The break-in of Tasha Silvervein‘s rented home in Quantium had reached an impasse as a mouth formed out of the wood of one of the upstairs walls. It spoke in a thick masculine tone and chided sir Andrew for his housebreaking activities. The mouth and sir Andrew quickly came to a truce and Tasha revealed the door to the last unexplored upstairs room. The mouth disappeared and the door appeared from a different wall. Tasha invited sir Andrew to sit and discuss terms. They party came to an agreement to bring Tasha along on their voyage in exchange for the gift of two bags of red ore that she currently had on hand and the promise of Tallus Bitterforge’s backstory.
When Tasha laid eyes on the Vicar for the first time, she was stunned and frightened, gasping “the Man in Rags.” after she regained her composure, she informed him that she had a letter for him. She gave him a sealed letter.
As the sun came up. The party toted the recovered ore to the Endruing Rhythm and were later joined by Tasha.
A few days into the trip, a bikini-clad Tasha enlisted Tallus in the task of applying tanning lotion to her hard-to-reach parts which pushed Suzie into a frenzy of “percussive maintenance.”
After 5 days of clear and uneventful travel up-river, The enduring rhythm shuddered and slowed in the river, turning slightly to starboard and the party rushed to see what had happened. Tallus noticed an amorphous shape in the water with eyes and mouths seemingly at random along its body, and quickly recognized it as a gibbering mouther, a kind of monster that most of the party had faced once before in the Darklands.
At the same time that four gibbering mouthers were climbing their way up onto the ship, the party also spotted a man in black robes with gold trim and an Osiron style headdress flying above the ship.
As the party hacked and beat the mouthers into flaccid piles of ground meat, eyes, and teeth, the man in black and gold landed on the ship. He had enough time to get one chaotic divine spell off before the combined firepower of Isoquant, Iris, and Tallus drove him off. Thanks to his Fly spell, he was able to barely escape with his life. Uri managed to get a good look at the symbol that he wore on his chest of a broken spiral, which Tallus was able to identify using his extensive knowledge of ancient esoterica. This man was a priest of the Outer God Yog-Sothoth, who is either the god of the Dark Tapestry or is the Dark Tapestry itself. This being presides over Chaos, Darkness, Knowledge, Travel, and the Void.
During the battle, Iris unleashed a lightning bolt that finished off two of the Mouthers but had the unfortunate collateral damage of disabling the two prow cannons and completely obliterating the workshop that existed under the prow shield. Captain Suzie Darksteel’s reaction to this destruction is yet to play out. Tasha Silvervein was hurt during the conflict but was swiftly healed by sir Andrew. Two of the dwarven crew-members were killed. The reason for the attack has not yet been definitively determined.