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Chapter 6: Battle at Blackroc
The heroes rushed off the skimmer to join the battle, but were surprised to see a number of humans fighting alongside the minotaurs. Skull Wearer was not known for working with humans. That fact didn't seem to stop the crazed cultists, though, and it was not an important discovery at this time.

Once the battle was joined, the heroes were able to assess the situation -- Skull Wearer had already breached the keep and most of the soldiers were forced to make a fighting retreat. The beast giant just stood atop the tower watching his handiwork. The commander in charge of the Balican troops, however, was fighting like mad to regain a foothold on the isle. Solaris was shocked to see that the commander was none other than Prelate Brinna, the guard captain he'd met in Balic!

As the heroes reunited the soldiers and began a counter assault, more creatures appeared to challenge them; this time, it was a pack of rabid demon hounds swarming over the keep and charging the front lines.

Between minotaurs, cultists, and demons, the fight was considerably stacked against them, and that was before the cultist leaders arrived, lobbing defiling magic and corrupting those around them. It was then that Anamis recognized the demons as summoned creatures and that a portal must be open somewhere in the keep. He and Sanguine split off to find the culprits.

Meanwhile, Crusher, Pak'Cha, Harbek and Solaris continued to aid Brinna in pushing through the keep, though they struggled against the more savage and brutish minotaurs blocking their way.

Atop the keep, Anamis and Sanguine did confirm a ritual was being performed to open a portal to the Abyss. Sanguine attempted to stop the ritual, but a flame demon set her on fire, forcing the vampire to make a rash decision and leap off the bridge into the silt below, thereby snuffing out the fire.

Thus entered the Skull Wearer into battle. The heroes had taken notice that the minotaurs were acting strange, and the Skull Wearer was no different. His dead stare proved to Anamis that the beast giant was under domination by the cultists. He and Harbek turned their attention toward the cultists, while Crusher kept the legendary giant busy.

The cultist leader, Erzoun, was formidable, and killing him was the only way to break the mind control of Skull Wearer. After a few parry's with the wizard, Anamis threw caution to the wind and just kicked the bastard off the top of the tower. A forty foot fall into the estuary was much easier than comparing knowledge and skill of the arcane.

Whatever the cultists were trying to summon was still trapped, though it weighed on Anamis' mind -- How did Biblios know of this other demon? What was their connection?

With him dead and the other cultists losing their concentration on the ritual, the day was won. Skull Wearer shook free of the domination before Crusher could finish choking him out and, though he was not friendly, he was at least grateful for being freed of the cultist's control. The Balican soldiers, on the other hand, were ecstatic at being aided in the battle.

The wine was brought up from storage and the medics set to binding wounds and setting bones. A detail was sent out to burn the dead, and rest was on everyone's mind.
Session: Session 20!!! - Sunday, Jan 20 2013 from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
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Chapter 6: Up Silt Creek Without a Battle?
Rollin', Rollin', Rollin in a dirt field...

After a couple weeks at the Dusty Jewel, all supplies and requested gear had arrived and the silt skimmer was ready and waiting. At the party's suggestion, Hargo put Malla in charge of the trip, and they selected a number of slaves to assist in keeping the skimmer moving. Two elves, Elyer and Tolin, would provide their keen eyes and skill as able siltmen. Four dwarves were selected as well; Thortic, Azzic, Gallyk and Dain. With everything in order, the party set out for the Isle of Silver.

Their first day out was met without struggle, though Anamis struggled to find his silt legs. Mid-way through their second day, however, the skimmer was caught in a tangle of ropes as the party was ambushed by ssurran raiders! The ssurrans tried to keep the party off balance while they sent thieves below deck to steal supplies. Unfortunately for them, Crusher and Solaris stayed below during the initial attack. In fact, were it not for the sudden emergence of a massive sandstorm, the party would have easily dispatched the ssurrans. The remaining few made a quick escape once the winds kicked up.

The heroes were quite experienced with sandstorms, though they had never been in charge of a silt skimmer during one. As quick as possible they moved the skimmer behind some rocks for cover and took down the sails while tying down anything that could be blown away. Below deck, the heroes attempted to seal off the hatch from the blowing sand. It was quite the challenge as the winds blew the covers loose many times, pouring silt into the cabin. Eventually Crusher succeeded and the crew were left in the dark, waiting for the ominous sounds of the storm to pass.

When the sandstorm finally died down the party made their way topside though a couple feet of silt, only to find the skimmer completely buried. Anamis struggled to find the surface; nearly suffocating in the dirt, were it not for the party's quick thinging. The rest of the day was spent digging the skimmer out enough to get it back en route. Because they lost some supplies to the ssurrans and were forced to spend an extra day without moving, the party was low on food. They had to push hard to reach Blackroc fort by nightfall.

When they arrived, however, they found the fort in ruins and under attack by none other than the Skull Wearer! The infamous giant and his minotaur pirates had all but captured the fort and razed it to the ground! Sanguine smiled, "I'm sure we'll get a discount on supplies if we go save them..."
Session: Chapter 6: Session 19 - Sunday, Jan 06 2013 from 8:00 PM to 1:00 AM
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