After flying The GATPBCBHPA into a hailstorm, the crazy old alchemist’s airship was severely dinged up. Redrick Elm had decided to brave the hailstorm in order to follow the pointing of his magical artifact detecting compass. Unfortunately, the airship had to turn back and the island in the icestorm was never reached.
The mechanism that raises and lowers the light sails was damaged to the point that the sails currently need to be raised and lowered by hand, which is very annoying to have to do. Also, the railings and roofs were greatly damaged by the flying chunks of ice. Just, dented to hell, really. The ship is still flyable at this point, but it looks terrible.
The airship was anchored on the northernmost side of Scale-Tail Island, near a Lizardfolk village called Conqua. In an amazing stroke of luck, the compass appears to be pointing towards the center of this island too.
The ship’s crew, looking for wood to make some makeshift repairs to the airship, decided to ask the village if they could cut down some of the trees in the nearby jungle. The village was celebrating a holiday in memory of one of the “Daughters of the village” who had died falling from a cliff a year earlier. No villager was allowed to work or play that day. The village elder, Entall, told them to cut down the trees in a specific place, where the Lizardfolk wished to erect a shrine and needed a cleared area anyway. Because the crew’s own axe was damaged in the hailstorm, Entall gave them three stone axes, apologizing for being unable to provide better equipment due to a sahuagin raid on their village a week earlier. The crew got to work cutting down the giant trees (80 ft. tall), neatly dealing with some encounters with Fire Lichen and a Jellywisp.
Variez proved to be a very skilled lumberjack and he made short work of 7 trees, and neatly arranged them in a pile (with assistance from the rest of the crew). Moving the trees to the ship proved more challenging however, and it was midnight before just 2 of the trees were secure on the ship. At midnight, the children of the village burst forth to play with the crew and explore the newcomers. The crew endeared themselves to the children, all except Mouse whom the children did not take a liking to. Zordlon Feubart discussed with Entall the possible retrieval of the stolen items that the sahuagin had taken in their raid. The wise old lizard said he would think about it over the night. The crew partook in the final part of the holiday, which was a late night feast of roasted meat. A pig hunt was scheduled for the next morning, and Abigail Grace was eager to participate.
The next morning, after resting on the ship for the night, the crew split up to complete a few different tasks. A strike force consisting of Mouse, Zord, and Varies, climbed down the village cliff to find the sahuagin that had taken the village’s resources. Varies fell partway down the cliff and twisted his ankle, and Zord had a minor spill as well. They discovered tents on the shore belonging to the sahuagin. A few sahuagin were roasting fish around a campfire. The crew sneakily tore a hole in the tent containing the goods and made off with them, but not before two dogs gave chase. The three of them scrambled back up the cliff, assuming that the sahuagin would soon be giving chase.
At the same time, Zachar Zetziev assisted in the building of the newest village shrine in the area where the trees had been cut down. Grace went pig-hunting with the villagers and managed to aid in the capture of a large amount of food. The village, with its equipment recovered, food captured, and shrine built, had a bit of a party again.
In preparation for a possible sahuagin attack, the crew moved two large logs to the cliff. Zord and the villagers prepared a trapped ladder that they leaned against the 120 foot cliff in the hopes that the sahuagin were dumb enough to use it. Grace returned to the airship to talk to the alchemist. About 20 sahuagin arrived at the base of the cliff with their two dogs. The sahuagin proved to be terrible climbers.Some of them fell, some of them were crushed by the logs, and two of them tried to use the ladder. Eventually a few of them made it to the top of the cliff, however, and proved to be tough combat adversaries. Zord, Zach and Varies all were taken out with the sahuagin’s trident-spears and fell unconscious and bleeding. With only Mouse left, the sahuagins attempted to kick him off of the cliff. His quick reflexes allowed him to catch the cliff as he fell. As he held on for dear life, The GATPBCBHPA flew overhead and the alchemist threw a concussion bomb at the cliff, blowing the remaining sahuagin over the edge with a loud foghorn sound. Also blown over the edge was Zach’s unconscious body, but the alchemist made a miraculous save and caught him on the deck of the airship. After smashing through the railing on the deck, Zach landed in a pool of his own blood. Grace began helping him. Mouse climbed up the cliff and helped Zord and Varies. Mouse then stumbled back to the village covered in blood where he collapsed by some lizardfolk hunters.
The party members rested to regain their health. Mouse regained consciousness first and went about the town telling tall tales of his heroism to the lizardfolk. He quickly became the favorite of the village children. Zack and Zord regained consciousness that evening, and Varies eventually recoved that night. The villagers give the crew a massive amount of salted meat that should last for three weeks on the ship.