Skull & Shackles #6: Storm & Spider

At the end of the last session, we left our heroes battling against a ferocious storm. Without warning, disaster struck.


Rosie tumbled overboard into the tempestuous waters. None of the rest of the crew seemed to care and made no attempt to rescue the seemingly doomed halfling. Luckily, the Bards were on hand to save the day. Kanbrar—utilising his amazing ability to walk on water—jumped over the side to help the halfling while the rest of the Bards rushed to help by throwing ropes—and nearly each other at one point—into the water to help. Eventually, a very wet and bedraggled Rosie was brought back onboard, and there was much rejoicing.

Later as the storm continued, Fered—more used to a cushy billet in the galley than having to actually work on deck—slipped and fell from the high rigging. Luckily, Vilimzair was on-hand to save the plummeting dwarf with a well-timed feather fall.

The storm continued through the night and so desperate was the situation—particularly when the effects of Alagos’ feather token ended—the Bards had to stay in the rigging all night! Most of the Bards were called to the high rigging and performed their jobs admirably. Ever-cheerful, Vilimzair kept the crew’s fatigue at bay with a rousing sea shanty and the night passed without disaster or mishap.

The next day, the storm lessened somewhat and although the Bards had to continue working no other disasters befall the ship that day. Vilimzair went shopping at the Quartermaster’s Store and purchased a potion and some scrolls. The wily performer purchased a magical candle Grok thought was just a candle and discovered a dagger in the store that radiated potent magic. He couldn’t afford the dagger quite yet, but he resolved it must be his—he felt a strange compulsion toward the weapon and sensed it might play a powerful role in shaping his destiny.

After a good night’s sleep, the Bards awoke to discover the storm had abated. Normal service was resumed and the crew went about their business. Alagos was sent to the bilge to pump out any remaining storm water. While there, he was attacked by a venomous spider which fell on his head! Vilimzair was nearby and heard the elf’s call for help. Vilimzair hurled himself into the battle but was unable to kill the spider. Eventually, Alagos was able to slay the spider himself. In the course of the battle, the mighty warrior had suffered several bites. Kanbrar healed the elf’s wounds and the ship (again) returned to normal. Recovering from the heroic ordeal of the battle, Vilimzair made his way to the Quartermaster’s Store—the purchase of a certain dagger now seemed even more vital than before…


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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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