The Pakthryxl Proxy 2

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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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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Araris’ Incident Report

Paralictor Halst:
Incident Report
Hellknight Araris Septimus

Paralictor, an interesting series of events has just transpired of the course of the last two days. As you know I have been assigned to a client of some note to oversee the safe transactional nature of her expedition she is very much inclined to defer to my judgment in the ways of proper contractual obligations, which I see as a golden opportunity to be pursued through the course of our time together. During the first meeting of our a rough contractually bound group of adventurers was formed. I have my doubts about some of the selections but the employer’s choices are of no real concern to me and I will enforce her wishes with an iron fist as is fitting.

A charge was given to us to procure sea transportation by whatever means to facilitate our journey. I immediately sent a runner to the impound yard to see what might have been recently possessed by the city for whichever reason. Time is of the essence so it was out of the question to requisition a ship built or refitted to our exact requirements. Upon finding that there were several vessels impounded by the city, myself, and two of the more nautically skilled member of my group visited the yard to see what might be available. I encountered a Symond Crane, overseeing the yard. He quickly saw to my persuasive reasoning and allowed us to view the ships giving us information as to what was available. The night’s information gathering and the public viewing of the ships provided us with intriguing information. I am not at liberty to say exactly what we uncovered on one ship suffice it to say that the Golem Works sought the vessel.

Working through a project manager by the name of Foreman Garash I was able to negotiation a signified agreement of action by which my party would purchase their desired ship in proxy for the foundry and transfer both the ship and papers to them in return for services rendered. The details of this arrangement are bound by a nondisclosure sub clause in the contract and I can once again not go into the exact detail.

After the meeting with the Golem faction I felt the most profitable course of action would be to go through with the proposal I had worked on with Garash by which we would purchase one boat in proxy for a pittance and then obtain another vessel, which lacked papers for a substantial discount. Garash assured me that their guild would supply us with proper paper work for the undocumented vessel upon transfer of the proxy purchase. All members in attendance at an early meeting agreed and signed the proposal and a majority of the shareholders carried the resolution all that was needed what enacting the proposal.

Arriving at the city auction for the vessels I spoke again with Symond Crane and was able to secure a fast sale for a very agreeable price. One member of the party was able to remove the only competition from the auction through the use of a few choice words. We now had one part of our agreement resolved and it was time to purchase our second ship.

Arriving at a seedier dock in town with the previously signed agreement we sought to make our transaction with a, Tebrilith Peril. I did not trust her to honor her agreement and prepared accordingly bringing along all of our party who were able should the individual seek to break her word. Upon completing the transaction for the agreed upon amount of 7,000 gold another party entered the dock area. Later intelligence revealed this party to be a Belumbor Thrul, known and wanted pirate. The pirate attempted to take possession of the property that we had just purchased by attempting to kill Tebrilith and my associates in the process. Seeing an opportunity to gain more leverage in this situation I was able to convince Tebrilith to hire us to protect her life from the newfound adversary for a princely sum of 2,000 gold.

A battle ensued with the pirate whom was extremely capable. I believe Thrul is a half elf able to swim at incredible speed, which allows him to jump from the water like a great fish and lunge with a spear to make attacks upon the deck of a ship. Thrul’s tactics where sound and it soon became clear that he was also enraged. Seeing the tactical situation it became clear the best order of action to protect our new charge would be to move the ship to a more protected location at the golem foundry. Working together with our new captain, Boniva, we were able to get the ship under sail and repel the attack with only minor injuries.

Once under sail our vessel was brought to the safety of the golem works to finish our contract with them. Needless to say I have made the order proud by negotiating a favorable outcome and future services and favors with the guild. The vessel now rests there as we work to outfit and find crew. I will most likely be submitting a requisition request for a cleric of the order to join us on the journey but we will see.

Paralictor, I see several avenues where the order could gain based on the series of events I have just described. First, I believe that Symond Crane should be contacted and employed by our brotherhood. It could be very profitable to have such a contact at the impound yards. He seems a very agreeable sort and only wishes to look out for his family. These factors would make him a perfect agent of the order. Should you wish to present him an offer I will be having dinner with him before we leave the city.

The second avenue that I feel should be exploited is the new contacts I have made with the Toth Bhreacher of the golem works. The powerful mage seems more interested in exercising his skills and expending his magic on projects that interest him. I believe this knowledge could benefit our order in the future and color how we approach each negotiation with the guild. I will attempt to secure as much favor as possible with Toth as we proceed to finish our ship outfitting.

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Alcades Personal Journal - Entry 2

Best… Day… Ever!!! The night started off slowly as myself the Hell Knight and the emotionless one went to a city office to go over some papers. Normally the quest for knowledge in itself is adventure enough to keep me entertained, however this was tedious at best. This task took seemingly forever although my compatriots did not seem fazed by this.

When we left we encountered a skittish mage that seemed to be of interest to the Hell Knight. He did not seem to be exceptionally adept so he was of little interest to me until I noticed the Golem he kept lurking in the shadows. It was simply exquisite! The Mage let me examine it and I have to admit that the craftsmanship was top notch. I wanted to see it in action but without knowing the martial prowess of my compatriots decided against it. The mage then invited us to have a meeting with The Foreman of the Golem Works. I have wanted to get in there for quite some time, if I play my cards right I may be able to meet Master Toth himself!!

We then proceeded to head back to the tavern to meet up with the rest of the COUP (see above for information on tavern and COUP). When we arrived the Captain had finally made an appearance, he was as expected, an unremarkable pirate. He seemed confident in his abilities, but they all do until they are face to face with danger.

When we went to the Golem Works we met with the Foreman he had a room surrounded by Golem husks, as I examined them all it seemed odd that he surround himself with no operable golems. I inquired as to his reasoning behind this and he explained that they could be made to animate very quickly if need be. Simply remarkable!!

A deal was struck that would allow us to help the Golem works recover some lost property while allowing us to gain some enhancements to which ever ship we end up with. To make the deal even better Master Toth will be doing the enchantments himself and I will be able to assist him with them!!

To think the COUP would rather shop for a ship when they could be in the presence of a man like Master Toth. To be fair these are the actions I have come to expect from the majority of people I have run into.

The COUP and I proceeded to get a ship for Master Toth and I to enchant. When we arrived to purchase the Dragon Ship an odd elven man appeared from the water and began attacking the Emotionless one and yelling about being there for a “Tebrilith”. I assessed the situation and decided that the fastest way to end the conflict was to give this woman to him as she was not a member of the COUP and of no interest to me. The Hell Knight saved her at the last second when she mentioned contracting us to save her. He agreed and told the COUP and I to take out the elven antagonist. As you would expect the COUP went about it via brutish means which proved ineffective as the elf outsmarted them.

The Captain showed some leadership abilities as well as some command of the boat I have never encountered before. He was working as two men to get the ship moving, including using a firearm to cut ropes at a distance. This was intriguing as I had never considered this possible due to the precision required to hit such a small target with the wind and vibrations moving the rope. The concentration required would lend credence to my being told that this is not an unremarkable group, however one action does not a legend make. I wonder if any of the others in the COUP have similar abilities that they choose not to freely brazen.

Anyway back to the encounter, I called forth a squid to impede the elf’s pursuit of us and we sailed the boat to the Golem Works for Master Toth and I to begin enchanting it.

I must say that my time with Master Toth will help me to no end. I feel more confident in my abilities and think I have enough of a working understanding of the ship animating spell he used to be able to make repairs as needed and may progress to alterations. I will have to see if I can meet with him before we leave the city. Normally I would seek an apprenticeship with him however I cannot break my word to the Arcanamirium.

I will leave the Golem Works bettered for my time there.

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Scrawlings on the Wall of Papa Samdi’s Hut

One of them has found me. What to do? What to do? What to do? …What to do? The boat must be ready soon as they are coming for me… He’ll tell me what to do, he always does. I’ll find the answer in Ilverandon. Time to dream the sweetest dreams from a cup of the Midnight Milk. They’ll never get me, he won’t let them.

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Weyland Memory Log 1.3

We are nearing our departure, waiting on upgrades to our vessel, the acquisition of a suitable crew, and supplies. We have acquired devices called “cannons” for the ship, which will be assembled at sea, as it seems our departure must be made posthaste for reasons that are unclear. Captain Boniva is quite familiar with the nature of what he calls “firearms”, or weapons of impressive destructive capabilities, and has asked my assistance in assembling them. Conclusion: The Captain has unusual understanding of a rare technology, suggesting foreign origin. Must investigate further.

While one of the principal crew, Alcades, conducted his own, private preparations, the rest of the crew sailed the Crabcage, a vessel we had acquired for the Golemworks in exchange for their services on our ship, to a scrapyard after the Golemworks had taken all parts of interest from it. It is as yet unclear to me why we acquired the ship for them when they certainly could have on their own. On our way to the scrapyard, another vessel nearly collided with ours. Captain Boniva managed to maneuver our vessel out of the other’s path, a testament to his prowess that I imagine befits a man of his station.

As a result, the other vessel collided with a ferryboat. I moved to investigate the wayward vessel while the Captain remained with our own. Curiously, Papa Samdi and the Marchioness (a title of unusual linguistic origin; must investigate validity) de Carabas jumped in the water towards the ferryboat. The wayward vessel was devoid of any life, its only apparent remaining crew died in the collision. My investigation yielded the following: the ship, a merchant vessel, had been attacked and branded with curious markings of a skull with a crown. When I regrouped with the others, they were busy moving the passengers from the imminently sinking ferryboat on to this one. They were able to get all of the passengers out safely.

While I was initially at a loss to explain why my compatriots, particularly the ones in question would risk themselves for others, I soon discovered why. Not long after we got the passengers of the ferryboat to the shore, we were beset by throngs of people who were quite animated and heaped praise upon my compatriots. While such things are lost upon me, it seems that this might have been the motivation for Papa Samdi and the Marchioness, as they otherwise frequently seem to hostile towards others of their kind. Araris, the Hellknight, seemed to be motivated by establishing goodwill towards his otherwise feared Order of the Nail. As the celebration continued, we were approached by several individuals. Two were merchants, who competed with one another for our favor to an end that escapes me. The other was a man who wished to catalogue the events, though he seemed to desire more than a succinct account as he did not question me very long. As a result of their actions, we were rewarded with wine, parchment, rope, and a generous contract for supplies for our voyage. Perhaps this was the motivation all along, although this conclusion stretches credulity far beyond the bounds of reason. Conclusion: People are illogical, giving into their basest instincts in times of duress. Survival of the species overrides survival of the individual and when such action is undertaken, those who promote the species are rewarded.

After conferring with my compatriots, we determined that the brand on the merchant vessel was that of The Pirate Queen, an enigmatic individual whose identity is unclear. The title is one that is normally attributed to a god, though it is apparent that this is not the work of a deity (I imagine they have more important things to do). Conclusion: Nearby pirate activity in region. Given the incident with one Belumbor Thrul, a pirate under command of this Pirate Queen, and this one, it seems likely that we will encounter some at sea.

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Alcades Personal Journal - Entry 3

I managed to slip away from the COUP (see Entry 1) for a period of time to take care of some personal matter and ready for the voyage ahead. I do not think my absence will be noticed as we are still unfamiliar with one another and they do not yet know what I am capable of… …also I have noticed that some members of the COUP seem to disappear nightly to indulge in sins of the mind, so a masquerade is not needed with this group.

To my surprise Elliot was absolutely elated with the idea of slipping away; however she had other plans in mind for us. While she has embraced her new role as my familiar she can be one of the most unpredictable and needy creatures I have ever encountered.

While I was looking to attend to personal matters, and working towards the advancement of all mankind she starts prodding me to go back to the sea. We have only been away from it for a few days, and I miss it as well, but we must remain diligent in our plan or we will not succeed. But the bond between us is very strong.

I found some common ground with her that would allow us to do as she wished while allowing me to attend to other matters.

I must admit I missed the sea more than I realized. It had been a while since I was able to take some time for myself; it must be years since I took a day off. But you don’t become the best without sacrifice.

While in the seas Elliot frolicked in the waves and in the air, pausing occasionally to mock my inability to fly. I spent my time conversing with the creatures in the area, the ones Elliot did not torment. I was fascinated to hear the information some of them held on Magnimar’s history, and current state. People often forget that someone or something is always witness to your deeds.
As we returned inland I felt lighter, as if a weight had been lifted from my being.

I now realize a lesson that I should have learned from my dealings with Master Toth. He is a kind man with the same passions as I have, but you can see the years have taken their toll. I believe that the need to take time for one’s self is a lesson he did not intend to teach, I see that now and I believe I have a plan for him.

After spending much of the morning at sea I was finally able to pursue the trade that I slipped away to see done. I do not enjoy doing these things, but they are a clear means to an end.
I will rejoin the COUP and Master Toth as we finish our preparations for departure.

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Alcades Personal Journal - Entry 4

Over the last few days while working with Master Toth I noticed a bond between us forming, not one of a physical nature but one of mentorship. I explained to him my goals and how much I admired all that he has accomplished in his career and asked that he grant me guidance since he had already mastered the magics. I also asked him for tips regarding my lab.

I don’t know that he took me seriously at first, but once he noticed the resolve on my face he knew it to be true. Master Toth then shared some tips on magics with me that will help guide me, including showing me how to utilize Animate Object Maintenance which should allow me to do ship upkeep once it is enchanted.

As he was speaking I noticed a twinkle in his eye. I remembered seeing this same glimmer when we greeted him at the docks and were explaining the ship enhancements that we were looking for. It was then that I noticed Master Toth for what he really was. For all his grand worldly accomplishments he seemed to be slowing down and finding considerable joy in these irregularities and teaching me.

I then looked Master Toth in his eye and made him a proposition. I explained to him that Forman Garash was a loyal, trustworthy and capable man by his own words and capable of running the Golem Works in his absence. With that in mind I respectfully extended an opportunity to journey to the Arcanamirium and enjoy a sabbatical of study and teaching others in the way of the magics. I also let him know that I am personally acquainted with Lady Darchana and could ensure his enjoyment of this sabbatical, away from the day to day drudgeries of the Golem Works.

I also flattered him with truth of what would be my intent had I not been charged with this duty, an apprenticeship with him. But my word is my bond and I have sworn completion of this task for Lady Darchana.

I told Master Toth to think about this offer and let me know in the morning as I would contact Lady Darchana of his impending arrival and made arrangements for his transport of my own coin.

While Master Toth seemed intrigued by this opportunity he is a hard man to read…

On another note, it took some time but we finally managed to get all of the principal investors for this journey in one spot at the same time. You wouldn’t think this to be an accomplishment but we have had instances where we are making pivotal decisions with some absent. We took advantage of everyone being here and set off to the Lumber Yard to meet Master Toth to finally get the ship enchanted.

Master Toth asked the COUP and I which elemental we would like bound to the ship. As is their nature the COUP voted against what wisdom would lead one to believe to be the superior option. Instead of the Water Elemental I sought to see bound they instead voted for the unpredictable and often violent Storm Elemental. I should have removed a few of the COUP from the vote to skew it my way, but how was I to know that they would once again prove incompetent on such a simple matter.

Even though Master Toth had learned me in the ways of the animation that was to take place I was not prepared for what was to come. The binding process was a violent one, probably attributed to the choice of a Storm Elemental, as the Elemental took control of the ship.

While this was fascinating it was also chaotic as several of the COUP attempted to sooth the ship. I finally decided to intervene before anyone else went overboard. As the ship and I share a bond to the sea, I used this commonality to slow down its torrent long enough for the Captain to retake control.

Once we had control we made port at the Golem Works to drop off Master Toth. He then informed me that he would take advantage of my offer and take leave on sabbatical to the Arcanamirium. I could not be more elated! I contacted Lady Darchana of his impending arrival and made arrangements for his transport as promised. I know he will enjoy his time there and leave refreshed. I hope the students of the Arcanamirium appreciate his knowledge as much as I have.

I have also extended another courtesy to the Arcanamirium as I now realize my journey is the perfect opportunity to offer an internship and allow another mage to gain knowledge from me as I progress in my craft and my pursuit of knowledge.

The next morning we set off on our adventure. I think I will find myself bound to my lab more and more as the days bare on. The rest of the crew, save my apprentice, is of little interest to me.

Just two days into our journey we were hailed by a ship of the Magnimarian navy. They requested all hands on deck to do a head count. Apparently the Scared ones idea to have all black sails was a foolish one as they are the symbol of the pirate queen, hence our progress being impeded.

A Captain Bardomma took roll to ensure our crew was who they said they were. What should have taken minutes ended up wasting a good portion of the afternoon as some of the crew cannot follow simple orders such as walk to the top of the ship and stand there while someone asks you your name. I am not sure where they found these people but next voyage I am going to insist on an intellect test before ship hands are brought on board.

One such example of the COUP’s incompetence would be the Arrogant Con and his assistant’s inability to both healthy and on deck at the same time. I do not know if they were playing games or just that incompetent nor do I care however this persisted far longer than was acceptable.

Finally I got sick of waiting as the Captain went below deck, and the other crew from the naval ship went back to their ship so I went back to my studies. It was there that the Cleric of Gozreh approached me with some Bird Feather Tokens. He had one that would return word to him and two others that were for sale. I took all three; I will use one to contact him if needed, one to keep the Arcanamirium abreast of my progress and the other for future use or deconstruction.

Tomorrow I shall see if the captain will pause our journey and allow me some relief in the sea for a period of time. It is difficult being so close, yet unable to enjoy all the wonders below your feet.

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Papa’s Midnight Rantings

Enough of it to last two months and thats not enough??? More!!! I’m already using as much as I can without raising suspicion!!! Too much will consume me!! (The rest spoken in Aboleth, Aklo, and various other Languages)

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Papa’s Explanation to Septimus of the Battle

It is too bad you were unable to join us in the battle versus the pirates, we came out victorious with no losses!! The spirits must have looked out for us today. It is too bad the Captain did not offer up to the Sea Spirit the proper offerings after the battle. I told him what was necessary to appease Besmara. But all is well, Papa took care of it. The Sea Spirit will hold no ill will against us.

The Captain was lured out with a false promise of Parley from the pirates. They were to meet the other Captain between our respective ships on rowboats. He was ambushed along with the women, Ikeda. Fortunately Ikeda is better at battle than I expected and she killed to protect the captain. She leapt 15 feet between the two rowboats and shot one of their warriors between the eyes. I have never seen such prowess in a women. Who would have known a women could fight at all??!! Women are still bad juju to have on a boat though.

The Fish man, Alcades, jumped into the shark infested water and entreated sharks to help. He even rode one into battle, very exciting!! That one has much Juju, he will work well with Papa and Grann.

As first mate, I assumed command of the ship in the absence of the Captain. I ordered the ship to assume ramming speed and that the Fiend’s Mouth cannon be armed. The strategy would have resulted in losses but the Fish man disabled the rudder of the enemies ship by ramming it with the shark he was riding. This stopped the enemy from being able to volley on us with their cannons. The fish man even rode the shark out of the water onto the deck of the enemies ship!!! They were shocked to say the least.

By disabling the rudder, we were able to avoid the volley of the enemies cannons and rammed their ship, simultaneously firing the Fiend’s mouth. We then boarded their boat. The Tin Man, Weiland, cut a swath through their ranks with his great Scythe. Their crew was rallied by the Sea Barbarian that you all had unsuccessfully fought when Papa was gone. Papa made short work of him though and brought him before the Captain. We executed him and fed him to the sharks. We let a few of their crew live. Apparently most of them had been pressed into service against their will. We freed them with just enough for them to reach shore. The Captain let them leave will 3 days rations, just enough for them to get back to Magnimar. He is such a magnanimous Captain!!! Stern but fair, Papa likes him very much.

I hope you can join us in future battles, that bow of yours could be very useful!!!

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