Far, the 6th day of Lharvion
Realizing that they will probably need to be on the south side of the island to signal a ship, the castaways decide to break camp and move further south. After taking some time to pack up the camp supplies, the group heads out. Joffa and Chydak follow behind the group. Both of them have agreed to hunt for food while the others make their slow way along the coast, and each is determined to prove himself the better of the other at providing food for the group. Sasha leads the way, blazing the trail. She has the other’s listen to a hunting call that she has taught her pteradon, Peter, to make on command. She lets them know that she will have him call out if she needs their assistance with anything along the trail.
Shortly after mid-day, as the group progresses through the wilderness with Pol in the lead, a noise is heard in the bushes. As the noise quickly approaches the party, Dadak runs ahead to warn Pol of the noise. His noisy run through draws the attackers to him and Pol, and they have only a moment to prepared as a pack of dire rats charges them out from out of the underbrush. Dadak has prepared well though and he smacks the first rat to approach soundly, launching its broken body into the branches of a nearby tree. Clearly, Dadak has decided that an example must be made if the denizens of this island are to respect him.
The other rats undaunted by the loss of their companion, mount a vicious attack of their own. Two more rats come at Dadak and both bite deeply into the flesh of his legs tearing away large chucks. A fourth rat charges Pol, but the fleet warrior is able dodge nimbly out of the way. Pol, seeing that Dadak has slacked off of his usual duties, quickly picks up the slack and waves his blade menacingly at the rat facing him.
Hearing the start of Battle, Jask and Kreshton run to aid the combatants, Jask taking a swing at one of the rats on Dadak, but unable to cut through the beasts leathery hide. Dadak shows him how it’s done by bringing his club down on the rats head, crushing it like a ripe melon, then quickly sidestepping the attack of another rat. Meanwhile, Pol continues waving his rat, and begins to realize why Dadak has abandoned this tactic, and Kreshton, thinking that Dadak and Pol have things well in hand, runs back to the other castaways to make sure that all are safe.
Jask Calls for the aid of Aureon to heal Dadak, and Dadak, momentarily over come by the healing, has trouble finding his focus, causing him to swing wide of the last rat facing him. He’s able to regain his composure quickly and avoids beasts next bite at his legs. Pol continues his dancing with the other rat neither of them able to strike at their foe. For only a few moments, but what seems like an eternity in the tropic heat, all of the combatants snap and swing and thrust and dodge, but none is able to strike true.
Kreshton, hoping that no other attackers are still lurking nearby, heads back to help his battling companions, and rounds the bend in the path just in time to see Dadak and POl in turn finally bring an end to the nasty vermin attacking them. The party begins to relax and regroup, and as the adrenalin wears off Pol feels a wave of exhaustion from the heat roll over him. draining much of his remaining stamina. Jask begins to look over Dadak’s wound, and again calls upon the power of his god to heal the orc. Before he can offer any further aid, the party hears the hunting call of the dimorphodon.
Sasha’s in trouble! With out a second thought, Pol, Dadak, and Kreshton race down the path to assist Sasha in whatever trouble she’s found herself. They’ve gone only a few hundred yards when they hear the hunting call again, followed almost immediately by second call. Dadak stops the others as he realizes that the calls were not from the same bird, and as they look to the skies, they see that neither was from Peter. A trio of hunting Dimorphodons, attracted by the squeals of the dying rats is flying overhead. The pteradons are headed straight toward the castaways that were just left behind.
Another fight (I’ll fill it in later, suffice it to say, the good guys win and another bird is captured, and Sasha returns and is happy for Dadak.)
The castaways continue their way down the coast of Smuggler’s Shiv. As nightfall approaches, and the party nears the campsite that Sasha has chosen for them, Pol spots the mast of a ship poking out of the water below. The party makes not of it, but continues on to their camp for the night.
At night, continuing to be intrigued by the mysterious beauty of the glowing surf, Pol heads to the cliff to see if it glows on the eastern coast as well. Finding that it does, he sits for a while to meditate and enjoy the beauty of the display. While he meditates, he again notices the shape of a man out in the water. as Pol watches, the shape seems to gain focus and becomes the clear image of a man floating upright in the water. Pol calls out to it. “Can you speak?!” The man just begins to wave, beckoning Pol into the water. Pol stays atop the cliff, and after a time, the apparition fades back into the surf.