The following is the first adventure session as told by Thane Wyndancer in his own words. While it may be a little hard to follow from time to time, it is a great retelling of the events.
I arrived in Mercadia yesterday and found myself at an impasse. I went to de local guild to get myne item appraised, and it turned out dat it was some ancient childs toy, worth nothing but de dust dat had accumulated on it. However, I threw de toy on de ground, and I heard a hissing noise. When I picked de child’s toy up a scroll fell out of de bottom of de toy. Dis scroll had weird symbols and scrawling on it and I couldn’t make any of it out. I spent de night at a local inn, de name of which I can’t remember BUT, in after midday on de next day I went looking for dis Five Winds Recovery.
See, de day earlier I saw a sign which said dat dey were looking for able bodied people of all types to help acquisition rare items. Excellent pay wid de possibilities of bonuses was promised and, eventualle, I found de right building after searching for a good hour. De door was in de weirdest place and labeled oddle, but eventualle I found a sign underneath de dore which said “Help Wanted – Apply Within”. I went in dere and dis lady was sitting at a front desk. She asked what I was doing dere, and I told her dat I was looking for work and de sign said apply widin. She looked very excited and asked me what my talents were. I told her dat I was good in combat and dat I could lift rather heavy objects and she put me down as a guard and heavy lifter. I was to be paid 5 crowns and, as I left de establishment let a rather large Half-Orc and a Gnome into de place. I stood dere and listened to dem. De Half-Orc seemed to get de short end of de stick, only being paid 2 crowns a day and de Gnome, whom apparentle was well loved in de city, was to be paid TWO TALONS! I let both of dem out and went to speak to de lady again. I told her dat my skills were worth more den what she offered before, and managed to get my pay up to 6 crowns 8 shillings per day for myne work. Seeing as dis was de best I could do I began to leave and let in two spellcasters…dey had dose weird armbands on demselves as well as I’d seen around de city. I suppose if joo cast spells joo need dem. Anyways, dey both walked in and got demselves paid a good amount to…I believe de Dark Skinned Elf got itself 1.5 talons a day while de Human got itself only 1 talon a day.
We got out of de place and all seemed to meet up outside. It seemed dat we were all going to be on de same work detail together. We introduced ourselves to each other and, to my knowledge, dis is what dere names were.
Tinkerson de Dark Elf – Midnight skin wid violet eyes and white hair
Korrah de Half Orc – Green skin, big brutish, don’t want to mess wid dat one
Luna de Gnome – Luna had lighter skin den de others and seemed a touch crazy
Lin’kunz de Human – He had an air of…good around him dat didn’t quite agree wid me…we might come to ends sooner den later
After we introduced ourselves to each odur, we decided to go to de local in dat was called De Emerald Dagger. It was apparentle de “premier” Inn and Tavern in dese parts offering de greatest in food, wine, gambling and, my favorite, womenz. We went in dere and I bought every dere first round of drinks, and de Half-Orcs first round of food and den gambled a bit. I won a few crowns from a simple dice game, and den decided to go to bed. De waitress standing around asked if I wanted any amenities and, of course, I had to sample de woman dere. I had her send up a youngish lass, only around 20 or so to help me…”bathe” and keep my bed warm for me. I can’t remember much but…after de bath I remember our first kiss and us fooling around being…pleasureable so dat is all dat matters I suppose. I will certainle be visiting dat Inn again…maybe wid a liddle less ale though.
When we woke up dat morning I realized dat a lot of my stuff was rummaged through. I didn’t notice anyting gone, so I think dat she must have riled through my stuff, but since I gave her such a good time she didn’t take anyting. I brought it up wid de manager, but nuting came of it as she was already let home for de evening.
We ate breakfast and left de Tavern, getting on a hybrid steam and rune energy engine dat got us to de Warehouse right on time. De Captain, Captain Wilward Wicket of De Dark Lie, met us at de entrance to de ship and told us where to go. Korrah, de Half-Orc, was sent down to de cargo hold and I was sent to help wid de riggings and such. Apparentle dere was a commotion down below, and apparentle Korrah took care of some troublesome peoplez dat were bothering her and I has to say, more power to her.
About 6 hours de trip was and I realized where we were heading. We headed straight towards de Reaching Wastes. In fact, we traveled farther den most people decided to go. We landed, and dere was a fight between de Lead Archeologist Landon and de Money Man and Representitive of de Broker, Norice. Dey were arguing over which site we should dig at whether dis be where de broker told us to, or where de Archeologist wanted us to. Eventuale de Money Man gave up and we dug de rest of de day in de ruins. Dat evening, however, Tinkerson and I spoke to de Money Man and he told us dat whomever was providing de money for dis expedition had told us to dig where he wanted us to. Dat eve during dinner Tinkerson and I decided to dig where dis man wanted us to. It seemed to specific of a place to ignore.
De next day we took our shovels and started digging in de sands, and Landon came over to us and told us dat we need to dig wid de rest of de crew or our pay would be docked. Tinkerson gave de man a good verbal pounding and he left us alone, calling us crazy however. For de rest of de day and de next Tinkerson and I continued to dig dere, finding nothing of value. On de fourth day in the wastes, however, de Royal SpellJammer of Mercadia landed near our dig site.
From dis Spelljammer came Amdius, de Grey Gnome Artificer to de Royal King of Mercadia and his apprentice Nuviam Ironband. Dey told us dat we should continue to dig in de place dat we were, and got de rest of de crew to help us. Within a few hours we found de entrance to a temple of some kind. De Gnome Amdius spent a few moments at de door and it miraculously opened. I being de one I was, went first, making sure dat I went down de stairs carefulle as can be. I stepped on a switch which, in turn, turned on dese globes of light. We found anuder door right in front of us which Luna opened up quickly. As we entered and saw dese Runes on de Floor I used my Airstep Sandals to float up in de air and take a look at dem from above. I took out myne parchment and compared de runes, seeing dat dey were de same I continued to study dem for quite some time However…dese odd clockwork creatures came out of de walls and it seemed dere purpose was to clean out de room.
Dese creatures looked like large roaches dat spit acid and otherwise bit people dat were next to dem. It seemed dey only attacked people who went farther into de room. Dey nearly killed one of our Spellcasters, de human, and dey attacked our Gnome friend Luna as well. She ran forward as fast as her legs could take her and found an amulet of some sort. She took it and, suddenle, de Cockroaches stopped moving and followed her command. Dis ended dat battle real quick after I defeated de first one using my Dissolving Spittle soulmeld, de first time I used it in force.
At de other end of de chamber we found another door which had gems embed into de door. Dere were twelve of dese gems, all of dem different colors and in a circle around de middle of de doors. Amdius stood at dese doors for a little bit, contemplating dem before telling Nuviam to get his chest from de spelljammer.
Amdius pressed de gems in a certain order, taking a long time between each gem dat he pressed. De order dat I observed was; Orange, Grey, White, Black, Indigo, Blue, and Black. When he did dat de door slid open and, at dat exact moment Nuviam appeared wid de chest. He pushed past me and both of dem went into de room wid Luna and I close behind dem.
As I entered de room I saw a great many tings, and a book sitting on a pedestal. As Amdius went to de Pedestal Nuviam opened up de chest and yelled out “For your blasphemies against the Prophet, you will die.” Den I heard a ticking and Amdius running past me yelling for us to run. Quick as I could I spit acid at Nuviam, killing him in one hit, burning a hole into his back. As he fell to de ground I ran into de room and grabbed de book. It was octagonal in shape and as I picked it up I ran from de room. Just as I left de room an explosion rocked de entire temple. It shook dust from de rafters, made de floor vibrate, and sent dust and debris spiraling from de room and into my back, dust billowing heroically behind my duster as I walked calmly from de room, book in hand.
Of course…I opened de book up and I couldn’t understand a word dat was written in it. Amdius came up to me and tried to grab de book from my hands but I was done wid dat little man bossing us around. He almost got me killed! I held de book above his head but, alas, he pulled de “Blah blah I’m from de drecking royal family blah blah I decree in de name of de King blah.” Reluctantly and with a muttered “Short little bastid” I handed over de book which he tucked into his coat. We were led out of de temple, out of the sands, and into de Spelljammer ship. De worst part is dat we were put under “Protective custody” after saving dat little bastards ass.
I write dis journal entry now in dis room on de Airship. Hopefulle we are headed back to Mercadia. I tink me and dat girl from a few nights ago have some business to take care of.