Pandora Chronicles

Chapter 9: The Island and the Stowaway Princess

It was dawn when the elusive “Drifting Island” was spotted. The ship anchored itself roughly 20 feet away allowing the the members to take the rowboats to shore. Before they left, however, Captain Grzzbeard offered up the services of his finest crewmembers to aide the party in their search: Stooge the kenku lookout, Zug the hobgoblin quartermaster, Grizelda the captain’s half-orc foster daughter, Minsc the human navigator (and his miniature space hampster Boo), Edmund Sykes the half elven first mate and the captain’s foster son, the captain himself, though if he went, Sykes would have to stay to manage the ship. The party decided to take Zug, Minsc, and Sykes (to keep an eye on him and his attempts to charm Emily).

The seven sent out for shore. When they landed on the beach, they noticed the land was curved, and the party trudged upward over the beachy slope into the dense underbrush. The forest was thick and dense, covered with vines and palm trees. Emily decided she wanted to have fruit for breakfast, and so she decided to climb a palm tree in hopes of finding a coconut or two. Her efforts were met with hostility, however, as she was grabbed by a vine and drug out of the tree. Soon, living vines were sprouting form all over, grabbing the party from every which way. They managed to beat back the vines, but realized the dangers of this forest were everywhere. Between the carnivorous foliage and a dragon, the party had their work cut out for them. What other dangers awaited them on their exploration?

The party continued to cut through the branble, avoiding any more large bushes that looked like they could hide carnverous vines. As they continued through the dense forest, they were startled by Galadriel who had been following their path through the forest. She introduced herself as the former princess of Kybithia, and after some explanation of her reasons for being there and some squabbling between her and Emily, Keoth finally urged the party to head into the dense forest to continue with their mission. They didn’t get far, however before they encountered a small pack of large lizards. As they approached, the drakes began to growl, and the next thing the party knew, a dart whizzed by and shot Diana in the neck, knocking her out. Vrcingettorix took initiative and began to attack the drakes. It wasn’t long, however, before larger drakes joined the fray; the party had to figure out who was attacking them.

After managing to drive back the drakes, the party was surrounded by what appeared to be humans and larger lizard people dressed in tribal garb. They spoke to them in a foreign tongue which Pastor David identified as draconic. The party was ordered to drop their weapons, and upon doing so, were led back to a secret camp located within the center of the island. There, they were led to kneel before what appeared to be an older lizardman dressed in regal garb. Another man of human decent approached the party introducing himself as Ookami, and in turn introduced the older lizardman as Bazha, the spiritual leader of the Paradwyn tribe. The man asked for the party’s reasons for being on the island, and after the party explained themselves, Bazha ordered for the “intruders” to take the customary test of passage, to prove their worth to their goddess Semunaya. The party would choose four of their team members to enter the cave. Should they come back alive, they would be permitted to stay on the island as friends and allies, however, should they fail, the remaining party members would be killed. After much debate, the party decided that Keoth, Vercingettorix, Emily, and Galadriel would enter the cave(with severe protest from Pastor David). Keoth instructed the rest of them to protect Diana at all costs. The four were unbound, given back their weapons, and with a deep breath, entered the cave, unknowing what horrors awaited them.

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