Seas and Sharks

A Shift in Siggi

Try the eggs.

While in Junktown, the party planned to finish up some business after the events of Wetwork. <o:p></o:p>

Monad and Thane paid a visit to the spice Merchant, Antonio, who had a large home near the vineyards and farmland north of Junktown. True to their word, they negotiated with Antonio on the behalf of Jonathan and the captured vessel of Big Red. After negotiations, Antonio agree to pay about 310GP per voyage, to which the party would receive about 40gp per voyage for brokering the deal. Thus, the limited liability trading company, Wind In Our Sales was birthed. <o:p></o:p>

While Thane and Monad focused on wheeling and dealing, Zahuul met with the Oracle at Doc Bonesaw’s place (fully described in hidden character notes on Zahuul’s character page). <o:p></o:p>

The Oracle would still need time to recover, and the repairs to Big Red’s Ship would take time as well. The party had about two weeks before they could move on. They met at the Empress Inn, as good a place as any to stay for a while, and over breakfast, while Ash wolfed down the scrambled egg special, Zahuul revealed that she wanted to take the Oracle to Babalylu, the island from which the daughter of Yemoja had scattered some time ago. <o:p></o:p>

Thane took the day to study his book, learning as he did the most basic fundamentals of magic. <o:p></o:p>

Zahuul took the day to speak to Doc Bonesaw, inquiring about what Bonesaw did with the bodies and what he did with organs. After Bonesaw recovered from his surprise, he told Zahuul to meet back at midnight in three days. <o:p></o:p>

Monad took a journey to the bookstore, searching for a map of the surrounding islands. The shopkeep, a halfing named Tamlyn, showed him a meticulously constructed map worth several thousand gold. Monad asked if he could commission a smaller map with less information. Tamlyn told him it would take her about a week, and they negotiated the price. Monad negotiated the price, offering to keep logs of the places they visited and return the information to Tamlyn. She tested his skills by having him draw a simple map of the nearby shops, and upon approving his work, gave him a set of cartographer’s tools and offered to provide a basic map for 150gp. On his way out, he bumped into a tiefling woman who had just purchased Fifty Shades of Fey. <o:p></o:p>

The party regrouped and headed to Sammy’s Place to get some information as to what was going on locally. When they entered, they saw a party of adventurers receiving their tenth stamp on their membership card. A magic door appeared, and they disappeared into it, eager to look through Sammy’s secret stash. Meanwhile, Sammy told the party that he had just given his only paying job to another group, and had lent them the ardent skull for their use. He did say that he was having issues with a tenant of his, a man named Siggi, who had been behaving strangely by settling his debts and paying rent on time. This troubled Sammy, as it removed his leverage over Siggi. He told the party they could look in on Siggi for him, and if Siggi had wronged Sammy somehow, they could have the deed to the ramshackle property in the Washout, where Siggi was living. He told the party Siggi’s wife left years ago, he loved beer, had a stupid mustache, and he was very superstitious, and the party could use that against him if need be. <o:p></o:p>

When they were prepared to leave, the magic door opened once more and the adventurers from before came out with magic items that they purchased. One of the magic items was the tiefling that Monad had met earlier. He asked he how the book was, and she pretended she didn’t know what he was talking about, though she commented that she liked Zahuul’s look to which Zahuul replied, “Gross.”<o:p></o:p>

The party traveled to the Salty Seamen, where they gathered information on Siggi, but learned little more than what Sammy had already told them, though they did run into Kyle, who was having fun in the midst of a bar brawl. They then opted to check out Siggi at night, and went to the location in the Washout. A fire was burning. Ash, having filled up on eggs, was suffering some tummy troubles, so Thane stayed near the house with her. Zahuul approached the house directly, knocking on the door. When Siggi answered, she burst into the home, declaring that she was being followed by a centaur trying to kill her. <o:p></o:p>

Siggi protested, suggesting she had a bit much too drink, and that she was safe, and that the only centaur he knew was a really good guy. <o:p></o:p>

Meanwhile, Monad crept around the back of the house, alerting only a small white dog in a doghouse in the neighboring yard. He threw the dog some rations and it was content to move the focus of its attentions. Monad climbed to the roof of the house, and was able to hear Zahuul inside. Zahuul insisted she stay the night at Siggi’s, because she wasn’t safe outside. Siggi eventually relented, and Zahuul curled up on the floor, keeping her ears open, only to hear Siggi sit in his rocking chair, drinking wine before eventually going to bed. Through Zahuul’s telepathy, she communicated that she would stay and see what, if anything he did. In the morning, she got ready to depart, but noticed a child-like watercolor on the wall, and offered Siggi 500gp for it. Siggi told her it was way too much, and eventually, she bought it for a few gold pieces. The painting contained his signature. <o:p></o:p>

Siggi left the house, seemingly unconcerned with Zahuul. Zahuul investigated, finding letters that were written from Siggi’s wife, detailing her adventures at sea, neatly stacked in a nightstand. She took them with her. The party regrouped and compared notes. The handwriting of the letters matched the same handwriting on the watercolors. The party was unsure what to do with this information, but decided to investigate further. They decided to stay at the Empress Inn, and set out again at night. <o:p></o:p>

This time, Thane tailed Siggi as he went to the docks in the washout, where he watched the boat divers for a long time before heading back home. The next morning, they tailed Siggi to the winery, where he purchased bottles of wine. Zahuul chatted up the salewoman, who gave her advice on wine pairing, and bought two bottles of wine. <o:p></o:p>

Once more, the party went to the Salty Seamen, where they again saw Kyle, but gathered no new information. <o:p></o:p>

Thane followed Siggi again, who was at the docks once more that night, acting mildly frustrated.<o:p></o:p>

That night, Zahuul met up with Bonesaw, who introduced her to Flynn, the body boy. Flynn’s job was to collect dead bodies and row them to the mass grave on an island outside of town. Zahuul went with him that night, searching, as she had previously told Bonesaw, for “lady hearts.” After some work with a shovel and pick, she was able to gather what she needed, but not before bumping into a man who appeared to be doing harvesting of his own, and exchanging greetings. <o:p></o:p>

That night, Monad watched Siggi go through his usual routine, while Thane met with some of the divers that Siggi was watching. The divers explained that since Junktown was built on the ruins of an ancient city, diving into the Wash – the lake created by an earthquake several years ago – they could often find treasures worth selling. While sometimes they barely broke even, the diver, Fred, offered to take Thane aboard should he ever want to try his luck at diving through the ancient ruins that lay beneath. However, he warned it could be dangerous, as sometimes creatures appeared that would need to be fought or driven off, and recently, several divers had gone missing. <o:p></o:p>

Knowing that something was up with Siggi, who was assuredly acting out of character, but unable to pinpoint the issue, the party decided to confront Siggi directly. They would meet him at the vineyard, and planned to stagger their arrivals. Monad, Zahuul, and Ash would plant themselves on the patio, ostensibly enjoying brunch, while Thane would follow Siggi and confront him.<o:p></o:p>

With the others in place, Thane found Siggi, and pretended to know him, though Siggi protested. As the scene grew more outrageous, Siggi suggested they go out to the patio, and asked, “What is it you want, Thane?” Siggi then revealed that he just wanted to live his life and be left alone. Thane said he know that Siggi was not in fact the real Siggi, and asked why this person chose Siggi. Not-Siggi replied, “Who would miss Siggi?” Thane then asked why he kept the mustache, to which Not-Siggi replied that he never thought to shave it. He offered to pay the party off, if they left him alone, and asked that they return to the house in the Washout. <o:p></o:p>

Not-Siggi, went in first, shouting, “Honey, I’m home,” and the party was attacked by a woman resembling Siggi’s wife, who before their eyes shapeshifted into a goggle-eyed, grey-skinned, doppleganger. Not-Siggi soon followed suit, and Zahuul cast spells, holding Not-Siggi’s wife in place with hold person, and blasting Not-Siggi with eldritch blast. Thane took some big hits and was brought near death, but Ash healed him, while Monad used illusions to confuse the dopplegangers. When the battle was finished, the party found a disguised door in the floor, leading to a basement with several rooms that appeared to be part of the old city ruins. In the rooms where some jewels and potions, as well as the bodies of a few divers, and the bound body of the real Siggi. <o:p></o:p>

The party took the bodies to the street, where a crowd was gathering. With no real law enforcement, the crowd was just watching the spectacle. Thane noticed across the street a small white dog, growling at him. He approached the dog, which then turned into a third doppleganger, which used surprise to his advantage to attack Thane, doing terrible damage to him in one swift blow. Thane ran back inside, and after a minute, peaked out. The doppleganger had gone, disappeared into the crowd. <o:p></o:p>

The party then got their bearings, and readied themselves to report what had happened to Sammy. <o:p></o:p>

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