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4E [Adventure] Serpent's Skull: Souls for Smuggler's Shiv (DM: Mewness; Judge: THB)


The Serpent’s Skull, Part One:


An adventure path for characters starting at level 1

Starring Our Heroes:

Noriaki Matsumoto, male human, thaneborn barbarian (Pentius)
Hú Lí (Black Fox), female (?) fox spirit, cunning bard (BenBrown)
Takahaan, male dragonborn, bravura warlord (GROMkill)
Castile, female dwarf, battlerager fighter (Dekana)
Kane Arcane, male human, shielding swordmage|wizard (jbear)

[sblock=NPCs]Shipwrecked on the Shiv
Aerys, female half-elf from Bacarte. Very beautiful, but hides it. Has a drinking problem.
Alkas, male dwarf from Bacarte (used to be a player character).
The Dartmoor Irregulars, a company of piskies and grigs. (Used to be a player character.)
Gelik, citified male gnome.
Jade, a Magari dwarf who was being transported as a prisoner.
Ishirou, older human male from the Kingdom of Jade. "Adopted" by Noriaki into the House of Storms.
Pezock, a sentimental kenku who has survived on the Shiv for some time, and has an enchanted rapier named Pearl.
Sasha, pretty young human female.

Kovack, captain of the Jenivere
Ieana, quiet scholarly woman

Mentioned in Passing
Itztecolotl, King of Cactizatziliztli
Ihhuicac, daughter of Itztecolotl who is getting married

Dead and/or Gone
Tlacamatli, masked, cadaverous dwarf who recruited the heroes
Mecatl, one of Tlacamatli's guards
Nelli, one of Tlacamatli's guards
Alton, first mate of the Jenivere[/sblock]
[sblock=Quests]Major Quest: Get safely off the island.

Minor Quests (one for each NPC): Keep Aerys, Gelik, Ishirou, Jade, and Sasha alive.

Minor Quest: Find a supply of viper nettle berries to help Aerys kick her drinking habit. COMPLETE!

Minor Quest: Find the Nightvoice for Gelik.

Minor Quest: Find the treasure at the end of Ishirou's treasure map. COMPLETE!

Minor Quest: Find evidence to exonerate Jade. COMPLETE!

Minor Quest: Help Sasha capture a baby pterosaur. COMPLETE![/sblock]
[sblock=Introduction, Rules, Notes]Welcome to Souls for Smuggler’s Shiv, my first play-by-post adventure. If you ever have any suggestions as to how I can improve things, I would be happy to have them.

I’ll be keeping a plot summary updated in one of the spoiler blocks below, and there will be a list of important NPCs above. It can be very hard to remember what’s going on in a PbP game, as combats interrupt the story and can take ages to resolve. So if you can’t remember what the hell is happening, it’s somewhere on this page.

Posting frequency: Please aim to post once a day if you can (don’t worry too much about weekends, as they are generally slow). If you can post even more frequently, feel free. If a response from you is required, I will wait for two days (with more flexibility if the two days are over a weekend) before NPCing you and moving on (and I will get annoyed if this happens more than a couple of times). Try to keep up a good posting rate even out of combat: remember that no-one can tell the difference between an inactive player and one who is paying close attention but not posting anything. Everyone appreciates responsiveness--a responsive group makes all the difference between a really great adventure and a mediocre one, so I encourage you to find things to say even if your character doesn’t have much to do in the current situation. Posting something like “Bertie quickly gets bored by the conversation, so he goes off a little way and amuses himself by stomping on ants” is perfectly fine. In fact it’s great, because it gives others something to respond to. Anything is an improvement on silence.

If you will be away for longer than a couple of days, or if your life is getting hectic and you need to slow down, please PM me or warn us in this thread. An unexplained absence of a week or more may lead to my searching for a replacement.

Die Rollers: My favorite online roller, CoCo, seems to have disappeared. =( Currently I am trying out this die roller, which claims to pull its numbers from Random.org and which, therefore, should actually generate random results. Feel free to use it (but please post all of your rolls for this adventure under the same campaign name). If you're a traditionalist, Invisible Castle and the die roller built into this board are still both reasonable options. Be as specific as you can in the notes you add to your die formula before you roll it--specify what you are doing and to whom, i.e. “twin strike on Nincompoop 5.” “Blazing starfall on B6-D8, catching Cloddenbeadles 1, 3, and 4.”

Spoiler Blocks: Spoiler blocks with skill requirements will be labeled “active,” “passive,” or sometimes “active or passive.” “Active” means that you must make the check in order to have access to the information within that block; “passive” means that you must have a sufficient passive score (10+skill bonus) in the skill. “Active or passive” means that you can either use your passive score or make a check if your passive score isn’t high enough.

Incidentally, I have no problem with your reading spoiler blocks that you’re not strictly entitled to, so long as you don’t have your character use the information therein.

PC Stat Blocks: Please make a summary of your character’s stats and include it in your first post. You should also include it whenever you take a turn in combat, and whenever something happens out of combat that alters your hit points, surges, action points, etc. Here’s a sample stat block.

[sblock=Goldenhorn]Ingvar Goldenhorn Male Minotaur Cleric|Runepriest 1
Initiative: +0, Passive Perception: 16, Passive Insight: 14, Senses: Normal
AC:17, Fort:14, Reflex:11, Will:16
HP:27/27, Bloodied:13, Surge Value:6, Surges left:7/10
Action Points: 1
Righteous Brand
Word of Binding

Goring Charge
Divine Glow
Healing Word
Rune of Mending
Second Wind

Moment of Glory


Defiant Word: Whenever an enemy misses Goldenhorn with an attack, he gains a +4 (non-cumulative) bonus to damage rolls against that enemy until the end of his next turn.

Full sheet: Goldenhorn[/sblock]
Pictures: If you have a picture you’d like me to use to represent your PC in combat, post it somewhere.

I will be using Mal’s Rules for speedier PbP combat. You can read about Mal’s Rules in the spoiler block below.[/sblock]
[sblock=The Malenkirk Conventions]Mal Malenkirk came up with some house rules for speeding up PbP combat that are now so ubiquitous in L4W that almost nobody actually bothers posting them anymore, which can lead to confusion. Here they are:

1. The DM rolls initiative for everyone to save time. Only one initiative value is rolled for all of the bad guys.

2. Any PCs whose initiative beats the bad guys get to act first. They can act in any order they like and their actions are resolved in the order they are posted.

3. The DM then runs all of the bad guys’ turns together.

4. All of the PCs (including any who won the initiative before) now get a turn. Play then proceeds with all the bad guys having another turn, then all the PCs, etc. Again, the PCs can act in any order, and their actions are resolved in the order of posting.

5. Effects that last until the end of someone’s next turn need a special rule, because the changing order of actions could otherwise lead to abuse. Such an effect gives its benefit (or its penalty) to each recipient for one turn only, no matter when that turn occurs in relation to the other recipients or the originator of the effect.

Example: Suppose that PCs Algie, Bertie, Cecily, Dickie, and Edna act in alphabetical order on round 1. Cecily uses a power that grants herself and all her allies a +1 to attack rolls until the end of her next turn. Dickie and Edna each benefit on round 1, as normal, because they act after Cecily.

On round 2, the PCs happen to act in reverse alphabetical order. Even though Edna and Dickie act before Cecily, they no longer benefit from Cecily’s effect, because they have already had it for one turn. Cecily benefits from it on her turn, just as she normally would, and Bertie and Algie benefit on their turns, even though their turns take place after Cecily’s is over.

This rule can be tricky to apply correctly at the beginning, so let me know if you have any questions about it.

6. To save time, the DM makes enough of the bad guys’ stats available to the players that they can resolve their own attacks and any opportunity attacks that they provoke.

This rule is frequently ignored; many DMs are simply not comfortable disclosing enemy stats on the first round of a fight, and prefer to reveal them gradually. Unfortunately, that can cause delays (players will wait to see whether the previous attack hit or whether a bad guy is bloodied before deciding what to do). What I’m going to do is to put the stats in individual spoiler blocks, and ask you to look at them only when it is necessary for figuring out what happened on your turn, after you have decided what you’re doing and made the rolls. Don’t look at them at other times. You’re on the honor system.

7. If any other issues come up, I will play them by ear (with the help of our good Judge).[/sblock]
[sblock=Time, Exploration, and Travel on the Shiv]Here’s some information to help you plan out your days on the island.

Days are about 14 hours long. Sunrise is at 6 am, sunset is at 8 pm. Low tide occurs at 6 am and 6 pm. High tide occurs at noon and midnight.

You can take full extended rests while you are in your permanent camp. You can take extended rests in other places as well, but will have to make some checks because of the difficult conditions. If you have enough time and daylight to set up a temporary camp, I’ll call for a group Nature check, success meaning that you can take the extended rest normally. If you don’t have time, or fail the Nature check, I’ll call for individual Endurance checks to determine how bad you’re feeling the next day.

Your hiking speed along paths and through clear terrain is 2.5 mph. (This is standard for a speed 5 party.) In rough terrain, your hiking speed is halved. The jungle is especially thick, so you travel at one-quarter normal speed through jungle (i.e., only 0.625 mph). This extra-slow rate only applies when you are exploring (breaking a trail); if you retrace your steps through the jungle, you go at 1.25 mph.

The daily downpour happens somewhere around 5-6 pm. It can last half and hour or more. Traveling in the rain is almost impossible (it slows you down even more and severely hampers your vision) and traveling after the rain is unpleasant, as you are slowed somewhat by the soggy ground.[/sblock]
[sblock=The Story So Far]Tlacamatli, the strange retainer of King Itztecolotl of Cactitzatziliztli, recruits our heroes to participate in a grand games to be held in honor of the marriage of Princess Ihhuicac. The heroes take passage aboard the Jenivere, heading toward the Isle of Opposition, from whence they are to journey through a portal to the Valley of Bone.

Day 1

Disaster! The heroes wake up stranded on the notorious island of Smuggler's Shiv, unable to remember what happened, and immediately have to fight off some giant hungry lobster-things. With them are Aerys, Gelik, Ishirou, and Sasha, as well as a dwarf prisoner named Jade, who is accused of stealing from King Itztecolotl, but who claims to be innocent. After examining the other shipwreck survivors, Jade suspects that everyone was poisoned.

Noticing the wreck of the Jenivere nearby, some of the adventurers climb across the rock face to explore it. They find the bodies of everyone else who was on board, except for Captain Kovack and the scholar Ieana. The crew seem not to have even attempted to escape the ship, and Noriaki notices that the first mate has a deep stab wound in his abdomen--further evidence of poisoning and betrayal. Castile recovers the captain's logbook from his cabin, but it is too blurred to be easily read.

Meanwhile, the Dartmoor Irregulars observe the flight patterns of the local birds and conclude that there may be fresh water to the southeast. The group sets off in that direction and is attacked by some spiders. Upon defeating them, they find another shipwreck survivor wrapped up in their webs.

By the time that they have found the stream they were searching for, it has started to rain, and is getting late in the day. They decide to set up camp. During the evening’s discussion, Gelik mentions a ship called the Nightvoice that was lost in the waters around Smuggler’s Shiv decades ago. Jade speculates on the possibility that a man who could prove his innocence might have been shipwrecked on the island as well. Noriaki devotes his time to perusing the logbook, which reveals that Captain Kovack has no gift for poetry at all. More importantly, it reveals that he was so obsessed with the woman Ieana that he neglected his duties and even contemplated killing his own crewmen, should any of them desire her as well. It also hints that Ieana’s true form is different from the appearance she presented. The night is otherwise uneventful save that the Irregulars notice some large creature flying overhead, and Noriaki has a disturbing dream.

Day 2

In the morning, Ishirou gives Kane an interesting map (further detail here) and Aerys asks Hú Lí to help her kick her drinking habit. The group decides to travel along the east coast to look for the distinctive rocks shown on Ishirou's map. Before they have gotten very far, they come across a sheltered beach, where they find the remains of a campfire and some discarded clothing--and overcoat and a scarf--that belonged to Kovack and Ieana. This pair's trail is very faint--the rains of the previous afternoon have all but obliterated it--but the adventurers follow them south, eventually coming to a river, where they notice viper nettles growing on the other side and cross over to gather berries. While searching for more they bump into some very aggressive plants and have to fight for their lives, but they do find a large viper nettle patch.

After gathering berries and having some lunch, the adventurers continue south past the river, following Ieana and Kovack. Later in the afternoon, they find signs that their quarry re-entered the jungle, but they realize they will have to head back to camp if they want to spend the night in relative comfort. Kane marks a tree with his sword to make it easier for them to pick up the trail again.

Back in camp, they give the viper nettle berries to Aerys, who resolves to stop drinking immediately. They also learn that Sasha has been exploring the north-eastern coast and now has a notion to capture a baby pterosaur and train it.

The night is uneventful, save for another sighting of the mysterious flying creature, and the disturbing dreams of Castile and Noriaki.

Day 3

The party is determined to track Ieana and Kovack down at last. Taking Gelik with them, they retrace their steps to the place where their quarry entered the jungle. Once through the forest, they come across an actual trail--and a trap laid on that trail.

Unable to tell which direction their quarry took, the group follows the trail northwest. They find more traps along the way, as well as an abandoned campsite whose inhabitants appear to have been murdered--all but one, who exchanged that fate for one possibly worse: she has been transformed into a mindless a plant-creature like those fought on the previous day. Kane decides to kill her out of mercy, and has a vision of the last moments of her life. Continuing to follow the trail, the adventurers find another campsite, whose inhabitants also seem to have met a grisly end. From there they spot some movement in the distance and set off after it. They soon come across a truly immense crab, which at first appears threatening but proves to be only a dead shell that has been rigged up as a giant puppet by Pezock, a mechanically-inclined kenku, who also uses the crab as his house.

Pezock tells the woeful tale of how his friends were murdered by a tribe of cannibals on the island. Dartmoor asks a bird to take a warning message back to the party's camp, and the adventurers decide that the cannibals must die. That night, they ambush a cannibal war party using a combination of a clever ruse and extreme violence. After this very long day, they rest in Pezock's crab, disturbed only by some unsettling dreams.

Day 4

The next day, the group heads back to camp, persuading Pezock to come along. On the way, they pass close to the hill depicted in Ishirou’s map (Pezock having revealed that he is familiar with the location) and are unable to resist the lure of treasure hunting. Pezock leads them to another abandoned camp (where they discover some signs of sinister magic) and on to the bare-topped hill. The Irregulars head back to camp, knowing that Dartmoor will be able to send an animal messenger to the top of the hill should anything untoward occur, and Pezock points out some shipwrecks visible from the hilltop. The group decides to spend the night on the hill, in order to see the sunrise as depicted on the map.

Day 5

The sun rises, proving the picture to be amazingly accurate: the adventurers soon locate a spot offering exactly the view depicted and, after spending most of the day digging, uncover a stone shaft. They are immediately attacked by ghouls, but defeat them. Kane is undeterred by the vile-smelling, murky water in the shaft and swims through to recover a box of treasure that includes a beautiful gold Magari calendar disk.

On the way back to camp, the party comes across the wreck of the Brine Demon and retrieves from it a coffer containing Kinkarian's ledgers, as well as an odd little figurine that turns out to be a magical prison holding a trapped fey beast, which Kane frees. The trip back is otherwise uneventful and the night passes peacefully, apart from a strange dream.

Day 6

With Sasha along, the group heads out to try to capture a small bird-reptile. On the way, they discover the corpse of an adult that appears to have fallen out of the sky. When they reach the nest, they find it under attack by other bird-reptiles, seeking to devour the undefended young. They beat them off, managing to save two of the chicks, one of which takes a shine to Noriaki and suffers an abrupt growth spurt as a result of one of the Irregulars’ odd concoctions.

Leaving Sasha back at the camp, the adventurers decide to explore one of the wrecks, but find it occupied by a hostile presence that they decide is best left undisturbed.

Continuing to explore the island, they follow the stream south from the nettle patch until they reach the top of the ridge. Climbing down again, they cross the valley and climb another ridge, finding there a winding stream that leads to a waterfall. Traveling upstream, they eventually discover a sinister hut with human bones piled around. As the rain is starting, they venture inside. Nobody seems to live here at the moment, but they find an old journal that seems to have been written by someone on an Allarian-sponsored expedition to establish an outpost on the island. Sadly, the journal is mostly illegible, and after the rain passes, the adventurers return to their companions. With some light left in the day, they move their campsite south, to the ridge overlooking the path.
[sblock=Time & Experience Records]Start Date: May 30th, 2011 (for Black Fox, Castile, Dartmoor, Noriaki, and Takahaan); July 6th, 2011 (for Kane)

May 30 - June 30 rewards approved here. (Post 361.)
June 30 - August 30 rewards approved here. (Post 687.)
August 30 to October 30 rewards approved here. (Post 758.)
October 30, 2011 to January 30, 2012 rewards approved here. (Post 958.)
January 30 to March 30 rewards approved here. (Post 1143.)
March 30 to May 30 rewards approved here. (Post 1343.)
May 30 to the finish rewards approved here. (Post 1448.)[/sblock]
[sblock=Key to the Map]The black line shows the party's travels. The light green line shows Kane's travels before joining the group. The orange line shows Sasha's travels.

Current location.
Party's current camp.
Party's old camp.
A: Beach where the lobster-things attacked.
B: Wreck of the Jenivere.
C1: Cliffside nests that seem to be inhabited by large, flying, predatory reptiles.
C2: Joompin spider’s nest.
D1: Wreck of Kane’s ship.
D2: A wrecked ship with some sort of hostile, shadowy presence.
D4: A wrecked ship already explored by Pezock.
E: Viper nettle patch.
F: Ieana and Kovack's temporary camp.
G: Wreck of the Brine Demon.
H: The blighted caller.
I1: An old campsite (where the plant-creature was standing).
I2: Pezock's old campsite, where the cannibals took a thorough drubbing.
I3: Old campsite (with pentagram and human teeth on wall).
J: A trap.
K: The shaft containing the ghouls and the treasure box.
L: Pezock's crab.
M: Rolling log trap (an old cannibal ambush site).
N: Old hut decorated with human bones.
O: Crossing (available at high tide).
P: Crossing (only available at low tide).
T: Cliff with hanging ropes.
V: The lighthouse.[/sblock]


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Tlacamatli leads the way to the dock, where a trading ship, the Jenivere, lies at anchor. He boards the ship and begins speaking quietly in Magari to two dwarves standing on the deck. These two look nothing like Tlacamatli, save for the obsidian-toothed wooden swords they carry--they have the typical dwarf build, wear armor made of animal hides, and are bareheaded, with colorful feathers decorating their hair and beards. As Tlacamatli approaches, the captain of the Jenivere, a cheerful-looking, hulking fellow, glances up from a discussion with a member of his crew. He smiles and waves the newcomers on board, signaling a crewman to attend to them before continuing with his discussion.

In addition to the Magari, five other passengers of various sorts are already on board.

GM: The perception/insight checks here assume that your PC spends a few minutes observing the NPC in question. If your PC wouldn’t find that NPC interesting, don’t bother to roll.

A tanned, attractive half-elven woman is helping the crew with some of the rigging. Though she appears to be quite competent, the men soon laughingly wave her away, saying that she’s paid for her passage and should enjoy herself. The woman seems slightly irritated by this, but stops trying to help and turns instead to watch the other boats in the harbor. In human terms, she looks like she is in her thirties. Her dark hair is mostly hidden under a hat that she wears pulled low on her forehead, and her thick, heavy leather armor gives her a slightly mannish appearance. She is armed with a cutlass and a long knife.

[sblock=Perception 13]This woman isn’t just attractive--she’s extraordinarily so, really quite stunning. But it isn’t immediately obvious because of her concealing, rather shapeless clothes.[/sblock]

Not far from the half-elf, a fashionably dressed male gnome is sitting on a crate. He has a very citified manner, and appears to be unarmed. He looks rather bored, and is fiddling with some sort of complicated object, perhaps a puzzle.

Sitting on the deck is a human female, perhaps forty years old. She wears spectacles and her hands are stained with ink. She is writing something in a journal and appears to be completely absorbed in it. She doesn’t seem to be armed or armored.

A human male from the Kingdom of Jade sits not far from the scholarly-looking woman, although the two are paying no attention to each other. The man is perhaps fifty years old. His hair has a good deal of gray in it and his face is weathered, but he looks physically very fit. He carries a katana and is looking out to sea in a meditative manner.

[sblock=Insight or Perception 13]He actually seems to be dividing his attention between the sea and the half-elven woman, although his face shows no particular expression when he looks at her.[/sblock]

The last passenger is a pretty young human woman with flame-red hair. It seems that she cannot keep still--she is at one moment bending over the rail to peer into the water, the next moment looking up at a seagull, then sizing up another passenger, then staring at the crew as they work, then scrutinizing something on her own arm. She wears a leather costume that cannot aptly be described as “armor” owing to its failure to cover most of her vital areas, though it does give observers ample opportunity to admire her athletic, shapely physique. She has a good-sized bow slung over her back, unstrung.

GM: Finally, everyone make an Endurance check for me to use in the future :devil: (it has nothing to do with this scene).


Noriaki follows behind Tlacamatli to the Jenivere. He steps aboard with a regal air, his eyes scanning the crowd briefly, but not seeing any obvious nobility, he doesn't approach or even acknowledge anyone. He makes his way to the railing, specifically to a spot where he can see the Jadian man, and observes him briefly before turning his own gaze to the waters, placing a hand on the rail as he does so. Noriaki has only sailed once before, and is still slightly awed by the sight of open water.

Insight:1d20+1=4. Not so much.

Mystery Endurance: 1d20+5=18[/sblock]
[sblock=ooc]Our Leaders can both grant attacks, and I am a likely recipient of such moves, so I am posting my basic attack stats in my stat block. Feel free to roll any granted attacks for me.



Noriaki Matsumoto Male Human Thaneborn Barbarian 1
Initiative: +3(+5 with Takahaan), Passive Perception: 10, Passive Insight: 11, Senses: Normal
HP:27/27 Bloodied:13
Surges left:9/9
Surge Value:6
Action Points: 1
MBA: +7 to hit, 1d12+4 damage

Howling Strike
Pressing Strike

Escalating Violence []
Howl of Triumph []
Heroic Effort []
Second Wind []

Swift Panther Rage []


Feral Might(Thaneborn Triumph): Whenever you bloody an enemy, the next attack by you or an ally against that enemy gains a bonus to the attack roll equal to your Charisma modifier(+2).

Full sheet: Noriaki[/sblock]
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The Jadian man notices Noriaki and bows his head to him before returning his attention to the sea.

The young red-haired woman happens to catch Noriaki's eye while looking over her shoulder and smiles at him.


Noriaki gives the Jadian man a slight nod of his head in return before the red haired woman catches his eye. Her energetic manner combined with her revealing garb makes her hard to ignore. Noriaki gives her back a slight smile, out of habit more than anything else, but, unsure of whether anything more is expected, remains at the railing.


Hú Lí traipses up the gangplank, and she surveys the people on deck. The attractive Half-Elf woman catches her attention for a moment, and Hú Lí gets a rather thoughtful look in her eye. Still looking at her out of the corner of her eye, Hú Lí then bows to the Jadian man, before taking up a place near the bow and producing her flute.

"Shall I play to help the work go faster?" she asks.

[sblock=rolls]Perception on Half-Elf Woman (1d20+6=14)
Perception on Jadeite Man (1d20+6=8)
Endurance (1d20+1=19)[/sblock][sblock=Hú Lí]The Black Fox Fox Spirit (Changeling) Bard 1
Initiative: +1, Passive Perception: 18, Passive Insight: 16
AC:17, Fort:11, Reflex:14, Will:16

:bmelee: +2 vs. AC, 1d6-1 damage

HP:24/24, Bloodied:12, Surge Value:6, Surges left:8/8
Action Points: 1, Second Wind: unused
Powers: Changeling Disguise, Wild Shape, Staggering Note, Vicious Mockery
Blunder, Changeling Trick, Grasping Claws, Majestic Word x2, Words of Friendship
Stirring Shout



Trailing after his human friend, Takahaan climbs aboard the deck of the Jenivere and glances around at the other occupants. Eyeing the few others, Takahaan's gaze comes to a halt - admittedly after a double-take - on the attractive half-elf female pouting and focused on the rest of the harbor. Admiring her subtle but alluring figure, Takahaan notices the Jadian man look her way as well a few times.

After looking over the occupants of the trade ship, Takahaan approaches his friend Noriaki and joins him in gazing across the beautiful waters, enthralled by the depth and vastness of the seas.

After a moment of comfort and silence, Takahaan began. "Friend, we have only sailed but once before this. Men speak stories of the intense illness that crossing large waters can bring those who are inexperienced in the way of sailing. May we keep our spirits up and our stomachs steady, as honor and victory await us in this strange land we shall approach."

Looking at his friend, he nodded with a certain solemnity and continued his watch over the horizon above the deep, aquamarine waters.

[sblock=rolls]Insight Roll for Jadian Man 1d20=16
Perception Roll for Half-elf Woman 1d20-1=16
Suspicious Endurance Roll 1d20+5=23[/sblock]
[sblock=Takahaan]Takahaan Thanazashi Male Dragonborn Bravura Warlord 1
Initiative: +2, Passive Perception: 10, Passive Insight: 9, Senses: Normal
AC:17, Fort:15, Reflex:13, Will:15
HP:24/24, Bloodied:12, Surge Value:6, Surges left:8/8
Action Points: 1
Brash Assault
Intuitive Strike

Dragon Breath
Inspiring Word
Vengeance Is Mine

Lamb to the Slaughter


Dragonborn Fury: When you’re bloodied, you gain a +1 racial bonus to attack rolls.

Combat Leader: You and each ally within 10 squares who can see and hear you gain a +2 power bonus to initiative.

Bravura Presence: When an ally who can see you spends an action point to take an extra action and uses the action to make an attack, the ally can choose to take advantage of this feature before the attack roll. If the ally chooses to do so and the attack hits, the ally can either make a basic attack or take a move action after the attack as a free action. If the attack misses, the ally grants combat advantage to all enemies until the end of his or her next turn.

Full sheet: Takahaan[/sblock]
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Noriaki gives a small sigh of annoyance, but mainly for show. He's more comfortable with the dragonborn around. "You worry too much, Taka. I can weather a storm, after all, I have been one my whole life. Put your mind at ease, and take in the sights." he says with a twinkle in his eye, making a sweeping gesture that mainly indicates the sea, but also includes the other passengers.
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Noriaki gives the Jadian man a slight nod of his head in return before the red haired woman catches his eye. Her energetic manner combined with her revealing garb makes her hard to ignore. Noriaki gives her back a slight smile, out of habit more than anything else, but, unsure of whether anything more is expected, remains at the railing.
The red-haired woman, seeing that Noriaki is determined to stay in his place, approaches him and his dragonborn friend. "Hi!" she says brightly, smiling engagingly at both Noriaki and Takahaan. "I wondered why we were taking so long to get going. I didn't realize there were more people coming. I'm Sasha, by the way."

Hú Lí traipses up the gangplank, and she surveys the people on deck. The attractive Half-Elf woman catches her attention for a moment, and Hú Lí gets a rather thoughtful look in her eye. Still looking at her out of the corner of her eye, Hú Lí then bows to the Jadian man, before taking up a place near the bow and producing her flute.

"Shall I play to help the work go faster?" she asks.
"Thanks for the offer, but you need not exert yourself, ma'am," says a sailor.

The half-elf woman turns around at the sound of Hú Lí's voice. "You play?" she asks. "Well, I always like to hear a merry tune, even if they don't. I'm Aerys. Aerys Mavato." She sticks out her hand.


The red-haired woman, seeing that Noriaki is determined to stay in his place, approaches him and his dragonborn friend. "Hi!" she says brightly, smiling engagingly at both Noriaki and Takahaan. "I wondered why we were taking so long to get going. I didn't realize there were more people coming. I'm Sasha, by the way."
Noriaki manages to keep his composure as Sasha approaches. After her introduction, he bows slightly and introduces himself, giving a charming smile. "I am Noriaki Matsumoto, third son of the House of Storms. What brings you to sail the seas?"


The Irregulars have finally found the docks. The mob that left the tavern has calmed to a surprising degree. The march mostly in formation. Their spears, pikes and swords gleam in the sun. It does appear that one of the piskies has managed to saddle a stray tom cat and is riding it towards the gangplank. The captain salutes both the colors and whichever crewmember is standing nearest where his men will board the ship.

"The Dartmoor Irregulars reporting. Requesting permission to board, sir."

OOC: Does passive perception cover the above or should I roll those too?
Alkas arrives shortly after the Dartmoor Irregulars, he stops on the docks and stares up with trepidation at the large ship. He falls back to his memories of life on deck and the various indignities he suffered on a ship not too dissimilar to this one. For a moment he considers turning back, then shakes his head, "Would Lily want to marry a coward? Suck it up Alkas." he thinks to himself and forces one foot in front of the other up the gang plank to get on the deck.

Once on board, Alkas looks over each of the other passengers and decides that the gnome appears the most enticing to speak with. He walks over and observes the puzzle for a moment and then speaks, "Good day Master Gnome. What strange thing do you have there?" he asks.

I'd like to just go with passive perception of 19

As for Endurance -
Endurance check (1d20+8=28) wow...nice way to start.

[sblock=Alkas Glanrak]Alkas Glanrak Male Dwarf Warden 1
Initiative: +1, Passive Perception: 19, Passive Insight: 12, Senses: Low-Light
AC:19, Fort:15, Reflex:13, Will:13
HP:35/35, Bloodied:17, Surge Value:8, Surges left:13/13
Action Points: 1
Weight of Earth
Thorn Strike

Roots of Stone
Form of Winter's Herald


Warden's Fury - Trigger: An enemy marked by me makes an attack that doesn't include me as a target
Attack: +6 Vs. Fort Hit: 1d10+6 damage, and the target grants combat advantage to me and my allies until the end of my next turn.
Warden's Strike- Trigger: An enemy marked by me that is also within 5 squares of me makes an attack not including me as a target
Effect: Slide the target 1 square. The target is slowed until the end of its next turn.

Full sheet: Alkas[/sblock]


GM: You can only go with passive values if the spoiler blocks are labeled "passive."

"Perception xx (passive)" means you can use your passive value, or roll for it if you like

"Perception xx" means you have to roll for it.


Castile looks unsteady as she walks the gangplank onto the ship, holding out her arms to either side for balance. She breathes a sigh of relief when she makes it aboard without slipping.
The gnome with the puzzlebox catches her eye as well, but Alkas seems to have the interrogation well underway. Instead, she moves to join the Jadian man with the katana.

"Hello, sir. Will you be participating in the games as well? As our competition, I'll bet!" She chuckles. "I'm Castile. And you are...?"

[sblock=Castile stat block]http://l4w.wikia.com/wiki/PC:Castile_(Dekana)- Female Dwarf Fighter 1
Passive Perception: 17, Passive Insight: 12
AC:18, Fort:16, Reflex:13, Will:12, +5 saves vs poison, Speed:5
HP:33/33, Bloodied:16, Surge Value:8, Surges left:13/13
Initiative +1
Action Points: 1 (encounter)


Waraxe, +6 vs AC, 1d12+6 damage (see Combat notes below)
Combat Challenge
Crushing Surge, Weapon Master's Strike
Dwarven Resilience, Hack and Hew
Villain's Menace

Combat notes: +2 damage with THP, +2 to attack roll on OAs, OAs stop enemy movement
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Noriaki manages to keep his composure as Sasha approaches. After her introduction, he bows slightly and introduces himself, giving a charming smile. "I am Noriaki Matsumoto, third son of the House of Storms. What brings you to sail the seas?"
Sasha shrugs. "My mother is sending me away to be instructed by a tutor," she replies. "But, the House of Storms! I like how that sounds. I'm sorry--I don't know much about the Kingdom of Jade. All I ever hear said about it is that it is full of demons!"

[sblock=Noriaki and Takahaan]DM secretly makes Insight checks for Noriaki and Takahaan.

[sound of crickets chirping]

Nothing to see here.[/sblock]


Once on board, Alkas looks over each of the other passengers and decides that the gnome appears the most enticing to speak with. He walks over and observes the puzzle for a moment and then speaks, "Good day Master Gnome. What strange thing do you have there?" he asks.
"Call me Gelik," replies the gnome, continuing to fiddle with the thing for a moment before looking up. "I bought this little toy in Daunton. The seller told me I'd have hours of fun with it. I should have punched him. Hours of irritation is more like it." He laughs.


Sasha shrugs. "My mother is sending me away to be instructed by a tutor," she replies. "But, the House of Storms! I like how that sounds. I'm sorry--I don't know much about the Kingdom of Jade. All I ever hear said about it is that it is full of demons!"
Cringing at the mentioning of the Iron Legion's foe, Takahaan squints his eyes and speaks. "The oni are the demons that you speak of. They have been a pest for ages, but the influence of the Iron Legion under our Shogun has began to push their kind out of the Kingdom for good."

Pausing for a moment, seeming to shake the idea out of his mind, Takahaan continues, changing the subject. "You mentioned a tutor. What art or craft is it that you train under?


At the mention of the demons infesting his homeland, Noriaki's face goes stone blank, just for a fraction of a second, as he feels the power of the taint pulse within him. He grabs on to the conversation to get past it. "What art indeed, that calls for a journey past the Isle of Opposition?"