Hearts of Iron: The Serpent's Skull

Day 2: A Real Cliffhanger

Session #2

Awaking to their first full day on Smuggler’s Shiv, the castaways discuss their options. It is decided the party will seek the supposed treasure site indicated on Ishirou’s map while the rest secure the camp site and seek to supplement the defenses and supplies.

They opt to follow the coast but find the beach they had been following ends a mile or so down the coast requiring them to scale the cliffs. Both Dog and Flow make the climb without incident, but while Sparky and Olivia are being hauled up they are set upon by a dimporphodon. Thanks to the quick-thinking of Valanthe the two are shielded from the beast’s attacks by a cunning illusion spell. Through a combination of spells, magic, and luck the creature is defeated with little harm to the party.

Valanthe reasons that the dimorphodon may have been guarding a nearby nest, a suspicion Dog confirms to be likely.

From atop the cliff Dog spies a wreck on a small island about a half-mile from the mainland. They mark it for future investigation and press onwards up the coast.

About a quarter mile south-east they spy the dimorphodon lair, an alcove set into the cliff face. Dog descends to collect the young while the others wait atop the cliff to fend off the mate they suspect may be nearby. Sadly none of them noticed it soaring low above the trees and it dropped in behind them and attacked. Valanthe fell immediately and both Olivia and Flow were wounded. Sparky was able to rouse Valanthe long enough for her to cast a spell that blinded and stunned the beast long enough for the others to kill it. The creature’s venom had done its work however and the party were greater battleworn and injured. They returned to camp rather than press onwards.

Sasha was delighted to receive the gift of the baby dimorphodon and agreed to teach the party some advanced fighting techniques to show her gratitude…after they have had a few days to rest, that is.

As they settled in for their second night on the island an eerie, sonorous howling could be heard somewhere in the darkness…

To Be Continued…

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