As our heroes (playing characters) woke up on the beach, they slowly came together to huddle around a fire and to dry their clothes. Together, they were made up of a female Half-Giant from the Northlands , a Human sorcerer of some kind, a female Elvish monk, and a Human hunter type, also from the Northlands.
Their introductions were quickly interrupted by an elderly man who gave them the timely advice to put the fire out before it attracts the nearby pirates. He offered to take the party back to his cabin outside the city walls. The party followed the old man back to his home. They were fed and given information on their whereabouts and current situation.
They were told of the Painted Ones, a native people to the Islands who were fierce and savage, and controlled the territory outside the city. They learned that their captor, The Dog, had a key to the outer gate and if they do not catch up with him before he and his pirates make it through the Painted One defenses and reach the outer gate, then there was little hope for them to get into the city.
He equipped our heroes (official names and character sheets coming soon) with some old weapons and a map of the island. By that evening, the party had departed the old mans cabin and headed towards the outer gate in hopes to find The Dog.
They learned that The Dog had set up a supply line and fall back camps in the event they had to retreat from the Painted Ones. Our heroes took advantage of these small camps and were able to overcome the pirates left at each of these camps. Through means of trickery and force, the party cut their way through to the front lines until they met The Dog battling it out with the Painted Ones right at the outer gate.
As the Painted Ones retreated, the pirates pursued leaving The Dog by himself at the gate. The party fell upon him and slaughtered him. They retrieved the key and were able to open the outer gate and get into the outskirts of the city.
Upon arriving in the city, they learned that there was a bounty on The Dogs head by woman named Meerna who ran the Salty Dog Inn. They went to the Salty Dog Inn and confronted Meerna about the bounty. She asked the party to conduct such business during the day when the bar was empty. She offered them free room for the night if they would comply. The party obliged.
When the party arrived to their rooms, a small Gnome named Whisper revealed himself. He was a companion of the human sorcerer, and had sneakily followed the party though the fighting and into the city.
In the morning the party confronted Meerna about the bounty for The Dog. They had learned that The Dog was one of Suma’s favorite pirates because of his slave trading abilities. The Dog was blamed for many people disappearing off the streets and taken as slaves. They also learned that Meerna was part of a resistance movement against Suma. She did not have the gold to pay them the advertised bounty, but instead offered them a signed parchment and told them the Blacksmith would make them whatever they want.
The party visited the Blacksmith and was outfitted with new chain shirts and had orders put in for some new weapons. The party learned of the hardship of the harbor being closed as merchants had run out of materials to make new things. They had learned that some merchants were paying a handsome price for materials that could be gathered on one of the adjacent islands if someone was willing to danger the Painted Ones to acquire them.
The part seeing this as an opportunity to earn some coin found a Kitsune who was renting out her dingy and offered to take them over to the other islands to hunt for animal skins.