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Previously on Tomb of Annihilation

Mannix, level 5 Human Inquisitive Rogue/Wizard
Khaless, level 5 Half-Drow Assassin Rogue
Gillian, level 5 Triton Bard of Whispers
George, level 5 Tortle Battle Master Fighter/Rogue
Therin, level 5 Hill Dwarf Druid of the Moon

After last week’s harrowing 3-hour battle, the party still had one loose end to tie up in the form of the escaping Captain Laskilar, followed by enjoying the spoils of all three pirate captains in the lucrative, but guarded, warehouse.

Shoutout to fan of the show John Shull for their suggestion on this week’s Crafting Annihilation stream to have the PC’s hear Laskilar escaping, and giving them a choice between a Short Rest and pursuing him.

I agonized over the decision to let Laskilar escape as a future NPC, but then deny the PCs a ship to leave with. By giving the PCs a chance to realize what was happening, they opted to skip the Short Rest and go after the Captain. This lead to a secondary battle that was fun and interesting due to their low health and resources, and the unique battlefield of reaching the ship from the tavern, including George climbing across a rope and others taking shots with the mounted ballista on the watchtower.

Laskilar took several ballista shots to the chest. By the time Khaless and George arrived to duel him, he finally escaped by unceremoniously leaping off his own ship.

Khaless dove in after him, in what she soon realized were shark-infested waters! She was able to take him down before the sharks did, though it was George who reeled in Laskilar’s fancy magic Cape of the Mountebank with his whip sword.


All three pirate captains have been wiped out, though the PCs have only the one ship to show for it. The few remaining crew on the Stirge quickly surrendered, and pointed the PCs toward the warehouse stash. After a much-needed Short Rest they opened the lock using one of the keys they looted from previous captains, and saw stacks and stacks of barrels, crates, and chests. A huge haul of stolen booty.

Unfortunately the warehouse was also protected by no less than 10 flying swords, who flew off the shelves and swarmed Mannix and Khaless, nearly downing them both.

Once the rest of the crew sprang into action the frightening attack became much more manageable. Flying Swords have high AC but low hit points, and didn’t hit too terribly hard once their damage was spread out among multiple PCs.

With the swords destroyed they helped themselves to the large treasure haul, their biggest since the wyvern’s stash in Orolunga. Finally they freed an annoyed but grateful Rokah from the prison, who offered to sail the ship and get them the hell out of Jahaka Anchorage (with Mannix lighting a ballista bolt and setting fire to the tavern for good measure).

Next stop: a looming seaside temple across Jahaka Bay.

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