Heirs to the Lost World


Tye (David), Ollin (Chad), and Maurice (Roy) were traveling in an Aztec pochteca caravan from Xicalango to Tisatepetitlan and perhaps onward to Itzamkanac. One night they were suddenly awaken by screams. A woman had been knocked out with a poison dart and she awoke to find her daughter Nic-te missing.

The heroes quickly found some tracks and ran off in pursuit. This proved rash when Maurice fell into a sinkhole. Ollin and Tye placed a fallen tree into hole and Ollin climbed in, unfortunately, Tye had a sudden spirit vision, falling unconscious and knocking the tree into the hole.

With no way to climb out, the heroes found a passage in the back of the sinkhole. They traveled deeper and deeper into the natural cave eventually coming upon a man-made section. Tye recognized this area from his vision, and remembered seeing several children about to be sacrificed.

The heroes hurried though uninhabited areas lit by magical torches and eventually came upon an area that had clearly been recently occupied. With nowhere to go, but forward, they found their way to a vast cavern with a step-pyramid in the center.

The Mask

Judith Kent (Shannon), Jennifer (Rachel), and James (Josh) were hired to help salvage a ship that had wrecked just outside the Laguna de Terminos the previous night. On the way there from Xicalango, they talked to their employers, Armando, Renee Ogeron, and Roberto. Without giving too much information, Armando explained that the heroes should focus their attentions on a small wooden box.

Though they did salvage a fair amount of gear, the Heroes were unable to find the wooden box, and this made the three employers very nervous. As night fell, they explained that the box contains a mask that somehow will animate the dead sailors (whose bodies were no where to be found).

As predicted, in the middle of the night zombi sailors stumbled on shore and attacked. The heroes dispatched the zombies with flair, including an attack with a starfish and one using a taut rope as a giant ballista. At the end of the encounter, a zombi wearing a wooden mask attacked, but was defeated when Jennifer knocked the mask off.

In the aftermath, Roberto explained that the mask contained a violent spirit which can possess people as well as reanimate corpses as zombies. Armando and Renee were sending the mask away, but it did not want to leave the mainland and thus caused the shipwreck. Against orders, Roberto had contacted a voodoo mambo to help dealing with the mask. He felt that she should be in Xicalango by now, so the heroes and their employers start sailing back in the morning.

Murder in Xicalango

Walking down the street, the heroes Judith (Shannon), Jennifer (Rachel), Dundira (John), and Edward (Reed), suddenly came upon an old acquaintance, Benjamin Williams screaming for help and covered in blood. The heroes followed him to a warehouse filled with four human bodies that had been torn to shreds.

An investigation revealed that two of the bodies were Mayan, and two were smugglers from the crew of Captain Isaiah Prophet, a notorious and unpopular tomb robber. In addition, Edward found some small jade carvings, clearly Mayan and with a connection to the Spiritworld.

Dundira performed a dance ritual and entered the Spiritworld and saw an intense vision from the past. She saw the warehouse from the night before as a huge bear-like creature and many small clawed beasts torn the four men to shreds. After killing them, the small beasts transformed to mice and the large bear transformed to a man as he left the building. Dundira also identified the jaded carvings as a sort of spiritual fuel for certain types of spells.

Jennifer and Dundira went to see Na Chan, an important Mayan sun priest. In the conversation, the heroes learned that there have been some rumors of an okal-pixan (a Mayan witch) in Xicalango, but he had not heard of the murders. He promised to contact the heroes if he learned anything more. Jennifer and Dundira proceeded to speak to Taxa, a priestess of Ix-Chel. They convinced her to travel to the warehouse and investigate, along with the local constables. Taxa was able to identify the Mayans as members of a sort of witch-hunting organization in Xicalango.

Meanwhile, Judith and Edward went to the docks to speak to some contacts. They learned that Isaiah Prophet often deals with a local Englishman named Marcus. After a short visit, Judith and Edward learned that Isaiah has a secret warehouse/storage area east of town.

After the four heroes met up and exchanged information, they rowed out to Isaiah Prophet’s ship, God’s Whisper and sneaked on board. After knocking out a couple of guards, they confronted Isaiah and the point of a sword. He did not seem to know about the murders. He admitted that his two sailors were setting up an exchange with the Mayans that is due to occur tomorrow night. The heroes convinced Isaiah that he needed the PCs as guards in the sale. the PCs will protect him in exchange for Mayan artifacts from his hold.


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