Our party gathers around the corpse of Kenneth Raptor and along with the crew ponder our next move. After an emotional outburst from Claudia Aspiria, it decided that we will go to the nearby town of Shorne, and try to find clerics to resurrect the dead captain. Upon arriving in town, a temple to Bahamut provides them a place to try the ritual. It works, at first, but then rather than being raised a Smokey apparition appears, identifying himself as “Lord Vyse Endshade, sword of Orcus, bane of the Raven Queen.” He claims that he is holding the captain’s soul hostage and will release it in exchange for the Skystrider. Our heroes resolve to stop him, if for nothing else than because he’s an Orcus loving, hater of the Raven Queen. A Gentle Repose is cast upon his body and he is taken to the captain’s quarters to lie until the party can achieve their goals.
There’s a catch though. The ship’s skyjammer helm was damaged in a fight against someone the crew calls “Tyson,” and needs 5000g worth of materials to be repaired. Without it, they can still fly, but they can’t travel to another plane, which they’ll need to get to Lord Endshade in the Shadowfel, let alone the Feywild to find the The Arcanist’s Compass.
The following morning our heroes wander into the town of Shorne again looking for work. On the job board they find a bounty placed on nearby goblins serving someone named “Fingersnapper”, as well as a bounty for a rogue wizard from Ever Spire named Hyleth Runemane. Our heroes find the goblins hiding out the Bael’eth Ruins, to dispatch the goblins. On the way, they meet up with Eve and Ash, shifters who are also searching for the Arcanists Compass. Together they confront the goblins and find them aided by the undead. Somehow Runemane has taken control of them, and now uses them to his own sinister ends. After several harrowing battles, our party defeats both Fingersnapper (twice after Runemane reanimates him) and Runemane, and collect the bounties from both.
They wander back to the ship, recruiting Ash and Eve on their quest, and have reduced the repair costs 3,840g. With any luck, they can pay off the rest of this repair bill soon. . .