The party is about a day away from Smuggler’s Bay, and Taman decides to put the vials he took back, then he takes them again, then he put them back again, only keeping one of the unknown vials. He also teaches Twobo to carry health vials to those who need them. The rest of the journey passes without incident.
After the party docks, Gert leads the party to the Sapphire Flask, but they get side-tracked after seeing a store called Arwendel’s Oddities. They enter and see a plethora of things, including armor, weapons, and a dragon’s skull. Alex attempts to greet Arwendel, but she appears wary and doesn’t reciprocate his greeting.
Prepare for several paragraphs recounting the various deals the party makes.
Alex andLoghren attempt to trade for her potion of invulnerability, but she doesn’t seem impressed. Taman shows her Grote’s arcane focus in exchange for identifying Gert’s potion (as well as eight gold). She accepts and identifies it as a sanctuary potion. Alex then offers his shield, and although Arwendel doesn’t believe it’s magical, she is willing to trade for it. In exchange for the shield, she appraises the crystal rod he recieved from the Netherena, and they discover that the rod has the power to store arcane energy, but is broken and will only work once.
Taman decides ti tell her the tale of the merfolk, and sells a lot of the stuff he’d grabbed. He also offers the green gemstone, and although she initially offers a low price he is able to convince her to raise it. Meanwhile, Loghren goes off to explore the dragon’s skull.
Alex sees a set of ornate chain mail. It is well-worked, and very high-quality, and very expensive. Seeing that the party can’t afford that particular set, she offers a cheaper one. However, Taman has to pitch in, and now Loghren owes Taman two-hundred and fifty gold pieces
it’s ok Loghren I owe him money too.
Arwendel offers Taman a set of strengthened, screaming arrows. Andraste pays for half, and the two split the set. Alex sees and longsword and a dagger, and asks how much they cost. Arwendel tell the tale of the dagger, which apparently once belonged to the leader of Brione’s Falcons. Unfortunately, both were out of the party’s price range.
As Andraste is about to buy a component pouch, Taman steps in, and offers the tooth of the goblin that had killed his parents, and the promise that if Arwendel needs the party, she can call them anytime. (Andraste also owes Taman money now; twenty-five gold)
I’m still not quite sure why he did that but hey more gold for me. Arwendel then warns the party that if she calls in the favor and they don’t show up, there will be consequences.
They finally leave the store and head for the Sapphire Flask, and Andraste reveals her plan to obtain all of their gold back from Arwendel, as well as some things they couldn’t afford. Alex doesn’t quite like the idea, but doesn’t say anything. The others approve, and Taman asks her to get the tooth back, and suggests they don’t try anything until after they’re gone for good.
As they walk, they see a small chapel, inscribed with “The Maiden’s Mission,” as well as stables and a building for the town watch.
The Sapphire Flask is a two-story brick building, with high ceilings. The innkeeper, Nils, is a reserved male halfling. Around the inn the party sees the following: a male stout halfing, a male human, a female elf, and a male dwarf.
They meet with Gert at the bar, and Loghren cracks a loud joke, trying to make his presence known. As the party receives their drinks, Alex chugs his, then he chugs another, then a third
RIP Alex’s liver.Nils notices Loghren’s lunarglyph and tells the party about the royal charter. Although every party member has a lunarglyph, none of them reveal it to the others.
completely smashed, gives Nils a gold piece, paying for everyone’s bed for the night as well as information on the patrons. Nils serves the party more pints and dinner, then tells them about Gery, Eyrbjorn, Vera, and Thely. Vera catches Alex’s attention, and winks at her, making Andraste, Taman, and Twobo all roll their eyes Alex you’re a married man what are you doing.
At Taman’s suggestion, the party splits up to talk to the patrons. Taman talks to Gery, Loghren talks to Eyrbjorn, Andraste talks to Thely, and Alex talks to Vera.
Gery talks to Taman about the strange occurrences in Smuggler’s Bay, such as caravans getting attacked, missing people, massive floods, and the strange mist over the Silver Sea. Gery revelas that he wants a life of adventure, and asks Taman if he can join the group. Taman says he’ll consider it with the others, uplifting Gery’s spirits.
Loghren attempts to strike a conversation with Eyrbjorn, and they end up talking. Eyrbjorn considers the party, then offers Loghren a shady job. He tells Loghren of a secret dungeon under Alton that leads directly to the palace. He tells Loghren that if they should find it, to ask for Bodbisln at the Weary Wanderer.
Andraste talks to Thely, but completely fails at starting a normal conversation
and accidentally creates the most awkward situation ever. Andraste learns about Merritt’s Fall and the strange trader, Genma, who is apparently at the stables.
Finally, Alex approaches Vera. They talk a bit, and she reveals that she is staying at the chapel. She asks him about Pelor, and eventually tells him that she is after the human trafficker Cyna. She gives him an opal-like trinket, telling him to use it to contact her if the party should find out any information on her quarry. She then says her good-byes and leaves.
After the party meets up at the bar, Gery approaches them and asks if they had considered letting him join them. BEfore anyone else can say anything, Taman cuts in and says that they will meet up with him tomorrow. Gery, hopes and dreams finally about to be fulfilled, goes home.
Unfortunately for him Taman is a liar and no one in the party had any interest in ever letting him join.
A bit after Gery leaves, a bloody hand slams open the door, and a bloodied solider covered in deep lacerations falls to the floor, begging for someone to help his unit. Alex heals him, and the soldier directs the party to the Graewood, and the party immediately rushes off.
In the forest, Taman
fiddles in the trees by himself spots a blood trail going deeper into the dark woods, and he and Andraste sneak off while Loghren tries to draw attention to himself (Alex also tries to sneak, but fails miserably). The party follows the blood trail as the forest becomes denser and denser, and they eventually stumble across the dead body of a soldier.
Taman hears fighting in the distance, and a deep, guttural growling. He sends Twobo to scout ahead, and she reports that two humans are fighting a large flying creature. The party begins to fight it, along with the help of Captain Hamas. Loghren is hurt, but is able to trip up the wyvern and send it crashing to the ground.
Alex manages to help out a bit before he too, is badly wounded before Loghren is finally able to tear it apart. Alex is healed, and the wyvern is defeated.