So as we arrive at Port Nyanzaru, we arrive at the wharf and see a Duergar Submarine rising out of the water, which rolls out a red carpet and out comes Emjitus, Empress of Dracklestugh. She rolls out, with porters bringing her bags. And they ceremoniously bring her to our party, and promptly leave. Themberchaud was being a mega-saurus about their conjugal status.
Apparently, there’s a lot of refugees from Neverwinter and Waterdeep, so Emjitus and Pidge walk the waterfront, trying to recruit prostitutes for the New Underdark Hospitality Business. Emjitus finds that most of the able-bodied individuals have gone to Jobal, a Merchant Prince who runs the arenas and sellswords, and Jessamine, who runs the questionable trades in Port Nyanzaru.
Rodrigo and Felo’sial approach the Temple of Savras, where we see an old man arguing with three black cloaked individuals, who is trying to get the old man to take their money. Rodrigo Creates Food and Water to make them scarce. The priest of Savras says that he has had visions of the Conqueror Worm coming, but he is indifferent about it because visions are inevitable, but the real troubles are the undead in the jungles and the snake people doing the ritual sacrifices to reawaken the Night Serpent. (Also, every time Dendar is mentioned in their presence, Pidge, Emjitus, and Felo’sial shudder and if their wills aren’t braced, double over.) Grandfather Zetembe says that there is also a hag named Nani Pu’pu who may be able to get us more information. The Yuan-ti are taking people and making sacrifices in the jungles.
We go to the dinosaur market and do a shopping episode and we purchase a triceratops, a baby triceratops, a unicorn bunny, a flying monkey, a rock lobster, and two mystery potions for 800 gold. We free the lobster man and give him his unicorn bunny back and send him on the way. We name the triceratops Lathander’s Dawn. Well, Rodrigo does.
The Yuan-ti have been trying to raise an aspect of Dendar named Set to summon Dendar. Ubtao’s essence was split and trapped in the Tomb of the Nine Gods and perhaps Dendar is not the only god who needs to get roused. The location of the Tomb of the Nine Gods seems to have been erased from Chultan History. The Nine Gods have risen to prominence recently in the past 5 years.
Also, the monkey flies away but Felo’sial caught him. Apparently, the monkey was an adventurer who was cursed by a snake statue. He promises us that if we take him with us, he’ll point out the statue. His name is Naza, and he’s a Yuan-ti, and he mentions that he is Chosen of Dendar. This gives Felo’sial a headache so we go find the Lost Lords of Waterdeep to get a tent for the night. Waiting inside the tent is a Chultan woman wrapped in fine robes, with fine delicacies and lobsters. She is Jessamine, another of the Merchant Princes who Emjitus was referred to. Apparently, the Lost are hiding in Camp Righteous and Camp Vengeance, and could send an emissary in two to three weeks. Rodrigo blows this off and says we could get there ourselves.
Jessamine asks us to pass a note to Nani Pupu because she is under a curse of dark magics that Rodrigo can’t cure, so he becomes really interested in this. Emjitus offers to find her cure in exchange for her Merchant Praxis. Pidge goes hunting for food. Rodrigo sets the party for a word of recall and casts Geas on the Monkey snake man giving him the Asimov’s laws on him. We spend 33 gold on rations for 11 days for us just in case.