by rawq elrid (doug s) 1-3 hs
TL;DR: Merman attacks Black River Island and the party finds a spire in the southeastern coast of the bayou's mainland.
As the fishing boat docks on the east end of Black River Island, the intrepid…and collectively diminutive…team of Rawq, Roscoe, Benedict and Morgrimm step off to gather their thoughts and a well-earned meal at the tavern. Just outside Hurlee’s establishment, Dougal approaches to inquire about the latest excursion to the bayou. Rawq turns slowly and stares at Dougal for a moment, then meters out a response, “We had a very busy few days in the bayou and I think more discoveries are on the horizon.” Dougal hesitates for a moment and smiles at the causally clad dwarf. “Hmmm. Do tell, Rawq. Do tell.”
Rawq escorts Dougal into the tavern, buys a round of drinks and begins to describe his adventures. “As you no doubt witness from the docks, the 1st of High Spring delivered quite a surprise to our party’s initial foray into the mouth of the bayou. We were ferociously attacked by a large merman creature being controlled by what we could only surmise to be a sea witch. The green skinned, black haired sorcerer used magicks to coordinate the merman’s melee against Roscoe and me, plus directly strike at Benedict from long range.
My fool-hearty assault on the man-fish was tempered by the mighty flail strikes from Roscoe and the healing energies provided by Morgrimm, the Cleric of Life. The nimble attack from Benedict upon the witch distinguished himself as a favored enemy of the sorcerer…which may actually prove to be an advantage to draw her out again when we are more prepared to repel her cunning tactics. Unfortunately, I was not able to retrieve any portion of the merman for investigation, or nourishment, but we do not believe this creature to be a specific enemy of our settlement. The sea witch clearly displayed she manipulated it to attack us.”
“The remainder of our travels were far less…entertaining, but did reveal some interesting information. We set out on the 2nd to further evaluate Gator Rock, as we all have been calling it, for any signs of runes or unique construction. After some tense moments luring Leatherhead away from this perch, we did not detect any magic aura or inscriptions upon the huge stone upheaving from the depths. However, Morgrimm did detect distinctive scratching sound from deep within the stone that correlates to Leatherhead submerging in the river with a fresh deer kill. The four of us are aligned that the gigantic alligator has found a cave beneath the water level in the stone that it is using as a lair or nest. Curiosity begs the question of whether a larger cave or tunnel may also exist within the natural rock formation.”
“We continued southeast for some time and discovered more giant toads, but no bullywugs in that area. The remainder of our travels proved to be interesting, but requiring further scouting to attempt to establish a secondary entranceway into the bayou. This is currently very dangerous based on the big-beaked bird creatures that nest near the beaches of the southern coastline. These swift and colorful fowl have made a large settlement in that area…and appear to thoroughly enjoy sea turtle for dinner. It was a rather surprising sight to see.”
Rawq pauses and looks down at his mug of Dunkel grimly, then perks up to state, “Would you like to try some gator-jerky Hurlee and I made last week? It finally absorbed the correct balance of what few spices we had available to us here in the area. Try some and tell me what you think. I will be taking some along with my party as we head into the bayou again later this week.”
The journal entries here are provided by the active player characters participating in the Detroit Marches.
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