7th Sea: Strange Tides

Session 3

Lead by Jacov, the heroes picked their way through the errily empty interiors of the Lost City. The over-size scale made passage difficult and the streets and skyways required mad-dashes to the next building for cover. All through the journey, Philipe paused to take notes about the ancient city. When they reached the final buildings before the bridge that lead out of the city, Jacov recommended that they wait for nightfall. The bird-women, he presumed, were not so different from hawks, so they would likely not be active during the night. Fortunately, his presumption proved accurate, and they escaped the city without further confrontation.

They started picking their way through the winding canyons, taking their time to travel safely through the night. They encountered another encampment, which Galen covertly observed as a group of Amazons. They decided it would be best to wait for morning before introducing themselves in order to avoid misunderstandings.

In the morning, one of the Amazons found their encampment, and asked what they were doing. She said they were approaching a place sacred to Supati, Numan god of knowledge and magic. Philipe said they were here to see the tower, and the Amazon agreed to take them to her camp and introduce them to her war-chief, Charmion. She initially refused to show them to the tower, saying that Theans had already violated the sacred place. Philipe eventually convinced her of his good intentions that would honor her culture.

The other Amazons broke camp, and Charmion lead the heroes to the Tower of Light. Philipe marveled at the polished green-stone construction and glowing glass windows; clearly Synath construction. Galen circled the tower, realized the stone was completely seamless, and got the uncanny feeling that the tower was similar to the towers of the Sidhe that had began appearing on the Glamour Isles. Within the glowing glass chamber at the top of the tower, the heroes recognized something moving within the light.

As they admired the tower, they heard the sound of hooves and marching feet. Benito Sangimignioni and a band of ruffians appeared from around the bend in the canyon. Drawing on the power of the Graal, Galen leaped into action, driving of the ruffians with a flurry of blows. Benito slide from his horse skewered Galen with a thrust of his rapier. Philipe quickly climbed  a tree to get a better vantage point to see if there were more coming, seeing no threats, he leaped onto Benito's horse, startling the steed, which bolted and knocked Benito to the ground. As the fight continued, the heroes eventually gained the upper hand, driving off the remaining ruffians and forcing Benito to surrender.

Benito revealed that he had killed the other Amazons when they tried to stop him. Charmion moved to kill him, but Galen stopped her, promising to seek justice for their deaths. He revealed that he worked for Vincenzo Caligari, one of the princes of Vodacci and a well know collector of Synath artifacts. They decided to take him prisoner to face trial in a Thean court. Philipe took a final round of notes about the Tower of Light for publication with the Explorer's Society.

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Session 2
City of the Lost

The heroes mark port at Solon and prepared to travel overland to the Lost City. At a local eatery, the hire two women, Melitta and Pelagia as guides. Galen hears about a retired master of the Lakedaimon Agoge, the Numan dueling style, in the town of Metsovo, which is on their path.

They set out on the journey, which they expect to take about a week. They spend the night in Metsovo, and go to meet the dueling master Nikephoros. They discover that he's being harassed by a gang of local strongmen. Since they can't talk the gang down, they have to resort to violence. Galen easily defeats the toadies and Jacov shoots the sword out of the hands of the ringleader. Philipe tells them it would be better to "come back tomorrow".

They learn that Kyros, the ringleader is charging a toll to cross his family land to the public well. Galen uses logic to convince him that he'll earn no respect by extorting people for water. Nikephoros, afraid that the thugs will come back, agrees to travel with them and teach Galen, if he can prove his dedication.

They reach the lost city, and their guides tell them that they wait for them outside the cyclopean ruin. Nikephoros waits with them. The heroes continue on into the ancient ruin.

The streets are silent and empty, and when Philipe and Galen decide to explore one of the buildings, Jacov waits in the street. He is attacked by a monstrous bird with a woman's face and shrunken breasts. The others rush into the street to aid him. Soon the monster is left dead, and her dying shriek is echoed by others across the city…

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Session 1
Set Sail

Upon arriving in Five Sails,  Filipe del Rio met his old friend, the Castillian pirate, Juan del Gato. Knowing his friend's interest in all things acient, Juan told Filipe about a Vesten sailor, Vilde who claimed to have a map to some kind of Syrnath ruin on Numa.

Filipe found the Vilde the Vesten drunk in a seaside tavern. He was discussing stories with a pair of shifty looking Vodacci men, one of whom introduced himself as Benito Sangimignioni. He explained that he had a map to a tower outside the The Lost City in Numa. Vilde eventually agreed to sell the map for Galen's winnings at a knife game and recognition in the publication of any finds.

Just as Vilde tried to turn over the map to Galen, Benito and his allies struck. Benito revealed himself as a skilled duelist who clearly outclassed Galen. Galen prevailed only with the aid of his Usuran companion  Jacov, who blindsided the duelist. The rest of the tavern erupted into a bar fight, and Filipe ensured that the other toughs working with Benito did not intervene.

When the Sail Guard were called in to break up the fight, the heroes escaped through the back of the tavern, carrying Benito with them. Benito threatened that his master would come for the map. After confirmed that their fight was settled for the moment, Galen returned Benito's sword and left him behind in the ally.

They quickly set sail and as they departed the harbor, noticed a Vodacci ship beginning to follow them. Through some daring maneuvers, Filipe guided his ship through a small flotilla of Montaign ships, setting their pursuers in the wrong direction. He then charted a course through the Signore Islands and into the Numanari approach…

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