The Isle of Urzwick
After the teleportation stone’s unfortunate malfunction, the party landed in the small village of Vysowyth on the Isle of Urzwick. The isle, one of several in a chain, was populated by a tribal halfling community called the Urzu who revered their island as a protective god. The people greeted the party with curiosity, as they do not have many of their kind on their island. Communicating with most of the Urzu was difficult, as most did not speak common.
Most of the party was stricken with teleportation sickness, so Leven, Burne, and Enos explored the island in the meantime.
Burne went to the shore to try to build a way to get off the island. He started to string the canoes made by the Urzu down by the fishing area to make a large raft able to sustain the party and himself. An Urzu fisherman came to greet Burne, and despite him being able to speak common, Burne showed now interest as he was busy at work making his raft.
Enos left Lydia at the sleephouse and told the head of the sleephouse to tell Lydia that Enos was killed when she woke up.
The Elder of the Soup
Leven went to a most notable hut on the island; it was rather tall and had a thin plume of grey smoke coming out of the time of the conical roof. There, Leven met an old Urzu who was busy stirring his spoon in a large pot. The old halfing looked up from his pot at Leven and told him that he was expecting his arrival, and that he knows how to get you back to Rytoria. First, he required that Leven gather his able-bodied friends.
Leven went to round up Burne and Enos. He found Enos walking about the village, and later found Burne down by the shore. Before they found him, Burne met Rook, who was, to his surprise, a human. Rook tells him that he is a trader that was shipwrecked during a storm and ended up on the island. Leven told Burne and Enos that he found a way to recharge the portal stone and get back home, but Burne would not comply. In response, Leven kicked Burne’s raft into the water.
When meeting Rook, Enos noticed that his bracelet bore the symbol of the Laughing Skulls, one of the most cruel pirate gangs in the world. He relayed this information to Burne, but hey decided not to do anything about it yet.
Back at the old Urzu’s hut, the man reveals his name to be Kudwok Woodpsoon, elder of Vysowyth and the Urzu. He also revealed he knew Burne’s name after seeing an image of a bear in his pot, causing Burne to be freaked out and leave the hut immediately. In order to recharge the teleportation stone, Elder Kudwok first needed fresh soup ingredients. He gave a list of things needed from the party:
-a handful of Limbercap
-vegetables from the center of the village
-a man-eating plant seed
Before the three left, Kudwok showed them visions in his soup of what had become of Eluthriem. Dark forces attempt to conquer the land, as the four skeletons holding the essence of an ancient fiend have been each turned into liches that are drawing power from the ley-line within the caves of Greenhill’s mountains. The ghouls, Greenhill’s plan to defeat Eluthriem’s army, are now under the control of the liches, as well as the risen dead. Some of the undead are injecting the living with a green serum instead of killing them, turning them into ghouls. The nobles of Greenhill are trapped inside Greenhill manor, which is now entangled in vines. A final vision shows a skeletal dragon eclipsing the sun as dark cloud fill the sky.
Enos went to buy the mackerel and vegetables from the center of the village, and then went to fish for the sunfish. After a few attempts at fishing, a nearby Urzu begins to mock his pathetic fishing. The rude Urzu expertly fishes out of the water a sunfish and gives it to Enos, throwing it into his chest.
The party asks about the other ingredients, and learns that they can find them in the island’s small jungle. The party first encounters a small group of stirges, who they manage to slay easily. Next, Burne finds some limbercap, and after enjoying a mouthful looks for more. After looking for more he finds them,but unknowingly stumbles into the sight of two very territorial cockatrices. They peck at Burne and Leven, paralyzing only Leven as the limbercap Burne ingested makes him immune to the paralysis. The party dispatches the cockatrices, but a gunshot from Enos causes a swarm of stirges to start to move towards the loud noise. They manage to get away from the stirges and continue their search for ingredients. They find a man-eating plant and near it a boot. What was strange was that the boot was sized for a man much larger than a halfing. The boot looked half chewed and had footprints leading from it and away from the man-eating plant. Burne discerns that the seeds are underneath the plant in the dirt, so he comes up with the idea of turning into a mole and burrowing under the plant and stealing them without disturbing the plant. The plan goes successfully, and the party returns to Elder Kudwok with the ingredients.
Kudwok reveals that the only way to recharge the portal stone is to travel to one of the elemental planes an slay the creatures there to absorb their power. Using his ancient oracle magic, he was able to allow the stone to absorb energy. Unfortunately for Enos, Burne, and Leven, the only plane Kudwok could get them to was the elemental plane of fire. But there was a catch…
Kudwok had Enos open a chest inside his hut, which is revealed to be filled with coals. Kudwok says that the only way to travel to the elemental plane of fire is to burn alive on enchanted coals. The ritual would be done in the morning.
Before this, the party meets up with Rook again. They question how he arrived on the island again, only for Rook to give a different story that he was on a passenger ship. Rook reacted to the accusations of being a pirate by simply turning around and leaving. In response, Burne blasted him from the back with a firebolt, defeating him instantly, his last words being that his brothers will avenge him. Leven rushes over to heal him, wanting to know about his comrades he talked about; a now conscious Rook only cursed Leven, who them promptly slit Rook’s throat. Leven gives Rook’s scimitar to a nearby Urzu, who then runs off in fear.
In the middle of the night, Burne starts to build another raft. Enos stays with the Elder for the night. The Elder knows he is trying to avoid someone (Lydia), but refuses to meddle in his affairs as it is not his destiny to do so. Meanwhile, Leven goes out to the jungle and smokes his pipe, calling on Worva for advice, and she tells Leven that he should trust the halfling elder. Leven stays up all night contemplating his decision to trust Elder Kudwok and reaches the conclusion that he should go through with the ritual.
Adding to the Collection
While Enos, Leven, and Burne were finding a way back home, Saveria, still affected by teleportation sickness, went looking to buy a new pet. She bought a pink parakeet from a bird trainer, adding a new member to her family of pets.
Into the Inferno
Morning comes, and the party gathers around the Elder’s Hut for the ritual. The three are offered restraints, as rolling off the coals mid-ritual would make the burns permanent. Only Enos and Leven accept the restraints; Burne refuses them. The ritual begins after the three lay down on the coals. Kudwok tells the party that he will know exactly when to recall them back. Some Urzu start dancing around the coals, while Elder Kudwok starts to chant words aloud. For Enos and Leven, they are able to take the pain and transfer to the plane of fire. Burne, without his restraints, reflexively starts to roll off of the bed of coals. Two Urzu rush over to keep him from rolling off, holding him down on the coals.
The three make it to the plane of fire, landing on a small piece of hardened volcanic rock in the middle of a sea of lava. The black skies were lit up by streaks of fire from from horizon to horizon, and the heat caused all but Enos (as he was a tiefling and was wearing fire-resistant armor) to immediately become dripping with sweat. Soon after their arrival, elemental creatures, magmins and mephits, start attacking in pairs, exploding on death. After downing a few, the portal stone glowed with power again. Unfortunately for Leven, he was killed at the hands of an elemental creature.
Kudwok recalled the three back soon after the stone was recharged. Strangely, after Leven’s body was taken from the coals. he turned to dust. Kudwok said to take Leven’s remains in a jar with them along with his equipment, as he was not truly gone from this world. The party gathers around Burne, who is about to use the teleportation stone.
The party, one by one, enters the portal to Dexter. Burne is the last to enter, and speaks his final words to Elder Kudwok…
" Watch what I do… * walks into portal * " – Burne Dreyfus