Episode 95 - Specter of the Zhentarim
The heroes spot the enemy Zhentarim ship. Then they notice a familiar figure in the crowd at the docks - It's Xandala! Strix turns into rats and follows her. Xandala approaches the Zhentarim on the enemy ship. Diath quietly moves into the crowd to monitor the situation.
They start talking about the waffle crew, and how they need to be watched. Then, the Zhentarim captain spots the group gawking at her. Xandala's job is to figure out what the group is doing. She approaches Warrington and the heroes and asks them what they're doing. Warrington loudly declares that they're looking for guns.
The group doesn't completely recognize her. It looks like Xandala, but not quite. Her pseudodragon is nowhere to be seen. Warrington introduces the group as "Dingdong, Pippin", etc. Xandala claims that she is actually "Wandala", twin sister of Xandala.
Suddenly, 3 ogres with gills on their necks rise up out of the water. They have balls and chains around their ankles. Their gills flap a little. They look around, confused. Then a voice says, "kill them!"
Who said it? Standing on a crate near the ogres is a tiefling girl, who looks to be 8 or 9 years old. She has a cleft palate and is wearing tattered clothing. She's accompanied by a baseball-sized beholder, that is slobbering.
More goons show up! They are thugs with tattoos of third eyes on their foreheads.
Another assailant arrives. It's a man with no face. He's got tattoos that sort of draw a face on. He stabs at Diath. His name is Odium, and he has no eyes, ear or mouth.
Simon fires off a sleep dart and knocks out the little girl.
Wandala attacks Odium, who had been transformed into a seagull. Xandala hits him with a critical and he crashes on the pier. She follows up with a hold person spell, stopping Odium in his tracks. Wandala looks at the Zhentarim leader... should she kill this guy?
They hear the city watch's whistles. They'll be here shortly. The heads of the bad guys begin literally exploding.
A man walks up out of the water. He's wielding a blue crystal axe. It's called Azuredge. Evelyn asks him if he wants to hang out. His name is Meloon. She asks him to be on the crew's team instead. He says, "OK".
Strix notices that the little girl is gone.
Two griffon riders are heading toward the heroes.
The Xanathar's Schemes
A half-orc woman sees Paultin hiding under some crates. She asks him if he's OK. She thinks Paultin needs medical aid. She holds out a hand and tells him she'll protect him. Tattooed on her arm is a black winged snake, the symbol of the Zhentarim.
A dwarf comes over to heal Paultin. She heals him for 26 points.
She gives him a card that says "Istrid Horn, Moneylender." It has an address on it. He gives it back.
The griffon riders show up. They're the guards of the city. Meloon quietly asks Evelyn not to tell them he was with the bad guys. She agrees. Meloon asks her if she's single. Paultin suddenly perks up and points Meloon out to the guards, and they take him away.
The group is unnerved to learn that the Xanathar is a beholder.
During the battle, Strix looted a magic dagger. She hands it to Diath. Once attuned to it, he can make it go ghostly. While holding the dagger, he can cast misty step at will. Each time he does so, he gains 5 temporary hit points. He can use a bonus action to cause it to appear in his hand after he throws it.
The group wants him to name it. Chris suggests "Misty". The group is not feeling it.
Davel Starsong and Yagra, members of the Zhentarim, will send a coach for the group.
Wandala feels bad for the group and gives them a potion of greater healing and gloves of thievery.
The group says goodbye to Wandala. As they head into the city, they see the shadow of a beholder. It speaks: "We're not done!"
End of Session.