After receiving word of the Staff of the World Tree’s whereabouts, LaQuel and the full members of the Avengers in her party discussed ways to get to Llorkh. It was finally decided that the fastest way there would be by ship, and with that, Ella headed to the docks district to secure passage. As she walked into the Fisherman’s Friend tavern, a fight between some drunken sailors and members of the town guard broke out. One of the Avenger’s redshirts, (Chris), was also there, and he used his shapeshifting powers during the fight to imitate both the sailors and the guardsmen. Eventually, the sailors won, and the guards were ejected from the tavern. While LaQuel, who had mysteriously appeared inside the tavern, paid off the owner for his damages, Ella and (Chris) negotiated passage with the sailors’ captain. After much sexual innuendo on the part of Ella and one of the sailors, the group secured passage on board the Lyla Desari, bound for Llorkh.
The next day, the group arrived at the docks with their gear and mounts. The captain, a human male by the name of Mac Desari, was most displeased at the arrival of those “smelly beasts”, and demanded an extra 5 gold for each of them, as well as having them stay in the cargo hold for the entire trip. LaQuel relented, and after the animals and the group’s gear were loaded, the ship departed from Loudwater’s harbor. Captain Desari told the group that he expected the journey to take the better part of two days, and that they should be arriving in Llorkh around the morning of the 5th of Marpenoth.
The rest of the journey on the 3rd of Marpenoth passed by uneventfully. Early in the morning on the 4th, however, the ship was attacked by the Gray Vale pirates and their ship, the River Serpent. The battle favored LaQuel’s group from the beginning, as the pirates were unprepared for a ship full of mercenaries. Despite a few devastating attacks, including setting fire to the group’s cleric and most of the Lyla Desari’s deck, and impaling (Danielle) on a ballista bolt, the pirates were quickly forced off of their ship, with Conan, (Chris) and Blaze capturing the ship shortly thereafter. The captain of the pirates abandoned her ship and is currently attempting to make an escape in the talons of her two frost hawks. This is where we will pick up the battle next week.