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Dark Sun: Rising
Chapter 1: Jakkin's Five
As night fell the group quickly readied themselves and advanced towards Shek-ma-shemak's warehouse intent on finding the contraband and being able to return to Hargo Vole as soon as possible. It took them little time to find the warehouse, a converted arena based on Sardis' knowledge. Sardis was quickly able to point out a secondary entrance to the warehouse formally used for gladiators that seemed relatively lightly guarded and much easier to gain entry through. As they approached Torrin quickly noticed only one slave guarding entrance and acted with great haste to try and incapacitate the guard with his staff during a brief moment of opportunity. Unfortunately in his haste he tripped over a sleeping jhakar and fell flat before the guard who quickly roused an alarm. After subduing several of the guards and convincing the rest that further bloodshed could be avoided by letting them inside for a few minutes the party quickly entered the warehouse. Torrim noted a jhakar near the entrance which was quickly dispatched by Cheeba, The rest of party quickly spreading out looking for the cargo needed. Tak was the first to locate the cargo after climbing atop some of the stored materials just as two more jhakar in the warehouse took notice of the groups presence. Kalinth and Sardis quickly intercepted and handled the Jhakar while Tak moved to handle an emerging threat, a waking guard that was garbed in the equipment of a gladiator and looking to be more then competent in a fight. After a quick fight though the guard and the jhakar all laid dead on the ground and the party gone with the cargo and back in Jakkin's presence.

Jakkin keeping true to his word provided appropriate the necessary supplies to allow the party to return to Hargo Vole with the remains of the cargo they had recovered and the wounded soldiers. As they started their final preparations though they were approached by none other than the local praetor who was looking into the previous night's theft. The group however was successful in avoiding any special attentions from the praetor who was in fact appreciative of the information he garnered while questioning them relating to the purple worm the party had encountered, now knowing why trade had been affected as of late. Soon after the praetor left the party headed out to Hargo Vole's trading outpost.

About midway through their trip back they came across a section of trail with rocks lining either side, Torrim's keen perception quickly picked out though that several rocks had been put in place to supplement those already along the sides forming a bottleneck with no way out but to go through, knowing the trap to be coming the group quickly readied themselves for combat and sprung the ambush and engaged a band of silt striders. Tak and Sardis quickly moved up the left rock face with Kalinth and Torrim began moving towards the right with Cheeba hanging back to prepare the group's special surprise. It was when the chieftain of the striders made himself known with a strong psionic attack that the battle was fully joined. Kalinth, riding the energies of the attack, teleported himself behind the chieftain and engaged him while Cheeba made the parties surprise weapon apparent; Himself riding the Kank they had been previously using to pull their cart. Using the Kank's climbing abilities and speed he quickly joined Kalinth in engaging the chieftain, both quickly working to eliminate the leader of the raiders. It took only a few minutes of combat for the chieftain to fall and the other raiders to panic and try retreating. Tak and the rest of the party began to relax when they noticed that Kalinth was refusing to back down and allow the last of the raiders run away due to it having stabbed him quite viciously in the leg during the ordeal. Cheeba stood nearby and counseled against trying to slay it but Kalinth would not listen. It was then with a mixture of fascination and humor that the group saw the raider make a strike in desperation with such speed and intensity that the dray had no time to properly react, burying its spear deep into one of the arteries in the dray's left leg bringing the large warrior to his knees. As Kalinth struggled to not blackout from the sudden blood loss he looked up in time to see the raider seemingly smile before running off with its spear. After some first aid the party set off again towards Hargo Vole's trade post.

After a few days of travel they finally reached the trade outpost and were greeted by a relieved Hargo Vole who had suspected that the party had been lost to the wastes along with his cargo. The members of the party all smiled at the enthusiasm Hargo seemed to exhibit in greeting their return and settled accounts with Hargo they all retired for some sorely needed R&R, waiting for what things may yet come.
Session: Session 3 - Sunday, Jul 15 2012 from 2:30 PM to 5:30 PM
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Nice writeup! I wondered what the over/under would be on you including the stab heard 'round the table.

This was a fun session, everything seemed to fall right in favor for the party. Too bad that luck wouldn't last.