15th Birth of Summer 5013ARF
The Winter Court arrived at the coast just out side of the Raider’s Archipelago. There the Court modified their wagons with sails and pontoons. Then after a lengthy safety lecture by Baron Waren Gunther the Court put to sea.
In the first two days of their journey the court encountered two large iron vessels steaming through the water in what appeared to be a search pattern though the dwarves and gnomes on boarder refused to answer any questions when The Vanguard got close enough to ask.
Eventually the court arrived at their first stop in the Archipelago, an small fishing village named Thunder Haven, run by Captain Jesse “Silver Teeth” Darby. The pirates and fishermen of the island greeted the Court warmly as the groups traded goods and swapped tales. One old fisherman kept raving about a giant metal fish he saw but everyone just chalked it as yet another large fish story and kept on drinking. Rhiner became rather bitter when a treasure map he stole from the Captain’s hut lead to an empty chest with a note reading “I can’t believe you feel for that”. Rhiner’s mood did improve when his own prank that he left behind was triggered by a half drunk pirate.
The next day was uneventful on the high seas. On the night of 3rd Rise of Summer the Court was caught in a terrible storm and the Vanguard was separated from the rest. The Vanguard spent the next day reaching a small uninhabited island to repair their wagons and getting their bearings. Gabriel remained in his wagon which had yet to exit since the Court got underway but the rest of the Vanguard set out to find supplies and repair materials on what was dubbed “Rhiner’s Island”. Girard found a strange flower lining the edge of the beach which grew pomegranate like fruit at the base of its stem. Through careful study (he ate the fruit before knowing what they were) Girard discovered that the seeds of the flower acted as a powerful pain reliever and instilled a sense of euphoria. Rhiner quickly gathered as many of these plants as he could to add another business venture to his growing number of enterprises. The Vanguard spent the night relaxing on the beach indulging in cordial Vedicar created from the fruit and taking in the sweet fragrance that wafted across the beach.
When the Vanguard awoke they were bond by ropes in a cave. Rhiner and Toriel quickly undid their binding just as a pair of goblins came to check on them. With the goblins despatch Cassi, and Toriel untied the others and they all proceeded to make their way through the cavern unarmed. While Rhiner snuck of down a side passage the rest of the Vanguard found their way to the main cavern were a bunch of goblins were gathered around a fire and a large ettin sat on a raised portion in the north of the cavern. Toriel emediatly charged the ettin while Girard, Vedicar, Cassi, and Riva protected Sara and Tallia from the goblins. Vedicar transformed himself into a goblin a convinced the other goblins to rebel against the ettin. Toriel managed to beat down the ettin with the aid of the goblins only to find a female ettin emerging from the cavern opening in the northern wall. This new ettin took a liking to Toriel and tried to drag him off. During Toriel’s struggle with the ettin, Girard try to slip past them to get at their equipment only to be crushed to death when ettin’s corpse feel on him.
In his grief Toriel went on a rampage and killed all of the goblins. After gathering their equipment and Girard’s body the Vanguard made it to the entrance of the cave to find Rhiner playing fetch with a baby green dragon. As dawn rouse on the 5th Rise of Summer the Vanguard, dragon included, set sail from the island.