Bidding Jacinth farewell, the party left Dolentla Island in order to catch the prevailing wind and head southwest towards the Isle of Terror. Leading the way with The Sea Wyvern, the party was tailed by Lavinia in her ship, The Blue Nixie. Much time was spent pacifying the stronger personalities onboard such as Avner (who complained incessantly about his horse’s lack of exercise), Rowyn (clearly losing her mind and still locked up in the hold) and Urol Furol, the gnome explorer who chattered crazily and became more excited the closer the ship came to his goal: The Ruins of Ohna-noki.
Two days passed and the ship’s lookout spotted four vessels approaching from the south. Flags of parley were spotted but the party remained suspicious. Bertram identified the two closest ships as Hell’s Fury and The Demon, notorious as part of the pirate group known as the Crimson Fleet. The Blue Nixie broke off to confront two of the ships. Aleister deftly gained the weather gauge and Ono brought cannon and ballista to bear. As the pirates realized their ruse was useless, they organized their own cannon.
Keahilani launched a well-placed fireball into The Demon, causing its rigging to go up in flame and slowing the vessel. With only one enemy ship to confront, the party closed. Cannons fired and ballista were launched at officers on the enemy deck. Two wizard pirates became visible, flying above The Sea Wyvern, and rained fireballs into the ship. Aleister flew to the meet the enemy casters, putting one to sleep, where he drifted in the wind. The eidolon, Crush, flew to the other spellcaster and cut him down before he could launch more flame. A cleric of Demogorgon cast Unholy Blight and Chaos Hammer, killing many of the party’s crewmen. Ozzy summoned crocodiles onto the enemy ship to harass the cleric while Bertram sniped at a barbarian officer and the dwarf captain.
The pirates took the battle to the party and completed a boarding action with grappling hooks. Their crew fired cannon grapeshot into the decks of The Sea Wyvern, inflicting heavy casualties. The dwarf pirate captain closed with Keahilani, screaming maniacally and hacking into the priest with a wicked dwarven axe. Ono came to Keahilani’s rescue and Ozzy ordered Crikey to tussle with the spear-wielding half-orc officer. An enemy musketeer attempted to rain shot into the ship, but was shot down by Bertram and neutralized.
Within minutes, all officers aboard the pirate ship were dead or captured. A few of the pirate crew were deemed trust-worthy and motivated enough to replace fallen crewmen while the rest were set afloat, along with the remaining officer, the cleric of Demogorgon, stripped of all possessions and throwing creative curses at the party as she drifted away. Lavinia’s crew fared just as well, having set both pirate vessels on flame and scuttling them to the last man. Hell’s Fury escaped and put all effort into gaining the wind and fleeing south.
Towing the captured pirate vessel, the convoy made its way to a cargo pit named Renkue in order to resupply, take on fresh water and replace fallen crew. After a short rest, Lavinia indicated that they needed to meet their obligation to Urol and stop near a small island to explore the ruins of Ohna-noki. Within a day, they arrived at the island, the party taking Urol to the beach in small boats. Urol explained that he obtained the map to the ruins from a “one-legged sailor who seemed reputable.” This sailor had said that he and his party attempted to loot the ruins, only for most of them to perish at the claws and gaze of a large lizard that turned them into statues.
Urol indicated he had “lots” of Stone Salve oils, which, upon further questioning, Bertram determined equaled “two.” Aleister recalled that basilisk gazes could be averted and that their blood could be used to coat a transformed individual and turn him back into flesh. Taking precautions, they journeyed an hour into the jungle. The ruins towered above them. Moldering taxidermied cats and other animals were strewn about a clearing and odd statuary was placed haphazardly throughout. Keahilani stepped on a twig and the denizen of one crumbled tunnel squeezed from its lair.
It was a basilisk. A greater basilisk, an enormous specimen. Everyone attempted to avert their eyes and stay out of range. Ono was the first to be turned into stone, followed quickly by Aleister. As the dumb beast became enthralled with the statue of Ono, the party launched spell and bullet, hoping to kill it before it wiped out the rest of them. Shea applied Stone Salve and returned Aleister to himself. Another was applied to Ono, who was quickly turned back into stone by the magical lizard. Ozzy summoned several crocodiles only to have them stoned as well. Keahilani cast protective magic and Crush was able to close with the beast while Bertram shot it from afar. Aleister delivered the killing blow with a Burning Hands spell and the basilisk crumpled.
After looting its lair, they went east into another tunnel to find an ancient statue on the north and an empty, cavernous well to the south. Urol frantically took notes and diagrammed what he saw, explaining that the statue was likely a deity worshiped by these ancient Tulita, perhaps a demon lord. Aleister determined that the well once held Liquid Light, a sacred and magical material used in religious ceremonies. While none of the magical liquid remained, three chaos beast did. The beasts oozed up the well, causing confusion and blinding several members while their hungry mouths bit deep. Aleister, covered in a chaos beast, was saved by Crush and Keahilani. Hacking and spelling the creatures was tedious but, at last, they melted away into nothing. More treasure was found deep in the well and Urol excitedly urged them into the last remaining northern tunnel.
As the gnome took copious notes, the party looked in awe at the dusty pictographs, taxidermied animals and other artifacts. Entering a wide chamber, they triggered a Wall of Fire_ trap that moved towards them with alarming speed. Aleister dispelled it temporarily. From the east, strange sounds and lights were heard. Dragging the distracted gnome with them, the party headed east to meet the new threat…