World Of Samardan Adventures

This weblog chronicles the adventures of a small band of Earthborn heroes transported mysteriously to the exotic World of Samardan, part of a new Universal Concepts campaign setting based in the planetary romance genre.

Name: Flynn
Location: Austin, Texas, United States

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Session Summary: Entering Iskatesh

The Earthmen emerged from their cave of seclusion to discover that the beach was awash with sea scorpion packs during the early hours of the evening. Keeping a swift pace, the three warriors moved between and around the aquatic arachnids for over an hour before they were finally free of the chitinous hordes.

As the moons rose overhead, the Earthmen worked their way further west and north along the shore of the bay, towards the river that flowed from the forests of the mainland. Closing on the river's mouth, they came upon the Border Tower of the Gran Iskagwach. After a brief period of introductions, the Earthmen made friends with the night captain, and were taken in under a story of being shipwrecked. While at the tower, they learned much about Iskatesh, House Grasin, and Queen Lobiyeba's love for the gladiatorial games. The small band also met the namiran (tiger-man), Captain Asad of the Tower, whom they later learned was of House Anid. At the end of their stay, Captain Asad asked the group to deliver a missive to his brother Besigi at the Room of the Blue Drang (a drang is a feral draconic beast scarcely larger than a man), and allowed them to travel with the soldiers returning back to the city via boat.

As the boat rowed in, the three visitors got to observe the grandeur of the Imperial City of Iskatesh, seeing the smaller arenas (called the "Little Battles" by the locals) in the outlying areas and the Grand Colliseum more centrally located just north of the slave yard district.

After arriving at the docks, the Earthmen left the seedy wharf district and entered the merchant district, where they left their military friends from the tower. The group separated to pick up supplies and get the lay of the land. While Father Daniel never found the shop of Mariba of the Silks, a seamstress recommended to him by the soldiers of the border tower, he did make arrangements with Gunin Talado, a tailor with obvious feminine affectations and an interest in foreign men, to provide a very fancy noble's outfit within the next few days. Daniel then left the merchant district to peddle his healing skills in the slums of Iskatesh for room and board. The couple, Premorado and Nanoba ne Iskatesh, that took the priest in tried to drug him in order to sell him to the arena's "recruitment drive," but failed to account for the priest's stout constitution. Once he realized what had happened, he tied the couple up, latched the door of the hovel and slept off the poison.

As Father Daniel tended to the sick in the slums, Aidan earned some silver as a tumbler and entertainer in the entertainment quarter of the merchant district. After collecting his earnings, Aidan returned to their agreed meeting place, only to find that the other two Earthmen had not returned. After waiting a bit, he left to find a place of his own for the night. As he walked about, a young lad lured Aidan into an alleyway, whereupon a press gang jumped the sailor, beating him down with saps and mancatchers. Aidan almost escaped, only to fall to a lucky sap strike as he fled his pursuers.

Waking the next morning, Aidan found himself once again in a cage filled with other humans, this time one on wheels. Fortunately, Jonas was also among those captured in this cage, so the two stayed close and waited for what lay ahead. As the cage wound its way into the slaveyard district, Aidan was awash with his first sightings of a number of different races of this new world: chardirani (four-armed men), farani (rat-men), ganani (cat-men), saduni (monkey-men), lobani (wolf-men) and the diversity continued. As he watched, men of all races were being forced out of cages and pushed through the slaver's dens, to be stripped, branded and then sold to the highest bidder. Kelshani slave masters supervised the operation, whipping those that hesitated. Those that fought back were either slain or beaten into submission to be sent off to the arena for gladiatorial training.

As Aidan and Jonas watched how the slavers treated those captured by the press gangs, Father Daniel was busy seeking to free them, having learned of their fate from a soldier that had seen them being wheeled off. After trying to work with the local authorities, Daniel then set out to find Besigi, the brother of Captain Asad. When he found the Room of the Blue Drang back near the docks, Daniel presented the missive from Asad of the Tower to his brother Besigi the Blue Drang. The massive tiger-man read his brother's missive, then listened to Daniel's tale of the conquest of Master Arunblad Grasin. When Daniel presented Arunblad's signet ring, he gained an ally from Pansanu Besigi. In exchange for the ring, and thus the opportunity to provoke Kulin (or Count) Arunmas Grasin into a duel, Besigi offered to save Daniel's friends from the slave block.

As the bright white sun rose overhead, the cage moved forward in the slaveyards, and Aidan and Jonas were pushed from their cage along with the other captives. Stripped and then branded with the mark of House Grasin, the captives were split into groups of four to be placed on the slave block for sale. Jonas and Aidan remained together, and were put before the crowd along with two other umani. Aidan spied Daniel with a tiger-man, who sent a representative to bid on them. After a brief period of escalation, the four were sold to Besigi for a mere 325 silver. Upon their delivery, the four former slaves were immediately released, and the group retired to the Room of the Blue Drang to plot the downfall of House Grasin...

Session Summary: Knights of Anderwan

As the aftermath of the battle on the ship's main deck settled, the Earthmen began moving about. Naturally, they began with their comrades in arms, stopping Kurukuja the Axe from bleeding out, but unfortunately discovering that both Baganaba's and Sargeant Bryce Taggart's injuries were too extensive. After a moment of silent prayer, the three remaining Earthmen joined the native Anderwani in taking the rest of the ship and looting the bodies of their fallen foes. Jonas took a particular interest in Master Arunblad Grasin's dikres (crystalline pistol), and secured it quickly.

Below decks, the majority of the mercenaries and slavers were slaughtered, although a handful surrendered and were taken as prisoners. The three Earthmen found several large bags of silver in Master Grasin's cabin, as well as several scrolls and a crystal they believed would power the dikres, if only they could figure out how to replace the dead crystal currently in the crystalline weapon.

Over the next few days, the three Earthmen began to organize the island. They checked on Sulpesh, and helped the two villages to begin communicating. With the assistance of the three liberators, the island began to unify in their shared experience against the slavers of House Grasin. Over the course of the next week, the band learned more of the mysterious world upon which they'd found themselves. In many areas on Samardan, secretive societies, sisterhoods and martial orders were considered a part of a civilized way of life. Baganaba's rose-like tattoos indicated that she belonged to one such order on Vasha, though none knew which one it might be.

Sen Mayan recovered rapidly under Father Daniel's care, and spoke of his hopes to travel aboard the disanadar to the Southern Kingdoms of Haklasa, where ruins of the Nekrani might contain antiquities that might grant a return of his supernatural powers to the pock-faced Mystic of Krang. Sen Mayan held Aidan in high esteem for the sailor's rescuing him from the cage of the slavers, and often referred to him as the Mystic's personal champion.

The villagers of both Anderwan and Sulpesh felt similar esteem for the three visitors, and so offered them the position of Jeni (knights, singular jen) of the island as a tribute to their great service. The island prepared for a celebration of their heroes. Alas, it would seem that Fate, or perhaps another force, had plans for the Earthmen.

The sadathapir, the crimson bird-beast that watched over them as they all arrived on Samardan, appeared to them all as a group and spoke to them for the first time through some form of mental telepathy. In it's self-important urgency, the sadathapir informed the Earthmen that they had been recruited by the Mebani for purposes beyond their understanding, and they were ordered to prepare for their next mission, which was to destroy House Grasin so that the islanders would not suffer the wrath of the kelshan slavers. Truly before the band could respond, they were whisked away in a flash of crimson light.

Sitting up from their transition, the Earthmen looked about to find themselves atop a tall cliff overlooking a broad blue bay. As they gathered their bearings, the Earthmen spied two patagroli (rock apes) preparing to attack a band of guards and their young lordly charge. Even as Father Daniel raised his voice in alarm, the beasts attacked. The patrol began to die as their young lord fled, and the earthmen sprang into action.

The nimble Jonas, in trying to jump and tumble down the slope, hit a loose rock and fell headlong down the mountainside before he caught himself on the lip of a lower trail. Meanwhile, Father Daniel and Aidan charged one of the patagroli, beating on it to draw its attentions from the guards that fell like scythed wheat. Through a furious exchange of blows, the two Earthmen nearly dropped the patagrol, before both fell into unconsciousness from the savagery of their own wounds.

As his friends fought one of the rock apes above, Jonas gave the other a merry chase up and down the trails, occasionally loosing arrows into the beast his comrades fought. In the end, Jonas wounded the first beast enough to send it fleeing back up the cliff and into the forests above. The second beast took after his wounded brother, leaving Jonas behind to rush to his brother's aid. A well-placed final arrow dropped the wounded beast, so the patagrol still standing drug his brother's body back into the woods.

As Jonas rushed to aid his companions as they continued to bleed, the young lord had reached the base of the cliff and apparently ordered his people to start rowing across the broad bay back to the city. Grumbling to himself about the selfishness of the youth, Jonas helped bring the others to conciousness, and the three survivors slowly made their way to the base of the cliff. The ragtag band walked along the beach as the sun rose and they grew more fatigued.

About midday, the three found a small cave to hide in. Looking within, they found evidence that the cave had been used for secret meetings, and began to search through the sand for anything that could aid them. Finding a hidden cache of food, they ate their fill and rested through the heat of the afternoon, eventually drifting off to sleep.

Awakened by a strange scuttling sound, the band was startled to see a monstrous sea scorpion the size of a domestic cat entering into the cave. As the others drew weapons and retreated from the narrow entrance, Father Daniel drew forth a dagger and quickly dispatched the monstrosity with a single well-placed throw. Grumpily, the three Earthmen gathered themselves and their belongings. Moving out of the cave and into the cool dusk, the band prepared to move on, hoping to round the bay and enter the city before the end of the night...

Monday, April 17, 2006

Session Summary: The Defeat Of Master Arunblad Grasin

With grim and resolute determination, the Earthmen and their comrades advanced on the port of Anderwan. En route, however, they suffered their first exposure to the advanced technological might of the raiders from Iskatesh: a disanadar (a two-man flying boat) with a grankres (a crystalline beam weapon) capable of blasting the countryside with small bolts of lightning. After a tense moment of cat and mouse, Jonas turned the tables on the pilot of the disanadar with a well-placed arrow in the man's shoulder. Quickly, the pilot took to the ship's controls and the flying airship left the vicinity of the party, making a beeline for port.

The alarm had been raised, which made the band's mission more difficult. Along the way, they encountered more soldiers, presumably sent in this direction by the pilot's warnings. All of the group, save the large man Kurukuja the Axe, managed to hide before being seen. Fortunately for the Earthmen, Kurukuja played a simple yet daring bluff, running off down a deserted alleyway in hopes of leading the soldiers away from the others. His simple ploy worked, at least long enough for the rest to move further on to a safer location.

Near the wharf, the party weighed the situation before them. Two squads of four mercenaries each protected the gangplank leading up into the slavers' ship, where many of the captured Anderwani residents stood in cramped cages. Their leader, a talented lieutenant, stood watch as well. Onboard the ship, the party could see the disanadar resting on the poop deck, but all other slavers and mercenaries were either below decks or off on patrol. The Earthmen quickly devised a plan between them, and then set it in motion.

Inspired by Kurukuja's example, Aidan and Daniel allowed themselves to be seen sneaking into an alleyway near the docks, where their comrades awaited to ambush any that would follow them. The lieutenant, spotting the intruders, sent half his forces to check on the two. Four mercenaries ran down the street to the alleyway and entered into the shadows, only to meet their doom.

Shifting positions on the rooftop of one of the buildings nearby, Jonas aimed across the wharf at one of the four remaining guards, and loosed two shafts. Though he did not drop the guard, his attack did inspire the remaining four mercenaries to charge forward after the intruders, while the lieutenant fired his own heavy crossbow back at Jonas. As the majority of the party met the guard head on, Aidan quickly charged across the wharf from the other side of the ship and heroically leapt to grab onto the figurehead jutting from the prow. Stealthily he worked his way to the top and onto the forecastle, as his comrades-in-arms fought against the mercenaries and drew the attention of the lieutenant. Taking advantage of his position of height, Aidan leapt down upon the lieutenant, bringing the fight to the commander of the guards.

Disaster struck Jonas in the midst of his ranged onslaught, as his bowstring broke with a long twang, nicking the archer's cheek with a crimson line. Disgusted, Jonas dropped his bow and leapt to the ground to join his friends in the thick of the fray on the docks. On the docks, Daniel, Taggart and Baganaba waded through the oncoming mercenaries, dropping them with fists and steel before taking to the gangplank to assist Aidan against the more stalwart lieutenant. As Aidan and the others beat upon the lieutenant, Jonas joined them on the ship just in time to see the doors below the poop deck open to reveal Master Grasin and a band of slavers.

Master Grasin's first act drew significant concern from the Earthmen as he raised a dikres (a crystalline pistol) and unloaded a fiery bolt into the back of the staggered lieutenant, dropping the man like a lead weight. Snarling to his men, "That's the price you pay for incompetence," the kelshan slave master ordered the piljanani raiders forward against the intruders.

Aidan scrambled to grab the fallen lieutenant, grabbing a ring of keys off the belt of the man. Surging to the doors of the nearest cage of trapped Anderwani, the sailor opened the doors and gave them freedom. Daniel and Taggart drew a majority of the guards' attention, as well as Master Grasin, giving Baganaba a chance to make a break for the ladder leading up to the disanadar. Seeing her to their unprotected flank, several guards broke away to focus on the Vashan defender, managing to drop her from the rungs of the ladder. Meanwhile, Master Grasin unloaded a number of fiery bolts into Taggart, as the raiders waged their battle against the small wave of attackers. Behind and about them, the newly-freed Anderwani rushed about, some off the ship to join a small force rising up in the township while others surged with mob-like intensity down the other flight of stairs against the raiders still below decks. From the shore, the party could hear Kurukuja's voice barrel out across the waters, inspiring his people to fight against the rapidly falling slavers.

Almost half a minute passed before the crystalline weapon ran out of charges, leaving the British pugilist on the deck dying in its wake, before the devilish kelshan was forced to fight with barbed whip and rapier. The Master Slaver proved to be a most adamant and worthy adversary. Well after his guards died, Master Grasin deftly resisted the combined onslaught of the party for almost another full minute before he finally fell, slain by the hand of those that barely stood in the wake of the battle. The band looked about, and found that both Baganaba and Taggart had bled out through their wounds. With great sorrow, they rose to their feet once more, standing together to finish that which they had started, and complete the rescue of the township of Anderwan.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Session Synopsis: And Aidan Makes Four...

In the Year of our Lord Fifteen Hundred and Eighty-Six, Captain Aidan Conner's last memories of Earth lie with him under a burning beam, as the children he fought desparately to save fled the burning orphanage in safety. Though he passed in horrid physical pain, he found some spiritual solace in the fact that the four children he'd rescued made it out alive, and were not trapped as he was within the foyer of the burning manse. Then the light called, swift and crimson, pulling at the former sailor and drawing him to another time and place...

Aidan awoke with a slave's cage, lying next to a pox-ridden almond-eyed man weakened from a recent illness. The others in the cage were, at this particular moment, breaking free and charging the guards. Springing into action, Aidan tumbled his way through the cage and beyond, to assist in fighting the wretched yellow-skinned slavers whom he later discovered were called piljanani. As the first wave of guards fell, many of the freed slaves fled, while others began to free others trapped in similar cages not too far away. Aidan noted that no one attempted to aid the diseased man, so the Earthman consigned his fate to the Hand of God, and scooped the almond-eyed man onto his shoulder. Running with the others, Aidan fled into the jungle and found refuge with a small band of escapees in the jungles outside the coastal village.

There, he did not find rest or solace, but instead found anger and exile given by the hand of a man calling himself Stirsadan ne Anderwan. Taking the almond-eyed patient, ostracized presumably for being of another race or for being diseased, into his arms, Aidan struck out in the woods, following the trail of a crimson bird-like creature that circled overhead and then flew off in a northerly direction.

It was only a short time later before Aidan encountered the first English speakers he'd found since he'd awakened on this strange new world. The two Earthmen, Father Daniel Karamalegos and Jonas Solomonas, were excited to find another "recruit", and offered Aidan an opportunity to join them as they returned to their small group, now waiting in a farmer's hovel outside of town.

En route, the three discussed their Earthly origins, and Jonas and Daniel spoke of their own adventures in Anderwan that morning. The group had arrived in Anderwan the night before, and only had one encounter during the night with the mercenaries now holding the township. That morning, their comrade Bryce Taggart had escorted their two local comrades to a safer location, while Jonas and Daniel stealthily entered the township in search of further information.

In the town, the two spied a few renegades hiding in the shadows and alleyways. Jonas made contact with one, an enterprising youth named Jananlan, who apparently led a small gang of boyish ruffians. From Jananlan, the two learned quite a bit of information. Apparently, the Master Slaver Arunblad Grasin (brother to the Lord of House Grasin) led this particular expedition from the ship in which they arrived. Master Grasin had sent a disanadar (a small flying ship) over the island that morning to lay waste to the small fishing village of Sulpesh, while the remainder of their forces gathered the last of the Anderwan refugees in preparation for loading them on the slaver's ship. The boy told the two that about half of the mercenary forces had been taken out, as well as some of the slavers, so the invaders remained close to their ship. Young Jananlan felt that they'd all probably fall into chaos and leave if someone killed off Master Grasin, but he wisely wasn't going to pursue that course of action himself. Instead, Jananlan and the other boys were preparing to leave Anderwan and hide until the invasion was over.

The three Earthmen and their weakened companion arrived at the farmhouse where the two forces were united. After introductions, everyone shared their news and eagerly made plans. As the people discussed their thoughts, Aidan took some time to use Jonas's knowledge of the local language to speak with the man he'd rescued. Though the Anderwani escapees had called him a yildamayan (witch doctor), the man simply identified himself as Sen Mayan, a generic title indicated that he was a mage or sorcerer of some sort. Sen Mayan claimed that his power had been stolen from him, but when he recovered it, he would reward Aidan greatly for rescuing him. The Earthmen reacted with some disbelief, but allowed the man to continue his deranged thoughts unchallenged as they gave him time to begin his recovery.

After a period of discussion, the group finally came to an accord. Gathering themselves up, the adventurers headed off towards Anderwan, sensing perhaps that a purpose lay ahead as to why they'd been gathered here from a distant world and differing time periods...

Saturday, April 01, 2006

Session Synopsis: The Fall of Anderwan

In the Year Of Our Lord Nineteen Hundred and Fourteen, Father Daniel Karemalagos fell to a bullet in the brainpan as he fought to defend the women and children he'd been protecting. It was with a sharp pop and a general numbness that the light called, and the warrior-turned-priest answered.

The Earthman priest awoke within the jungle of a far-away place, populated by beasts he'd never seen before. Before he could get his bearings and find something with which to clothe himself, Daniel heard the far-off cries of a woman and child, fearing for their lives. As he approached, he bore witness to the rapid destruction of the mother's defenders. A small band of people had attracted the attentions of a hungry pack of tori (si. tor, a small, feathered, agile and slender bird-like creature with an up-curved skull and large sickle-shaped claws on the hyperextendible second toe of each foot).

Even as Daniel joined the fray, the woman fell, and the large smith that protected them shouted for the boy to flee. When all of the others had fallen, Daniel chose to remain on the better side of valor and fled the scene, looking for the boy that now wandered the jungles alone. Once he had located the boy Bejan, Daniel led the boy to a river and began following it downstream, hoping to find civilization and a place that would take the child in and shelter him.

Not far away, the band of adventurers from Sulpesh began to encounter others, refugees from the village of Anderwan, where the slavers of House Grasin had struck in the middle of the previous night. From speaking with the refugees, Bryce and Jonas gathered that the entire island had been attacked due to their interference with the previous month's slavers at Sulpesh. This renewed the Earthmen's desire to take out the slavers and free the trapped people of both villages. One of the evacuees took a liking to the group, and so the small band gained a new recruit, a large dullard named Karukuja the Axe.

As the band followed the banks of a river leading into the depths of the island, they came to a small bend where more Anderwani were attempting to ford the river. On the other side of this group, Daniel and Bejan came upon the same sight. Both groups were shocked to see a dasaris (dinosaur) emerged from the brush, followed by another one. As the refugees screamed and pushed into the water, the two dinosaurs surged forward, to make quick snacks of two humans from the rear of the group.

Bryce rushed forward to assist the poor villagers suffering from the attacks of the foul dinosaurs, while Jonas moved to a clearer position and began loosing arrows into the first beast's hide. As Naganaba and Karukuja followed Bryce into battle against the first beast, Daniel charged the other from his own vantage point. The villagers fled as the two teams worked together to help bring the beasts down. A most savage onslaught from the second dinosaur almost dropped Daniel. Less fortunate than the new Earthman, Baganaba fell under the dino's next onslaught. Concerned for the fallen lass, Bryce threw himself into the second beast, and together with Daniel and Jonas, the three dropped the last of the dinosaurs.

After introductions were made all around, and Daniel found himself among other Earthmen once again, the conversation turned first towards thoughts of Samardan being a form of Purgatory, then to the matters at hand. Daniel released Bejan into the care of the villagers, so that he might join the other Earthmen in their fight against the slavers attacking the island.

The afternoon wound long as the group moved through the jungle, avoiding any further entanglements, and by dusk the group found themselves on the outskirts of the township of Anderwan. Spying a small unit of piljanani, the group stealthily worked their way into a position close by, and then launched an assault on the four armed slavers. Without a kelshan leader, the slavers took immediately to scimitars against the attacking band. The attack was swift and decisive. In the end, four piljanani lay dead, and the two native Samardan of the Earthmen's band lay wounded, with Daniel fairing not much better.

Rifling the bodies, the band took what they needed from their fallen foes. Hiding the corpses within a nearby house, the five weary freedom fighters entered another abandoned home to seek shelter and rest for the night...

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Session Synopsis: Saving the Citizens of Sulpesh

One moment, Sargeant Bryce Taggart of Her Majesty's Royal Armed Forces set a charge that would destroy himself as well as hundreds of attacking rebels. Then the blue light called, transforming into a crimson light that surrounded him and bore him to another time and another place.

In the wartorn streets of Lithuania of 1945, Jonas Solomonas charged from the alley of blood into the Red Army of Russia that lay siege to their small village. The bullets flew, and then the blue light called. Jonas was taken to someplace else, to somewhen else.

Awakening under the light of a full silvery moon and a quarter red moon above, two men sat up in the jungle with a start. A crimson bird-like form shifted in the trees overhead, as it eyed the two expectantly. Naked and unarmed, the warriors from Earth began to talk in their native language of English, but just after introductions were made, the cries of a child broke the air as something charged through the jungle not far from their position. A flash of scarlet into the trees marked the red reptilian-bird's flight in the direction of the cries.

Instinctively, Taggart took off running through the underbrush, with Jonas immediately behind. In a small clearing ahead, the two encountered a most unwelcome sight: two yellow-skinned warriors were using a club to beat a small child into unconsciousness. As Jonas distracted one of the warriors, Taggart rushed forth and knocked the other out with a well-placed right hook. Jonas whipped out the fallen warrior's scimitar and brought the fight to the second yellow-skinned warrior. Between the two naked Earthmen, they dropped the slaving raider fairly quickly, escaping relatively unharmed. As the two fought, the sounds of battle in the distance rang through the vegetation, hinting at further troubles not far away.

The child could not understand English, but managed to convince them through gestures that others needed their help. The Earthmen stopped only to load up quickly on some equipment, before approaching the site of the other battle. Nearing the edge of the wood, Taggart and Jonas spied a band of the yellow-skinned warriors surrounding a group of captured villagers, as a red-skinned demon of a man stalked back and forth, obviously lecturing the new slaves on their insolence. Acting in unison, Taggart and Jonas charged the whip-tailed "demon", laying him out before anyone else could react with a combined assault of scimitar and fist.

With that, the fight was on. As one brave lass rose to assist the two Earthmen by taking on one of the yellow-skinned warriors, Taggart attempted to hold the unconscious and dying leader as a hostage, while Jonas moved to another warrior and engaged him in combat. One of the guards attempted to threaten one of the captured women, while others charged either Taggart or Jonas. Working quickly, the two Earthmen turned the tables, taking down the remaining guards, ending with the one that had been wrestling with the brave woman from the crowd. Sadly, one escaped into the night.

Thankful for the Earthmen's interference, the local village Pansanu (or lord) Sabotar ne Sulpesh greeted their saviors the villagers, and invited them through gestures to follow. The two adventurers escorted their wounded back to the village of Sulpesh, where they were taken in by a priestly fellow, Sen (or learned master) Lobabaran.

Over the course of three weeks, the two Earthmen learned the local language piecemeal, and worked with the villagers. They learned of this strange new world of Samardan, with its 32 hour long days and its four moons. They learned that the yellow-skinned guards with the long black ponytails are called the piljanani, just as humans are called umani. They learned that the red-skinned "demons" are just another race of mortal beings, vile and sadistic slavemasters, known as the kelshani. They learned of these slavers that raided this island every full silver moon, and how these raiders perhaps held an alliance with an enemy village on the other side of the island. They learned from the brave lass Baganaba ne Vasha that she and her guninba (lady), Deloba, has survived their ship crashing off the coast here a month before, and that the slavers had taken Deloba in the last raid. Baganaba was intent on following the raiders in the hopes of rescuing the lady Deloba, and when she discovered the Earthmen had plans to seek out the enemy village and learn more about the raiders, she jumped at the chance to join them.

As the heroes set out on the morning six days before the next full silver moon (Rajatba, or the Silver Maiden), the woman-warrior Baganaba in their company, Jonas looked up, to see their red watcher flying overhead, heading off in the direction of the enemy village. Taking it as an unusual omen, the small band entered into the jungle, on their way to the raider's port...