21-22 Gozran, 44 NC
Poppy describes Leitus ar’Shamrael’Vin as a brilliant Elven scholar, over five thousand years old – making him one of the oldest living creatures on the continent. He was in the expedition that discovered the Waygate and became obsessed with the race that built it and the threat of the Kisharans. He began hoarding warpstone and developing inventions using its power. Proximity to that much warpstone for that long is likely a major contributor to his madness. That Gideon Nell was his servant was news, and no one is sure why Gideon was operating in Riverton on Leitus’ behalf fourteen years ago when Jacob Dain’s crew led by Peruppi Dentkettle arrived in town looking for a lost Society officer named William Melvar.
Poppy encouraged the party to eat their fiber and get some rest, as they expected to be arriving at Leitus’ lair the next morning.
That night, Kagdir awoke in a strange room, unable to move. The unearthly noise that seemed to propel the ship was much louder, and he found himself seated on a bench in a small, stuffy room. Benches lined both sides of the room and on them were seated a number of naked, emaciated people with iron helms completely encasing their heads. Some were slumped over in sleep and some where chained to a bar that ran down the center of the chamber.
Poppy sat across from Kagdir and told him the tale of how she had collected Kisharan Stranglers who had gone mad during The Breaking and had harnessed their abilities to power her ship, but they were beginning to “wear out” and she was looking for more sources of power. She then informed Kagdir of her disappointment that he was so disrespectful of her in front of her crew, and warned that it wouldn’t be tolerated again. Kagdir was rendered unconscious once more.
The next morning, the ship was sailing through a valley, with the sheer peaks of the Southern Masaan range above them. The party gathered as the ship slowed and rose to a ledge where an entrance to an underground compound was hidden. Poppy ordered the ships Bubblesneezer cannons to fire on the workers there, and after the carnage was complete, disembarked with the party. Poppy informed them she was going in the back way, and the party should create a distraction, then disappeared around the ledge.
The party engaged a mix of barely-armed peasants and professional guardsmen inside the first chamber. Upon slaying some of the peasants, small demons would occasionally emerge.
The fight continues…