Sailing the Ninth Age

The Green Flash
lights on the horizon hint at stranger things

For years superstitious types in the City of Bridges kept time by watching for a faint green flash at sunset along the northwest horizon. A week ago the flash came early. A night early the midnight sky was lit by a pulsing jade light the likes of which had never been seen.

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The city was rocked with unrest for several days, was, but when it didn’t prove to be an omen of immediate doom most returned to their daily toil.

This morning you received a letter, delivered by a youth with shorn locks and somber dress which mark him as an acolyte of the Order of Truth. The letter reads:

_Word has come to me regarding your particular skill.
I have need of your talents for an voyage of discovery.
Come to my home at evening in a day’s time.
The rewards will be great.

Gonda Lilane, Optihierophant of the Order of Truth
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The Farsight
it's not a boat, it's a ship

The Farsight is a hundred foot yacht with a crew of twelve and three decks. Owned by Gonda Lilane an Aeon Priest of the Order of Truth. The party has been contracted by her to investigate the source of the green explosion. At their disposal are charts showing the source of the light, and the Farsight’s menial crew, led by the pilot Menlo.

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More information on the ship design as it exists today can be found on the designer’s site

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In Pursuit of a Chart
bird is the word

Gonda Lilane hired the party to discover the source of the green flash. She also provided the use of her yacht the Farsight and charts detailing the location of the event. After the meeting everyone was approached by Ozolo Fen, a shady character interested in purchasing the charts outright. They declined.

The next morning as they were casting off they were accosted by Port Authority who claimed their papers and documentation were not in order. He attempted to delay them, and the Farsight’s departure became a flight from a Ghanish cutter. Clever use of a sea eagle and a fireworks cypher gave the group enough of a lead to escape.

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The journey to the point marked on Gonda’s charts took a month and passed uneventfully, but the ominous smudge of another vessel followed at the horizon. A small island lay at the chart’s coordinates. Using a cypher to scout the terrain, they found low scrubland to the south, a wide bay and a destroyed village to the east, and a tall plateau of scattered and cyclopean blocks to the north.

The party decided that the vessel that had shadowed them was villainous, so they made landfall on the far side of the island and send their ship on ahead, to return in three day’s time. Easy ascent to the plateau could only be made by a few ravines and one wider path that led from the village. Before any defensive structures could be built the party encountered a three-legged, bronze-colored creature. It had a wide disc-shaped head dominated by an enormous, glowing green eye.

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