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While waiting for more news on Ilk’khun's job posting we were hired for a day job by a foppish gentleman named Belarus Little from the Library of Korranberg in Sharn. He claimed to have some information about some well-hidden artifacts to be found in Hool's Manor (former residence of the infamous Capt. Rory Barbarosa.) and wanted to leave the following morning.
While spending the day in prepartions for this new job, Dumas visited the Druids and was able to learn some more about what Ilk'khun was up to. The Druids think that Ilk'khun wants to have a ritual performed near Greenscale Island with the recently recovered Red Carnival dragnonshard in order to provide access to the Isle of Dread. On this hidden isle is a shard known as Black 13, a potentially dangerous artifact the Druids want to keep from falling into "the wrong hands."
The next morning we set out to Hool's Manor. Something was "off" with Belarus from the get-go, but we continued with the job hoping more information would come to light. Upon approaching the house we came under gunfire and Belarus took off running. While the remainder of the party closed on the manor to deal with the immediate threat, I decided to try and find out what in Kyber was going on. After a short pursuit I was able to grapple with and reveal the true identity of our myserious employer… Gillen, an actor from the Serenity Playhouse! It seems he was hired by Bundlor Gales to get us out of town at just the time when Ilk'khun's job was ready for a crew to disembark.
I let Gillen go and joined the others at the manor as they were finishing up the fight with the unknown gunmen. Turns out they were three "Bloody Winnows" pirates on-the-run and hiding out in the abandoned house. We're not sure whether Bundlor knew they were hiding there or not when he sent us on this fool's errand, but all the same we saw him setting sail as we travelled back to Serenity proper.
We turned in the three pirates' bodies for the reward and, wanting to be sure that Bundlor was actually leaving on Ilk'khun's job, Durant and I headed to Serenity Sendings while the rest of the group prepped the ship to sail. At Serenity Sendings we encountered Katarin Tolstoff who approched us with questions about why we hadn't been the ones to get Ilk'khun's job. Turns out the Tolstoffs had contracted Ilk'khun to manage the job on their behalf, but were under the assumption that the Four Turns East crew would be doing the work.
As the Druids suspected, the job was to perform a ritual with Red Carnival in an old Eladrin tomb, called Sof Tarnel, in the vicinity of Greenscale island. Through her agent, Marcus, we neogtiated our own deal to perform the ritual, but in order to complete the job we would first have to somehow obtain Red Carnival from Bundlor.
On the way back to the Four Turns East, Durant and I met briefly with Manco Sympathies to ascertain the reasons behind the Bug Brothers recent accusation of piracy against Ethaem. It appears someone for the Aurum Fleet ship Harbringer wanted to levy the charges against Ethaem, but did not have the required coin. It would seem that he contracted the Brothers to help him with his grudge in a less than official capacity.
After getting back to the ship, we immeidately set sail in pursuit of the Wild Goose. After several days on the water we spotted Bundlor's ship apparently damaged and stuck in a sandbar. Surpisingly Bundlor tossed us Red Carnival without us even having to ask saying "You have one day to get to the island and perform the ritual!". After offering some assistance we learned that the fearsome resident of Greenscale Island, a green dragon named Rynskald, had attacked and disabled the Wild Goose. We assume that Bundlor's ultimate goal is to recover Black 13 from the Isle of Dread for the handsome reward, but that he would be unable to get to the isle unless we performed the ritual in his stead.
Shortly after leaving the Wild Goose, we caught sight of Rynskald in the distance, and there was no mistaking he was headed straight for us. Our crew leapt into action and with some masterful sailing (our finest yet!) we somehow managed to elude the bulk of the dragon's attacks and maneuvered into the relative safety of a cave at the base of Sof Tarnel. Inside the cave we saw what appeared to be two pirate ships. As of the time of this writing, we are making our decisions on how to proceed.