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Encounters Episode 2

EPISODE 2: “Eye in the Sky”
Date: 2nd day of Palvelun, (late winter) Westland Year 323
Place: the Town of Saltmarsh
The group of odd companions; 2 halflings, 2 humans, 3 elves, a lizard-man, a dwarf and a crow gather their things and begin their journey. Some bid farewell to their perplexed host as he watches them leave into the morning mist. Culain alights on a fencepost to thank him and his wife for the hospitality in letting the group sleep in the barn and feeding them all breakfast. The group meanders out into the world, following a cart track through the gently rolling grassland of Thrydacia toward the Calamic sea. They walk and talk, all sharing knowledge of the Westlander language.
As they are noticing the tendrils of smoke ahead indicating a town, they also notice a crowd of people walking toward them. Most all are clutching some personal belongings or children. The first thought is that this might be some local holiday picnic in the making, but as the faces of the citizens become clearer, they look more like frightened refugees. When the mob sees the collection of beings with a lizard-man in the front, the townsfolk look even more worried and walk to the side, avoiding the strangers. When asked what is happening, the woman they try to stop only shouts “More pirates!” and scurries away.
Entering town, they can see that thugs, presumable the pirates, are smashing things and looting as much as possible. Taking up arms, the group rushes into the town square and slaughters pirates, even rescuing a damsel that a pirate was trying to deflower forcefully. The nine heroes defeated 13 pirates in lethal combat.
But then a voice yells “I told you Saltmarsh scum to flee!” The voice came from above.
Looking up into the sky over the village’s sea wall, Argon saw the flaming eye staring down at him from an impossible place. The eye itself was not very intimidating. It had been painted, crudely, on the wooden surface. One could even discern that something else had been painted on the wood before some hack brush-wielder created this current symbol. Nor was the structure itself very imposing. It very much resembled the balcony on the nearby three-story building. The thing, it has to be called a vehicle for it is full of men shouting down, was hovering in the air. Leaning over a rail was a man with a bow, and several others stood nearby at the ready. The pirates had a flying platform to launch arrows from. The heroes stood in the middle of the town square, exposed.

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