Mask Campaign Chapter 6b: Land of the Golems
The players (as captives) have reached The
Island of Eternal Vigilance. Nearing the island they can see
the wreckage of another ship, sunk close to the shoreline. The name
on the boat is The Sea Flower. The a few of the pirates will remember
the ship as a trading vessel that disappeared without a trace approximately
30 years ago.
The island is small, only about 3 miles across.
The ship will be unable to approach due to the rocky coast line.
Even the longboat will have problems due to the frequency of the
The island appears to lift up out of the water
and is surrounded on all sides by high cliffs. Only one possible
mooring spot exists and astute players will see the wreckage of
a previous longboat near that spot. Lily
will circle the island first looking for the best place to land.
A large temple-like building can be seen near the middle of the
island and the cliff edges seem to be dotted by large statues all
looking out to sea.
After finding the landing area a discussion will
occur as to who is going. Most of the pirates, being crude and superstitious,
will not wish to go. Black Lily will tolerate no disobedience of
course and may make an example of one of the crew. It will eventually
be decided that the players will go since they seem capable and
the crew of The
Merry Ann are hostages for their continued behavior. The necromancer
Scathe will stay out of
the mission claiming he needs to study "the masks" further
to unlock their powers. Black Lily will finally decide that the
landing group will be: herself, the players, and 12 pirate crewman.
Once this is all settled, Scathe will insist
that any players he has turned undead go too. Since they are expendable
and completely dominated by his will. Finally after all the arguing
the longboat sets off. The landing is rough due to the rocks and
the if the players check they will see that the sunk longboat seems
to have been burned. When they disembark they will be greeted by
the sight of one the island's guardians in its inert form.
The guardians resemble a large (8') stone man
in an ancient style of dress. He appears to be scanning the horizon
as if watching for something. If checked, the statues radiate magic
(abjuration and enchantment). They are extremely hard and someone
could demolish it but they risk damaging their own weapons. The
stone man weighs nearly 600 lbs. and appears to have no value as
treasure. The pirates will be nervous of the statues and will not
go near them.
Past the statue the remains of a small trail
leads through the rocks as do two old corpses. Both appear to have
died from stab wounds and been dragged to this spot. Their clothing
is mostly rags. With some work it can be determined that the decomposed
bodies were sailors of some type, possible from the sunk ship in