Scouted the perimeter of the pirate’s encampment. Lots of sentries, in good positions, with patrols. Many chokpoints with ambush spots taking advantage of the Not an easy nut to crack.
On one block, ground floors of shops and such missing all the soil about two feet deep from the internal room footprints. Tomas connects a few memories about a Bodarko family that were magic-types, and surmised this might have been their area (the block). Milo starts imagining vampires.
That night, “thunder” in the form of cannon, woke us up. Looked like the pirates had ambushed something.
Milo held service in the morning, moderately well attended by friends of the local Milo met when we arrived.
Since all but one well of the city were poisoned during the invasion, we decided to attempt to purify them using Milo’s unique talents. We discovered a gigantic snake. Apparently Milo saw it coming while he was dangling from the rope on the way down and tried to clamber back up at high speed. This in turn, pulled Tomas (the rope anchor) down into the well. Fortunately, Milo managed to catch up on the way and stop his rapid descent. Unfortunately, the snake had a great vertical leap and managed to start swallowing Tomas’ leg. I was able to grab the rope and start pulling them up (all. three. of them.) Along the way, Tomas was able to dispatch the snake. However, the snake’s poison started taking
I carried Tomas back to the Cathedral for Milo to tend to him. Milo was able to trigger some effect in the Cathedral’s medical ward that seemed to help the process. Quite useful!
Mery and I attempted to figure out if more snakes were in the well. We tossed a few more things in and even dangled Tomas’ boot, just in case. Wrong bait or no more snakes.
Tomas woke up the next day shouting “WELL VIPERS!” Apparently they’re used to poison wells by Ogre Magi or something. Can persist for years and grow to enormous size. Clearly!
We spent that day with an updated approach to check the well for more vipers, build a better tackle, etc. We think successfully! Over a couple of days, we cleaned up a bunch more of them.
On a clear day, we saw a wagon caravan arrive and visit the pirates. Unloaded a small amount of stuff, took on a bunch of barrels and such, then leave the next day.
Since the pirates were continuing to stay to themselves (other than the water runs), we concocted a plan to go offer our help to tend to their sick, and get a sense of where our target might be.