The Sands of Sumalis is going into hiatus until a few of the party members can find the time to play again. So I created a new campaign with a different group of friends, and set it in the same world, albeit with a new world map because I made the last one too small for what I needed and couldn’t resize it very well. We are using Discord, dndbeyond, and roll20 to play. I should have session notes up in the next couple of days. They decided to start out looking for a treasure whose location was hidden in a song that one of the players (a bard) knew. I thought this was fantastic, and came up with a bit of lore (and a shanty) about the treasure they’re after.
The cave was loud with laughter and singing. Light from flickering torches caused piles of gold, jewels, and precious metals to shimmer and sparkle as they lay in great heaps around the cavern. In the center of the room next to a bonfire, with a rowdy crew encircling him, stood Captain ‘Mad’ Weaver Aries. He was leading them in a raucous song, a full tankard in one hand, and a trident in the other. His hair was long and black, his horns curved back around his ears like a goat, not too unusual for a Tiefling. He was shirtless, aside from a long leather coat, tattoos and scars covering every inch of deep red skin. A brace of pistols were tucked into his brown baggy pants. In place of one of his eyes was a glowing yellow gem, and his one good eye was nearly the same color yellow. His crew was adorned with all the jewelry they could wear, just as he was. Multiple necklaces, at least two rings to a finger, bracelets, and earrings jingled with every movement. They sang and shouted with him, in between bites of food and alcoholic drink. As midnight approached Weaver Aries called the crew to order, leading them in the finale of the festivities singing the last verse of their new song.
“Remember this lads, else ya won’t be back!”
Run north from the town now a ho awayOrlau is cowering in their beds boys ey hey awayFollow the statue star now away boys heyMountains ain’t for sailing men now a ho awayPast the siren call we’ll go boys ey hey awayAin’t no lassie gonna stop our greed now away boys heyPort on the spire and a sailors moon now a ho awayWait fer low tide fore you row boys ey hey awayTreasure waits in the old cave ruin now away boys hey
As the last ‘hey’ faded off Captain Weaver Aries dropped his trident, pulled out a pistol and shot himself in the head.