The Mercurial Grounds

The Lighthouse

As the end of day 2 on The Great Marsh Peninsula; after braving the alligators, snakes, and panthers that inhabit the area our adventurers come across two Humans rounding a corner on the trail…

Upon seeing KaiyasandAlgius, the two humans immediately dart to either side of the path and fire their crossbows using the sawgrass for cover. Algius notches an arrow in his home-made Longbow and drops the one on the right in one shot. Kaiyas looses a pebble from her sling at the other, but is unable to get a bead on her target in the tall grass, so she commands Luna (her Wolf companion) to attack.

Upon seeing that he is obviously outmatched, the surviving Human gets up to run away and is immediately slammed by something large attacking from his right side. He would not live long enough to ever know it was Luna…

Even with just a cursory inspection of the bodies, it is apparent that these are pirates. They are wearing typical sailor garb and carrying decent combat equipment. Not to mention the “shoot first ask questions later” mentality. Given this new development, our heros decide it prudent to scout the area carefully and remain hidden until they can find the lighthouse. The Pirates are sure to notice a missing patrol. They do not make it far without further incident…

Not even a mile from the area where the pirates attacked them, Kaiyas and Algius are abruptly stopped by a javelin flying from the tall grass into the path about 5 feet in front of them. What appears to be a human size alligator standing upright and wielding a mace and shield steps out on to the path.

The Lizardman, called so even though it is female, asks who the adventurers are and what they are doing here. Surprised that she can understand the crude Common that the reptile is speaking, Kaiyas explains that she is investigating the Lizardfolk raids on the town of SeaWell and Algius is trying to find out what has happened to the shipments. The reptilian explains that her particular tribe is not responsible for the raids and that, in fact, they had a friendly trade relationship with the family that keeps the lighthouse, but none of her tribe has seen or heard from them since the pirates moved in. She further explains that it is the pirates that are stirring up the Lizardfolk and encouraging them to rampage. Kaiyas recounts her and Algius’ encounter with the pirates and how, if the information that the Lizardfolk have provided is accurate, it suggests that their trek to investigate the light house was well founded. She asks the Lizardman if she has any information on the pirates or how best to get to the lighthouse without alerting the pirates. The lizardman tells Kaiyas the location of the pirate camp and that the lighthouse lies only a short distance offshore from the camp. She asks only that the party keep her and her tribe informed of any information that they gather. Kaiyas agrees and the adventurers continue their scouting.

Kaiyas and Algius find the camp right where the Lizardman said it would be. Algius spends a few hours scouting the camp while Kaiyas remains hidden in the brush a short distance off the trail leading to it. Upon returning, Algius explains that the layout of the camp is rather basic but well built. The pirates have built a fake lighthouse on the beach and are, presumably, using it at night in an effort to crash merchant ships on the nearby reef. He explains that the party is also greatly outnumbered if it comes to battle. Algius thinks it best to bypass the camp and see what can be discovered at the lighthouse. Kaiyas agrees and they steal one of the rowboats moored at the camp and head to the lighthouse…

Getting to the lighthouse was surprisingly easy, all things considered, but upon opening the front door they see why. It is obvious that nobody has entered the lighthouse in quite some time judging by the layer of dust that coats the place. The layout of the building is circular, for obvious reasons, and the rooms run the circumference of the building with the main staircase in the center, rising all the way to the top. The lighthouse glass had been smashed thoroughly to pieces and the rest of the building had been diligently looted of anything of value. All things not of value had been idly discarded without care about the rooms. Including the bodies of the family that lived there. It appeared as though they were killed in their rooms, possibly while sleeping, but what bothered Kaiyas the most is that they were treated no better than the items that were not looted. Their bodies were just left where they fell with books, papers, and other non-valuables that were not wanted scattered over them if that is where they happened to fall. To make matters worse, one of the victims was a small boy about 8 years old. Treated no better than the rest, lying amid his toys in his room.

Kaiyas decides that these pirates must be brought to justice, outnumbered or not. Algius is not hard to convince either…

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