Ro-Kan :: Goliath cleric in the service of Thor
Zex Rockseeker :: Dwarven cleric in the service of Thor
Titus Valond :: Elven assassin for Lawful deities
Avery :: Elven sorceress
Turin :: Human warlock
Al :: Hafling bard/warlock
Pallas :: “friend” of Al
Scarabaeus is a small mining town on the island of Chult, some 200 leagues and 100 years from our heroes’ last location. Income is derived from a diamond mine in the jungle beyond the town’s borders, and a naturally protected shoreline provides a secure and discrete port for merchant ships transporting raw diamonds to various locations.
The party is quick to insinuate themselves into the town but unable to avoid attention as their mixed racial makeup, mysterious appearance, dated clothing, and heavy armaments stick out in a town of miners, sailors, tradesmen, and fishermen.
A chance encounter at the Generous Pineapple has the party meeting Krag’s grandson, Bachus, as well as Captain Argossy, both of the famous trader’s ship, the Lion’s Mane V.
Securing passage onto the Lion’s Mane was simple enough, as the party has the exact skills the good Captain needs, having lost 2 ships in the past year due to brutal attacks from amphibious ‘frog men’. The creatures attack ships, take prisoners, kill the rest of the crew, and then the sink the ships without taking any of the cargo.
The party’s role: keep the crew alive and the ship afloat
The captain agrees to pay the party with 20 cubic inches of raw diamonds (estimated value of 150,000 gold pieces when cut and polished).
Turin is greeted with a message written in blood after their first night on the ship that reads, ’Welcome aboard, Turin. See you soon. — N"
Whether the party has been cast forward in time by Thor’s design, or the tampering of the forces of Chaos remains to be seen.
The ship’s voyage is threatened almost immediately as on the second night out from Scarabaeus as the alarm is sounded and several shapes are seen in the moonlight closing in fast on the Lion’s Mane — humanoid shapes riding the waves on something just below the surface …