Guardians of the Past

2nd of Mirtul 1366 Year of the Staff

Ayremyr goes to make sure Jessandra is all right after the lacedon attack from before dawn. She is unharmed and is happy that he is as well. He promises to spend time with her during the day. After dinner Erith shares that Zyla Blossom could not sleep the night before and that she thought she heard strange mumbling coming from one of the other cabins. Samira remarks that the only other passengers are Dyrrien, the Amnian merchant, and Hessalo, a collector of seeds.

Corthen suggests that Samira use her crystal ball to see if she can learn anything more about the two passengers. Uldred reminds Erith and Ayremyr that Hessalo was on the main deck about an hour before the sea ghoul attack. Corthen suggests they check out the rarely seen Hessalo. The group gathers in one of their cabins and Samira sets out her magic crystal ball. She focuses on the seed collector and watches him in his room lying in his bunk and putting some items in his trunk. The group makes plans for Rehs to slip into his cabin if he leaves it to look over his gear. The group finally comes up with a plan to slip to sneak an invisible thief into his room. While Corthen and Samira take watch on deck, Ayremyr knocks on Hessalo’s cabin door. Pretending to be intoxicated, he demands the unattractive seed collector let him see his beloved Jessandra. Hessalo tries to push the warrior away but Ayremyr slurs that he knows she is in his cabin. Hessalo finally relents and allows the annoying elf to see for himself that he is alone. With the door open wide enough, an invisible Rehs Wrenwinter slips into the cabin and puts himself in a corner while Hessalo escorts the elven warrior out.

Rehs watches as Hessalo paces the small chamber for several minutes before grabbing some items from his sea chest and leaving the room and locking the door. Rehs quietly moves over and inspects the chest. Finding no obvious signs of a trap he picks the lock and slowly lifts the lid. Suddenly, a severed hand leaps from inside the open box and grapples the scared thief. Grabbing his throat and neck, Rehs is lucky and manages to pull the undead claw off and he hacks it in half.

Rehs freaks out and tries to put the dead hand back into the box but he realizes that Hessalo will know someone has tampered with his chest when he returns to his cabin. The thief looks over the rest of the chest. He finds nothing interesting other than several changes of clothing, many seeds packed in damp cloth, and a box full of rich soil. Rehs does find a parchment in the lid that he takes before securing the chest and unlocking the door before using his picks and relocking it and slipping back to his cabin where the others await.

Rehs shows Tellazar the parchment. The mage reads it and tells the group it is a letter from the King of Snowdown identifying Hessalo as his personal agent seeking rare plants for his gardens. Finding nothing to incriminate him, the group is unsure what to do next. The party decides to have Samira scry the seed collector again to see how he reacts to finding his guardian hand destroyed. When the priestess of Mystra attempts to scry on the man she is unable to do so. Corthen knocks on Hessalo’s door but there is no answer. Rehs and Ayremyr scout out the main areas of the ship but cannot find Hessalo. The group decides to inform to the captain that one of her passengers has gone missing and that they suspect he was behind the sea ghoul attack.

Corthen speaks to Arenthor at the helm and informs he has something important to discuss with Captain Veldyrina. The brutish sailor silently nods and calls over a sailor to take the helm while he wakes the mistress of the Mermaid Sword. Minutes later Corthen and Tellazar are escorted into the Captain’s state room. Here the duo explains that their investigation of the undead attack the night before seems to link the Moonshavian seed harvester. They inform Captain Veldyrina that the man is now missing and even Samira cannot find him using magic. They ask permission to search the vessel for Hessalo and are granted it.

The party splits up and Rehs uses the powers of Muragh to see illusions and invisible items. A thorough search finds the man hiding in a storage hold below decks hidden by invisibility. Samira dispels magic upon Hessalo and Uldred and Ayremyr drag the man out before the Captain. Hessalo protests their holding him. He states he is an agent of the King of Snowdown and he tells the woman that the party broke into his room in an attempt to steal his valuable seeds and murder him. He states he hid when he learned of their intentions. The Captain states that she will sort matters out in the morning and Hessalo will be placed in his quarters under armed guard of her crew until then.

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