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50 Fathoms: Session 31 and 32- The Prince and the Crow’s Last Flight

The Prince and the Crow’s Last Flight

 

Characters:

  • Kaliferous: Kraken mage
  • Rodrigo: Human priest and water Mage from Earth
  • Mordecai: Human Air Mage Puritan from Earth
  • Crow/Kadian: Atani guardian of the Great Tree

Date: 1/14/17 and 2/4/17

XP: 5 total

Recap:

 

Part One-

After their pivotal role in the Battle for Baltimus and true to their words Duckworth and Enrico provided valuable information on the possible location of Prince Alain- Tulago.

The Crew struck out immediately and on route discovered a gruesome sight. They found a nearly burnt out ship with the crew hacked to pieces with only a single survivor. This poor fellow was missing his hands, ears and fed his nose. He told the Crew of a pirate ship that attacked them and their “red eyed captain” who butchered his mates did this to him. The description of the evil captain matched James Lowe, the same survivor the Crew rescued at sea over a year previous…and worse yet he was headed towards Tulago. (see “Fun at Brigandy Bay” and “Adventures of Stumpy Pete, Part 1”)

 

Commandeering the damaged ship and with Crow at the helm, the small fleet arrived at Tulago at night only to find it swarming with seven pirate ships and their crew. While the Liberator’s Wrath hung back, Crow sailed directly to port only realizing his danger too late and was forced beached his vessel in order to escape into the jungle.

 

Now split, Crow fled into the jungle while the rest of the Crew decided stealth was the better choice. Both parties eventually met up, but along the way fought, killed and questioned several Pirate search parties and did some preliminary scouting of the town. They found Tulago infested with pirates and most of the civilians escaped and living in jungle. They also discovered the true name of the pirate captain: Edward Lowe a notoriously vicious pirate from Earth.

 

Part Two-

Formulating a plan, the Crew snuck into town pretending to be pirates and managed to locate the  safe house where Alain was being held without being caught. Father Rodrigo caused a distraction with the guards while Mordecai and Kal snuck inside the building. There they found several Ghouls and two powerful vampires garding the Prince. Using the power of Faith the Crew was able to drive away the vampires only to find a badly drained and wounded Alain. He told them that Lowe had frantically given his father’s sword to Blackbeard a few days ago in an attempt to keep him from attacking and that the vampires have been feeding and trying to turn him.

Meanwhile, Crow mingled with the drunken pirates and set up carefully hidden chair explosives scattered throughout the center of the festivities. He then took flight and set up a distraction by sabotaging three of the pirate ships causing their magazines to explode. While at the same time setting off the chair explosives. This caused havoc in the town and killing many many pirates.

Unfortunately seeing the ships explode the rest of the Crew, having recovered Alain, ran to the docks only to find himself pinned between the water and a very angry and, much more numerous than they anticipated, mass of pirates. Mordecai cleverly cast flight allowing the Crew to escape but not without taking some damage.

Crow seeing that the pirates were not wiped out and Lowe still alive, bravely flew to face him one on one while while his mates ran to catch up. Crow attempted to use explosives to catch Low unaware, but Lowe proved too wily and Crow got unfortunately got caught in his own blast, wounding him. Edward Lowe then spun and deftly fired two magical pistols point-blank at Crow making him fall out of the air unconscious. To his friends horror, he then proceed to “Clip the little birdies wings” savaging Crows wings and killing him in brutal revenge for bombing his pirate crew. Thus the last flight of Crow ended, but his sacrifice would not be in vain.

While Lowe was preoccupied with his gruesome task, the Crew caught him square in the back killing him instantly. To their great dismay they discovered their friends body and a strange black staff that Lowe had held. Mordecai  was instantly drawn to the staff and he found himself bound to its magical energies. This staff was self aware and very powerful, a twin to the one his cousin Solomon Kane used to fight evil back on Earth.

The Crew escaped to their ship without the sword and missing a good friend and unsure where to turn next.

Will this break the spirit of the Crew? Or will they keep fighting to the bitter end?

 

 


 

See full backstory: https://dicehaven.com/50-fathoms-character-crow/

Crow’s Teen Years and life aboard the Liberator’s Wrath

  • Over the year’s Crow does his duty In the crow’s nest and aspires to be first mate, then captain.
  • Father Rodrigo gives crow a bible and he learns to read.
  • He then starts secretly dabbling in blood magic
  • He later returns to his homeland with Liam, Father Rod and with the help of his friends is purged of the blood magic and becomes a Shanti the nature warrior of his people.
  • Fighting by the side of the crew they have many adventures.
  • He sails all over Carribdus and sees almost all the lands, truly falling in love with his world and waiting to save all from the flood.
  • Later, he Frees Kal from the Great Whales prison (returning to where he was held as a baby), Mordeki saves Crow that day, sees his friend and second mentor Captain Liam loses his life.
  • He sees the great ship of the Kraken, helps secure the weapon that may help defeat the sea hags.
  • Meets the Courtesans of Baltamus and throws a mighty party for his family the crew.

Crow’s Last Day- Death at 18 years of age

Something in his stomach was not right, he somehow feared this place.  Was it the massive number of pirates that we faced, was it these African slaves, like his first family, being poorly treated by the Pirates.  Something did not set right to Crow and he was nervous and tentative in his decision making.  He felt a dark foreboding even before they entered village, but they MUST find the sword that may one day save Caribdus.   

Then finally in his last day, he is the acting captain (the role he aspired to) and orders the attack on the Pirates to secure the sword that may one day kill the hags.

In this day, he and the crew sneak into the village in pirate uniforms.   Crow will fight bravely on his last day.  But regret fills his heart, for to give us a chance to secure the sword and save Caribdus, he makes a tough choice to kill some innocents (the very slaves of his own beginning).  

As he lights the secret hidden gunpowder he quotes the book he used to learn to read John 3:15 “That whosoever believe in him should not perish, but have eternal life..”  Crow wishing in his heart that a greater power will sort out the innocents he will destroy with this act.  A tear running down his face as he explodes bombs by the fire and kills some 60 + pirates and a few innocents. 

Then Crow transforms into his carroway screecher form, races to the docs and proceeds to destroy 3 of the 7 ships in the harbor through stealth, transformative magic and guile.

Next as he heads towards a forth ship he sees is friends surrounded and fighting on the beach.  Crow feeling that loyalty for his crew abandons his personal attempt sink the pirate fleet and races ashore.

When he arrives, the crew flees with Mordeki’s flight spell to a safer local on the island, but catches a glimpse of the pirate leader.

Crow decides to take the last cask of gunpowder and fly over to attempt to quickly end this fight, some over 300 pirates, not 150 like once thought are swarming the area.  Something must be done to cut the head from the snake.  In addition, as Father Rod, Mordecai and Cal had freed the noble prisoner, we still weren’t sure if this Pirate captain has the sword or traded it to Blackbeard and to save Carribus we had to know, our lives are worth saving this world.

Crow transforms into carroway flys over, transforms flat on the roof into his normal form, lights the gunpower on a 12 second fuse.  He creeps to the edge, somehow in the fire and chaos, he locks eyes with the Pirate Captain.  The captain seeing the wick of the gunpowder backs away and fires his flintlock at crow to no avail.   Crow leaps from the building, buoyed by the fire and hot burning flames below, he gains altitude and closes on the pirate leader.

Crow has 6 seconds left before it will explode and he must reach this evil man.  Then crow realizing he has the advantage, must wait to see how the captain reacts.  The captain fires twice, one deflecting off Captain Liam’s sword hit (what luck) and the second bullet sinks into crows arm.  In that moment at crow then launches himself forward gliding above the pirate, he must throw the explosive, and in that moment loses his grip on the bomb.  It falls short of the pirate and explodes.  Crow it caught in the blast and pulls his legs up to avoid the explosive…

Next the pirate had the advantage moved up and shot twice into crow at point blank range, Crow fell to the ground bleeding out of his brain.  Surely damaged in some permanent way as he hits the ground with a crunch..

At that moment, Mordecai, Father Rod and Kal come around the side of the building.  They start to engage the Pirate Captain.  The vengeful captain lifts Crow up as his lifeblood pours out and cuts off his wing in retribution for crew killing over 60 of his crew and destroying 3 of his ships..   The light of the Shani, flows out of crow’s body, as Mordecai  rushes up and swiftly slays the Pirate Captain.  

Crow’s spirit flows out of his body, looking down and smiles.   We know the sword is with Black beard, we have saved the young Noble.  We are one step closer to saving Carribdus, my life had meaning.  I will miss my crew.  I go now to merge with the Carroway tree my spirt will give back and enrich my people….

A tear flows down his cheek as he sees his family for the last time……

50 Fathoms: Session 29 and 30- Prelude to War and Battle for Baltimus

Prelude to War and Battle for Baltimus

 

Characters:

  • Kaliferous: Kraken mage
  • Rodrigo: Human priest and water Mage from Earth
  • Daxson: Doreen treasure diver native
  • Mordecai: Human Air Mage Puritan from Earth

 

Date: 11/6/16 and 12/17/16

XP: 5 total

Recap:

The Crew having rested at Azy Kay struck out to find Admiral Duckworth.

While the Admiral didn’t know directly any info regarding the Sword, he thought his spy in Marsales, Enrico de Toledo might. The Crew found Enrico being held captive by thugs and rescued him and his wife. They also discovered that an attack on Baltimus by the Spanish Trading Guild was imminent! The Guild was tired of the ongoing hostilities and decided to end it while they had the upper hand. Enrico had blown his cover and both he and the Crew rushed to tell Duckworth the news. Unfortunately they had to fight their way out of Marsales harbor but make it safely nonetheless. Duckworth immediately set preparations to defend the city and gather ships.

Meanwhile the Crew delivered the chronometer measurements to Daxson’s friend Joshua Goldstein who was very happy for the info. Unfortunately someone was watching his shop and attempted to kill Joshua and steal the prototype and Daxons device. Fortunately they took the wrong piece and did not deal Joshua a mortal wound(with the help of Father Rod). Daxson and Crew were able to track the attacker and discovered Fletcher’s old first mate who blamed Daxon for his near death in the Flotsam sea. Fletcher still held a grudge and might be trouble in the future..

Side mission resolved, the Crew set sail with Duckworth to head off the attacking force. Meeting them in open sea the Admiral and his Fleet waged war for days, causing great loss for the Guild. The Crew of the Liberators Wrath fought bravely and won many decisive victories. They sunk ship, blasted sailors and ultimately turned the tide of the battle. This forced Spanish Guild was forced to retreat with a huge loss of both ships and life.

The Battle was won by the East India Trading Company, but at what cost? Has the balance of power shifted? And why were a group of Kieran Cutters observing the battle from afar?

Onward to find the Sword!

50 Fathoms: Session 28- Pirating or Privateering?

 

ship-battle-2Pirating or Privateering?

Characters:

  • Kaliferous: Kraken mage
  • Rodrigo: Human priest and water Mage from Earth
  • Daxson: Doreen treasure diver native

Date: 9-24-16

XP: 2 total

Recap:

Saddened but victorious, the Crew sailed off to rest and recoup. The information they sought about the Sword was unanswered so they set sail for Azy Cay to let the Crew rest and seek information. Along the way the ran across a Spanish Trading Guide merchant vessel. Thinking it would earn them favor from the British East India Company they prepared to do some privateering.

The ship fought harder than the Crew expected and hidden along the shore she had a friend watching their back. Both ships engaged the Liberators Wrath,   who rapidly showed the power of their mages and the prowess of a seasoned crew. They boarded and took out nearly 30 sailors and both merchant ships were forced to surrender. The damage to both ships were minimal but the the loss of sailors posed a problem. They force some captured sailors to sail the newly acquired vessels and set sail for Brigandy bay. In an act of kindness they let the sailors go at Brigandy bay but kept the merchant captains and their ships as bounty for the BEIC and Admiral Duckworth.

Safely arriving at Azy Cay the Crew spent the time relaxing and meet with Azy and the now Captain Annie Mason. Most particularly Daxon got a dinner date with Annie but drinks and food all around helped sooth the loss of Tressa. The Crew is now invigorated for the next chapter of their adventures.

50 Fathoms: Session 26 and 27- The Archmage- Part 1 and Part 2

tressa

The Archmage Part 1 and 2

Characters:

  • Kaliferous: Kraken mage
  • Rodrigo: Human priest and water Mage from Earth
  • Crow/Kadian: Atani guardian of the Great Tree
  • Kukukachoo Grael guest star Cook and Whaler (part 1)
  • Bracus: Scurillian merchant and Super
  • Daxson: Doreen treasure diver native
  • Mordecai: Human Air Mage Puritan from Earth

Date: 8-13-16 and 8-27-16

XP: 5 total

Recap:

Part 1:

The Crew decided to visit Tressa the Red in order to obtain more information, mostly trying to determine the location of the Sword of Amemnus. Arriving at The Teeth they discovered her mages tower leaning preciously and signs of a struggle inside. Through some careful investigation they determined that the Inquisition attached the Tower, got past the traps and either took or killed Tressa. Kal was able to restore power to the Mage Tower and the rest of the Crew found a curious mirror with a single red parrot feather sticking out of the middle. It was determined the mirror was a magical relic that would be used to “teleport” across distances. The mirror was cracked and damaged but it did appear to be used. After much deliberation they decided to go after the Inquisition and with  information from a passing Kieran Cutter the Crew located the current location of the Perdition (Inquisition confessional barge and HQ).

While approaching the Perdition, Carnifax shot out of the Mirror and confirmed the Crews theory: The Inquisition attacked Tressas Tower, managed to get past the defences and captured Tressa. She was unable to make it to her mirror in time, instead sending Carnifax through to the find the Crew for help, unfortunately the Mirror was partially damaged so he was stuck inside until now.

As they drew closer to the island the Perdition was harboring at, Carnifax fell to the ground shaking and speaking with Tressas voice said:

“Torquemada has won, but the Sea Hags have lost. Find my heart. Use it against them.

Crush it in your fist and you will have unlimited power for 17 minutes—the same number of

days I endured Torquemada’s torments. I hope it was enough.”

Tressa was dead and Carnifax was dying. The Crew managed to heal the bird and vowed vengeance on the Inquisition and now sought to recover the heart of the Archmage…

Part 2:

Nearing the Perdition, The Crew came up with a plan to trick the Inquisition into either selling Tressas body or at the very least getting onboard. Leaving the Liberators Wrath out of sight they approached the Perdition on a longboat with hidden kegs of gunpowder. Bracus managed to bluff his way onboard with most of the Crew. Crow stays on the long boat and Daxon/Kal stayed in the water hidden.

While in audience with Torquemada bartering for the body, Bracus managed to insult the Inquisition leader but Rodrigo played off this insult instead implying this was a test of their true conviction. Torquemada was convinced that Rodrigo wanted to join the Inquisition and allowed the Crew to stay on board in quarters. At the following dawn Rodrigo would receive the Inquisition Tattoos and become one of their own.

As  Dawn approached, Daxon managed to kill and replace one of the guards, Kal readying a blast for the bottom deck of the barge and Crow stood ready to light the longboat on fire and blow out the deck. Secretly Daxon “activated” Redbeards triangles in the night… The rest of the Crew played along with the ceremony until a the last moment, Rodrigo faked a betrayal of Mordecai as an air mage, giving Rodrigo the opportunity to arm himself and strike out to kill Torquemada.

At that moment Crow blew up the longboat, Kal placed a mighty blast on the lower deck of the ship and RedBeard appeared with his ghost ship. All hell broke loose on the deck with fighting inquisitors, ghost pirates attacking, fire and a badly listing/sinking Perdition.

In the chaos Daxon managed to acquire Tressas body and leap off the ship, Rodrigo tried to finish off Torquemada but failed and lost his arm and almost his life in the process. Crow turned into his young Roc and took off with Rodrigo while the rest of the Crew ran for their lives. They all made it ashore just in time as Redbeard figured out he was tricked but unable to go on land to enact his vengeance. The Crew watched the Perdition burn and sink as Torquemada escaped to the far shore.

Tressas body was recovered, but at what cost?

50 Fathoms: Session 25- Donga Lives!

Donga

Donga Lives!

 

Characters:

  • Kaliferous: Kraken mage
  • Rodrigo: Human priest and water Mage from Earth
  • Crow/Kadian: Atani guardian of the Great Tree
  • Kukukachoo Grael guest star Cook and Whaler

 

Date: 7-16-16

XP: 2

Recap:

The Crew decided to head to Tressa the Red to find out if she had any leads on the Sword of King Amemnus. While traveling they spotted smoke off the coast of Torath-Ka and discover it to be a primitive human camp along the shore which was uncharted.

They decided to investigate but was attacked by an Ukak summoned megalodon named Jinka-Tahn.This armored beast seemed unstoppable, normal shots were simply bouncing off its hide. The giant shark attacked the ship and was about to take a large chunk out of the hull when a combined attack by Kal, Rodrigo weakened the beast and the keen aim of Kukukachoo brought the beast down by sinking both harpoons into its eyes killing the shark instantly.

They arrived to camp Victoria to discover a bedraggled but living survivors of an expedition funded by Bruno Baltimus and Edward Lazenby. The expedition had erected a fortification and was able to keep the local Ukak tribe at bay but was running low on gunpowder and provision. Their leader, a big game hunter from Earth, Angus McBryde decided to seek out the Ukak Shaman and end the attacks before his people lost the siege.

The Crew decided to find and help Angus and treked through the hot dangerous jungle for several days, drained to the point of exhaustion the Crew found Angus who stubbornly refused to leave without killing the Shaman and rescuing some of his men the Ukak had taken captive.

They arrived just before the Ukak Shaman started sacrificing the men in their Blood Pools but were too late to stop their death. Sacrificing their life the Ukak were dragging the captives into the Pool in an attempt to summon some great beast. Right as the last Ukak warrior was slain he managed to one last person into the Pool.

The Pool bubbled and frothed as the form of a Giant 60’ tall Ape, Donga arose! The huge Ape instantly slayed two of Angus’s men and took aim for Kal but between the Crews combined attack and Kukikachoo’s enhanced Grual battle balls the heros managed to slay the beast before he struck again (GM note: Very lucky!)

Yet again the Crew foiled the foul blood magic of the Ukak and survived to tell their tale.

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