A Queen's Desire

Raven's Expedition on the High Seas

Waking from a night of passion, Raven found herself wrapped in the finest silk blankets and surrounded by wealth of all nations. The room rocked back and forth as she happened to currently be on the sea, sailing toward an encounter with the minions of Urgathoa. Unsure of what to expect when she stepped outside, Raven donned her armor and took up her scythe before stepping out. The captain of the ship was hurriedly giving orders as cannons fired and cannon fire was returned from the enemy. Mages stood in a trance, grasping red orbs and concentrating spells on the enemy ships. The enemy ships were no more than wreckages, but they sailed with the powers of undeath and two dracoliches provided the lift and magic to stay afloat. The entire battle happened around a massive whirlpool that had began at the start of the cannon fire and attempted to drag all the ships into it’s deadly embrace. Outmatched, Raven did her best to keep the ship afloat, mending holes spouting water into the ship wherever she could. The undead ships launched enchanted cannonballs that sprouted into massive black tentacles on impact and began strangling the crew. Raven responded by using her divine magic to negate the magic and free her crew as well as using magic of her own to send arrows that would flood the ships with water or would paint them with a glowing target. The flooding of the ships seemed to have no impact, the ships held aloft not by buoyancy, but by magic and the dracoliches alone. After furling minutes of cannon fire, one of the ships strayed too close to the whirlpool and found itself being crushed in its watery depths. The crew of Raven’s ship cheered and with only one enemy left, they closed the distance. The other ship didn’t go down without a fight, but eventually the threat of Urgathoa to the remains of Aroden was no more. The dead god would remain just that, at least until Raven was ready to raise him herself.

With the last enemy ship destroyed, the sea calmed and the vessel set sail back home to Cheliax. Near Bunyip Docks a Korvosan flagship hailed Raven’s vessel and boarded it, claiming the pollution of THugra was on board. Raven knew little of this, but apparently the red orbs used by the mages of the ship were attached to undead monstrosities that spawned from Cyrilis. Unsure of why she should stop them in the first place, Raven allowed the Captain to take all of the specimens, marking down his name as her next source of information.

Finally docking in Cheliax, Raven bid farewell to Captain Seahorse and thanked him for his assistance. Raven then found her way into the research facility housing the Thugra subjects and was shocked to learn that her drow allies had been captured along with lycanthropes and vampires. Raven confronted Captain Telvac about what he knew and was given permission to speak to the prisoners. Raven must first with a demon and managed to wrangle the cult’s location. Raven then decided that pretty soon, she would be killing that demon. Raven then met with one of the drow prisoners to learn their story and was shocked to find out the the prisoner was the drow handmaiden of the princess that Raven had rescued five years ago. Having fond memories of the times with the princess, Raven knew that the drow were not evil or even the slightest of allies with Thugra and began hatching a plot to free them. Seducing and slaying Captain Telvac was the easy part. Escaping the facility with the prisoners in tow was not. Raven took on the identify of the Captain and then proceeded to find all valuables and research she could before disposing of the Captain’s corpse, throwing it in her bag for use later on. A quick lie about what had happened to the woman in the room was all that was needed to convince the men of her new identity. Raven then gathered the head guard and ten of his men and ordered them to prepare a ship for immediate departure. The prisoners were to be gathered and brought along for continued research and for information. The demon that Raven had vowed to kill in her head was also among the prisoners and Raven decided it was probably time to take the pest out before the next part of her plan was to unfold. Maybe outside though, wouldn’t want to get blood on the marble floors and it was a nice day out anyways. Bloodshed always made Raven giddy already, the sunshine would just be a bonus.


JohnathanNapier DM_Alucard

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