Our journey began: 11th of Coldeven, 599 C.Y.
it is currently the 12th of Goodmonth, 599 C.Y.
Alexia Aerogenesis, Human Cleric of Murlynd
Elerra Vae, Drow Cleric (Ellistrae)/Sorcerer
Flotsam “Sam” Stormsurge, Animan (octopus aspect) Rogue/Alchemist
Justinian, Atomie Swashbuckler
Meroln Sands, Half-elf Fighter
Squizzles, Kobold Bard
Wilfred Fizzlebang, Gnome Summoner
Soon enough, the party smashed their ambushers, taking only three prisoners. Amongst their effects, the party found a wanted poster with a decent sketch of Sam, offering a 4k gp reward for him alive (1k for his corpse), said reward being offered by an entity identified by Squizzles as the Fiend-Sage of Rel Astra.
Questioning the prisoners revealed that the reward was only half their reason for the ambush, the other being a desire to take one of the Frogs from them (assuming that had been their errand). The cleric’s holy symbol (a disfigured golden medallion that might have once held a device resembling a frog) led the group to strongly suspect that he, at least, was a member of the Blessed Children of Anura. The cavalier’s saddlebags were found to contain a standard that several recognized as belonging to a band of mercenaries calling themselves the Black Rook Company.
Alexia wanted to turn their prisoners over to the authorities, so they marched them to Womtham and did so. Balking at a long march/sail back to Greyhawk, they settled in for the 25th, when they would be able to once again use their invocation to teleport to the city instead. While in Womtham, the group did the usual array of shopping and researching.
Alexis met a strange fellow who maintained a clockwork-smithy outside the city limits named Abrigat, who was working on a clockwork dragon for Lord Marthos of Rel Mord. Abrigat confided in Alexis that Lord Marthos had assured him that very soon, a wealth of innovation in the field of clockwork engineering would “be writ among the heavens” and that the field would never be the same (this being the reason that his clockwork dragon was mostly frame and boiler at the moment).
He also discussed the amazing clockwork man, Progilius, who had recently vanished from Rel Mord along with a band of hobgoblins (who had previously served with distinction on the City Watch). The two spent most of the day together, talking shop.
On the 25th, the group gathered outside of Womtham and cast their invocation, returning them to Greyhawk City.
On entering the Green Dragon Inn, several members of the party spotted the ugly guy from their first errand’s fight drinking alone near the back of the room. Elerra decided to keep an eye on him while the rest of the group met with Galen and brought him up to date on their mission.
While Elerra kept watch, “the ugly guy” was joined at his table by a woman, who sat and spoke with him for some time.
Meanwhile, Galen thanked the party for another successful mission, and paid them the balance owed to them. They went on to tell him about the ambush and the lurker in the bar, but he did not seem overly concerned. When asked about the progress on the Frogs, he said that only two remained beyond his reach, and offered the group 5000gp to recover the nearer of the two, known to be within the city of Ikelan on the continent of Hepmonaland. He further agreed to arrange for a spelljammer to transport them there and back, as the sea lanes in that region were controlled by the Scarlet Brotherhood. He asked the group to return the next day, when he would have some additional assistance to lend them.
Upon joining Elerra at her table, the woman who had been speaking with “the ugly guy” rose and made her way out of the bar; Sam trailing her and Squizzles training a second woman who appeared to be trailing her as well. Elerra went and sat down with “the ugly guy”, who traded banter with her for awhile, talking about a recent battle in the swamp near his temple, involving a bunch of hobgoblins who had appropriated a tower, enslaved some lizard-folk and used them to force a local circle of druids to force-grow them some trees. He further told the tale of how a group of adventurers riding hippogriffs, had rallied the lizard-folk and attacked the tower, but the hobgoblins had managed to escape in a strange spelljammer they’d built from the wood they’d forced the druids to grow.
Elerra finally rejoined her companions around the time that Sam and Squizzles returned, having lost the women they were following.
The following morning Galen informed the party that he had booked them passage aboard the ‘Thunder of Iron’, and gave Alexis charge over a floating crystal sphere containing a wizened creature resembling an imp; he explained that while within 30’ of it, they would be able to freely converse with the denizens of Hepmonaland. He also provided a 7" long crystal he said would guide them to the Frog.
The next morning, the group boarded the ‘Thunder of Iron’, a Hammership crewed almost entirely by Giff, with the exception of two human wizards who operated the helm. The main axis of the ‘Thunder’ held a massive bombard, which the Giff agreed to demonstrate once they’d cleared the “bubble” (as they called it) that dominated the Flanaess and rendered gunpowder unreliable. Said “demonstration” deafened nearly everyone, and threw many to the deck. The next day, the ‘Thunder’ put down in the seas a few miles from the bay on which Ikelan sat in the coast, and began sailing into the harbor…
It is now the 3rd of Harvester, 599 CY.