Heirs to the Lost World

The Dream Temple

While reloading, Jacques is attacked from behind by a feathered serpent shaman. Chiich starts to wade across the water toward the temple.

Jennifer draws her cutlass, runs over and swings at Muan Broken Sandal but misses. The serpent shaman casts a rain spell on Jacques.

Chicuacen flips into the well and splits out her legs to stop her fall. She sees a flashing cocoon in the bottom of the well with many hands moving over it. Muan stands up and turns to face Jennifer.

In the bottom of the well, a huge bolt of lighting shoots up from the cacoom shoots straight up. Chicuacen let’s her grip on the sides of the well slip, dodging her past the bolt. Jacques does a spin kick tripping the serpent shaman, knocking it into the cenote. The serpent shaman begins to swim toward the temple.

Isaac runs up behind Muan and runs her through with his cutlass, as Jennifer stabs at her from the front. Jennifer just misses but catches the broken mask on her sword. Chicuacen flips up and out of the well as she sees the cocoon open up revealing the lighting axe and a withered Mayan lord.

Muan breaks Isaac’s sword, freeing her. Jennifer slaps Muan with the flat of her blade and the remains of the mask, pushing her back onto Isaac’s sword resulting in a spray of dust as her body deteriorates. When Isaac pulls his broken blade out of Muan’s body, more dust flies out, fatiguing Isaac.

Jacques takes aim at the serpent shaman. Suddenly everyone “notices” that the cave is not really a cave, but a Mayan city, with the temple in the center of a courtyard. Isaac’s condition starts to worsen.

Chicuasen feels like she is in the Spiritworld. Jacques fires his musket blowing the serpent shaman’s head off. Chiich runs up the side of the temple.

Chicuacen runs uo the side of the temple too, and sees the legs of a serpent man, whom she attacks, knocking it into the well. As soon as this happens, everyone “notices” that we are back in the cave.

Chiich hands a jar of Isaac’s blood to Jul who flies over towards Jennifer and Isaac, yelling, “give Isaac his blood !” Jacques jumps down to the ledge.

Jennifer searches Swollen Basket for healing herbs.

Chicuacen sees a masked, rotting body starts to emerge from the well, wielding a stone axe. She swings her macuahuitl, screaming, “you must face the smoking mirror!”. She chopped off the Mayan lord’s, causing the axe to fall back down the well. Chiich runs up and tackles Mayan lord, knocking him back to the edge of he temple. Dust spirts out his arms, but Chiich slides down on the serpent shaman’s dead headless body. Jul flies over to Jennifer, dropping off the jar of Isaac’s blood. Jennifer makes a mixture of the healing herbs and Isaac’s own blood. She takes away Isaac’s rum bottle from him and tells him, “Drink this. Its better than rum. Its called a ‘Bloody Isaac’!” Isaac starts feel better already.

Chicuacan hears a whisper, “I will let you go if you leave now. Keep your bargin” Chicuacen flips over the well chopping off the Mayan Lord’s head. The Mayan Lord’s mantle turns into centipedes.

Chiich lights a torch and starts burning centipedes. Chicuacen says that we must leave the cave to fulfill the bargin.

Into the Temple

We’re in the temple, at the walled-up passageway. There are loose stones, through which we passed a torch; the torch was blown out, even though there was no wind.

Edward comes down (he’d been keeping watch up at the top of the temple) with Jacques, Isaac and Jul Chel in tow.

Chicuacen blows tobacco smoke into the gap. A low moaning comes out. Edward yells into the hole, demanding the axe. A bunch of bats come streaming out. They fly out of the temple, then return, buffeting Richard and I from behind.

Jul Chel pries more rocks out and looks in. He sees a corridor, with a dull glow and writing on the walls. We hear a big BOOM of cannon-fire from beyond the temple.

Jul Chel goes into the corridor and sees pictures of the Caterpillar Lord (a master of war, clouds, rain and thunder). The Caterpillar Lord was a beastly chimera himself, with long arms and other strange features. The pictures also show his lightning axe, which was apparently normal size. The writing says that the Caterpillar Lord is now entombed here “to commemorate his great reign” and other propaganda. The pro-Caterpillar Lord propaganda seems to have been poorly written, with poor tools. There are pictures of a battle, ruining a town (Pomonbalanque?).

Jul Chel continues walking ahead. The corridor opens into what looks like a cenote, save that it has a vast roof over it, forming a big cave. The cave glows with a pale bluish light. In the center of the great room is a pyramid. Serpents go down its sides at all four corners, their heads at the base level. The pyramid is on a small island surrounded by water. The surface of the water is about 20 feet below that of the corridor we’re in. The water is surrounded by a thin ring of dry ground. The ceiling is covered in albino bats. The water smells very stagnant. There are tunnel openings at the other cardinal points. A rickety wooden lattice runs from the dry lakeside to the lip of the corridor we’re in.

We descend to the ground with varying degrees of danger. Some use ropes, some use the lattice, which quickly collapses. Chicuacen and Edward stay behind. Jul Chel taps his spear into the water. The ripples travel across the fetid water. Chicuacen throws a rock at the pyramid; it seems to bounce off.

There is a flash of light from the pyramid. The bats stir. The pyramids rumble. The bats take off in four directions.

Jul Chel starts walking into the water. Jacques addresses the pyramid: “Great Lord, two opposing armies are coming to steal your axe; we are here to protect it.” We hear a low rumble, or perhaps grumbling curses in Mayan, in response. Chicuacen slides nicely down the cliff to dodge the bats.

Something bites into Jul Chel’s foot and pulls. He grabs the rope he’d been trailing and yells “Richard! Pull the rope!”

Atop the pyramid, we sees more flashes of light and a tall figure. The figure is seven feet tall and has feathers everywhere, long arms and a black feathered cape.

Edward goes up top to see what’s happening. Jul Chel stabs downwards at his attacker. Richard and Isaac reel Jul Chel in. I tie one end of our rope to a lump of rock and throw it into a crevice formed in the ceiling by two stalactites, making a swing. Chicuacen sees the lightning flash on the pyramid and travel down the snakes. The lightning travels across the surface of the water and hits quartz formations in the ‘corners’ of the cave. Lightning lizards emerge from the quartz formations. Jul Chel gets bitten by the water lizard person.

Atop the temple pyramid, Edward sees a furious battle going on. He returns down the stairs. Jacques is climbing up the cliff at the 3 o’clock position. Chi’ich stabs the lightning lizard near him, but misses. Was the lizard physical? It seems to have been. Jul Chel rolls up onto the land. He slides behind Richard, putting Richard between himself and the biting creature. I hand the rope to Chicuacen, then chuck a lump of quartz at the lightning lizard near Chi’ich. The quartz cuts into the rock wall, and the lightning lizard disappears in a burst of sparks. (It looks like something from Tron de-rezzing.) Richard picks up a piece of quartz near him and tries to smash the lightning lizard near him. Richard and the lizard are surrounded by a nimbus of lightning, but then both are still there, unscathed. Chicuacen uses the rope to swing across to the island, then returns the rope. The water lizard screams and leaps at Richard. It is blinded by a flash of gunpowder and hits the wall. The guy on the pyramid summons a lightning strike that hits Chicuacen’s rope, sizzling it up. The quartz that was holding the rope at the ceiling is turned into a lightning lizard, which jumps down onto the pyramid.

Jul Chel summons his hawk aspect and shrugs off the wound. Chi’ich starts working some quartz loose. Edward feels a macahuitl whizz past his back. He whips around and sees the pochteca, Swollen Basket, and the woman with the raven mask. She sprays blood at him; the blood turns into leeches that latch onto his arm. Edward throws down his weapon and tries to convince them they’re attacking the wrong person. They nod, show their contempt for him and walk past. I throw a chunk of quartz at the lightning lizard near Jul Chel, Richard and Isaac, yelling “Isaac, stand aside!” The lizard is mostly destroyed; apparently, only a lump of quartz remains. Isaac snarls the lizard-man in rope. Richard stands back and draws his cutlass. Chicuacen sprays the lightning lizard that had dropped from the ceiling with water; the lightning travels up the water and lightly sizzles her. Atop the pyramid, the Caterpillar Lord summons a lightning strike that doesn’t do much to Chicuacen. The pochteca is facing Edward. Jacques shoots the Caterpillar Lord in the shoulder; the Caterpillar Lord tumbles into the pyramid. Jul Chel shoots the lizard guy at point-blank range. Chi’ich gives a lump of quartz to Jul (the owl). Edward tries to convince the pochteca to ignore him, allowing him to plow into the raven-masked woman. Edward fumbles on his persuasion; Swollen Basket (the pochteca) instead just laughs at Edward. I throw another chunk of quartz at the raven-masked woman, who is looking out over the lip of the corridor. I hit her in the mask, which breaks off, along with part of her (icky, rotten) face. Isaac shoots the lizard guy and kills him in a cloud of blood, bone and lizard flesh. Richard jumps into the water and starts wading toward the pyramid. Chicuacen fools the lightning lizard into jumping into the water.

The leeches bite at Edward. Ow! The no-longer-raven-masked woman tries to spray a stream of leeches at Chicuacen, but misses. Jacques reloads. Jul Chel shoots his bow at the raven mask woman. It hits, but Edward sees that she just pulls the arrow out. Jul the owl brings the lump of quartz to the island and lodges it into the mouth of one of the snakes. Edward tries to jump off the cliff and pull Swollen Basket and the raven mask woman with him. Edward lands atop Swollen Basket, knocking Swollen Basket’s macahuitl into the raven mask woman. Richard continues wading out to the island. Isaac and I try to sandwich the raven mask woman’s head with thrown chunks of quartz; I hit her square in the head but she is unhurt, while Isaac misses wildly and hits me in the stomach. Luckily, the shot doesn’t hurt. I thank Isaac for the ammunition. Chicuacen, looking into the pyramid, sees a large, white glowing mass: the Caterpillar Lord’s cocoon. She sees hands moving over it. Naturally, Chicuacen will jump into the chamber.

Here come the Spanish

While camping outside the mostly ruined Mayan town, Jennifer and Chicuacen hear the “alarm system” crunching. They rush to see that it is a bound and injured Aztec. Desperate for aid, he introduces himself as Itzquemitl, an artist from Xicalango. Chicuacen recognizes him and remembers rumors about his kidnapping from back when they were in Xicalango. The party wakes up and begins to aid him. He explains that he has been held captive and forced to create a raven mask for Muan Broken Sandal. She had to have one of sufficient quality to replace one that had been broken. After several attempts,Itzquemitl created one good enough. Since that time, his captors had not been paying much attention to him. Earlier in the evening, about 5 canoes of about a dozen Aztecs each arrived in the town, and he was able to escape in the confusion. He overheard that they were searching for an Axe of some sort.

Asking the local Mayans about this Axe, the party learns that an evil Caterpillar Lord used to live in the village hundreds of years ago. This lord had frequent dealings with the Xibalbans. After the Mayan revolution, the lord was sealed in an Underworld cave beneath the temple. The villagers knew this section of the Underworld did not connect to Xibalba, so the lord would not be able to be rescued by his former allies.

The party decides the best plan of action is to find this Axe before the Aztecs. They send the Mayan villagers off to other local towns, then start to head off to the temple. Before they were able to enter the temple, two Mayans return with news that Spaniards are coming, including horses and two cannon. The party gathers materials for torches and, at dawn, see the Spanish and Aztecs ready for battle. As battle starts the Aztecs send troops to flank the Spanish while the Spanish set up their cannon at the tree line. The party realizes that the temple is in a perfect location for either side to attack the other.

With torches the party travels down the stairway into the bowels of the temple. They see a sealed chamber, but the Holba K’an they have seems to have no effect on it. They notice a loose stone and work it completely out. Chiich puts his torch into the hole, and the torch immediately goes out.

Rescue the Village

Continued adventure log, July 8, 2009 by Jennifer Nau, explorer and thrower of flaming objects

The guy in the tower is done for. Termites are swarming all around various bad guys. Edward Saunders [Luke’s character] runs up to the walls of the town. A mother and two children come out of a nearby hut. Bima [Josh’s character] comes across the river towards the town. I run into a nearby hut with a bit of tower wreckage and light it on fire.

Chicuacen looks into the pit, seeing Mr. Obsidian Teeth and jumps onto his shoulders. His knees rupture and a little spray (of pus, what else?) comes up at Chicuacen as his shoulders also rupture, forming four bone spikes coming up at Chicuacen. She barely manages to dodge the spray and spikes. Richard moves to take guard. The guy with termite armor sends a stream of termites flying at Chi’ich, who manages to shake them off.

Chi’ich runs behind the tower wreckage and gets a burning ember from another hut. I grab a pot of cooking oil, then step out and throw it and my torch at the termite guy such that they both reach him at the same time. [Pazi: “A flaming molé bomb!”] Many termites pop with burning oil and a chunk of his armor burns off. Normal, but mottled, skin shows beneath his armor.

Richard runs with the woman and kids to slightly safer ground. Chicuacen grabs the arm bones of Mr. Obsidian Teeth and uses them to climb the walls of the pit. The termite guy sends a stream of termites at me, but they get hit by a few burning embers in mid-air and come raining down as ashes. Chi’ich’s owl flies past the termites guy, getting to face Chi’ich, who throws a spear at him. The termite guy barely dodges. Edward jumps from rooftop to rooftop to jump onto Mr. Termite; Edward’s dagger sinks into his back, and Edward lands on top of him.

I grab some straw from a roof and light it on fire. Richard leads the woman and kids further away. Bima yells at Chi’ich some kind of esoteric warning. Chicuacen comes out of the pit and yells “He’s in the tree!” The termite shaman raises his hand, which contains a small hive of termites, and he calls out to the Ceiba tree. The tree emits a wave of termites towards Edward. Edward and the shaman are surrounded by termites.

Chi’ich swabs some thatch on his arrow and lights it on fire, then shoots at the termite shaman, but misses. Edward pulls his dagger out of the shaman and stabs him. Or rather, sees a termite on his own thigh and tries to stab it. Ow! I run with my handfuls of burning thatch through the cloud of termites. Bima runs up and stabs the shaman with his spear. It is a titanic stab, but somehow the guy shakes it off. Richard continues guiding survivors towards a snakeless gate. The shaman attacks Edward with more termites, but Edward, in pain, squirms out of the way.

Chi’ich gathers a ball of flammable stuff. Edward tries to stab the shaman again. Richard looks into a hut and sees several chopped-up bodies and a figure menacing a small child. Richard stabs the guy, who explodes in a torrent of pus. These guys are like goo balloons, it seems. Bima stabs the shaman again with his spear. Chicuacen runs up to the shaman and tries to cut his head off—and succeeds! The shaman’s head rolls around and becomes a hive of termites, which quickly begin spreading out across the ground.

The termites move toward the two hives. Chicuacen whacks the one that formed out of the shaman’s head.

Chi’ich tries to heal Edward. Chicuacen tries to clean herself off in the stream, but is unsuccessful. Instead, she gains a mark of fear: she has taken up smoking and drinking. I watch the civilians.

Chi’ich has a key that can keep the gate to Xibalba closed if it’s close to the shaman’s hut. Richard goes into the shaman’s hut and discovers that the center of the floor sounds hollow. There are planks covering a hole. Chicuacen gathers wood and fire, then transforms into a coyote and drops the tinder at the base of the infested Ceiba tree while trotting past. In the shaman’s hut, Chi’ich and Richard see no priestly supplies, only a scene of carnage and the hole leading into the ground. Chicuacen returns to wash her clothes in the stream and sees a large, not very hungry constrictor.

I take the civilians around, asking why there are so many pits here. They say they were looking for a gateway and some other things. They wanted to find a gateway into the temple, and in it, a lightning axe (which is apparently an important artifact of Chac). Richard and Chi’ich bury the bodies. Some of the huts shows signs of recent use by Aztecs (remember, this is a Mayan village).

Night is coming. Where should we spend it?

Chicuacen goes to the temple and sees many sacrificed bodies on the far side of it. There is a freshly-used sacrificial obsidian blade, which she takes. Sacrifice is normal as beans for Chicuacen, who’s Aztec. The temple is devoted to Tlaloc.

The Ceiba tree hasn’t caught fire yet.

The villages want to wash in the stream. We certainly let them. We set up camp in the nearby clearing. We put dry brush in a wide circle all the way around the camp as a means of alert. Chicuacen sees some canoes go down the stream.

Our alarm system crunches…

To the Mayan Village

(First person account, by Jennifer Nau, intrepid explorer & thrower of random objects)

What happened last time? Isaac, Jacques & Richard went looking for a canoe. Found it tipped over with a bunch of little squat pustule creatures under it. The creatures attacked from under the boat. Jacques was hit by one of their poisonous bone darts. The pustule creatures were dealt with by judicious use of gunpowder.

Some Mayans came out of the jungle. They’re from Pomonbalanque, a fortified village nearby. Isaac, Jacques & Richard went with them to their village and had some odd religious experiences. Isaac went off with a Mayan priest.

And now…

On our side of the river, we hear a Mayan shout “Xibalba?!?” Jacques & the Mayan and Isaac went off in a different direction. Richard was left alone.

I healed up Chi’ich’s arm.

Richard relates that a giant salamander told him about the layout and defenses of Pomonbalanque. (Pomonbalanque is where a column of smoke rising from the burned hate literature pointed.) We’ve heard stories of Aztecs causing problems in Pomonbalanque, but maybe they were actually worm demons. Is Broken Beak a real Aztec and not a worm demon? He seems real, according to Chicuacen.

Chi’ich and I look for tracks. Chi’ich finds a big, wide, round trail that comes out of the river and surrounds the camp, as well as muddy sandal-prints that follow the river towards the village. I find a scrap of shed skin on the edge of the round path—Chi’ich looks at the scrap and sees a glyph: “beast”. It is clearly unnatural.

I find a way through the jungle that isn’t well-traveled. Chi’ich sends his owl out to scout once in a while.

As we get closer, Chicuacen goes out and scouts out the village. It’s surrounded by a palisade; thatched roofs are visible behind the walls, and a rickety lookout tower stands in the middle of town. A Mayan pyramid is just outside the town. Saba trees are at the four compass points of the village’s walls; one near the river looks rotten and surrounded by white insects. Lots of holes in the ground are located near the pyramid. Smoke is rising from some of the huts, but the village is unnaturally quiet.

Chicuacen throws a powder flask into the village, which goes BANG! She sneaks into the town. At another gate, Chi’ich tried to climb the tree but stabs himself on the tree’s many spines. Richard and I run for the gate. Chicuacen goes into a hut and finds two Mayan peasants; she reassures them a little.

Chi’ich gets up and sees a big snake coming at us from the jungle. Richard climbs the gate; I do an upside-down pole vault over the gate. A big guy with an obsidian dagger and obsidian teeth appears, interested in Chicuacen. She jumps across the top of a roof and lands with her macahuitl out. The guy lunges too hard and launches his dagger into a nearby hole. Two more people emerge from a hut near the sick tree; one of the people looks like he has termites for armor.

Richard opens the gate for Chi’ich, who runs in then closes the gate. I pick up a femur from a nearby garbage midden and whip it at the tower, hitting just the right spot to knock the whole tower down. Chicuacen knocks Mr. Obsidian Teeth into a nearby hole. A woman wearing a beautiful raven mask comes out of a hut near the termite armor guy. The termite armor guy suddenly starts screaming to get the bugs off him; a spell appears to have backfired. The woman slashes her palm with a spine, splashing blood all over the man with termite armor.

We see the guy who had been in the tower; previously, he had been obscured from sight. He looks very icky. Chi’ich runs up and pins him to the wreckage of the tower. Richard screams “The village is on fire!” I throw a skull at the near-dead guy whom Chi’ich had pinned. Chicuacen waits to catch her breath. Chi’ich gets slashed by the guy’s very long nails, but to attack, the guy has to slide along Chi’ich’s spear and can’t move very far. The guy with termite armor starts emitting a cloud of insects, the raven mask woman and another nearby person merge themselves with the Saba tree.

Xibalban Attack 2

The Heroes returned the printing press to its previous owner. At a ball game, the Heroes are confronted by these owners who complained about the condition of the printing press. It was covered in blood, had leather straps added to it, and there were several new blocks made of a strange substance. Investigation showed that the blocks were made of solidified puss and were corrupted. The Heroes went to the Icsutz House of Scrolls to investigate. Later, on their way to the Feathered Frog, they were attacked by Xibalba pus shaman.

The Xibalban Worm Shifter

Continued from The Glyph Pamphlet 2.

Richard (Eric), Judith (Shannon), Jennifer (Rachel) began to interrogate their attackers, when William Hilliard and some guards approached to find out what happened. Several witness reported that the PCs were attacked by several thugs and that the PCs just defended themselves. After healing up one of the attackers, the PCs learned that Isaiah Prophet hired the thugs to kill the PCs.

Hilliard and his guards bound the prisoners and began to take them away to the fort when a group of armed Maya arrived. These Maya were looking for Hilliard. They demanded Nathanial Saunders, who they claim had killed the daughter of the head of the Kaxolim noble house. The Mayan mob was angry and claimed there were several witnesses who saw him commit the murder. Hilliard and the PCs calmed them down with information the Saunders was locked up in the fort and would be put on trial. The PCs made arrangements with the Maya that one Mayan constable will be able to stay in the fort and watch Saunders.

Hilliard and his guards left with their prisoners to lock them up in the fort. A short while later, the PCs and the Mayan crowd see Saunders (who was supposed to be locked in the fort) yelling at the Mayan (in perfect Mayan) and making rude gestures, then running away. The Mayan thugs chased him into a tavern. Richard ran after the Maya and arrived as they were tearing the tavern apart looking for Saunders. Meanwhile Jennifer and Judith ran to Isaiah’s warehouse and saw a few men running away with any valuables that were light enough to carry. They left everything that was heavy.

In the tavern, Richard saw Philip Brady who helped Richard find Saunders in the back of the tavern (before the Mayan mob destroyed everything). Together the opened up a crate and saw a human-shaped creature dressed as Saunders, but instead of flesh, the creature was formed of writing earthworms. Philip, Richard, Han Tuinich (the leader of the Mayan group), and Judith were able to dispatch this creature.

In the aftermath, the PCs met with Brady and Tunich. They learned that the creature was a Xibalban Worm Shifter. Xibalbans have not been seen on the surface for hundreds of years. Brady explained that he was a member of a group called the Order of a New Dawn, who wants to keep the peace between the various heritage groups. Tunich revealed that he was a member of the Mayan witch hunting group the PCs had encountered before, the Icsutz.

Brady hired the PCs to help find the source of the racial tensions in Xicalango. The PCs waited to nightfall, then raided the Aztec building housing the printing press.

The Glyph Pamphlet 2

continued from The Glyph Pamphlet.

The next day, Dundira (John), Jennifer (Rachel), and Richard (Eric) witnessed a Mayan pickpocket steal from some European toughs in the Feathered Frog. Richard noticed that the pickpocket had ink stains on his fingers. The pickpocket almost intentionally shook the pouch of coins he had stolen as he left the tavern inciting the Europeans, who chased after them. A couple blocks away, the pickpocket and some of his friends were beat up for their trouble.

Eric and Rachel asked their contacts about information on a printing press. They discovered that a printing press had been stolen, apparently by an Aztec.

Later that day, they heard rumors of an auction of interesting items, which appealed to Jennifer. They also heard rumors that Nathaniel Saunders had killed a Mayan princess (daughter of the leader of China Kaxolim).

Investigating the Aztec neighborhoods at night, the PCs were able to track down the location of the printing press. They noted its location, then went home.

On the way to the auction the next day, they learned that it is being held by Isaiah Prophet, who had been released from the Mayan constables. He is rumored to be holding the auction, then to be leaving town. Just before they arrived at the auction, the PCs were attacked by several thugs. After an elaborate fight around a fountain (involving broken pots, flying watermelons, and a lucky bible), the PCs dispatched several thugs and captured a few as well.

The Glyph Pamphlet

Judith and Dundira go back with Isaiah Prophet to his ship to get their reward for helping him. They get their friend Richard Crosby (Eric) to help. While there Isaiah offers them a job. Dundira secretly bargains with a wind spirit to curse Isaiah next time he sets out to sea. She then takes all the relics (their reward) and delivers them to Na Chan.

A few days later, Isaiah finds the heroes and tries to hire them to protect him. He says that his crew has been killed and he was given a pamphlet – a glyph showing him with his head being cut off. The heroes knock him out and bring him to Na Chan, claiming he is a criminal. The Mayan constables take him to investigate, and the heroes go to his ship.

On the ship, the heroes find his crew dead, and lots of the same pamphlet strewn all over the ship, clearly distributed after the crew were killed. The pamphlet was created with a European style printing press, but it is in Aztec/Mayan style glyphs – sort of a cartoon rather than text.

Murder in Xicalango 2

Continuation of Murder in Xicalango.

Judith (Shannon) and Dundira (John) receive a message from the witch-hunting secret society. They explain that they were dealing with Isaiah Prophet and his crew to get magic jade beads that are needed in dealing with the witch. They are embarrassed about this and want the PCs help. Since the PCs already agreed to guard Isaiah Prophet, they felt they could help easily.

During the exchange of the jade beads, the shapechanging witch releaved itself as a member of Isaiah’s crew. This sailor changed into a huge grizzly bear and attacked the PCs and the Mayan secret society members.

After a long fight, the Mayan Shaman was able to use the jade beads to end the shapechanger’s transformation. Appearing back as a human, he died of his many wounds.