Interludes is another "solitaire" storyline, roughly contemporary with Tellurian Tales, though taking place far to the east. It is a swashbuckling campaign, and it is meant to be a bit more casual, skipping over some of the more boring details between adventures. It is a 3.5 campaign, mostly run using the SRD.
Blundering around in the storm, she comes upon an old stone pyramid built by lizardfolk. A recent lightning bolt has split the top open, and Selena seeks shelter from the storm. Natural inquisitiveness leads her deeper into the pyramid, where she dispatches a giant spider and finds a bolted trapdoor over something that moans and thumps.
Reining in her curiosity for once, Selena continues along the coast in the morning after the storm. She finds a scarred and tattooed man washed up on the beach. He does not speak, but still seems to understand her. She convinces him to return with her to the pyramid, where they unbolt the trapdoor. Beneath is a lizardfolk zombie in priestly headdress with a glowing jewel in his chest. The battle is a long one, as the zombie is a poor fighter but steadily heals any damage the two adventurers do to it. Finally, the mute man trips the zombie and manages to hack the jewel from the zombie's chest. Dispatching it after that is short work. As they recover from the battle, the mute reveals he can talk after all by placing a hand on his own chest and saying, "Tor".
The two divide the loot from the zombie's cell--Selena taking the jewel and Tor taking a razor-lined whip he found. Selena locks the carcass beneath the trapdoor before they leave, just to be on the safe side.
On the way, however, they run into a wrecker patrol. Selena tries to pretend that she has been sent to help them, but the encounter quickly descends to combat. They manage to kill the two wreckers before they can alert the main camp.
Ithy shows them the looted the lighthouse and the bodies of the lighthouse keeper's family. He also recruits his little sister and cousin to help assault the wrecker camp. Selena has Ithy's sister relight the lighthouse beacon while they watch the camp, in the hopes of dividing the wreckers. Although the plan works--and two of the thugs set out towards the lighthouse--they notice the party crouched on the top of the dunes as they pass. Battle erupts. It turns out the leader of the wreckers is a minor magic user, and she quickly gains an advantage by putting half of Selena's party to sleep. The battle ranges around the wreckers' tents, as everyone tries to use what cover they can and also wake their fallen comrades. In the end, only Tor is still standing.
When recovered, Selena shares some of the looted weapons with the lizardfolk for their aid. On a whim, she leaves a note with the bodies stating that they were vanquished by "the Sea Vixen". Leaving most of the wrecker's booty where they buried it, Selena and Tor continue on to Seaton. It proves too difficult to move their "acquired" goods without attracting notice in Seaton, so the two return to Saltmarsh.
SD Emporium : Tellurian Tales : Interludes
Last Edited: 15 Aug 2007|
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