After our party addressed the wounds of their barbarian friend, they rested for 2 days. The captain took command of the pirates and readied the ship for sail. You are welcome aboard the Benevolent and set forth voyage with Captain Haimes and his sister Bethesda.
Captain Haimes informed you that the voyage would be 9-10 days, and so with the crew from the Finger Isles, your party is able to rest and enjoy the voyage. Seven days into the voyage the crew starts to get …anxious as they start seeing the guard ships from Ascencia and the crew they know all too well.
The crow’s nest calls out that there are three ships coming in fast to the starboard and they are flying the colors of the land of Ascencia.
A messenger pigeon flies aboard with a note; a crew member catches the bird and brings it to the captain.
It read…”Your ship appears to be from Hellias, but your crew looks like those vile creatures from the pirate isles. Return your answer with your destination and then we will come aside…you have one hour to answer or be blown from the sea. Sincerely Captain Kiddipe of the most sacred Ascencia Isles”
Sigwolf looked at Salazar and said, “What does it say?” Salazar informs him and then Sigwolf turns to Captain Haimes, “Well, do you wish to tell us what you are going to reply with?” Captain Haimes looked at Sigwolf, “why with our destination of course”
Sigwolf shook his head, “Last time you didn’t tell us what your plan was, so we will know, now, what your plans or intents were and look what happened” Cade said, “yeah, we almost lost Sigwolf!”
Captain Haimes took the note and replied with the destination and sent the bird back. Another returned with a note that simply said, “We are coming aside. Prepare to be boarded”
The Ascencia ships were fast and within the Benevolent in a short time. The ship’s captain, a very tall, broad and beautiful woman, calls her crew to the deck and they lay out a plank. She and 2 officers come aboard. She introduces herself as Captain Kiddipe and then introduces her junior officers and recognizes Captain Haimes. While not escorted before by Captain Haimes, he does recognize her.
Captain Haimes introduces the party and informs them that these are Amazons of the island nation of Ascencia. He also informs the amazons of the battle that just occurred on the Finger Isles. The amazons turned to each other whispered and then eyed up Sigwolf.
“We will escort you into the harbor and then we can discuss your business” Captain Kiddipe said. The amazons disembarked and gave signal to move out. They arrived at the Ascencia harbor within two days. At the dock, our party was asked what was their business by Captain Kiddipe, Salazar explains what it is they are to do and the captain agrees to escort them to the palace.
At the gate, the guard is informed and the party is then assessed and told that they would have to be readied to have audience with the sister queens of Ascencia. Our party then is led to a bath house, stripped and bathed. When they have finished, they receive their clothes that smell and feel laundered.
The party is then brought into the palace. Salazar takes note of the palace’s construction of marble and Corinthian columns. They are led to the throne room, on the thrones are two very beautiful women but they appear massive. Next to one, is a young woman who Sigwolf notices looks very much like the statues from the house of Conn.
Normal women were seen to be about a foot lower than Salazar and Sigwolf but they notice that the guards and what appear to be warriors are only a few inches shorter than themselves. They are brought before the queens and Salazar speaks.
He informs the queens of their purpose, to fetch the Selenia, the daughter of King Conan and protect her. Queen Penora stands and asks to move into another room to discuss. In the antechamber, the two queens and the party explain what must be done. The queen explains that Selenia was to depart in three days but that should would be allowed to go with the party.
At this time, Feng Tszu is led to the corner by one if the high priestesses clothed in orange silks, Xochital. The queen then turned to the rest of the party and said, “Ascencia every now and then needs the body of men, to help us further the line of our race. We have assessed that you of good stock and wish to have you procreate with Amazons who are of the time to bear children. There are fifteen of us who are in season right now”
Sigwolf states, “I will bed any that can beat me in a test of combat”
Cade looks at Salazar and they both step to the right. “Sigwolf speaks for himself your highness, my good soldier here and I am ready to serve the queens!” The queen nods to Cade and Salazar then turns to Sigwolf, “So be it”
Sigwolf is tested with five of the amazon warriors and defeats them all, Salazar takes Cades arm and says, “Well, that’s seven for me and you take eight!”
During the following two days the test of vigor is made upon Cade and Salazar, for they must serve the queen and endeavor to further the Amazon civilization!
Sigwolf is left with the Princess Selenia and is given an extensive tour of the grounds and a history lesson on the Amazonian soldiers and training camps. Selenia was gracious and took to Sigwolf quite easily. Sigwolf noticed that their military skirts were shorter than his companion Salazar!
On the second night, Sigwolf was disturbed by a fitful sleep and began to dream. He dreamed of the high priestess whom he met the other day and she is in a temple that looks to be near. Her hair is in disarray and she is at a cauldron of massive size, a size big enough to fit a man in! But there is no man in this cauldron, for the priestess is chanting and her eyes are of purple and orange flames.
She calls out for Connobar and there in the goo that she is chanting over is the fallen son of Conan, Connobar! Sigwolf shouts in his sleep, “Stop foul bitch!” The priestess Xochital looked up started and then let out a massive and horrific howl that Sigwolf was stunned in his sleep.
All he could do was watch as Connobar emerged from the cauldron and leave. Sigwolf was immobile for a while as he saw Connobar bring the bound princess Selenia into the temple and escape with her into the cauldron. Sigwolf was able to move within the dream and forced himself to awake but not before he saw the priestess begin to summon what looked like amber made of Amber.
Sigwolf’s bedding was soaked with sweat and he leapt to his feet calling for his companions! Sigwolf grabbed his sword and banged on the doors of Salazar and Cade. Salazar sprang to his feet and was out the door right behind as they heard Cade say,”uh, be right there!”
Sigwolf burst into the temple and crossed the threshold first but Salazar a few seconds behind had the doors shut on him by an opposing force. Salazar forced the door opened with some effort and came side by side with Sigwolf. Behind them, the doors slammed shut again and all could be heard was the fire under the cauldron and the chanting of the bitch witch!
Before them was the High priestess Xochital and from her cauldron came the fourth of Lions made of Amber. They were huge creatures at least twice the size of regular lions. They heard the priestess chanting again and up from the cauldron was a flesh golem.
As Sigwolf was about to charge in, Salazar grabbed Sigwolf by the arm and said, “Let them come to us”. And he was right to do so for as the first flesh golem came out a second started to form. It was here that Cade could be heard pounding on the doors.
In the temple stood four Amber Golem in the shape of Lions and two Flesh golems stand seven feet high. Salazar and Sigwolf held fast as they appeared to have the upper hand. The Amber lions took the bait and moved in on the pair as the pounding from Cade continued.
The lions reached the pair of heroes and then one by one went through their attack but barely making a mark on them. The Flesh golems moved in and made their attack, but again not making a mark on the heroes. It was at this time that Cade summoned all his strength and spirit and burst through the cursed doors, splintering them to the floor only to have them fly back in to shape and shut with a bang!
Cade advanced past the surrounded duo, “Looks like you got them covered, I’ll take the bitch!” He notched an arrow and let it fly towards the priestess. She reacted by making a circle in front of her and the arrow stopped from an unseen barrier. She then reached into a pouch and dropped what looked like white sticks on the floor of the temple. Skeletons, eight of them, began coming out of the marble floor of the temple on either side of the witch Xochital.
Sigwolf flew into an attack hitting the Amber golem in front of him, striking but not doing any visible damage. Salazar went next and he too struck but no damage was done. The flesh golems attacked next and they struck Sigwolf who looked visibly shaken but soaked it all in, yelling out a war cry in response, “SIGWOLF!!!!”
Salazar inspired by the war cry withstood his attacks from the Amber lions. Meanwhile, Cade came in closer and notched another arrow and sent it hurtling towards the witch. But the arrow hit the barrier again with a clank, falling to the floor. The skeletons finally able to move, surrounded Cade and one by one, like the dwarves smithing weapons with their hammers, the skeletons brought down their swords on Cade. The first blow, the deadliest of the night, caused Cade to be shaken and take two wounds. All of the other swords fell on his skin like hammers to the anvil.
The lions attacked again and two of the lions struck Sigwolf, shaking him and wounding him. Salazar also took hits from both lions but neither did any damage to him. The flesh golems attacked next and they both stuck as well but Sigwolf took another series of blows and he was wounded yet again. Mustering his vigor, Sigwolf was able to withstand the pain from his wounds and struck the lion in front of him but it was not enough to damage it.
Salazar struck the Flesh golem in front of him, splitting his head and the stitching holding him together was pulled from the force of the blow, it fell apart in a loud plop before Salazar and the Amber Golems. Salazar disengaged and ran to confront the witch. The witch raised her hand and let loose bolts of lightning and three flew past Cade, missing him entirely.
Sigwolf, still visibly shaken, was not able to muster his vigor and was left standing there awaiting the blows of the lions and the sole flesh golem. The Lions attacked and both hit and each delivered two fresh wounds to Sigwolf, and the mighty barbarian fell back to the floor bleeding, profusely from the wounds. The flesh golem turned and started towards Cade, but cade was taking blow after blow of the skeletons swings and none was as brutal as that first, they were most ineffective against this naked thief!
Unfortunately, Salazar reached the witch as Sigwolf fell to the floor and hit her but his swings were not delivering any damage to break her toughness. The Amber golems broke from the heaping pile of flesh that was Sigwolf and turned and rushed for Salazar the noble soldier. They attacked and hit Salazar with such force that it was a sad sight to see the trained soldier, who has won many battles of strategic combat succumb to the thrashing teeth of Amber golems. For Salazar fell back from the blow, lying on the temple floor, succumbing to his wounds.
The witch dropped her control of the skeletons and the Amber golems turned their attacks to Cade, the final warrior of this party standing their ready to strike but the amber golems, like hounds of hell, tore at the naked thief, shredding him. And with one last howl, the once brave Cade, thief of the night, fell to the temple floor.
The witch, satisfied, let out a horrific laugh; she walked by Salazar kicking him in the head with disrespect. She went to the cauldron and uttered a chant and Feng Tszu who was asleep in the palace saw in his sleep the evil witch Xochital. She said, "You shall live to bear witness to these deaths. She went on to show Feng Tszu how each of his companion died, and he was sweating, trapped in his dream seeing his companions die. She said, “Feng Tszu, you fool, it was destined that Connobar be the Heir to the throne of his grandfather, Laojin, father of Connobar’s mother. For Laojin, a powerful sorcerer mated with Hordan and bestowed upon him a green egg, within contained his most powerful aid, the Daughter of Hordan! Laojin murdered his brother to soak the egg in blood of the great warrior that Laojin was and sprung forth the great six armed daughter of Hordan. It was destined that Connobar, the Heir to the throne of Laojin would do has his grandfather did and mate with Hordan, and feed his brother Conn’s blood to the gift that Hordan would bestow upon Connobar, his own Daughter of Hordan. Connobar would then take his sister Selenia as his prize bride, and then he could also take the throne to his fool of a father.” She then started to laugh, and then the image faded and the laughing turned to Connobar sitting on his throne, Selenia glassy eyed in the throne next to him, with a seven foot daughter of Hordan at his right side. Connobar spoke, “Feng Tszu, it all started with you, In order for me to summon Hordan, I needed this.” And Connobar lifted the yeti statue the coveted statue that was the quest of Feng Tszu. Feng Tszu saw Connobar laughing a howling laugh. And then next to Connobar was the yeti and it let out a horrific bellow.
Feng Tszu awoke screaming from the hellish site not wanting believe it to be true, but knowing with his sense that he could not feel his companions. Feng Tszu could only sit there, rocking himself as he realized they had failed in their quest, in their promise to King Conan.