Sepent's Skull/ Zanton Edition

Jenivere Risk and Reward

Day 2

Roderick shares his dream with the rest of the party as he believes it is prophetic. (Men share their dreams with other men right?)

Nyles says “New day, let’s see if our luck has changed.”

Aeyrs wakes up with a horrible hang over. She seems a little more normal and composed. Roderick says “Hung over looks like it is good for your sanity.” Aeyrs says “I feel better.” Aeyrs says, (She rolled really high) “We are on the Smugglers Shiv, it is a notorious island north of Elder. It is not shown on most maps.” She points it out on Steven’s former map/now Roderick’s. She continues to say “It is rightfully feared by those who ply the waters of Desperation Bay. The island is not only named for the knife shape of it’s coastline but also because it has an uncanny habit of wrecking ships that draw too near.” “Mostly smugglers that are eager to avoid detection by Sargava’s navy.”

Nyles says “So what direction do we go in hopes of finding any people.” Aeyrs says, “This is the Shiv, people don’t come back from the Shiv.” Roderick says “How do you know if they don;t come back from the Shiv?” Aeyrs says “You can see wrecks from where the smugglers try to come near here.” Aeyrs continues to say “It is commonly believed that the shores of Smuggler’s Shiv are haunted by ghosts and ghouls of the sailors who have died on the jagged rocks and reefs surrounding the island. These rumors are supported by reports of several failed attempts to establish long-lasting colonies on the remote island.”

Roderick says “Seriously, you are like 30 do you still believe in ghosts?” Aeyrs says “There was supposed to be a lighthouse on the southwest shore.” Roderick says “Everyone we are going that way” and points Southwest. Gelik freaks out and says “I am not going anywhere I am staying right here!” Ishirou says “I am staying right here.” Roderick says “You are wasting your time, you killed all of the bastards here. Can you hunt, you are going to hunt and kill a squirrel with your sword?” Ishirou responds “It kills more than squirrels, it also kills big mouthed monks.”

Jask says “I just need to get these off (looks at his manacles). He says look I was framed. Forget about these for now. Aboard the ship there were some papers that indicate that my superiors in the Shackles, a guy named Avret Kinkarian..” Roderick says “I don;t care. Like we got to go to the lighthouse where people will be. We can go back to the broken-ass ship later. Is there anything else on the ship that matters because once we do this and get those off of your hand you are free.” Roderick continues “Just don’t go back to the Shackles, I’ve been to the Shackles it sucks.” Nyles says “We might have a better chance disabling the manacles at the lighthouse too.”

Jask says “Look the keys have got to be aboard that ship.” Roderick complains profusely…really it would take forever to tell you about it Roderick says “You are screwed, you want them off then you need to go to the lighthouse. You are going to stay here with crazy pants.”

Nyles says “Well it looks like it is me you and Sasha right?” Sasha says “Well…it would be really nice if you would get me a dimorphodon pet, I know they are poisonous but they are sooo cute!”

Roderick says “I am taking your s#$^ to get through the jungle.” No one forks over anything. The gnome Gelik holds his fine clothes tightly.

Roderick spends an hour finding the most supply leaves he can find for using for bathroom breaks. Nyles says a prayer for well being for Sasha. (Steven’s ghost rolls in his watery grave, upset that he’s received but one prayer this whole time). Nyles prays for guidance. Nyles gets and indifferent feeling.

Roderick and Nyles decide to try to get to the wreck of the Jenivere. Roderick badgers Jask into standing by the water to watch for trouble. Nyles and Roderick climb the cliff rocks towards the wreck (Roderick gets a 17 and so does Hal). Nyles (rolls poorly and fails the DC 15 dice check -he got a 10) falls into the harsh surf and almost gets bashed against some sharp rocks but narrow avoids them. Roderick notices the life boat broken up that is tied to the side of the ship. Roderick throws a rope to Nyles (+5 on swim check). Nyles gets bashed on the rocks but eventually gets pulled in with Roderick and Hal’s help (Nyles takes a couple of points of damage).

DM is getting tired of writing today (and needs to work on tomorrows session), but listening to the audio has been a blast

To sum up what follows.

Roderick and Nyles (and Hal) loot the ship and kill another scorpion/crab monster. Roderic keeps the Captains Log (talks about his love for Ieana and his rowing fear of the crew). They find the cook and the first mate dead aboard the ship. It looks like the first mate died not from stab wounds but from the poison from the crab/scorpion monsters. They release Jask from his manacles but do not provide his with the paperwork proving his innocence. Nyles and Roderick proceed into the forest and spend the night about two miles south of camp. The next morning near the beach they spot a monkey man wielding a strange weapon (musket).


Jack introduces himself as a stranded Vanaras and they proceed deeper south into the forest and fight a giant spider and ignore the Dimorphodon nests that they pass.

We will begin the next session on Day 4 of the island. The party has spent two days away from Castaway Beach.

Cold Hearts and Strange Dreams


Sasha Nevah volunteers to go hunting for the camp (Provides enough food and water for the camp to feed everyone there up to 8 medium creatures). She seems to particularly feel more comfortable around Nyles as they are both from the same country. Nyles look to see if anything has washed up on the shore. Nyles notices that the waves look really rough.

The camp comes together and some rudimentary shelters get built. It takes about eight hours to set up the camp and is beginning to get dark. Hal construct the most elaborate of shelters on the beach. Sasha says to Nyles “You can call me Shasha.”

The party realizes that they haven’t disposed of Steven’s body yet (DM takes note that these be some cold mo fo’s)

Ishirou eventually grabs Steven’s head by the jaw and his left leg of his body with his other free hand and drags it to the water. He then throw Steven’s corpse out into the low tide…

Nyles sees this and says a short prayer for Steven…

The party is sitting around the fire. Most of the passengers are still in shock. Roderick offers Nyles a spot in his Lean-too. Nyles accepts. Bugs are around but mostly kept at bay.

Sasha has a large “N” tattooed on her back and is missing a finger. (Nyles is pretty and Roderick is actually horribly disfigured…the dycodomy becomes obvious as they sit by the fire). Sasha cuddles up with Nyles and says "I used to work in Elder and this is a tattoo of my clan. This wild life is pretty. She asks Nyles to get her a baby dimorphodon as a pet. She promised to keep it under control and feed it. She continues to flirt and joke with Nyles and look to the sky for the flying beasts that frequented the sky throughout the day. She says “it is vey freeing being out here on the island.” Nyles says “Me I like songbirds. We’ll see if we happen to come by a friendly one.”

Roderick speculates that the “Rest of the crew is over there in the ship or they are over here.” Aeyers is getting hammered on his last bottle of rum and says “They are all F#$##^% dead.” Aeyers throws her bottle into the fire. She urinates on herself and then lays down in her lean-too. Roderick attempts some diplomacy on her (16). She says “leave me alone…” Roderick says “We are on an island there is nothing else to do.” Roderick says “You are a drunk and sickly mess.” Roderick puts some sand on her as she curls up and passes out in her lean-too. Roderick tries to take her shoes…Ishirou walks over and says “no.” Roderick says, “Well at least let me tie her laces together, it will be funny.” Gelik says, “DO IT!, DO IT!, kick her in the the ass!”

Ishirou glares and Gelik says “Meep, maybe not” and sits down immediately.

Nyles says to Ishirou, “What do you like her or something?”

Ishirou blushes and walks away.

Nyles tells Sasha “These are some ugly characters that we washed up here with.” Sasha says “It’s been a long day, I think we just need to get some sleep.”

Nyles stands watch. Everyone else goes to sleep. The party no longer feels nausious. Nyles notices that the whole beach kind of has a faint green glow to it. (Roderick, who is asleep mind you, chymes in that it is glowing algea…maybe…The DM will penalize you for this in some not so suttle way later…maybe). Nyles thinks it is odd.

Roderick dreams:

He is back aboard the _Jenivere__ getting sick. After his latest bout of retching, he slumps back and can see the rest of the passengers and crew on the deck as well. ALl of them sick, except for the Captain and the quiet Varisian Scholar Ieana. She whispers into the Captains ear and gives him a kiss on the cheek. At that point the Captain holds up a wooden spoon and you realize that you are holding one as well…Everyone has a spoon. The ship is sinking and the only way to stop it is to bail out the hold with your spoon! You work feverishly and the waters keep rushing in just before you awake you can see monstrous things with pincers in the water trying to claw their way into the ship.

Roderick wakes up

Castaway Beach


Day 1 Continued Castaway Beach

Roderick gathers his wits and summons Hal to the beach. Steven and Nyles gather their equipment.
They notice the following:

To the south, a wall of green rises in the form of a dense jungle filled with a cacophony of life. To the east and west, ragged arms of jagged rocks reach out to embrace a wave-tossed cove, while to the north, the waters of the sea surge and churn between the beach and a line of razor sharp rocks.

Nyles casts a spell to heal himself. Roderick begins to wake up the other castaways from the ship. Steven assists him in waking up the others. The other passengers all appear to be shocked and slightly ill. They ask what happened? Why are we here!?

Nyles looks frantically for the cargo that he is guarding and can’t find it. Everyone in the party notices the following:

Even a cursory glance is enough to confirm that the Jenivire will never sail again. Only the fortuitous presence of a sharp ridge of rock near the side of the sheer cliff wall has prevented the wreck from sinking entirely into the sea, for only the ship’s stern seems to have survived the wreck. This portion is wedged at an angle between the cliff and the rocks, and each wave shakes and tosses the wreck alarmingly. It won’t be long before the constant pounding of the waves dislodges the wreck and allows the hungry sea to claim the last of this once-fine ship.

Roderick checks to see if everyone is there. He looks for the captain. He notices that the Varisian Scholar is not present, nor is the Captain, the first mate or the rest of the crew of the Jenivire. Just the other passengers survived. Nyles, notices the prisoner Jask Derindi sitting in the sand looking panicked and forlorn. Roderick wonders to himself, “Why is this man a prisoner?”

The party begins to remember:

Their last clear memory is of sitting down aboard the _Jenivere _. After that, there is nothing but a confusing jumble of images, remembered as if in a dream—feelings of nausea, panic, fear, and drowning.

The party also notices tracks from where they were at the beach leading from the water a fair number of times to where they woke up.

Roderick and Nyles believe that someone drug them out of the water.

Roderick asks Jask “Why were you being held prisoner?” (Roderick rolls a natural 20 on diplomacy). Jask responds “I was being held prisoner aboard the ship, what the hell happened?” “I got framed for somethign alright it is none of your business!” Jask yells, clearly panicked. Jask appears to to the party to be telling the truth. Roderick attempts to try to break his (masterwork) manacles. The manacles appear like they won’t come off without a key or some kind of lock picking, and Roderick eventually gives up on trying to break him free.

Steven looks through his maps (+2 to geography) and can’t determine where they are (he rolled a 6 total). Gelik (the gnome in fancy clothes) says “Of course it’s not on your bloody map, what the F@#$! happened?” Gelik just looks pissed.

Aerys Mavato (Rolls a 19 on her Lore check). She says “We are on the Shiv! The Smuggler’s Shiv, ships wreck here and they don;t come back. How did we get here?” “This is a long ways off our path, where is the Captain?” Roderick says “Maybe he went down with the ship, aren’t they supposed to do that?” Gelik gives Roderick and approving grin and says “I hope the bastard died.”

Roderick asks “So…whose tracks are these?”

Nyles prays for guidance in the sand (rolled a 19). Nyles gets the sudden urge to set up a camp

Aerys starts drinking alcohol from her pack revealing an incredible thirst.

The party begins preparing a camp on the beach

Jask says “I got to get out of these things, looking at his manacles.” Nyles attempts to cast Charm person on Jask. Jask attempts to head butt Nyles, “He staggers off and says YOU stay away from me.” Roderick speaks to the whole group of shipwrecked passengers to try to urge them to help out. Ishirou says, “I’ll stay here and watch.” Steven says “Get your ass in gear.” Roderick says, “That is fine, everybody else come on, we are all working you are too.”

Steven says, “No, I said get your ass in gear.” Roderick audibly sighs. Ishirou challenges Steven to a duel to the death. Ishirou is obviously pissed off. Steven tries to use his stunning fist on Ishirou (rolls a 9). He pulls out his Katana (masterwork) and (rolls a 20 and confirms the crit with an 18 = 16 points of damage). Steven’s head goes flying as it is cleaved from his head.


Ishirou says “Fuck it, I am on my own.” Roderick says, “Wait, you look seasoned, you know that walking out alone is a rookie move.” (Diplomacy check). Ishirou says looking at Aerys, “I am going to stay. You need protection.” He puts his sword in the ground and crosses his legs. Roderick loots Steven’s corpse.

Gelik is laughing and rolling around on the ground thinking the event was the funniest thing he’s seen in awhile…

The Smuggler's Shiv
Shiprecked and ill at ease.


DM-Jason AKA Zanton

The Players:

John- Roderick the Nameless/Summoner
Jon- Nyles/Cleric
Ross- Steven Bruce Van Norris/Monk then Jack/Vanaras Gunslinger

Other passengers aboard the ship:
a. Captain Alizandu Kovack
b. First Mate Alton Devers
c. Varisian scholar Ieana
i. The other five passengers
1. Aerys Mavato
2. Gelik Aberwhinge
3. Ishirou
4. Jask Derindi
5. Sasha Nevah
d. Ships crew

Introductions and Calm Proceed the Oceanic Flight 315 Crash (If you don’t get that reference watch more tv).
Day 1.

The party finds themselves aboard the Jenivere,they introduced themselves to each other as they were embarking on a long ship voyage and you will all get to know each other very well.


Nyles, a young human male speaks up first. With a bow and a flourish he introduces himself “I am Nyles a Cleric of the Divine Shelyn.” He stands guard over a parcel located in the corner of his ships quarters farthest from the door. He boarded the ship in Medialgalti port of Illizman. His holy symbol is a medallion portraying a multicolored songbird. His sexuality is clearly open to debate.


Steven is next to introduce himself. He is/was a middle aged human monk. He boarded in Cheliax and appeared to keep to himself for most of the voyage. A stern sort, although not exceptionally strong or well built, he is quick to resolve maters with his fists. Much like the passenger Ayers Mavato, another passenger aboard the Jenevire. He can typically get two hits in before his foes have a chance to apologize for harshing his zen.


Lastly Roderick introduces himself to the motley crew. He is a middle aged half elf slightly older than Steven. He boarded the ship rather quickly off of The Shackles. There were many people falling behind him as he boarded the ship and it caused quite a stir. Following Roderick is a large imposing figure that is referred to only as Hal. Hal never seems to leave his masters side. Hal is an imposing figure…Roderick is kind of chubby and scarred, although extremely persuasive he ain’t winning any beauty pageants.

The party is together with the crew one fateful night eating in the galley. (Everyone rolls a Fortitude save!). 13+2 save vs. poison=15-Nyles 13-Steven 11-Roderick.

Nyles wakes and everything is dark and silent…then sensation begins to creep back in—the feel of sand below and of something wet lapping at his feet, the sound of ocean waves washing against the beach, and a heavy pressure over his legs.
Then suddenly, he feels a searing pain in his left foot. (And takes 1 point of damage. Now Roll Initiative!)

Two Ochre Eurypterid’s (Think Giant Blue-ish Crab/Scorpions) are hovering above his prone form.


Nyles feels a wash of nausea and disorientation. He is unarmed but has his armor on. Nyles quickly notices a pile of weapons ten feet away stacked haphazardly. Some appears to be wet but nothing looks damaged. (Takes a standard action to retrieve any single weapon).

Nyles takes his full turn to go an retrieve his glaive from the pile of weapons and gear. Steven takes a claw to his leg and then another to his thigh (4 total points of damage) but wakes up feeling a similar waive a nausea. Nyles tries a dazing touch attack on the Ochre E nearest to him. His god feels that he is not particularly worthy and his spell fails. Nyles takes a five foot step back.

Steven (armed with his fists) attempts a flurry of blows. He misses with both swings, his blows glance right off of the beast’s hard carapace. Roderick wakes to a pinch on his neck (takes 1 pt of damage) and takes and unsteady and sickly five foot step back. And summons a celestrial dog out of thin air! Steven takes one point of damage from the right pincer of the Ochre E nearest to him.

The Ochre E nearest to Nyles clips him with a pincer (for 1 damage). Nyles gives himself a bit of luck (allows him to roll 2 D20 6 times a day and take the highest roll). Roderick retrieves his spear whilst his celestial beast bites the head off of the Ochre E nearest Steven. (Que the final fantasy 7 theme music..Duh, Dun, Dah, Dah!). The second Ochre E tried to attack the C Dog but missed with both pincers.

Nyles stands five feet back (stupid glaive) and cuts through the remaining Ochre E with his blade like a hot…well glaive..through…stutter, flutter…yeah you know the analogy I am thinking of. The Ochre twitches thrice and moves no more.

The party notices the passengers from the ship sleeping in a pile next to where they woke up.
Everyone seems to be there except for the Captain, his first mate, and the
Varisian scholar.


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