Part I - the Voyage
The group brought aboard a quantity of trade goods to trade with the locals at the island upon our arrival. When we boarded the ship the Golden lass, we noticed that Captain Jerran Colbertis had similar ideas, as he had stashed aboard the ship a large quantity of wine to trade in the port cities along the way since otherwise, the ship would have been empty sailing from port to port which would have been a wasted opportunity to trade some goods and make some money. So once we arrived in Harbor Reach we decided to do likewise since it was known that good wine was made in that city but not necessarily in our next port of call which was the City of
Zarathus was another coastal city within the
further to the south of Harbor Reach. So
when we finally arrived in Zarathus, the group managed to find a buyer for the
wine and both the group and the Captain sold their wine to some merchants in a
deal arranged in the Crippled Ape Tavern, a quiet little inn frequented by
traders. Once there, we made some
inquiries as to what might be available in the islands and what they might want
in trade, and used the profits from the wine sale to buy even more trade goods
to trade with the natives of the island. Kingdom of Ertris
The other thing we discovered was that the natives had a matriarchal society – the women ruled the tribes but the men were still the warriors and held positions of authority like their spokesman Augma of the Hawk Clan. There was also a witch doctor that eyed us suspiciously but we didn't really converse with him. The village was one of many on the main island and nearby islands, but this one in particular was located on the southern tip of the main island in order to guard a massive stone wall across a narrow peninsula of land that separated the human inhabitants on this end of the island from the many dangers further inland.
Within the town itself, we noticed that there was a central pyramid and four mounds at each of the cardinal points surrounded by a circular wooden palisade. We were told that the ancestors were buried within the mounds and that there was one such mound for each of the clans (such as the Elk clan or instance). We asked Augma about the ancestors but he didn’t want to talk about them – he said something about bad juju. When we asked if they had had any recent visitors from the mainland the leader said some other visitors had arrived earlier in the spring that spoke a different language and also said that they had been forced to land because their ship had been damaged in a storm. He also told us that there were cannibals living on some of the outer islands as well and to be wary of them. When we asked him about the City of the Gods he said that his people believed that the gods actually lived there and built the place.
Part II - the Isle of Dread
So on the following day we resumed our journey and eventually made it to the tar pits…