geyser of water shooting 200 feet in the air with the mage tower on top. There was no way to communicate with Tessa to request entrance, so DJ, Tosas, Equias & I decided to fight our way there. The two crabs shared a rope as did DJ & I. We shot through the geyser and needed to grab on to the floating island. DJ slipped, but I was able to save him. Then the 4 of us had to climb the face of a sheer cliff. Luckily I had thought to arm everyone with grappling hooks. Equias & I took the lead climbing and pulled our partners up after us, but not without some bumps and bruises from being hauled up.

AT the top of the cliff we were greeted by a giant colorful bird who told us that Tessa was not seeing visitors. We tried to pursued it otherwise, but it was insistent. It flew into the tower & we followed it. It told us that we needed to complete a test to meet Tessa & we had already done part of it by getting this far.

The next test was to find a key to the next room. After much searching, DJ was able to find the right part of the map and pressed it to open the door. Then came the fire room. DJ navigated us through it by stepping on the tiles with pictures of fire creatures. The next room was filled with water. We struggled to swim through, but alas we couldn’t do it. We passed out and woke up on another island. DJ had a book next to him.

Near the island, DJ saw the wreckage of a Kraken ship and dove down to it. He was quickly circled by sharks, but for some reason didn’t come back up. I sent Scotty, Mongrel & Tosas down to help. They killed off the sharks and came back with sails that DJ said were magical to help with speed.

We started to leave The Teeth and DJ realized that the book he had gotten contained a spell to help us all be protected from different environments, included breathing underwater. We decided to try for the magetower again and brought Henry since he excels at climbing.

This time we made it through all the tests and met Tessa herself. She was a beautiful redhead. After she talked magic with DJ for a while she showed us all to her library which we could use to prepare for some of the challenges we would face on our upcoming quest.

DJ tried to get to know Tessa better personally, but Kraken must have very different ideas of romance. Tessa seemed disgusted by his advances and I tried to smooth things over. She seemed grateful for this and showed me a night of true magic. Now I truly feel ready to save the world!

DJ: Days 4 & 5
quest for the Archmage

I am fraught with worry that i am unequal to the task laid out before me by prophesy. Though I bent the crew to my will and we proceeded to The Teeth, I sense that this Captain may not be the simple puppet I had hoped he would be. Both good and bad may come of this. I must tread carefully allowing him to think he retains control. Our skiff approached a plume of water that we were required to climb. It is here that I began to doubt my suitability to this task. My power is great and growing, but the physical form containing it is weak and fragile. We barely managed to struggle to the top, exhausting all our resources to do so. At the top we rested briefly. Proceeding on wards we entered a room of fire. This puzzle yielded readily to my intellect (at least I have THAT still going for me). Afterwards we were forced to swim upstream. Even my racial ability proved insufficient to combat the fatigue and dragging the land dwellers with us. We passed out and awoke on a small island. Next to me was a book that taught me the Environmental protection spell. I smiled to myself realizing that even if the Archmage could not directly help me she still wished us well. We traveled a bit and recovered 2 artifacts that would aid us in our task. A figurehead of a Dolphin that gave our skiff a name of “Green Dolphin” and some sails that would speed us on our way (I admit I enjoyed the visceral pleasure of slaughtering the sharks that stood in our way). Our spirits and resources bolstered we managed to ascend and meet with the Archmage. She was beautiful as expected. (If a bit old for my tastes). We gained some valuable information, a chance to train our skills and recuperate. Next we will attempt to take a better ship in which to try and save the world…….

Day 3 on Fantasy Island
Tosas finds a mate?

Having just reached the point where I can now create and/or purify water I was feeling fairly relaxed about our chances. Some God Damned Dinosaur decided to try and eat us! I objected (though not strenuosly as it did not appear truly dangerous). Our small party quickly killed the beast and we were unable to obtain any useful materials from the beast. We attempted to repair the Skiff, but despite Tosas and I’s best efforts would have failed except for the lady looking down upon us! a Female Skurrilion was seen along the shore. She turned out (not surprisingly) to be a carpenter able to repair our skiff! Once more the prophecy proving itself! There was some argument about circling the savage lands looking for Tressa the Red (the last archmage) I, of course, won out on the discourse. We did meet a reasonable man, a privateer of some sort, who sold us some powder to fire our cannons (at cost!). Currently we are approaching the Gullet and about to attempt to sail through and meet up with the archmage. More later…..

Tosas and Leaving Volcano Temple and travel to The Teeth
Session 4

After waking to the sound of a roaring beast we encounter a big creature, we were able to stop its charge and kill it in short order, finding that it wasn’t worth anything for food we ended up dumping what we could of it in the pool of congealing blood. we finished searching the area around the temple and then left to go repair the skiff.
Once there DJ and I tried and tried to fix the skiff but only managed to annoy it and us (if a skiff could be annoyed).
Captain Baxter spotted someone bobbing in the waves off the coast so DJ went out and met them and brought them into shore.
She turned out to be a ship’s carpenter and a female Scurillian, named Equias I guess that is a double plus, she seems to be very competent in repairs of vessels.
She fixed the skiff up in short order.
We named the ship and headed out to our fate after a very heated discussion.
Finally heading to our doom, erm I mean The Teeth to attempt to talk to the ArchMage in hopes of finding a way to safe the world as we know it.. More than likely to be killed for our efforts. after 15 days travel on the seas we came to The Teeth’s opening, may the powers that be help guide my hands as we sail in. We drank the last of the rum as we came in sight so I only hope we get more before we die.
We did trade with Capt. Bartholomew Davis a privateer after the first day of sail trading some fresh water and some amount of coin for enough gunpowder to fire the cannons 40 times.
Mayhap I will be able to continue this log after tomorrow….

DJ: Day 2 on Fantasy Island
WTF was in that weed????

We awoke to the welcome sight of a small skiff beached to the South of us. It had a hole in it and lacked a sail but was otherwise seaworthy. The “Captain” under my recommendation sent a group to retrieve the ship’s carpenter from the other refugee group. I took the harpooner, my bodyguard, and 5 others to “retrieve” the carpenter, some sail cloth and some wood to repair the skiff’s hull. As we approached the encampment we saw that our old ship, The Damned, was on fire down to the waterline. The other group had been taken by something, we saw drag marks. We did manage to retrieve some sail cloth and some timber to repair the skiff and started back. On the way Henry the jackass harpooner found some vegetation he claimed was good for eating. To my shame I believed him and partook. It tapped into my warrior side forcing out the intellect and making me more of an enraged beast. (Note to self, this “weed” may be useful in the future….) we found our other group and trailed them to a Temple of Red Men. There my berserk fury led me to actually physically assault the enemy! We cut through most of the enemy whilst the Cptn and our crab broke free. I was clubbed unconscious which would NOT have happened if I was functioning with a full deck (F you Henry!!) While I lay reeling I heard The maiden’s crying and felt myself reborn. No addiction, full of spell casting vigor. The enemy shaman summoned a mighty Monkey Spirit but was unable to maintain the spirit once his spine was severed. Now we are down to 10 or so men. We have plenty of food, water, and Rum. I’m taking a small holiday…….

Captain's Log - Supplemental
Stardate 2.1

We awoke the second day of my command to discover a beached skiff with a small hole in the hull and no sails, but otherwise in good shape. Remembering that the ship’s carpenter and the wood & sails needed to restore the skiff were only a few hours walk back to the wreck, I put DJ in charge of a small team to retrieve the resources. He took Henry the harpooner, his “bodyguard” & 5 other men. Tosas & I remained with the skiff and the balance of the crew resting for the tasks before us and hoping to gather some more fish to supplement the rations.

I heard some movement and motioned for the crew to be ready to fight. Next thing I knew I woke up in shackles. WTF!!! How could this happen again?? You’ve got to be kidding me.

I was chained to some kind of stone pillar in a line that included all the men from the skiff and those we had left with the wreckage. We seemed to be between a stone temple and a massive bubbling pool of blood. Our captors were large red men covered in hair bearing clubs and the one in charge was chanting and periodically threw one of the bound men into the pool. They would scream and be engulfed completely. The line of men was disappearing way too fast.

None of us seemed to have any luck freeing ourselves and the situation was bleak. Then, from out of the forest DJ charged in bone sword held high. His whole team followed and engaged the enemy. I could do nothing but watch. He beheaded one of the creatures and sent an icicle into the leader, clearly doing a serious injury. But he was hit from behind by one of the enemy as he ran past. The leader threw another man into the pool which bubbled more quickly. Tosas managed to break free and joined the fight. From the pool emerged a giant monkey creature. Tosas killed the leader and the creature dissipated, thank the gods.

I finally got free in time to help clean up the few remaining enemy. We found our gear along with some huts, but most of the crew was gone. We are down to 10 men. On the bright side, the food will stretch further and we now have shelter and fresh water. We have some time to figure out what we do from here, but will we survive the island? I must put on a brave face for my crew. They look up to me and need my strong leadership more than ever now.

Tosas and the Volcano Temple
Third Session

We woke up after a nights rest and found that there was a skiff visible from where we camped that we didn’t see during the evening hours as the lighting was too bad.
We can tell the skiff is repairable, but the ship carpenter is one of the people that stayed at the ship wreck.
So the Captain sends a small group back for materials and to convince the carpenter to come help fix the skiff.
Soon after they left some strange power affected those of us in the large group and the next I know I am at some sort of temple beside a blood filled pool that seems to be huge, I notice that the group we left at the wreck site and all of those that stayed with the Captain at the skiff including me are bound to pillars beside the pool of blood.
There are several Ugaks with clubs around us and one that has a spear and garbed differently from the rest that is chanting and shoving our men one after the other into the blood pool.
I know that I will only have seconds to fight before I might join the men in the pool, but the Captain is the last in the line of pillars and I am the only one in front of him that I can think of that stands a chance merger as it is of stopping all of us from joining the ones in the blood pool. So I start worrying the bounds that bind me.
Before I break free there is a disturbance from the other side of the pool. There is only five of us left on the pillars at that point.
The away team have found us. DJ charges in with the rest streaming after him he almost seems to be drooling as he charges forward sword in hand hollering at the Ugak Shaman/mage to stop, the Ugak says a word of power and shoves the next in the line into the pool.
Then DJ shoots the shaman with a icicle wounding him severely, at this the groups of ugaks that were around us start charging the group coming in except for three that try to protect the shaman, DJ cuts his way through the ones that got between him and the shaman and charges to the face of the shaman, as he did this I saw blood spray from his back as the club from one of those he charged past slammed him hard.
I break free of my bonds and charge to the other side of the shaman to try to assist DJ in doing so I stun the two Ugaks that are guarding the shaman while dj and the shaman wield magic at each other. Then I see DJ knocked out by a stroke of the guard on the other side of the shaman from me. I mortally wound the shaman and the guard on the side closest to me. About that time a huge monkey that had risen from the blood pool disappears , I guess that it was controlled by the shaman. at this point DJ rejoins the battle and between the Captain, DJ, Henry the few crew that are still alive and I are able to finish of the remaining Ugaks.
We do a quick search and find our gear and more….

Assuming Command of the Damned

After killing the Captain on the ship that held me prisoner, I became the new captain. I initially offered the position of first mate to the Kraken mage DJ who was so vital to our revolution. Tosas asked to be considered for the position and seemed very qualified, mentioning things about being a quartermaster and creating article for ruling the crew. SInce DJ didn’t seem to care either way, I gave the position to Tosas. Henry the harpooner had no desire to be an officer.

The first order of business was to regain control of the ship. It was being driven faster than I thought the ship could go by some mysterious force. The rudder had broken off in the fight, so we couldn’t turn. We tried dragging some old sails in the water behind the ship to slow us down with little effect. Soon a rocky shore came into view. All we could do was brace for impact as the ship broke upon the rocks.

Most of the crew died in the crash. I gathered the survivors and had them scavenge the wreck for food, water, fishing gear & other essentials. We found ourselves on an island made of volcanic rock. There was nothing on the shore but rock, not even birds or sealife. There were several volcanoes and a dense forest in the distance.

We obviously couldn’t survive long in the open with no food, drinkable water or shelter. I discussed with my officers whether we were better off heading directly for the forest or walking along the shoreline and we agreed to stick to the shore.

Some of the survivors who had been prisoners and had no experience at sea wanted to wait for rescue by the wreckage. They seemed to feel strongly and I didn’t need to be burdened with men who couldn’t care for themselves, so I offered to let any who wanted stay and have a share of the provisions & gear. More chose to stay than I expected and they wanted more than their share of the supplies. After DJ shot the most vocal opposition with a bolt of power, a few more came to join my group. We took our rightful share of supplies and walked along the shore until shortly before dusk.

We made camp and tried to get what fish we could to supplement the hard tack. During the night, we heard scratching noises coming closer. We lit two torches and passed out the few weapons we had. DJ and I stayed on the high ground on a large rock, Tosas & Henry moved forward with the torchbearers, the remaining armed sailors right behind.

There was a huge lizard with a yellow back. It was easy enough to kill, but when it dropped two more followed. One of these killed a sailor. We quickly dropped them as well. Looks like we’ll have plenty of lizard to eat for a few days.

DJ: Shipwrecked
My will is law.

Our ship was driven before a mystic wind and ended up crashing upon the Savage shores. some 25% of the crew survived including the three that have managed to make themselves noticed to me. 1) Baxter Seabrook: I will use him as a pawn in my quest to destroy the Sea Hags. My initial thought that he is the prophesied one may have been in error, nonetheless he is a stalwart youth…. 2) Tosas: a Scurillion, which alone makes him useful in a fight. 3) Henry the harpooner who styles himself “The Handsome”. Perhaps he is, I have no concept of male human beauty being partial to the female of the species myself.

the survivors of the beaching "voted’ (a concept I do not understand, those with the power rule, those without follow or die. It was decided that our group would proceed inland whilst the other group stayed by the beach. One of the beach group attempted to take more than what I considered fair and I eliminated the problem and asked if there were any other "leaders’ who wished to challenge our “captain’s” orders. As I suspected, there were none. We proceeded towards the trees and camped for the night. Some lizard like creatures tried to make dinner of us and were turned into a meal for us. More to come…


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