In late 591 CY, a cloaked mage appeared before Jian Destron, the Szek of Onnwal. Claiming to be an emissary of the Emperror of the Bright Lands, the mage informed Jian Destron that Rary had aided him in his escape from the Scarlet Brotherhood after the fall of Onwall in 584 CY. In order to pay off this debt, Rary requires the Szek to surrender his first-born child immediately. The Szek of course refused, and the emissary departed empty handed; but not before calling down a curse upon Jian and the House of Detron.
Since then, nothing has been heard from Rary or the Bright Lands.
At the begining of 592 CY, an agent of the Scarlet Brotherhood, Daxand, kidnapped Duchess Sailema Relaster and her infant child Veryanna Destron. Fearing an alliance between the Scarlet Sign and Rary the Traitor, Szek Jian had personally asked the party to investigate further in the matter. Once they arrive in Hardby, the group is to meet with one Joran Havelos, a capable guide who will safely guide the party into the heart of the Bright Lands.
Having boarded the merchant vessel, The Sea Star, the voyage started smoothly enough. While attempting to evade a Scarlet Brotherhood in the Gearnat Straits, the ship came across a pirate vessel. Attempting to flee that, The Sea Star was subsequently caught up in a storm, and blown miles off course. Dealing with heavy damage, and rapidly taking on water, the captain had no choice but to head for landfall off the coast of the Bright Desert.
While sailing westward, looking for a safe place to beach, the crew spotted a wreck washed up in a small cove. Despite being severely damaged, enough viable timber remained to effect the much needed repairs to complete her journey to Hardby.
The heroes were tasked to examine the wreckage, and to confirm its safety for the crew to begin cannibalizing parts of the ship. While exploring the vessel, they determined she was once The Azure Warden, and only the stern remained of value for salvaging. Her crew, now dead, was guarded by the spirit of Varn Amandis. He informed the group that a lone survivor of the wreckage wandered off alone months ago, down the coast. Varn successfully bargained with the party, that in exchange for him not harassing the sailors during the salvage operation, the heroes would return his body home to Onnwal and locate the missing sailor. The group informed Captain Keriann, of The Sea Star, of their bargain with the ghost and set off into the desert.
Heading along the shore, the party discovered a pool of brackish water. Many small tracks crisscross in front of it, and vegetation seemed to grow thicker around it. To their dismay, this was home to a large pair 15’ scorpions; dispatching them was no fun.
Crossing a heavily scattered rock formation of loose boulders, the heroes came upon an oasis: and off to its side, a small cave. Huddled pitifully inside on a pile of clothes lay a horribly burnt man in sailor’s garb. Any attempt at communication immediately failed, his mind was clearly beyond any reach. Despite his state, the party was able to coax him out of the cave.
Laying in wait outside was half-a-score of nomads led by shaman. They demanded the party surrendered all their valuables, or forfeit their lives. Having no patience for this, the heroes attacked and made quick work of these desert hill men, taking there horses in the process.
While crossing the jagged rocks on the return back to The Sea Star, a terrible rumbling, proceeded by a flash of red light interrupts the journey. Rising from the ground, a dark-skinned woman of stunning beauty with the lower torso of a scorpion struck at the party with her mighty tail. She attacked the party without restraint, and only replied, “Baj, Mur-dauk Asma-thak.” when questioned. In addition to her fierce natural attacks and long spear, she was also an accomplished spell caster.
Defeating her was a feat of no small measure, the existence of her kind is the stuff of hushed legend. And with her death, the party was no closer in uncovering what she wanted, or what she was shouting at them. As the sands swallowed her body back into its earthly embrace, all the remained of her was a strange necklace of a lone rider.
Returning to the cove, the party was greeted by the welcoming sight of The Sea Star floating safely on the water: repairs now complete, she waited patiently for her heroes to return.
Captain Keriann, true to his word, returned the bones of Varn Amandis to Onnwal. The lone survivor of The Azure Warden was taken into custody by the Holy Sisters of the Lady of the Waves. Though his body was quickly healed, his mind still remains shattered.