Yank Key is woken up by the feeling of hands on his head. Confused and hung over it takes a few minutes for the situation he finds himself in to penetrate. Yank Key is locked in a small cell, the hands he felt were the hands of a well-dressed woman in a neighboring cage. She identifies herself as Lea and tries to comfort him.
Outraged at both being imprisoned and sober Yank Key starts shouting and making as much noise as possible. “Ale! Give me ale! Freedom! I want ale!” A guard yells to be quiet and Lea urges him to rest and let her rest.
The gang has returned to their room at the Shipwreck tavern to find a note waiting for them. “We have your little friend…” In just a few hours of discussion a plan is formed.
The puzzle box, from the undersea cavern they just explored, will be filled with enough copper to seem like the ransom. James and Green-eye will hide in the alley where the ransom is to be left, Reginald will wait on the roof/deck of the tavern and jump down if there is any trouble, and Renath will perform the drop and wait nearby.
If all goes well than James and Green-eye will follow whoever shows up to get the ransom and be led right to where Lea is being held. Once we know more than the group will form a plan and spring her without giving into the crazy demands of a kidnapper.
With a day until the drop takes place the group splits up, James and Green-eye scope out the alley and prepare hiding places. Reginald and Renath go to the market and pay a wizard to identify a handful of objects from the undersea cavern. Seems like there is a theme of underwater travel to the items.
Later that day the group reunites and treasure is shared out. Afterwards time is wasted until late that evening when everyone gets ready for the ransom drop.
After everyone has set up and the hour has neared Renath brings the box into the alley. Placing it on top of a keg he suddenly notices that blood covers the bottom of the box. Removing his hands quickly he realizes in horror that the blood is coming from his hands. Renath runs out of the alley and down to the beach.
Shortly after that a human child sneaks into the alley. He looks around and not spotting anyone picks up the box. As he turns and runs Green-eye says “He’s got the box. Follow him.”
Scattering garbage and empty kegs around them Green-eye and James erupt from their hiding place and chase the kid.
Reginald turns from mortifying the other patrons of the tavern and looks over the edge of the roof at the noise from the alley. Seeing Green-eye and James running after a child, he jumps down from the roof and starts to follow them.
After frantically scrubbing his hands raw in the seawater, Renath finally turns from getting the blood off his hands. He’s just able to spot Reginald running from the alley and takes off to make sure he’s not left behind.
James finds it harder to not over take a running child then it is to follow one, while Green-eye runs all out to keep up. After a short chase they see the kid enter into a dive bar named Fisherman Friends. James watches through a window as the kid heads up the stairs at the back of the bar, then heads inside to follow. Green-eye waits outside to catch his breath.
James sneaks up the stairs and witnesses the kid knock at the last door on the left. A handsome man dressed in expensive silk clothing with a lily flower lapel pin opens the door. After taking the box he hands the kid a small sack of coins and shuts the door.
Reginald and Renath find Green-eye outside the bar and they all decide to head in. Reginald stomps over to the bar “Beer! Reg want beer!” Renath takes up a position at the foot of the stairs and Green-eye sneaks up them.
“What did the man want with the box? Who is the man? How much did he pay you?” James confronts a frightened child and demands answers. After some back and forth James and Green-eye find out the kid knows where the man lives and pay him a few coins to take the group there.
Outside a nice, red brick house James and Green-eye argue with the child. “Is this the place? You’ll stay here and we’ll pay you after we find out it’s the right place.” The kid starts to get scared again and James gives up and pays him the rest of the promised money.
Reginald then stomps up out of the shadows. “Leave kid alone. What go on here? Reg not like men scare kid.” The kid manages to get some more money out of Reginald even though he’s just as scared by the half-orc as the others. Wanting to make sure they are at the right house before letting the kid go, Reg tries to convince the child to let him escort him home “for his protection” as the rest of the party moves up to the front door of the building.
James quickly picks the lock on the front door and slips inside to scout it out. Renath casts light on his staff, and he and Green-eye wait for word from James.
Inside James finds a fairly normal living room and a small hallway. Down the hallway he can hear a man yelling as a woman tries to quiet him. Moving closer to the hallway he hears snoring.
Just down the hallway is a door on the left, easing it open a crack James finds that that is where the snoring is coming from. Farther down the hallway is a door on the right before the hall ends in a book case. The yelling sounds like it’s coming from there.
As James attempts to pick the lock on the door with the yelling, Renath enters the living room bringing some much needed light. James motions to him to come closer and Renath sneaks down the hallway.
Green-eye stays near the door to the house. Seeing the others entering, Reginald assumes this is the right plays and finally lets the kid go. Reginald enters the house and takes position in the hallway by the snoring door just as James pops the lock and he and Renath slip into the other room.
Inside the room is two barred cells next to each other. One contains Lea and the other an unknown dwarf who yells about freedom and ale. Several minutes pass as James works on picking the lock on Lea’s cell.
The snoring stops and the door opens to the room near Reginald. Reginald quickly closes the door to the other room and moves up to block the doorway. “Where Ben? This Ben house. What you do in Ben house?” The man opening the door way is startled to find a half-orc standing in the hallway. “What are you doing here? Get out! There’s no one named Ben here.”
“Ben? Where Ben?” The man gives up and pulls a dagger quickly stabbing at Reginald but missing in the lack of light. With all the noise being made Green-eye decides to light a torch in the living room to find out what’s going on. The light shows him a man confronting Reginald with a dagger in the hallway.
Reginald peers into the room to see four other men with weapons. Reg shoves the man all the way across the room then quickly steps back out and pulls the door shut and holds it closed. The other guards in the room were too surprised by this to hit him with their clubs.
James finally gets the cell open and Lea urges him to free Yank Key too. Renath opens the door to the room, “We’ve got her! Let’s go!” Meanwhile, Reginald is engaged in a tug-of-war to keep the door closed. The bulging muscles of the half-orc prove to outmatch the hands on the other side of the door.
The man in the room pleads, “No, we need them. You don’t understand. Just leave.”
While holding the door Reginald tries to get more information out of the man, but fails.
Green-eye heads outside with his torch and acts as a look out to make sure no one comes investigating the noise everyone is making. With his experience with the other cell it only takes a few seconds for James to spring Yank Key.
Renath takes up position in the living room to back up Reginald should the men get out of the room. Lea and Yank Key rush into the living room, but Yank Key refuses to leave before he gets his stuff back, and Lea won’t leave without him. James runs over to the front door and readies his crossbows to cover everyone.
Yank Key spots his equipment and a bunch of papers, he scoops it all up as fast as possible. Renath after repeatedly shouting at everyone to get out runs over and picks up Lea and carries her out of the house. James keeps covering everyone as Yank Key runs out with his hands full of stuff.
As soon as people start coming out of the house Green-eye runs heading back for the Shipwreck tavern. Renath sits down Lea and they run after Green-eye together. James moves out into the street and covers the front door. Yank Key decides to wait to attack any of the men as they come out of the house.
Reginald yells, “Letting go of the door now.” Then shoves the door hard into the men pulling on it with all their strength. He turns and runs for the front door and is only followed by two men as the others are tangled up on the floor of the room.
Reg slams the front door shut behind himself and, seeing Yank Key still standing there, stops and turns to hold this door against the men as well. “What are you still doing here? Run!” Yank Key finally runs after everyone else. “I’m not going to let this door go!” Reginald shouts then shoves the door inwards again knocking down several of the men. He then runs around the corner of the house hoping to lead the men away from the rest of the party as they flee out of sight of the men.
James sees the mayhem, and realizes that Reg may be in trouble. Consequently, he decides to find a hiding place from which he can cover Reg, in case the kidnappers catch up to and overcome Reg. He quickly darts into the nearest shadow to hide and focus his crossbow on the enemies. Unfortunately, the crescent moon and subsequent glint off the metal-tipped bolt threaten to give him away.