Shadowmist Isles

Day 5
Return to Caldea

Our heroes awoke aboard the SS Jizzpiss, still floating near The Pearl. They planned out their next moves and set sail for Caldea. During the journey back they ran into a storm but it was otherwise uneventful. Arriving in Caldea they discovered a town on edge, guardsmen patrolled the streets and most people stayed indoors fearing what was to come. 

The party made their way to the Risto estate and met with Lari Risto. He thanked them for saving the mines and rewarded them with some gold. He also offered the services of Bambang in crafting weapons from the squand the party had gathered. The news of the shade that had appeared to be tormenting the Formian queen was troubling, but he was glad the party was able to destroy the demon and save the queen. Lari was concerned that the Sammins may have been involved but didn't have any proof. While Lari and Char continued their conversation, Brad Chadsmith and Magic Mike-tron wandered upstairs and found Timmy Risto. After subduing a guard they "convinced" him to come with them on an adventure and he joined the party. 

The party left the estate and went to Fire and Fury to meet Bambang. Upon entering Char felt empowered by the heat and energy of the forge. Bambang grudgingly helped Char to craft the squand the party had into a hand cannon capable of absorbing solar energy. While Char was working on this the rest of the party headed to the Thirsty Dragon to get smashed on Jizzpiss. They met Robi who was trying to setup a gold mine on a nearby island but had been chased off by monsters and was looking for help. Brad shook him upside down and a gold nugget fell out, but the party refused to help him and he stormed off. They got drunk and wandered into the main market in Caldea where they ran into Vargor, who was selling exotic creatures. Magic Mike-tron bought a coral viper he named Quicksilver Johnson, Brad bought a twocan he named Sam, and Ray bought a snicket as a snack. After finding sleep somewhere they met back up with Char who had completed the solar cannon. 

The party felt it was time to pay the Sammin a visit, so they went towards the Sammin estate. On the way they were stopped by a patrol of four guards who wouldn't let them pass. Ray killed one with the solar cannon and the other three attacked. Char was able to fend one off with a fire spear while the other two got entangled in a melee with Magic Mike-tron. Ray took another shot and killed the one fighting Char, while Brad lit the other two on fire. Char used the fire to overwhelm them and they left the guards incapacitated. The party continued on to the Sammin estate and was stopped at the front doors by more guards and Adi Sammin. After some words were exchanged he agreed to allow them to speak to the Sammin leader Oban Sammin, and led them to Oban's study. 

Oban and the party disagreed with how he was trying to lead the city, and the party decided the best course of action was to unite the city against them. Magic Mike-tron used Quicksilver Johnson's venom to murder Oban, Char set fire to his study, then they threw Oban's body through the window and left Timmy to burn while they escaped. The Sammin guards were able to rescue Timmy and contain the fire, but could not locate the party before they slipped away. The party snuck back to the docks, trying to get to the SS Jizzpiss, but found it guarded by Sammin men. They were able to kill one on patrol using Quicksilver Johnson, and distract the others with Sam's comedy routine. Once aboard the SS JIzzpiss they took off into the sky. They flew over the Risto estate and using the solar cannon took several shots that caused severe damage and a large fire to break out. Their work complete our glorious heroes sailed off into the mists of Shadowmist Isles, will we ever see them again?

Day 4
The Formians

After emerging from the mines the party all climbed onto Petyr Griffen's back and he flew them onto the Formian hive. They discovered that the earthquake had damaged the hive and there was a huge flury of Formian activity around a large cave-in that seemed to be drawing most of their attention. Everyone was able to land at the top of hive undetected, and they discovered a slick ramp leading down into it. Ray Jennings launched himself down the ramp  sliding into the darkness, and Brad Chadsmith and Char both following behind him. Magic Mike-tron summoned the legendary Vape Snake and they slithered down holding the rear.

When everyone reached the bottom of the hive they discovered a large tunnel leading into what appeared to be a feeding room. Ray and Brad attempted to seduce several drones in the room but they fled in terror. Everyone except for Magic Mike-tron tried eating some of the goop the drones were cooking up but it made them violently ill. Two Formian centurions came in and tried to attack Char but she was able to dodge out of the way. Brad found himself able to commune with the centurions and ignited the Blaze rod to threaten them. Scared of the flames and awed by his powers the centurions laid down their arms and agreed to lead the party to the Formian queen. They passed deeper into the hive and eventually arrived in the queen's chambers, a massive cavern with Formian eggs covering the floor. 

The queen seemed to be enraged and advanced on the party. Vape Snake filled the room with a vapor cloud, and they discovered that there was another presence in the room, some kind of shadow monster that seemed to be influencing the queen. Brad and Char were able to burn it with fire and it fled into the shadows, breaking its control of the Formian queen. The shadow attacked Magic Mike-tron and took over his mind, causing him to lash out at his fellow party members but they were able to dodge the attacks. Char used a flaming fan to burn the shadow covering Magic Mike-tron and caused it to again flee into the darkness. The shadow attempted to control Brad but was unsuccessful, and once again the party attacked it with fire, this time causing it to explode and evaporate into the air. The fire spread to some eggs but the queen was able to summon drones to put them out.

The queen was confused, and had not been aware of the recent events. She thanked the party for freeing her from this nightmare, and rewarded them with some gold and sqand crystals. The party climbed onto Vape Snake's back and using the blaze rod rocketed up into the ceiling, they burst through into a higher level of the hive, and discovered a small passage leading them to an ancient shrine to Lord Fieri. Magic Mike-tron opened a planer connection to Lord Papa John and they discovered that the herbs and spices set around the alter had been left there to age for several hundred years. Papa John allowed Magic Mike-tron to take them to help him in his journey, and Char knocked over the Lord Fieri alter in a fit of definace to the gods. The party was able to escape the hive through a small passage leading to the surface, and they summoned Captain Ferdinand and the SS Jizzpiss to take them off The Pearl. They set sail for Caldea to inform Lari Risto of the events that had transpired. 

Day 3
Into the mines

Our party rested up after their encounter with the Formian drones. Further questioning of Armas revealed that the Formians had been friendly towards the miners in the past but they had recently become very violent and had killed some people outside of the camp. The others had decided that it was too dangerous and left, abandoning Armas. The party made fun of him and gave him a wedgie. They searched around the camp brielfy then descended down a large shaft into the mines to investigate further. 

Once they reached the bottom of the mineshaft they found four tunnels branching off in different directions, one with mine tracks leading down it and a cart nearby. The rocks seemed to glow with a dim light. Brad ChadsmithMagic Mike-tron, and Cash Cow climbed into the mine cart and took off down the track. They quickly gained speed and rocketing around a corner found themselves facing a gap in the tracks. Brad pulled the jump lever on the cart in time and the mine cart leapt over the hole and made it to the other side. However it knocked into a timber in the process and broke the support causing a cave-in behind them. They continued down the track and quickly approached the end of the line. Magic Mike-tron summoned the Content Not Found: big-blobber in front of them and the mine cart crashed into him, absorbing the impact and stopping them safely but killing Big Blobber. Finding themselves unharmed and in a magical place Brad convinced Magic Mike-tron to perform the Ritual of Enlarging to bring him back to normal size. They setup the ritual and began, slowly increasing the size of Brad's body. 

After waiting around for a couple hours and not hearing from their companions CharRay Jennings, and JFK investigated and found the cave-in. They went down another tunnel to try to get to the others but ran into some bloodthirsty cave rats. One rat jumped on Chars arm and she used her flaming sword to swat it off and kill it. Four other rats jumped on JFK and Ray went wild swinging his sword at them to protect his companion. After doing some damage though the sword slipped from his grasp and went sliding down the tunnel. A couple more rats approached Char and she wrapped herself in fire to protect herself. The fire burned so hot it ignited everything nearby and the rats on JFK fell off in agony. Char was able to bend the fire to her will to extinguish her companions and make a path deeper into the tunnel. They continued on while the remaining rats burned alive behind them.

Magic Mike-tron completed the ritual and Brad was restored to full size, more or less. They took a good look around at their surroundings and discovered some Sqand deposits running through the rock of The Pearl. This must have been what the miners were after. Taking up some discarded picks Brad and Mike chipped away at the exposed Sqand and was able to gather several good sized chunks of raw ore. Maybe someone in Caldea can help smelt it. They went back up the tunnel they came from and found the cave-in. Brad pulled a magical bomb out of his bag and Magic Mike-tron set it off, it erupted in a double explosion blowing a huge hole in the dirt blocking their way. However the explosion set off an earthquake throughout the Pearl and the mine began to collapse. 

Char, Ray, and JFK were walking down their tunnel when they felt the double explosion and subsequent earthquake. They hurried along hoping to find something and came to the end where they found a door set in the wall. They opened it and found a small office with lots of papers and information on the walls about how the mine was doing. On a table in the middle of the room Char took a small silver rod that was warm to the touch before a large boulder was dislodged from the ceiling and cracked the table in half. Sensing it was time to go and not seeing any other option they rushed back up their tunnel to the entrance. They got back to the rats and the fire was still raging, Char was able to bend the fire to her will. She gathered it all up into a fireball and threw it down the tunnel to the entrance. 

Magic Mike-tron summoned the mythical Petyr Griffin and he along with Brad and Cash Cow hopped on Petyr Griffin's back while he flew them to safety. They arrived back at the entrance and were wondering where their companions were when Char's fireball flew out of a nearby tunnel. Petyr Griffin launched himself up the mineshaft to escape but Brad was unable to hold on and fell to the ground as the fire from Char washed over him burning him. The party was able to reunite back at the entrance and climbed up to the surface as the earthquake brought the mine down around them. After the shaking stopped they nursed their wounds and noticed that the Formian hive in the distance seemed to be damaged as well. Some of their disguises were ruined but the Formians will be busy and they may be able to slip in unnoticed in the chaos. They contemplated their next moves while Petyr Griffin flew around them yelling catchphrases. 

Day 2
Journey to the Pearl

After stocking up in Caldea the party set sail for The Pearl in the SS Jizzpiss. It was a rather uneventful journey until they happened on a pair of Sky Sharks that were flying nearby. Brad Chadsmith tried to fire a bomb out of the cannon at the sharks but it exploded early and only attracted their attention. As the sharks moved in on the SS Jizzpiss Ray Jennings injured one with a well aimed ballista bolt, and Char jumped on the other one causing it to thrash around wildly. While this was going on Magic Mike-tron readied a summoning ritual and brought forth a dragon but was unable to fully control it.

Char managed to soothe the mind of the shark she was riding and brought it under her control. Magic Mike-tron performed the ritual of shrinking to shrink Brad but it only shrunk his body, leaving him with a relatively gigantic head. Magic Miake-tron then tossed tiny Brad into the mouth of the shark Char was riding. This turned out to be a risky move as shark began to swallow Brad. He attacked it with his tiny sword but it was ineffective. Ray fired another ballista bolt at the shark's head which killed it but did impale Brad as well gravely wounding him. The dead shark began to plummet to the earth and Magic Mike-tron convinced the dragon to save Char and Brad so it dived after them.  Seeing its partner die the injured shark attacked the ship damaging the ballista and biting off Ray's right leg as he tried to flip away from it. The dragon caught the falling shark and brought it back up to the ship where Char gave Brad a healing potion to save his life. The other shark continued its attack but the party was able to defeat it with cannonfire, a flaming sharknado, and finally Brad putting it out of its misery with his tiny sword. With the threat of the sky sharks behind them the party nursed their wounds and continued onto the Pearl. Char made a peg leg out of a shark bone for Ray to stand on.

They arrived at the Pearl and went to the mining camp. Everyone donned Formian costumes Brad had obtained to try to blend in. The mining camp had been abandoned and ransacked but after searching around they found Armas hiding in the outhouse. He said he was left behind and hid here when the Formians came and searched the camp. The miners used to have a good relationship with the Formians but recently something changed and they became very aggressive. Just then the party spotted some Formian drones moving towards them along the outskirts of the town. Magic Mike-tron threw his Boomdagger at them and Char tried to use a fire whip but the drones jumped on Char and forced her to the ground. Ray rode on JFK and charged through the drones to save Char and killing all of them. The party used the bug juice and pheromones from the drones to coat their disguises to hopefully avoid detection in the hive, then they made camp and planned their next move. 

Day 1
Arrival in Caldea

The adventure opened with our party sitting around a table below deck on the Honeysuckle. A sudden crash announced the arrival of a cannonball, and water began to rush into the ship. To block the hole the party positioned the table into place which seemed to block the flow. They rushed above deck to encounter the Renegade bearing down on them, captained by the bloodthirsty pirate skeleton Peg Leg Johnson.

While Ray Jennings distracted them with ballista shots Brad Chadsmith dove into the water and climbed aboard the Renegade. Using a giant lighter he was able to light the sails on fire but became entangled in the rigging. With skeleton pirates closing in on Brad, Magic Mike-tron and Char used their magic to buy time. The skeleton pirates got off a couple more cannon shots before ramming the Honeysuckle as their sails burned up. A couple pirates boarded and tried to kill Captain Ferdinand but were dispatched by Ray and JFK. Magic Mike-tron and Brad were able to finish off Peg Leg Johnson and end the attack. 

The Honeysuckle continued to fill with water from holes below deck and the crew deployed the balloons for flight to stave off sinking while Brad pushed the Renegade off. Char attempted to boil the water out of the hold which helped fill the balloons, and the Honeysuckle was able to take to the air. They continued on their way to The Drop and were able to pass into the Shadowmist Isles and onto Caldea

After docking in Caldea they were met by Lari Risto who was looking for a group to assist him with a task. The Sammin and Risto families helped found Caldea but have fallen into a bitter rivalry. The Sammin's burglar Petri recently stole a magical ring from the Risto estate that has been in the family for generations. Lari asked the party to assist in retrieving the ring, and pointed to a Sammin storehouse a distance down the dock. 

The party needed to rearm first so they visited the blacksmith Fire and Fury. There they met Bambang and purchased some weapons. Char discovered a hidden room behind the forge containing several magical items. Magic Mike-tron charmed Bambang, and Brad's companion Cash Cow make a ruckus in the shop to cause a distraction while the party made off with Argo-Thaan and the Echo. 

Next the party visited The Red Dress and Ray stayed a while with Olga. Everyone else went to Big Pauls Pain and Pawn to try to sell the Argo-Thaan. Brad didn't like the offer he was getting and threatened Big Paul but he dived into the backroom and triggered an alarm. Several guards rushed in and the party beat a hasty retreat. 

Brad sensed some strong magics coming from a nearby shack and found Marah Sammin casting a spell in the middle of the room. His intrusion interrupted her work, and she tried to recruit the party to kill Lari but they turned her down. Brad tried to sell the Argo-Thaan to her, but when Marah touched the Argo-Thaan it burned her refusing to be wielded by an evil creature. She cast the party out, and after Ray rejoined them they moved onto the storehouse that Lari had mentioned.

The storehouse was guarded by two Sammin guards, Char was able to distract one with a brilliant fire dance using a conjured sword, and Brad pulled his sword on the other threatening him and taking his eyes off the door. Magic Mike-tron cast invisibility on Ray, and he was able to slip into the storehouse undetected. After searching through the numerous crates and barrels he found another door that was locked blocking his path. Brad was able to distract the guard again and steal the key off his belt, then fired it out of a gun through a small crack in the outer door. The key narrowly missed Ray, and he was able to use it to unlock the locked door. He found the ring and picked it up, which caused the pedestal it was resting on to sink into the floor and the door behind him to slam shut, plunging him into darkness. 

Ray's animal companion JFK alerted the party that something was wrong, and Magic Mike-tron was able to trick the guards into leaving for ice cream. Char and Magic Mike-tron went into the storehouse and finding the locked door Char melted it down with a fire spear. This freed Ray but did catch the rest of the storehouse on fire, and they rushed outside after suffering some burns.

The party returned the ring to Lari and Brad was able to sell the Argo-Thaan back to him. He told the party of a Formian hive that had recently become very aggressive on the nearby isle The Pearl, and asked them to investigate. He provided a potent poison that could be used against the Formian Queen if it came to that. 

The party rejoined Captain Ferdinand and used some of their gold to outfit the ship with a pair of cannon. They renamed it the SS Jizzpiss and they set sail for The Pearl. 


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