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- I write this from my room in an inn in Seahome. We were able to remove the treasures we found on Island 7, albeit with a great deal of effort and time. We labored nearly a full day to remove it all. We then began the painfully slow journey home, made somewhat easier by busying ourselves examining the things we found. After much deliberation, I decided to keep the mace. It stands to reason that since Halav led me this far, surely this weapon is a gift to be used in His service. I don’t fully know the measure of its’ power yet, but I will discover it in time. We stopped to deliver a chest of gold coins to Orvillayd, as his share for pointing us in the right direction. The old man was clearly impressed. He asked if we would be interested in taking on his grandsons as crewmen aboard the Slither Wyr. We hired them aboard, as well as a friend of theirs. We continued on to Seahome, where we hired a man named Skarritt on for repairs. We’re looking at a total overhaul for the Wyr. Skarritt says that’ll they’ll need to strip her down to the bones, but when she’s repaired she’ll be a fast vessel. This is going to cost us 700 gold a week, and we’re looking at a several week refit. I am amazed at the means that have been provided to us. I shudder to think what would happen if Providence did not guide us. -

- Today, we set out to hire on more crew. We came to a tavern, where we began to talk to potential crewmates. We met three that we decided to hire on. The first is Eckhart, a human from the islands. The man is a walking armory! If he’s as proficient with the weapons as he looks to be, then he will be formidable, indeed. The second is a female sea elf, Adanel. Quiet, but strong. Deceptively so. She doesn’t say a great deal, but seems to be fairly seasoned as a warrior and a sailor. The third is Kethlan, a forest elf from Darokin, of all places. He’s been struggling here in the islands, but seems to be no worse for the wear. We had no sooner sat down to talk out the details of our arrangement when I heard a voice, greeting us. As I turned, my stomach dropped. I looked into the faces of Barbim Madsen and Anny Byrnes. Some of the captain’s other men accompanied him, but there was no constable among them. Captain Madsen had the look of a cat that had cornered a fat mouse. He quietly sat down with us at the table. After he did so, he made us a proposition: Prison or 500gp per head for each man who left the crew, and three favors. We quickly agreed. Looking at Anny, I could tell he was expecting an outcome far different than what had just happened. He must have thought the Captain would rebuke us, and then call the law to come and arrest us. Quite angry, Anny was. I chuckled quietly at the irony. Captain Madsen bought us all drinks, and we discussed payment. We gave him a portion of the gold up front, and agreed to meet him tomorrow for the remainder of the payment. –

- I’m starting to question the accord we struck with Captain Madsen. We took the opportunity to sell some goods, in order to get the remainder of the money we needed to pay Captain Madsen. As we paid the remainder, he informed us that the First Favor had come due. We were to meet a clipper that would sail that evening for Minrothad City. Of course, we agreed…what else was there to do? We visited Skarritt, paid him two further weeks in advance, and set sail for the city. Once we’re there, we are to meet a man named Sheny , who is a the Captain of a Harbortown Trader called the Scowler. We are to deliver a package, and then render any “assistance” as necessary. I’m sure this is not going to be anything easy. -

- A successful and highly eventful day! We met Sheny on the Scowler as planned. On the way to the ship, I spotted a Karameikan vessel. I didn’t think anything of it, until Adanel mentioned that she saw the flag of the vessel. When she described it, anger immediately flooded my heart. The ship was a vessel of the Black Barony. What could they possibly be doing here, peaceful trading? Highly unlikely. After we concluded our meeting with Sheny (more on that later), I decided to go watch the vessel for a while. While I watched, I noticed a man board the boat. He bore the crest of the Barony and carried a whip. The brazenness of it all sickened me. They were clearly slavers. I alerted the others to my suspicions. The others began to gather information on the vessel, to see if we could determine the contents. We found out that the vessel had only arrived as it had been caught in a storm, and needed provisions and repairs. We also discovered that only food and water had been brought aboard, far more than was needed for a crew. Suspicions confirmed, Kethlan suggested that we attempt to work the legal channels, as outright fighting would be ill-advised. The others agreed, and so we set out to inform a Port Agent. Eil and I went it to discuss what we knew. The Agent was a Halfling, and was sensitive to the subject, but cautious. He gave us temporary authority to conduct a search of the vessel for taxation purposes. I knew that we would find the incriminating evidence we needed to set the slavers dangling. My anger smiled within me. We made our way to the vessel, where a black-clad guard stopped us. We showed him our order and ordered him to stand aside. He called for the captain. The captain was a large, swarthy man. He refused us passage, and then attempted to swipe the order from Eil’s hands. When he failed, we ordered him one last time to stand aside. Eil and I drew our weapons, ready to fight. I welcomed the opportunity to serve some justice to these villains, my hatred seething! I was ready to strike a blow when a voice spoke to me. It was Kethlan, who admonished me to handle this the proper, legal way. Just then, the captain suddenly agreed to allow us aboard. As Eil stepped onto the gangplank, the captain kicked it. Eil fell in, but was quickly fished out. Meanwhile, the crew of the Barony vessel began making hasty preparations to sail. While Moridin and Eil yelled for the constables, Kethlan was able to yell to one of the galleys that patrol the area, to indicate that the ship was leaving unlawfully. Message received, the vessel put out oars to intercept the Barony craft. A few minutes later, the sea doors also began to close. I wondered if the ship would be able to escape. The war galley closed quickly, and I watched with grim satisfaction as a ballista bolt, fastened to a thick rope, was launched from the galley and impaled the Barony vessel. The captain knew they were finished, and I watched in horror as he made efforts to tie an oil-soaked rag onto a belaying pin to light it. My comrades opened fire on him in an attempt keep him from following through with his vile plan. The captain was struck, but still made it below decks with the lit rag. Fortunately, the war galley was close. They rained a hail of arrows upon the slaver, killing some of the crew, and then boarded her. Two men from the galley ran below decks, stopping the captain from completely carrying out the deed. Later, as the ship docked. We watched as Port Officials offloaded the slaves. Some of them recognized me as a Servant of Halav, and called out to me. I prayed for them, and blessed them in the name of Halav. I continue to pray for Halav’s Blessings upon them. Soon they shall go home, as free men. It felt good to see the Barony thwarted. Very good, indeed. With that completed, our day was only half over! When we met with Sheny, we delivered the package and letter that Madsen gave us. Sheny then asked us to escort an elf, named Elgin to the ship later that evening. It seemed fishy, and it was. Eil, Eckhart and Adanel did some investigating, and determined that this Elgin was a cloth and leather goods maker. Of course, these materials and crafting with them is the place of Guild Quickhand, and that guild only here in the islands. He had clearly run afoul of the guild, and it seemed that he was in mortal danger should he have stayed. Meanwhile, Kethlan, Moridin and I sought out our destination for the evening, a warehouse where we were to meet him. From there, we mapped out several routes we might take to get him out of there. We returned to the inn to meet the others at our appointed time. We exchanged information, and laid out the plan. After having a bite to eat, we collected our things, and left for the meet location. We broke up into groups of two. Eil and I were to meet Elgin and get him. Moridin and Adanel watched two intersecting streets for trouble, from one side of the warehouse. On the other side, was our intended getaway route. Eckhart and Kethlan setup barrels to block the path, and had oil prepared in case it was needed to cause further difficulty chasing us. As Eil and I prepared to enter the warehouse, I uttered a prayer to Halav. As we entered, we saw Elgin, as well as a man dressed in green. Both looked startled. I should have known that this “escort” wouldn’t necessarily be that. The man in green quickly left, and Elgin eyed us warily. We quickly explained the situation, and told him that he needed to come with us to safety. Meanwhile, on the outside, Guild Quickhand had dispatched several goons to deal with Elgin, and they knew where he was. Eil and I were still trying to convince Elgin when the Halflings broke in. I tried to stall them by pretending I was a constable, come to take Elgin in. Unfortunately, they found it unbelievable, and attacked Elgin. I grabbed the elf, and ran through the side door where Moridin and Adanel were waiting. Elgin insisted that we bring his goods, despite the obvious danger and the glaring seal of Guild Quickhand on the side of each crate. Eil pulled the cart the crates were on to the door, and then left it there to block the Halflings. Moridin and Eil each grabbed a crate. I allowed myself a moment to wonder at their foolishness, before turning the corner of the warehouse. Elgin had already been pelted with a two stones from the slings of the Halflings, and collapsed when a third struck him in the head. I saw he would not make it without help, and invoked a prayer of healing upon him while Adanel picked him up to carry him out. Eil and Moridin brought up the rear, firing crossbows and throwing boxes at the Halflings. As we passed the meeting point, Eckhart and Kethlan pushed the barrels down upon the unsuspecting Halflings. Caught completely off guard, most were knocked down and put out of the fight. Those who weren’t could not easily pass the heavy barrels, and we escaped. We were finally able to get Elgin to the ship. He would not see the logic of boarding to save his own life, so Adanel had to assist on board the vessel. Sheney was pleased at our accomplishment. He rewarded us with 1000 gold pieces, and a message to Madsen that our first favor had been completed. Being wary of Guild Quickhand, we found a vessel leaving for Seahome first thing in the morning. We paid extra to sleep on the ship, and I will now retire to get some much needed rest. –

- We’re getting ready to see Skarritt. After returning from Minrothad, we met with the dwarves of Clan Hammer to sell some of the treasure we collected from Island 7. We sold them the dinner set, the instruments and the chest of silver ingots to get the money we needed for ship repairs. However, after selling the items, and taking the money to the storage provided to us by Skarritt, someone broke into our storage locker and looted it! This under the watch of Skarritt’s paid guards. Infuriating! 4500 gold pieces of coin, the iron ingots, and a few other items were taken. Moridin mentioned that it might have been Anny Byrnes. He might be right. Whoever it is, they won’t get away with it. -

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