The Pakthryxl Proxy 2

Alcades Personal Journal - Entry 1

Unfortunately I have had to throw in with another group of “Treasure Hunters”. I have been told by the Arcanamirium that this group is different so I will honor her wishes and follow this through. All of these groups are starting to look the same to me anyway and offer little new knowledge to me.

I must admit that these people were not as I expected them to be. Typically I find the other races unremarkable; but the group that I have been tasked to join seem especially so.

Maybe it is how we met that is influencing my view of them; meeting these people in a dreary tavern in the middle of town when the sea is right there! I can’t for the life of me understand why some people would settle for crowded city life… on the land no less, when you can hear the seas call so clearly.

Luckily we were able to leave that place in what seemed a reasonable amount of time after negotiating percentages for this adventure. Although I have no real interest in gold this expedition should gain me enough coin and influence to finally pursue my work.

Anyway I digress; the group was made up of the majority investor, an ignorant women named Kaledith, a pretentious Hell Night (as all seem to be), and arrogant con, a witch that seems to have taken a strange path and what I can only assume is a man that is devoid of emotion. He is of particular interest as there is something strange about him. Lastly there should be a Captain that was unable to attend; I have been assured that he is up to the task, but words from their lips carry little weight. I will refer to them going forward as a Collection Of Unremarkable People or COUP for short.

After our meeting the COUP wanted to go out and look at ships, I know right! It seems that every adventure starts the same way for me. I again assisted with inspecting the boats, one of these days I should actually learn more about boats. Heheheheehe good one Alcades!! Anyway there was an item of interest in one of the boats, a magical device that would allow someone to delve into the depths of the sea. The item seems to be in poor repair but may be salvageable. They seem more interested in this boat after mention of the item. We have a schedule to leave on expedition however these things never seem to start on time so I would put little stake on the time line, especially if we end up with this decrepit ship.

A 3rd ship has presented itself as an option it is as you would expect; with the exception it has features of a dragon. I find this intriguing however impractical.

I assisted in negotiating a fair price for this ship and the COUP wants to look at other ships again.

I wish they would hurry up and decide between the two ships, a ship is a ship. Too much time is wasted on debating means of transportation instead of focusing on the journey.

Some members of the COUP are infatuated with a smaller magic ship. While the magical aspects are appealing, the ship is not large enough should we face bad weather on our journey. I don’t want another group lost at sea due to their own arrogance.

Tomorrow we go to auction to gain a ship.

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Ikeda's Untitled Log

What a way to start the day. First a hangover, then some creditor trying to get his money back. Thankfully, I was able to evade him, and head over to the Lodge. Nice posting there, promising gold and a trip well away from this place. I do have to buy in, but I still have last night’s winnings in hand thanks to dodging that guy, so I’m well able to afford that bit of fun.

Arriving at the docks, I made my way to the tavern where the meeting was to be held. Some low-class peon barred entrance and required a “donation.” She got a sum to shut her up, and I entered unmolested. The meeting was fairly uneventful, but the alleged captain did not show up for his own show, which bodes well. I smell opportunity in that. The gin was mediocre, especially given the constituency of this establishment. Still, better than nothing. I swear, I’m the only normal one of us. Some weirdo dressed like a pasha, a stodgy Hellknight, a rather bizarre tattooed man, and another strange witch of some sort. I swear, decent company will be hard to find.

Some negotiating later, we have secured a rather favorable split of the proceeds (70/30, with the rest of the investors and myself taking the 70) and a lead on three ships to purchase. Two were inspected by others of the company, with the Hellknight providing early minor access, and the other was inspected at the docks where it was kept.

Of the three, the impounded nobleman’s boat is the superior choice, followed by a junk and the Crab Cage. The last one, I’m told, has something of value in it, but otherwise requires substantial work. Given that we, and I personally, are on a timeline to leave this town, that seems the worst choice. The junk, however, is certainly stolen, and the proper owners will be looking for it. The noble’s ship, however, might be a bit too pricey in itself, and a particular bidder is probably going to force us into overpaying for it.

I’ve got that part covered. So far, I’ve managed to convince him of a curse on the ship, and I’ve made this ruse a bit more convincing with a surreptitious addition to his drink. I’ve got a bit more work to put into this effort, but the rewards will be quite to my liking—use of the ship and paid for it, at that!

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