Book 2 - The Bullywug Gambit

Note: The following is the synopsis from Dungeon Magazine for “Bullywug Gambit” to bring to speed those just joining. Synopses are not for everyone and you should not read them within an hour of swimming. See chapter entries for actual story line.

Player's Supplement for Adventure 2

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Synopsis
When an attempt to arrange an early inheritance backfires, a man of lesser ambition than Vanthus Vanderboren would no doubt withdraw into his sister's manse to hide under her skirt and pray that the truth of his patricide remains hidden. Fortunately for Vanthus, lack of ambition has never been a problem. Now the Vanderbornes' prodigal son slinks east along the coast to Blood Bay, lured by rumors of an incredible prize kept in a smuggler's hideout called Kraken's Cove. Yet what he is destined to find there is far more than a lucrative bit of banditry. What awaits him is the savage tide.

Still seeking Vanthus for their employer, Lavinia Vanderboren, and spurred on by discoveries made in the Lotus Dragon guildhall, the heroes seek out Kaken's Cove nestled within the scarlet reaches of Blood Bay. Expecting to find a secret pirate hideout, the heroes instead discover the place in the grips of utter bedlam. Arriving shortly after Vanthus releases the savage tide, the heroes must contend with savage flesh-eating pirates. To make matters worse, this particular crew was transporting dangerous and exotic creatures in the holds of their ships, and now their deadly cargo, infected by the Abyssal energies of the tide, has escaped. Man and beast haunt the cove's twisting passageways, and the heroes must navigate the caverns of Kraken's cove while enduring an onslaught of savage enemies.

Eventually, the encounter Captain Harliss Javell, one of the few pirates to survive the savage tide intact. From her, the heroes learn that she sent her first mate and a band of frog-like bullywug conscripts into Sasserine to extract revenge for Vanthus and his home, erroneously assuming the cowardly man fled there from Kraken's Cove. The party must race back to Vanderboren manor before their patron suffers at the slimy hands of bullywug mercenaries.

Yet, in order to reach the manor, the heroes must first navigate a city in the throes of a wild celebration. Parades and revelry reign in the streets, and the heroes must wind their way through the wild throng to Lavinia's manor. In transit, they are targeted by a band of assassins hired by Kellani family coin to pay the party back for their transgressions agianst Rowyn and the Lotus Dragons. After contending with stilt-walking monks, the heroes reach Vanderboren manor with little time to lose. Inside, Drevoraz kabran, captain Javell's first mate, has captured lavinia and her household. The heroes must stop the Bullywug gambit, battling the frogmen to free their lovely patron before she pays for her brother's crimes in blood.

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