Book 3 - Act 1: Perilous Waters

The shipping lanes of Golarion's seas and oceans are filled with fat merchant vessels laden with trade goods both mundane and exotic, as well as the pirates and freebooters who prey on them. Under the banner of their Hurricane King, these buccaneers sally forth from that archipelago of lawless pirate ports and anchorages known as the Shackles, plundering the shipping of countless countries and trade consortiums, then vanishing back into the maze of islands and reefs they call home. The nations of the Inner Sea would like nothing more than to end the pirate menace once and for all, but the eternal hurricane known as the Eye of Abendego has thus far shielded the Free Captains of the Shackles from the threat of retaliation.


In the Skull & Shackles Adventure Path, the PCs take on the role of pirates, but they must make a name for themselves in piracy, plunder, and disrepute to truly become infamous Free Captains of the Shackles.

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Re: Book 3 - Act 1: Perilous Waters

Post by Zorbeltuss » Tue Aug 04, 2020 5:30 pm

"Do we pass the test of patiently waiting for the men to be done with their mating games?" Flavinia doesn't ask that question *that* loudly, mostly just for Seroneth's ears, though she did not exactly have much of an indoor voice to begin with. Or more to the point, only when it suited her, and that was mostly when they were setting ambushes or something.

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Post by GuyWithSword » Fri Aug 07, 2020 9:36 am

Meri has been partying hard with some of the others, learning some of the ways of humans. The previous night was especially long and tiring, as she serviced both the crew of the ship and had fun with handsome men at the local tavern. She yawns and slithers onto the deck, seeing what's going on. Only when Seroneth or Flavinia remind her, does she seem to realize that she forgot her sea-shell bra.

As she puts those in place, she answers Goldtooth, "Are the tests for all of us? Or just the captain? I'll have you know that we are quite multi-talented when we work together!"

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Post by Vardaen » Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:43 pm

"A woman after my own heart! No more playing, right to it!"

He rolls his shoulders, "Let us see if you are passable sailors first and not just some fancy jackets who found themselves in charge of better men!" He smiles at Meri before she covers her set. "Some will be solo, some as a crew lass. This is a solo test."

He points across the harbor to a call brig with two tall square rigged masts. "That be the Stingray, test one will be a race. One of my men verse one of you. You will climb up to the top of the foremast and complete the tricky task of unfurling AND setting the sail from the top yard without assistance before my man does the same on the mizzenmast."
This will require climb and acrobatic checks. Magic use like summoning or flying is not allowed
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Post by Othniel » Mon Aug 31, 2020 1:40 am

Seroneth shrugs and looks at the captain for guidance. While passable at climbing, the Elf prefers to fly.

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Post by Zorbeltuss » Thu Sep 03, 2020 6:33 pm

Flavinia also shrugs, that stuff is for dumb muscle.

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Re: Book 3 - Act 1: Perilous Waters

Post by Grimbold » Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:42 pm

Ah, it's a task for elegant gentlemen, not scrawny girls, Roderick thinks.
Rod is good at acrobatics (+15), but his climbing is not too good (+7) He does have his slippers of spider climb, which is ...hmmm... not summoning of flying magic. (Would that be allowed?)

If anyone has better chances, go right ahead. Else Rod will try it.

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Re: Book 3 - Act 1: Perilous Waters

Post by Vardaen » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:21 pm

The Captain decides he will take the first challenge. There is much shouting from the gathering crowd and among your crew and the others. You are brought down off your ship across the harbor, with a crowd trailing like a hungry dog, to a large ship called Stingray, a brig with two tall square rigged masts. You are given the rules, you must climb the 60 foot fall mast's rigging to the top spar. There you must make your way along the yard, which extends two feet out from both sides of the mast, and untie the sails. The sail is tied in four places, two on each side (15, and 30 feet out).

You are loaded on the deck with the rest of the crew and others who stand to watch the race.
We will run this in a few stages, up, out, unfurl, but I'll try and keep it to a minimum
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Re: Book 3 - Act 1: Perilous Waters

Post by Grimbold » Fri Oct 16, 2020 8:27 pm

Rod unbuttons his cloak and hands it to an aide, then hands over his weapons (keeping only his silver dagger), and stretches extravagantly, getting ready for the task. "I hope you are up to the task, boy. You must know you are facing Roderik Belmonte!" He says with a flourish. "The sinker of the Deathknell!"
Try an intimidate on the other man, but then get ready to do the task.

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