Kerplunk!

Seeing the pirate boat turning away, Ludo lowered his bow – turning to Miklos, he asked him, “could you cast your spell upon the leader that would cast him into the sky and then release it when his ship has sailed on without him? With all that plate mail, he would sink like a stone.”

“Ingenious,” interjected Hasan admiringly. And the elf summoned his levitation magics, focusing all their power on the pirate captain. To execute his incantation amid their own vessels movements taxed the elf’s concentration, so the elf could only hold his breath as he released the energies on their target and heaved upward with all his might.

Stephan kept an eye on the pirate boat despite its turning away. Damn, he thought. Can’t retrieve those arrows. He watched to see what Hasan was up to.

He couldn’t help but laugh at seeing the plate-armored leader of the other boat be unceremoniously lifted from his boat. The man let out a string of curses that made Stephan laugh even harder. He could see that Hasan, however, was not laughing but actually breaking a sweat; his face in stern concentration.

Dwarf in the meantime was scrambling back to his feet and putting some distance between him and railing he’d almost gone through. He cast about looking for his dropped crossbow. Thankfully, it also hadn’t gone over the edge.

Hearing laughter, Feldard followed his companions gazes up into the sky and the dwarf added his deep guffaws to their mirth.

After seeing the man plummet to his watery doom, the dwarf looked across the waters to the fleeing boat. “Do we go after the others and deal with them now or wait til they regroup come for us again?”

Ludo yelled across to the pirate riverboat “heave too and prepared to be boarded. If you resist you can expect no mercy! Captain, look lively – take us alongside, before the bandits awake. Ludo looked at the Mudlarks crewmen, you men grab some grapples and rope we need to secure these bandits before they awake.”

“Easy there young man,” said the grizzled Captain Scylla. “My vessel tain’t meant for combat. We’re on schedule to arrive in Threshold midday on the ‘morrow and ‘tis a schedule I aim to be keepin’.”

And so the Mudlark continued on its journey on the Windrush River. The rest of the day was uneventful. After their battle adrenalin subsided, the battle-hardened companions relaxed as the sun began to set. Once again, the sharp-eyed Elven prince was the first to spot something of interest in the distance. High in the sky toward the east, over the hills and headed northward was a flying red carpet. One of the passengers was unmistakeably dressed in the trademark golden yellow robes of their rival Golthar. The other two riders were a man in chain armor and a female dressed in leather.

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10 responses to “Kerplunk!

  1. 7pm, Lunadain, the 5th of Flaurmont, 1001AC
    Moderately cloudy, calm

    Maruc: 30xp
    Miklos: 30xp
    Feldard: 10xp+30xp
    Hasan: 10xp+30xp
    Stephan: 10xp+30xp
    Ludo: 10xp+10xp+10xp+30xp

    TOTAL:
    Maruc: 23,945/24000
    Miklos: 23,945/40000
    Feldard: 24,195/34000
    Hasan: 23,400/32000
    Stephan: 23,245/32000
    Ludo: 22,770/40,000

  2. Ludo

    Ludo sighed, the days activities had been exciting, a pity that Captain Scylla had not wanted to capture the river pirates – he felt that the Captain had missed an opportunity.

    Stephen, when we stop for the night, I think we should stand watches, those pirates could be back. It would also seem that Golthar knows our destination, we should discuss what our plans for Threshold, I think Golthar will have some surprises waiting for us, he is not likely to stand idly by while we replenhish our supplies and then head north. I think that the least amount of time we spend in Thereshold the better.

  3. Feldard

    Feldard glanced up with a hopeful expression hearing Ludo talk about stopping for the night. Even his strong constitution was being taxed by the motion of the riverboat. “I take the middle watch, ” he offered.

    When the talk turned to planning, Feldard grunted and put in his thoughts. “I can’t speak for what Miklos or Maruc have planned in Threshhold, but gave my word to bring Nikolas’ remains to his mother and that’s what I plan to do.”

  4. Stephan

    “Da, Ludo. We’ll keep watch through the night. But I don’t think the captain means to stop. The river can be navigated in the dark but the going may be slower. But captain may want to stop regardless.”

  5. Ludo

    “Aye Feldard, honouring oaths and one’s comrades is important – do we know where Nikolas’ mother lives. My concern is that Threshold is a frontier town, the Dukes law is repersented here, but only barely. Golthar will have plenty of men looking for a chance to earn some money. We also have to consider that with his power he may have the Dukes repersentitives in his pay, in short we must be on our guard, or we could find ourselves in the local jail with Golthar holding the map”.

  6. Feldard

    The dwarf snorted in reply, “Only over my dead body.”

  7. Maruc

    Maruc gazed up at the flying carpet. He nudged Miklos. “No an inconspicuous way to travel? I wonder who the other two are? I’d reconginse Jolenta even from this distance.” the cleric turned to the ferryman. “Captain Scylla. Have you seen that flying carpet yonder before?”

  8. miklosdostevar

    Miklos grinned as the over laden Bandit struck the water with a splash. He clapped. “Bravo!” he cried wincing at the pain in his shoulder.

    ***

    Miklos nodded at Feldard, “It is true we must deliver Nicolai’s ashes to his mother. Also we need to find out more of the jouney ahead and plan our supplies carefully. Those mountains look unforgiving and I for one do not wish to avoid Golthar only to die of exposure!”

  9. Maruc

    “I take responsibility of Nicolai’s ashes.” mutter Maruc almost daring anyone to gainsay him. “I will speak to the local clergy and determin where his family are. Captain Scylla, who is the High priest of Threshold, also where might we find a good Inn?” Maruc already assumed the the temple would be easy to find. These places usually were, they tended to have towers and bells. “I shall go diectly to the temple when we disembark. With Feldard if he wishes. We shall meet at the Inn on our return.”

    ***

    “Ludo, I fully expect Golthar to try something. Going by his previous behaviour he is likely to be indirect. Watch for anything suspect.”

  10. Stephan

    Later, Stephan muttered to Maruc, “Whatever inn captain recommends, maybe we should not go to it. I did a little spying for the Duke when I was in his service and seems to me, captain may get questioned about our plans and whereabouts.”

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