Argos

Gathering Supplies

The Thieves of Crete

It takes more than a week to make port in Crete, by then the identifying marks of the King Kryos’ ship are well hidden. The party proceeds into the city, not only to release the slaves with a tidy sum for their silence, with gold taken from the King’s coffers, but to trade the King’s trireme as well for a smaller Minoan sailing vessel they can more easily manage themselves…

Once against Argyros pleads with them to accompany him to Hades to rescue his son, or at least hand over Strands of Fate to him so that he might have a chance. But, they seem reluctant to discuss the matter, if not totally dismiss the idea. Argyros suggests that they too can bring loved ones back using the power of the lyre, but the very idea of this seems to disgust Theo who suggest that they are better off left in the underworld. For now Argyros lets the matter rest…

While in the city they come upon a weapons merchant by the name of Phillios, who boasted a somewhat unbelievable selection of weapons. It is quickly realized that much of it has been looted dishonorably from battle fields. But this revelation does little to slow down their interest in his wares. Among them is a iron chain shirt from Egypt purchased by the rogue for surprisingly low sun, and bronze swords of impressive quality. But as they buy without regard to their spending Phillios suggests that he might have what they are looking for in a warehouse, if they are willing to meet with him in the evening… They agree, although most already suspect what is about to happen there…

In the meantime, the Paladin of Athena meets with a blind blacksmith frequently used by Phillios to alter King Kryos’ armor for her own use. Claiming it as a gift from the king, the blacksmith agree to alter it without seeing compensation, for a hero of the Greeks… At this the Paladin arranges through the temple that a sum of gold be delivered to the blacksmith as a gift from Athena.

That evening Theo and Epimetheus go to meet with Phillios at the warehouse while the others sit outside standing watch, despite the Paladin’s discomfort and the rogue’s all too apparent glee at the possibility that his comrades may be robbed and killed… Within they are led deep into the building to a table which shows a variaty of weapons and armor, and they are encouraged to search. But the warehouse is hardly empty, rather it is virtually packed with members of Phillios’ gang. It isn’t long before they make their move, descending on the adventurers in an effort to acquire their all too apparent wealth. Fighting back and joined by the party members standing guard outside they manage to kill Phillios and take members of his gang alive to face justice. The Crete city guard arrive at the warehouse, not actually belonging to Phillios, to arrest the gang survivors as the party makes their escape, carrying what items catch their interest, none of which belonged to Phillios either…

Still clearly disturbed by the events, the Paladin returns to the temple of Athena to ensure the gold is given to the blacksmith who has completed his work on her armor. During her visit the statute of Athena appears to come to life. Immediately Athena begins to question the worth of the Paladin’s companions, and if they are really deserving of the loyalty the Paladin has invested with them. In the end Athena agrees to allow the Paladin choose her own path, granting her Paladin a weapon deserving of one that serves Athena. The Paladin takes the time to question Athena about the Strands of Fate, as well as if she should allow Argyros’ quest to continue or if she should continue to deceive him. Athena responds frankly. Argyros’ may very well lead the party onto the path of destruction…

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