The Captain gave us a few options for travel: the White Fjords, ruled by Tarlanna, Goddess of Law and War; the Sands of Karse, ruled by Shard god of thieves, the Dark Continent, Burnt Lands or the Veil of Tears. We chose to visit the Sands of Karse.
Several days sail across strange tides found us at the scorched port of Karse. The Captain has us don garb to travel unobserved through the bazaar. Baralazad meets us in his tent to offer assistance. The Pyramid of Karse is our destination; but at what price. We parley, but Delkan has been robbed of his +1 ring of protection. Place of Sha’aoud is the Pyramid; a possible ally; or an avatar of Shard.
Graffton transforms into a falcon for the trip, taking an aerial survey of the tent city and port to note their starting place. Flying ahead he saw five black shadow riders riding hard from the south to protect the place from our arrival. Delkas and Caterack rode ahead to meet them, reaching the Pyramid first.
Protecting the ramp, Caterack and Flyt watched as Delkas, Nyssa and Graffton attacked. The Caravan Guard went down immediately. Flyt cast a fireball, and after Nyssa went ethereal he threw it with great effect. Wounded we were victorious.
We penetrated the Pyramid the next day. But didn’t get far until Nyssa sprung a blade trap. Recovered she nonetheless compromised our position. Having Adjusted her Cells for healing the ethereal action alerted several Astral Hounds on her trail. They attacked. But they hadn’t the surprise to take this veteran crew. Caterack held true against their advance, while Nyssa’s Intellect Fortress checked the beasts’ Psychic Crush. To conclude, the beasts fled.
Those riders were like.. Bouush.