After dealing with the group of harpies, the group decides that with their resources low it would be the best for them to return to camp. Quickly they make their way through camp, Kage easily finding her way through the forest as if she had grown up in the wild.
Once in camp the group begins their evening tasks, but something begins to bother Kage. A guard standing before the tent that the group has yet to be allowed into seems to be extremely nervous. He tries to pass it off as uneasiness due to the strange creatures attacking the camp, but Kage can tell that there is something more.
With a bit of help from an unexpected source, Akron, Kage is able to make it into the tent and finds that the tent has been converted into a makeshift field hospital. Two of the beds are occupied by Zincher’s thugs, both of whom appear to be near the fatal end of a disease. After working on the two for a bit, Kage is able to help them recover some and she figures out that the disease is most likely caused by a bite of the strange lion-like creatures, the Akatas.
When night falls, the group beds down with a look-out stationed. During the night, while Artan is watching for trouble, a group of the strange zombies begins to close in on the camp. A warning shout goes up and soon the camp is fighting off the zombies, the party taking on trio of zombies while Zincher’s guards contend with another trio attacking from another entrance. Unfortunately, the zombies are not the only things lurking in the night.
Floating in toward the camp, mostly concealed by the shadows, a wraith begins it’s assault on the party. The fight is a difficult one, due to the wraith’s unnatural defenses. Even though Ead’s attacks seem to be dealing some damage to the undead, she is unable to stay close to it and retreats. But her new vantage point allows her to see a new prey, one she has had her eye on for a bit.
In the confusion of the fighting, Clegg Zincher attempts to sneak out of the camp. Ead spots him and takes an opportunity to show her gratitude for everything Clegg has done for/to her, and puts an arrow in his back. With a roar of rage, Clegg turns back to the catgirl and attacks, shouting for his guards to do the same.
The combat is vicious, but soon the wraith is destroyed, revealing the ghostly form of Yaris Neraken the founder of Devil’s Elbow. His spirit calls out for “my Varashi” before dissipating into the night. With the wraith defeated the party can now focus on Clegg on his remaining bodyguard, and are aided by a new ally. Akron reveals himself to be a member of the Sable Company of Korvosa, a group of specially trained marines who sometimes preemptively strike at Korvosa’s foes, in this case Clegg.
After a brutal fight, one where Akron is almost killed by Clegg and Feran was badly injured by one of Clegg’s Halg-Giant guards, the party comes out on top in a rather grisly fashion. Once Clegg is knocked unconscious, Ead moves up and quickly executes him and with a howl of triumph displays the grisly trophy to the rest of Clegg’s guards. The guards quickly give up.
Once things are calmed down a bit and some healing is dispensed, Akron is able to get the guards to agree to continue on guarding the campsite (giving the party a somewhat safe place to camp) as long as they are paid for the remainder of the stay on the island. Also while searching through Clegg’s things, the group finds documents that show just how corrupt Clegg was, and how much wealth that he really owned. Also within his possessions is a map with a marking where guards found deposits of the skymetal ore and one other mark that no one is able to say what’s its for. A simple ‘X’ is marked along the cliff side not far from the camp.
The group decides to rest up and begin searching for whatever the X marks in the morning.
XP: 1500 xp ( 13050 xp total )
Loot: +1 Leather Armor, Amulet of Natural Armor +1, Masterwork Pickaxe, Masterwork Throwing Axe (4), Acid Flask (2), Alchemist Fire (2), 50’ Silk Rope, Masterwork Dagger, +1 Crystal Hilt, 35 pounds of Noqual Ore
Potions/Scrolls: Potion of Shield of Faith +3
Gems/Jewelry: Beryls (8 each worth 40gp), Rubies (4 each worth 100 gp), Black pearl (100 gp)
Coins: 150 PP