The Aia Chronicles

Skirmish on the Ositar Expanse

The Merrow & Sahuagin Conflict

Start Melora's Moon, 15
Duration 6 days
End Melora's Moon, 21

CRASH! The large Sahuagin barrels into the back of the Friendship 2.0, and the Sahuagin raiders attack both the Merrow traders and the Adventure Friends! As the attackers board the vessel, the large Sahuagin disappears from view and goes under the ship. The Merrow are an easy match for the Sahuagin one-on-one, and the Sahuagin take casualties quickly. As the battle sways in the team's favor, a beautiful song echoes from below the water's surface. A Merrow frantically informs Nydry that sharks are being summoned and to grab any harpoons on board! A large dorsal fin appears in the distance – a Megaladon has been called by an unknown enemy and is charging the ship! The Merrow slay many of the Sahuagin in the water while the party repels the boarders on the ship. A blue light fills the ocean, and the fresh wounds inflicted by the defenders against these Sahuagin attackers mend and heal, and they re-enter the fray! The Merrow notice the shark approaching and get out of the water as fast as possible to draw their harpoons against this new enemy. As the party again brings down the freshly healed invaders, the water glows once more, and their wounds are healed once more! A Merrow bodyguard dives below the ship to attempt to disrupt the source of healing. 

As the Merrow jumps off the ship, the Megaladon rams into the ship's side causing the vessel to careen violenty and knocking most of the fighers on-board prone. As the ship continues to rock violently, the large Sahuagin leaps from the water to take advantage of the freshly downed defenders and unleashes a flurry of attacks against Mizuki with his claws and magical trident.  Grog commands Tarn and his best men to drop sails to try and get away from this place and battle! 

Grandma Nim springs into action seeing two large foes prepared to tear both the ship and her friends to pieces, and she blinds both of them with her arcane magic! The large Sahuagin commander flails at the nearest enemy, and despite his lack of sight, brings Grog to his limits with a brutal flurry of attacks. But Grog, empowered by Kord, rebukes this attack and with the blood of his ancestors withstands the assault to remain standing. The shark continues to attack the ship tearing chunks out of the hull leaving the undermanned crew in the cargo hold to keep the ship afloat as best they can. 

Nim, seeing that the shark does not seem to be effected by her blindness spell, shrinks the shark to a smaller size to reduce the damage it can do to the ship. Nydry and Xarfas continue to pick off Sahuagin to allow Mizuki and Grog to focus on the commander. The Merrow frantically try to fire at the beast attacking the vessel but realize they have taken each other's weapons and are missing with each shot! Finally, Mizuki lands the killing blow against the commander as she shouts, "REST IN PEACE!" The commander falls.  The Merrow, who dived below the ship to grab the unknown assailant, surfaces while pulling a struggling, feminine Sahuagin! She breaks from the Merrow and attempts to flee from the crew, but a well-placed arrow from Nydry and Magic Missiles from Nim take the being down.  The shark now attempts to flee from the battlefield, but the ships cannons can fire multiple shots easily from the ship's deck to hit the beast leaving it belly up on the water's surface. 

The Merrow gather their dead and apologize for the trouble they have caused. They offer the rest of their fish, some of the Empress's delicacy, and all the gold they need to fix the ship (+530gp for the party!). Grog runs below deck to help his crew patch the hull to allow them to reach port within the week. Nim, upon looting the body of the Sahuagin priestess finds a Pearl of Power in her necklace! In addition, the weapon wielded by the commander is a magical trident! 

The Merrow offer to guide the group out of the deep ocean to the friendly shoals of the Harpoon Isles. The team is almost at their destination!

Melora's Moon, 21

The day is bright, the wind is warm, and the sky is clear! Grog inhales the familiar tropical air of the Harpoon Isles. The Friendships glide over coral reefs and sandbars that make the water shimmer with shades of aqua and turquoise. The fishing is lucrative, and some of the crew have even tried to make some improvised fishing poles to catch some fresh fish from the water. 

As the ship approaches within a day of reaching Tortuga, a cannon ball splashes the water near the ship, and over the horizon, the emblem of the Rising Dawn appears emblazoned on an approaching warship sail.



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