found a dying man in the road, who had a key to an abandoned lighthouse.
He was a descendent of smugglers that used the lighthouse for illicit
activities, and he was going to claim their abandoned treasure. On the
way there, other descendants attacked him; they wanted the key. They
reached the cliffs and climbed down, and had to fight a manticore along
the way. Then they crossed the shallow reef bed and entered the lighthouse.
There they met the ghost of Ferrina, and now have to do something to
send her to her final rest.
to be laid to rest permanently, the characters have to find the remains
of her family (including her own remains) and take them to their final
destination. To do this, they have to go out to the wreck of the Dimming
Sun, which rests 1/3 of a mile seaward from the lighthouse in 40
feet of water. The ship has been largely broken up by the reefs and
so does not reach closer than 15 feet below the surface (at the one
remaining partial mast).
of Ferrina's family are trapped under a small longboat on the stern,
where they took shelter. The longboat is held in place by the mizzenmast,
which fell and pinned it. Ferrina's body is in her cabin, floating freely,
though she still grips a wand and her sketchbook closely to her skeletal
form. (The sketchbook will disintegrate if opened out of water.) A spar
that speared her through the walls killed her, but the spar has broken
off (part remains in her body). There are no other bodies on the ship,
as sharks got them.
To get this
far, they have to swim the 1/3 mile or find something they can use as
a boat. There might be enough scrap wood to make a raft, at your discretion.
The storm that Ferrina started in the last episode is probably still
in full force when the characters go out on the sea. If the characters
indicated that they are going to the wreck to recover the bodies, Ferrina
abates the storm. If the characters do anything with the bodies but
plan to take them to their destination, the storm resumes its full force.
here is from sharks that swim around the wreckage looking for fish to
eat. There are three sharks, and the PCs have to deal with them somehow.
The sharks are not automatically aggressive; they swim around the wrecks
in full view for 10 minutes or so. During this time, the Animal Empathy
skill and the calm animal spell are options for preventing a
fight, but once the PCs are at the wreck for more than 10 minutes, the
sharks attack. Review the underwater dangers rules on page 85 of the
Dungeon Master's Guide.
Large (3): hp 38, see Monster Manual page 200-201.
where Ferrina is found is the one that the whole family used, and there
are some documents remaining to help the characters determine where
the family was going and what they were planning to settle there. The
documents, on parchment, don't tear if they are kept underwater and
handled carefully, but if they are taken out of water they should be
treated as very wet paper.
When the remains
enter the harbor of the city they intended to travel to (and you get
to decide where that is, but don't make it too far away), a quiet sigh
escapes Ferrina and she dissolves into light and mist and dissipates.
No one will be there to see her do so, but she does. The remains can
then be buried anywhere. The PCs can keep the wand with no fear of retribution
at this point, as well.
With the ghost
gone, the lighthouse eventually becomes functional again, and the characters
journey elsewhere to seek adventure. Or, you might allow the characters
to keep the lighthouse as their base of operations, but the surrounding
countries would like it to fulfill its purpose, and contest the characters'
claim to it if they don't agree to staff it and have the light operated