This report is compiled from letters received and filed by Otiian, the scribe of Stoatra, as he is nowhere to be found (for reasons explained in the last report).
The heroes push on to the next location from the map. The clue this time is:
" Make your way to the look-see point in Stonemoor, and glance to the North east. She will reveal herself to you."
As the heroes reached halfway between the village of Flotsam and the town of Wavegold a rather wizened and one could say corruped looking Goblin stepped out from a cave entrance and told them he had been sent by Traaver with a message and a gift. The message “Come no further north, you are not ready to face me in combat” and the gift; if the Goblin could be defeated in weaponless combat he was to give them a copy of Traavers map. The combat was long, Ivan their chosen combatant didnt seem able to land a blow on the agile Goblin. The fight went on so long that Zanros and Littlclaw got bored and waded in, but he was too dextrous even for the claws of the Brinchie. Littleclaw finally ended the battle with a well placed blow and as promised the Goblin drew them the map like theirs with all the points Traaver had visited marked upon it. The Goblin then left. walking back into the cave which he came from.
Edwins sharp eyes noticed the Goblin had dropped something when he left. he discovered this to be a note and a collar bearing a strange mark. The note read “Draw them the map if they fight fairly and just, like the heroes I hope they are – Traaver”. It was determined that the collar detected with Necromantic magic, and it was similar bar one curve on the symbol to the collar found with Ivan when he was a child.
Off to the south, the players can see a pitched battle going on about half to three-quarter mile out to sea. A Pirate ship and a merchant ship locked in deadly combat. Edwin thought he could help the merchant by sending a message via semaphore for the pirates to see and possibly drive fear into them and make them flee. Using his picnic sheet, he stood between ivans lamp and the sheet so his silhouette may be seen by the pirates. Using the semaphore he sent “Starcross navy en route” hoping the pirates would flee. It transpired that the pirates didnt see the message, but the merchant ship did … It turned and rammed the pirate ship, its crew fighting with renewed fervour. This did not go well, as the merchant was crippled – the pirates looted the ailing ship and left the survivors with it sinking. The heroes rushed to Wavegold to raise the alarm and help rescue the survivors. About half the crew survied but the captain was lost.
While in town, the heroes took the opportunity for some shopping; Ivan bought a Whitesteel sword and Caelor bought some blued chainmail. They stayed over at ‘The Vulgar Squirrel’, all except Littleclaw who went looking for Adepts. He met Eria’la who introduced him to Adokro and he wa s taught some new techniques for managing his natural Brinchie anger.
As the heroes left the next morning and continued along the road, up the caldera wall and along the top of the cliffs, they had a quiet morning til they reached sight of Aldspring, whereupon they saw a large number of Ratzin carrying villagers off to the jungle. One of them shouted “Edwin, Caelor! Help!” it was Alierris Fiedlerson, bound and being carried off. The heroes gave chase, as just over a dozen Ratzin ran towards them, pausing to fire bows and then charged to the attack.
Quickly dispatching the Ratzin, our heroes rescued Alierris thanks to Littleclaw’s acrobatic attack. She said the Ratzin had caught them off guard. The heroes resolved to rescue the villagers and chased after the Ratzin into the jungle, Nava leading the way. A short while later the group found Nava sat stock still at the edge of a clearing (hidden from above by the canopy). The clearing contained a LOT of Childer (approx 150 based on rough counting), at the far end the villagers were being put into cages for unknown purposes. After some discussion they resigned themselves to the inevitable; there was no way of rescuing the villagers without dooming themselves. After saying a prayer for the villagers, Edwin led the group back up the caldera wall. A short time later he stopped, he found himself with a long curved dagger held to his throat. There was a familiar smell and he realized the knife was being held by a Thratchen! The childer monologued about his people running free and supreme on Sky Island, using the Island as a base to strike into Shaintar and that all would die; Pirates, Red Store, heroes and civilians. he then told the heroes he was allowing them to leave this time and teleported away after telling them to face the inevitable and just surrender to death..
The players resolve to get to the 4th map point as fast as possible and then plan what to do next. Reaching the observation platform in the village ans looking North east they see a statue of a woman lodged high up in a tree, and from the viewing angle the fourth symbol ican be seen on her bare left breast.
Combining the data they have gathered with that of the map provided by Traaver, they locate the position of the Childer Cauldron. The heroes resolved to return to Starcross and raise an army against the Childer forces in the jungle, Caelor suggested warning the Pirates of the Childers plans, to flat refusals by the rest of the group. They headed back to Starcross while he resolved to go and warn the pirates of The Cove.