16-30th days of Fharlanghn, 816
Master Juba and his companions now had both a map leading them to Ahgul Slar, and the means to get there. However, before they could reach the boat, they had a strange encounter. The party was stopped in the street by a strange sight: 7 robed men, the apparent leader of whom had hair that appeared to be turning into leaves and skin like bark. A squirrel hopped down from his shoulder with a scroll introducing himself as Lord Melancthon. He offered to help the party with their adventure if in return they would help him on his journey when the time was right. The heroes decided that they would take his offer, at least temporarily.
After two weeks at sea with Captain William Husker, things were looking grim. One stormy evening, Aravis, spotted a ship in the distance flying Slar’s flag while on watch in the crow’s nest. Their quarry’s ship was faster, but Melancthon summoned a magical wind to help catch them. While closing on Slar, he and his minions began firing ballista bolts at the party, damaging their ship. Monitus responded by casting Fly on Krolok, who worked himself into a rage while hurtling through the sky towards the ship and Nirinjan transformed into a great sea hawk to call lightning down upon them. The Gnoll marines and sailors aboard Slar’s ship put up little resistance against these powerful adventurers, until Ahgul Slar himself came up from below the deck. He challenged Juba to one on one combat, and they began to duel on the stairs of the ship.
Almost all the Gnolls were defeated and everyone except for Master Juba began to rest on their laurels, when out of nowhere a gargantuan tentacle rose out of the water and knocked Aravis out with a single blow. A Kraken had joined the fray and began tearing into both ships’ hulls, as well as lashing out on anyone standing on deck. Juba threatened Slar into a temporary truce for as long as the great sea monster was our destroying everything in sight. Slar accepted and boldly jumped into the water to slash it with his sword. Melancthon, on the other hand, had a different idea. He called five of his devoted followers up and ordered them to jump into the water with the giant squid. They each unrolled a scroll, and then there was a great explosion, followed by a cloud of steam and raining chunks of kraken meat. When the air cleared, there was no sign left of either the kraken or Ahgul Slar.
It was a victory for our team, but both ships had been badly damaged by the battle. Fate was kind however, and Captain Husker spotted land. Some of the Gnoll crewmen were taken on board as prisoners, and everyone soon found themselves crash landed on a strange island, thick with jungle. Could this be where Ahgul Slar was originally headed?