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The following morning we track the ship to a cove but are unable to find where it made berth. The party discovers the opening to a small cave and slips inside. Traps…. Lots of Traps. Thank god Arlyn is here. We work our way past a trip wire, through a spiked pit trap, across a dangerous bridge, into a collapsing floor with a giant bone organ, and finally onto a small ledge where a cannon shot takes Gruul in the chest. Ouch.

We find the paddleboat with the pirates on board and ready. Battle ensues! Arlyn is knocked out quickly, and gruul jumps in to prevent her from drowning. Zyi jumps in and heals Arlyn, but gruul is knocked out and begins drowning. Zyi and Aryln attempt to heal Gruul, but a barbarian criticals Aryln and she sheds this mortal coil. Zyi heals up Gruul and he swims to the surface. During all this Zyi’s Construct had been wrecking the pirates on the boat, killing 2 of them and leaving 1 more aboard and the barbarian in the water. Zyi finishes the Barbarian and Gruul chases the remaining pirate, but he sets off a trap and the cavern begins caving in.

The party is unaware Arlyin is dead so they carry her body out of the cavern, kill the remaining pirate, and swim to “The Old Nag”. They discover that their ship is taking on water due to a whole in the bottom. Gruul swims down to check it out and finds out there is a ooze eating at the ship. It attacks gruul, and it manages to kill him seconds before it dies itself. The party is shrinking quickly. It’s almost like there is an evil hippy god looking down on us and cackling madly.

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