Skull & Shackles #10: A Mysterious Death…

At the end of the last session, we left our heroes working harder than normal as both Scourge and Plugg seemed to be keeping a particularly close eye on the Bards.


The next day, the Bards were about their business as normal when Ingrid was assigned to the bilges. For some strange reason the half-orc decided to leave his weapons in his locker for the day, which he did alongside Fipps Chumlett and Jaundiced Jape. Later in the day, disaster struck—Ingrid was killed seemingly by accident when a pile of barrels collapsed on him. Fipps and Jape were unhurt, and Ingrid’s body was so crushed that an exact cause of death was impossible to discern.

The party were tremendously suspicious, but exhaustive searching and investigations revealed no evidence of foul play. However, the Bards knew Plugg, Scrouge or both of them were clearly now working to eliminate them. That night, the Bards swore revenge for Ingrid’s death, but cooler heads prevailed and Kanbrar and Vilimzair were dissuaded from immediate, bloody vengeance.

Before any real plans could be enacted, however, the look out called down from the crow’s nest—finally the Man’s Promise had been sighted!

This news forestalled any immediate revenge and both (brave, heroic) Pluck and Kanbrar discover new information that the Man’s Promise appearance would forestall any further assaults on the party.

Still, just in case any more strange accidents occurred in the bilge, Ilasual hid a short sword among the barrels while Vilimzair distracted the rest of the crew. Kanbrar gave everyone signal whistles so they could summon help if they were attacked.

For the next two days or so, the Wormwood slowly caught up with the Man’s Promise. Finally, as the two ships came excitingly close to one another—and the Promise was wreathed in fog clouds cast by Peppery Longfarthing— the Bards were given the job of securing the Promise’s wheel. Kanbrar—thinking quickly—got Fipps and Jape assigned to the party’s group. As the ships finally touched, missiles flew between the decks and the Bards—confident that neither Fipps nor Jape would survive the ensuing melee—prepared to board the doomed ship…


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Creighton is the publisher at Raging Swan Press and the designer of the award winning adventure Madness at Gardmore Abbey. He has designed many critically acclaimed modules such as Retribution and Shadowed Keep on the Borderlands and worked with Wizards of the Coast, Paizo, Expeditious Retreat Press, Rite Publishing and Kobold Press.

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