The Adventurers spent two more days in the city of Nost, buying and selling weapons and items. Albinon met with a man named Oldorth Resenol in the Silver Pig tavern, who had been waiting for him. After some discussion, persuasion, pain, and haggling, Albinon received 250 gold from the man in exchange for the fingerbones of Velric the Dragonslayer.
Bronagh spoke with Archaius and the story-collector shared with her The Tale of the Hunter and the Finder in Sylvan. He also asked her to search for more information about the story and to tell him if she found any. The dwarf Cleric asked Archaius about what he knew of the Riddle-poem they had discovered within Hammerath Fortress and any information about the other items found within the ancient ruins. Archaius told her that the Lizardfolk travel from the Jungle to the East (Tlavast) to worship the bones of Lagiocrys, and that’s what the bowl of burned leaves were laid out for. He also directed the Adventurers to the Northern Wilds for their search for the Hidden Armoury. Bronagh also received a letter with the Guard-Commander’s seal to take to his sister, Natasha, who lived in Moskva, a town past the Frostpeak mountains and near the Coast of the continent, just within the Northern Wilds. He said that it would tell Natasha to aid the Adventurers in their quest.
Deciding to travel by sea, so as to avoid trekking through the mountain range to the North, the Adventurers met Bosco and Bell in the town of Westport, half a day’s travel east of Nost. They employed the Halfling siblings to take them aboard their inherited ship, the Osborn Gale, on a voyage North to the town of Moskva for 40 gold. Bosco and Bell told stories about their father, Osborn the Explorer, who in their opinion was the greatest explorer of all time.
Their first night at sea, they came under attack from the luminescent tentacles of a giant squid. Shammah threw Bosco down the hatch and out of harm’s way where he helped his sister get Albinon and Bronagh armored up for battle. Dasterbolt burned two tentacles from the beast with his scorching rays and Albinon and Shammah hacked away at others. Bronagh healed Dasterbolt from his scrape with a massive tentacle smack and blessed the others’ strikes. Once several tentacles were damaged or burned off, the kraken descended once more into the dark depths of the frigid waters.
The following three days passed by with only sightings of beluga whales, a bowhead whale and drifting snow during the shortened days as the journey proceeded northward. A storm halted the Osborn Gale’s progress during the next day, but on the morrow the ship reached its destination. Traveling down a canyon between rising walls of land, the ship came upon the miniscule dock of Moskva. The crew climbed a ladder attached to the ice and rock wall that rose on the south side of the canyon from the dock. Reaching the top, they met a resident of the small village of Moskva named Mikhail. Though it was noon, darkness shrouded the land and they followed Mikhail’s lantern across the strengthened rope bridge that crossed the gorge to Moskva’s North side. He led them to a long wooden building before he took an arrow in the shoulder and went down in the snow. The Adventurers looked with apprehension at Bronagh’s shield and ring, which cast a pale blue light onto the surrounding snow, and readied themselves for battle. The bray of a horn and the flicker of orange flames in the distance told them their enemy was also ready.